Ron Kisiah
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Ron Kisiah

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter

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""Can I" Critique"

Is there a strong opening line that grabs the listener?
Is there a memorable hook, is the song easy to remember?
Is the chorus easily recognizable as the chorus?
Is the song theme fresh and unique?
Is there a distinct melody for the chorus, verse and/or bridge?
Does the song evoke an emotion?
Is the song theme something people can identify with?
Does the melody complement the lyrics, but hold up without them?
Does the song have a signature lick, lyric, phrase or chord?
Are the lyrics descriptive, clear and coherent, building on the song theme?
Is this a well-written song?
COMMENTS: We don’t think you need us to tell you how to write a song. This is
front-to-back very nicely written, with good structure, hook, memorability ... everything
a good song needs. It doesn’t jump out at us quite like Carolina Boy, but it’s a very
good effort. If you’re the artist, you won’t want to do this, but you might try a demo
singer. Your voice is so much like James Taylor - great for a soundalike act, but not
when you’re trying to pitch a demo. Anyway, keep at it. You are VERY GOOD.

SongDoor 2006 International Songwriting Competition
Evaluation For: Ronald Kisiah
Song Title: Can I
Scoring: Each item is assessed on a scale from 1 -10, with 1 being a strong “no,” 5 being average, and 10
being “absolutely yes.” Evaluators’ comments appear below; note that a 10 is reserved for true excellence.
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8 - Songdoor 2006 Sonwriting Competition


""Carolina Boy" Critique"

Is there a strong opening line that grabs the listener?
Is there a memorable hook, is the song easy to remember?
Is the chorus easily recognizable as the chorus?
Is the song theme fresh and unique?
Is there a distinct melody for the chorus, verse and/or bridge?
Does the song evoke an emotion?
Is the song theme something people can identify with?
Does the melody complement the lyrics, but hold up without them?
Does the song have a signature lick, lyric, phrase or chord?
Are the lyrics descriptive, clear and coherent, building on the song theme?
Is this a well-written song?

COMMENTS: Really interesting open, loved it. You have the blessing/curse of
sounding just like James Taylor, which made it hard for us not to compare, but no matter.
This is a fine, fine song with a wonderful atmosphere, exceptionally good lyrics,
great chord choices and very, very good songcrafting. Easily made the cut and was named Honorable Mention.


SongDoor 2006 International Songwriting Competition
Evaluation For: Ronald Kisiah
Song Title: Carolina Boy
Scoring: Each item is assessed on a scale from 1 -10, with 1 being a strong “no,” 5 being average, and 10
being “absolutely yes.” Evaluators’ comments appear below; note that a 10 is reserved for true excellence.
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8 - Songdoor 2006 Songwriting Competition


Discography

Ongoing internet radio air play. Have many original songs I have written. Several major Songwriting contest entries, to include Honorable Mention in Song Door Songwriting Contest 2006. I have also been a FEATURED SONGWRITER @ the Annual Doc Watson Music fest In Sugar grove, N.C. Songwriters Showcase in 2007 and 2008 hosted by Andy Owens along with support from Jim Lauderdale in 2007.

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I describe myself as a child of the late 60s early 70s, a mountain man, husband, father, christian, grandfather, finger picker guitar player, songwriter, lover of Western N.C. and the music, simple, direct. My influences include James Taylor, Doc Watson (My hero!), Tony Rice, Allison Krause and Union Station, Sam Bush, John Cowen, Bela Fleck, Jim Lauderdale, Dave Matthews, Steven Curtis Chapman, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, John Denver, and many, many, many more. I started playing guitar at a young age and have always been interested in the folk artists of the early 70s such as James Taylor, and John Denver. Having the opportunity to move to the mountains of N.C., in the early 90s, especially in the same community as "Doc Watson", has been an inspiration as well as a blessing. Being able to run into a living legend, like Doc in the local Hardee's in Boone, N.C., and to be able to shake his hand has been so much of a blessing to me. Just to hear someone like that talk about his devoted faith in his Lord has been a great inspiration to me. Being a resident of Western N.C. / TN. I have so much influence around me, I mean, there are so many talented musicians locally that great music is everywhere in Boone, N.C. The mountains, the scenery, the coolness of the nights, the sound of bluegrass in the summer, a truly great place to live and then every April there is Merlefest and my annual submission to the CASC.

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