HillTop Records Awards the Winners of Its Third Annual Online Music Festival

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Hollywood-based music production company HillTop Records has successfully concluded its Third Annual Online Music Festival for Songwriters – and some of America’s up-and-coming songwriters have won big.

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Of the eleven winners, none makes more than 10% of their annual income from songwriting – and some of them have never made a dime from their songs, until now.

For the third year in a row, HillTop Records has given America’s up-and-coming songwriters the chance to gain exposure (and potentially some prize money) through its Online Music Festival for Songwriters. The festival ended Labor Day Weekend, and the winners were officially announced. Of the eleven winners, none makes more than 10% of their annual income from songwriting – and some of them have never made a dime from their songs, until now.

Retired military man James Hereford won the award of most “liked” song of the festival with a HillTop Records recording of “ For The Soldier Who Was Going Home.” HillTop also produced the music video for the song, which has gotten over 2600 views on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGEDl9GKZ4Y). For being the most liked song in July, it won Hereford $250; for being the most liked song of the festival, it won an additional $500. On top of that, the song was declared the Runner Up for Best Country Song – an additional Award of $25.

The Best Country Song Award went to Robin Smith for her song, “Love Is Just A Barstool Away.” Smith won $250, and that was the biggest check the full-time insurance agent has ever received for her songwriting. In other genres, the Best Rock Song Award went to “I Can’t Take This World” by husband and wife team Dustin and Jenny Hinkle, Best Pop Song went to “The Goodbye Song” by Dan Fitzgerald and Jules Day, Best Gospel Song went to “Prepare Yourself” by Joanne Bolles, and Best Urban/R&B Song went to “FYI” by Malcolm Lawrence. Each of these songwriters received $250.

The HillTop Award went to Pamela Jenkins’ “Just An Ordinary Day.” It will be professionally arranged and recorded by HillTop Records’ team of music industry professionals. The Festival Blue Ribbon and $1000 cash for being the Best Song of the Festival, meanwhile, went to Dan Fitzgerald and Jules Day for “The Goodbye Song.” While the festival is now closed, all of the winning songs may be heard on the official website: http://www.hilltoprecordsmusicfestival.com.

HillTop Records congratulates all of this year’s winners, and thanks everyone for participating. The company is constantly on the lookout for new avenues for America’s songwriters, and it maintains a strong online presence. Some of HillTop’s songwriters have a Unique Songwriter Page that can be used for promotional purposes. Others have music videos and songwriter interviews produced by HillTop and published online.

To find out more about HillTop Records’ services, including how to win cash prizes and recognition at the next Online Music Festival, visit http://hilltoprecords.com. You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter @HillTop Records, or catch up on the latest music industry news on HillTop Records’ official blog: http://hilltoprecords.blogspot.com.

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