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Making Award Winning Music - 9/1/2011

Petaluma singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine is starting to make waves in the music scene. He just won first place at the West Coast Songwriters Association grand finals in Berkeley, which means he’ll be performing at the Sunset Concert at the 31st annual West Coast Songwriters Music Conference on Sept. 10 in Los Altos before industry people from across the country. Valentine also just completed his first music video of his winning song, “Fly.” Local residents may have first caught wind of Valentine at the West Coast Songwriters Competition held at the Mystic Theatre in early August. “We had such a great turnout at our playoffs at the Mystic,” said Jan White, host of the West Coast Songwriters North Bay Competition. “Bobby Jo had already qualified to play in the finals through the San Francisco venue, which happened before ours, so even though he performed at the Mystic event, he was not eligible to win at our event. But we were lucky enough to have him and his band perform anyway.”

Jen Adan: penned #1 hit "She Wouldn't Be Gone"

“She Wouldn’t Be Gone”, Number One song on the Hot Country Songs chart for February 2009, was written by local West Coast Songwriter Jennifer Adan. The song, performed by Blake Shelton and recorded on his latest album Startin’ Fires has earned Adan her first #1 party at the end of February in Nashville.

Allmusic critic Steve Leggett, states "[It's] a brilliant portrayal of a man who finally finds his passion and love for a woman when it's way too late and she's already gone, and the chorus swells to passionate, almost white-knuckle perfection. It's a great song and Shelton gives it everything."

West Coast Songwriter, Executive Director Ian Crombie was thrilled to hear the news, “We at WCS are so happy for her. She really has worked hard to develop her songwriting craft by attending as many WCS events. It’s a tribute to her tenacity.”

Overall, Shelton has charted fourteen singles on the country charts, including five Number One hits. Shelton will be performing “She Wouldn’t be Gone” at the Oracle Arena on March 21st, 2009.

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