Songwriter

Scholarship Entrant: Jennifer from Salisbury, North Carolina
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Jennifer: 1

Songwriter
If I could earn a living writing songs and composing music, it would be a dream come true. The craft of songwriting started at a very young age for me. I used to love hearing my uncles’ sing and play guitar whenever we had a family gathering. I used to love sitting on our back porch and just sing.
While I was in school, I had a very hard time learning how to read and talk because of some learning disabilities. When it came to music, those things didn’t matter because I wasn’t focusing on it as much. I learned how to play flute, keyboard, piano, and guitar. In high school, I took every music class available from basic music theory to opera. When I was 16 years old, I sent out one of my songs to be a demo. I had no idea how it would turn out and this was an awesome beginning. It started the dream of becoming a songwriter. I had only one song in the bag and thought I could knock down the doors in Nashville. In 1996, I was standing there in Nashville with that one song in my hand. I had the opportunity and ambition to try to make it big. I decided I didn’t want to be a one hit wonder and turned to go back home.
In 2005, I entered a songwriting contest and actually won the category for Gospel. Around 2006, I was looking for places to pitch my songs when I came across Jim and Joe Music in Nashville. I recognized them and their work right away. I took the chance by contacting them to see if they would view my last demos for feedback on them. Sure enough, I got a called back within two days. I was told to record 10 of my best songs for further review. I did 5 demos with them. Four of my demos were being pitched to upcoming artists but didn’t get their notice.
I have continued to write, compose, and sing my songs whenever I can. I have the goals to continue to push through with more demos until one catches. I started singing my songs at church and sharing my craft with others through Facebook and YouTube. My dream to change the world with one song at time is still in view with each time I get to share my songs.

Vote for Jennifer: 1

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