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Are You the Next Janis Joplin?

Televised Search Looks for the Modern-Day Version of One of Rock's Finest: Project Authorized
By the Joplin Estate

To Include, Televised Search, a Multi-City Concert Tour
and an All-Star Celebrity Tribute Concert

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2005 /PRNewswire/

This year marks 35 years since Janis Joplin's untimely death and now, for the first-time, her estate has authorized a television show and concert tour tribute to the woman and her music. The Joplin Project is an unprecedented three-phase celebration of the singing, the style and the unique world of Janis Joplin -- the original liberated woman of rock.

The Joplin Project will include: Search for the Pearl -- a televised talent search that will look for a modern-day Janis, a concert tour featuring the winner of the talent search and a televised all-star tribute concert. The project has been put together by a trio of television producers and concert promoters known as The Partnership, LLC, headed by Gerrit V. Folsom, Jamie Keith Watson, and Timothy J. Murphy. It is scheduled to broadcast and tour in 2005 culminating with the all-star tribute concert in 2006.

"We are excited about bringing Janis and her music to her fans and introduce her style and spirit to future fans as well," remarked Michael Joplin, Janis' brother.

Janis Joplin burst onto the world stage on June 17, 1967 in Monterey, California and quickly became a musical innovator and fashion trendsetter best known for her signature growl and throaty screams on such classics as Ball and Chain and Bobby McGee, as well as for her unique style and stage presence. Joplin forever changed the course of musical history as one of the boldest and memorable women of rock and left behind a string of gold, platinum and multi- platinum albums that continue strong sales even today.

"We want to remember her spirit with a tribute that is as passionate about her music as she was," remarked Jamie Watson, The Partnership, LLC. "This week Janis will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards and we will continue to honor her memory with The Joplin Project."

The Search For The Pearl series crew will hit the road in 2005. Vocalists from across the country will be given the chance to recreate the legendary vocal styling of the late Joplin. The shows will feature never-before- released footage of Janis and interviews with Joplin band members. The series will culminate with five finalists being flown to San Francisco to perform in front of a panel of judges. The chosen singer will then headline a world concert tour performing with the original bands that played with Joplin including: Big Brother & The Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band.

Source: The Partnership, LLC

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