And the winner is: Jeff Campbell. The Philly native was chosen Saturday night at Hollywood’s Hotel Café out of a field of ten finalists as the winner of the annual Guitar Center Songwriting Contest, co-sponsored by American Songwriter magazine. Chosen by Grammy-award winning songwriter John Shanks, Campbell not only wins the distinction of being this year’s winner, he also gets an amazing prize package, a dream come true for any aspiring songwriter: the recording of a 4-song EP with Shanks, $10,000 in cash, new gear from Martin, Bose, Korg, Zoom, Shure, D'Addario, TC-Helicon and Converse, studio time at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in NYC, and worldwide distribution from Tunecore. He will also get his name in American Songwriter, following in the footsteps of the world’s greatest songwriters. Asked afterwards how he felt to be the winner, Campbell said he was humbled. “I am actually having trouble processing it,” he said. “It is the most overwhelming feeling, the most humbling joy I have known. I have worked so hard and for so long to make something happen in my career, so that now to be validated like this is extraordinary. To share the stage with the other nine finalists was an honor, as they are all great artists. And to be awarded this from an iconic genius songwriter-producer like John Shanks is fantastic.” Prior to the announcement of the winner, there were performances by last year's winner Josh Doyle, and then by all ten finalists: Melissa Polinar from Dallas; Joshua Robinson from Lakeland, Florida; Carson Henley from Seattle; Mikey Wax from Long Island, New York; Cyra Morgan from New York; Madilyn Bailey from Wisconsin; Joe Hertler from Detroit, Michigan; Evan Gibb from Orlando, Florida; Drew Schofield from Denver, Colorado. Each... Sign In to Keep Reading
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