Mission

Annual Song Contest held by the Dallas Songwriters Association to provide a benchmark for popular songwriting competency. Winners in each category, plus grand prize winners.

CATEGORIES AND JUDGES:Finalists in each category will be judged by music industry professionals from record labels and publishing companies; Grand Prize winner will be chosen by A&R and/or industry professionals of Broadjam.com or Sonicbids.com.

DSA is CELEBRATING 29 YEARS IN 2016

MOTIVATING & UPLIFTING SONGWRITERS THROUGH EDUCATION

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2016 Semifinalists Announced

SC2016 SEMIFINALISTS

AMERICANA
California by John Mason, Grand Prairie, TX
Just Can't Drown a Broken Heart by Jared LoStracco, Nacogdoches, TX
Lucky in Love by Rick Babb, Dallas, TX
My Unsung Hero by DeDe Wedekind, Houston, TX
Two Trains by Renee Saffier, Andy Hill and Hard Rain, LA, CA

CHRISTIAN
Only A Prayer Away (Acoustic) by John Nelson Kullberg,Rivervale, NJ
Stronger from Dream of You by DeDe Wedekind, Houston, TX
Once Again by Jeff Moore, Dallas, TX
I WILL SING by Matt Stemme, Castaic, CA
It Could Be You by Robert Graham, Toronto, Can.
Love Lives On by DeDe Wedekind, Houston, TX
Praise You by Rick Babb, Dallas, TX
On the Breath of God by Len Seligman, Sarasota, FL
God is Too Big for Any One Religion by Len Seligman, Sarasota, FL        
Hearts Wide Open by Michael Roth, Arlington, VA

COUNTRY
Still Enough by Tim Sharp, Tomball, TX
Pills by Tim Sharp, Tomball, TX
I'm Singing My Heart Out by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Behind Bars by T Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
90 Proof by Amy Abernathy, Canton, GA
Small Town Masquerade by Hayley McDaniel, Denton, TX
It Ain't Half Bad by John Swantner, Bellville, TX
Wanted Man by Christopher Sjostrom, Bedford, TX
Coal Dust by Natanee Paris, Malibu, CA
Just Want My Baby Back by Rick Babb, Dallas, TX

LOVE / EASY LISTENING
Under a Starlit Sky by Sean Layer, Plano, TX
Let My Heart Take It From Here by Randy Overton, Waxahachie, TX
Sanctuary by Natanee Paris, Agoura Hills, Ca
The Warmth of Your Love by Don Coyne, LA, CA
River of Memories by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Hate That I Love You by Deborah Gussin, Brian Bell, Luther Russell, LA, CA
Recipe of Love by DeDe Wedekind, Houston, TX
Let Me Love You by Mimi Balkey, Plano, TX

INSTRUMENTAL
Aural Therapy by Al Marcy, Downers Grove, IL
Analyze by Al Marcy, Downers Grove, IL
Russian Odyssey by Marc Tilson, Sacremento, CA
Enchanted Kingdom by Bill Wren, Port Aransas, TX
Recipe of Love by DeDe Wedekind, Houston, TX
Sell Me Out by DeDe Wedekind, Houston, TX
Shoot Out by Conrad Swartz, Vancouver, WA
Welcome Home by John Miltano, Miller Place, NY

NOVELTY / CHILDRENS
Today I'll Marry My Friend by DeDe WedeKind, Houston, TX
Dreamland by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx
The Christmas Song No One Knows by Renee Saffier, Andy Hill and Hard Rain, LA, CA
Chicken or Beer by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
Grow Up by Lauren Paley, Lauren Paley, Cedar Hill, Tx
Roly Poly With You by Rick Babb, Dallas, TX
Eenie Meenie by Ireland Casteel, Grapevine, TX
Cool To Be Kind by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS
What Would I Do by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS


POP
BREAK ME OPEN by Debra Gussin, Brian Bell, Luther Russell, LA, CA
FIND MYSELF by Jonathan Ditto, Kona, Hawaii
FOR A REASON by Richie Smith, Richardson, TX
INSIGNIFICANT OTHER by Andy Hill, Renee Safier and Hard Rain, Los Angeles, CA
I’M ALRIGHT by Jeff Moore, Baton Rouge, LA
I’M LOOKING AT YOU by Clark Ford, Ames, IA
LEANING ON HEAVEN by DeDe Wedekind, Houston TX
MYSTERY GIRL by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL
NEVER  COME by Sebastien Parentin, Strasbourg, Lorraine, France
OH JENNY by Debra Gussin, Brian Bell, Nate Shaw, LA, CA
ORDINARY DAY by Susan Odella, Virginia, MN
SELL ME OUT by DeDe Wedekind, Houston, TX
SHE’S A PISTOL by Vicki Lee, Pine Bluff, AK
SUNRISE by Pamela Olivia, Santa Clarita, CA
THIS MEANS WAR by Mary Jennings, Nashville, TN
WORD MAN by Stefanie Johnson, Allentown, PA
DEAR FEAR by Katie Riley, Poetry, TX
KICKS by Jacquelyn Schwartz, Dallas, TX
LOST by  Jacquelyn Schwartz, Dallas, TX
WALK AWAY by Rick Babb, Dallas, TX

SINGER SONGWRITER
10 FEET UNDER by M’Lynn Musgrove, Dallas, TX
CLEANSING RAIN by Jared LoStracco, Nacogdoches, TX
CRASH by M’Lynn Musgrove, Dallas, TX
HALLELUYAH TODAY by Denise Rosier, Lake Forest, CA
I’LL BE COMING HOME SOON by Edwin T. Doss, Silver Springs, MD
LET MY HEART TAKE IT FROM HERE by Randy Overton, Waxahachie, TX
RUNNING THROUGH NEW BROWN CORN by Edwin T. Doss, Silver Springs, MD
SMALL TOWN MASQUERADE by Haley McDaniel, Denton, TX
SOFT PLACE TO FALL by Debra Gussin, Jonathan Bluth, LA, CA
WILTED FLOWER by Erin James, Nashville, TN

Semifinalists are invited to perform at the Awards Dinner in Dallas on Dec. 13th, 7PM at Sons of Hermann Hall.

TOP TEN REASONS TO ENTER THE DSA SONG CONTEST

10. You can win a casio privia keyboard.

9. You can win cash

8. You can win a one year DSA membership or more.

7. You can get a free trial membership for entering online at Broadjam or Sonic Bids

6. Semifinalists get a chance to perform at the Awards or other DSA Showcases

5. Semifinalists and Winners get their names published in Songwriter Notes and the Press Release

4. Entrants can get peer review on their song

3. Winners get their songs on the awards soundcloud site.

2. Contest recognition looks good on your resume

1. We are a small contest, so you have a better chance to win.

Now in it's 26th year!

The DSA Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Offering over $5,000 in cash and prizes this year, the DSA has EIGHT categories in all. See Contest Rules for eligibility.

MOTIVATING AND UPLIFTING SONGWRITERS THRU EDUCATION

MUSE-Motivating and Uplifting Songwriters thru Education
DSA is a 501 C-3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing to songwriters everywhere opportunities for learning about the craft and business of songwriting. Songwriters Newsletter is published by the Dallas Songwriters Association c/o Sammons Center for the Arts 3630 Harry Hines Blvd Box 20 Dallas, TX 75219.
Barbara McMillen, Editor, Founding President Emeritus http://www.barbaramcmillen.com

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