Michelle Roderick – one of the performers at  COMBO’s Songwriters Showcase

Winners of COMBO’s 2019 Songwriting Contest Announced: COMBO’s Secretary and Songwriting Contest Co-Ordinator Mark King announced the top scoring songs in the 2019 contest! Here are the twenty-one song entries that won a track on the contest CD in the track order list. [Please note that these songs are NOT necessarily in the order of scoring, although “Kid” by Isabelle Stillman was the highest scoring song!] COMBO member Rob Roper has volunteered to run the Songwriting Contest in 2021 so get your songs ready. The Contest will start May 1, 2021 (no problem with COVID-19 here).

“Kid” – Isabelle Stillman
“Truth Is Dead” – Joel Ashmore and Dave Brophy
“Love Lifts Me Up High” – Don Gnecco
“She Takes On To Me” – Daniel Houser
“Goodnight Sweet Baby” – Laurie Dameron
“B Side” – Cass Clayton and Taylor Scott
“Closer” – Sloan Robison
“Mile High Lament” – Jeffrey Dallet
“That Rockin’ Beat” – Steve Son
“40 Hours” – Patrick O’Flynn and Mimi Munroe
“Accordion Caravan” – Gordon Lewis
“A House Divided” – Robert Hojaboom
“Rendezvous For Two” – Erik Nelson
“Dark Sky” – Eric Peterson
“Do You Think of Me” – Laurie Dameron
“Roll The Dice” – Jim Seely
“Over You” – Michelle Roderick
“That Salinger Novel” – Isabelle Stillman
“The Most Beautiful” – Cass Clayton and Taylor Scott
“Bree Tree” – Justin Faye
“World Gone Cray” – Joel Ashmore and Dave Brophy

Reminder: The compilation CDs were passed out to the record companies, publishers, music supervisors, and other music professionals that attended the Durango Songwriters Expo in 2019.

Ten of the top scoring writers were asked to perform at the COMBO Songwriters Showcase at the Walnut Room on November 16, 2019. And Fifty Dollar Friend was asked to finish out the evening!

Other Top “Congratulation” Stories:
● Colorado Music Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2019;
● Arvada West High School Choir Director Chris Maunu Nominated for Grammy Music Educator of the Year;
● Ben Makinen Wins Best Sound Design for His Video at the Nederland International Film Fest;

● Nominees for the 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards Include COMBO Members John Macy and Ryan Chrys;
● Irving ISD High Schoolers Build Prosthetic Arm for Fellow Student Who Plays Cello;
● 13 Year Old Violinist Heading to New York to Play at Carnegie Hall;
● Neoni, f/k/a Facing West, Gets New Placement in UFC Promotional Video


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