This is the first songwriting competition I have ever entered. Given the thousands of entries I really didn’t expect to make it all the way to the finals. I am so honored that my first attempt was so well accepted in this prestigious int'l competition.
Lawton, OK (PRWEB) December 30, 2014
Would the world know about hidden talent like Susan Boyle, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Taylor Hick s, Philip Phillips without faces like Simon Cowel, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr., and Ryan Seacrest?
Oklahoma is known for its country music roots with singers, songwriters and performers like Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and now Beverly Perry, wait a minute who is Beverly Perry you ask? As a top 13 finalist out of 10K entries in the UK Songwriting Contest you will be hearing a lot more about Lawton, OK's own Beverly Perry.
Receiving international recognition Country/Folk/Pop Singer/Songwriter Beverly Perry from Lawton, OK has made it as a top finalist in the country category out of over 10K contestants with her song: “It was Real”
“This is the first songwriting competition I have ever entered. Given the thousands of entries I really didn’t expect to make it all the way to the finals. I am so honored that my first attempt was so well accepted in this prestigious international competition.”
About UK Songwriting Contest
Many entrants have been published, signed or produced by top industry figures who follow this event closely. Music producer and well know reality television judge, Simon Cowell, signed one of the winners in the past, showing this is a real chance for new songwriters to break into the music business.
The UK Songwriting Contest directors and judges include some of the world's top Grammy, Emmy, CMA, and BRIT Award winning producers. Judges include Sting's producer Kipper Eldridge (see photo with UKSC winner Emma), legendary producer Stuart Epps (Elton John, Robbie Williams, Oasis), Britney Spears' musical director and BRIT Award winnerSimon Ellis, top producer and arranger Dr Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Mariah Carey), CMA Award winning country star Lucie Diamond, chart topping songwriter Mark Cawley, and UKSC
winner and Platinum Album artist Natalie Chua (signed by Simon Cowell after her win).
The contest was formed in association with The BRIT Trust (of BRIT Awards fame) with support from The BRIT School and The BRIT Studio in 2002 with the aim of discovering new talented songwriters and encouraging and supporting the craft of songwriting.
In the words of UK’s Channel 4 Television: "The UK Songwriting Contest does what it says on the tin! This is a real chance for new songwriters to break into the music business."
About Beverly Perry
Following the advice of Author Brene Brown, Beverly can be seen Re-Tweeting Brown: "Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen" but for Beverly it’s more than just a Re Tweet, last summer she stepped into the studio and cranked out River in just a few short months, and telling fans at her album release party in Fall of 2013 “Follow your dream – always follow your dreams.”
Perry, diagnosed with Acute Intermittent Porphyria, a rare genetic disorder, was forced to leave her successful career with a major medical company in 2011. She returned home to Lawton to be near family in 2012. “Time off has allowed me the solitude that brings about creativity. Stress is a major trigger for me. Songwriting has become an important outlet. There is something incredibly healing about creativity. There are days I can write endlessly. 'It Was Real' - was literally written in 20 minutes.”
Perry says she decided it was time to follow her heart and step into the studio last fall and release her debut CD ‘River’. After a warm public reception of her smooth folk/country sound and heartfelt lyrics Perry began submitting tunes to various publishing opportunities. Much to her surprise several publishers for film and television were interested resulting in all of her original tunes from the CD “River” being signed to multiple non-exclusive publishing deals. “It Was Real” - the tune submitted to the UK Songwriting Contest, was actually on hold for Kellie Pickler for quite some time. Currently Perry has several tunes on hold for projects as she continues to write from the solitude of her Lawton home.
Now as a finalist of a highly acclaimed international songwriting competition, none of her hometown Lawton, OK or more than 15,000 US fans are surprised that she’s a finalist.
In a recent interview with Okie Magazine OK reports “Beverly Perry is taking chances. But for her, the reward for her endeavors is worth the risk….Doing her own thing meant creating her own very personal music: her compilation consists of the last seven songs…Her songs serve as a snapshot of her present, but Perry also chronicles her past within her music.”
“I write music that speaks to me…it’s what I’m feeling at the moment. I’m not great at sticking to a genre. Sometimes a song wants to be pop, sometimes it leans traditional country, other times it lands into total adult contemporary. I love experimenting with genres and I don’t think that every song is for me to sing. I try to remain open”
“I’ve been writing songs…well I guess before I could even write…always making up a tune,” Beverly went on to share.
Chosen as one of Renegade Radio Nashville's New Faces of Country 2014, Beverly also has 4 songs on rotation at Women of Substance Radio.
Link to tune: http://www.reverbnation.com/beverlyperry/song/19320376-it-was-real-remix
MORE ABOUT THE UK SONGWRITING CONTEST
The UK Songwriting Contest is one of the world's longest running and most popular international songwriting events. It was launched in London in 2002 in association with prestigious bodies such as The BRIT Trust (of BRIT Awards fame), The BRIT Studio, The BRIT School, Music Aid UK and top british producers and industry professionals with the aim of "discovering and encouraging new songwriting talent and promoting the craft of songwriting". It has been supported by BBC Radio since the beginning with many radio plays of entries across the UK. Every year it becomes more international with entries from around the world and with appearances of winners on major TV shows worldwide. It is now in its thirteenth successful year and since its launch over 60,000 songs have taken part and almost £1,000,000 worth of prizes awarded to entrants. In this contest complete beginners and also experienced songwriters all compete together on an equal basis. It is well known in the international music business as an important launching pad for new songwriting talent and is known today one of the world's best and most popular songwriting events.
No other songwriting event in the world was formed with the backing of such well respected and prestigious organisations. This means that contestants are watched closely by the music industry’s leading producers and publishers, and many finalists and semi-finalists are ‘spotted’ and go on to enjoy music careers and deals. The UKSC judging panels feature highly respected Grammy, Emmy, CMA and BRIT Award winning Gold and Platinum Album producers and artists including Sting's producer Kipper Eldridge, Elton John's producer Stuart Epps and Britney Spears' Musical Director Simon Ellis among others. Many past entrants have been noticed and signed by publishers, producers and record companies - Natalie Chua for example (Open Category Winner and now a UKSC judge) received a Platinum Album Award for sales of 500,000 albums with the band Angelis after being signed by Simon Cowell. Another entrant Belle Humble (Pop Category Winner) has since written for many well known artists and has topped the charts globally with 16 million YouTube views. Many entrants receive extensive press, TV and radio coverage of their results and their songs, with royalty earning radio play for their entries. Semi Finalists, Finalists and Winners have been featured on TV nationally and internationally and a number of past winners and finalists have gone on to launch careers successfully writing for major recording artists.
This contest is often described in the media as "prestigious" because it is the only songwriting contest in the world that has had winning writers and finalists signed by top producers such as Simon Cowell and others, and it is the only songwriting event established in association with respected bodies such as The BRIT Trust and Music Aid International. Many entrant's have gone on to success through the contest and have signed publishing and recording deals, have been asked to write for major artists and major TV shows, have been interviewed in the media and had their winning songs featured to millions on national TV in Australia, the USA, the UK and other European countries. Many have also received royalty earning radio play of their entries both in the UK and internationally. None of this would have happened if these songwriters had not entered their songs in the contest. Anyone who enters this contest can have similar success and could be noticed by the many top industry professionals worldwide who follow this event very closely every year looking for new songwriting talent.