2017 NYC Songwriting Contest Winners

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Contest Winner – Songwriter Category

Congratulations Suraj Ajay Duvadi!

Winner – Lyricist Category


Congratulations Mona Deuw!

Winner – Judges Choice

Top 3 by Popular Online Vote

Songwriting Category

1st place Red G. Contest winner
2nd place Moswen A.
3rd place Stefan S.

Lyricist Category

1st place Suraj D. Contest winner
2nd Place Shan S.
3rd Place Pritha D.

Judges Choice Category

Mona D. Contest winner

How was the Judge’s Choice category determined?

Those with fewer than 10 votes were not considered. We received an astonishing number of high quality song submissions. I wish I could compile my favorite songs on one epic double disc album, and leave it on replay for weeks! Having to choose just one song to produce for the Judges Choice category was difficult indeed. Some of the top song submissions already had great sounding recordings with top-notch vocal performances!

This songwriting contest was an opportunity for us to help an up-and-coming, deserving artist. When it came down to selecting a winner of the Judges Choice category, we wanted to choose an artist for whom we could help gain the most mileage based on their current stage of development.

When I was uploading submissions I heard something special in Mona Deuw. She’s a young, up-and-coming writer from Illinois. At just 18 she’s already got some great songs under her belt. But she didn’t have musical accompaniment for her acapella vocal tracks. So we decided to help Mona by recording her song “You” next week at our live session at Sear Sound in NYC.

Honourable Mentions

Ellie H. – Super high vote count!! Great positive vibe on “Music is Magical.” We certainly agree!

Frank T. – As the votes show, you certainly have a dedicated following. And for good reason. Great work on “Philadelphia.”

Haley S. – For just 11 years old, you already have some solid songs. Keep up the pace, and we’ll see you at the Grammy’s soon!

Harriet P.  We loved the positive message in your lyrics for “Love Our Children.” Way to keep it classy!

Lazar B. I liked your lyrics because it’s a reminder to always put your best foot forward. “Never Give Up!”

Martyn J. Votes came in for “Katja’s Song” from all over the globe. I heard that Katja liked it too 🙂 Congrats!

Mikaela B. – You crushed it on Facebook likes!! Solid writing, particularly “Who Am I?”  We see much more songwriting in your future!

Mike H. – “Theresa Smile” is catchy as hell. Pure ear candy in the best way!”

Nathan S. Your lyrics were among the top 6 for Facebook likes! You’ve got some fans out there.

Pamella K. Your fans supported you in numbers.  I like the concept you have with “You” (‘I love you better than you know’). Keep up the great writing!

Patrick A. – “Peacemakers” was voted very high. Great writing with a great message!

Rosemarie F. Sometimes I don’t want to say much either. But I’m certainly glad you DID ‘say much’  this time by sharing your well crafted lyrics.

Rosemary H. I’m hearing an early sixties doo-wop revival song with your melody. I’m looking forward to hearing this one set to music!

Thanks to all the contestants who donated to our GoFundMe:

James S.
Frank F.
Jodi E.
Kevin M.
Lenworth S.
Marlene S.
Marla T.
Steven G.
Jose G.
Martyn J.
Jack A.
Sonya S.
Pete H.
And others who gave anonymously

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