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Year In Review: Spotlighting Our SongwriterUniverse 2012 “Best Song Of The Month" Contest Winners

By Dale Kawashima

We are pleased to spotlight and honor our Twelve "Best Song Of The Month" Contest Winners for 2012. These monthly winners wrote the best songs which were submitted to SongwriterUniverse during the past year. All twelve winners are deserving of continued recognition and exposure. The winning songs were in many different genres of music, from pop, AC, rock, country, R&B, soul, Americana and folk.

2012 SongwriterUniverse Best Song Winners
2012 "Best Song Of The Month" Contest Winners.

Our "Best Song Of The Month" Contest was launched in August 2003. There have been many talented winners who have achieved success in the music business. Many of our winners have signed music publishing deals, placed their songs in film & TV, and have performed or toured with major artists & bands.

Two of our past contest winners, pop/R&B writer/artist Matt Palmer and Sarah Lewis of the pop/rock band Jag Star, signed staff writer/music publishing deals with HoriPro Music Publishing as a direct result of winning our song contest. Matt Palmer got a cut on the Big Time Rush album Elevate on Sony/Nickelodeon Records, and he's released two albums in Japan which have sold over 10,000 units.

Notably, our January 2006 winner Levi Kreis, has gone on to become an award-winning musical performer on Broadway. He currently stars in the acclaimed hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet, and he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor In A Musical (for his role of Jerry Lee Lewis). Kreis is also a singer/songwriter who has released four albums. Kreis won our song contest for co-writing his song, "I Should Go."

Another previous contest winner is Mandi Perkins (our September 2004 Winner), a singer/songwriter who was signed to a label deal with Sony Music in 2008 and released her album, Alice in No Man's Land. She now fronts the rising band, of Verona, and she is a pro songwriter in Los Angeles who works with Toby Gad and other hit writer/producers.

In addition to our monthly song contest, our other music site, SingerUniverse, hosts the equally popular "Best Vocalist Of The Month" Competition. Notably, our August 2007 "Best Vocalist" winner, singer/songwriter Chloe Leighton, was signed to a major label deal with Beluga Heights/Warner Bros. Records, which is owned by top writer/producer J.R. Rotem. Also, our January 2009 "Best Vocalist" winner, Perla Batalla, is a prominent singer/songwriter who has toured frequently with legendary writer/artist Leonard Cohen.

Via our "Best Song Of The Month" and "Best Vocalist Of The Month" contests, we look forward to spotlighting & honoring excellent new songwriters, artists and vocalists in 2013, and for years to come.

To enter our next SongwriterUniverse "Best Song Of The Month" Contest: Click Here

To read about our SingerUniverse 2012 "Best Vocalist Of The Month" Competition Winners: Click Here


2012 "Best Song Of The Month" Contest Winners

Here are our Twelve Song Contest Winners for 2012 in chronological order, with the songwriter credits, plus their e-mail and website links. You can listen to the winning songs by clicking the music players below.

 
 
Song Title:
"Now Is The Time." (pop/soul). Franki Love. January 2012 Winner. Read Her Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Franki Love (of Los Angeles, CA, Carl Restivo, Vanessa Villalovos & Barry Beama. Performed by Franki Love.
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Email:
frankilove@gmail.com
Websites:
www.frankilove.com, www.facebook.com/frankilovemusic
 
Franki Love
Franki Love

 
 
Song Title:
"Almost Famous." (pop/soul). Hana Kim. February 2012 Winner. Read Her Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Hana Kim of Los Angeles, CA. Performed by Hana Kim.
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Email:
hanakimmusic@gmail.com
Websites:
www.hanakim.org, www.facebook.com/hanakimmusic
 
Hana Kim
Hana Kim

 
 
Song Title:
"Lighting The Way." (pop). Richie Luna. March 2012 Winner. Read His Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Richie Luna (of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago), Kory Hart & Kevon Hart. Performed by Richie Luna.
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Email:
info@richieluna.com
Websites:
www.richieluna.com
 
Richie Luna
Richie Luna

 
 
Song Title:
"Close The Door." (pop/AC). Amanda Dove. April 2012 Winner. Read Her Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Amanda Dove of Orange County, CA. Performed by Amanda Dove.
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Email:
amandadovemusic@gmail.com
Websites:
www.facebook.com/amandadovemusic, www.reverbnation.com/amandadovemusic
 
Amanda Dove
Amanda Dove

 
 
Song Title:
"Ghost Town." (rock/pop). Danielle Barbe. May 2012 Winner. Read Her Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Danielle Barbe (of Pittsburgh, PA), David Barbe, Mike Dugan & Phil Flannigan. Performed by Danielle Barbe..
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Email:
info@daniellebarbe.com
Websites:
www.daniellebarbe.com, www.facebook.com/danibarbe
 
Danielle Barbe
Danielle Barbe

 
 
Song Title:
"Redefined." (pop). Adam Avery. June 2012 Winner. Read His Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Adam Avery of Burlington, Vermont. Performed by Daniel's Window.
Listen:
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Email:
stonegateproductions@gmail.com
Websites:
www.musicxray/artist/adamavery
 
Adam Avery
Adam Avery

 
 
Song Title:
"The People The Places." (pop/soul/rock). Bess. July 2012 Winner. Read Her Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Bess of Atlantia, GA & Los Angeles, CA. Performed by Bess.
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Email:
bessmusic.93@gmail.com
Websites:
www.bessmusic.com, www.facebook.com/bess.music
 
Bess
Bess

 
 
Song Title:
"If We Could See." (soul/rock).Mike Burke. August 2012 Winner. Read His Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Mike Burke of Los Angeles, CA. Performed by Mike Burke.
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Email:
mike@mikeburkemusic.com
Websites:
www.mikeburkemusic.com, www.facebook.com/mikeburkemusic
 
Mike Burke
Mike Burke

 
 
Song Title:
"Leave Your Light On For Me." (country). Michael Landin & Kevin Reardon. September 2012 Winner. Read Their Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Michael Landin (of Kalmar, Sweden) & Kevin Reardon (of Greenwich, CT).
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Email:
michael@fl-net.se, (Michael Landin) raghatmusic@hotmail.com (Kevin Reardon)
Websites:
www.hotstar.com (Michael Landin) www.raghatmusic.com (Kevin Reardon)
 
Michael Landin
Michael Landin

 
 
Song Title:
"Down To Earth." (pop/rock). Kate Diaz. October 2012 Winner. Read Her Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Kate Diaz of Chicago, IL. Performed by Kate Diaz.
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Email:
kate@katediazmusic.com
Websites:
www.katediazmusic.com www.facebook.com/katediazmusic
 
Kate Diaz
Kate Diaz

 
 
Song Title:
"Parking Spaces." (country). Carol Kay. November 2012 Winner. Read Her Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Carol Kay of Toronto, ON, Canada. Performed by Carol Kay.
Listen:
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Email:
carolkaymusic@gmail.com
Websites:
www.carolkaymusic.com www.youtube.com/carolinejk
 
Carol Kay
Carol Kay

 
 
Song Title:
"Away." (alt./pop/rock). Trapdoor Social. December 2012 Winner. Read Their Contest Winner Article
Written by:
  Skylar Funk, Merritt Graves & Curt Schneider. Performed by Trapdoor Social.
Listen:
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Email:
trapdoorsocial@hotmail.com
Websites:
www.trapdoorsocial.com www.facebook.com/trapdoorsocial
 
Skylar Funk of Trapdoor Social
Skylar Funk of Trapdoor Social

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