L to R – Chip Brooks, Kim Schaefer, Keith Banaszak, Erich Specht, Caroline York, Jenny Bienemann, James Moore, Sean Heffernan, and Ron Wittmeyer.
Hey Nonny Songwriting Contest Finalists
Hey Nonny Songwriting Contest Finalists
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, November 2, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — After a ultimate spherical of gifted performances on the final Tuesday night time in September, Arlington Heights live-music venue Hey Nonny topped James Moore and his tune “Roots (Coming House)” because the winner of its second annual songwriting contest. James Moore took dwelling a test for $1,000, a trophy, and bragging rights to the most effective authentic tune in regards to the Chicago northwest suburbs, at the least till this time subsequent yr.
Hey Nonny’s second annual songwriting contest was centered on songs that ultimately associated to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. That gave songwriters with a neighborhood connection an edge, and served to make the competition’s ultimate occasion Tuesday night time a group celebration. “We needed to make use of this to find and develop the fascinating tradition we’ve within the Northwest Suburbs,” mentioned Hey Nonny co-owner Chip Brooks. “Our space is turning into rather more than a normal swath of suburbia. The contest songs helped to shine a light-weight on what’s particular and distinctive in our space.”
Moore’s successful tune did all that, specializing in the attract and satisfaction of coming again dwelling to the northwest suburbs. Moore was accompanied on stage within the preliminary spherical by his Father, who performed bass. The $400 second prize went to Caroline York for her tune “Practice to Chicago.” And, the $300 third prize went to a neighborhood favourite, Kim Schaefer, for her tune “Oak & Vine.”
The Hey Nonny Songwriting Contest Last Spherical was judged by three skilled songwriter/performers: famous poet, writer and songwriter Jenny Bienemann, singer, songwriter, guitarist and band chief of the Push Puppets, Erich Specht, and the winner of final yr’s HN songwriting contest, Sean Heffernan.
“Our judges took their position in choosing this yr’s winners very significantly, however confronted an actual problem as a result of they’d heard far more than three nice songs,” mentioned Brooks. “They every had their very own preferences, however ultimately they agreed that James Moore’s tune was the winner.” The judges praised Moore’s tune for its superior musical construction, interesting melodies, and intelligent lyrics.
The lead sponsor for the Contest once more this yr was native private harm lawyer Ron Wittmeyer of The Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer. “Ron’s a real music lover,” mentioned Brooks. “He contributed prize cash, trophies, certificates, and promoting. His concepts and vitality have been vital to creating this occasion so profitable.”
The songwriting contest struck a chord with the group – contestants entered over 60 songs and every of the competition exhibits was a sell-out, and full of expertise. “The ultimate outcome exceeded our expectations once more this yr,” mentioned Brooks. “It ended up being extra about group and enjoyable than only a contest.” Added Wittmeyer, “Whereas we’re clearly very proud of our winners this yr, the numerous gifted artists who entered and performed their authentic songs within the ultimate spherical, in addition to in every of the three preliminary rounds was a real testomony to the extent of musical artistry and creativity residing on this space. The overriding goal of the Songwriting Contest was to help, encourage and supply inspiration (in addition to superior venue) to the numerous inventive artists who entered the competition this yr. The enthusiastic help and appreciation proven by the audiences to all of the performers every night time was proof that the Hey Nonny Songwriting Contest was a worthwhile and profitable endeavor once more this yr!”
About Hey Nonny:
Hey Nonny is a bistro and music venue positioned within the coronary heart of downtown Arlington Heights. The bistro, now beneath new Chef Noe, serves an array of recent seasonal Midwestern comfort-food-with-a-twist and a seasonally altering menu. The music venue is one of the most effective new “listening rooms” within the nation, and hosts stay music six days every week, that includes the most effective Chicago and touring acts enjoying jazz, blues, nation, folks, and rock.
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