Meet J Dodd and Stephen James, Musicians from California Whose Unique Version of the Iconic Folgers® Jingle Helped Them Win the $25,000 Grand Prize!
Orrville, Ohio (May 8, 2017) – Folgers®, in partnership with GRAMMY® nominated country music star Chris Young, is thrilled to share that dynamic duo, J Dodd and Stephen James, are the grand prize winners of the 2017 Folgers Jingle Contest. The duo put a unique twist on the iconic Folgers jingle "The Best Part of Wakin' Up is Folgers in Your Cup®", winning a mentoring session with Chris Young, and now, the life-changing grand prize of $25,000.
Hailing from San Diego, CA and Rio Vista, CA, J Dodd and Stephen James came together and found an incomparable musical chemistry. Their version of the Folgers jingle was a combination of Hip Hop/Pop and Acoustic/Soul genres, creating a unique rendition of the Jingle. In their Jingle video, the duo tells the story of two artists in a creative drought who are uplifted by Folgers coffee, which gave them the musical inspiration to create a song.
"I've enjoyed the opportunity to meet and mentor the finalists," said Young. "I know what it's like to be an up-and-coming artist, and the $25,000 grand prize will help J Dodd and Stephen James further their music careers in a lot of ways."
To watch the winning entry featuring J Dodd and Stephen James, see what happened when they sat down with Chris Young, and to learn more about the Folgers Jingle Contest, the brand's rich heritage and their commitment to music, visit Jingle.FolgersCoffee.com and Folgers.com or follow @Folgers on Twitter and Facebook.
More About The 2017 Folgers®Jingle Contest
Folgers invited musicians around the country to take a moment to reflect, connect and create their own unique version of the Folgers Jingle in video format. The video had to include the complete melody and lyrics of "The Best Part of Wakin' Up is Folgers in Your Cup®." Once complete, the video was uploaded to Jingle.FolgersCoffee.com. A qualified judging panel selected five finalists whose videos were posted for online voting and who also received a special mentoring session with Chris Young. J. Dodd and Stephen James emerged as the Folgers Jingle contest grand prize winner of $25,000.
The four additional finalists, The Vanderburgs, Greg and Andy, Katie and Lainey, and The Brashers received compensation via cash prizes for their hard work and efforts competing in the contest.
About The J. M. Smucker Company
For nearly 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin' Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick's®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its
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About Chris Young
With six albums to his credit, including 2016's It Must Be Christmas and his most recent studio album, I'm Comin' Over, Chris Young has amassed nine No. 1 singles, and fifteen Gold/Platinum certifications. Among the RCA Records artist's hits are "Gettin' You Home," "Voices," "Tomorrow," "I'm Comin' Over" and "Think Of You," the Grammy, ACM and CMA nominated duet with Cassadee Pope and fastest-rising single of Young's career. Released in November of 2015 and debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, Young's first co-produced album, I'm Comin' Over, features three consecutive No. 1 singles including "Sober Saturday Night," featuring Vince Gill, and the PLATINUM certified, three-week No. 1 smash title track. The single and album earned him four ACM Awards nominations, including his first in the coveted Album of the Year category as both the artist and producer, and two Billboard Music Awards nominations for Top Country Song. An international ambassador for country music, Chris has performed for audiences ranging from Good Morning America to Australia and returned to the UK in early 2017, with reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean inviting him to join as special guest on his They Don't Know Tour through October. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit chrisyoungcountry.com.