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Session I - CLOSED
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January 11, 2021
Deadline - June 15, 2021 - 11:59PM PST
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September 1, 2021
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

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June 16, 2021
Deadline - December 31, 2021 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
March 1, 2022
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2020 Lennon Awards
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May 1, 2021

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.

2020 Song of the Year
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July, 2021
The 12 Lennon Award Winners will compete for the Song of the Year and $20,000.

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2009 Song of the Year
 
 
 
 

Madison Violet

JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST "SONG OF THE YEAR" GOES TO CANADIAN DUO, MADISON VIOLET

The pair surpassed thousands of entries with "The Ransom" to take top annual prize.

New York, NY (July 27, 2010) --- The Alternative Country duo, Madison Violet, has been announced the winner of the coveted “Song of the Year” from the 13th annual John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their original composition, “The Ransom.” The duo made up of Brenely MacEachern, who sings the lead vocals on the track, and Lisa MacIsaac, who sings the harmony, will be awarded $20,000, in addition to other prizes.

Known for their extensive touring routine, Brenely started writing the song in Australia nearing the end of a 2 month long trip when she was longing for home. Lisa later helped her finish the song in Grenada. The pair recorded the song in Pro Tools with an acoustic guitar, a snare kick and hi-hat, an upright bass, an organ and a lapsteel guitar.

Both hailing from Scottish small towns in Canada, Brenely and Lisa have chosen a musical path that channels their parent’s vintage record collection that comprised the likes of Neil Young and Dolly Parton.

A total of over $275,000 in cash and prizes will be distributed this year by the year-round contest open to both amateur and professional songwriters. Visit www.jlsc.com to listen to Madison Violet’s winning song, download their photo and enter the current contest.

 

 

 

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