fIn this video veteran BBC broadcaster and UKSC judge Richard Niles interviews songwriter Johnny Schaefer and Grammy® Award winning legend Melissa Manchester. Johnny won the Original Song category, held in partnership with Music Aid FM, with his song "Can’t Hide the Light”. Melissa Manchester sings on this UK Songwriting Contest entry as a duet with Johnny, and in the interview they are joined by producer Stephan Oberhoff to talk about how the song was conceived, written and produced – with the epic sound of 55 vocal tracks!
Hollywood actress and singer-songwriter Bonnie Piesse joins the UKSC judging panels in 2021. Bonnie was born in Australia and was well known for her many TV roles there before working on the Star Wars films with George Lucas and moving to the USA. She made the role of Beru in Star Wars her own, in Star Wars Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, and Disney have signed her for the new, and long anticipated, Star Wars series 'Obi-Wan Kenobi', alongside Ewan McGregor. This is now in production in 2021.
Bonnie is a highly aclaimed singer songwriter with songs placed and featured in movies and TV shows including the recent Home Box Office HBO docu-series 'The Vow' in which she was also a featured subject. She was described by Oscar nominated film director Luke Doolan as "the type of artist who’s work gets better each time you see or hear her. She has the voice of an angel and the mind of a warrior". When she is not busy at the Disney Studios acting in the new Star Wars series (or judging UK Songwriting Contest songs!!) Bonnie is working on songs for a new EP to be released in 2022.
Bonnie is a past winner of The UK Songwriting Contest, with her beautiful and enchanting song 'Ariella', so she knows the event very well and from both sides - as a contestant and as a judge. She is based in California and is a judge for both the UK and USA editions of the contest. You can discover more about Bonnie and hear her music on her website www.bonniepiesse.com
SUBMIT YOUR SONGS
The UK Songwriting Contest 2021 is now open for entries and we look forward to receiving your songs in this year´s event. Full details and entry forms are on the UKSC website at http://songwritingcontest.co.uk
The UKSC Team
Your last chance to submit songs - Deadline Sunday midnight
This is the last weekend to submit songs for great opportunities, star ratings, signings, certificates, cash and more. Visit www.songwritingcontest.co.uk to submit your song before the Sunday midnight deadline. Here is a video message from UKSC judge Stuart Epps who will be co writing a song this year with one lucky winner. https://youtu.be/ZDDVEQv8D6k
SONGWRITERS - CONTEST UPDATE
NEW JUDGES IN 2019
We have updated the Judges section on The UK Songwriting Contest website. Check it out at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk/judges and meet the new judges - all are past UKSC entrants who know exactly how you feel as a participant this year.
New judges include Rachel Mason (also a judge on SKY TV´s "Sing - Ultimate Acappella" show hosted by Cat Deely), Katie Kittermaster (the recent Under 18s Winner who is achieving great success and is now touring the UK with the Boyzlife Tour and with Ronan Keating), Belle Humble (a past UKSC winner with over 250,000,000 YouTube views and two massive worldwide hit songs), Neil Fitzpatrick (whose UKSC winning song "Apart" has already raised over $100,000 in sales), and Susan Muranty (a twice winning lyricist who with special input into judging the Lyrics Only category).
This year features a Grand Finals stage where an Overall Winner will be chosen by past entrants together with our regular celebrity judges. Submit your song by midnight September 21st to find out within days if your song is in the 2019 Semi Finals. All songs rated with 5 Stars by the judges are considered for the Semi Finals and all Semi Finalists are considered for the Finals and Grand Final in October. Entry forms and details at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
Prizes include co-writing a song with legendary producer Stuart Epps. Stuart works with new up and coming artists and has worked closely with some of the world´s best known songwriters and artists including Elton John (Stuart was one of the first people that Elton played Your Song to for an opinion), Oasis, Robbie Williams, Led Zeppelin and many others. This is a unique and valuable opportunity to work with and write with one of the most respected names in the UK music industry. Check out Stuart´s website, hear his productions and read about his work and some of his amazing stories about the music industry at www.eppsmusicproductions.com
HOW TO ENTER
Visit the official contest website at http://songwritingcontest.co.uk and follow the entry links. All songwriters from any country may enter. If you have any problems please contact us for support.
If you still have songs to submit, don't forget that the deadline is soon, midnight 21 September.
We wish you every success in this year's event and with all your future songwriting projects.
The UK Songwriting Contest Team.
Are you in the Semi Finals?
Submit your song by midnight this Sunday 18 August to get your early results and see the judges´ Star Rating for your song: Most importantly, find out if your song is in the UKSC 2019 Semi Finals! Submit before the Sunday midnight deadline and your awarded Star Rating and your UKSC Certificate will be ready for you next week. Entry forms and details at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk
All Semi Finalists will be considered for the Finals, so if your song passes into the Semi Finals it will have a good chance of progressing to the last stages where the winner is chosen. This year the event also features a new Grand Finals stage where panels of successfull past entrants and our celebrity judges will select the winner and runners up. Don´t miss out on the best ever UK Songwriting Contest, and make sure this is the year that your song gets the attention it deserves.
Entry forms and full contest, judges and prize details are on the official website. Click on the link above or the UKSC logo to visit. The judges are ready and waiting for your song. Don´t forget: you have until midnight Sunday 18 August to submit your work, get your star rating and find out if you are taking part in the Semi Finals. Entry forms and details at www.songwritingcontest.co.uk