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 30 YEARS IN 2017

MOTIVATING & UPLIFTING SONGWRITERS THROUGH EDUCATION

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Winners of the 2011 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest








GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
1. No Hard Feelings by Shane Martin, Independence, MN
2. River Dance by Ruben Estevez, Nashville, TN
AMERICANA 
1. Adenine by Kyle Carey, Portsmouth, NH
2. Over Now by Christal Prout (Chatham Street), Stephens City, VA
3. The Voice, by John Friday, Bonita Springs, FL
CHRISTIAN
1. The One by Keith Thompson, Las Vegas, NV
2. Let Jesus In by Keith Thompson, Las Vegas, NV
3. Deception by Paul McNair, Dallas, Tx

COUNTRY
1. No Hard Feelings by Shane Martin, Independence, MN
2. Grandpa, Why So Slow by Tom Biles, Keller,TX
3. River Dance by Ruben Estevez, Nashville, TN
INSTRUMENTAL
1. After The Storm by John Visconti, Merrick, NY
2. Gypsy Dancer by Andre Kerek, Miami, Fl
3. Half Past Dawn by Andre Kerek, Miami, Fl
LOVE SONGS/ EASY LISTENING
1. Y-E-S by Noel Cohen, Jenny Bruce, Jennifer Marks, NY, NY
NOVELTY / CHILDREN'S
1. Oliver Otter by Donna Lisa, Westfield, NJ
2. Fernando The Fantastic Fea by Brendan Watson, 3. Balmoral, Queensland, Australia
3. My Samior by Donna Lisa, Westfield, NJ
HM Poopie Diaper by Shoshana Sperling and Maury LaFoy (The Monkey Bunch) West Toronto, ONT
POP/ROCK/ALT/R&B
1. You're Everything by Noel Cohen, Amanda Droste and Dan Ferrari, NY, NY
2. It Should Be Me by Janine Wilson, Hyattsville, MD
3. Memories by Tara Priya, San Francisco, CA
SINGER/SONGWRITER
1. One Foot On Your Doorstep by Renee Safier, Andy Hill, and Hard Rain, Redondo Beach, CA
2. Crazy Daddy by Wyler Delray, Creve Coeur, IL
3. Stay Another Day by Renee Safier, Andy Hill, and Hard Rain, Redondo Beach, CA



Hard copy newsletter with announcement of winners: 


THANKS TO TRADITION GUITARS FOR GENEROUSLY DONATING THE GUITAR TO OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Semifinalist





AMERICANA 
Adenine by Kyle Carey, Providence, RI
A Hole in the Fence, by Rob McHale, Troutman, NC
Blue Sky Blues,  by Phil Henry, Rutland, VT
Breakfast for One on the 5th of July, by Ed Romanoff, Brooklyn, NY
Come, Follow Me, All You Restless Sailors, by Phyllis Travis, Houston, TX
Easy Street, by Drew Ashe, Newborn, GA
Enough is Enough by Jean Synodinos, Austin, TX
Hill of Death, by Mark W. Courtney, Las Cruces, NM
Lady Luck by Ed Romanoff, Brooklyn, NY
New Year's Prayer, by Ed Romanoff, Brooklyn, NY
Over Now by Chatham Street, Stephens City, VA
Solstice Morning, by Tom Neilson, Greenfield, MA
The Voice, by John Friday, Bonita Springs, FL
CHRISTIAN
Deception by Paul McNair, Dallas, Tx
For Your Glory by Jackie Doss, Dallas, Tx
Hail Mary by Joe Perlaky, Oregon, OH
I Never Realized by Robert Young, Hemmingen, Germany
Is This The Way by Charles Green, Danville, IL
Keep Walking On by Jami Jackson, Astoria, NY
Let Jesus In by Keith Thompson, Las Vegas, NV
Love Is Stronger by K-onna Mason, Provo, UT
Open Your Heart( and Let the Light Shine) by Keith Thompson, Las Vegas, NV
Promises Promises by Lance Watkins, Nashville, TN
Save Me by Joanna Endsley, Tyler, TX
Sudbury Rain by Matt Stemme, Castaic, CA
The One by Keith Thompson, Las Vegas, NV
You Carry Me by Brad Alden, Siren, WI
COUNTRY
Angel In My Arms by Wyler Delray, Creve Coeur, IL
Armour by Jaymie Jones, Omaha, NE
A Place To Land by David Carter, Jude Jones,Cincinnati, OH
Everytime I Hit The Bottle by Jeremy Pike, W. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, CAN
Fresh Air by Carmen Logan, Lancaster KY
Grandpa, Why So Slow by Tom Biles, Keller,TX
In by Brook Malouf, Stan Gassoway, Dallas, Tx
Jim Beam & George Jones by Wyler Delray, Creve Coeur, IL
Just Can't Help Myself by Lori Bunting, Antioch, CA
Let's Gamble On Us by Larry Dodge, Dallas, TX
Love Drunk by Erin James, Nashville, TN
No Hard Feelings by Shane Martin, Independence, MN
Pass It Down by Andrew Scott Willis, Chad Tyler, Gallipolis, OK
River Dance by Ruben Estevez, Nashville, TN
Side Effects by Lori Kelley, Centerville, VA
Someday by Jim Burnevik, Minneapolis, MN
Tex Appeal by Thalia Kalodimos, Chicago, IL
The Color Of Blue by Jim Burnevik, Minneapolis, MN
The Perfect Crime by Jean Synodinos, Austin, TX
You're Just 18 by Mathew Stemme-Writer, Castaic, CA
INSTRUMENTAL
After The Storm by John Visconti, Merrick, NY
Gypsy Dancer by Andre Kerek, Miami, Fl
Half Past Dawn by Andre Kerek, Miami, Fl
Laptop Lover by Paul McNair, Dallas, Tx
LOVE SONGS/ EASY LISTENING
A Deeper Meaning by Stonewall "Stoneman" Towery, Clayton, CA
A Soft Place To Fall by LV Band, Glen Ellyn IL
Before You Go by Sebastien Parentin, Loudrefing, France
In Between by Marissa DiBlasio, Valencia, CA
Let Me Love You by Mimi Bakley, Don Townsley, Steve Ritter, Dallas, TX
Looking In The Eyes Of A Heartache by John Visconti
Small Things by Andy Hill, Renee Safler and Hard Rain
Sweeter Than Temptation by Mike Corbin, Merrick, NY
The Way Things Are by David Spence, Austin, TX
What Used To Be by Hillary Chapman, NY, NY
Y-E-S by Noel Cohen, Jeremy Bruce, Jennifer Marks, NY, NY
NOVELTY / CHILDREN'S
Airport Blues by Lanny Sherwin, Santa Barbara, CA
Dad Said A Bad Word by Lanny Sherwin, Santa Barbara, CA
Down on Grandpa's Farm by Patricia Lou Harris, Klamath Falls, OR
Femme Fatale by Jan Seides, Austin, Tx
Fernando The Fantastic Fea by Brendan Watson, Balmoral, Queensland, Australia
Jungle Beat by Patricia Lou Harris, Terri & Josh Finch, Klamath Falls, OR
Milkshake Lake by Randy Sauer, Hays KS
My Samior by Donna Lisa, Westfield, NJ
Oliver Otter by Donna Lisa, Westfield, KS
Poopie Diaper by The Monkey Bunch, West Toronto, ONT
Santa's Dream Flight by Glen Naylor, Bright, Victoria, Australia
Seabiscuit by Lou Harris, Terri & Josh Finch, Klamath Falls, OR
Tell Us The Time by Frank Fulton, Annapolis, MD
Thank You For Giving Me A Chance by Becky Wright, Tahlequah, OK
POP/ROCK/ALT/R&B
23,999 MPH by Christopher Fisher, Broadalbin, NY
All I Want To Be by Davis McGee, Orlando, FL
Diva by Steve Ritter, Don Townsley, Dallas, TX
Exception To The Rule by Debra Gussin, Los Angeles, CA
In Everybody's Life by Geoff Rotunno, Solvang, CA
Inhale Life by Mellina Barnett, Moreton in Marsh, UK
It Should Be Me by Janine Wilson, Hyattsville, MD
Keeping Time by Jen D'Angora, Medford, MS
Let The Right One In by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA
Memories by Tara Priya, San Francisco, CA
Ode To A Tom by Danny McIntyre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
Sail On by David Bogosian, Eranston, RI
Stop Messin With My Mind by Marissa DiBlasio, Valencia, CA
Unfaithfully Departed by G William Boyd, Plano, TX
You're Everything by Noel Cohen, NY, NY
SINGER/SONGWRITER
Breakaway by Steve Bennett, Lake Cathie, Australia
Come On Home by Vicky Williams, Ennis, TX
Crazy Daddy by Wyler Delray, Creve Coeur, IL
Diary by Steve Johnson, Hot Springs Village, AK
Don't Tell Me by Mary Munsey, Abingdon, VA
Follow Me by Paul Cataldi, Fort Worth, TX
Freedom by Dennis McVay, Canton, OH
Granada, Mi Amor by Jaime Leopold, Portland, OR
Happy Goodbye by Pierre Mongeon, Eask York, Ont., CAN
Nothin' New by Mary Munsey, Abingdon, VA
One Foot On Your Doorstep by Renee Safier, Andy Hill and Hard Rain, Redondo Beach, CA
Stay Another Day by Renee Safier, Andy Hill and Hard Rain, Redondo Beach, CA
The House of Thieves by Leni Stern, NY, NY
Water Wheel by Randall Kronn, Winchester, MA
What Do We Know (about love) by Michael Holland, Boston, NY
You by Jefferson Headricks, Wickford, RI




Winner of the drawing for the Ipod is Wyler Delray, Creve Coeur, IL

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Semifinalist to be announced soon.

Sorry folks but our first round judges are dragging their feet. It seems that there were so many good songs that they are having to listen a second and third time. Please be patient with us.

Thanks,
DSA Board

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

DSA 2011 SONG CONTEST

Eight Song Categories
1. Christian/Inspirational
2. Country
3. Americana/Folk/Bluegrass
4. Pop/Rock/R&B/Alternative
5. Love Songs/Easy Listening
6. Children's/Novelty
7. Singer/Songwriter (songwriter is the performer)
8. Instrumental

Multiple Winners In Each Category
Entry Fee $20
Deadline: Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Submissions Close at Midnight. 

Enter Online 
at one of two DSA Song Contest Submission Partners:
To Enter Online, you Must Join Broadjam by
Receiving a Free 90 Day PROMoB Membership.

or

To Enter Onlineyou Must Join Sonic Bids
Receiving a Free 90 Day Membership with a 1 month Free Trial of Sonic Bid's EPK
Electronic Press Kit)

OR ENTER BY MAIL, 
download the contest form here.
Mail your check and entries to:
Dallas Songwriters Association
2011 Song Contest Director
Sammons Center For The Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #20
Dallas, Texas 75219
(voicemail) 214-750-0916 x1

MAIL IN ENTRIES MUST BE POST MARKED BY March 31st.
 or you can mail you entry form and CD and pay online at our DSA Kagi store with credit card or Paypal. Click here to enter our Kagi store.

Each entry is entered into the drawing for an IPOD
Drawing held April 12!

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2011
Drawing For Free Ipod: April 12, 2011
Semi-Finalists Announced: April 17, 2011
Finalists and Grand Prize Winners Announced: May 22, 2011

GRAND PRIZE
Premier Demo By

A Premier Nashville Recording Service
(List Value $705.00)
Beaird Music Group recorded the demo of Lady Antebellum's "I Run to You" which was just voted as the Single of the Year at the CMA Awards.

Grand Prize Winner, and
1st and 2nd Runner Up Receive:
($199.95 Value)
Includes Artist Website, 1 Yr. Hosting
1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

Additional Prizes
1st Runner Up Receives:
1 Day of FREE high quality recording on one song,  and a night in
Merlin's Cabin at RIVER SOUNDS on the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country.
Mastering of that song at Studio 232.


2nd Runner Up Receives:
Song Critique and fully produced demo
1st Place in Each Category Receives:
$100
A 1 year Broadjam MoB Membership ($49.95 value)
A 1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

2nd Place in Each Category Receives:
$50
A 1 year Broadjam MoB Membership ($49.95 value)
A 1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

Every Winner Receives:
DSA Membership ($50.00 Value)
Gift certificate from MyStudio.net


Need More Info?
Winners will be announced on-line


TOP TEN REASONS TO ENTER THE DSA SONG CONTEST
10. You can win a Traditions guitar.
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 Crossroads Showcase
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 podcast
2. Contest recognition looks good on your resume
1. We are a small contest, so you have a better chance to win.

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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