Hosted by MCA Denver Teens
Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 7:00 pm
MCA Denver Teens, Denver, United States, 80202 - View Full Map
Ever wonder who might be the next up-and-coming musician here in Colorado? Us too. That's why we're hosting the Swallow Hill Music Young Songwriters Competition where the top finalists will perform and winners will be determined on site with prizes, performances, and more.

Free admission for attendees.

We are excited to share this years contestants, judges, and prizes:
Contestants:
Bryn Kinner
Chase Nutting
Elizabeth Marvin
Evan Bricmont
Generation Nomad
Hayleigh Ross
Luke Eddington
MaKenna Sherry
Sophie Neuschatz
The Violet Tides

Judges:
Owen Kortz: Owen Kortz is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Denver, Colorado. Formerly the leader of the popular Owen Kortz Trio, Owen went solo in spring 2013 and released a 3rd album, “OK.” His 4th album, “Listening Now,” was released in late 2016. Kortz has performed at concerts with Grammy-award winning, multi-platinum recording artist Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, legendary guitarist Pat Metheny and YouTube phenom Kina Grannis, and has recorded with the Bissonette brothers (Ringo Starr and Joe Satriani). He is founding member of the Singer/Songwriter Program and LYNX National Arts and Media Camps at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he is on faculty.

Marissa Russo: Classically trained vocalist Marissa Russo, has performed in numerous classical, jazz, blues, indie-pop, and other contemporary ensembles around the country. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and studied private voice with Metropolitan Opera veteran Judith Christin. In addition to her vocal performance experience, she is a composer, pianist, private voice teacher, piano instructor, and music theory tutor.

Daniella Katzir: Daniella Katzir was born in Rishon Le' Zion, Israel and was raised in Millburn, NJ. Surrounded by an extensive and eclectic music collection, she spent her days and nights constantly listening. After dabbling in piano and drums in elementary school, her love of guitar and songwriting continued to blossom. She now resides in Denver, Co., where she fronts her own band and collaborates with many other local and national touring musicians.

Benji McPhail (MC): Benji McPhail is the Program Director for 105.5 FM, The Colorado Sound. Before launching The Colorado Sound this past February, Mr. McPhail served as music director for their sister station KUNC for the past 4 years. McPhail has been involved with the Colorado radio community for over 27 years where he has worked at stations like KBCO and KCUV as well as overseeing stations in Breckenridge, Vail, Steamboat Springs, Aspen and Fort Collins.

Prizes:
Grand Prize
- 10 hour recording studio session at the Sawtelle Recording Studio @ Swallow Hill Music
- LYNX National Arts & Media Summer Camp Scholarship @ the University of Colorado Denver ($550 value) - more info here http://www.ucdenver.edu/…/LYNX…/Pages/LYNX_Summer_Camps.aspx
- Spring and Summer performance opportunities at various MCA and Swallow Hill Music events
- A feature on Swallow Hill Music's podcast and/or blog
2nd Place
- $200 LYNX National Arts & Media Summer Camp Scholarship
- $100 gift certificate for Swallow Hill Music
- A feature on Swallow Hill Music's podcast and/or blog
3rd Place
- $100 LYNX National Arts & Media Summer Camp Scholarship
- Gift certificate to Twist & Shout in Denver
-Electric Guitar Prize Donation from Flipside Music: ESP LTD ST-203 distressed S-style, road-worn, 3-tone burst electric guitar with gig bag ($300 value)