DeKalb Entertainment Commission and ChooseATL Announce Cydnei Chyan as Winner of “ChooseATL Tracklanta” Music Competition

DeKalb Entertainment Commission and ChooseATL Announce Cydnei Chyan as Winner of “ChooseATL Tracklanta” Music Competition

Chyan Will Perform at ChooseATL House at SXSW on March 12 and Will Receive Recording Session with Music Engineer Bill Zimmerman at Callanwolde’s New Recording and Mixing Studio; Competition Was Open To Amateur Musicians In Greater Atlanta Area

ATLANTA, March 6, 2018 — Today, the DeKalb Entertainment Commission and ChooseATL announced R&B singer Cydnei Chyan as the winner of the 2018 “ChooseATL Tracklanta” — a competition to find outstanding musical talent, of any genre, in the metropolitan Atlanta region. Chyan will perform at the ChooseATL House at SXSW on Monday, March 12, 2018, in Austin, TX. Listen to her Tracklanta musical entry, “Blu,” here.

In addition, Chyan will also receive rehearsal time at Atlanta’s Stage Audio Production in preparation for SXSW, and a recording session with Atlanta-based music/audio engineer Bill Zimmerman at Callanwolde’s new recording and mixing studio at the Rick Baker School of Music and Music Recording. Zimmerman works as a freelance engineer and assistant to Phil Tan, where he has assisted on recent projects for Fifth Harmony, Coldplay, Zara Larsson among others.

“It is thrilling to have been chosen for Tracklanta. I have been wanting to perform on the SXSW stage for years so this is literally a dream come true for me,” said Chyan. “My music comes from the heart and it’s really the way I express myself — for that to be recognized by ChooseATL, the Dekalb Entertainment Commission and Kawan ‘KP’ Prather is tremendous. Music is real life for me, so I’m excited to help represent Atlanta and share my music and thoughts with the world.”

Chyan was selected through a review process led by record executive, songwriter and record producer Kawan “KP” Prather and his team. Prather, who is currently Head of Music at i am OTHER (Pharrell Williams’ record label), will also provide an A&R evaluation of the her performance.

Upon hearing Chyan’s music application, Prather said, “… when I heard her song, I forgot for a moment that I was reviewing for a contest.”

Prather was a member of the first generation Dungeon Family rap group, Parental Advisory (PA), before starting his executive career at Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s LaFace Records — Prather later started his own label, Ghet-O-Vision, before joining the team at Island Def Jam. Throughout his career, Prather has worked with the likes of TLC, OutKast, Usher, Goodie Mob, John Legend, Pink, Toni Braxton, YoungBloodZ, T.I., Khalil and more.

About Cydnei Chyan

23-year-old Cydnei Chyan is a singer/songwriter born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in Atlanta — she has made a point to fuse the walks of life and experiences from both places in her music. Chyan’s melodic stories and soulful tone has formed into her own sound, and her soulful tone will grab you from the beginning and carry you to the end. Hip hop has been a big influence on her, and she has always loved and admired how honest Rappers reflect themselves in music. As a result, she strives to achieve the same. Chyan’s most recent release, “The BluEP” is a deeper portrayal into her life. (more)

The Prizes

Cydnei Chyan was selected by Prather and his team. As the winner, she will:

  • Travel to SXSW to perform at the ChooseATL House on Monday, March 12
  • Receive advance rehearsal time at Stage Audio Production for the SXSW performance
  • Receive one recording session with Bill Zimmerman at Callanwolde’s new Recording and Mixing Studio at the Rick Baker School of Music and Music Recording

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Listen to Cydnei Chyan on Soundcloud or iTunes.

Watch Cydnei Chyan on YouTube.

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About the DeKalb Entertainment Commission

The DeKalb Entertainment Commission offers businesses in Georgia’s fast-growing entertainment industry access to a collaborative, supportive infrastructure which stimulates the growth and success of creative ventures in film, television, music and digital entertainment.

The Commission is the primary driving force attracting and expanding businesses supporting the film, television, music and digital entertainment industry in DeKalb County. To help DeKalb businesses thrive, it is building a supportive, collaborative infrastructure.

DeKalb County is home to 13 cities and 20 unincorporated communities the Commission works with to advance, strengthen and support their participation in the entertainment industry.

About ChooseATL

ChooseATL is a public-facing initiative launched by the Metro Atlanta Chamber in 2015 to attract and retain emerging millennial talent needed to maintain Atlanta’s position as a top-tier globally competitive metro area.  ChooseATL showcases Atlanta as a leading world destination and celebrates its unique community, inclusive culture, and expanding business opportunities across all industries. Working alongside local artists and creators, brands and entrepreneurs, ChooseATL mixes digital engagement with high-touch live events and experiences, regionally and around the world. It raises awareness and further connects the next generation to the city, ultimately enhancing the decision to call Atlanta home. For more information, please visit

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DeKalb Entertainment Commission contacts:

Melissa Sanders, Tadpole Communications, 404.909.6726 |

Mitch Leff, Leff & Associates, 404.861.4769 |

** Members of the Georgia Entertainment PR Alliance | **

ChooseATL contacts:

Sunshine Sachs, 212.691.2800 |

Ashley Cleveland, 404.586.8448 |

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