NY Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest Names Dan Ferrari Finalist

posted November 1, 2007

NY Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest Names Dan Ferrari FinalistNew Jersey native Dan Ferrari has been chosen as a finalist at the annual New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest. The track “Heard From You,” off Ferrari’s latest album Don’t Let It Fall, is one of 12 contenders in this international songwriting contest. The singer/songwriter will perform his song Wednesday, November 7th at New York City’s The Bitter End.

The Songwriters Circle is modeled after the famous "Writers in the Round" nights at Nashville's Bluebird Café. The concept is songwriters in the spotlight sharing their songs in an intimate, unplugged format. The illustrious list of past performers includes Norah Jones, Vanessa Carlton, Lisa Loeb, and Richard Julian.

Ferrari explains, “‘Heard From You’ started as a song about a friend whose father walked out on him at age 10. I've been amazed that so many people with different situations and experiences have been able to relate to the song and draw meaning from it. Tina Schafer (founder of NYSC) told me the song moved the judges to cry night after night as they narrowed down the finalists. That really touched me. I'm proud to have been part of a song that affects people the way ‘Heard From You’ does.”

Ferrari was selected out of thousands of applicants worldwide for this songwriting honor. After earning an honorable mention in the 2006 finals, Ferrari is ecstatic to have made the final cut this year. “It's such an honor to be acknowledged. I’ve used last year’s experience to improve my writing in order to progress further in the competition. It’s gratifying to know that my music is considered one of the top contenders this year.”

Last year’s first place winner, Kate Voegele, was the first artist to sign to MySpace Records. Ferrari is already the 2007 Abe Olman Songwriting Scholarship award winner, an honor presented to him by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and previously won by Joan Osbourne and John Legend.

The event, which spans two nights, November 7th and 8th, will be judged by Andy Karp - Vice President and Head of A&R, Atlantic Records, Beka Callaway - Razor and Tie Records, Steve Greenberg - S-Curve Records, Jonathan Clarke - Radio personality Q104 in New York, Rolling Stone writer John Colapinto and representatives from BMI, ASCAP and SESAC.

Dan Ferrari’s Don’t Let It Fall is slated for release January 15th on AtoZ Records.