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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MOTIVATING & UPLIFTING SONGWRITERS THROUGH EDUCATION

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 WINNERS

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AMERICANA
1. Two Trains by Renee Saffier, Andy Hill and Hard Rain, LA, CA
2. Just Can't Drown a Broken Heart by Jared LoStracco, Nacogdoches, TX
3. My Unsung Hero by DeDe Wedekind, Houston, TX

CHRISTIAN
1. Hearts Wide Open by Michael R. J. Roth, Arlington, VA
2. It Could Be You by Robert Graham, Toronto, Can.
3. Praise You by Rick Babb, Dallas, TX        

COUNTRY
1. Still Enough by Tim Sharp, Tomball, TX 
2. Pills by Tim Sharp, Tomball, TX 
3. Wanted Man by Christopher Sjostrom, Bedford, TX

LOVE / EASY LISTENING
1. The Warmth of Your Love by Don Coyne, LA, CA
2. Let My Heart Take It From Here by Randy Overton, Waxahachie, TX
3. Sanctuary by Natanee Paris, Agoura Hills, Ca

INSTRUMENTAL
1. Shoot Out by Conrad Swartz, Vancouver, WA
2. Aural Therapy by Al Marcy, Downers Grove, IL
3. Enchanted Kingdom by Bill Wren and Frank Ralls, Port Aransas, TX

NOVELTY / CHILDRENS
1. Grow Up by Lauren Paley, Lauren Paley, Cedar Hill, Tx (email)
2. Cool To Be Kind by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS (email)
3. The Christmas Song No One Knows by Renee Saffier, Andy Hill and Hard Rain, LA, CA
3. Roly Poly With You by Rick Babb, Dallas, TX
HM Eenie Meenie by Ireland Casteel, Grapevine, TX    (email)
HM Dreamland by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

POP
1. INSIGNIFICANT OTHER by Andy Hill, Renee Safier and Hard Rain, LA, CA
2. BREAK ME OPEN by Debra Gussin, Brian Bell, Luther Russell, LA, CA
3. SUNRISE by Pamela Olivia, Santa Clarita, CA 
HM FOR A REASON by Richie Smith, Richardson, TX

SINGER SONGWRITER
1. SMALL TOWN MASQUERADE by Haley McDaniel, Denton, TX
2. CLEANSING RAIN by Jared LoStracco, Nacogdoches, TX
3. HALLELUYAH TODAY by Denise Rosier, Lake Forest, CA
HM SOFT PLACE TO FALL by Debra Gussin, Jonathan Bluth, LA, CA

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
1. Enchanted Kingdom by Bill Wren and Frank Ralls, Port Aransas, TX
2. Just Can't Drown a Broken Heart by Jared LoStracco, Nacogdoches, TX
3. CLEANSING RAIN by Jared LoStracco, Nacogdoches, TX

Read Grand Prize Judge Roy Elkins Comments

WINNER OF THE IPOD
Jeffery Moore, Baton Rouge, LA  His entry, This Love, #102 was drawn.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

DSA Song Contest Awards Dinner

Coming Tuesday December 13, 7PM,  at Sons of Hermann Hall. Semifinalists performing at the Awards Dinner. RSVP here.
https://dallassongwriters.org/event/2nd-tuesday-monthly-dsa-meeting-2016-12-13-2/2016-12-13/

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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