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The list winners and finalists of the 8th Annual Christmas Songwriting Competition has been just been released. Songwriters Ben E. Davis, Nitanee Paris & Ulf Anneken of London, UK won top honors with their song “All I Need for Christmas Is You”. All top three winners were co-writes.

“We are thrilled and humbled to have won first prize in the Christmas competition. It was a team effort – we wrote this with Nita and Ulf in LA and me in London, zooming, texting and sending lyrics back and forth to make the 2023 Christmas deadline. Big shout out 7to our producer Joe Rodwell for bringing it all together”, said Ben E. Davis, top winner of the 8th Annual Christmas Songwriting Competition.

London, UK based independent singer and songwriter Ben E. Davis released a festive and romantic holiday single titled “All I Need for Christmas Is You” last year. The song, born out of collaboration with LA-based songwriters Nitanee Paris and Ulf Anneken, takes listeners on a magical journey of a chance meeting on a snowy December night. The lyrics of “All I Need for Christmas Is You” convey the warmth and joy of newfound love during the holiday season, with a chorus expressing Ben’s sole wish for Christmas – the presence of his love interest. The song found new life when producer Joe Rodwell, known for his work on the popular Netflix series Bridgerton, joined forces with Ben in London. This heartwarming tune captures the enchanting magic of the holidays, making it a perfect addition to any Christmas playlist. The song’s catchy melody, combined with Ben E. Davis’s soulful vocals, creates an unforgettable listening experience that resonates with the spirit of the season.

Songwriters T.J. Kirby, Deema Homsi & Dave Smith of Nashville, TN won the second prize with “Santa Got Stuck In My Chimney Tonight”.

Songwriters Dakota Esker & Randi Driscoll of Nashville, TN took the third prize with his song “Fallin’ In Love with Christmas and You”.

Here is the list of the winners:

Ben E. Davis
Ben E. Davis
Ulf Anneken
Ulf Anneken
Nitanee Paris
Nitanee Paris

First Prize:
“All I Need for Christmas Is You” by Ben E. Davis, Nitanee Paris & Ulf Anneken; London, UK

Second Prize:
“Santa Got Stuck In My Chimney Tonight” by T.J. Kirby, Deema Homsi & Dave Smith; Nashville, TN

Third Prize: 
“Fallin’ In Love with Christmas and You” by Dakota Esker & Randi Driscoll; Nashville, TN

Top 20 Finalists:
“First Thing on My Christmas List” by Maggie McClure, Shane Henry & Jeff Silbar
“With You at Christmas Time” by Nancy Bolen & Steven Patrick Bolen
“Fallin’ In Love with Christmas and You” by Dakota Esker & Randi Driscoll
“Santa Got Stuck In My Chimney Tonight” by T.J. Kirby, Deema Homsi & Dave Smith
“But it’s Christmas” by Dan Ruprecht & Three Lefts and A Right
“Hey Santa” by James Strand, Ibrahim Sinan, David Bouwman & Alex Tsisserev
“Yuletidin’ With You” by MaryBeth Stone, Corey Lee Barker, Mark Barnowski & Revele
“All I Need for Christmas Is You” by Benjamin Davis, Nitanee Paris & Ulf Anneken
“I Like This Time of Year!” by Steef Sealy (Just Us! Steef and Chris)
“Savior of the World” by George Koehl & Lakeshore Worship
“Ho Ho Holdin’ You” by Kimberly Dawn, Kent Wells & Corey Lee Barker
“Snowflake State of Mind” by Kimberly Dawn, Kent Wells & Corey Lee Barker
“On My List” by Michael McCaffrey, James Kocian, Jill Galt, Karen Mitchell & Matt Glickstein
“Counting Down the Days Til Christmas” by Joy Tate & OJ Shabi
“Best Day of the Year” by Patrick Dodge & Jeffrey East
“Old Saint Nick is on the Way” by Patrick Woodland & Will Woodland
“Yuletide Rush” by Felix Graf & Felix Sessions
“Wintertime” by Jody Byrd & Paul Ottinger
“Please Santa” by Natalia Wohler & Ben Mühlethaler
“My Wish Came True for Christmas” by Troy Foran & Nyah Rae

 

For more information, please visit: www.songwriting.net/xmas-results

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