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February 6, 2006

International Songwriting Competition Finalists Announced

Written by
cindy mcleod

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2005 finalists. These finalists were selected out of almost 15,000 entries from 80 countries and represent the top 1.4% of all entries submitted.

Winners in 15 categories will be announced in March 2006. Judges include the presidents of 10 record labels and esteemed artists such as Sonny Rollins, Macy Gray, Tom Waits, and John Scofield. Songs of the finalists are eligible for the People’s Voice – an online voting contest that allows the public to listen to all the finalists’ songs and vote for their favorite. People’s Voice is separate from, and in addition to, the winners selected by ISC’s panel of judges.

Over $150,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded to 50 winners, including the top honors of ISC 2005 Overall Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize package is carefully put together to benefit the winning songwriter and maximize his or her songwriting career, including: $10,000 cash (US); a college radio promotion campaign; legal services from a music attorney; a CD Duplication Package; premium recording software and hardware; music and recording equipment; and much more.

The 2005 finalists’ songs are also listed online for the 2005 People’s Voice – an online voting contest that allows the public to listen to and vote for their favorite finalist. The winner of the People’s Voice is selected solely by public vote and is in addition to, and completely separate from, the regular winners who will be selected by the prestigious ISC judging panel. Visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/pvwelcome_2005.htm to listen to the 2005 finalists’ songs and cast your vote.

Jazz and Blues 2005 Finalists

Blues
Baby, I Am Your Crime Richard Stuart Coburn USA
Blackjack
Papa George England
Déjà Vu All Over Again Keith Dunn Netherlands
I’m Good To Go Rick Fines – Peterborough, ON, Canada
Leave It Gone Mojo Stu, Mitch Goldfarb USA
Missing You Lene Strøyer Sørensen Denmark
Move A Little Faster Andy Logan USA
Old Fashioned Guy Jody C. Getz USA
Poor Man Blues Paul Oscher – USA
Someone To Hold Sam Taylor USA
Southern Comfort
EG Kight, Tom Horner USA
Way Down Homeless Blues Steve Romig Australia

Instrumental
Mis Tres Notas Omar Sosa USA

Jazz
Aubade Tom Taylor USA
Caribbean Mood Aron Romhanyi Hungary
Der Kleine Wassermann Andreas Wahl Germany
I Just Want To Know Cynthia Scott USA
In The Middle Of The Night Lenny Marcus USA
King Of Midnight Joy Eden Harrison USA
Melody For Le Quecumbar Lollo Meier Netherlands
Monk Abram Wilson England
Raga Bop Prasanna USA
Rhodes Rage Kerry Politzer USA
S Harvie S USA
Snake Charmer Rez Abbasi USA
So It Goes Matt Shulman USA

Performance
Creation Meg Okura (Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble) USA

For complete listings and other information visit www.songwritingcompetition.com

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