Grammy winning producer John Shanks judges
producer/genius John Shanks
By: Valerie Milano
Hollywood, CA (Hollywood Today
) 3/5/2013—“I feel honored beyond words to have been chosen among so many fantastic artists by a company that understands what it’s like to be a working musician and songwriter,” Jeff Campbell told Hollywood today of his win. The Guitar Center hosted their second National Singer-Songwriter: The Search for the Next Great American Songwriter
Competition was on Saturday, March 2nd
at the small Los Angeles music venue, Hotel Café, in Hollywood, CA.
The ten finalists, who each performed one original song, were hand-picked by Grammy award winning music producer John Shanks. The finalists were chosen from over 12,000 entrants who submitted a live performance of their 100% original song via their YouTube channel. Shanks has worked with artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker, Alanis Morrisette, and more recently Miley Cyrus, and Keith Urban.
Quirky singer-songwriter, Meiko, hosted the evening’s show and last year’s winner, Josh Doyle, opened the evening with a set of songs, including “I Figured the World Out” which won him his title in 2012. The finalists from across the country—Joe Hertler, Evan Gibb, Carson Henley, Cyra Morgan, Mikey Wax, Jeff Campbell, Drew Schofield, Madilyn Bailey, Melissa Polinar, and Joshua Michael Robinson; each took the stage and shared their talents. Most accompanied their singing with guitar, while a couple played piano and even harmonica. The venue was buzzing with excitement as family, friends, and fans of the artists showed their support.
Before the winner was announced, Paste Magazine
’s Best New Solo Artist of 2010, Lissie, performed with her band. The American folk rock artist expressed her excitement about being back at Hotel Café, saying she used to hang around years ago, hoping to be asked to perform. Lissie’s set brought even more excitement to the venue as everyone waited for the winner to be chosen.
John Shanks congratulated all of the finalists on their performances and announced Jeff Campbell from San Francisco, CA as the winner of National Singer-Songwriter2
. Campbell took the stage with his guitar and thanked his many supporters in the audience. He closed the show by playing a few more of his original songs. Campbell is no stranger to the music scene, moving to San Francisco from Philadelphia to pursue his dream. His on-stage experience includes performances with members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and even opening for Train.
Campbell won a 4-song EP to be produced by John Shanks, a live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
, $10,000 cash, the opportunity to design his own electric or bass guitar at the Fender Visitor Center in Corona, CA, an huge array of music equipment, recording time at the Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in New York City, a feature in American Songwriter Magazine
, free album and video distribution, and a publishing administration account from TuneCore.
“To be able to collaborate with an iconic producer that believes in me and is willing to invest his time and creative genius in my work and career in an unbelievable opportunity,” Jeff Campbell also told us of his upcoming 4-song EP with new mentor John Shanks. Campbell’s winning performance from the evening, as well as additional videos and images, can be viewed at http://songwriter.whooznxt.com/
. His self-released acoustic album, “Stop and Go” is available on iTunes.