Since 2010, Songsalive! honors one songwriter each year with the Songsalive! Songwriter Of The Year Award, a songwriter who shows exemplary talent and commitment to ones art of writing songs and the community around them.
The CHOSEN RECIPIENT (1) of this year's Songsalive! Songwriter Of The Year Award will be selected carefully by a handful of judges and team.
We base this prestigious award on this CRITERIA:
Decisions are made after a long vetting process within the Songsalive! Chapter coordinators, President, Director of Operations, music industry professionals and peer reviews. We take time to screen our nominees, watch them evolve in our organization and the songwriters community (sometimes years), and do not make the decision lightly. We try to be fair across regions to bring nominees from all our chapter bases.
HOW CAN I BE CONSIDERED FOR THE AWARD?
You need to be a current Songsalive! Pro Member to apply yourself. You can also have someone else to nominate you (they don't need to be a member).
or ask your peers to nominate you by emailing us
PAST Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year RECIPIENTS
2015 recipient - kip corley
Bio, in his own words: My first musical influence was an Elvis Presley movie on I saw on TV. I Think it was Love Me Tender. I told my "Grandma" that I wanted that man to be my daddy. She had a hard time explaining to a 4 year old how it didn't work that way. My first Album and every consecutive album was Elvis. I started writing songs at about 9 years old. The first one was to the tune of an Elvis song (surprise, surprise!). Then I started writing my own lyrics and melodies. My best friend turned me on to Neil Diamond who wrote and played his own songs. I then became a Neil fan also and taught myself to play guitar so I could accompany myself on my songs. I started band, we played original songs and covers. Time went on, life went on, marriage, children, work, moving to better and better neighborhoods until we ended up behind the "Orange Curtain". I'm currently performing as a solo and with my band KNIGHTLYGHTER in and around Orange County. We play what I call "Classic Pop". It's a mix of Classic Rock, Oldies, 70's (my favorite), Country and a few Originals now and then.
Visit Kip at www.kipcorley.com
Past Songwriter of the Year Recipients
2014 Recipient - Paul Rasmusson
Paul started his musical career playing piano, guitar and singing in his early teens in Helena, Montana. A few garage bands later, he set off as a solo artist for a period lasting more than a decade. When the “solo life” took its toll on his writing, Paul took a sabbatical that lasted several years. After experiencing a creative breakthrough, Paul got serious and returned to songwriting, adding recording and studio engineering to his repertoire. As a result of his reflective time out, he began writing songs that earned him the “Body of Work” award from Song of the Year for consistent, high quality song submission and was a finalist in the Country Music category which earned him several Honorable Mentions. These awards were followed by additional Honorable Mentions in the Billboard Song Writing competition. Encouraged by his success, he began writing in alternative musical styles such as pop and independent, focusing mostly on writing for himself as an artist. Side projects resulted in the theme songs and bumper music for the Atomic Dog Radio show, a dog training show airing on over 120 AM radio stations across the United States as well as the webmercial of bay area auto supply company “Wheelaroo”. He also contributed two songs on the Songsalive! Compilation CDs from 2012 and 2013 before winning the Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year award for 2014.
2011 Recipient - Annette Conlon
Awarded for her songwriting, her artistry and her dedication to helping other artists in the community.
2013 Recipient - Sandy Andina
Sandy Andina is a veteran of the Chicago folk scene, with detours along the way into rock & roll, comedy, politics and motherhood -- all of which inform her incisive original songs, serious & funny. As a solo artist, Sandy plays acoustic guitar and mountain dulcimer, but in collaboration doubles on bass guitar, harmonica, and baritone ukulele. With her current singing partner, Stephen Lee Rich, their duo, Andina & Rich have two albums out: 2006’s “Because We Can” on Travenia, the title track of which was a Dr. Demento favorite, and 2010’s “Two Guitars, a Dulcimer and an Attitude” on DulciYodel — listed in 7 categories on the 2010 Grammy ballot and all 14 cuts of which have gotten airplay. Sandy is currently working on her second solo disc “Candy Apple Red Herring,” as well as the followup and holiday Andina & Rich CDs. She plays clubs, concerts and festivals all over Chicagoland, the rest of the Midwest, and occasionally Mid-Atlantic, mid-South, West and far West—as well as the Chicago Bar Association’s annual “Christmas Spirits” satirical musical revue. Check Sandy out at her website: www.sandyandina.com
2010 Recipient - Kaye Reznick
Kaye Reznick was chosen for this prestigious award on this criteria: