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Songwriting University 2021 Contest


Aspiring Songwriters WIN Big With Nashville Based Songwriting Organization


Nashville, TN - (Monday, March 7, 2022) - Songwriting University (“SU”) announces the winners of their annual song contest. On Friday, March 4th, the winner, Corey Miranne, was presented the $10,000 Grand Prize! Corey was the first place winner of the Pop genre, chosen from the first place winners of five categories. Additionally, SU’s sponsor, Gibson Guitars, presented him a brand new Les Paul guitar as part of the Grand Prize.

SU 2021 First Place winners include Audrey Bussanich from Jamaica Plain, MA for Americana, Pierre Alexander from Nashville, TN for Country, Corey Miranna from Old Hickory, TN for Pop, Dave Lemieux from Castle Pines, CO for Gospel/Inspo, and Claas Jambor from Kansas City, MO for Rock. Other cash prizes will be awarded to the winners and runner-up in each genre category. To see the list of all the finalists and winners, please visit

Entrants came from all over the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, and India, Billy Sprague says, “It’s remarkable how much talent there is out there. Our mission is to support and honor songs and songwriters. We love putting wind in their sails because someone did the same for us along the way.”

Joining forces to discover and mentor songwriters, a portion of every contest entry fee goes to Scott Hamilton’s cancer foundation, ScottCares. A cancer survivor himself, Scott strives to change the future of cancer therapy by funding advanced, innovative research.

Songwriting University (SU) offers a unique writing experience by providing songwriters of every skill level access to collaborate with hit songwriters. SU’s subscription online songwriting course and resources are designed to inspire, instruct, and encourage writers to grow their craft.

Based in Nashville, TN, the online platform allows participants to book a two-hour session, on-screen or in-person with seasoned songwriters. The endeavor is headed up by former A&R Executive Producer Michael Blanton (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith), and entrepreneur Gary Glover (founder of “Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine”), along with prolific songwriters and Co-Founders, Billy Sprague and Joe Beck.

SU’s growing faculty of Grammy-winning songwriters has over 3,000 major song cuts and over 100 #1 songs in country, pop, Christian, and foreign music combined. Their writers have written with or for Dolly Parton, Amy Grant, Kenny Loggins, Smokey Robinson, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Billy Currington, Garth Brooks, and George Strait, just to name a few.

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Front left to right: Billy Sprague, Joe Beck, Corey Mirrane, Gary Glover, Michael Blanton

From left to right: Joe Beck and the Grand Prize Winner, Corey Mirrane


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