2020 Results

 

The results of the 25th Annual USA Songwriting Competition are out. Here are the list of winners and finalists. We would like thank our entrants, judges and sponsors for your support. Congratulations to the winners and finalists!

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Here are the winners of the 25th USA Songwriting Competition (2020):

 

Overall Grand Prize

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"Southern Skies" by Andrew Jannakos & Michael O'Neal Smith; Hoschton, GA
 
Overall 2nd Prize
"Keep the River on Your Right" by Kristen Grainger & True North; Salem, OR

Overall 3rd Prize
"Thicker Than Rain" by Bill Jenkins & Trystan Matthews; Glendale, AZ

 

Category Prize Winners (First Prize in each of the 15 categories)

DANCE/ELECTRONICA
"Army" by Bessam Witwit, Neoni & Arcando; GERMANY
 
FOLK
"Keep the River on Your Right" by Kristen Grainger & True North; Salem, OR
 
ROCK/ALTERNATIVE
"Start Making Sense" by Ryan Smith & Pony; Saint Paul, MN
 
LYRICS ONLY
"Thicker Than Rain" by Bill Jenkins & Trystan Matthews; Glendale, AZ

CHILDREN
"Spread Your Wings and Fly" by Lisa Sonshine. Brock Burford & Noa Vlessing (Sonshine and Broccoli); CANADA

NOVELTY/COMEDY
"Southern Standard Time" by Harry Middlebrooks; Los Angeles, CA
 
HIP-HOP/RAP
"They Don't Wanna Know" by Louie The Kid; Houston, TX

LATIN
"Unidos" by Alitzah Wiener, James L. Dallas. Roberto Urena, Marco Cardenas & Israel David; Los Angles, CA
 
R&B
"Safe" by Julian King; Philadelphia, PA
 
INSTRUMENTAL
"The Value of One Second" by John Evergon; Portland, OR
 
JAZZ
"Cerberus" by Zac Zinger; New York, NY
 
GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL
"Judas" by Mats Dernánd; SWEDEN
 
WORLD
"Just a Rainy Day" by Al Di Meola, Leonid Agutin & Alex Sino; RUSSIA & USA
 
COUNTRY
"Southern Skies" by Andrew Jannakos & Michael O'Neal Smith; Hoschton, GA
 
POP
"Over & Over" by Jimmy Santis, Hugh Colocott & Larry May; New York, NY
 
 
 
HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS
"Z8phyR - Drop of a Dream" by Catherine Duc & Donovan Townes; AUSTRALIA
"Thrills" by Joy Kate Lawson, Harrison Boyd & JohnLuke Lewis; Madison, MS
"Brother" by Neon West/Tudor Williams, Sean Beck & Adam Rupp; Los Angeles, CA
"It Goes On (Featuring Emily Keener)" by Nicole Stipp & Emily Keener (Hooked Like Helen); Milan, OH
"Caroline" by Rafaele Massarelli & Crash Adams; CANADA
"Beaming Right Up" by John Polimeni & Evan Russell Saffer (Makes My Blood Dance); Cornwall On Hudson, NY
"Animals" by Nick de la Hoyde & Joseph de la Hoyde; Australia
"Wonder Girl" by Kit Worton & Edward Worton; Atlantic City, NJ
"Pray the Gay Away" by Bob Cannon & Halle Ruth; Lewes, DE
"Victorious Secrets" by Shiwei Wan & APEX; Boston, MA
"Dime" by Jessi Campo; Miami, FL
"My Sunshine" by Melanie Durrant & Maurice Laurin; CANADA
"Better Days" by John McMillan; CANADA
"The Great Divide" by Helle Hansen; DENMARK
"Season's Tune" by J. Douglas Wright & Brandon “Swaff” Swafford; Carrollton, GA
"I'm Awake" by Sabrina Francis & Dieter Burkhalter; GRENADA
"Red, White and Blue" by Destin Bennett, Paul Overstreet & Brett Boyett; Nashville, TN
"He's All Yours" by Will Rambeaux, Sherrie' Austin & Jackie North; Nashville, TN
"Something Real" by Wes Mason, Cindy Valentine & Nikolai Patrick Prange; CANADA
"Proud" by Richard Tichelman, Brian Howes, Andrew Allen & JVP; CANADA

 

Here are the list of finalists for the 25th USA Songwriting Competition (2020):

 

DANCE/ELECTRONICA
"Army" by Bessam Witwit, Neoni & Arcando
"Rain" by Wunil Kim, Doobu & Nevve
"Animals" by Nick de la Hoyde & Joseph de la Hoyde
"Thrills" by Joy Kate Lawson, Harrison Boyd & JohnLuke Lewis
"U Want Me" by Laura Davidson & Nexeri
"Left Me For Dead" by Grace Sprague & Zak Aron
"I Swear" by Winnie Amoaku, Francis Groove, Simon Le Saint, Tony G
"Z8phyR - Drop of a Dream" byCatherine Duc & Donovan Townes
"Endless" by Kiril Zahariev & Hypnotic Rage
"Savior" by Amy Matthews & the Sweet Humans


FOLK
"Pedal Down" by Patrick Mulroy & Grain Thief
"Gravity (Move Mountains, Turn Rivers Around)" by Mary Fahl
"The Battle of Charlottesville" by Ellis Paul
"There Is No Gold" by Richard Berman
"Keep the River on Your Right" by Kristen Grainger & True North
"Civilized" by Christina Eltrevoog & MMCM
"Wild Roses" by Beth Whitney
"Brother" by Neon West/Tudor Williams, Sean Beck & Adam Rupp
"It Goes On (Featuring Emily Keener)" by Nicole Stipp & Emily Keener (Hooked Like Helen)
"Jamie" by Noam Weinstein


ROCK/ALTERNATIVE
"Conspiracy of Silence" by Matthew Underwood & The Swoons
"Caroline" by Rafaele Massarelli & Crash Adams
"Mr. Pharmacist" by Pat Mattingly & Denny Blake
"What Gold Is" by Megan Slankard
"Start Making Sense" by Ryan Smith & Pony
"Ashes & Flames" by Chris Jaiden, Sean Bombz & Cloaking Skies
"Thank you" by Aron Erlichman & Deuce
"Beaming Right Up" by John Polimeni & Evan Russell Saffer (Makes My Blood Dance)
"Dairy Queen Queen" by Sam Levin
"Pick Me Up" by Athos Kyriakides


LYRICS ONLY
"Animals" by Nick de la Hoyde & Joseph de la Hoyde
"This Too Shall Pass" by Helle Hansen
"Watershed Moment" by Helle Hansen
"Thicker Than Rain" by Bill Jenkins & Trystan Matthews
"Some Kind Of Lonesome" by Herrick Band (Donna Kay Herrick, Kerry David Herrick, David Van Walker)
"Window Shopping" by Lexi Todd & Ryan McShea
"Gasoline" by Kirsten Bornkessel & Alex Houton
"Just a Rainy Day" by Alex Sino & Leonid Agutin
"Picture of Heaven" by Michael McGee & Jeff Oxford & Adam Wright
"Room of Dust" by Michael Harmel


CHILDREN
"Brave Little Seed" by Marla Lewis & Val Smalkin
"Songbird" by Steve Weeks
"RBG" by Joanie Leeds
"Zoom to the Moon" by Donna Dyson for Spotty Kites
"Be That Cat" by Andrew Jed & Tricked Out Tricycle
"Dance Little Ladybug" by Matt Gerber
"Wonder Girl" by Kit Worton & Edward Worton
"The Man Who Won the Lottery for the Moon" by Darragh Reck
"Quit This Job" by Paul Reisler
"Spread Your Wings and Fly" by Lisa Sonshine. Brock Burford & Noa Vlessing (Sonshine and Broccoli)


NOVELTY/COMEDY
"A Fart is the Best Response" by Charles Sartorius
"Pray the Gay Away" by Bob Cannon & Halle Ruth Music
"Beam Me Up Scotty" by Michael McGee, Mervin “Butch” Paulson & Angel Pontier
"Never Vegas" by John Langan & Chuck Smith
"Things That I Trust More Than You" by Carla Ulbrich
"You Ain't Gettin' Shit For Christmas!" by Douglas Stevens, Edward Grenga & Arthur Johnson
"Your Favorite Christmas Song" by Mark Stepakoff
"Southern Standard Time" by Harry Middlebrooks
"Shook" by Franz Mang
"Dasher, the Reindeer" by Zupe Zupe


HIP-HOP/RAP
"Jungle" by Cathleen Ireland, John Graziani & Dannyebtracks
"Victorious Secrets" by Shiwei Wan & APEX
"D.I.M.E." by Ben E. Davis, Ulf Anneken & Alexi von Guggenberg
"They Don't Wanna Know" by Louie The Kid
"Parakeet Play" by Chanho Yoo
"Good Vibes" by Louie Tha Profit
"Gonzo (feat. Gift of Gab)" by Deadly D
"Ninja" by Urban Fu$e, James Pak, Micheal Gueche, Mofya Chanda, Suzanna Lam
"Clarity Live" by Rachard Dennis & The LOcals
"Don't Front" by Justin Quinn & Judicious


LATIN
"Unidos" by Alitzah Wiener, James L. Dallas. Roberto Urena, Marco Cardenas & Israel David
"Por Ti" by Patricia Villalona, Cristian Allexis & Urbanova
"Chica del Barrio" by Joseph Alonso
"Tu Amor Es Mio Nomas" by Francisco Javier Garcia
"No Puedo Respirar" by Edwin Perez & Orquesta SCC
"Raca de Herois (Race of Heroes)" by Guilherme Arantes
"Y Aun Depues" by Mariana Herrera
"La Perfecta Tentacion" by Rocio Jasso
"Dime" by Jessi Campo
"Soy Alguien Más" by Belen Vivero


R&B
"Safe" by Julian King
"My Sunshine" by Melanie Durrant & Maurice Laurin
"YWF (Young Wild and Free)" by Austin Richason & Shyann Lee
"One Wish" by Terri Cox
"Higher" by Luke Burr
"Morning Text" by Trinity Rose & Steve Damar
"Truth Seeker" by Damarlo Edmunds Aka Jvon koo
"Prayer" by Alexander Wood, Smith & Jackson
"Sunshine" by Jae Riley Pickman-Thoon & criibaby
"L.A. Minute" by Zana Messia, Appu Krishnan & Jorge Lanzas


INSTRUMENTAL
"San Juanito" by Jim Mooney
"Alien's Electrik Dream" by Roman Miroshnichenko
"Esther" by Eric Walentowicz
"The Value of One Second" by John Evergon
"Graceful" by Carl Baldassarre
"Better Days" by John McMillan
"Tolling of the Fire Bell" by Fiona Hawkins
"Freezin" by Paulo Tozzi
"We're Gonna Find Our Way" by Robert Cookman
"Up And About" by Ingvi Thor Kormaksson


JAZZ
"Island Off The Coast Of America" by Don Breithaupt
"Pandemic Saturday" by Colin McCaffrey & Diana Winn Levine
"Blues Walk" by Gernot Wolfgang
"Too Much Work" by Bruce Gertz
"The Great Divide" by Helle Hansen
"Nihon no Sakura (Cherry Blossom)" by Kota Fukuda
"Runner" by Shunzo Ohno
"Cerberus" by Zac Zinger
"Falling" by Chase Kuesel
"God dwells in everything" by Yuichiro Tokuda


GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL
"You Opened My Eyes" by Andy Sarnoff & Pat Maiorino
"Little Boy" by Robbi Atkins & Justin Morgan
"Light The Way" by Wayne Miller, Tom Saffell-Writers & Justin Morgan
"Unique" by Maria Olgerfelt, Pelle Ankarberg & Sara Björlemyr
"Season's Tune" by J. Douglas Wright & Brandon “Swaff” Swafford
"Save Our Earth (Before It's Too Late)" by Barbara de Stolfe & Renee de Stolfe
"Thank you, Lady Liberty" by Harry Middlebrooks & Bob Duncan
"I Rest My Soul" by Billy Sprague, Brittany Morse & Joe Beck
"Different Kind of Warrior" by Cristabelle Braden
"Judas" by Mats Dernánd


WORLD
"At Least" by Jose Maria Cabria & Sandip Bhattacharya
"Chupi Chupi" by Swagata "Ban" Banerjee & Gautam Banerjee
"Avancer" by Suzanna Lam & Micheal Henry Gueche
"I'm Awake" by Sabrina Francis & Dieter Burkhalter
"Florecer Desiertos" by Maria Morales & Luis Pérez Duque
"Hidari no te (Left Hand)" by Yuto Takahashi & Elekibox
"Why" by Gal Sarig
"Apréndi" by Jerry Gabriel Vale de Los Rios
"TuYo" by Sonia Linares Berroy & BarrioViejo
"Just a Rainy Day" by Alex Sino, Al Di Meola & Leonid Agutin


COUNTRY
"Left of Center" by Tyler Dial, Adam James & Andy Skib
"Wait On Me" by Lisa Nicole, Jason Thomas & Dave Pahanish
"Went Looking For Me" by John Cirillo, Justin Love & Craig Lackey
"Southern Skies" by Andrew Jannakos & Michael O'Neal Smith
"Our Backroads" by Kyle Gaston, Kent Bell, Lauren Hall & Troy Johnson
"Who Knew Love (Could Sound Like This)" by Hal ODell, Zach Henard & Greg Wilson
"Drinking Patron Alone" by Joe Beck, David Barnett & Bill Shore
"Red, White and Blue" by Destin Bennett, Paul Overstreet & Brett Boyett
"Pain" by Mark Williams, Rick Norheim & Jim Carolan
"He's All Yours" by Will Rambeaux, Sherrie' Austin & Jackie North


POP
"Sorry" by Madison Olds & Josh Ronen
"Something Real" by Wes Mason, Cindy Valentine & Nikolai Patrick Prange
"Unsober" by Jessica Lattman & Robbie Rosen
"Inconvenient Love" by Susan Markle, Chad Doucette & Matthew Tishler
"Speak" by Tania Doko, James Roche, Gino Yonan & Johan Rohr (BACHELOR GIRL)
"Proud" by Richard Tichelman, Brian Howes, Andrew Allen & JVP
"Light" by Jude Gitamondoc & Therese Villarante
"Changes" by Gary Lefkowith, Chubby Checker, Mike Rogers & Jean Leote
"Over & Over" by Jimmy Santis, Hugh Colocott & Larry May
"Think About You" by Jenna Kohut & Køhvt

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