The 2006 Write With A Hit-Maker Songwriting Contest Winners!
In the Country Category, this year's winner is Felice Keller. Congratulations Felice!
"A Girl Can Dream." That's what Felice Keller has always said. But this girl dreams big, and finally got brave enough to put it all on the line. She quit her job in 2004 to embark on a songwriting adventure, one that has been more amazing than even she could have imagined.
Felice's career recently took off when she was offered a single-song contract with Sony/ATV Publishing for her song "See What You See." Winner of the Nashville Songwriter Association's (NSAI) "Single Song Showdown," "See What You See" (co-written by Warren Sellers) has received praise from some of the industry's most notable publishers and producers.
Based in Los Angeles, Felice has already established a reputation for being an extraordinary songwriter locally and in Nashville, where she also works. She is known for her versatility, having written pop, country, and rock, and is an especially coveted co-writer for her honest, sometimes witty, always engaging lyrics. Analytical and creative, Felice sees the world a little bit differently and has a special ability to connect with the heart of an issue while expressing it with a style that is all her own.
While her talent is quite evident, Felice is convinced that her diverse background has made her an even more valuable contributor to the music industry. Raised near Seattle, Washington, Felice grew up singing in choirs and playing several instruments, including piano. Having been exposed to a variety of musical styles from doo-wop to Broadway to rock, Felice's work is inspired by writers ranging from James Taylor and Dolly Parton to Sheryl Crow and the Beastie Boys.
She received her BA from the University of Arizona in creative writing and went on to earn her MBA in marketing at the University of Washington. She has worked in radio and concert promotions, public relations, and as a freelance writer, interviewing notable individuals such as Steven Spielberg, Jim Brickman (Grammy-nominated pianist), and Jeffrey Seller (producer of the Tony award-winning Rent). She is also extremely active in the community and most recently worked as the Director of Annual Giving for a local Los Angeles charity.
OTHER RECENT AWARDS
Single Song Showdown, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), 2005, 1st Place Winner
Unisong International Song Contest, 2004, 2nd Place, Lyrics
In the Pop/Rock Category, this year's winner is Alissa Moreno. Congratulations Alissa!
Alissa Moreno has been making some noise as a talent to watch. Alissa and John Swihart composed and performed the theme song of the ABC hit "Hope and Faith" (season two), and doors have since been opening.
Alissa's music has appeared in films such as the Quentin Tarantino produced Daltry Calhoun (Miramax), Undiscovered (Lions Gate Films), the Slamdance feature film Mall Cop, the New York Independent Film Festival award winner Possibilities, and TV shows such as Wonderfalls (Fox), The Drive (CMT), and Laguna Beach (MTV).
In addition to all her musical projects, Alissa also pursues acting. She co-created and co-starred in the short film Superchicks which premiered at the LA "Shorts Fest" last September. She also appeared in award-winning director J.D. Mata's From Behind The Sunflowers. Recently, she spent five weeks in Toronto working as vocal coach to Ben Affleck for the upcoming biopic Truth, Justice, And The American Way (Focus Features).
Alissa has appeared a number of times at the Durango Songwriters Expo.
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This Year's Contest