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 31 YEARS IN 2018

MOTIVATING & UPLIFTING SONGWRITERS THROUGH EDUCATION

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Winners of the 2018 Song Contest

AMERICANA
1. The Man Who Drank Your Life Away by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN
2. Stuck by Mark Patterson, Plano, TX
3.  A Hard Road Diggin That Coal by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN
HM Movin' On  by Michael Roth, Arlington, VA

CHRISTIAN
2. Pull Me Up by John Latini, Ypsilanti, MI
3. Bless Your Soul by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN

COUNTRY
1. Drop Dead Gorgeous Day by Bobby McCormick
2. Fire by Susan Odella, Virginia, MN
3. Wanderin’ Eye by Mimi Balkey & Snag, Dallas, TX

INSTRUMENTAL
1. Side Step by Bill Wren, Rockport, TX
2. Fais Deaux Deaux by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
3. Come Sundown by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL

LOVE SONGS/EASYLISTENING
1. All the Lovin' I Need by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA
2. After All This Time by Phil Ipsan, NY, NY
3. Bluebirds and Butterflies by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX

NOVELTY/CHILDREN
1. Spiderwebs in my Heart by Clark Ford, Aims, IA
2. Real Moontan by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA
3. The App Song by Charles Carter, Dallas,TX

POP/ROCK/ALT/R&B
1. Pull Me Up by John Latini, Ypsilanti, MI
2. Your Brain On Love by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA
3. All of Our Lives by Phil Ipsan, NY, NY
HM I Will Never Set You Free by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX

SINGER/SONGWRITER
1. Gypsy Heart by Stefanie Johnson, Bethleham, PA
2. That’s The Way The Wind Blows by John Latini, Ypsilanti, MI
3.  Reinventing Ourselves by Debra Gussin, LA, CA
HM  Broken Horses by Scott Thorn, Aitkin, MN

GRAND PRIZE WINNER  
1. Pull Me Up by John Latini, Ypsilanti, MI
2. All the Lovin' I Need by Louis Cates, Alexandria, VA

3. Broken Horses by Scott Thorn, Aitkin, MN

Number 66, “Forever Now,” was drawn from all the song contest entries. The Winner of The Bluetooth Speaker is Charles Carter, Dallas, TX

See Grand Prize Judge, Roy Elkins', Comments

https://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com/p/2018-song-contest-judge-roy-elkins.html

Saturday, December 1, 2018

DSA CHRISTMAS PARTY AND AWARDS DINNER, Dec.8

Saturday December 8, 2018
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St.
Dallas, Texas 75226

6:00pm….Doors Open
6:30pm….Buffet Begins
7:00pm….Program begins

Admission: $20.00 Advance Purchase……$25.00 At The Door
Buy your advance tickets now on-line and save 20%

The DSA Awards Banquet committee has been steadily working overtime on your behalf to bring about this years exciting program in which we recognize and honor the exceptional talent within our ranks.

According to our independent, industry professional judges, the song entries in both our international and monthly song contests are outstanding! I can hardly wait to hear the results.

You will enjoy a Christmas Buffet and performances by semifinalist from our song contest and membership meeting song critiques. 


Come and enjoy the fellowship of your fellow songwriters.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 SEMIFINALISTS

SEMIFINALIST

AMERICANA
Not a Penny For Me by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Movin' On  by Michael Roth, Arlington, VA
Not for the Life of Me by Louis Cate, Alexandria, VA
Forgive Me by Scott Thorn, Aitkin, MN
Broken Horses by Scott Thorn, Aitkin, MN ?
Kiss The Ground Kind of Day by Ebenio Painterofsong, Beaumont, CA 
That's the Way the Wind Blows by John Latini, Ypsilanti, MI
The Sturdiest of Trees by Ron Renninger, Teaneck, NJ
The Old Wrecked Vet by Rio King, Plano, TX
A Hard Road Diggin That Coal by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN
The Man Who Drank Your Life Away by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN
When The Fertilizer Hits the Fan by Mark Patterson, Plano, TX
Stuck by Mark Patterson, Plano, TX
I'm in Lonesome Valley by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN


COUNTRY
Bayou Sef by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Dallas by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Date with an Angel by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Drop Dead Gorgeous Day by Bobby McCormick
Darlin, this is Real by by Mimi Balkey & Snag, Dallas, TX
Fire by Susan Odella, Virginia, MN
He Deserves the Hat by Jane Fallon, Brookline, VA
I Fall Apart by Andy Hill, Renee Safier & Hard Rain, Redondo Beach, CA
Red River Ramblin Man by Rio King, Plano, TX
Stuck by Parvin & Patterson, Plano, TX
Save a Little for Me by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Wanderin’ Eye by Mimi Balkey & Snag, Dallas, TX
What did I Miss by Bobby Caputo, Lake Oswego, OR
When the Fertilizer hits the Ventilator by Parvin & Patterson, Plano, TX

CHRISTIAN
Bless Your Soul by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN
I Am Praying  by Charles Carter Dallas, TX
Judgement Day  by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX              
Mercy In The Saviors Heart by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN
Pull Me Up by John Latino, Ypsilanti, MI
Spirit Move  by  Denise Rosier, Lake Forest, CA
Street Angel  by  Louie Cate,  Alexandria, VA
That Day On Calvary by Kevin Hale, Brentwood, TN

INSTRUMENTAL
Come Sundown by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL
Fais Deaux Deaux by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Side Step by Bill Wren, Rockport, TX
So Long Old Friend by Bill Wren, Rockport, TX
The Soldiers Widow by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Where Is She Now by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX

NOVELTY/CHILDREN
The App Song by Charles Carter, Dallas,TX
Sonic or Dairy Queen by Charles Carter, Dallas,TX
Reading Bug by Denise Rosier, Lake Forest, CA
Happy Hippo Hop by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS
Freddie The Fish by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS
Real Moontan by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA
Rockin Reindeer by Melissa Standifird, Dallas, Tx
Rottin Reindeer by Melissa Standifird, Dallas, Tx
Christmas Time In Texas by Melissa Standifird, Dallas, Tx
The Christmas Blues by Melissa Standifird, Dallas, Tx
Spiderwebs in my Heart by Clark Ford, Aims, IA
Going With My Cousin to See Santa at The Mall by John Latini, Ypsilanti, MI

LOVE SONGS/EASYLISTENING
After All This Time by Phil Ipsan, NY, NY
All the Lovin' I Need by Louis Cates, Alexandria, VA
Bluebirds and Butterflys by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Dreamland by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
If I Stepped Onto That Train by Michael Roth, Arlington, VA
Lovin' You by Sean Layer, Rowlett, TX

POP/ROCK/ALT/R&B
All of Our Lives by Phil Ipsan, NY, NY
Black Ice by Paul McNair, Dallas, TX
Break Me Open by Debra Gussin, LA, CA
Brothers In Arms by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Cajun T by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Colorado by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Date With An Angel by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Energy by Tiffany Rose, Grand Prairie, TX
Gold and Tears by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
I Will Never Set You Free by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
I’m Talking To You Paul McNair, Dallas, TX
In Dream Land by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Little Miss T by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Meet Me In Vegas by Jill Riddiford and Rollerblue Dee Why, Australia
Pistol Packin’ Mama by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Pull Me Up by John Latini, Ypsilanti, MI
Soldier Of Fate by Jill Riddiford and Rollerblue Dee Why, Australia
Space Cowboy by Jill Riddiford and Rollerblue Dee Why, Australia
The Riding Song by by Jill Riddiford and Rollerblue Dee Why, Australia
The Very Few by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
There’s A Time For Loving You by Howard Delnick, Orleans, ONT, CAN
World Falls Away by Debra Gussin, LA, CA
Your Brain One Love by Louis Cates, Alexandria, VA
Zipcode by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
Zombie Attach by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX

SINGER/SONGWRITER
Top-shelf and Falling by William Wheeler, Dallas, TX
Forgive Me by Scott Thorn, Aitkin, MN
Broken Horses by Scott Thorn, Aitkin, MN
Yesterdays Corn by Roy Allen, Tehachapi, CA
HOLE IN MY POCKET by Gary Mazzola, Bethlehem, PA
Gypsy Heart by Stefanie Johnson, Trophy Club, TX
REINVENTING OURSELVES by Debra Gussin, LA, CA
Tell Me Why by Sandy Simmons, Carrollton, TX

That’s The way The Wind Blows by John Latini, Ypsilanti, MI

Semifinalist are invited to perform at the Awards Dinner on December 8 at Sons of Hermann Hall Dallas, TX.

Monday, October 1, 2018

2018 contest closed

Semifinalist will be announced Nov 1. 

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


Cash Prizes +

THANKS TO OUR SONG CONTEST SPONSORS

 



1st Runner Up
 wins studio time at
River Sounds Recording Resort







2nd Runner up
wins recording time at 
Jo-Musik


Grand Prize winners receive:
($199.95 Value) 
Includes Artist Website, 1 Yr. Hosting
1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

Category winners get cash prizes
Winners announced at our Awards Banquet on December 8.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Dallas Songwriters 2018 Song Contest Now Accepting Entries through September 30th

Eight Song Categories
1. Christian/Inspirational
2. Country
3. Americana/Folk/Bluegrass
4. Pop/Rock/RnB/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 $25
Deadline: Sunday, Sept 30th
Submissions Close at Midnight. 

Enter Online 
at DSA's Song Contest Submission Partner:
To Enter Online, you Must Join Broadjam by
Receiving a Free 90 Day PROMoB Membership.

OR ENTER BY MAIL
download the contest form here.
Mail your check and entries to:
Dallas Songwriters Association
2013 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 Sept 30th.
 or you can mail you entry form and CD and pay online at our DSA store with credit card or Paypal. https://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association

Each entry is entered into the drawing for a blue tooth speaker
Drawing held Nov 1!

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: Sept 30th
Drawing For Free Bluetooth Speaker: Nov 1, 2018
Semi-Finalists Announced: Nov 1, 2018
Finalists and Grand Prize Winners Announced: Dec 8, 2018

GRAND PRIZE

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

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.


2nd Runner Up Receives:
Song Critique from Barbara McMillen, Associate Professor of Songwriting at Collin College
and recording time at Joe Musik Studio


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

Every Winner Receives:
DSA Membership ($50.00 Value)


Need More Info?
Winners will be announced on-line

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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