So you think you can sing? Motown studio will give $25,000 to the winner of its cover contest

Masterpiece Sound Studios, a legendary recording space affiliated with Motown Records, is holding a cover song contest for musicians nationwide.

Masterpiece Sound Studios, a legendary Detroit recording space affiliated with Motown Records, is home to a cover contest for musicians around the country who think they can improve on the iconic “Motown sound”.

Three prizes of $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 are up for grabs, per The Detroit Free Pressand recipients will be chosen at a live event at the Sound Board Theater inside Motor City Casino.

Masterpiece Sound, a famous West Detroit recording studio, has launched a cover song contest open to musicians nationwide. (Photo:

Winners will also be represented by Sony Music Publishing for winning covers and potential licensing opportunities.

The event is co-sponsored by Sony Music Publishing, which manages Motown Records’ catalog of songs. September 5 is the deadline for submissions and there is no registration fee.

Participating artists can choose from 10 Motown songs – “Ain’t That Asking for Trouble,” by Stevie Wonder, “Heaven Sent You I Know,” by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston; “I Was Made to Love Him,” by Wonder; “I Still Love You,” by Kim Weston; “It Must Be a Miracle,” by The Supremes and The Four Tops; “My Baby Loves Me,” by Martha & the Vandellas; “Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby”, by Wonder; “Which Way Is the Sky”, by The Four Tops; “Whole Lot of Shakin’ in My Heart”, by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, by Brenda Holloway – songs classified as album tracks and single B-sides.

Masterpiece Sound Studios was created by Sylvia Moy, a former Motown Records songwriter who died in 2017. She was the pen behind many Stevie Wonder hits of the 1970s, including “My Cherie Amour” and “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”.

His sister, Celeste Moy, told The Free Press it was intentional that the studio’s competition choose lesser-known records, seven of which were written by his brother.

“Every time you see the Motown story, it’s always the usual suspects, always the same songs,” Moy said. “But these are already standards. They will do well.

“This contest is about the sustainability of other songs written by great songwriters,” she argued. “The goal is to reintroduce them into different genres in different markets.”

Of her sister, Moy said, “Sylvia was always very sensitive to the idea that great songs could be taken up or reinterpreted in different ways.”

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