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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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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

2013 WINNERS ANNOUNCED


GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

1. Do You Believe by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA
2. Looking Glass by Rick Webster, Perth, Australia
3. 3, 2, 1 by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA

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CATEGORY WINNERS

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Americana

Cook a Chicken by Whitley Hill, Nashville, TN
2. Old Grim by Eric Bettencourt, Portland, ME
3. Carla Moore by Brian Kalinec, Houston, TX

Christian / Inspirational

1. He Did His Best Work On Wood by T Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, VA
2. First Church of The Last Chance by Brent Benton, Plano, TX
3. Point Me Home by Stephen McWhirter, New Albany, IN

Country

1. Guitar Players Get The Girls by Debra Gussin and Marty Dodson, Los Angeles, CA
2. Dancing on Dandelions by Roger Kaye, Glens Fallas, NY
3. Driftwood You and Me by Kevin Reardon, Riverside, CT

Instrumental

1. Looking Glass by Rick Webster, Perth, Australia
2. Dogs In Paradise by Charlie Hill, Tulsa, OK
3. Warrior by Arek Religa, Chicago, ILWarrior

Love

1. A New Love Song by Nitanee Paris Lawson and Jonathan Bluth, Malibu, CA
2. When Did You Know by Glen Naylor, Bright, Australia
3. So Beautiful by Katie Hardyman, Pampoolah, Taree, NSW, Australia

Novelty / Childrens 

1. Down To Earth by Kate Diaz, Chicago, IL
2. The Christmas Song No One Knows by Renee Safier, Andy Hill and James Vermilya, Redondo Beach, CA 
3. Dig Into Reading by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS

Pop/Rock/Alt/RnB

1. Do You Believe by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA
2. 3, 2, 1 by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA
3. Like They Do It In The Movies by Nitanee Paris Lawson, Malibu, CA
HM. So Long by Maureen Fichten, Manalapan, NJ

Singer / Songwriter

1. Smoke & Ashes by Denise Rosier, Lake Forest, CA
2. Smallest Act of Kindness by Cal Scott, Portland, OR
3. Trans-Pecos Serenade by Eddie Lott, Dallas, TX


2013 SEMIFINALISTS


Americana

1. Carla Moore by Brian Kalinec, Houston, TX
2. Parting Song by Melissa Bandura, Richmond N., BC, Canada
3. Possum Trot Road by Richard Mack Harrell, Boca Raton, FL
4. Memory Museum by Mark Stepakoff, Wellesley, MS
5. Circle Back by Michael Henchman, Vancouver, WA
6. Screen Door by Martin Flannagan, Baton Rouge, LA
7. Cold Blood by Mark Stepakoff, Wellesley, MS
8. The Twilight Years by Roy Williams, Woodbridge, ONT, Canada
9.  Lost Angel by Eric Stone, Boulder, CO
10. Old Grim by Eric Bettencourt, Portland, ME
11. Lonely at the Bottle by Tom Biles, Keller, TX
12. Cook a Chicken by Whitley Hill, Nashville, TN

Christian / Inspirational

 1. When A Soldier Comes by Kevin Reardon, Riverside, CT
2. Spirit's Hymn by Denise Rosier, Lake Forest, CA
3.The Sky Is The Limit by Lanny Sherwin, Santa Barbara, CA
4. He Did His Best Work On Wood by T Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, VA
5. Point Me Home by Stephen McWhirter, New Albany, IN
6. Snowflake by Randall Brown, Mineola, TX
7. Sing It by Carl Peterson, Paw Paw, MI
8. A Dance With Angels by Rob Cariddi, Fort Mill, SC
9. First Church of The Last Chance by Brent Benton, Plano, TX
10.  Sweet Communion by Brent Benton, Plano, TX

Country

1. All Part Of Our Love by Kevin Reardon, Riverside, CT
2. Already Gone by Wyler Delray, Creve Coeur, IL
3. Dancing on Dandelions by Roger Kaye, Glens Fallas, NY
4. Dear John Letter Again by Roger Kaye, Glens Fallas, NY
5. Driftwood You and Me by Kevin Reardon, Riverside, CT
6. Guitar Players Get The Girls by Debra Gussin and Marty Dodson, Los Angeles, CA
7. Headstone by Roger Kaye, Glens Fallas, NY
8. I Knew by James Hoppe, Aliso, CA
9. I Miss Someone All the Time by Wyler Delray, Creve Coeur, IL
10. I'll Meet You In Dallas by Krystan Bellows, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
11. If You Were My Girl by Roger Kaye, Glens Fallas, NY
12. Professional Help by T Ediwn Doss, Silver Spring, VA 
13. The Point of No Return by Wyler Delray, Creve Coeur, IL
14. Your Memory's Never Done Me Wrong by Brent Benton, Plano, TX

Instrumental

1. Backlash by Lou DeAdder, Whitby, Canada
2. Dogs In Paradise by Charlie Hill, Tulsa, OK
3. Friday Night Chant by Tomer George Cohen, Latin, Israel
4. Jazzy by Lou DeAdder, Whitby, Canada
5. Looking Glass by Rick Webster, Perth, Australia
6. Warrior by Arek Religa, Chicago, IL

Love

1. A New Love Song by Nitanee Paris Lawson and Jonathan Bluth, Malibu, CA
2. Caught by Stephanie Krawiee, Bloomfield Hills, MI
3. I Keep On Wanting You by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL
4. A Paris August Moon by Glen Naylor, Bright, Australia
5. So Beautiful by Katie Hardyman, Pampoolah, Taree, NSW, Australia
6. The Very Best In Me by Jordan Spivack, Nanuet, NY
7. When Did You Know by Glen Naylor, Bright, Australia
8. Where The Willows Weep by Glen Naylor, Bright, Australia

Novelty / Childrens 

1. Echo The Gecko by Jordan Spivack, Nanuet, NY
2. Cat In My Hoody by Robert Stelmach, White Rock, BC, Canada
3. Rockin' THe Kazoo by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS
4. The Christmas Song No One Knows by Renee Safier, Andy Hill and James Vermilya, Redondo Beach, CA 
5. Down To Earth by Kate Diaz, Chicago, IL
6. Jasper's Worst Christmas by Whitley Hill, Nashville, TN
7. Jonathan Baker by Robert Graham, Toronto, Canada
8. Dig Into Reading by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS

Pop/Rock/Alt/RnB

1. 3, 2, 1 by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA
2. Do You Believe by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA
3. Ice Cream by Stephanie Krawiee, Bloomfield, MI
4. Like They Do It In The Movies by Nitanee Paris Lawson, Malibu, CA
5. Lucid Lover by Jessi Teich, Philadelphia, PA
6. Museum Day  by Patrick Bisaillon and Marc Bourbonniers of Plead Guilty, Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
7. River by Heidi Zettl, Allen, TX
8. Shade of Grey (Starlight Mix) by James Hoppe, Aliso Viejo, CA
9. So Long by Maureen Fichten, Manalapan, NJ
10. Story Of A Broken Heart by Stephanie Krawiee, Bloomfield, MI

Singer / Songwriter

1. Trans-Pecos Serenade by Eddie Lott, Dallas, TX
2. Open a Vein by Martin Flannagan, Baton Rouge, LA
3. Smallest Act of Kindness by Cal Scott, Portland, OR
4. Hands of Angels by Steve Schultz, Poughkeepsie, NY
5. Shadow by Steve Schultz, Poughkeepsie, NY
6. Nicer Here by Davis McGee, Orlando, FL
7. Beautiful Like You by Davis McGee, Orlando, FL
8. Smoke & Ashes by Denise Rosier, Lake Forest, CA
9. Honey Pie by Nitanee Paris Lawson, Malibu, CA
10. Empty Space by Sebastien Parentin, Loudrefing, France
11. Slow Work in Progress by T Ediwn Doss, Silver Spring, VA 
12. On A Cold Cold Christmas Day by T Ediwn Doss, Silver Spring, VA 
13. Philadelphia by Eric Colville, Ipswich, MA

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.

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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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