Lyric Writer Awards Round 1 - 2012

Posted by:  We Are Listening


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We Are Listening have teamed up with to provide an incredible, end-to-end solution for lyricists through a career launching lyric writing contest – The Lyric Writer Awards!

Congratulations to Kaci Bolls, Delaney Gibson, and Going Some Place, Aaron Thompson, who each won a Godin guitar in a special drawing from We Are Listening during the month of May.

Each year, four writers will be selected by their expert panel of judges for an exclusive co-writing and recording project with some of the industry’s most prominent songwriters, producers, mix engineers, and session musicians.

We Are Listening will hire a professional staff writer to set music to the winners' lyrics and will provide their full music production service featuring some of LA's finest session players, producers and audio engineers. We Are Listening will then pitch the completed master to its network of music publishers and supervisors.

This is your opportunity to turn your words into recorded music and work with the industry's leading songwriters, session players, producers, and engineers.


  • A professional songwriter will write the melody and chord changes for the winning lyric and deliver a scratch demo and/or lead sheet to

  • will book a producer, mix engineer, mastering engineer, guitarist, bass player, drummer, vocalist and keyboard player to produce the song.
  • We Are Listening will pitch the mastered demo to its network of music publishers and music supervisors. They can't guarantee a deal but they will give it a darn good try.

About brings the studio recording experience, production value, and LA’s finest session musicians and audio professionals to your home at a price you can afford. From quick songwriter demos to radio-ready masters, the entire tracking, mixing, and mastering schedule is managed by you, online and in real-time, from the comfort of your desktop. The team comprises of session players who have performed with Seal, Jessica Simpson, Miley Cyrus, Jesse McCartney, among others, and Grammy nominated mixing engineers credited by Wyclef Jean, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, OneRepublic, Beyonce, and more.

About We Are Listening:

We Are Listening is the leading provider of international music contests for recording artists, songwriters and lyricists. Their exclusive career-launching song contest prizes have landed their winners on the stages of the world’s largest music festivals, placed their songs on internationally syndicated television shows, and secured the most desirable co-writing, publishing and recording opportunities in the business. We Are Listening's distinguished and prestigious panel of contest judges includes executives at EMI, Universal, and SonyBMG; songwriters credited by Faith Hill, Lenny Kravitz, and Chaka Khan; producers credited by Sting, Bjork, and Dido; and professors at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music. Be sure to check out We Are Listening's success stories.


  • Andrea Stolpe, Songwriter, Universal Music Publishing (Faith Hill, Daniel Lee Martin, Josh Gracin)
  • Chris Farren, President, Combustion Music (1 Grammy, 2 Grammy Nominations, 11 ASCAP Awards)
  • Chris Van Belkom, Creative Director, Combustion Music
  • Henry Gaffney, Songwriter/Producer (Roberta Flack, The Four Tops, The Pointer Sisters)
  • Hiten Bhar