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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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2015 DSA SONG CONTEST SEMIFINALISTS

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE AWARDS LUNCH ON DECEMBER 8 AT SONS OF HERMANN HALL IN DALLAS. GRAND PRIZE JUDGE, ROY ELKINS, WILL BE IN TOWN TO MC THE EVENT AND GIVE A FREE WORKSHOP THE NIGHT BEFORE.
 
AMERICANA/FOLK/BLUEGRASS
My Baby and Me  by  Roger Kaye, Glens Falls, NY
If You Were My Girl by Roger Kaye, Glens Falls, NY
Portrait in the Sand by  Patrice Luce Chapman, Rockport, TX
Old Shoebox  by Maxim Senin, Lakewood, CA
Liquor Don’t Lie by Mark Stepakoff, Wesley, MA
Oh My Soul by Nitanee Lawson, Malibu, CA
Flower in the Garden of Zeus  by Susan Chapin, Jackson Heights, NY
The Ghost of Jenny Hill  by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD

CHRISTIAN/INSPIRATIONAL
God You Are by Tyler Hook, Dallas, TX
Closer to You by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
I Believe  by Katie Riley, Dallas, TX
. In the Cross by Christopher Hart, McComb, MS
 No Greater Friend by Mathew Stemme, Castaic, CA
Yours by Debbie L. Rice, Lake Jackson, TX

COUNTRY
Angels in the Snow by Jeff Moxcey, Waterville, ME
Waiting Out the Wanting by Nitanee Paris, Malibu, CA
Guns or Roses by Rob Cariddi, Fort Mill, SC
Tennessee Winds by Roger Kaye, Glens Falls, NY
My New Harley Davidson by Roger Kay, Glen Falls, NY
My Baby and Me by Roger Kaye, Glens Falls, NY

INSTRUMENTAL
The Color of Groove by Lanny Sherwin, Santa Barbara, CA
Palette Full of Jazz by Lanny Sherwin, Santa Barbara, CA
Aina Hanu by John Keawe, Kapaau, Hawaii
Dancing with Danger by Robin Carr, LA CA
Sunwind by Marina Marina, Sacramento, CA

LOVE/EASY LISTENING
Once in a While by Paul McNair, Dallas, TX
Anytime by Paul McNair, Dallas, TX
Feel This Way by Sarah Ashley, Maryville, TN
One Little Sign by Robert Graham, Toronto, CAN
It’s You by Lyssabelle Dazzell, Bethhesda, MD
Happy Anniversary by  Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
The Loving Voice that I Know by Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
This Love by Joseph Cannavo, Miami, FL
Voices in the Rain by Marc Tilson, Sacramento, CA
What Am I Suppose to Do by Debra Gussin, Los Angeles, CA

NOVELTY/CHILDREN
A Hero Story by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS
Soda Pop Bop Randy Sauer, Hays, KS
Kitty is A Cougar by Mark Stepakoff, Wellesley, MA
Don’t React by Debra Gussin, Los Angeles, CA
Fishing Buddy by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
Homeland Insecurity by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD,
Slim’s Loose by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD

POP/ROCK/R&B/ALT
Batshit Crazy by Nitanee Paris, Malibu, CA
Cross My Heart and Hope to Die by Ron Wilson, Fort Dix, NJ
Dry Bones by Katie Riley, Dallas, TX
Home by Thierry Coupey, Montreal, Quebec
I See You by Paul McNair, Dallas, TX
Jesus in the Glove Box GK Menage, Miami, FL
Love Me Now by Jon Storm, Dallas, TX
Not This Time Again by Sarah Ashley, Maryville, TN
Searching Deeper by Arielle Payen, Port St Lucie, FL
Someday by Dom Stasi, Willow Springs, IL
Stupid Girl by Maxim Senin, Lakewood, CA
This Means War by Mary Jennings, Nashville, TN
U Mean So Nothing to Me by Debra Gussin, Los Angeles, CA
When I Feel Like This by Robert Graham, Toronto, CAN
Your Lips Are Lovely by Debra Gussin, Los Angeles, CA

SINGER/SONGWRITER
Memories Don’t Burn by Jennifer Marler, Terrell, TX
Healed by M'Lynn Musgrove, Dallas, TX
Preaching to the Choir by M'Lynn Musgrove, Dallas, TX
Less Lonely When You’re Gone by Danielle LaToof, Quinlin, TX
Lost and Found by Michael Waid, San Antonio, TX
Can’t Get Enough by Samuel Miller, Chico, CA
I Won’t Look Down by Joseph Holden, Preston, Germany
Just Lucky I Guess by Warren Hanson, Spring, TX
Real Love Next Time by Bonnie Warren, Philadelphia, PA
Lonely by Harp Samuels, Melbourne, Australia
Jessie Brown by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
I Want To Hear You Laugh  by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
Running Through the Brown Corn by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
On A Cold Christmas Day by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
Way Home Again by Jared LoStracco, Nacogdoches, TX

Semifinalists are invited to perform at the Awards Dinner on Dec. 8.

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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