Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
We're looking for songwriters to submit original songs to the JLSC of any genre that pay respect to the legacy of peace and hope that John Lennon began 71 years ago.
Submit a song to the JLSC between Tuesday September 27th, 2011 and Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 and you'll be entered for the chance to win a new electric Epiphone "Inspired By" John Lennon Casino guitar (MSRP $1665)
If you enter the Lennon 71st Birthday Mini Contest, you will also be entered into Session II, 2011 of the JLSC.
Winners will be announced Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Congratulations to Meghan Trainor, the winner of our Valetntine's Day Love Song Mini Contest. For submitting the best original love song, Meghan won a brand new Epiphone Casino electric guitar and a Mackie Amp! 17-year-old Meghan has been writing, performing, and producing her own music since she was 13, including her JLSC award winning “Learning To Say I Love You.”
Be sure to keep checking the JLSC for more special opportunities!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Head over to sonicbids to get more details and take advantage of our special promotion.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Session II Now Open With Special 2 Week Promotion! Win the Opportunity to Create Your Very Own Music Video at WARPED TOUR!
We are currently running a promotion for all those who enter their song(s) by June 29th, 2011 on Sonicbids. You can opt-in to win a fully professional Lennon Bus Live music video recorded on the Lennon Bus at Warped Tour. 1 artist will be selected to join the Tour Bus during one of its Northeast/East Coast date, and 1 artist will be selected for a Mountain/West Coast date. Selected band members will also get Warped Tour VIP experience.
Please head over to Sonicbids for more information about the JLSC and to take part in this special 2 week promotion!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Third Nature - the Grand Prize Winner of Musician's Friend presents the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Video Challenge, Records on the Lennon Bus!
Monday, May 23, 2011
|Pierre Mongeon - Children's|
|Lauren Strange - Country|
|Marius Njølstad - Electronic|
|Mia Friedman - Folk|
|Wayne Robinson - Gospel/Inspirational|
|MC Psalmist - Hip-Hop|
|Tony Lechner - Jazz|
|Juan Aguirre - Latin|
|dbClifford - Pop|
|Brandon K. Knox - R&B|
|Eliza Callahan - Rock|
|Chris Jacome - World
A big thanks to all of you who voted in the 2010 Lennon Awards! Session I, 2011
is still open. Be sure to check out www.jlsc.com for more information about the
John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ways to enter!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presents: The Alabama Gospel Music Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner Results!
Congratulations to Jim! As a Grand Prize Winner, Jim has won an additional Avid Prize Package totaling almost $3,000 (MSRP) consisting of an Mbox, PT 9 Academic, Sibelius 6 Professional, Axiom 49 keyboard controller, a pair of M-Audio CX5 monitors, and a Luna II microphone. Additionally Jim's Grand Prize winning song will be entered into the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and eligible to win the $20,000 Song of the Year!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presents: The Alabama Gospel Music Songwriting Contest Finalists Results!
Congratulations to our 3 finalists, Wayne Robinson, Marquita Anthony and Jim Lowe!
As finalists they have won, an Avid Finalist Prize Packages, totaling over $1,000 (MSRP) consisting of PT 9 Academic, Sibelius 6 Professional and an Oxygen 25 keyboard controller.
Additionally, one of the three finalists will be selected as the Grand Prize winner, receiving an additional Avid Prize Package totaling almost $3,000 (MSRP) consisting of an Mbox, PT 9 Academic, Sibelius 6 Professional, Axiom 49 keyboard controller, a pair of M-Audio CX5 monitors, and a Luna II microphone. Additionally the Grand Prize winning song will be entered into the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and eligible to win the $20,000 Song of the Year!
Monday, April 25, 2011
In the late 60's and early 70's an early form of electronic music was formed by mixing the regular rock band instrumentation with electronic instruments and experimental production effects such as those used by the Beatles. Germany branded this genre Kosmische Musik. The term encompassed German electronic groups such as Tangerine Dream, Faust and Kraftwerk.
After the Berlin Wall fell, many recently vacated Eastern Bloc buildings became refuges for DJ's and the underground dance and rave scene. In 1991, Berlin held it's first Mayday Music Festival which has grown into one the the largest electronic music events in Europe. The idea was simple: A huge underground rave based off of a theme composed by the Members of Mayday. The first festival reached an estimated crowd attendance of 5,000. In 1992, they more than doubled that number with around 12,000 attendees. High profile artists like Aphex Twin, Moby and The Prodigy have all performed at Mayday festival and similar Mayday Raves have been set up in Poland and Russia.
German music has had an act emerge in every sub genre of electronic music. You may have heard of such artists as KMFDM, Wumpscut, Rammstein, Apparat, ATB, Digitalism and former JLSC Finalist, Maison Vague. Many of the new groups, like Maison Vague, have talked about how, without the groundwork laid out by artists like Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, the inspiration for the electronic sound coming out of Germany just wouldn't be there.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
In celebration of Alabama's great Gospel history, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest wants you to upload your original songs for your chance to shine as a songwriter! Please visit http://www.jlsc.com/alabama_gospel.php for further information regarding this contest as well as submit your songs and lyrics! You could win one of three Avid Finalist Prize Packages, totaling over $1,000 (MSRP) consisting of PT 9 Academic, Sibelius 6 Professional and an Oxygen 25 keyboard controller. One of the three finalists will be selected as the Grand Prize winner, receiving an additional Avid Prize Package totaling almost $3,000 (MSRP) consisting of an Mbox, PT 9 Academic, Sibelius 6 Professional, Axiom 49 keyboard controller, a pair of M-Audio CX5 monitors, and a Luna II microphone. Additionally the Grand Prize winning song will be entered into the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and eligible to win the $20,000 Song of the Year!
As always, the entries will be considered by a panel of esteemed and celebrity judges. Many of you may be familiar with Ruben Studdard, winner of American Idol's 2nd season. He will be both judging your entries as well as performing!
Accompanying Ruben with the judging will be Renowned conductor and arranger Dr. Henry Panion, III (Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Gospel Goes Classical), Kevin Bond, Kurt Carr, Dorinda Clark-Cole (Clark Sisters), Cedric Dent (Take 6), Steven Ford (Richard Smallwood, The Winans), and Aaron Lindsey (Israel Houghton, Marvin Sapp), along with Gospel Jazz great Ben Tankard.
Please note that The Alabama Gospel Music Songwriting Contest is only open to Alabama state residents and students, if you fit this criteria and are interested in entering our contest, please go to http://www.jlsc.com/alabama_gospel.php for further details and to enter!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Still buzzing from his win, Sczebel notes that the nomination in this category came as a bit of a surprise to some of his fans. “I’ve had a few fans say they were surprised that my album was nominated in this category because it sounds nothing like a typical Gospel album. But the fans and industry in both the Gospel and mainstream Pop scene have been so supportive of this album, which I think is a testament to the power of music…it can cross borders of any kind if it resonates with listeners.”
Sczebel’s national recognition comes fresh off the heels of receiving 9 nominations in the British Columbia Interior Music Awards, including Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year for his song “I’ve Got That Feelin” and R&B/Soul Album of the Year.
Monday, March 28, 2011
You may vote once per category per day. Voting is open March 28th - April 27th and the 12 Lennon Award Winners will be announced on May 1st, 2011. Each of the 12 Lennon Awards winners win $1000 in Mackie, Ampeg or Blackheart products, and 1000 custom CD's printed in full color 6 panel digipaks courtesy of Disc Makers worth $1990! Then all 12 Lennon Awards Winners are eligible to win a Mackie Mixer, a pair of Mackie Studio Monitors AND the $20,000 Song of the Year!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Announcing the Winners of the Musician's Friend presents The John Lennon Songwriting Contest VIDEO CHALLENGE!
In the final round, our panel of celebrity judges chose the coveted 3rd, 2nd, and Grand Prize winners based on Presentation, Originality and Creativity, Melody, Vocal Ability and Music, Lyrics and Entertainment.
After 1000s of votes & a grueling review by our judges, we're pleased to announce our WINNERS!
GRAND PRIZE - Third Nature of Saratoga Springs, NY
Lost for Now
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Third Nature is - Tom Best (Drums), Will Dowling (Bass), and Merrick Noyes (Keyboard). Third Nature’s sound depends heavily on the mutual trust of the band mates and their ability to communicate almost telepathically. It is apparent to any audience member at a Third Nature show how close the band mates are musically and personally. Making use of floating synthesized melodies, a thumping bass drum, and euphoric undulating bass lines, Third Nature creates a tangible energy at live shows that keeps crowds sweating and dancing the night away. Third Nature has become the “band to see” for Skidmore college students. Even amongst a student body that has diverse musical tastes, Third Nature has been able to appeal to anyone and everyone who wants to get down. To put it simply, Third Nature knows how to throw the best party in town. Third Nature’s history is rich despite its youth and limited touring experience. Each of the members has known one another, in some way, for their entire lives. Keyboardist Merrick Noyes and drummer Tom Best grew up in the same small town in northwestern Connecticut. As cousins, Noyes and bassist Will Dowling grew up together and fostered each other’s musical development since they first picked up instruments. Dowling met and befriended Best when the trio began to attend the same high school in 2004. They have been playing together ever since. Find them on Facebook or MySpace.
About the Video
Lost for Now was created using a stop-motion compilation of light paintings composed of thousands of photographs with exposures lasting 15 to 30 seconds each. It was produced, filmed, and edited by Calder Wilson, with dedicated contributions from Tom Best and Will Dowling. Thank you also to Ripley Sager, Alex Darell, and Will Sargent for their help. The video was shot in and around the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, New York and was made possible in part by the Skidmore Student Opportunity Fund. For more information on the video, including screen shots in full resolution, visit @ http://calderwilson.com/
Third Nature's Grand prize includes a one-day video and audio recording session on the Lennon Bus, their music on over 17,000 movie screens around the US, courtesy of Sonicbids and over $7,500 in music gear from Gibson, Epiphone, Audio-Technica, Mackie & Avid!
2ND PLACE - Colin Hatch of Provo, UT
Answer the Phone
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"I’ve always had a passion for songwriting and great hooks. I grew up playing the piano and guitar and listening to The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Beck, and Radiohead. Right now, I’m a Media Music Major at Brigham Young University and I’m the lead singer/multi-instrumentalist for the band Tighty Willis. I’m always writing songs and looking to improve the ones I’ve already written. I was so floored when I found out I placed second in the contest. Thanks to all of you who voted and thanks to Musician’s Friend! Look up Tighty Willis on Facebook and iTunes". Colin's 2nd place prize includes an Epiphone Inspired By Lennon Casino guitar and a $1,000 Musician’s Friend Gift Certificate!
3RD PLACE - Michael Swenson of Largo, FL
Dark Visions & Ghostly Dreams
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Michael Swenson was born in Clearwater, FL. He comes from a very musical family. His mother is a pianist and opera vocalist and his father is a vocalist and plays guitar. Growing up, Michael was exposed to many different kinds of music... classical, jazz, rock, musicals... you name it. He studied french horn and concert percussion and began to play the drums in a band with his brother Steven during his high school years. He has played in jazz combos, orchestra pits, and many different bands and commercial projects since then.
Michael has been mostly a studio musician over the last 8 years and is now moving into his own untitled personal project... of which the song "Dark Visions & Ghostly Dreams" is a part. More announcements regarding an EP will be made in the coming months.
Michael still resides in the Tampa Bay area with his wife Melissa, his son Miles.... and their Catahoula Leopard Dog named "Chupacabra".
"I am absolutely humbled to have gotten third place in this contest. There were many talented people that entered and I am so grateful! Thank you Musician's Friend and the amazing judges at the JLSWC! Also thank you to everyone who voted for me, my good friend Tommy Platt for producing this track with me, and my beautiful and talented wife Melissa Kolmar (who encourages me daily and made me promise to enter this contest!). This is so encouraging as I embark on making my first EP before this summer. Thanks again!!"
Michael's 3rd place prize includes an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar and a $500 Musician’s Friend Gift Certificate!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Check out their performance!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Photo L-R: SVP of Marketing at AVID- Ron Greenberg. Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern of Madison Violet. Grammy nominated artist- Natasha Bedingfield. Former New York Yankee- Bernie Williams. Executive Director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and John Lennon Songwriting Contest- Brian Rothschild.
Madison Violet performs on the Lennon Bus Stage.
On-board the Lennon Bus with Brian Rothschild and Madison Violet.
Madison Violet with their $20 000 check in front of the Lennon Bus.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Announcing: Congratulations Collette! Winner of the May We All Shine On! Original Holiday Song Contest
Collette's winning song "Keep Christmas Alive" can be heard by clicking the image below!
As the winner, Collette will be receiving Sibelius 6, an Apple iPod Shuffle and a new Epiphone Guitar!