presents the 10th Annual Maxell Song of the Year winners
of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest with their $20,000
check in New York while on her Verizon VIP Tour. This
marks the first Latin category entry to win the top
Top row (L to R): Cheryl Severini, Sr. Mktg. Mgr.,
Maxell Corporation, Brian Rothschild, Exec. Dir. of
the JLSC, Don Patrican, Sr. VP, Maxell, and Maxell President
Hideaki Numoto. Bottom row (L to R): Maxell Song of
the Year winners for their song "Escondidos"
Ari Shine, Gaby Moreno, and Victor Indrizzo.
Gaby Moreno, a soulful new
songwriter, is a transplant from Guatemala City, Guatemala.
It was there that Gaby first learned to speak English by playing
and singing along with such greats as BB King, Robert Johnson
and Nina Simone. Notes Moreno "My mom bought me
this really cheap nylon string guitar when I was 14,
and we became inseparable. I somehow started figuring out
Jimi Hendrix songs with it." Only one year later
Gaby was asked to record the National Anthem of Guatemala
with her own soulful style, something no one had done before.
Building on her achievements, Gaby quickly found herself opening
up in her hometown for such Latin artists as Ricky
Martin and Christian Castro when she was only 11 years old.
Gaby gravitated to Los Angeles, CA when she was 20 years old, where
she attended The Musician's Institute and honed her craft.
Her unique songwriting (she writes in English and Spanish)
won her many new fans. In addition, the LA music community
took notice and Gaby soon found herself writing songs with
some incredibly talented musicians and producers. "Meant
to Fly," (co-written by Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida)
was recorded by the winner of Canadian Idol 2006 (Eva Avila).
Gaby's effect on audiences is best summed up
by a reviewer from "Independent Artists Company"
-- "Once in a while you come across a new artist who
has not only amazing charisma, vocal abilities and raw talent,
they have something more. They have `it.’ You see them
perform live and you just stop and sit down with your jaw
hitting the floor. She has a big, melodic sound that appeals
to the masses.…”
Gaby is currently working on her first full-length
album. Due by year’s end, the new CD will include
songs in both English and Spanish
For more on Gaby please visit: http://www.myspace.com/gabymoreno