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2024 Session I - OPEN
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February 15, 2024
Deadline - June 30, 2024 - 11:59pm PST
Winner Announcement -
September 1, 2024
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

2024 Session II - CLOSED
Open -
July 1, 2024
Deadline - December 31, 2024 - 11:59pm PST
Winner Announcement -
March 1, 2025
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

2023 Lennon Awards
Winner Announcement -

May 1, 2024

Grand Prize Winners of Session I and Session II will compete head-to-head in an online voting battle to become the Lennon Award Winner in their respective category.

2023 Song of the Year
Winner Announcement -

July, 2024
One of the 12 Lennon Award Winners will win Song of the Year and $20,000.

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2006 Maxell Song of the Year

Fergie 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 prize.

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

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