Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter Contest

Guitar Center in its aim to help and discover unsigned artists has launched "The Singer Songwriter Contest".


Guitar Center together with multiple guitar and gear manufacturers are looking to give one life altering opportunity to a deserving top notch singer-songwriter.

And that could be no less than you. So sift through your demos, pick the very best, evaluate what you've done, re-work the things that needs improvement, make sure you give it your all with guns blazing then submit! This is your shot at greatness.

Tim Godwin, the director of artist and entertainment relations at Taylor Guitars, recognizes the many talents and the need to propel them into the right direction. Tim says - "So much great talent abounds in today's music scene that we're excited to partner with Guitar Center to find the next big name and help propel that artist to the next step in their career."

John Shanks, a former session and touring guitar player, knows how important opportunities are. He has since built a power house career as a hit maker with 43 No.1 Singles, 67 No.1 Albums and 60 Million records sold with artists including Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Alanis Morissette, Colbie Caillat, Sheryl Crow and Kelly Clarkson. Sitting in as a judge, he knows that finding the next hit-maker will not be an easy task but he is thrilled to be able to help Guitar Center give a potential career boosting opportunity to an unsigned artist. Shanks said "Helping an artist hone their sound is something I relish as a producer, and I can't wait to see what the winner has to offer." was commissioned by Guitar Center to track and rank the competing artists' fan growth across top social networks and music sites for the first round. Ten talented singer-songwriters will then be hand picked by Shanks from the list of the top ranking artists. These lucky ten will be flying to Los Angeles to perform for the Singer-Songwriter Contest's live finale.

Prizes to look forward to:

  • $10,000 cash
  • Create a 3 song E.P. with John Shanks
  • Studio time at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio
  • Gear from Taylor, Fender, Ernie Ball and Shure
  • Worldwide music distribution from TuneCore
  • Free Album, Music Video and Global Songwriter Service

For more information and to sign up for the Singer-Songwriter contest, head over to Songwriter Whooznxt

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I'd love to throw my hat into the ring!

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To Whom It May Concern, I feel disappointed by the submission rules. It (the advertisement) states ‘The search for the next great American songwriter” it does not mention anything about live performances on youtube building a fan base on the internet. I thought you were looking for good/great songs. Well I am a songwriter and musician not a vocalist; so even if I am sitting on three hits, you are not interested.
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I just recently bought a guitar, and have no idea even how to hold the guitar properly while playing it. I only know some of the basics, like string E, B, G, D, A, E this is all I know so far. i'd just like to be able to turn in 1 song so I can get started on my rockstar legacy journey or w/e.

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I am a singer songwriter/performer, and I am interested in your contest. It sounds fun and exciting! I love and appreciate that you give us underground writers a shot. I do have some good competitive pieces I'd love to contribute. Please send me the required info I need to get started. I'm excited and looking forward to entering my songs.Thank you, Anton.

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