HillTop Records Announces the Winners of Its 2012 Online Music Festival!

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Hollywood-based music production company HillTop Records awarded big cash prizes to the winners of its Second Annual Online Music Festival for Songwriters over Labor Day Weekend. The festival was declared a success, and another is in the works for Summer 2013.

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[HillTop Records is] the label that records America’s songs and the company that truly is all about the songwriter.

HillTop Records officially closed its Second Annual Online Music Festival for Songwriters to new songs and announced the big winners of this year’s prizes over Labor Day Weekend. This second installment of the annual event received so many great submissions that the music production company decided to award cash prizes to the runners-up in each of its five genre categories, as well as for Best in Genre, Most “Liked” Song (as determined by voting festival-goers) and Best Song of the Festival.

This year’s festival’s first winner was Joseph A. Data, whose song “Got To See You” received the most “like” votes by attendees. The accomplishment won him $250 in cash. The Most Liked Song of the Festival, meanwhile, was “American Grown” by James A. Hereford; it received the most votes over the course of the entire festival—and it won him $500 in cash.

Other top music prizes went to the best and second-best song in each of the festival’s five genres: The Best Rock Song was “Spill” by John Schora and the runner-up in the category was “My Guitar Makes Me Play The Blues” by Rick Brindell; the Best Pop Song was “Healer of the Night” by Lamont Hines and Saucey, and the runner-up was “Just One” by Judith Miles; the Best Country Song was “A Woman Changes Everything” by John Cirillo and the runner-up was “But For Some Strange Reason” by Buford Austin, Dan Wilson and IJ Wilson; the Best Gospel Song was “Thanks To You” by Chris Blackmore and the runner-up was “How Can You Be Lost” by Stephanie Epperson; the Best Urban/R&B Song was “Hold You Tonight” by Robert Burkhall and the runner-up was “Lonesome Road” by Antonio Smith. In each genre, the winner of the best song received $250 and the runner-up won $25.

HillTop Records also gave the HillTop Award (which allows the songwriter to have his or her winning song professionally arranged and recorded by HillTop’s acclaimed staff) to David Barnes, for his song “Any Man Will Play Around With Fire.” The Festival Blue Ribbon and Grand Prize of $1000 in cash for Best Song of the Festival, meanwhile, went to John Cirillo for his song “A Woman Changes Everything.” Music fans may learn more about Cirillo and hear his music on his official website.

While the 2012 HillTop Records Online Music Festival for Songwriters is now closed, interested parties can still visit the official website to listen to the winning songs and to the songs that HillTop now recommends to music industry professionals. In light of the event’s great success, HillTop is planning to hold a third contest next summer. As always, it will be free to enter. Changes and improvements will be made to make the next festival even better than the last two. Suggestions from previous attendees and songwriters are welcome.

HillTop Records is constantly on the lookout for new avenues for America’s songwriters. The company maintains a strong online presence, and songwriters under contract often benefit from having a Unique Songwriter Page that can be used for promotional purposes. Former HillTop Records songwriter under contract Steve Euto-Mullis called HillTop “the label that records America’s songs and the company that truly is all about the songwriter.”

To find out more about HillTop Records’ many services, including how to win cash prizes at the next Online Music Festival, visit http://www.hilltoprecords.com. The website features everything from streaming Internet radio to the company’s first-ever music video. You can also follow on Twitter @HillTop Records, and catch up on the latest music industry news and events over at HillTop Records’ official blog.

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