Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hey folks,

Just wanted to share a couple songs from some of the very talented artists that have won in the past:

Lunic took home the Grand Prize in the electronic category in 2012 for her beat making skills and violen chops. Talk about multi-talented! Check out the video for here song "Self Destruct" here.

If you're looking for something a little smoother, check out the video for Banky W's song "Yes/No". Banky took the Grand Prize in 2006 and not only does he have the voice of an angel, but he's also an activist and community-builder. His blog The Bank Statements gives some insight into this incredible man's mind.

And finally, for the children, take a look at the wonderfully zany Gustafer Yellowgold who was a Grand Prize Winner in 2008 in the Children's category. Gustafer makes music that's accesible enough for children yet interesting enough for adults. Don't believe me? Check out the video for "I'm From the Sun".

We've had so many great artists in the past and every year we find more! To learn more about the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, head over to where you can hear more from past winners, learn about our fantastic prizes, and enter your own original material for your chance to win!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Shawn Pander Performs in UK and Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival

Hey folks,

Last month, at the Launch Event After Party for the John Lennon Bus Europe, 2006 Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Shawn Pander performed his original song "Let Me Love You" at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, UK. Pander blends jazz, country, blues, soul and wise songwriting to create music that beautifully illuminates the world around him. You can check out the video here and learn more about Shawn Pander here

Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival in London is well under way and the John Lennon Education Tour Bus Europe is there from June 14th to the 23rd! The bus is offering tours to the public and you can check out the Meltdown website here to find out when. Be sure to check out the rest of Meltdown for performances from Yoko Ono, Iggy & the Stooges and Patti Smith, along with films, panels on activism, and more!

Also, Session II of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest has just begun. Check out our website to learn more about the contest and sign up for your chance win cash, recording gear and performance opportunities! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Deadline Approaches!

Hey everybody,

The time comes once again.  The first session of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest ends on June 15th at 11:59PM PST so be sure to enter before then! We have so many great judges this year including Fergie, Sean Paul, Natasha Bedingfield and Bob Weir and they're all are excited to hear your best songs.

This year's prize package is bigger than ever before with a $20,000 cash prize for our Song of the Year winner and great gear from Avid, Mackie, Roland, Neutrik and many more for our Grand Prize Winners and Finalists.

For more information about the competition, judges and prizes, check out the John Lennon Songwriting Competition website. If your submission isn't ready by the 15th, remember that Session II starts right when this one ends so there are always more opportunities to get your music heard.

Any questions or concerns? Send us an at and we'll help you out. Good luck and keep the songs coming!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Remeber Dovetail?

Dovetail won our Session I, 2012 Grand Prize in the Rock category and went on to become the 2012 Lennon Award winner in the Rock category. Recently they sat down with the Dallas Morning News! Check out what they had to say here