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15th Annual Great American Song Contest
GASC FINALISTS / 2013

Exceptional songs were discovered all categories of the 15th Annual Great American Song Contest. GASC Judges reviewed songs by nearly 1600 songwriters around the world. The high quality of songwriting made the task of choosing winners enjoyable, but very challenging.

Below is the official list of GASC 2013 Finalists. All scored near the top of their respective categories. The number of category Finalists is proportionate to the number of entries received for each of the 11 categories.

POP
"We Own The World" Shayna Toh (Singapore) website
"Extraordinary" Justin Honaman (Atlanta GA) website
"3 Month Weekend" Edwin Booth & Clay Atkinson (Redondo Beach CA) website
"I Wanna Play With U" Ott Lukk (Minneapolis MN) website
"Running Out Of Love" Darren Ockert (Miami FL) website
"Nappy Hair" Gail Rivers (Brooklyn NY) website
"Seasonal Love" Nicholas Martin (Manhattan Beach CA) website
"Miss Magical" Rickey Chad Roland & Jerry Glidewell (Fort Smith AR) website
"Stars Gotta Burn" Lauren Brombert & Phil Bender-Stone (Denver CO) website
"The Static" Nicholas Deutsch (New York NY) website
"I'm Running Out Of Love" Darren Ockert (Miami FL) website
"Bad Boy" Victoria Smith (Newburyport MA) website
"Earthquake" Larry Hamlet (Rockville MD) website
"You Paint Me Blue" Margot de Graaff (Den Haag NETHERLANDS) website
"Off Track" Josh Zandman (Franklin TN website
"Ala Turca" Victoria Boz (MuÄŸla Turkey) website
"So You'll Be Sorry" Slava Zenin & Darren Haines (Southampton UK) website
"Raise the Night" Joe Kenny (Portlaw Waterford IRELAND) website
"Baby, Can't You See I'm in Love?" Jens Frederik Kofoed (Copenhagen DENMARK) website

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ADULT CONTEMPORARY (AC)
"Salty Water" Divya Maus & Daniel Weidlein (Los Angeles CA) website
"California's Burning" Alexander Hamilton (Stouffville ON CANADA) website
"Sometimes I Don't Miss U" Debra Gussin & Kyle Vincent (Los Angeles CA) website website
"Marry Me" Marty Brueggeman (Saint Paul MN) website
"Sorry" Robert Marino (Yorktown Heights NY) website
"That Old Feeling Feeling New" Jeff Gordon (Hillsboro OR) website
"Watch Me Go" Nitanee Paris Lawson (Malibu CA) website
"Get Naked" Michael McGee & Rolf Schnyder (Philipsburg PA) website
"Raining on a Sunday Afternoon" Matt Rhoden (Brooklyn NY) website
"Widowmaker" Chase Manhattan & Night Argentt (Pasco WA) website
"The Haunting" Jessi Teich (Philadelphia PA) website
"A Song Like This" Robert Marino (Yorktown Heights NY) website
"Left My Heart" Debra Gussin & Kyle Vincent (Los Angeles CA) website website
"Warning Label" Michael Stefansky (Lawrence NY) website
"Party Boat" Lamont Hines (Brooklyn NY) website
"I Thought We'd Always Be Together" Fred Lederman & Alan Baboff (Mount Kisco NY) website


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SINGER-SONGWRITER
"Soft Place To Fall" Debra Gussin & Jonathan Bluth (Los Angeles CA) website website
"Snow" Daniel Ayers (Cambridgeshire ENGLAND) website
"I Wouldn't Dance" David Myles (Halifax NS Canada) website
"I Get High" Yuma Sasaki (Yokohama JAPAN) website
"Spiral" Rick Hart (Rowville AUSTRALIA) website
"A Friend Like That" Kate Wallace & Annie J. Dahlgren (Santa Barbara CA) website
"Live Hard, Love Harder" Shane Martin, Zac Wrixon & Dustin Duhon (Independence MN) website
"Ever After" Evie Archer, Annie Minogue & Nick Saya (Weehawken NJ) website
"I Won't Miss You" Mary Lou Minor (Port Colborne ON CANADA) website
"Circle of Life" Ben Willard (Chiloquin OR) website
"Lost Children" Rabbit Quinn (San Francisco CA) website
"Farewell Speech" Gretchen Pleuss (Wooster OH) website
"The Day the House Left Home" Jeff King (Torontoa CANADA) website
"Something Missing" Janet Preus (Minneapolis MN) website
"It's Spring Again" Dianoh Wills (Houston TX) website
"See the Light" Gary Frost (Jupiter FL) website
"In Love With The Waitress" Pete Smith (Kent UK) website

"Do It While You Can" Jeffrey David West (Santa Cruz CA) website
"True Lies" Ryan Gollogly (Veron ON CANADA) website
"Shantytown" David McAdams (Lummi Island WA) website
"Summertime" Yani Nadua (Toronto ON CANADA) website

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COUNTRY
"I'm All In" Barbara Lynn Doran, Dayna Shereck & Murray Daigle (Brooklin ON CANADA) website
"Full Time Work Part Time Pay" Leroy Young & Chris Thompson (Smyrna TN) website
"Lie With Me Tonight" Hannah Ellis, Cameron Bedell & David Smith (Campbellsville KY) website
"I Miss You But My Aim's Improving" Rusty Ford (Vancouver CANADA) website
"No Yodeling On The Radio" Karen Collins & Arty Hill (Takoma Park MD) website
"I Hug My Kids" Launnie Ginn" (San Luis Obispo CA) website
"Numbered" Mitch Townley & Lee Johnson (Knoxville TN) website
"Broke It In" Kyle D. Hulkonen & Chad Borgen (Negaunee MI) website
"The Kind of Thing That Gets Passed Down" Becca Bessinger (Mt. Pleasant SC) website
"I Don't Even Play Guitar" Glenn Valles, Pat Luboff & Peter Luboff (Mumbai INDIA) website
"Get Ya Crazies On" Spencer Kelly (Victoria Park AUSTRALIA) website
"Hillbilly Swagger" Jason Afable (Nashville TN) website
"I Can't Even Swim" Dan Demay & Terry Williford (Nashville TN) website
"Wicked Pink" Michael McGee and Michael Dubacher (Philipsburg PA) website
"Friday Night" Dean Barton (Vilonia AR) website
"Second Luckiest Man" Mitchell Collins, Kimberly Kime & James Hancock (Hixson TN) website
"Feels Like Home" LaurieAnne Savaglio (Warwick NY) website
"Country Paradise" Michael Gantt (Martinsburg WV) website
"When I Sail Away" Spencer Kelly (Victoria Park AUSTRALIA) website
"Kokomo Joe's" Mark Lightcap (Chico CA) website
"Mess I’m In" Rick Hart (Melbourne AUSTRALIA) website
"Easy Does It" Mark Gauf & Ken Miller (Peoria Heights IL - Stevensville MT) website
"The Fallen One" R. Mack Harrell (Boca Raton FL) website
"Where the Party Begins" Ted Swormstedt (Westchester OH) website

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CHRISTIAN / INSPIRATIONAL
"The Gardener Of My Live" Naomi Spezza & August Spezza (Spokane WA)
"Stone Of Hope" Grace S. Potts (Conyers GA) website
"Greater Glory" Walter Pappas (Silver Spring MD) website
"The Sound Of God" Sherwin Kaufman (New York NY) website
"Where This Long Road Ends" Jeanne Houghtaling (Las Cruces NM) website
"If I Could Die A Hero" Brian Wells (Wilmington DE) website
"She Prayed Him Home "Rick Amburgey & Bob Turk (Hopkinsville KY) website
"Jesus Is My GPS" Mike Parrish & Rebecca Walker Jones (LaGrange GA) website
"God Chose Me" William Stewart (Chesterfield VA) website
"All Things Are Passing" Billy Walsh (Clinton MA) website
"If I Could Die A Hero" Brian L. Wells, Ritchie Rubini, Ray Gagliardino (Wilmington DE) website
"The Sound of God" Sherwin Kaufman (New York NY) website
"Who I Am" Nick Haynes (St. Claire MI) website
"Only Need A Workd" Paul Halvey (North Riverside IL) website
"Story Of Our Lives" Johnny Herring (Austin TX) website
"God Promised" Margie Garcia (Fontana CA) website
"Go Now" Brad Ryder (Kentwood MI) website

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FOLK / AMERICANA
"I'm Takin' This U-Haul to Utah" Alicia Michelle Mullins (Burleson TX) website
"Minimum Wage" T. McLeish & J. Allaire (Westmeath ON CANADA) website
"The Little Birds" Thomas J. Thiel (Cliffside Park NJ) website
"Radio Flyer" T. Edwin Doss (Silver Springs MD) website
"Singer-Songwriter Hell" Mark Stepakoff (Boston MA) website
"Use Your Voice" Jonas Friddle (Chicago IL) website
"Joan and Victor Jara" Patrick DeSimio (Mesilla Park NM) website
"I've Got A Feeling" Shane Guse & Larry Wayne Clark (Waterloo ON CANADA) website
"Baby Please" Elk & Boar Kirsten Wenlock & Travis Barker (Tacoma WA) website
"Biscuts & Gravy" Trusten Williams (Camdenton MO) website
"Meadowlark" Ann Zimmerman (Salina KS) website
"There Are No Sundays at Sea" Denise Jordan Finley and Daniel Pagdon (Woodstock NY) website
"A Letter To God" Cornell Jermaine (Eastpointe MI) website
"Your Doggin' Fool" D.B. Rielly (New York NY) website
"Sure Thing" Roberta Schultz (Wilder KY) website
"River" Glen Hornblast (York ON CANADA) website
"What I'm Lookin' For" Dan Weber (Vancouver WA) website
"Good Old Days" Christine Conley (Memphis TN) website
"The Liveaboard Life" Tim Seay & Bill Bentley (Martinez CA) website
"Song For the Chinese People" Randall Effner (Jamestown MO) website
"Black Trees" Julie Kathryn (New York NY) website
"Shake It Down" Jonas Friddle (Chicago IL) website

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INSTRUMENTAL
"So Beautiful" Katie Hardyman & Peter Stevenson (Pampoolah NSW AUSTRALIA) website
"Because You Came" Adam Avery & Christopher Hawthorne (Williston VT) website
"Modal Therapy" Lou DeAdder (Whitby ON CANADA) website
"Sonato For Piano" Kenneth Fauteux (Fairfax VA) website
"Sunflower Waltz" Michael K. Bain (Arlington TX) website
"Renewal" Benjamin Denen (Pendleton IN) website
"Das Wiegenlied" Benjamin Denen (Gerrards Cross ENGLAND) website
"Riding A Bicycle" Lou DeAdder (Whitby ON CANADA) website
"Pass the Cheesecake" Gery Tinkelenberg (Oakland CA) website
"Hot Rod Beach Party" Lou DeAdder (Whitby ON CANADA) website
"Catch Me" Kyle King (New Albany OH) website
"Memory Of Love" Leslie Egerer (Hordaland Norway) website
"Celtic Celebration" Mark Steudel (Seattle WA) website
"Tuesday" Ellister van der Molen (Voorburg NETHERLANDS) website
"If I Stay" Katie Hardyman (Pampoolah NSW AUSTRALIA) website
"Ring Of Thorns" Peter Nostrand (Mason Neck VA) website
"Balloon Ride" James A. Pavlic (Middlefield OH) website

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ROCK / ALT
"Glasses Back" Matthew Alexander (Dyer IN) website
"Johnny Had A Gun" Ryan Gollogly (Verona ON CANADA) website
"Lucid Lover" Jessi Teich (Philadelphia PA) website
"Rockin' In the USA" Wayne Jacobs (Erith ENGLAND) website
"All In the Name of Something" Gaylen Young (Salt Lake City UT) website
"Freeloader" Michael Shepherd (Rugby Warks UK) website
"Our Buildings" Sam Capolongo (Skillman NJ) website
"Annabel Lee" Gilad Hesseg (adapted lyric by Edgar Allan Poe (Haifa ISRAEL) website
"Audrey Mae" Molly Thomason (Halifax NS CANADA website
"Game" Matthew Alexander (Dyer IN) website
"Rockabilly Boys" Kenny Walker & Butch Paulson (Philipsburg PA) website
"Back To Me" Clifton Williams (Boston MA) website
"Nothing More Beautiful" Chase Manhattan & Night Argentt (Pasco WA) website

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HIPHOP / R&B
"The Interview" Zachary Klein (Menlo Park CA) website
"G.A.N.J.A." Stonewall "Stoneman" Towery" (Clayton CA) website
"Unappreciated" Derris 'Bigtyme' Owens (Berwyn Heights MD) website
"I Look A Fool" Randy Woods & Absofunkinlutely (Saskatoon SK CANADA) website
"Could've Been Precious" William Stewart (Richmond VA) website
"Thin Walls" Sharon Lee Williams (Toronto CANADA) website
"Flashes of Light" M. Ali Nervis (Phoenix AZ) website
"My Sunshine" Lamont Hines (Brooklyn NY) website
"To Be With You" Tommy Strausbaugh (Fremont OH) website
"HVNLY" Matthew Jefferson - YC The Cynic (Bronx NY) website

NOTE: If you are listed as a FINALIST on this page you are invited to display this Great American Song Award banner on your website.

SPECIAL CATEGORY MUSIC
"Got Hacked" Bob Merz (Haddon Township NJ) website
"My Room's a Mess!" Marla Lewis (Wantagh NY) website
"Throw the Bums Out" Robert Case (McAllen TX) website
"Run" Jamie Anderson (Ottawa ON CANADA) website
"Christmas Party Time" John Andrade (Sandy OR) website
"New Year's in Manhattan" Claudia Mikail (Woodland Hills CA) website
"Messy Baby" Spencer Chandler (New York NY) website
"Secret Room" Shanna O’Brien, Steve Reid & Tony Carafone (Studio City CA) website
"Silence Tonight" Nancy Beaudette & Christine Hatch (Cornwall ON CANADA) website
"Who Would Jesus Bomb?" John Duggleby & Lance Brown (McFarland WI) website website
"Dream Pony" Robert Powell (Campbell, CA) website
"Merry Christmas, Baby" Mari Rosa (Boston MA) website
"Seal Lullaby" Owen Duggan (San Antonio TX) website
"Feet Feet!" Marla Lewis (Wantagh NY) website
"Time Flies By" Gregory Madison Brettell (Reno NV) website
"Pick Your Own Parents Patch" Jeff King (Torontoa CANADA) website
"TMI" Robin Bienemann (Oak Park IL) website
"(I Want You To) Unwrap Me" Wayne Liebhard (Prior Lake MN) website
"Bankroll" Larry Antinozzi (Rockwall TX) website
"I Will Wash My Hands" Terry Beardslee (San Diego CA) website
"Telecasturbator" Bill Bachmann (Chappaqua NY) website

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LYRIC WRITING

"Just Like A Movie" Michelle Lewis (Boston MA) website
"The Alpha Bet" Richard Dames (New York NY) website
"Slow Work In Progress" T. Edwin Doss (Lake Anna VA) website
"They're Not Making Love Like That Anymore" Mark Stepakoff (Boston MA) website
"Traveling Incognito" Tom Ruffen (Burnaby BC Canada) website
"An Old Disney Movie" Gary K. Brown (Rosepine LA) website
"Stoned On Country" Michael Wilkinson (Gladesville NSW AUSTRALIA) website
"El Pescador" Julie Noble (Hailey ID) website
"Ships" Martin Robley (Ballajura AUSTRALIA) website
"Time to Bid Adieu" Char Matejovsky (Seattle WA) website
"El Dorado" Shruthi Viswanathan (Manchester ENGLAND) website
"The Bottom of the Bottle" Preston Jones (Dallas TX) website


NOTE: If you are listed as a FINALIST on this page you are invited to display this
Great American Song Award banner
on your website.

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Congratulations to all these great songwriters!

Archives of Winners from Previous Years:
Finalists from 2012
Finalists from 2011
Finalists from 2010
Finalists from 2009
Finalists from 2008

 
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