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Organic Farmer Wins Great Lakes Songwriting Contest
Posted by: Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:06 pm (PST)
ANN ARBOR (MI) - An organic farmer from southern Michigan, an art
publisher from Wisconsin, a sophomore from the University of Michigan,
and a former child actress from New York City are among the winners of
the 2007 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest.
For additional information on the contest and winners, the contest's
e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grand Prize goes to Billy King of Brooklyn, MI, for his song, "I
Don't Write Love Songs." Two songwriters won in multiple categories:
Jon Troast of Lake Geneva, WI, won first place for his song, "Was It
Ever Really Mine?" and second place for "The Most." Roger MacNaughton,
of Ada, MI, won second place for "Samba for a Rainy Afternoon" and
third place for "Charlevoix Keepsake."
Jordan Keller of Vicksburg, MI, won first place for "My Brother's
Hymn." In addition to Troast and MacNaughton, two additional
second-place winners are: Alexander Wood of Madison, WI, and Dan
Hazlett of Waterford, MI. Six third-place winners have been announced:
Whit Hill, Chris Nelson, and Jim Smith, all from Ann Arbor, MI, and
Stacia Petrie of Detroit. There were also 18 finalists and 40
honorable mention songs from across the Great Lakes region of the U.S.
and Canada. Biographies and photos of the winners are available at the
contest website, http://www.GreatLakesSongs.com
The annual Great Lakes Songwriting Contest is open to residents of the
eight states bordering the Great Lakes, plus the Province of Ontario,
Canada. The 2008 contest begins on Jan. 1, 2008, with a deadline of
April 28, 2008.. All rules and entry materials are available at the
Grand Prize winner Billy King grew up and was home-schooled on an
organic farm near the village of Brooklyn, in southeast Michigan. He
and his younger brother, Kenny, made a cassette of Elvis cover tunes
when Billy was 11, and called it "The King Brothers Sing the King."
This led to numerous gigs for the pre-teen duo. While Kenny eventually
left music to pursue other interests, Billy King went on to release
several solo recordings. Now, as a young adult, Billy performs both
solo and with his band, the Idylls, throughout southern Michigan. He
still works on the family farm in Brooklyn. More information on Billy
and his music is available at http://www.billykingdom.com
Three of the top winners in the 2007 contest - King, Keller, and
Troast -- will be featured at the annual Winners' Concert on Saturday,
February 16, 2008, at the Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, MI.
Advance tickets will be available through the theater website,
The Great Lakes Songwriting Contest was started four years ago by a
group of southeastern Michigan songwriters. They formed The Michigan
Songwriters, LLC, which is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
The contest welcomes all types of music, with each song judged on its
own merits, not by how well it conforms to the conventions of a
certain genre of music. It is open to songwriters of all ages, and
past winners have included teenagers as well as songwriters in their
The 2007 contest was sponsored by the Songbridge music marketing
company based in Ontario, Canada; Elderly Instruments of Lansing, MI;
Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters of Royal Oak, MI; and The CD Seller of
Judges for the 2007 contest were:
- Andrea Stolpe, a Minnesota-born songwriter whose songs have been
recorded by Faith Hill, Josh Gracin, Daniel Lee Martin, and many
others. A native of Minnnesota and a former staff writer for EMI,
Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, she authored the course
"Commercial Songwriting Techniques" for Berklee College of Music's
online songwriting program.
- Jodi Krangle, a Toronto-based songwriter and musician, and the
creator and proprietress of the award-winning "The Muse's Muse"
songwriting website, featuring a free monthly e-newsletter and
numerous resources for songwriters.
- Nadir, Detroit's funk rocker extraordinaire, who has won numerous
awards from his solo debut Distorted Soul 2.0. It was crowned "Best
Funk Album of the Year" by Soul-Patrol.com and earned a Detroit Music
Award, after international spins on Urban A/C, Rock, Urban
Contemporary and even Smooth Jazz radio. He has been a finalist in
both the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest and in
Billboard Magazine's Independent Music World Series, among other honors.
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