2005 USA Songwriting Competition Winners Announced And 2006 Contest Begins

Hakim Young (New Jersey) won the Overall Grand Prize as well as the first prize in the R&B category. The song has now been cut by Columbia Records artist St. Juste. Although this is Hakim''s very first music award/prize, Hakim is one half of the music production team of Pitch Black (with J. Mobley). He has worked with Musiq Soulchild (Def Jam Records), Anthony Hamilton (Zomba), Carl Thomas (Bad Boy Records), Blu Cantrell (Columbia) and Amerie (Columbia).

Overall Second prize winner went to Randy Klein (New York), who also who the first Prize in the Jazz category. He has won an Emmy award in the past and has written for Millie Jackson (BMG)

Overall Third prize went Nial Djuliarso (Jakarta, INDONESIA), who also won the first prize in the instrumental category. He is also the first indonesian to ever win first prize and the only winner from Asia this year. Other winners this year came from Scotland, Serbia & Montenegro, Denmark, Canada, England, Australia, Belgium and Spain.

Entries for the 11th Annual USA Songwriting Competition are currently being accepted. Winning songs of the 2005 USA Songwriting Competition will receive airplay on a nationally syndicated radio program Acoustic Cafe as well as XM Satellite Radio. This is the first Songwriting Competition that gives airplay to the winning songs, giving deserving bands, songwriters the recognition and exposure they deserve.

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