"Songs with Purpose International Songwriting Competition"
2020 Winners Announcement
“Write a Song that Will Change the World”
and Bring Peace to this Place We Call Home
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Songs with Purpose International Songwriting Competition
Announces 2020 Winners
And the Winner is... "The Power to Heal" by POE
With great excitement and pleasure, the Inaugural Songs with Purpose International Competition Committee announces the 2020 Winner. The goal of the competition is to find an original song with a purpose to make a difference in this world (Such as: “God Bless The USA,” “We Are The World,” etc.). Songs submitted represented the Country, Christian, Contemporary Christian and Christian Hip-Hop genres and was open to amateur and professional songwriters.
The WINNING song, “The Power to Heal,” was written by the songwriter and Emmy® Award winning director “POE” from Mountain View, Arkansas. Its inspiration came from the passionate dedication of a sixteenth century peasant who devoted his life to the spiritual and healing needs of the poor, St Vincent. Producing the song with his creative partner Tony Anthony of Little Rock, Arkansas, they assembled a cast of health and wellness providers as vocalists, along with local musicians and singers to inspire individuals and communities that we each possess, “The Power to Heal,” ourselves, one another and together… we can heal the world.
HONORABLE MENTIONS of the Songs with Purpose International Songwriting Competition in 2020 are:
Hip-Hop: “In the Clouds” – Jentile
Country: “Come on Home”- Rita Welys/Kellie Niderthelman/Paul DeMarco
Christian Country: “Through Your Eyes” – Kellie Hohenecker/Kate Smith
The competition is sponsored by Songs With Purpose, MC1 Nashville Record Label, Copper Lily Records, HisHop Radio, Legacy Shifters, and Kris Miller Music.
The Winner and Honorable Mentions were chosen by a select panel of judges comprised of noted songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals. Songs were judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics (when applicable) in making a difference in this world. The quality of performance and production was not considered.
Each contestant submitted an original song, which was not to exceed five minutes in length. Some songs had multiple co-writers, but only one name was designated on the submission form. If more than one writer, the prize was awarded jointly to all authors of any song; division of prizes is responsibility of winners.
Contestants were allowed to submit as many songs in as many categories as he/she wished, but each entry had specific requirements to be considered. All submissions were made online using the https://songswithpurpose.com website.
Your song can make a difference.
Your song can change the world.
For as long as we can remember, music has been the soundtrack of society. Songs, of all kinds, have come to represent important cultural, political and social events. Talented songwriters like you, have reflected on the world and our place in it and changed the course of history. For years, some of the most talented artists and many newcomers have shared their visions of a better world through their music.
Joan Baez singing Pete Seeger’s “We Shall Overcome” was a popular anthem during the civil rights movement. Sam Cooke was turned away from a hotel in Louisiana because he was black. He was inspired by Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Cooke wrote “A Change is Gonna Come.”
Many causes, many movements and many dreams have been supported by songwriters sharing their music and lyrics.
“Alright,” by Kendrick Lamar, “Fortunate Son,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Ohio,” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” by U2, and “We Are the World,” by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie are all great examples of songs that made a difference.
We believe that music has the power to transform the world as it has so many times throughout the years. Never before have we been faced with so many challenges. Never before has the opportunity to impact the entire world been available to everyone.
What if you could write a song that will change the world? Would you hope and dream and fantasize about it or would you dive in and start writing up a storm?
The “Songs with Purpose” Songwriting Contest is a new, international songwriting contest. Our focus is on songs that change the world. You don’t need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition and lyrics (when applicable).
Your songs may be entered in any of the following categories: Country, Christian Country and Christian Hip Hop. Instrumental compositions are also encouraged.
Rules & Regulations Songs with Purpose
Songwriting Competition 2020
Each song submitted must be contestant’s original work. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but please designate one name only on the submission. Contestant may submit as many songs in as many categories as he/she wishes, but each entry requires a separate MP3 file, entry form, lyrics, and entry fee. All submissions must be made online using this website, https://songswithpurpose.com
(Entry fee is non-refundable. Songs with Purpose and its sponsors, staff and judges are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, stolen, or misappropriated entries. Songs with Purpose and its sponsors, staff and judges are not responsible for faulty file uploads accompanying online entries.)
Songs with Purpose International Songwriting Competition Entry Deadline is March 20, 2020 @ 11:59 pm Pacific
Competition is open to amateur and professional songwriters. Employees of Songs with Purpose, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible. Sponsors, staff and judges are not eligible.
Winners will be chosen by a select panel of judges comprised of noted songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics (when applicable). The quality of performance and production will not be considered. Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song; division of prizes is responsibility of winners. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Songs with Purpose reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.
Winners will be notified by email and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release within 14 days of notification date. The affidavit will state that winner’s song is original work and he/she holds all rights to song. Failure to sign and return such affidavit within 14 days or provision of false/inaccurate information therein will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits for winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. Affidavits subject to verification by Songs with Purpose and its agents. Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.
MP3 files and lyrics will not be returned.
Winner Announcements will occur after March 20, 2020.
Announcements will be sent to the email address provided by each entrant and will also be posted on songswithpurpose.com. No other notification will be given. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org