SAMI has selected the winners for the 11th annual Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters this past week and wants to congratulate the winners. This year’s judges saw a record number of applications and stellar quality songs. The judging was both close and difficult with the winners all within a few points of each other. (Note the ties for both the Second Runner-up and the Horizon awards.)
First Place Scholarship Winner: Christina Shipley, age 19, Something Better
First Runner-Up: Justin Colwell, age 16, Ode to the Spectator
Co- Second Runner-Up: Chase Cotten, age 17, Yellow Daisy
Co-Second Runner-Up: Miguel Odron, age 16, Your Other Half
Co-Horizon Award: Shelby Plummer, age 17 Perfect
Co-Horizon Award: Hunter Rayne Taylor, age 15, Part of a Breaking Heart
The first place scholarship winner receives a $500.00 cash prize. There are additional perks for our top promising songwriters including cash awards, constructive feedback on their songs and opportunities to perform. The winners will be playing their songs and accepting their awards on Tuesday May 10th, 7:00 pm at the TAF building, 638 North Street in downtown Lafayette. The event is free and SAMI would like to invite everyone to come and help us celebrate these amazing songwriters!