The Durango Songwriters Expo's Unique Songwriting Contest

See the 2008 Winners
2006 Winner Alissa Moreno Gets Rascal Flatts Cut ("Every Day")!

And the 2007 Write with a Hit-Maker Songwriting Contest Winners are:


Congratulations Kelly and Richard!

Honorable Mentions:
Truly this was an incredibly tough contest to judge and although there always has to be a definitive "winner" in each category, the quality of songs our judges had to choose from was so high that at least five in each category might have won. It was that close!

Here are the TOP FIVE songwriters in each category:

Country -- Kelly Garrett (winner), Scott Miller, Leilah Hayman, Chris Volpe, Ryan Shea Smith

Pop -- Richard Harris (winner), Amy Raasch, Randi Soyland, Steve Giles, and fifth-place was a tie between Donna Galbraith and The Lovers (Jared and Noni)

Thanks to ALL who participated and we look foward to seeing all of you at our next EXPO!

About Our Contest:

We thought long and hard about creating a "contest" to be incorporated somehow into our Durango Songwriters EXPOs. How to do it? What to give for prizes? Money? Recording time? Gear? All great ideas but DONE DONE DONE already. What does EVERY ASPIRING SONGWRITER WANT? Well, yes, to write a hit song but, aside from that...? How about CO-WRITING with an ESTABLISHED HIT SONGWRITER?!? That's it! Who wouldn't get excited about that? So that's what we've created—A CHANCE to WRITE A SONG WITH A HIT MAKER!


For 2007, WE'VE SWEETENED THE DEAL! How about the added prize each winner will receive of a SINGLE SONG PUBLISHING DEAL courtesy of Windswept Music (Country Category) and peermusic (Pop/Rock Category). The publishing deal will include studio time to record a professional guitar or piano/vocal demo of the song written by the winner in each category!


The winner in the Country Category will write a song at the EXPO with hit songwriter Jeremy Stover (Jeremy recently earned his first No. 1 single as writer and producer of Jack Ingram's "Where Ever You Are").

The winner in the Pop/Rock Category will write a song with hit songwriters Ben Marguiles and Tony Scalzo (FastBall).

The winner in each category will also receive free Registration in the 2007 Santa Barbara EXPO (a $250 value), May 31 - June 2, 2007.

(Transportation to the EXPO, meals and lodging, are the responsibility of the participants.)

Very Special Offer for EARLY entries:
All Contest entries POSTMARKED by January 10th, 2007 will automatically be entered into a drawing for a FREE Santa Barbara Expo Registration, a $250 value! (The winning entrant will be notified by February 1st, 2007.)

CONGRATULATIONS ELLE VEN for winning the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION drawing! Visit Elle's website.

FINAL CONTEST DEADLINE: All song entries, along with payment, must be POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MARCH 15th, 2007.

See the 2006 Winners

to see and print the 2007 Write With A Hitmaker Contest Entry Form
or Register Online at SonicBids


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