25th Annual Song Contest Results

Song ContestSan Diego Songwriter’s Guild 25th Annual Song Contest was held Monday, February 13th, 2017 at K n B Wine Cellars. The contest is a popular tradition for San Diego writers, and offers a unique opportunity to hear a tremendous cross section of local work by San Diego songwriters. Prize winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals, During the evening song entries were played for both judges and audience to hear. After all the songs were listened to, winners were announced, and prizes awarded.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 25th annual song contest. All the songs entered were amazing. San Diego definitely has a lot of talent. Here is an overview of the song contest…


Nina Francis – Cold Water

Prize Package:

  • Music video shoot/edit – Professional Music Video by local professional MAP Entertainment.
  • Listen Local Radio – Winning song featured on Cathryn Beeks show.
    Photo Shoot
  • Professional photo shoot with Cathryn Beeks – enhance your image with a
    professional photo shoot.
  • Grey Brick Recording – Package includes one free song (up to 10 hours of studio time and
    mixing/mastering, needs to be redeemed within 6 months
  • SDSG – 1-Year Membership
  • Platinum Award Plaque


Christine Parker – When I’m With You

Prize Package:

  • Recording/Mixing session with by Brian Scheuble – Famous recording engineer who recently moved here from LA. Zach Brown, Elton John, Tom Petty, Don Henley
  • Studio West – 6 hours studio time or an option to attend one of their new classes
  • Bandzoogle – 1 year membership to their website. Easily create your own attractive and
    powerful Music website.
  • SDSG 1-Year Membership
  • Gold Award Plaque


Jason Matkin – Hide Away

Prize Package:

  • Taylor Guitars – Baby Taylor guitar
  • Rarefied Recording – 5 hours of studio time with the owner Roy as engineer or 9 hours of studio time
    if you provide your own engineer.
  • SDSG 1-Year Membership
  • Silver Award Plaque


Megan Combs, David Ornelas – Perfect

Prize package:

  • West Coast Sound – One Song Demo
  • SDSG 1-Year Membership
  • Bronze Award Certificate

Honorable Mention

  • Jason Matkin – Mine
  • Nina Francis – All My Life
  • Christine Parker – Til the End
  • Janet Snare – Easy to Make, Easy to Break
  • Barrie Dempsey – Rivers Run
  • Stacy Kim Johnston – Breath Easily
  • Charles Cater – You’re My Only Dream
  • Jim Arnegard & Art Petersen – Hill Church Wall
  • Ian McCartor – Lots to See
  • Christina Easterday – The Perfect Time
  • Lady Rogo – Oh My God


Also, our thanks and appreciation to the judges for their time and willingness to be a part of this event. They did an excellent job.

  • Craig Goldy
  • Marc “Mookie” Kaczor
  • Peter Dyson
  • Tod Howarth


Thank You for the contest sponsors for their generosity and support


These companies support the cause of the San Diego Songwriter's Guild. Their support is greatly appreciated.


Finally, great appreciation for the volunteers who gave their time and effort to make this event happen.

  • Sierra West
  • Mike Wojniak
  • Mark Hattersley
  • John Pape
  • Jeff Caldwell
  • Stacy Kim Johnston
  • Tolan Shaw
  • Cliff Keller

Get your songs ready for next years song contest.

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