Past Lyric Contest Winner Matthew Francis Andersen Offers Update

Matthew Francis Andersen won the September/October 2012 Lyric Contest with his song “Blue Line” which led to a “Dream Write” with Hayes Carll and then him cutting a song written prior, “The Devil Lives In Kansas.” A few years later, Andersen dropped an album called, ‘Slow, the Summer Burned‘ that featured that song as its More

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Eyes On The Prize: How Rodney Crowell Met His Co-Writer

It’s hard to break through as a non-performing songwriter in the music business. Many try. They come to Nashville with a battered guitar and a suitcase full of lyrics and toil in oblivion for years. They play songwriter rounds, honky-tonks, and doggedly pursue the reps of publishing companies, often times to no avail. Most never More

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Song Premiere: Kyle Cox, “I Ain’t Been Lonely, Until I Met You”

The Artist: Orlando singer-songwriter Kyle Cox The Song: “I Ain’t Been Lonely, Until I Met You,” from his forthcoming debut album The Plan, The Mess, which is being produced by Mike Marsh (The Avett Brothers). Fun Fact: This song placed third in American Songwriter’s May/June 2013 Lyric Contest. Songwriter Says: “This is somewhat of a More

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2019 Lyric Contest Winner Mike Guiney Has “Dream Co-Write” With Brent Cobb, Records Demo at OmniSound Studios

In January, Gananoque, Ontario’s Mike Guiney scored the Grand Prize for the 2019 American Songwriter Lyric Contest. The winning lyric, “Changing (While Staying The Same),” won 1st place in the May/June bi-monthly contest. Each year, all six bi-monthly contest winners (coinciding with each print issue) are re-evaluated, and a single Grand Prize winner is chosen. More

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Quinten Collier, 2009 Lyric Contest Grand Prize Winner, Looks Back

Quinten Collier 2009 Lyric Contest Grand Prize Winner (Co-write with Rodney Crowell) My experience with the Lyric Contest was unexpected, first off, because I had no intention of winning the Grand Prize; I just wanted the bi-monthly guitar. I was of course thrilled to be flown to Nashville, where I was treated extraordinarily well by More

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