Keelaghan Wins Songwriting Competition A Second Time

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Juno award-winning folk troubadour, James Keelaghan, has won first place for a second year in a row in the USA Songwriting Competition folk category for his song Message to the Future, which appears on Keelaghans fifth solo album, Road. The competition is the worlds leading international songwriting contest.

I'm pleased, again, to have the honour of winning the folk category of the USA Songwriting competition, Keelaghan remarked in a press release from Festival Distribution/Mainstage Management. Message to the Future is a song of hope, hope that there will be a future in which there are people that will still understand love and family and justice.

The USA Songwriting Contest received over 32,000 entries this year and offers over $50,000 US in cash and prizes. The contest offers prizes for the top songs in 15 genres as well as an overall grand prize and two runners up. Keelaghan is the only winner from Canada this year with two songs in the Folk finals.

The competition is administered by Lion Heart Productions, which founded the event in 1996 with the sole purpose of giving songwriters exposure and deserved recognition. It is judged by a blue ribbon panel of industry experts including artist managers and major label A&R reps. For more information regarding the USA Songwriting Contest, visit

Keelaghan's award comes with number prestigious showcasing opportunities at venues such as the North American Folk Alliance in San Diego and SXSW in Austin, airplay on the nationally syndicated US radio program, Acoustic Caf, and approximately $2000 in cash and prizes.

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