Young Songwriters Competition

Thanks to all who submitted an original song to the competition. We’re pleased to announced the winners:
1st: Generation Nomad (Lizzy Kistler, Andy Tran, Charlie Nicholson, Erik Sophir)

2nd: Makenna Sherry

3rd: Evan Bricmont

2017 Judges:
Owen Kortz: Owen Kortz is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Denver, Colorado. Formerly the leader of the popular Owen Kortz Trio, Owen went solo in spring 2013 and released a 3rd album, “OK.” His 4th album, “Listening Now,” was released in late 2016. Kortz has performed at concerts with Grammy-award winning, multi-platinum recording artist Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, legendary guitarist Pat Metheny and YouTube phenom Kina Grannis, and has recorded with the Bissonette brothers (Ringo Starr and Joe Satriani). He is founding member of the Singer/Songwriter Program and LYNX National Arts and Media Camps at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he is on faculty.

Marissa Russo: Classically trained vocalist Marissa Russo, has performed in numerous classical, jazz, blues, indie-pop, and other contemporary ensembles around the country. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and studied private voice with Metropolitan Opera veteran Judith Christin. In addition to her vocal performance experience, she is a composer, pianist, private voice teacher, piano instructor, and music theory tutor.

Daniella Katzir: Daniella Katzir was born in Rishon Le’ Zion, Israel and was raised in Millburn, NJ. Surrounded by an extensive and eclectic music collection, she spent her days and nights constantly listening. After dabbling in piano and drums in elementary school, her love of guitar and songwriting continued to blossom. She now resides in Denver, Co., where she fronts her own band and collaborates with many other local and national touring musicians.

Grand Prize
– 10 hour recording studio session at the Sawtelle Recording Studio @ Swallow Hill Music
– LYNX National Arts & Media Summer Camp Scholarship @ the University of Colorado Denver ($550 value) – more info here
– Spring and Summer performance opportunities at various MCA and Swallow Hill Music events
– A feature on Swallow Hill Music’s podcast and/or blog

2nd Place
– $200 LYNX National Arts & Media Summer Camp Scholarship
– $100 gift certificate for Swallow Hill Music
– A feature on Swallow Hill Music’s podcast and/or blog

3rd Place
– $100 LYNX National Arts & Media Summer Camp Scholarship
– Gift certificate to Twist & Shout in Denver

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