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7th Annual Contest Winners
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The Grand Prize Winner, CMT Listeners' Choice Award Winner and Finalists have been announced for the 7th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest. The contest is an international songwriting competition, offering thousands of dollars in prizes, that accepts all genres of music.

Charlie Worsham of Nashville, Tenn., and Kyle Hurlbut of Boston, Mass., received Grand Prize honors in the for their song "Makin' Do." Among many additional prizes, Charlie and Kyle were awarded an exclusive mentoring session with hit songwriter/artist John Rich of Big & Rich.

The song "Hold On" by Keith Larsen received an overwhelming 44% of the votes in the CMT Listeners' Choice Award.  Music fans across the world were able to log on to between March 1 and April 23, 2007, to listen to songs from the contest's 15 finalists. Fans then voted on their favorite song, giving contest entrants a second chance to win big. The CMT Listeners' Choice Award competition received 263,202 online votes.


The Grand Prize winner, along with the CMT Listeners' Choice Award winner, will be offered a single-song publishing contract from one of six major publishers. Four finalists also will be offered single-song publishing contracts from major publishers.

"By offering the top six winning songs single-song contracts with major publishers, we create an opportunity for the aspiring songwriter to build relationships with top-notch songwriters, publishers and music industry executives that would normally take years to establish," says NSAI Executive Director Barton Herbison.

The Grand Prize Winner will also receive an exclusive mentoring session with hit songwriter/artist John Rich of Big & Rich as well as a "Star Treatment" Prize Pack which includes a special guest performance opportunity at an NSAI sponsored show, a limo ride from Celebrity Limousines to and from the show, a cut, color and style at Gordon & Co., an artist promo photography session from Krista Lee Photography, dinner for two at Sunset Grill and a Kiehls gift box.

In addition, the Grand Prize Winner will receive a host of other great prizes including a Gibson "CJ-165 Maple" Guitar, a three-day trip to Nashville including airfare and accommodations (limited to US travel within the 50 continental states and only in cities serviced by American Airlines), one MasterWriter songwriter software, a $500 gift certificate to Sam Ash Music, a one-year supply of Elixir Strings, one SHURE KSM27 microphone, and more! NSAI will also produce a professional demo of the winning song and pitch it to publishers and A&R record label executives for one year.

The winner of the CMT Listeners' Choice Award will receive tickets for two (2) to the 2008 CMT Music Awards (Date TBA - April 2008), a private tour of the CMT Studios in Nashville, tickets for the winner and one guest to one scheduled CMT Television, Internet, or Radio performance taping (airfare, transportation, and hotel for each event not included). The winner will also receive CMT branded merchandise and memorabilia, a single-song publishing contract from a major publisher, a three-day trip for one (1) to Nashville including airfare and hotel accommodations (limited to US travel within the 50 continental states and only in cities serviced by American Airlines) a CMT-branded Epiphone Guitar, a $200 Sam Ash Music gift certicate, a SHURE SM58 Microphone and a host of other prizes! NSAI will also produce a professional demo of the CMT Listeners' Choice Award Winner's song and pitch it to publishers and A&R record label executives for one year.

The CMT/NSAI Song Contest provides the best avenue for emerging songwriters to open doors to industry contacts and have their songs pitched to record labels and top publishing executives.

2002 Grand Prize Winner Tracy Naples signed a label development deal with Dreamworks.

2003 Grand Prize Winner Jesse Terry signed a staff publishing deal with one of Music Row's most prominent new publishing companies. Masville Music is owned and operated by Mark Alan Springer, songwriter of hit singles "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane" (Tanya Tucker) and "That's Why I'm Here, "All I Need to Know," and "Grandpa Told Me So" (all recorded by Kenny Chesney).

2005 Grand Prize Winner Zane Williams went on to win the 2005 Maxwell Song of the Year in the John Lennon Song Contest. Zane is currently negotiating his first major Music Row publishing deal!

The 7th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest was presented by CMT and sponsored by the following organizations: Americana Rhythm magazine, American Songwriter magazine, Americana Music Association, ASCAP, Bluebird Cafe, BMI, Discmakers, Elixir, FRETS, Gibson Guitar, Graffiti Indoor Advertising, ICM Awards, Lighting 100.1, Masterwriter, Music Connection, Nashville Scene, Sam Ash Music, SESAC, SHURE Microphones, SongRamp, SongU, Sonicbids and 95.5 The Wolf, with support from Backstage Creations, Kiehl's, Gordon & Co., Krista Lee Photography, Celebrity Limousines, Sunset Grill, Raybaw Records, Curb Music, Cal IV Entertainment, Hearts Bluff Music, Universal Music, Famous Music and Warner/Chappell Music.

All proceeds from the 7th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest benefit NSAI's legislative efforts to protect the rights of songwriters. NSAI is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization.

The 8th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest will begin accepting submissions on August 1, 2007. For more information on the 2007 contest AND on the Nashville Songwriters Association International, visit 

7th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest Winners

Grand Prize Winner
"Makin' Do"  --  Charlie Worsham (Nashville, TN), Kyle Hurlbut (Boston, MA)

CMT Listeners' Choice Winner
"Hold On"  --  Keith Larsen (Grove City, OH)

"Tennessee Cowboy"  --  Celeste Krenz, Wayne Smotherman (Nashville TN), J. Nelson Biddle (Maryville, TN)
"Dang"  --  Chris Caminiti (Spring Hill, TN), Jackie DiPillio (Franklin TN), Lisa Chamberlin (Brentwood, TN)
"I'm Not Him"  --  Bill Diluigi (Nashville, TN)
"Country Music Spoken Here"  --  Martin Gibson (Portland, ME)

"We're Not Getting Anywhere"  --  Steve Hostetler (Mishawaka, IN)
"Adalie"  --  Steven R. Leslie (Washington, MO)
"The Other Me"  --  Eric Measel (Fairview, TN), Jan Edwards (Minneapolis, MN)
"Crimes Against Ohio"  --  Tim Wheeler (Shelby Twp, MI), Donna Galbraith (Longmont, CO)
"Fall Back Inn"  --  Susan Suruda (Nashville, TN), Bill Ritchie (Franklin, TN)
"Tell Me"  --  Jon Nite (Franklin, TN), Bud Tower (Elmwood, TN)
"The Shape Of A Cross"  --  Thomas J. Bohn (Decatur, GA)
"She Takes After Me"  --  Rick Reames (Simpsonville, SC), Greg Valente (Greenville, SC)
"Cavalier"  --  Amy Loftus (Nashville, TN)
"Glory Land"  --  Russell W. Pruitt (Portsmouth, OH)

Honorable Mention
"Missin"  --  Leigh Ann Agee (Nashville, TN), Greg Valente (Greenville, SC)
"Keep Movin' On"  --  Robert Arey, Ryan "Ryno" Nicholson (Franklin, TN), Rebecca Self (Nashville, TN)
"Say Yes"  --  Michael Armstrong (Providence, TX)
"Long Line Of Leavers"  --  Joseph J. Aukofer (Lawrenceville, GA)
"Homeless Man"  --  Jim Bicknell (Nashville TN), Jeff Wood (Antioch, TN), Julian Wood (Nolensville, TN)
"The Perfect Baby Name"  --  Ryan Bizarri (LaVergne TN)
"Blue Agave Shore"  --  Karl M. Braun (Brentwood, TN)
"I Hate You"  --  Jenny Brennan (Nashville, TN), Jackie DiPillio (Franklin, TN)
"He Ain't A Cowboy"  --  Lisa Chamberline, Jackie DiPillio, Jackie McCall (Franklin, TN)
"I Want It All"  --  Debra Charles (Shelby, NC)
"All About Me"  --  Karen Cobb (Orange County, CA)
"Geographically Undesirable"  --  Stephen Crawford (Mound MN), C.J. Rohrbach (Nashville, TN), Gary Denis (Patuxent River, MD)
"Rusty"  --  Peter Sternberg, Ian Crockett (Nashville, TN)
"Til She Reaches for the Bottle"  --  Rebecca Dale Peaden (Sunny Hills, FL), Keith Marchetti (Pittsburgh, PA)
"So This Is Love"  --  Bill DiLuigi (Nashville, TN), Jarrod Doucet (White House, TN)
"You Can Always Come Home"  --  Bill DiLuigi, Karen Paparelli (Nashville, TN)
"Bend"  --  Diona Devin (Nashville, TN), Scott Gerow (Spring Hill, TN)
"Welcome Inside"  --  Donna Galbraith (Longmont, CO), Eden Langworthy (Williston, FL)
"Sometimes Dreams Are Everything You Had Before"  --  Michael Gresham (Tulsa, OK), Randall W. Walker (Sapulpa, OK)
"Moving To China"  --  Jonathan Helfand, (New York, NY)
"Girls Like Fast Cars Too"  --  Steven L. Hostetler (Mishawaka, IN), Catherine Rushton (Aldershot, UK)
"She's Not In Love"  --  Jason Housewright (Taylors, SC)
"Sun Don't Shine"  --  Aaron Kelley, Dave Wilson (Dallas, TX)
"Don't Listen"  --  David Kraut (New York, NY)
"Start Now"  --  Marc Kuchner (Baltimore, MD)
"Mother Mary"  --  Samantha Lane (Hollywood, CA)
"Say It Now"  --  Keith Larsen (Grove City, OH)
"Because She Has A Song"  --  Mike Mazzola (Mamaroneck, NY)
"Miles Between The Places"  --  Paul McIntosh (MB, Canada)
"Twenty Toes In The Sand"  --  Liz Miller (Conshohocken, PA), Tom Stipe (Tuscaloosa, AL)
"D.O.D. (Dear Old Dad)"  --  Boyd Perttu (Woodbury, MN), Michael K. Smith (Burnsville, MN)
"Ying Yang Thang"  --  Ray Phillips (Rowlett, TX)
"Someone Who Ain't Me"  --  Van Preston (Nashville, TN), Paul Sikes (Franklin, TN)
"Stay Right Here"  --  Tommy Polk (Clarksdale, MS), Charlie Worsham (Nashville, TN)
"Love Is Mine"  --  Aaron Kelley, Dave Wilson (Dallas, TX)
"Diggin'"  --  John Russell (Franklin, TN)
"Does Anybody Know I'm Alive"  --  Len Scott (Smyrna, TN)
"Right Where I'm Supposed to Be"  --  Joe Sins, Kristen Welch Sins (Mt.Juliet, TN)
"She's Not Really A Waitress"  --  Molly Slone (Raleigh, NC), Richard Trest (Goodletsville, TN)
"Some Things Never Change"  --  David Stewart (Brooklyn, NY), Michael Sheahan (Long Island, NY)

Congratulations to all of the 7th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest winners!

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