The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC), the preeminent, international songwriting contest open to amateur and professional songwriters, named Jasmine Crowe and Josh Anderson the winners of the coveted “OWC $20,000 Song of the Year”, the highest honor bestowed by the contest, for their original song “Breaking Things”. OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor joined Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges, and JLSC Co-Founder Brian Rothschild to present the writing duo with the $20,000 top prize.

Among thousands of entries, the song rose to the top having first been selected as a Grand Prize winner, and subsequently taking home the Lennon Award for best Pop song. Contest judges include Prince Royce, Bootsy Collins, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, and many others.


“OWC is dedicated to supporting the arts and creativity, and having the opportunity to be a part of this contest and to continue working with the Lennon Bus team through 2018 as we celebrate our 30th anniversary has been remarkable,” said Larry O’Connor, OWC Founder and CEO. “We love seeing our technology engaged in allowing artists and tech enthusiasts to reach higher, inspiring imagination. This contest is a fulfillment of that and I congratulate Jasmine and Josh on their achievement.”

“We all know it’s hard to get your music heard,” said JLSC Co-Founder Brian Rothschild. “The Contest was created to help draw attention to new writers, and support them in their efforts. Over the years, a win in the contest has become a way for writers to distinguish themselves by showcasing a rare achievement.”

The JLSC’s Session II is now open and will be accepting entries until December 15. Song entries can be submitted in any one of 12 categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk and Children’s. Instrumental compositions are encouraged and professional recording is not required. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition and lyrics (when applicable). The winner will be announced in 2019.

Now in its 21st year, this year’s contest features the biggest prize package yet, totaling over $300,000. Winners, based on their level of achievement, receive studio equipment from OWC, Yamaha, Audio-Technica, Konig & Meyer, Propellerhead, Neutrik, Genelec, D’Addario, Disc Makers, Focusrite and New Bay Media.

Find more entry information at jlsc.com/about.php. Entry fees from the contest help support the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile recording studio.

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About The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. 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 OWC Song of the Year winner.

About Other World Computing

Other World Computing (OWC) was founded by Larry O’Connor when he was 14 years old in 1988. OWC is dedicated to helping tech enthusiasts and industry professionals do more and reach higher. Our trusted storage, connectivity, software and expansion solutions enable creative professionals, producers, educators and government entities to get the most out of their technology investments, protect valuable digital assets and expand their hardware’s capabilities to keep up with the demands and evolution of their work. OWC features an award-winning technical support team that is on hand 24/7 as well as an unparalleled library of step-by-step installation and support videos. In everything we do at OWC, we believe in making a better world where technology inspires imagination and everything is possible.