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Great American Song Contest


7th Annual Great American Song Contest

(2005)
FINALISTS

&
HONOR AWARDS!

The quality of songwriting in the 7th Annual Great American Song Contest was some of the best we've ever heard.

According to our judges, impressive songs were discovered in every category. In fact, more great songs were found in 2005 than any other year in the history of the event.

We are proud to honor the following Finalists and Honor Award winners, each of whom scored near the top of their respective categories.

NOTE: If you're listed as a Finalist or Honor Award winner, you may display this Great American Song Honor Award banner on your website. Or you may also use it as an an impressive addition to your publicity & media materials!

Top Finalists:

Pop/Adult Contemporary:

"Ask My Son" Greene,Edens & Greene (Edmunds WA)
"I Told You So" Jenna Drey & Kevin Churko (Miami FL)
"
What Makes An Angel" Lauren Flaherty (Boston MA)
"Just Go" Stephanie K (Bloomfield Hills MI)
"Soon You'll Be Mine" David Blair (Vancouver BC)
"Letting Go" Daniel Doss (Clarksville TN)
"Created Disaster" Lauren Barrett Hedgpeth (New Orleans LA)

"Sunburn" Gordie Sampson, Blair Daly & Troy Verges (Halifax NS Canada)

Contemporary Acoustic/Folk:

"Airplane Light" Diona Devin/Carol Hashe (Nashville TN)
"Om" Peter Spink (Katonah NY)
"Lottery Ticket" Susan Kane (Mount Kisco NY)
"Dear Mr. President" Jen Cass (Bay City MI)
"First Big City" Craig Caliva (New Orleans LA)
"One Brother" Carolynn Black (Madison WI)
"June Moon" Michael Frazier (Salem OR)
"I'm An American Too" Larry Potts (Petaluma CA)

Special Music Catogory:

"Hats" Larry Potts (Petaluma CA)
"
Invisible Gifts" Shelley Jacobson (Thunder Bay ONT Canada)
"Mr. Cricket In The Thicket" Andreas Zamenes Redwood City CA)
"Child Of the System" Nicol Walsh & Ville Hildén (Llandudno UK)
"All On Our Side" Nicol Walsh & Ville Hildén (Llandudno UK)
"Between the Lines" Carol Teal (Newmarket ONT Canada)
"Captain Morgan's Curse" Kurt Orning (Hayfield MN)
"It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Man Swings" Steve Multer & Karen Multer (Chicago IL)

Christian/Gospel:

"How In the World" Michael D. Yoder (Grand Rapids MI)
"Rain Upon the Roof" Debbie Zepick (Ponoka AB Canada)
"I'm Not Ready" Carolyn Smith Jackson (Vicksburg MS)
"God Winks" Michele Arrigo (Hendersongville NC)

Instrumental:

"Man of Thunder" Lars Hallstrom (Vasteras Sweden)
"Dance Horn" Charles Lazarus (Minneapolis MN)
"News For the Rat" Beatrix Greiner (Lancaster PA)
"Flurries" Shannon Janssen (Vinton IA)
"The Fisherman's Apprentice" Jim Thorburn (Denver CO)
"It's Going To Be Better" Arek Religa (Kamienna Gora Poland)
"Flying South" Ross La Vel (Brisbane Australia)
"Schumann's Dream" Moni Golia (Ewa Ritchie) (Aberdeen AB Canada)


R&B/HipHop/Rap:

"Baby I Am Your Crime" Richard S. Coburn (Albrightsville PA)
"The Good Life" Jesse Benson (Boardman OH)

"Stir the Woman In Me" Manny Rivero-ALfred/MannyRivero
(Montreux Switzerland)

Rock /Alt:

"Gravity" Tony Calabro (New York NY)
"Anxious" Justin Wargo (St. Clair Shores MI)
"It's What I Do" Derek Oneil & Jeb Milne (Los Angeles CA)
"Maggie Will Make It" Bix Weir (Oakland CA)
"Satisfaction Guaranteed" Wade Perrin (Rancho Palos Verdes CA)
"Breathe Underwater" Erik G. Neave (Sheboygan WI)
"Ante Up" LaRiccia/MLC (Cleveland OH)

Country:

"Better Man" Pam & Terry Hollahan (Collierville TN)
"This Is Why Life Sux" Rob Frail & Tom Conally (New York NY)
"Melissa's Smile (A Soldier's Prayer)" W. Harry Slyhoff (Alexander City AL)
"Light At the End of the Bottle" Megan Laurie (Lubbock TX)
"Nothing Looks Good On You" Leo Clark (Burnsville MN)
"Twisters & Trailers" Urban Djin & Annalee Koehn (Chicago IL)
"Keep Living" Heather Wagner (Sheppard AFB TX)
"If You're Ever In Atlanta" Carla Swafford Young (Flowery Branch GA)

"Uneasy Chair" Greg Valente (Greenville SC)
"Casualty Of War" Connie Leigh (Newport AR)

Lyric Writing

"Leavin the Sadlands" Diana LaSalle (Savannah GA)
"A Vet Left Out" Marc H. Klein (Lakeside CA)
"Chinese Checkers" Craig Price (Highland Village TX)
"Sometimes I Cry at Oprah" Scott Meadors (Lake Jackson TX)
"The Spirit of Claire" Neil Isman (Delray Beach FL)
"The Prodigal Son" Patricia Gorman (Tucson AZ)
"Fathers and Daughters" Jamie Ambrose (Richmond England)
"Don't Leave" Regina Smoler (Highland Park NJ)

NOTE: If you're listed as a Finalist or Honor Award winner, you may display this Great American Song Honor Award banner on your website. Or you may also use it as an an impressive addition to your publicity & media materials!

HONOR AWARDS!

Pop/Adult Contemporary

"Reach Down Inside" Aaron Morrill (Jersey City NJ)

"Chelsea" Michael Mewborne (Los Angeles CA)

"Fly" Christopher Acker (London UK)
"Broken Song" Charles Jischke (Studio City CA)
"The Mudder" Cristopher Lucas (Coeur d'alene ID)
"Cheap Wine" Tracy Rush & Don Steck (Brandywine WV)
"Make Believe" Darci Monet/Levi Kreis/Matthew Hayes
(Los Angeles)

"La, La, La" Elza, Reggie Libhart & Christian Palladino (New York)
"Camouflage" Jonathan Ellinghaus (New Rochelle NY)
"Chance On Love" Peter Rice (Boston MA)
"Vacancy in My Heart" Laura Hull (Morristown NJ)
"Better Than You Thought" Matt Marfoglia (Los Angeles CA)
"Silence Tells No Lies" Manny Rivero-ALfred/MannyRivero (Montreux Switzerland)
"Just For A Minute" Peter Saltzman (Oak Park IL)
"Blue Horizons" Randy Wooten (New York)

"I Knew A Girl" Ed Piedra (Holyoke MA)
"Needed To Know" Soulframe (Southport Australia)
"In the Name Of Love" Swanyce (Sherman Oaks CA)
"An End To This Rain" Brooke Pennock (Seattle WA)
"Dragons" & "Can You Move Me" Milla Sunde/Thomas (Murell) Schofield (Los Angeles CA)
"The Girl Wants Me" Harry Lockwood & Steve Davis (Tacoma WA)

"Guilty" Owen Thomas & Lily-May Young (London UK)
"Dream Giver" Vanessa Florez (Playa Del Rey CA)
"Kelly Newcomer" Jim Fleming (Bellaire TX)
"Spaces" Daryl E. Youngblood (The Woodlands - Conroe TX)

"Sunshine in London" Rudy Roopchan (London UK)
"Point of Safe Return" Amanda Somerville (Flushing MI)
"Madame Bonaparte" & "Access Denied" Anna Horoszczak
& Suzanne Buckley
(Stamford CT)

"These Lips" Victoria Clamp & Ray Palagy (New York)
"One True Thing" Jen Cass (Bay City MI)

"Here I Stand" Jake Fleming (Bozeman MT)
"Shaken & Stirred" David Im (Ann Arbor MI)

"Someone Else" David Brook & Steve Geyer (Marblehead MA)
"Devil In My Bed" & "Fall For Me" Michael Anzilotti (Newcastle CA)
"To Love And Be Loved" Jim Wilson (Sherman Oaks CA)
"Come Around" Nate Smith (Sulphur Springs TX)
"Don't You Dare" Jenna Wedge (Fontana CA)
"Before I Hit the Ground" Kim Berry (Westport CT)
"Someone Else's Life" Josh & Laura Doyle (Costa Mesa CA)

"Wait On the Sun" Michele Williams (Houston TX)
"I Will Kiss You" Doug Templeton (Sandford ON Canada)
"It's Me Again" Jim Anthony (Komoszewski) (Buffalo MN)

"Three Small Words" Ed Williams (Dallas TX)

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Rock/Alt

"It's Gettin' Easy" Dear and the Headlights (Tempe AZ)
"Holes" Gavin Elder (Baltimore MD)
"Hush" Troy Polsley (Wantagh NY)
"Won't Let Go" Janua (Stockholm Sweden)
"Covered In Red" Judith de los Santos (Los Angeles CA)

"The Girl Of My Dreams" David Barrows & Mark Schleunes
(Oakland CA)
"Who Knew?" Henry de Fiebre (Naples FL)
"You and Me" Krista Acheson aka Krista D (Riverview NB Canada)
"Sick Of It All" Long Way Down & Jack Grandy (Edmonton AB Canada)

"That Line" & "Lucky Me" Patricia Ossowski (Kodiak AK)
"Drug Free Sabbath" Robbie Doyen (San Marcos TX)
"Standing Eight Count" Matt Hoffer (Chicago IL)
"Rise Above It" Michel Maeso (Foster City CA)
"It Girl" Damian Eckstein (New York)
"Lost Boys" Sean Kobuk Kennedy (Ithaca NY)

"Everything Is Wrong" Seth Adam (New Haven CT)
"Just Like Dreams" Bryan Murdaugh (Columbia SC)
"Lifeline Mix I" Lisa A. DeRenard (Memphis TN)
"Planet Love" Zoe Scott, Victoria Scott & Tim Pierce (Santa Monica CA)
"I'm Down" Derek Oneil & Jeb Milne aka Fury (Los Angeles CA)

"The Beer Song" Sammy Wiley (Litchfield Park AZ
"Devil In Disguise" Charity A. Provencio (San Jose CA)
"Black Truths White Lies" John Lutherborrow & Geoff Paicejr
(London UK)

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NOTE: If you're listed as a Finalist or Honor Award winner, you may display this Great American Song Honor Award banner on your website. Or you may also use it as an an impressive addition to your publicity & media materials!

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Acoustic/Folk

"Small Stuff" Jimmy Sferes (Lyons CO)
"In The Park" Ned Massey (Brooklyn NY)
"Almost Amazed" Sarah Louise (Caernarfon UK)
"What Would Ginger Do?" Pat Vitagliano (Norwich CT)
"Walk A Mile" Patti Witten (Ithaca NY)

"Shoelaces" Brenna Gibson Redpath (Canoga Park CA)
"Halfway Home" Bob Macdonald (Boynton Beach FL)
"Allison Jackson" Carol Ford (Milan MN)

"Future Mr. Used-to-Be" Brigid Kaelin (Louisville KY)
"Welcome Her Home" Dori Turner (San Francisco CA)
"Born To This Country" Arlan Feiles (Los Angeles CA)
"Hey Dr. King" Billy Byron (Cambridge MA)
"Campground Daughter" Henning Ohlenbusch (Northampton MA)
"Make-Believe" Elizabeth Ziman (New York)
"Washington Street" Jonathan Pointer (Los Angeles CA)
"This Property is Condemned" Matt Sherwin (New York)

"Blue As I Can Get" Peter Verity (Toronto Canada)
"So Many Angels" Jack Kid (Hancock NH)
"Sailing" James Krueger (Kingston NY)
"Lucky Ones" Andrew & Jen DiMartino (Seattle WA)

"Camera" Tracy Stark (Jersey City NJ)
"Beef Queen" Abby Lappen (Claverack NY)

Little Secrets" Denise Jordan Finley (Pine Plains NY)
"Southern Rains" Karen Benedetto (New York)

"Groundhog Sunday Stroll" Cynthia Hilts (New York)
"The Weekday Sun" Melissa Forbes & Jim Forbes (Brisbane Australia)
"Headed Home" Scott Jeffrey (Ames IA)

"Bib Overalls" Don Richmond (Kearney NE)
"Standing In Your Memory (For Phil Ochs)" Jen Cass (Bay City MI)

"Empty Tin" Hans York & Tom Armstrong (Seattle WA)
"Amelia" Jaime Morton (Shutesbury MA)
"Boston" Ian Jeffreys (New York NY)

"4 Strong Hands" Iain Campbell Smith (Washington DC)
"Yours" Atoosa Salimi (New York NY)

"When the Drug Wears Off" Robert Warren Greene Jr. (Rangelley ME)
"Every Little Thing You Do" Daryl V. Glenn (Thousand Oaks CA)

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NOTE: If you're listed as a Finalist or Honor Award winner, you may display this Great American Song Honor Award banner on your website. Or you may also use it as an an impressive addition to your publicity & media materials!

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Country

"If He Could Fly" Mark R. Lightcap (Chico CA)
"The Road Ahead" Codie Prevost & Steve Fox (RoseValley SK Canada)
"Workman's Blues" Ed Williams (Dallas TX)
"I Don't Wanna To Talk About It" Edmund Ramse & Kim Ragans (Sacramento CA)
"Keep On Rollin' To Memphis" Haven Quint (North Conway NH
"Don't Know Why" Jeff Cava (Dublin OH)
"The Speedo Limit" John Trentes (Mayfield Heights )
"Guitar Queen" Karen Collins (Takoma Park MD)
"Hey! It's A Full Moon Night" Lee Garland, Kimball Hurd & Alisa Fineman (Pacific Grove CA)

"Small Town Hero" Melody Hall McCoy (Williamson WV)
"I Don't Think So" George Axon & Liz Tansey (Toronto Canada)
"Fired" Marc J. Kuchner (Baltimore MD)
"My Kind Of Loser" Neil Fergus (New Milford CT)
"Papa Joe" Ray Martin & Lyle Foster (Winnipeg Canada)
"Shine Some Heaven" Sara Petite ( San Diego CA)
"Good At Getting Up" Shelley Jacobson (Thunder Bay ONT Canada)
"Long Time Coming" Stephanie Hardy (Bras D' Or NS Canada)

"It'll Take More Than a Storm" & "Everywhere You're Going"
Brenda Anderson (Saucier MS)

"Rose in the Mud" Adrienne Leopold (Toronto Canada)
"Upstairs" Dennis O'Donnell (Austin TX)
"Heart, Soul & Song" Elana Harte (Toronto Canada)

"A Man In the Picture" Don Seigel (Beverly Hills CA)
"A Good Woman Will Do That For A Man" Mitchell L. Rosenfield
(Henderson NV)

"Lovin' In Your Eyes" Charlie Nault (Coventry RI)
"My Trick" Lee Bailey & Cheryl Burns (Lemont IL)
"Never Again" Terrick Lee (Centreville MD)

"I'm Drinking You Beautiful" John B. Russell (Franklin TN)
"My Georgia" Leonard Berger (Marietta GA)

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Christian/Gospel

"Walking Galilee" Trisa Wintringham (Bradenton FL)
"View the Cross" Glenda Billings (Winter Haven FL)
"Fear Not, Said the Angel" Adam Webber (Princeton IL)
"The Lord Is With You" Danielle Swaby & Necole Dejoie
(Brooklyn NY)

"Wherever You Go" Barbara Angel (Gdansk POLAND)
"Written In My Heart" Michael Renneker (Van Nuys CA)
"The Other Side of Tomorrow" Rick Lancaster & Denny Reich (Frankfort KY)
"Morning Light" James Musselman (Denver CO)
"I'm Feeling Christmasy" Charles Green (Danville IL)

"I Have Seen the Lord" Andrew Kreider
(Elkhart IN)
"The Last Call" Diane Thompson
(Olympia WA)


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R&B/HipHop/Rap

"Poetry In Motion" Braille (Portland OR)
"Welcome to the Third World" & "Iran's Finest"
ManiM (Greenwich CT)

"Don't Feel So Sad" Rich Webb (Melbourne Australia)
"Homesick" Savin ill (Boston MA)
"Why'd You Leave Me?" Twila (Mission Viejo CA)

"Can We Go Back" Gabrielle L. Walker
(Burlingame CA)

"What Do You Do" Kellie Alexander
(Marietta GA)


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NOTE: If you're listed as a Finalist or Honor Award winner, you may display this Great American Song Honor Award banner on your website. Or you may also use it as an an impressive addition to your publicity & media materials!

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Special Music category

"Fancy Feast" Steve Multer, Karen Multer & Paul Langford
(Chicago IL)

"At Christmas Time" Steve Multer & Karen Multer (Chicago IL)

"Scuba Duba Duba Du" & "Like Heaven On Earth"
Patty Greer-Roche (Boulder CO)
"Christmas in Jersey City" David W. Jacobsen (South Orange NJ)
"Winter Holidays in the U.S.A." Regina Smoler (Highland Park NJ)
"Down Chinatown Way" Marla Lewis (Wantagh NY)
"Variations" Dessy Dobreva (Varna Bulgaria)
"Helen" Goldmund (New York)
"Toucan You Can" Donna Lisa (Rothstein) (Westfield NJ)
"Take Back America" Ross Vick (Dallas TX)
"My Podium Kiss-Kiss Girl" Dan Grove (Reston VA)
"We Need the Children" Denise Gordon (New York)
"Let's Get Hitched" Nicol Walsh & Ville Hildén (Llandudno UK)
"Homemaker Blues" Paula Monks & Linda Hiserman (Vienna VA)

"Sea Changes" Isabella Perelman (Woodbriege VA)
"Hormone Hell" Lauren Mayer (San Mateo CA)
"Naked Airlines" Bruce Kerr (Mountain View CA)

"First Snowfall" Penny Rodriguez (Indianapolis IN)
"Let Us Ring the Bells" Helen J. Anderson (Lacombe AB Canada)
"Vino" Ligia Oancea & Blu Mankuma (North Vancouver BC Canada)
"Deep Water" & "From Ordinary Folk" Willie McCulloch
(Bridgewater CT)

"Winter Waltz" Barbara Jean Tobiason (Montecello IA)
"Santa Clause Knows" Bud Tower (Nashville TN)
"Ballad Of the IRS" Edward J. Rojas (Easton CT)

"Life After Beth" Bill Conly (Ringgold La)

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Instrumental

"Once Upon An April Snow" Regina Smoler (Highland Park NJ)
"March Through Victory Lane" Robert Henry (Nottingham UK)

"The Pearl Mountain" Dave Smith (Mayo IRELAND)
"Reflections" Christian Calcatelli (Rome Italy)
"Laura" Errol Chugg (Minneapolis MN)
"Psalm 16:11" Jo Nicholson (Holmdel NJ)

"And So It Happens" Al Semus (Benica CA)
"The Last Day" Paul Antonio Ortiz (St. Osyth, Essex UK)
"Heads Up" Jim Howard III (Sao Luis MA

"Evan & Brandon" Yener Korkut (C'sted St. Croix VIRGIN ISLANDS)
"Big Things" Ken Baran (Deerfield Beach FL)

"March Of the Action Figures" John Colgan (Richmond VA)
"Sonatina" Othmar Mazenauer (Reno NV)
"Swing Baby" Jim Stewart (Timonium MD)
"Samba Para Todos" Alex Arguello (Aromas CA)

"Pacific Coast Highway" Greg Federico (Titusville NJ)
"Lawaiin" David Strattford (Hemet CA)

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Lyric Writing

"Wait On the Moon" Paddy Dougherty (Lynchgurg VA)
"Mom To Your Mom" Sally Steinmiller (Walworth NY)
"Ladies In Mercedes" Kim Shaftner (Claton NC)
"My Own Paradise" R. Bradley Adams (Montrose AL)

"She Ain't No Betty Crocker" Perry Dusch (Colorado Springs CO)
"The Colors Of His Love" David Duchene (Brampton ONT Canada)

"Rock Down Babylon" Pauline Graham Binder (Bronx NY)
"Love Will Bloom Again" Roshunda Gulley (Prescott AR)

"Set Them Free" Randall Effner (Jamestown MO)
"Double Edge" Michael Kelly (Upper Darby PA)

"What Part Of No Don't I Understand?" Laura Smith (Snowshoe WV)
"War Of Scars" Gareema Ssomuundreii Tuhmuuh (Padma Guvung ) (Kathmandu Nepal)
"Poet & Spanish Dancer" Jamie DeFrates (Jacksonville FL)
"Gold Mountain" Mike Taylor & Michele Garcia (San Francisco CA)

"I'm Gonna Teach You How To Dance" Josie Hyde (Santa Barbara CA)

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Congratulations to all these great songwriters!

NOTE: If you're listed as a Finalist or Honor Award winner, you may display this Great American Song Honor Award banner on your website, or use it as an an impressive addition to your printed publicity & media materials!

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