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 Song Contest Opens for Great Lakes region
MichSongs writes
The 2006 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest is now open to residents of the eight Great Lakes states and the Province of Ontario.

Formerly the Michigan Songwriting Contest, the new contest features a Grand Prize of $1000 cash. There will be 13 winning songs, with winners getting gift certificates, discounts on songwriting retreats, and publicity opportunities on the contest’s website and in a national music publication. Five of the top winners will have a chance to perform in a live concert at a major venue in the Great Lakes area in late 2006.The contest is open to all ages and all types of music. Songwriters are not forced to pick a particular category for their songs. Each song is judged on its own merits, not by how well it conforms to the conventions of a certain genre of music.

The contest is sponsored by Elderly Instruments, Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters, and The Michigan Songwriters, LLC. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2006. More information on this year’s contest and last year’s winners is available at www.GreatLakesSongs.com.

The 2005 Michigan Songwriting Contest drew nearly 500 entries. The 2005 Grand Prize-winning song was “My Little Love,” by Rob Taube. A former Detroiter now living in New York City, Taube wrote his winning ballad from the perspective of a father watching his young daughter sleep.

The two first place wiinners were Joe Hawley, a member of the Ann Arbor “wonk rock” quintet Tally Hall, for “Ruler of Everything;” and Luke Sayers, songwriter and bass player for the now-defunct Tangerine Trousers, for “What I Should’ve Said.” The four second-place winners were: the father-daughter team of Rachel and Doug Clark of Niles, for “Not Over You; Mike Moran of Traverse City for “I Can’t Make Everybody Happy;” Bob Skon of Ann Arbor for “Till I Stop Thinking About Her;” and Kelly West of Grosse Pointe for “Warning Label.”

Ann Arbor’s Whit Hill won two third place awards with “Lucy on the Line” and “Where Are You in the Morning?” Rob Cantor, a bandmate of Hawley’s in Tally Hall, won third place with “Greener.” (Cantor also received an honorable mention for his song, “Be Born.”) In addition to their second-place winner, Rachel and Doug Clark won a third place for “Casanova,” which was co-written with Rachel’s brother, Taylor. The Northern Michigan songwriters David Runyan and Brian Whitscell won a third place for “All I’ll Ever Ask,” and Michael Seibert of Grand Rapids won third place with “I’ve Got You.”

Several of the prize winners performed at the contest’s Winners’ Showcase Concert in October at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton. The winners were also listed in “Performing Songwriter” magazine, as well as in newspapers, magazines and radio broadcasts throughout the state.

The five judges for this year’s contest were: Michael Lutz, producer and former bass player with Ted Nugent and Brownsville Station (and co-writer of the rock classic, “Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room”); David Tamulevich, a partner in The Roots Agency and half of the well-known Michigan acoustic duo Mustard’s Retreat; Pam Rossi, host of the “Over Easy” show on Detroit’s WCSX-FM; John Lamb, songwriter, performer and the organizer of songwriting and poetry retreats in northern Michigan; and Terri Senecal, a Flint-area songwriter, former Nashville Songwriters’ Association International coordinator, songwriting teacher, and author.

The names of the 2006 judges will be announced when the winners are announced, in September 2006. Visit GreatLakesSongs.com

Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 @ 05:44:01 EST by webmaster
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