During our May meeting we will be visited by this years winners of the CMT songwriting contest! David and Mary Beth have agreed to visit with us via the wonders of the Internet and Skype. They will share their story and advice on going from beginner to winner. They will also dissect their song and explain the challenges they overcame getting it radio and contest ready. Come and join us for some good practical advice and to celebrate with them on their success.
9th Annual NSAI Song Contest Winner: “Damn, I Miss You” by David Stewart/Mary Beth Stone
David Stewart is an award-winning songwriter whose songs have been published in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. Previously, Stewart had four songs make it to the Top 5 status in the NSAI/CMT song contest and has been recognized by the Songwriter’s Guild of America with the Abe Olman scholarship. While most of his time is devoted to writing individual songs, he has been involved in numerous special music projects – ranging from playing with his band to composing and producing music for children’s storybooks/tapes, and writing songs for various indie films. Music is and will always be his first love. He is thrilled to be, along with Mary Beth, the winner of the grand prize this year.
Mary Beth Stone has enjoyed being a regional coordinator for NSAI since 1998. A finalist in the Lilith Fair songwriting contest, she has also placed in past CMT/NSAI song contests, the Billboard songwriting contest, the Austin Songwriters Group songwriting contest and the Song Door contest. Stone is an alumna of the ASCAP Advanced Songwriters Workshop and has been an annual recipient under the ASCAP Plus Awards program for the last decade. Recently she became a reviewer for democheck.com and is co-owner of Signature Tours, Inc., a company providing custom-created tours of New York City. As much as she loves it, she hopes to trade in her view of the Hudson for one of the Cumberland.