In late February, the International Songwriting Competition sent word that two of my original songs “Interlude” and “When Michael,” had reached semifinalist status in the competition’s 2019 Performance and Jazz categories, respectively. These two songs are on my Certain Elements album, released in 2019.
This was exciting news, as there were close to 18,000 entries from around the world, across 20 categories — and fewer than 11% made it to semifinalist. And, in the two categories these songs were in, there were less than 75 semifinalists each. The submissions are judged by industry leaders in the music biz, including producers, songwriters, top artists, label execs, etc.
Writing and recording originals is one of the most creatively satisfying journeys I’ve known, so to have the work recognized by this globally respected competition feels pretty darn good! Grateful for the opportunity to share.