Meet the Songwriters

We have reviewed all songwriting submissions to the Songwriter Search and are pleased to announce the songwriters selected to travel to South Africa later this year. We welcome other young songwriters to participate in our ongoing Songwriter Online Project.

Anna Pearl Belinda

Age: 16

Hometown: State College, PA

Primary Instrument: Piano

"Not often do I get wowed from beginning to end on a fresh new song that sounds inspired, hooky, polished, and almost perfectly arranged from first listen ... But it happened with " Love Sick Puppies." Well done! Can't wait to hear more from this powerhouse."

Carmen Day

Age: 13

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Primary Instrument: Cello

"It has rattled me that someone so young could have such clarity ... Carmen has a poise and honesty that makes her very easy to listen to ... I'm excited by what is coming from this young artist."

Dylan DeAnda

Age: 17

Hometown: Grapevine, TX

Primary Instrument: Guitar

"Dylan shows a great amount of professionalism in his songwriting."

Abby Hwong

Age: 16

Hometown: La Canada Flintridge, CA

Primary Instrument: Guitar

"I am amazed at how adept Abby is on her instrument and how natural it seems for her to finger-pick, slap, and pop her acoustic guitar like it's five instruments in one."

Jason Matkin

Age: 16

Hometown: Encinitas, CA

Primary Instrument: Voice

"Jason is clearly an accomplished songwriter. I don't know if I'd have any advice. He seems to know what he's doing."

Samuel Mayer

Age: 17

Hometown: Newton, MA

Primary Instrument: Drums

"Sam seems to have a strong sense of himself and what is good for him — that's a precious thing ... His lyrics are powerful and communicative."


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