American Songwriter magazine has announced the judges and Grand Prize for its 27th annual Amateur Lyric Contest, sponsored by Gibson Guitars and Shure Microphones. Winners are chosen bi-monthly and one winner will be awarded a Nashville co-writing meeting and demo recording.
Included on the judging panel are Scott Billington (Rounder Records), Tom DeSavia (Songs Music Publishing), Tim Hunze (Parallel Music), Ali Tamposi (songwriter), Carter Little (35Sound), Dave Barnes (songwriter), Caine O’Rear (American Songwriter), Marshall Altman (Producer/Songwriter), Lee Dannay (Warner-Chappell Music), John Ritchie (American Songspace), Sue Drew (ASCAP), Jocelyn Harms (SESAC) and Bradley Collins (BMI).
Additionally, the Grand Prize “Dream Co-Writer” for the 2013 winner will be songwriter and Curb Records artist Lee Brice, who has scored numerous hits both as an artist (“Hard to Love”) and as a songwriter (“Crazy Girl”). The contest winner and Brice will be paired up in early 2014 for a writing session.
“It’s an honor to be featured in a magazine that celebrates the craft of songwriting,” said Brice. “I’ve got some big shoes to fill but I am definitely looking forward to sitting down with an aspiring songwriter. Songs are the foundation of country music – of all music – and writing is one of my favorite parts of the creative process.”
More information on the contest here.