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.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

DSA Song Contest Semifinalists

Grand Prize winner receives a Tradition Guitar.

Tradition Guitars and DSA at the Guitar Show in Dallas


AMERICANA

After You Go by David Spence, Austin, TX

Cross the River by Russell Southcott, Somerville, MA

Crows On A Line by Lisa Warner, Dallas, TX

Dusty by Rodney King, Nashville, TN

Go Ole Boy by Nancy Line, Clifton, VA

Last Thing On My Mind by James Eaton, Escondido, CA

Stonewall by Ward Parker, Brooklyn, NY

The Ballad of Bernie by Hank Woji, Terlingua, TX

The Driver by David Spense, Austin, TX

The Field by Daniel May, Drexel Hill, PA

The One by Greg Madden, Middletown, OH

When You Gonna Tell Her by Jaime Leopold, Portland, OR

Why do you love me like you do? by Lara Wisdom. Louisburg, KS

Wild Mountain by John McGill, Crestline CA

Worst Kept Secret by Mark Stepakoff, Wellsley, MA


BARE BONES

There were not enough entries to make a category, (guess we should have explained the category better) but our contest rules allowed us to place the few in the appropriate category.


COUNTRY

After You Go by David Spence, Austin, TX

Carolina Rain by Steven Sumners, Gunter, TX

Come What May by John Visconti, Merrick, NY

Every Way You love Me by Michael Baker, S Fremantle, Australia

Fishnet Hose by Mimi Balkey, Dallas, TX

Go Back by Jeff Moxcey, Waterville, ME

Gravity by Roger Kaye, Glens Falls, NY

Heartache by Scott Mallone, N Hollywood, CA

Is That You by Debra Gussin, LA, CA

Not Enough Love by Scott Malone, N Hollywood, CA

Palomino Pony by H Jay Carney, S Dartmouth, MA

So You Think You Can Cry by H Jay Carney, S Dartmouth, MA

Some Things You Don't Throw Away by Claire Ulanoff, Will Hopkins

Swing Out Wide by David Spence, Austin, TX

The War of 1812 by Lauren Smith, Livermore, CA

Thinking About The Wedding Night by Claire Ulanoff, Will Hopkins

Too Many Ways to Say Goodbye by George Strauss, Everett, WA


CHRISTIAN

Begin by Rachael Oludiji, Scottsdale, AZ

Every Day by Peter Farrell, Glasgow, Scotland

Hard and Unforgiving by Scott Tonkinson, Chandler, AF

I’m Believing for a Miracle by Lonnie Battsitini, Brandon, FL

Invisible Man by Eric Christensen, Verona, WS

Love is to Do Something No One Dares to Do by Takhiro, Nakanime, Yokohama, Japan

May the Road Rise to Meet You by Claire Ulanoff, Will Hopkins, Nashville, TN

Peter’s Song by Tom Boehmer, Richardson, TX

Stewards by John Watilo, Lewisville, Tx

Snow Angel by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA

There are Angels by Cheryl Merrick, Huntington, NY

Unworthy by Ray Rivera, Chandler, Tx

You’re Everything I’ve Got by James Rayburn, Amarillo, TX

INSTRUMENTAL

Ah, Freedom by Michael Bain, Arlington, TX

Chords N' Blues by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL

From Despair to Glory by Eduardo DeLa Iglesia Nieto, Madrid, Spain

Mixed Emotions by Edward Turton, Mungar, Australia

Optimism by Chris Trentham, Kentwood, MI

Wanderings by John Visconti, Merrick, NY


LOVE SONGS/ EASY LISTENING

Ace Boom Boom by Cordan Haveron, Ft Stewart, GA

After You Go by David Spence, Austin, TX

Alone by Tracy Newman, LA, CA

Joellen by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA

Our Love Will Never End by Debra Gussin, LA, CA

Point of View by Tod Pierce, Bronx, NY

Romeo by Andrea & Juliet Wilhelmi, Tucson, AZ

That Ain't Me by Claire Ulanoff, Will Hopkins, Nashville, TN

The Driver by David Spense, Austin, TX

The Girl with the Fun in Her Eye by Mimi Balkey, Dallas, TX

Touching, Talking, Laughing, Loving by Hillary Chapman, NY, NY


NOVELTY/ CHILDRENS

A Capella by Lanny Sherwin, Santa Barbara, CA

Granny's Got A Guitar by Lanny Sherwinn, Santa Barbara, CA

Harry the Dirty Dog by Frank Migliorell, Croton, NY

I Can't Rhyme by Lanny Sherwin, Santa Barbara, CA

I'm Allergic to My Job by Drew Jacobs, Latham, NV

I Wanna Go Fishing by Randy Heavin, Ok City, OK

Mark The Mighty Magnet by Frank Fulton, Annapolis, MD

Stinky Feet by Lanny Sherwin, Santa Barbara, CA

Tell Me The Time by Frank Fulton, Annapolis, MD

This Is Not A Guitar by Lanny Sherwin, Santa Barbara, CA


Hear these tracks on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/dsasongcontestnovchild


POP/ROCK/ALT/R&B

IBeloved Goodbyes by Eryn Shewell, East Windsor, NJ

Cliff Diving Feet. Bonni by Charles Goldberg, Newark, DL

Come Dance by H Jay Carney, S Dartmouth, MA

Delete by Noel Cohen, NY, NY

Don't Go by Robert Graham, Brockville, ONT, CAN

Emma Saw The Rainbow by Nancy Line, Clifton, VA

Goodnite by Merritt Graves, Pasadena, CA

I'll Do Just Fine Without You by H Jay Carney, S Dartmouth, MA

I've Already Won by Debra Gussin, LA, CA

Now I'm Gone by Rosie Hewat, London, UK

On My Knees by Capers Simmons, Walterboro, SC

One Minute Till Midnight by Karyna Cruz, Denton, TX

Outside (Looking In) by Ward Parker, Brooklyn, NY

Paper Sky by Ezra Vancil, Dallas, TX

Safe In My Dreams by Merritt Graves, Pasadena, CA

Save the World by Merritt Graves, Pasadena, CA

Soapbox of Reason by Sean Hughes, Newhall, CA

Something Warm by Peter Farrell, Glasgow, UK

Spinning by Matt Dahan, Hinghan, MA

Staring At The Future by Mimi Balkey, Dallas, TX

Sticks & Stones by Karyna Cruz, Denton, TX

Swing Out Wide by David Spence, Austin, TX

This Side Of The Gun by Lisa Torres, Castaic, CA

Train Wreck by Jeff Fiorello, NY, NY

SINGER/SONGWRITER

Company Town by Rob McHale, Troutman, NC

Dance the Dance by Hillary Hawn, W Hollywood, CA

Don’t Let Go by Baylee Kuss, McKinney, TX

Dream Serenader by Drew Ashe, Newborn, GA

Guiding Lights by R X Bertoldi, Everett, WA

Goodbye to Goodbyes by Ben Owens, Denton, TX

Let Me Believe by Bernadette Conant, Seaside, CA

Let’s Go by Capers Simmons, Walterboro, SC

Lord I Thank You For Your Love by Curlie Scott, Plano, TX

One of These Days by Ingrid Loli, Grosseto, Italy

Photographs by Noel Cohen, NY, NY

Shine by Lisa Torres, Castaic, CA

So You Know by Rosie Hewat, London, UK

Stop Foolin’ Yourself by Drew Ashe, Newborn, GA

The Feeling’s Mutual by Andy Huey, Toronto, Ont, CAN

Tired of Running On Faith by R X Bertoldi, Everett, WA

To Be Different by Baylee Kuss, McKinney, TX


VIDEO

Are We In Love by Sinem Varoglu, NY, NY

Get Your Cloths On by Peter Bacsalmasi, Calgary, Alberta, CAN

Let's Make It Right by Dom Stasi, Willow Springs, IL

Matter Of Opinion by Joseph Peragine, Brick, NJ

Romeo by Andrea & Juliet Wilhelmi, Tucson, AZ


The songwriters of the above songs will be revealed once the judging process is complete. Sorry about the formatting, just wanted to get this out today as promised. If your song did not make it this far, please don't be alarmed or discouraged. There were lots of great entries this year.

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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