Thank You To Our Past Judges
Overall Best Song judge: John Braheny. John co-founded and directed the legendary Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase. He wrote the best-selling and highly acclaimed book The Craft and Business of Songwriting. John continues to be in demand as a presenter of songwriting/music business seminars and as a consultant.
Pop: Composer, musician, playwright, and producer Marv Ross. In 1981, he formed the band Quarterflash with his wife Rindy, and their debut album went platinum. He's co-written with Burt Bacharach and Diane Warren.
Country/Americana: Billy Herzig, former staff writer for Sony/Tree, Warner/Chappell, and Peer/Talbot Music in
. He wrote “Right >From the Start,” a #1 single for Earl Thomas Conley, and since 1996, Billy has co-owned Grey House Studio, where he engineers and produces demos for writers and publishers.
Rock and Other categories: Mark Baumgarten, music editor at the influential Willamette Week magazine here in
Contemporary Christian: Del Ford, who for many years served as a senior pastor and youth minister.
has had more than 20 songs published, both on recordings and in sheet music.
Blues/Jazz/R&B: Bill McNally, who is vice president and part owner of Burnside Distribution Corp., a national music distribution company based here in
handling over 650 labels and 2,500 titles. He is also general manager of both Burnside and Sideburn Records.
Folk: Eric Hester, a previous multiple winner of the PSA Annual Song Contest. Eric was a member of CMJ chart topping group The Young Professionals. He is based in
, and his sophomore solo CD, “Blue Tattoo,” was produced by Craig Carothers.
Childrens: Steve Seskin is one of the most successful writers in Nashville today, with a boatload of songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, Collin Raye, Peter Frampton, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Mark Wills, and Peter Paul and Mary. His song "Don't Laugh At Me" was a finalist for CMA "Song of the Year" in 1999.
Instrumental: Sally Harmon, who has an extensive background in classical and pop music. She holds a master of music degree and has recorded some 19 albums in her career.