“I am truly thrilled to have ‘Finally Here’ win the Grand Award!” says Froese. I couldn't be more proud of this song and its story, especially having written it with Nancy, who is my my co-writer as well as my cousin. I hope the level of recognition ‘Finally Here’ has received will help its message of hope reach the whole human family.”
“For the first time, most of our judges went out of their assigned category to choose this song,” says SongDoor president Tony Zotta. “That really speaks to the appeal and ‘gravitational pull’ of the songwriting, which really does grab you."
Carson Henley and co-writer Allen Stone (who made a memorable appearance on “Live At Daryl’s House”), were a close second with their soft-rock tune, “Go Under.” Judge Dennis Winters (of the legendary Southern rock band The Winters Brothers) described “Go Under” this way: "I love the song's groove & melody, caught me right off. The lyrics are great, they really deliver a message. Originality and structure are off the hook!”
This year’s “Staff Favorite” was Hard Rock/Alternative Rock finalist “Million Out Of Me,” by RanDair Porter, from WA, USA.
The competition was generously sponsored by SongU.com, Broadjam, 16 Ton Studios, MasterWriter, Songsinc, Herringbone Recording Studio and Hard Twist Music/BMI. Not just the winners won — every songwriter who entered this year's competition receives a free 45-day all-access trial to SongU.com, as well as free sight-reading software to help them improve their skills.
As winner of this year's Grand Award, Froese and Montgomery win a single-song publishing contract, a one-year Platinum membership to SongU.com, a full-band demo cut at 16 Ton Studio on Nashville's Music Row, Masterwriter software, a Songsinc membership and a host of other prizes valued at more than $7,900. For more about this year's SongDoor winners, visit http://www.songdoor.com or http://justinfroese.com.
Here is a list of all of the winners of the SongDoor 2013 International Songwriting Competition:
Grand Award Winners:
CHRISTIAN CATEGORY: Justin Froese/Nancy Montgomery for “Finally Here” (Washington, USA)
CHRISTIAN: Justin Froese/Nancy Montgomery for “Finally Here” (Washington, USA)
COUNTRY: James Hoppe for “Before Your Karma Catches You” (California, USA)
POP: Julian Cassia/Andres Quintero for “Butterfly”
HARD ROCK/ALT ROCK: Eric Bettencourt for “Two Wine Glasses” (Maine, USA)
SOFT ROCK: Carson Henley/Allen Stone for “Go Under” (Washington, USA)
SongDoor 2014 is open for submissions on April 15, 2014. The entry fee is $10 per song. For more information, visit http://songdoor.com.
SongDoor is an annual event designed by songwriters, for songwriters. The competition is open to amateur and professional songwriters worldwide. Judges include seasoned music industry producers, artists and engineers who have worked with/for such artists as Britney Spears, 'NSYNC, Neil Young, Lynrd Skynrd, Jimmy Buffett, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and many, many others. All entrants receive approximately $120 in free songwriting tools, regardless of whether or not they win anything.