American Songwriter Lyric Contest winner Matt Hoggatt onstage with Jimmy Buffett

Matt Hoggatt Reflects On His Jimmy Buffett Experience

It all started with an email from American Songwriter magazine about winning the song-lyric contest, which led to an email from Jimmy Buffett who read the magazine, which quickly transformed my life for the next two years from that of a police detective to a traveling troubadour musician at the hands of none other than More

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Bill DeLuigi

2011 Lyric Contest Grand Prize Winner, Bill Diluigi

Bill DiLuigi2011 Grand Prize WinnerDream Co-write with Chris Young & Anthony Smith I am proud to be a past Grand Prize Winner in the American Songwriter Magazine lyric contest. It is a true lyric contest because only the lyric, without music, is judged. Sometimes a great demo or melody can take the focuts off of More

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2008 Grand Prize Lyric Contest Winner Quinten Collier with Rodney Crowell

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, oftentimes to no avail. Most never land More

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