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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 30 YEARS IN 2017

MOTIVATING & UPLIFTING SONGWRITERS THROUGH EDUCATION

Interview with 2012 DSA Song Contest Winner Macy Medford by Roger Russell



I recently had the privilege of interviewing Macy Medford and her mother Stacy.  Macy’s song she cowrote with Jonathan George “Just Me and You” was the grand prize winner for the 2012 DSA Song Contest.  Here is the interview.

Roger:  How old are you?
Macy:  I am 15 years old now.
Roger:  Are you attending high school now?
Macy:  I am a sophomore at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas.
Roger:  What instruments do you play?
Macy:  Guitar and Piano.
Roger:  Did you take lessons?
Macy:  Piano for 4 to 5 years while I was in elementary school and I am taking guitar lessons in high school.
Roger:  What was the first time you performed?
Macy:  I played Annie in the musical production the summer before fourth grade, however, the first time I performed on stage was the school Talent Show in 2nd Grade.
Roger:  What inspired you to write the song “Just Me and You”?
Macy:  Jason Mraz inspired me.  I wanted a song with ukelele in it.  The song is a combination of songs I have written.  Jonathan George was the cowriter and helped to decide how the song was written.
Roger:  Do you currently perform?
Macy:  I perform in the Houston area and in Los Angeles.
Roger:  Is the song available for people to purchase?
Macy:  My whole CD is available on iTunes.  I also have a website: macymedford.com where I have music and videos.  The video on the first page was recorded at Marilyn Monroe’s house in Los Angeles.
Roger:  Have you done other performances?
Macy:  I played Tinkerbell in a school play and I am currently playing Janet in the school production of the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone”.
Roger:  What was the first song you wrote?
Macy:  “Bye Bye” was written when I was 13.
Roger:  Do you aspire to be a singer/songwriter?
Macy:  Yes, in the future.  I have wanted this since the 5th or 6th grade.  I always liked English and Poetry and singing songs.
Roger:  Did you know who Beth Nielsen Chapman was before you won the guitar she had signed?
Macy:  Yes, and I was proud to win the guitar she signed.  I was on the Fox Morning Show when the guitar arrived and talked about it during my interview.
Roger:  Stacy, how do you feel?
Stacy:  I am so proud of her.
Roger:  Jonathan George is your cowriter.  How does he influence your songs.
Macy:  Sometimes he can change a word or two that takes the song in a whole new direction.
Roger:  What can you tell people about the music business?
Macy:  People don’t realize what it takes to put out a CD until they have actually done it.
Roger:  How many songs have you written and recorded?
Macy:  I have written 8 songs.  I wrote all of them with Jonathan as cowriter.
Roger:  Do you have a manager or agent?
Macy:  Jonathan George is my manager.
Roger:  How do you feel about winning the guitar?
Macy:  I am so honored to be recognized for my songwriting from the Dallas Songwriters Association.  I am very proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.

In conclusion, I am proud of Macy’s accomplishments.  She has a bright future ahead of her as a songwriter and performer.  At 15, she has already accomplished so much.  Winning an international songwriting contest is something that some people spend a lifetime working toward.  Her talent is a gift that she shares with the world and the Dallas Songwriters Association and I wish her the best in her songwriting.  I see all kinds of possibilities for a talent like Macy, and I feel that one day I will see Macy as a star, and have the memory of the interview I did when she won our songwriting contest.

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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