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

DSA is CELEBRATING 33 YEARS IN 2020

MOTIVATING & UPLIFTING SONGWRITERS THROUGH EDUCATION

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Dallas Songwriters 2021 Song Contest Winners

 AMERICANA/BLUEGRASS

1. California by John Mason, Dallas, Tx

2. Bayou Sef by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

3. Gone Gone Gone by Michael RJ Roth, Eric Ramsey, Rio Rancho, NM


CHRISTIAN/INSPIRATIONAL

1. Best Work On Wood by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD

2. My Amazing Grace by Debra M Gussin, Los Angeles, CA

3. One Rich Man by T. Edwin Doss, Robert Gann, Silver Spring, MD


COUNTRY

1. Whittle by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD

2. Cowboy Bootie by Diane Kelley, McEwen, TN

3. I’m Sorry by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

HM Kiss Me In The Kitchen by David Hardwick, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany


INSTRUMENTAL

1. Farewell My Angel by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL

2. Come Sundown Piano Concerto by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL

3. Re-Discovery by Noreen Inglesi, Cranston, RI


LOVE SONGS & EASY LISTENING

1. Baby You're Gone by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX

2. Crazy by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX

3. That Man You Imagine by Wayne Gathright, Austin, TX

HM Over the Moon Over You by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA


NOVELTY/CHILDREN

1. My Wish List by Debra Gussin, Los Angeles, CA

2. My Dad, My Dog, and Me by Karel Daniels, Miami, FL

3. Slay Me With Your Eyes by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA


POP/ROCK/ALT/R&B

1. Except You by Thomas Marshall, Toronto, Ont, CAN

2. She Takes Me by Anthony Recchia, Bellmore, NY

3. Tidal Wave by Colton Tapp, Gordon Pagoda, St Paul, TX

HM Miss The Heat by Debra Gussin, Stacy Hogan, Los Angeles, CA


SINGER/SONGWRITER

1. Zip Code by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

2. Hey Now by Warren Hein, San Jose, CA

3. Daddy Had a Bad Day by Bob Divoli, Lincoln, MA


GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

1. Slay Me With Your Eyes by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA

2. Gone Gone Gone by Michael RJ Roth, Eric Ramsey, Rio Rancho, NM

3. Come Sundown Piano Concerto by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL

HM. Except You by Thomas Marshall, Toronto, Ont, CAN

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Dallas Songwriters 2021 Song Contest Semifinalists -

 DSA SONG CONTEST 2021 - SEMIFINALISTS (11/8/2021)


AMERICANA/BLUEGRASS

57 Chevy by Robert J Conaway, Windsor, MA

Bayou Sef by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Beautiful Mess by Bob Divoli, Lincoln, MA

California by John Mason, Dallas, Tx

Dreamland by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Farewell to Maggie Valley by Dan Weber, Richardson, TX

Gone Gone Gone by Michael RJ Roth, Eric Ramsey, Rio Rancho, NM

Hayride by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Heaven or Hell by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

It’s a Long, Long Road by Thomas Burns, Madison, WI

King of the interstate by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Miss Peggy Lee Sings the Blues by Bob Divoli, Lincoln, MA

Secondhand by Eric Ramsey, Scottsdale, AZ

Sonic or Dairy Queen by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

The Tunnel by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Weight of a Dream by Michael RJ Roth, Harry Wolf, Rio Rancho, NM

When I Look Into Your Eyes by Melinda Starnes, Augusta, GA

You Make Me Wanna Dance by Dan Weber, Lynn McCracken, Richardson, TX


CHRISTIAN/INSPIRATIONAL

Best Work On Wood by T. Edwin DossSilver SpringMD

Dear Jesus by Shelly LeeJackson, MI

He Wants You Back by Rich KollenbergLincolnCA

Half My Hearts In Heaven by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA

Home by Kenny Favero, McKinney, TX

My Amazing Grace by Debra M GussinLos AngelesCA

One Rich Man by T. Edwin Doss, Robert Gann, Silver SpringMD

The Promise by Jim Aitken, KilmarnockScotland

Dear Jesus by Shelly LeeJackson, MI


COUNTRY

A Hard Refrain by Bobby Caputo, Lake Oswego, OR

Bayou Sef by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Blue Coller Man by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Colorado by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Comin’ Home To You by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Cowboy Bootie Call by Diane Kelley, McEwen, TN

Dallas Tonight by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Date With An Angel by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Don’t Go Making Promises by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Dream Land by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

I’m Sorry by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

In Dream Land by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Kiss Me In The Kitchen by David Hardwick, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Whittle by T. Edwin DossSilver SpringMD


INSTRUMENTAL

Alone Again by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Come Sundown by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL

Farewell My Angel by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL

Last Bus To Hell by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Night On Zombie Mountain by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Pads by Lance French, Rowlett, Tx

Re-Discovery by Noreen Inglesi, Cranston, RI

The Devils Willing by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

The Soldiers Widow by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Where Is She Now by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx



LOVE SONGS & EASY LISTENING

Baby You're Gone by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX

Bluebirds and Butterflies by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Crazy by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX

Dallas by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Dreamland by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Farewell My Angel by Andre Kerek, Miami, FL

Lover's Rendezvous by T. Edwin DossSilver SpringMD

Over the Moon Over You by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA

Save a Little For You by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Still in Love With You by T. Edwin DossSilver SpringMD

That Man You Imagine by Wayne Gathright, Austin, TX



NOVELTY/CHILDREN

Bluebirds and Butterflies by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

I Got an App for That by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

I Hate Jazz by Wayne Gathright, Austin, TX

In Dreamland by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

King of the Interstate by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

My Dad, My Dog, and Me by Karel Daniels, Miami, FL

My Wish List by Debra Gussin, Dale Effren, Los Angeles, CA

Peas Porridge by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Slay Me With Your Eyes by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA

The Smilers by Kelli Caldwell, Portland, OR



POP/ROCK/ALT/R&B

Comin Home To You by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Dallas by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Dreamland by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Except You by Thomas Marshall, Toronto, Ont/CAN

I Knew Her When She Wasn’t All That by Wayne Gathright, Austin, TX

Miss The Heat by Debra Gussin, Stacy Hogan, Los Angeles, CA

She Takes Me by Anthony Recchia, Bellmore, NY

Start Again by Phil Ipsan, New York, NY

Summer Days by Halim & Jamil Muhammad, DeSoto, TX

Tidal Wave by Colton Tapp, Gordon Pagoda, St Paul, TX

We Pray Love Never Ends by Stonewall Towery, Clayton, CA

Wicked Web by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX

Zip Code by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx



SINGER/SONGWRITER

Daddy Had a Bad Day by Bob Divoli, Lincoln, MA

Dallas by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx

Hey Now by Warren Hein, San Jose, CA

Magic of Music by Randall Mark, El Cajon, CA

Shahre Adamha by Amir Hossei Nouri, Tehran, Iran

The Speed of Life by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX

These Are the Days by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX

Tidal Wave by Colton Tapp, Gordon Pagoda, St Paul, TX

Transistor Radio by Bob Divoli, Lincoln, MA

White Dream by Amir Hossei Nouri, Tehran, Iran

Zip Code by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx


Winners announced at Awards Program on January 15, 2022. Program will be via Zoom streamed to Dallas Songwriters Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters 
Semifinalists invited to perform via Zoom. Contact Harry Hewlett.

Monday, November 8, 2021

DSA SONG CONTEST 2021 - SEMIFINALISTS

  DSA SONG CONTEST 2021 - SEMIFINALISTS (11/8/2021)


AMERICANA/BLUEGRASS:

57 Chevy

Bayou Sef

Beautiful Mess

California

Dreamland

Farewell to Maggie Valley

Gone Gone Gone

Hayride

Heaven or Hell

It’s a Long, long road

King of the interstate

Miss Peggy Lee Sings the Blues

Secondhand

Sonic or Dairy Queen

The Tunnel

Weight of a Dream

When I Look Into Your Eyes

You make me wanna dance


CHRISTIAN/INSPIRATIONAL:

Best work on wood

Dear Jesus

He wants you back

Half my hearts in heaven 

Home

My amazing Grace 

One rich man

The promise


COUNTRY:

A HARD REFRAIN

BAYOU SEF

BLUE COLLER MAN 

COLORADO

COMIN HOME TO YOU

COWBOY BOOTIE CALL 

DALLAS TONIGHT

DATE WITH AN ANGEL

DON’T GO MAKING PROMISES 

DREAM LAND

I’M SORRY

IN DREAM LAND

KISS ME IN THE KITCHEN 

WHITTLE


INSTRUMENTALS

Alone Again

Come Sundown

Farewell My Angel

Last Bus To Hell

Night On Zombie Mountain

Pads

Re-Discovery

The Devils Willing

The Soldiers Widow

Where Is She Now



LOVE SONGS & EASY LISTENING:

Baby, You're Gone 

Bluebirds and Butterflies 

Crazy

Dallas

Dreamland

Farewell My Angel 

Lover's Rendezvous 

Over the Moon

Save a Little For You

Still in Love With You 

That Man 

You Imagine


NOVELTY/CHILDREN:

Bluebirds and Butterflies

I Got an App for That

I Hate Jazz

In Dreamland

King of the Interstate

My Dad, My Dog, and Me

My Wish List

Peas Porridge

Slay Me With Your Eyes

Smilers


POP/ROCK/ALT/R&B:

Comin Home To You

Dallas

Dreamland

Except You

I Knew Her When She Wasn’t All That

Miss The Heat

She Takes Me

Start Again

Summer Days

Tidal Wave

We Pray Love Never Ends

Wicked Web

Zip Code


SINGER/SONGWRITER:

Daddy Had a Bad Day 

Dallas

Hey Now

Magic of Music 

Shahre Adamha

The Speed of Life 

These Are the Days 

Tidal Wave 

Transistor Radio 

White Dream

Zip Code


Semifinalist are invited to perform via Zoom at our Awards Show on January 15, 2022 from noon to 3PM. Please let us know by contacting Showcase Director Harry Hewlett.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

DSA SONG CONTEST 2021 OPEN JUNE 1 - DEADLINE SEPT 30

 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

See website for

 18 and Under Young Songwriter Contest
     https://dallassongwriters.org/young-songwriters-contest/
     Use this separate url to enter this category only on DSA website.
     https://dallassongwriters.org/young-songwriters-contest/

Multiple Winners In Each Category
Entry Fee $25
Deadline: Thursday, 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.

Not interested in taking advantage of the free membership on Broadjam.com, then you can enter on the DSA site here
https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-annual-song-contest/

OR ENTER BY MAIL
download the contest form here.
Mail your check and entries to:
Dallas Songwriters Association
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://dallas-songwriters-association.square.site/product/song-contest/8?cs=true
We Amy be the only song contest that you can still enter by mail.

Each entry is entered into the drawing for a blue tooth speaker
Drawing held Nov 5!

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: Sept 30th
Drawing For Free Bluetooth Speaker: Nov 4, 2021
Semi-Finalists Announced: Nov 4, 2021
Finalists and Grand Prize Winners Announced: Jan 15, 2022

GRAND PRIZE

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

and
Song Critique from Barbara McMillen, Associate Professor of Songwriting at Collin College,
recording time at Joe Musik Studio



and 2 tickets to Between The Waves Music Conference




1st and 2nd Place in Each Category Receives:
$50
A 1 year Broadjam Film & TV Membership ($99.95 value)

Every Winner Receives:
DSA Membership ($60.00 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

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 30th 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.

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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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