The International Songwriting Competition has posted its list of the 324 finalists, with songwriters from 45 countries making the list. One of those is Anna Graceman from Juneau, who hopes to join past winners like Gotye and The Band Perry. She competed in "America's Got Talent" in 2006, where her voice carried her all the way to the finals.
Now her song "Showtime" has gotten her to the finals in the ISC Teen and Video categories. She and the other finalists now must wait until 68 of them are confirmed as the winners sometime in April by judges like Waits, Jeff Beck, Janelle Monae, Bernie Taupin, Mark Foster and many more. In between now and then, the public is free to vote for the People's Choice award on the ISC's Facebook page.
All of the competitors had to put up a $30 entry fee for the first submission and $22 for each additional entry, but that is a little amount compared to the prizes at stake.
One of the 68 winners will win the grand prize, which includes $25,000. The first place winners from each category will win, among other things, a one-year membership for the songwriter resources website Taxi and 3,000 radio plays from Grooveshark.
Stream the video for "Showtime" below, plus Graceman's audition for "America's Got Talent."
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