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John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner will perform at Beatles festival

Louisville, KY (May 7, 2013) -- Organizers of Abbey Road on the River (AROTR) and The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) partnered to run a special contest from April 1-19, 2013 focusing on the theme of "Peace." Both amateur and professional songwriters from around the world were invited to submit their original peace-themed songs, and over 200 entries were received.

Catherine Feeny of Portland Oregon was selected by a panel of judges as the winner of the contest for her original song titled "Unity." Catherine won an invitation to perform live at the 2013 Abbey Road on the River festival in Louisville, KY, as well as $1,000 for travel expenses, plus hotel and meals while at the festival, custom John Lennon Educational Tour Bus cables from Neutrik, a JamHub BedRoom, and an Avid MBox. Catherine and her band are scheduled to perform at the festival on Saturday, May 25th at 2:00pm and again on Sunday, May 26th at 6:00pm, and Catherien will also be a guest singer in the 2-hour tribute show "A Concert for John" at 10:30pm on Sunday.

Catherine Feeny

Songwriters still have the chance to showcase their ability at Abbey Road on the River by entering the "Imagine Peace Songwriting Contest" - a talent contest for singer songwriters to perform for a live audience and a panel of judges at the Muhammad Ali Center during the festival. Songs should be inspired by John Lennon's legacy and his lifetime commitment to peace. To submit an entry to the "Imagine Peace Songwriting Contest," email your audition video to anna@arotr.com and accepted entries will receive an application form and be required to pay a $25 registration and processing fee. The grand prizes will include a Gretsch Electromatic Guitar, a $100 AROTR Merchandise Gift Certificate, and a free entry into the national John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that was started in 1997 by former songwriter and keyboard playerBrian Rothschild. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions -- with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 "Song of the Year." Entries are judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable).

Songs for The John Lennon Songwriting Contest may be entered in any of the following categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children's. Instrumental compositions are encouraged. Sean Paul, Jessica Jarrell, The Black Eyed Peas, and The Veronicas are some of the members on the JLSC Executive Committee of Judges. For more information about The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, visit www.jlsc.com.

This year's Abbey Road on the River will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 23-27, at the Belvedere, Galt House Hotel, and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY. It is the weekend that Beatles fans have marked their year by since 2002 with more than 60 Beatles bands from all over the world performing on nine stages, presenting album concerts and Fab Four hits to fans of all ages.

The line-up for 2013 includes British Invasion sensation Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone, Legendary Rock and Roll and Songwriter Hall of Famer Leon Russell, Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon, and Grammy winner and Wings lead guitarist Laurence Juber. Festival goers can also take part in a "Come Together & Give Peace a Chance Moonlit Singalong," dress up as their favorite Beatle or character from the movie at the "Yellow Submarine Album Experience," sit in on free guitar lessons from Hal Bruce, meet former CEO of Apple Records Tony Bramwell, and do the hippy hippy shake at the Bandstand Dance Party.

For more information, visit www.arotr.com.

Published May 7, 2013

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