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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.

DSA is CELEBRATING 31 YEARS IN 2018

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Dallas Songwriters 2017 Song Contest Semi Finalists

SEMI FINALISTS

Americana
America I Miss You by Clark Ford Aimes, IA
Are There Hillbilly Bands In Heaven by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN
I’m Finally Going Home by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, Tn
Never by Ireland    Casteel, Grapevine,TX
Hard To Let You Go    by Nancy Line, Clifton, Virginia

Christian/Inspirational
A Cross On A Hill by Carol Montag, Cedar Rapids, IA
Addiction by Ireland    Casteel, Grapevine, TX
Come Unto Me by Kevin Hale,    Brentwood, TN
Give Me Grace by Jane Fallon, Brookline, NH
I Paid For Your Sins On Calvary by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN
Jesus Pick Me Up by Nancy    Line, Clifton, Virginia
Searching For Hope by Alexis Tapp, Wylie, Texas
Butterfly    by Shonna Stallworth, Dallas,TX
Hallelujah Moment by Susan Odella, Virginia MN
Hang On by Susan Odella, Virginia, MN
Heaven Had A Phone by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA
Hope Rising by Derrick Floyd, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Moving Mountains by D.B. Rielly,    NY, NY
Our Time by Debra M Gussin, Los Angeles CA

Country
Behind Bars by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Springs, MD
Blue Collar Man by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Bottled Promises by Hayley McDaniel, Jody Stewart Regner, Kerry Meacham, Denton, TX
Colorado by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Corn  Bread by Don Wall, Dallas, Tx
Cowboy Hats and Daisy Dukes by Andrew Loraditch, Arlington,TX
DALLAS by  Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Disappear For The Weekend by James Baker, Amarillo, TX
Hearts The Speaks by Jayne Sachs, Trotwood, OH
I Think Her Name Was Conchita by Alex Stuart, Phoenix, AZ
Little Hearts Break Too by Gregory Thoroman, Clint Davis, Coronado, CA
Save A Little For Me by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Something About Trains by Candy    Kattenburg, Nancy Line, Martinez, CA
Stuck     by Mark Patterson,    Lee Parvin, Bobert Tassi, Plano, TX
Take Me Home by Serges    Himbaza, Irving, TX
Texas Crude by Ross Miller,    Randy Crenshaw, Newton, MA
That Look In Your Eyes by James Baker, Amarillo, TX
The First Time by James    Baker, Amarillo, TX
Toys by Roy Williams, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
What Did I Do by Howard Delnick, Orleans, Ontario, Canada
 When Horses Were Better Than Boys by Jeff Moxcey, Waterville, ME

Instrumental
Going To Dallas by Franz Groll, Cologne, Germany
Leslie G by Roy Ash, Canton, TX
Mixit Roy by Ash, Canton    TX
Putting Together    by Roy Ash    , Canton, TX
Saxy Business by Roy    Ash, Canton,TX
Treacherous Trip To The Top     by Alexis Tapp, Wylie, Texas

Love
Dream With You by Ireland Casteel, Grapevine,TX
Even If It Hurts by Gladys Padron, Miami, FL
If It Mattered by Jane Fallon, Brookline, NH
Just A Summer Fling, by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA
Just To Be With You     by Denise Rosier, Colorado Springs, CO
Let’s all In Lovesick by Ross Miller    , Newton, MA
Valentine by Kari Tieger, Providence, RI

Novelty/Children's
You're Wrong    by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Springs, MD
Dinosaur Rag by BJ     Whitfield, Dallas,Tx
I married a Squirrel by    Nancy Line    , Clifton, Virginia
I Was A Dinosaur     by BJ Whitfield, Dallas,Tx
I'm A Honey Bee by Marv Conan, NY, NY
In Dreamland    by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Livin The Life by BJ Whitfield, Dallas,Tx
Muddin In A Truck by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS
Rescue Dog by Ross Miller, Randy Crenshaw, Newton, MA
Tamborine Star by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS
Texas Crude by Ross Miller, Randy Crenshaw, Newton, MA
That’s What I Like About You by BJ Whitfield, Dallas,Tx

Pop
Dance On The Ocean by Al Lumbreras, Carrollton, TX
Freedom by Robb Smith, Laguna Beach, CA
Get Me Out of My Head by Daniel Griffin, Lake View Terrace, CA
Heart and Soul by Thomas Kinney    , Red Wing, MN
I See Again by Jacquelyn Schwartz, Dallas, TX
I Will Never Set You Free by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
It Just Gets Better by Al Lumbreras, Carrollton, TX
Little Miss Tby Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Lose It by Daniel Griffin, Lake View Terrace, CA
Love Song by Casimiro Castro, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Maybe Tomorrow by Jose Gomez, NY, NY
One Foot On Your Doorstep by Renee Safier, Andy Hill & Hard Rain, Los Angeles, CA
Only Once by Ireland Casteel, Grapevine,TX
Pistol Packin' Mama by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Santa Cruz by Steven Ford, Dallas,TX
Taxman by Steven Ford, Dallas,TX
The State I'm In by Steven Ford, Dallas,TX
U So Mean Nothing 2 Me by Debra M Gussin, Los Angeles, CA
Waiting on a Train by Renee Safier, Andy Hill & Hard Rain, Los Angeles, CA
Worst Addiction by John Friday, Bonita Springs, Fl

Singer Songwriter
Darkness Falls by Michael Ryan, Clifton, VA
Dear Me by Hayley McDaniel, Jody Stewart Regner, Denton,TX
Fais Do Do by Michael Ryan, Clifton, VAHow It Feels by Michael Ryan, Clifton, VA
Just  Like That by Denise Rosier, Colorado Springs, CO
Life Beneath The Rust by Michael Ryan, Clifton, VA
Never by Ireland Casteel, Grapevine,TX
Say Anything by Megan Sullivan, Arlington, Tx
Tension Leave This Town by Megan Sullivan, Arlington, Tx
These Two Hands by Michael Ryan, Clifton, VA
Winter by Erin Clum, Nashville, TN
Wren    by Cameron Coiro, McKinney, TX

SemiFinalist are invited to perform at the Awards Dinner on Friday, December 8, 6:30 at the Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas, Tx

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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