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John Lennon Songwriting Contest

New York City, NY (July 30, 2013) – The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC), an international songwriting contest open to both amateur and professional songwriters, announces Jonas Friddle & The Majority as the Song of the Year Winner for their original track “Belle de Louisville”. The 2013 Song of the Year prize package currently includes $20,000 cash, an Avid prize pack, a Mackie Mixer and pair of Mackie Studio Monitors, a Solid State Logic Alpha Channel, and $1000 scholarship to the Digital Media Academy.

The Chicago-based 7-piece band originally formed at The Old Town School of Folk Music, where the band members currently teach and inspire budding musicians of all ages. Self-described as orchestral-folk music, the talented multi-instrumentalist group includes a string section, horns, organ, banjo and drums with songs deeply rooted in the string band and blues traditions of American Roots music. 

In early 2012, Jonas Friddle & The Majority entered their original song in Session I and was selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the Folk category. Their prize package included $6500 in project studio equipment from Avid, Roland and Boss, Audio-Technica, Epiphone, JamHub, Propellerhead, a $500 gift certificate for MusiciansFriend.com, Neutrik special edition John Lennon Education Tour Bus connectors, and a 1-year subscription to Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard or Electronic Musician Magazine.

In April 2013, the band continued their success winning one of the twelve coveted Lennon Awards, an online battle where winners are determined by fan voting. The winning songs, one from each category are sent to the Executive Panel of Judges comprised of noted industry heavyweights: Grammy winning artist Sean Paul, R’n’B star Jessica Jarrell, Grammy winning artist and Black Eyed Peas member, Fergie, Australian-duo The Veronicas, international pop star Natasha Bedingfield, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Jesse Harris, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir and hit duo The Bacon Brothers. After careful review, the Executive Panel selected Jonas Friddle & The Majority as the 2012 Song of the Year Winner!

For more information on Jonas Friddle & The Majority, visit http://www.jonasfriddle.com and for more information on the John Lennon Songwriting Contest or to enter for your chance to win over $300,000 in cash and prizes, visit http://www.jlsc.com

About The John Lennon Songwriting Competition
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions—with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Song of the Year winner.

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