3rd Annual WCS Berkeley Lyric Contest Winners

West Coast Songwriters is proud to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual WCS Berkeley Lyric Contest.  With over 100 original song submissions from around the country, nine winners were chosen for the following three categories:  Best Lyric of the Year, Best Title of the Year and Best Line of the Year.  The winners were announced at the Berkeley based music venue, Freight and Salvage during the monthly WCS Berkeley Song Competition on July 18.  Winner of the Best Lyric of the Year receives three hours of studio time with JAMES GARDINER, at PAJAMA STUDIOS. James is an award-winning composer, producer and recording engineer with two Grammy nominations and 42 gold and platinum awards. 
  
Lyric Contest judges are award winning songwriters ANDRE PESSIS, SUE ENNIS and EVIE LADIN 

Andre Pessis has had 6 hit songs and been on 7 number one albums including the Bonnie Raitt “Luck Of The Draw” multi platinum CD that won 3 Grammys. Andre has had over 150 cuts on major releases including the HBO Movie “Grey Gardens” that won 6 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes. He has 13 Platinum records and one Diamond album (ten platinum), and 4 ASCAP awards for one of the most played songs of the year. 
  
Sue Ennis is a Seattle songwriter whose songs include Classic Rock radio staples Straight On, Even it Up and Dog and Butterfly by Heart. She has co-written over 70 songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. She co-wrote the theme from The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy with James Bond composer, John Barry.  Sue is currently co-writing 12 songs for the animated feature film Vincent The Artist with film composer Hummie Mann. 
  
Evie Ladin’s music has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Her album Evie Ladin Band won American Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards. Evie tours solo, duo with Keith Terry, and trio in the Evie Ladin Band. 
  
The winners for the 3rd Annual WCS Berkeley Lyric Contest are: 
  
BEST LYRIC OF THE YEAR 
1st Place - Triana Presley “Dirt Road Waiting” 
2nd Place - Tom Rhodes “Rye And Wrong” 
3rd Place - Nell Maynard “The Salt And The Pepper” 
Runner Up - MJ Lee “Ready” 
  
BEST TITLE OF THE YEAR 
1st Place - Anna BorjaThis Must Be How It Ends” 
2nd Place - MJ Lee “The Other Side of You” 
3rd Place - Constance Taylor “I Love That Buzz (And What It Does)” 
Runner Up - Socks “Why Don’t You Love Me America?” 
  
BEST LINE OF THE YEAR 
1st Place - Andrew Milne “Sleep You’ve Stolen” 
“And here I lie, with eyes wide open, thinking of all the sleep you've stolen” 
2nd Place - Tom Rhodes “Rye And Wrong” 
“I have fallen to iron and bourbon” 
3rd Place - Triana Presley “Just To Say Hello” 
“Between my big city dreams and your small town pride” 
Runner Up - JC Tourbillion “The Belt” 
“If you can’t handle love handles, you can’t handle love” 
 
Congrats again to all our talented musicians.  Be sure to come to the Annual Music Conference for more support and guidance from our industry leaders and fellow musicians. The new season for song competitions, lyric contests and courses will begin in October.