Sczebel, who resides in British Columbia, Canada, might not necessarily call 2010 the year of his big break. His career has been steadily garnering more interest among members of the music community. Looking back to previous years, Sczebel was a JLSC Gospel/Inspirational Grand Prize Winner in both 2004 and 2007, and he won a Juno Award (2005 Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year) for his debut release, “Here To Stay.” He has performed with the likes of Paul Brandt, David Foster, Michael Buble, and Colin James – no small accomplishment for any aspiring musician.
After his successful debut record, Sczebel released his sophomore album in October 2009: “Love & The Lack Thereof.” He reports that his goal with this most recent album was to create something “soulful but modern, original yet familiar.” His musical inspiration comes from a variety of artists, ranging from The Beatles and Stevie Wonder to Kanye West and Mark Ronson.
In one of Sczebel’s most exciting achievements yet, he has become one of twenty finalists that are competing for 100.5 The PEAK Performance Project 2010. The goal of the project is to launch the careers of artists in British Columbia, and the top twenty artists take part in a vigorous artist development program. In the final round of the project, public votes along with judges’ consideration will determine the artists’ official placements. All candidates for the project must be residents of B.C., and the prizes range from $100,500 for the eventual first place winner to $5,000 for the artist ending in fifth place. All artists receive an initial $3,500 of development funding.
Winners for the PEAK Performance Project will be announced in November 2010. Fans can follow Sczebel’s and the other top nineteen artists’ progress at the project’s website.