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USA Songwriting Competition is pleased to announce a brand new book release: How to Write Better Songs: Songwriting Secrets from Award-Winning Songwriters, by Scott Ashley.

People often ask: “How did our past winners of the USA Songwriting Competition do this: Scott Oatley, Jamie Alimorad, etc – songwriters from all over – wind up as Overall Grand Prize Winners?”

Award winning songwriters that have been featured in the book include: Ken Hirsch, Scott Oatley, Jamie Alimorad, Joe Hogue, Sean Petersen, Les Sampou, Meg Pfeiffer, Justin Ezzi, Sonny King, Jeff Roe, Steffani Bennett, Mary Beth Stone, Christie Lenée, Wilbur “B52” Levans, the family of the late Ari Gold, and the family of the late Ralph Murphy.

This brand new book outlines the ways how award-winning songwriters do it. Also, shows quick way to writing songs, writing the hook, verse, chorus, bridge and more. Commentary from award winning songwriters and how to excel in Songwriting Competitions and more. “How to Write Better Songs” is a must-read for all songwriters and music artists.The book has just been released on Amazon (both Kindle eBook and Print versions). For more information about the book, visit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B5PLFGKX


Scott Ashley is a songwriter and graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). He is currently working as the Artist Relations director with the USA Songwriting Competition and IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).


USA Songwriting Competition has a long history of having winners getting recording and publishing contracts, have their songs placed on the charts as well as having their songs placed on film and television, and winning Grammy Awards.

USA Songwriting Competition first prize winner (2013 Competition) and finalist (2020 Competition) Joanie Leeds of New York, NY won a Grammy Award last year for Best Children’s Album.

Andrew Jannakos, Top Winner of 25th Annual USA Songwriting Competition (2020), was signed to Sony Music Nashville/RCA Nashville, hit #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
2018 Top Winner David Wilcox received radio airplay for his winning song “We Make the Away by Walking”.2013 winner American Authors were signed to Island Records, and hit #1 on the Billboard Charts and went Triple Platinum, selling over 3 million copies. The top two winners of 2011: Nenna Yvonne and Alexander Cardinale were signed to Interscope Records after their win. The 2007 winner Ari Gold hit Top 10 on the Billboard charts with his winning song. The 2005 Winner of the Country category had his winning song cut by Country Superstar Faith Hill. The 2005 winner of the Pop category was signed by Interscope Records; she went on to hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album charts. Our 2008 winner appeared on David Letterman TV show and was signed to a record label. For more information, visit: https://www.songwriting.net

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