New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
This is the first songwriting competition I have ever entered. Given the thousands of entries I really didn't expect to make it all the way to the finals. I am so honored that my first attempt was so well accepted in this prestigious int'l competition.
Would the world know about hidden talent like Susan Boyle, Kelly
Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Taylor Hick s, Philip Phillips without faces like Simon
Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake
Shelton and Carson Daly, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr., and Ryan Seacrest?
Oklahoma is known for its country music roots with singers, songwriters and performers like Garth Brooks, Blake
Shelton, Carrie Underwood
and now you ask? As a top 13 finalist out of 10K entries in the UK Songwriting Contest you will be hearing a lot more about Lawton, OK's own Beverly Perry.
Receiving international recognition Country/Folk/Pop Singer/Songwriter Beverly Perry from Lawton, OK has made it as a top finalist in the country category out of over 10K contestants with her song: "It was Real"
"This is the first songwriting competition I have ever entered. Given the thousands of entries I really didn't expect to make it all the way to the finals. I am so honored that my first attempt was so well accepted in this prestigious international competition."
About UK Songwriting Contest
Many entrants have been published, signed or produced by top industry figures who follow this event closely. Music
producer and well know reality television judge, Simon
Cowell, signed one of the winners in the past, showing this is a real chance for new songwriters to break into the music business.
The UK Songwriting Contest directors and judges include some of the world's top Grammy, Emmy, CMA, and BRIT Award winning producers. Judges include Sting's producer Kipper Eldridge (see photo with UKSC winner Emma), legendary producer Stuart
Epps (Elton John, Robbie Williams, Oasis), Britney Spears' musical director and BRIT Award winnerSimon Ellis, top producer and arranger Dr Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Mariah Carey), CMA Award winning country star Lucie Diamond, chart topping songwriter Mark Cawley, and UKSC
winner and Platinum Album artist Natalie
Chua (signed by Simon
Cowell after her win).
The contest was formed in association with The BRIT Trust
(of BRIT Awards fame) with support from The BRIT School and The BRIT Studio in 2002 with the aim of discovering new talented songwriters and encouraging and supporting the craft of songwriting.
In the words of UK's Channel 4 Television: "The UK Songwriting Contest does what it says on the tin! This is a real chance for new songwriters to break into the music business."
About Beverly Perry
Following the advice of Author Brene Brown, Beverly can be seen Re-Tweeting Brown: "Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen" but for Beverly it's more than just a Re Tweet, last summer she stepped into the studio and cranked out River in just a few short months, and telling fans at her album release party in Fall of 2013 "Follow your dream - always follow your dreams."
Perry, diagnosed with Acute Intermittent Porphyria, a rare genetic disorder, was forced to leave her successful career with a major medical company in 2011. She returned home to Lawton to be near family in 2012. "Time off has allowed me the solitude that brings about creativity. Stress
is a major trigger for me. Songwriting has become an important outlet. There is something incredibly healing about creativity. There are days I can write endlessly. 'It Was Real' - was literally written in 20 minutes."
Perry says she decided it was time to follow her heart and step into the studio last fall and release her debut CD 'River'. After a warm public reception of her smooth folk/country sound and heartfelt lyrics Perry began submitting tunes to various publishing opportunities. Much to her surprise several publishers for film and television were interested resulting in all of her original tunes from the CD "River
" being signed to multiple non-exclusive publishing deals. "It Was Real" - the tune submitted to the UK Songwriting Contest, was actually on hold for Kellie Pickler
for quite some time. Currently Perry has several tunes on hold for projects as she continues to write from the solitude of her Lawton home.
Now as a finalist of a highly acclaimed international songwriting competition, none of her hometown Lawton, OK or more than 15,000 US fans are surprised that she's a finalist.
In a recent interview with Okie Magazine OK reports "Beverly Perry is taking chances. But for her, the reward for her endeavors is worth the risk….Doing her own thing meant creating her own very personal music: her compilation consists of the last seven songs…Her songs serve as a snapshot of her present, but Perry also chronicles her past within her music."
"I write music that speaks to me…it's what I'm feeling at the moment. I'm not great at sticking to a genre. Sometimes a song wants to be pop, sometimes it leans traditional country, other times it lands into total adult contemporary. I love experimenting with genres and I don't think that every song is for me to sing. I try to remain open"
"I've been writing songs…well I guess before I could even write…always making up a tune," Beverly went on to share.
Chosen as one of Renegade Radio
Nashville's New Faces of Country 2014, Beverly also has 4 songs on rotation at Women of Substance Radio.
Link to tune: https://www.reverbnation.com/beverlyperry/song/19320376-it-was-real-remix