New York, NY (July 29, 2016) --- Common Souls were announced as the winners of the coveted John Lennon Songwriting Contest 'Song of the Year' for their original song “Arizona.” The announcement was made on 95.5 PLJ in New York with radio host Ralphie Aversa and Executive Judge / international superstar Prince Royce.
As 'Song of the Year' winners, Common Souls won $20,000 in cash in addition to prizes from Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Other World Computing (OWC), SESAC, Epiphone, Genelec, Disc Makers, Digital Media Academy, ZVEX Effects and more. They have also received other prizing throughout 2015 after winning both the Lennon Awards and the Grand Prize packages in the Electronic category. The song was selected to win the top prize by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Executive Committee of Judges, consisting of legendary and contemporary superstars such as Fergie, George Clinton, Matthew Koma, American Authors, Switchfoot, Bootsy Collins & more.
Self-described as sad electronic songs by happy dudes, Nick Velez and Ryan Yoo aka Common Souls, create uniquely delicate music that rides the line between electronic, R&B and pop. The dynamic duo will release Pyramid Lake EP on August 13th with a release show at Hotel Cafe. “Arizona” will serve as the first single for the release.
A total of over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes will be distributed this year by the year-round John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is open to both amateur and professional songwriters. Visit JLSC.COM for more information about the contest and to enter for your chance to become the next 'Song of the Year' winner. Entry fees from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.