New York, November 24, 2009 - Boston singer/songwriter and guitarist Reed Waddle can add another notch to his guitar strap after his Grand Prize winning performance at the New York Songwriters Circles (http://www.songwriters-circle.com) fourth annual Songwriting Contest finale at the venerable Bitter End. Reed's soulful performance of his single "Piece By Piece" brought New York's music faithful to their feet and ultimately captured the votes of the blue ribbon panel of judges assembled.
"I am so thrilled to have even be selected as a finalist," said Reed Waddle. "To win such a prestigious contest is a dream come true and to be honest it really has not settled in yet, I am truly elated. I can't say enough about the New York Songwriters Circle, it is rare that you meet so many amazing musicians."
Taking home second place honors this year was another Boston-based singer/songwriter and jazz vocalist Julia Easterlin for her unique single "Go Straightaway." Clara Olman, of Nashville, TN, secured third place for her single "Song For Ruthie," which infused phrasing from renowned 20th century classical French composer Claude Debussy Claire de Lune.
"Reed's performance and the way he presented his song was clean and of a very high professional caliber," said Tina Shafer, Artistic Director for the New York Songwriters Circle and host of the contest. "He completely impressed everyone with his smooth voice and is definitely ready to breakout into the mainstream."
Serving as judges for this years competition were Grammy Award winning songwriter/producer/legendary rock performer John Oates, Grammy Award winning producer Russ Titelman, Q104.3 Jonathan Clarke and many more.
Reed will be receiving $10,000 in cash, a performance spot with Grammy Winner John Oates in Aspen, CO, a top of the line Gibson acoustic guitar, an opportunity to record with Grammy Award Winning Producer Glenn Barrett and a guest spot on Jonathan Clarke's"Out of the Box" radio show on New York's Q104.3.
Past winners of the worldwide recognized New York Songwriter's Circle annual Songwriting Contest include such notable performers as Kate Voegele, Company of Thieves and Mieka Pauley.
The magical night of original and unique music came to a conclusion when John Oates took to the brick walled stage of the Bittern End and performed his Grammy Award Winning song "She's Gone" to cap off an event that will not soon be forgotten.
Sponsors for the 2009 Songwriting Contest include: Gibson Guitars, sonicbids.com, broadjam.com, Ascap , BMI, , Sesac, MorningStar Studios, Dubway Studios, 795 Records/Denise Rich Publishing, Blue Light Digital Sound and onlinegigs.com.
The New York Songwriters' Circle:
For over 19 years, the New York Songwriter's Circle has been producing and directing bimonthly shows at the legendary Bitter End club, in New York City's West Village. The Circle has launched the careers of notable artists such as Norah Jones, Jesse Harris, Lisa Loeb, Vanessa Carlton, Gavin DeGraw, NYSC songwriting contest winner and regular on "One Tree Hill," Kate Voegele, Company of Thieves and Chris Barron. The circle has quickly become one of the most popular music events in Manhattan, attracting not only the best up and coming songwriting talent from around the world but also top music industry executives looking to discover "the next big thing". Currently The New York Songwriter's Circle hosts live music showcases across the country including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as an educational "Loft Series" dedicated to supporting, nurturing and empowering artists in this new age of the Music industry.