Canadian artist JoJo Worthington has won the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition, co-presented by the SHOF and Universal Music Publishing Group. Conceived "by songwriters, for songwriters," the competition's grand prize includes the "opportunity" for the winner to secure an exclusive publishing contract with UMPG, as well as a new guitar and tickets to the SHOF induction ceremony.
"I am full of joy and honored to be the recipient of this award," said Worthington. "I am jubilantly anxious to see what will come of this juncture and the connections that are to be made."
Four second place winners were also chosen by the Hall: Jordan Richman Higgins, Travis Nilan, Angela Parrish and Tom Rhodes. The finalists will each receive one-hour mentoring sessions with either Desmond Child, Donovan, Don Schlitz or Paul Williams, plus tickets to the induction ceremony and free guitars.
"This is the stuff of dreams for a young songwriter, and we are thrilled to be in partnership on this Song Competition with Universal Music Publishing Group who have generously provided this incredible opportunity," said SHOF president/CEO Linda Moran. "JoJo is a talented young songwriter, as are the four Second Place Winners; Jordan, Travis, Angela and Tom. We look forward to hearing much more from each of them in the years to come!"
Watch Worthington's playful video for her song, "Amadeus":