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GASC Win Leads To Publishing Contract For Duo
Russ and Lynn Case have signed a publishing deal with Weaver of Words Music Group (BMI). The publishing company contacted the songwriting duo as a result of their First-Place showing in the Country category of the Great American Song Contest. "We really appreciate this opportunity," Lynn told local media. "And we highly recommend the Great American Song Contest to songwriters who are serious about taking their songwriting to the next level." Their website address is:


Composer's Career Takes Off After GASC Win
Following his win in the Great American Song Contest, composer Giulio Carmassi says his career has taken off in a big way. He signed with A&M Records, released a music video with Emmy Rossum for Geffen Records and produced songs for Decca Records recording artist Tommy Wallach. Giulio performed on America's Got Talent and scored movies by directors John Turturro and Alan Cumming. In 2013 he was invited by Grammy Award winning recording artist Pat Metheny to join the Pat Metheny Unity Band. "Winning the Great American Song Contest was great for my confidence," he says. "It supported my desire to make it in the music business."


Marla Lewis Scores Publishing Contract
Great American Song Contest winner Marla Lewis has landed a publishing deal with Muy Bambinos Music of Nashville. And a song she wrote for the International Breast Milk Project — an organization that provides mother's milk for babies orphaned by AIDS in Africa is now featured on the IBMP website. Marla specializes in Children's music. Her excellent CDs are available at:


GASC Winner Gets Top Producer
When songwriter Shawn Vougeot was selected as a winner in theGreat American Song Contest, she knew good things were going to happen. She was right! Shawn recorded her winning song "Walls Of Glass" and connected with producer Matt "The Doctor" Fink, (of Prince and the Revolution fame.) Shawn's co-writer, Dave Pickell, has found success working with Bryan Adams, Lara Fabian and Anne Murray.

"Winning the Great American Song Contest has given me numerous press interviews, inroads to film music supervisors' desks and boosted my confidence as a songwriter." - Shawn Vougeot


Guitarist-Composer Tops JazzWeek Charts
After Jim Robitaille won theGreat American Song Contest Instrumental category, he was named the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition winner and his excellent "To Music" cd hit the top of JazzWeek's Chartbound listings.


Cyndi Lauper Welcomes GASC Winner
Since music-industry judges selected her as a winner in theGreat American Song Contest, Jennifer Marks has made huge strides in her career. She's been featured on television entertainment programs, including ABC News and Live On Fox 5 (NYC). She's been invited to tour with Cyndi Lauper and her excellent new cd is now featured at Barnes & Noble and CD Baby.

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GASC Winner Plays Kerrville Festival
Grand Prize winner of the Great American Song Contest, Jim Bizer has received rave reviews ("... winner of the Great American Song Contest, and understandably so..." says Terry Lawson of Detroit Free Press) and recorded two outstanding albums of original songs. Jim was also invited to perform at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival.


Patti Witten Featured On SIBL Project
Patti Witten won Grand Prize in the Great American Song Contest and went on to record two excellent albums of original songs. "Goin' Back to Moline" was recently added to the Songs Inspired By Literature Chapter Two project, with songs by David Bowie, Tom Waits, Rosanne Cash and Steve Earle. The Artists For Literacy CD is used for teaching literature.


GASC Winner Places Song In MTV Series
Judges in the Great American Song Contest were right when they said Rock category winner Jason Atkinson "has the kind of highly skilled songwriting talent that music-industry reps notice." Jason soon found opportunities in film and television, placing his song "She's All That" in an episode of MTV's Undressed. He's also composed the score for a short film by director Jeffery Cools, entitled A Thousand Words.

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GASC Winner Signs On With The Animators
When Devon Copley's song “The Wreck of You and Me” won the top prize in 2001, Devon told interviewers that "winning the Great American Song Contest really helped me a lot." Copley has gone on to produce great songs with The Pasties and his new band the The Animators.


Rachael Sage Gains Audiences Around The World
When GASC judges selected Rachael Sage as a winner in the Great American Song Contest, she was starting out in her career. Now she's a popular international performer with six (yes six!) albums of great original songs. She has also been featured in Keyboard Magazine, Village Voice,, Performance Magazine and the Washington Post.


GASC Winner Signs Recording Contract
Music-industry judges in the Great American Song Contestenthusiastically selected the song "Hey! That's My Kiss" by Valerie DeLaCruz as First-Place winner in the Country category. Valerie soon signed with Relentless Records and opened for such Nashville stars Faith Hill and Martina McBride. She has also received rave reviews in several notable music publications. "(DeLaCruz) has already garnered lots of exposure, winning the Great American Song Contest..on an indie label, this single will no doubt fight an uphill battle at country radio, but it's a solid effort and deserves attention." Billboard Magazine


Pop Winner Proves A Popular Performer
Since winning the Pop category in the Great American Song Contest, Jen Foster has gone on to produce two great albums. The Texas-born songwriter performs about 80 shows a year and has opened for Sophie B. Hawkins, Crash Test Dummies and Lisa Loeb.


Winning Songwriter Wows GASC Judges
Judges in the Great American Song Contest praised the songs of Lisa Housman as "dazzling" and "remarkably original". "It was incredibly helpful to get that kind of validation early in my career," says Lisa. "Shortly after the contest, one of the judges wrote me a nice note and gave me the name of her music publisher." Lisa now performs with songwriter Dave Falk and together they've shared festival stages with such noted performers as Kris Delmhorst, Carrie Newcomer, Christine Lavin, and Dave Carter & Tracy Grammar.

  Learn more about these great songwriters and hear their winning songs! Visit the Great American Song Hall of Fame
Mark Lightcap was First-Place winner in the Country category of the 2nd Annual Great American Song Contest. Soon after he became a published songwriter and member of ASCAP. His songs have been played on national television broadcasts and he's signed with Rex Benson Music.
Since winning the 7th Annual Great American Song Contest, Jenna Drey has gone on to record two albums. She's also worked with producer Nile Rodgers (Madonna, Eric Clapton, David Bowie) and Kevin Churko, sound engineer for Shania Twain!
Oregon songwriter Michael Mish charmed theGreat American Song Contest™ (2004) judges with his funny, environmentally conscious songs. Now he's won an iParenting Media Award for children's music! (iParenting parents determine the best products in the children’s media and products industry.)

Note: Great American Song Contest winners (too many to list here)
often receive great write-ups in their hometown newspapers.
Local Media
can provide effective grass-roots publicity!


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