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18th Annual Great American Song Contest

Outstanding songs were discovered all categories of the 18th Annual Great American Song Contest. GASC Judges reviewed songs by over 1800 songwriters around the world. The impressive quality of songwriting made the task of choosing winners enjoyable, but also very challenging.

Below is the official list of GASC 2016 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.

PLEASE 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.
(If you have a website to list with your song, please e-mail us the web address.)


"Somebody Just Like You " The Christopher Brothers (Los Angeles CA) website
"Hit the Road Running " Steve Lauri (London ENGLAND) website
"Get It " Shon Daily (Worcester MA) website
"Out Of Control" Stephanie K. (Bloomfield Hills MI) website
"Will You Take Me Home" MadLyn aka Sabrina Fuster (Los Angeles CA) website
"Some Kind Of Magic" Emily Vicoria  (Hartford CT) website
"Unravel " Caroline Roman (Atlanta GA) website
"Hey Miss Meteorologist" Michael Henchion (Cork IRELAND) website
"Constellation Prize" Randall Franklin (Charlotte NC) website
"Love Not Loss" Simon Ludowyk & Banton Brothers (Sidney AUSTRALIA) website
"We Keep On Dancin'  The Royal Foundry - Jared Salte/Bethany Salte/Samuel Hanson (Sherwood Park AB Canada) website
"Free Now" YOHAN (Yohan Tanaka) (Los Angeles CA) website
"Boogie On " Mary-Grace Koile & Millagram (Montreal QB Canada) website
"The Other Side" Alex Marie Brinkley & Chas Tackett (Fort Worth TX) website
"Wildcard" Celeste Newman & Mark Crocker (Moorabbin AUSTRALIA) website
"Let You Ring" Brooke Villanyi (Los Angeles CA) website
"Come Back To Me" & "Beautiful" Casey McQuillen (Andover MA) website
"Radio Man" & "A Girl Who Plays with Matches" Dale Griffiths Stamos (Venice CA) website
"Shining Through" (Van Nuys CA) website
"In Your Arms: Jonathan Ong (Singapore) website
"Ropes" Matthew Campbell (Austin TX) website
"Some Guys" & "Taxi Driver" MauriceLee-Kulbatzki (Springfield OR) website
"What You Seek" Anna Roberts (Los Angeles CA) website

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"In the Now" Tony Crown (St. Louis MO) website
"Atoms" Hannah Christianson (Boston MA) website
"Treading Water" Tracey Graham & Maureen Russell (Long Beach CA) website
"Honey Pie " Stonewall "Stoneman" Towery (Clayton CA) website
"Rains of September" David Robinson (Pacific Palisades CA) website
"Ember " KÔSA (Toronto CANADA) website
"Flowers" Peninsula (Rosalie Eva Arizpe Zamora, Javier Arizpe Zamora & Iván Medrano) Fenwick ON Canada website
"Jane Austen Could Never Write" Chris Mustica (Cobram Australia) website
"Change Me" Charlie Millikin (Cincinnati OH) website
"Long Breath In" Dean Lindsay (Plano TX) website
"Doesn't Have To Die Tonight" Randall Cohen, Gregory Martindale & Mark Riddick (New Hope PA) website
"The Sum of Hearts" Tedd Swormstedt (West Chester OH) website
"The Present" Katherine Dolan (Copiague NY) website

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"A Man That Can Drive" Isabel & The Uncommons (Toronto CANADA) website
"Human " Ryan Molloy (London ENGLAND) website
"Nigella" Simon Clothier (London England) website
"Deadly Beauty" Alexa Shea Falk Johns (Hermitage TN) website
"First Time" Dean McTaggart & Sarah Smith (London ON Canada) website
"Sweet Brother James" Michael Gray / Hidden Stash (Richmond Hill ON Canada) website
"What Are We Fighting For" Rosanne Baker Thornley & North Easton (Toronto CANADA) website
"Sincerely, Me" Alex Marie Brinkely (Fort Worth TX) website
"Out Of Body" Ash Lewis (Witham Essex UK) website
"My Pantsuit Nation" Alice Watson (Fort Worth TX) website
"If I Don't Make It Back To Town" John Pickett (Ellensburg WA) website
"The Girl You Think You Know" Matthew Wade (Worcester MA) website
"Philadelphia" Eric Colville (Gloucester MA) website
"I Will Be Waiting" Esteban Obando (Parkland FL website
"Being Honest" & "Remember You" Henry Hudson (Malibu CA) website
"Lightning Don't Strike Twice" Ibby Hausman (North Easton MA) website
"Human" Natalie Major (Valley Village CA) website
"One More For the Road" North Easton Rockland ON Canada) website
"Mistletoe (Kiss Me Dear)" Olivia Bishop (Thurmont MD) website
"Mr. Cohen" Owen Burgess (Toronto CANADA) website

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"Help Is On the Way" David Mullikin (Xenia OH) website
"Stay Out and Play " Mike Bloomer (Plano TX) website
"Jump Into the Creek" Daniel John Kensy (North Chesterfield VA) website
"It Oughta Be Red" Denise Pharris (Tucson AZ) website
"Missin' Out " Gordon Stransky & Isaac Slutzky (New York NY)  website
"The Medal" Mark Courtney (Las Cruces NM) website
"All the Right Places" David Yerganian & Jay Soto (Medfield MA) website
"Lost On A Back Road" Lisa Marks & Michael Casali (Springfield MO) website
"Half Hearted Love" Barbara Lynn Doran (Whitby ON Canada) website
"Hand Made Silk Dress" Chris Mustica (Cobram Australia) website
"Beer View Mirror" Dwayne Andras (Schriever  LA) website website
"Hard Landing" Eric Blossman (Spicewood TX) website
"No Tan Lines" Gary Creek (Longmont CO) website
"God Gave Her Boys" James Lake (Winfield IL) website
"Roses On the Dashboard" Jimmy Monack (Annapolis MD) website
"Hey There Anne" Julia Hoffman (Jamaica Plain  MA) website
"Are There Hillbilly Bands In Heaven" Kevin T. Hale (Westlake Village CA) website
"You Only LoveM e When You’re Drunk " Scott Kollman (Cherry Hill NJ) website
"Nothin's Too Good For Us" Steve Prather (Gardnerville NV) website
"White Picket Fence" Sydni Doughtie (The Woodlands TX) website
"Bottom Of the Bottle" Tim Seay (Matinez CA) website
"Scotch & Soda" Triana Presley  (Berkeley CA) website
"One More" Maria DiFalco (Old Bethpage  NY) website

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"Infinite Reservoir of Mercy" Len Seligman (Sarasota FL) website
"Burn Like A Fire" Nadia Suen &Grace Nathaniel (Los Angeles CA) website
"You Are Worthy" Denise Pass (Fredericksburg VA) website
"Hearts Wide Open" Michael R. J. Roth (Arlington VA) website
"Riding Out On Faith and Prayer" Deborah Rew & Diana Williams (Evergreen CO) website
"The Face of God" Jordan Weymouth (Sykesville  MD) website
"A Place I've Come To Know" Willam Larson (Tacoma WA) website
"I Could Maybe" Jen Baron (Santa Barbara CA) website
"The Hallway of My Heart" Mike Glick (New York NY) website
"Teach Me How To Pray" Karen Marra (Andria ITALY) website
"Cardboard Sign" Luke Willette (Suffolk VA) website
"Shelter" Christopher Scholl (Winnipeg CANADA) website
"Clickety-Clack" Curtis Mosley (New Caney TX) website
"Christ Is Lord" Rick Lee James (Springfield OH) website
"Crying Out" Daniela Flores (San Antonio TX) website
"Stay On the Righteous Side" Dave Travis (Durham NC) website
"Come To the Cross" Dennis May (Gardendale  AL) website
"Silenced" Ilian Lundberg / Sergey Sarkisov (Malmö SWEDEN / Houston TX) website
"Calvary" Dave Stuteville (Newburgh IN) website
"Resurrection Joy" David Warner (Newark OH) website
"Faith Hope Love" Dawn DeBraal (Wautoma  WI) website
"Send Down Your Glory" Dino & Debbie Ascari (Melville NY) website
"She Is More" Emily Curtis (Mount Pleasant SC) website
"Stir My Heart" Eric Kneifel (Sherwood OR) website
"A Living Faith" H. John Krueger (Hartland WI) website
"Right Here For You" Jeremy Prins (Byron Center MI) website
"Living Water" & "How You Love Me So" Jonathan Fries (Neenah WI) website
"I Paid For Your Sins On Calvary" Kevin T. Hale (Westlake Village CA) website
"Your Time" Marisa Johnson (Bakersfield CA) website
"No Ordinary Man" Patricia Tasker (Westwego LA) website
"Slowing Me Down" Phillip Sanders (Philadelphia PA) website
"Lullaby" Susan Kohler &Randall Michael Tobin (Santa Monica CA) website
"God Will Never Fail" Tambre Herndon (Richmond Hill GA) website

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"Olde Cumberland" Ben Woodruff & Morgan's Road (Charleston SC) website
"Song of the Spanish Moss Sirens" Melissa Bowman & The Krickets (Port Saint Joe FL) website
"Rain Came Down" Leah Grams Johnson (Nashville TN) website
"Never Go Back " SeaStar (Seatlle WA) website
"Captain Morgan" Kurt Orning (Hayfield MN) website
"Love and A Gun" Michael Tiernan (Vista CA) website
"Our Golden Time" Steve Moss (Portland OR) website
"Jessie Brown" T. Edwin Doss  (Silver Spring MD) website
"Just Wanna Say Hello" Katie Hardyman (Sydney AUSTRALIA) website
"Bus to Chillicothe" Matt Rouch (Denver CO) website
"Favorite Fool" Bill Gamill (Baton Rouge LA)  website
"Bright Side" The Watters (Austin TX) website
"Genevieve" Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers (Tucson AZ) website
"Cold In California" & Kim Ware & The Good Graces (Atlanta GA) website
"I Believe" Jesus Leon, Paco Leon, John Dawes & Thomas Henry (Malaga SPAIN) website
"I Thought I Saw Me" Curt Joa (Kohler WI) website
"Flyin' Away" Barry Bozzone (Catasauqua PA) website
"The Devil Is In Control" Charles Absher (Avondale Estates GA) website
"American Dirt " Charlie Crisafulli  (Glendale CA) website
"Samson Was A Lover" Jonas Friddle (Chicago IL) website
"Heartstrings" Justin Hooper (Highlands Ranch CO) website
"Big Moon" Mandy Rowden (Austin TX) website

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"Downtime" John Vaillancourt (Townsend MA) website
"Beaglebilly Blues"  Chris Huntington & the Crawdaddies (Batimore MD) website
"Sunflower Waltz" Michael K. Bain (Arlington TX) website
"Subconcious Emotion " Ash & Yuki Asano / Ten (Los Angeles CA) website
"In the Pocket" Preston Smith (Katy TX) website
"Cerulean Blues" Lanny Sherwin (Santa Barbara CA) website
"Pacific Rim" Arek Religa (La Quita CA) website
"Finding Closure" Samer Fanek (Redwood City CA) website
"Poor Bow" Owen Burton (Chicago IL) website
"Shimmer" & "Entangled" Joseph L. Young (Boise ID) website
"Ascension of the Sea Spirits" Amanda Lee Falkenberg (Dubai AUSTRALIA) website
"Harmonia" & "Today In Paradise" Bill Wren (Fulton TX) website
"Summer Festival" Christina Lyons (Carbondale IL) website
"Touch Of An Angel" Daddo Oreskovic (Guntramsdorf Austria) website
"Silesia" & "Eastern Standard" John Vaillancourt  (Townsend MA) website
"Guitar Tango" George Karagiannis  (Athens GREECE) website
"Fly" James Goodlett  (Altoona IA) website
"Persons Of Interest" Jim Howard III (Sao Luis  Brazil) website
"Mischief" Lisa Downing (Littleton CO) website
"Delightly " Mark Myers (Seattle WA) website
"Some Things Change" Paul Savaiko (Franklin NC) website
"Hummingbird" Solana Gothard (Edmonds WA) website
"Song For Keith" Peter Rogan (Temple PA) website

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"One Day Fiance " Mike Bell & The Living (Vancouver BC Canada) website
"Shadows In the Dark" Derek Barrett & The Arcadeans (Cork IRELAND) website
"Escape From Stockholm" Joel Jarek DeGraff / Same Animal  (Los Angeles CA) website
"Break Me Open" Debra Gussin & Brian Bell (Los Angeles CA) website
"All This Time" River Lynch (Rochester NY) website
"Our Parade" Erik Naugle & Troy Pender (Linden MI) website
"Me Time" Steven "Priest" Stewart, Joel Forsgren & Jason Mowrey - Slow Motion Breakdown (Warren PA) website
"Do You Hear My Cries" Garrett Young (Durango CO) website website
"Snake Oil Man" Aaron Ritchie (Nanaimo BC Canada) website
"Unstoppable" Chris Weerts & Ghost in the Machine (Orlando FL)  website
"Psychedelic Relic" Ian White (Valrico FL) website
"Road Rage" Neil Santos (Hudson NH) website
"Air Guitar" Russell Page (Balearics Islands SPAIN) website

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"Social Butterflies "Matt Bishop (Toronto CANADA) website
"Runaway" Sephanie K (Bloomfield Hills MI) website
"Look At Me" Joel Cross (New York NY) website
"Lost My Mind" Anton Romashev (Tonik Slam) & Jerry B. Long (Kokane) (La Mesa CA) website
"Assets" Steve Robert Makkar aka Dr. SMak (Sydney AUSTRALIA) website
"Step Up Your Game" Steve Gray (Knightdale NC) website
"Changes" Phillip Sanders (Philadelphia PA) 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.


"Cool To Be Kind " Jammin' Randy / Randy Sauer (Hays KS) website
"A Great Big Giant Christmas Tree" Spencer Chandler ???
"Something About U SA" Richard Burton (Horsham Sussex UK) website
"Walmart Woman" Roger Vines (Rockford AL)
"All I Want For Christmas Is A Smartphone" Michael Marron (???) website
"Let the Bells Ring" Barry Delaney (Creston NF Canada) website
"Bob Kulhan" Christmas Hot Pants (Montclair NJ) website
"The Astronaut and the Mermaid" Cherie Call (Sanish Fork UT) website
"A Capella Ella" Jane Fallon (Brookline NH) website
"Happens To Be We're Happy" Colin Skinner (London ENGLAND) website
"New Bottom Line" Lisa Redfern (Bath ME) website
"Fitbit Misfit" Lois Cecsarini (Alexandria VA) website
"Kickin' A Can" Mel Reed (Centerville MA) website
"Every Christmas Tree" R.X. Bertoldi (Everett WA) website
"Sentimental Song" Reid Jamieson (Vancouver BC Canada) website
"When You Eat Lasagna" Steven Sellers (San Antonio TX) website
"Sticky Little Lollipop" Tracy Newman (Los Angeles CA) website
"It's A Zoo" Montessori Children's School  (San Luis Obispo CA) website
"Gold And Myrrh" Nancy Beaudette (Lunenburg MA) website

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"Church of the Lonesome Sage" Amy Randolph (Carmichaels PA) website
"In Theory" Joni Kenny (Las Vegas NV) website
"Muddy Waters" Jim Donaldson (New York NY) website
"I Won't Be Home For the Holidays" Leah Borland (WPAFB OH) website
"All the Crazies" Andrew Farmer (Lansing MI) website
"Kiss Me, Fan Girl" Christine Thompson (Brisbane Australia) website
"Dangerous Lady" Myra Litton (London ENGLAND)
"Lovin' Life" Michael King (Bowie MD) website
"Black Mercedes" Sandra Joseph (Edmonton AB Canada) website
"Baby Wants A Country Song" Kenneth Wright (North Fort. Myers FL) website
"Riding Out On Faith and Prayer"  Deborah Rew & Diana Williams (Evergreen CO) website
"Never Knew (Free the Bears)" Simon Ludowyk (Sydney AUSTRALIA) website
"Hey Miss Priss" Michelle Porter (Rapid City SD) website
"Cowboy Hat" Cameron Dahl (Irvine CA) website
"Golden Eyes" Tony Steven Williams (Kingston AUSTRALIA) 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!

Untitled Document Archives of Winners from Previous Years:
Finalists from 2015
Finalists from 2014
Finalists from 2013
Finalists from 2012
Finalists from 2011
Finalists from 2010
Finalists from 2009
Finalists from 2008

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