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Songwriting Veterans Dominate Top Two Spots In USA Songwriting Competition

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Songwriting Official Website) - Results of the 15th Annual USA Songwriting Competition have been announced. Canadian singer-songwriter Alannah Myles and prolific Los Angeles songwriter Ken Hirsch won the top two positions of the 15th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. This also marks the first time that music industry veterans dominate the top two positions of the USA Songwriting Competition fifteen year history.

Toronto Canada based Alannah Myles and co-writer Nancy Simmonds won Overall Grand Prize as well as the first prize of the Rock/Alternative category with their song "Give Me Love". Alannah Myles is known for her Classic Rock hit "Black Velvet". "Black Velvet" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1990, won a Grammy award in 1991 for the same song. That song has become a classic and is a mainstay on Classic Rock and Pop radio stations worldwide. With her latest win, Alannah Myles is launching a comeback. This also marks only the second time that the top prize went to a non-US based songwriter. The last time the top prize when to a non-US based songwriter was 2006 when Vikki Simpson of the group "The Waifs" won.

Ken Hirsch and co-writers Rosie Casey, Peter Roberts & Hillary Podell of Los Angeles, CA won first prize in the Pop category as well as Overall second Prize with their song "Is that So Bad". Ken Hirsch is a prolific songwriter with several hits on the charts and is well known for his number one hit "I've Never Been To Me". Like Alannah Myles's "Black Velvet", "I've Never Been To Me" has also become a classic hit and is a mainstay on Classic Pop, Soft Rock and easy listening radio stations worldwide. Ken has also written hits such as "Two Less Lonely People In The World", a top 40 hit for Air Supply which he wrote with late legendary songwriter Howard Greenfield. Ken Hirsch has his songs recorded by music legends such as: Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton. Ray Charles and Mary J. Blige.

Christopher Tin, an Honorable Mention winner of the 15th USA Songwriting Competition has been nominated for two Grammys at the latest 53rd annual Grammy Awards: 'Best Classical Crossover Album', and 'Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists' for his USA Songwriting Competition song entry 'Baba Yetu'. 'Baba Yetu' won an honorable mention award in the 2010 USA Songwriting Competition.

USA Songwriting Competition has a long history of having winners getting recording and publishing contracts, have their songs placed on the charts as well as having their songs placed on film and television. 2009 First Prize winner (country) was signed to Universal Records. 2005 First Prize winner (Pop) Kate Voegele was signed to Interscope Records the year after she won and had her winning song hit top 40 on the Billboard Charts, her latest album hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album charts this summer. 2007 Overall Grand Prize Winner Ari Gold had his winning song "Where The Music Takes You" hit No 10 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Darrell Scott, winner of the country category of the 2005 USA Song writing Competition had his winning song cut by award winning country singer Faith Hill. Judges include A&R managers from record labels such as Warner, Capitol Records, Universal, BMG/SONY Music.

The following is the list of winners of the 2010 USA Songwriting Competition:

Give Me Love - Alannah Myles & Nancy Simmonds; Toronto, CANADA

Is that So Bad - Ken Hirsch, Rosie Casey, Peter Roberts & Hillary Podell; Los Angeles, CA

Be Inspired - (T. Custis, T. Haddon) Ason; Upper Marlboro, MD

1st Prize - LATIN
Estas en mi - Miriam Duran & Daniel Vila; Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

1st Prize - LYRICS
Hot Coals - Sherri Gough; Nashville, TN

1st Prize - R&B
Retail - Branden Abeyta; Denver, CO

Can't Keep It A Secret - Jacinta Brongeest, Tony Moran & Warren Largaso Rigg; Sydney, AUSTRALIA

1st Prize - FOLK
The Mistress - Hawksley Workman & Amelia Curran; Toronto, CANADA

1st Prize - COUNTRY
Lighthouse - Chaise Flanders & Doug Stokes; Nashville, TN

Give Me Love - Alannah Myles & Nancy Simmonds - Toronto, CANADA

1st Prize - POP
Is that So Bad - Ken Hirsch, Rosie Casey, Peter Roberts & Hillary Podell; Los Angeles, CA

1st Prize - HIP-HOP/RAP
Be Inspired - (T. Custis, T. Haddon) Ason; Upper Marlboro, MD

1st Prize - WORLD
Deix - Tais Alvarenga, BRAZIL

Light Longing - Catya Mare; Beverly Hills, CA

1st Prize - JAZZ
The Angels Share - Don Breithaupt & Jeff Breithaupt; Bolton, ON, CANADA

More - Raleigh Hall & Gordon Chambers; Jamaica, NY

I'm Allergic To My Job - Drew Jacobs; Latham, NY

1st Prize - CHILDREN
Honey Bee - Tina Jones; Gabriola Island, BC, CANADA

Honorable Mention Awards
1. Hechizo - (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) Jacqueline Grace; San Diego, CA
2. Good Goodbye - Erin Casey; Boston, MA
3. Hypnotize - Leandro Dannug; Quezon City, PHILIPPINES
4. Who Will Find Me - Adrina Thorpe; Costa Mesa, CA
5. Stay With Me - Dave Merenda; Los Angeles, CA
6. Saturday in June - Robert Gillies; Scotland, UK
7. Red Shoes - Edie Carey, Boston, MA
8. Drink You Away - Nikki Shae, Mark Zubek; Ontario, CANADA
9. Kiss My Rainy Day Away - Jenn Bostic & Charlie Hutto; Nashville, TN
10. Citadel - Vreny Van Elslande, David Crocco & Cela Scott; Los Angeles
11. Do You Want To? - (Kyle, Chris Lowe, Scott Romig) Dexter Freebish; Austin, TX
12. Unraveling - Liz Longley; Boston, MA
13. LA Sky - Matthew Murphy, Sara Haze & Michelle Atkinson; South Euclid, OH
14. Distract Me From My Hustle - Joycia Ramsey (MzSKANDALOUZ);
15. Baba Yetu (feat. Soweto Gospel Choir) - Christopher Tin; Los Angeles, CA
16. Song For Sheila - Ellsworth McMeen; Sparta, NJ
17. Sanctuary - Helle Hansen; Copenhagen, DENMARK
18. I am Wordless - Tonya Poe, David Garcia, Wayne Smotherman; Pittsburg, KS
19. Mrs Santa Claws - Bette Anderson; Oakford, IN
20. You, Me and O.P. - James Struthers; Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

Entries are currently being accepted for the 16th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Winning songs of the 16th Annual USA Songwriting Competition will receive airplay on a nationally syndicated radio program "Acoustic Cafe" as well as Sirius XM Satellite Radio. This is the first Songwriting Competition that gives airplay to the winning songs, giving deserving bands, songwriters the recognition and exposure they deserve. Entrants stand to win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash and music gear from sponsors such as Sony, D'Addario Strings, Ableton, Audio-Technica, Presonus, IK Multimedia, and more, making this the largest prize package for any annual songwriting competition. Other sponsors include: New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion,, Onboard Research, Acoustica, Livewire Musician, Sonoma Wireworks, Rockstar Texting, Image line Recording magazine and Premier Guitar magazine.

Songs may be entered in 15 different categories including Pop, Rock/Alternative, R&B and Country. Entries are accepted from now through May 31, 2011. For more information, visit:

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