Ingrid Michaelson in action at a concert earlier this year Ingrid Michaelson in action at a concert earlier this year

Aloft Hotels is organising the Project: Aloft Star, for the sixth time in as many years.

Famous pop sensation Ingrid Michaelson, will be joining the competition’s USA leg. The indie pop star will act as a special guest mentor for this year’s finalists.

“I’m so excited to be a part of Project: Aloft Star this year – both personally and professionally,” said Michaelson.

“The platform and support Aloft Hotels offers rising musical talent is fantastic, and I can’t wait to help in this search.”

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Unsigned bands and artists across North America and Latin America are invited to upload an original song and photo to for the chance to be named the 2015 Project: Aloft Star winner.

An expert panel of music industry insiders will then comb through the submissions to identify the top five semi-finalists who

will advance to the next phase of the competition. The deadline for submissions is September 12.

Thereafter, the five semi-finalists will be featured on, where fans from around the world can vote for their favourite. The fan votes will be pooled together to ultimately decide which two contestants will advance to the live finale round in New York City.

The two finalists will then be exposed to a host of coaching and mentoring sessions, culminating in a duel at the ‘battle of the bands’ at the Aloft Hotels in New York City. 

Project: Aloft Star is currently underway around the world including Project: Aloft Star Germany in partnership with Rolling Stone and Project: Aloft Star Asia amplified by MTV Asia. 

Finalists for both competitions will be announced in September 2015.

In the region, Aloft's 172-room Al Ain property is scheduled to open in 2016. Earlier this month Aloft announced new properties in Dubai set to open in 2018.