Nashville, TN (CNS) - Songwriter and singer Amber Rhodes is holding a songwriting contest for aspiring writers. Rhodes, who was a finalist in the "American Idol" Songwriting contest and was named "Who New to Watch" in 2008 by CMA Close-Up Magazine, is excited about giving others the chance to win a writing session in Music City.
Rhodes told Celebrity News Service, "I'm a songwriter and I know what it's like to be a struggling songwriter who wants to be heard. With the help of my publishing company, Sharp Objects (Nashville), we're opening the door to aspiring hopefuls to be heard! ...and you never know what hit single might come out of it!"
The winner of the contest, who can be anyone from a novice to an accomplished writer, will receive a writing session in Music City with Rhodes. "This is the first songwriting contest held by Amber, who was a finalist in American Idol-Songwriter," Music City News Media & Marketing told CNS.
Rhodes released her debut CD, Goodbye Yesterday, in 2007. She wrote, or co-wrote, the ten songs contained on the CD. "I'm really passionate about the writing process as well as performing. Both are a terrific personal outlet for me to express myself while being creative," Rhodes told CNS.
Rhodes went on to say that writing has always been inspirational, therapeutic and motivational for her. "There are so many creative writers out there who may not necessarily be singers or musicians and this is my way of opening the door to let them all shine and be heard! Kind of our own Idol-Songwriter contest!"
Contestants can enter immediately by visiting the participating radio station web sites or at amberrhodes.com. Only one song can be submitted per entrant. The deadline to submit songs for consideration is Sunday, June 8, 2008. Songs will be judged based on the initial 15-second allure, lyrical content and musical composition. A finalist will be selected from each participating station and the contending songs will be posted on amberrhodes.com where the public can vote for their favorite.
Online voting begins June 14 and ends June 29. Winners will be announced on June 30, 2008. The following stations have jumped on board as a participating host of the Amber Rhodes Songwriting Contest: WCJW/Warsaw, NY, KAUS/ Austin, MN, WLOC/Horse Cave, KY, WKSR/Pulaski, TN, KTJJ/Farmington, MO, KRAZ/Santa Barbara, CA, KSNI/Santa Maria, CA, KKJG/San Luis Obispo, CA, KJUG/Visalia, CA
The Grand Prize winner of the Amber Rhodes Songwriting Contest will be entitled to a co-writing session with the recording artist in Nashville, a single song publishing deal with Sharp Objects and a professional recording of the demo. The Grand Prize package also includes round trip airfare to and from Nashville, hotel accommodations for two, meals ($100 value), ground transportation to and from the airport, and ground transportation to and from the writing session.
The two runner-ups will receive an autographed Epiphone Guitar and 8X10 photo along with a framed award certificate. All finalists will receive a certificate of participation and an autographed 8X10 photo of Amber Rhodes.