The Sahara Lounge
"...Of Freebish's five members, only Kyle and Romig have managed to squeeze in a few minutes in the back of the bus with me -- two-fifths of a band heard by a number of musical superstars who voted the group's song "Leaving Town" No. 1 in a contest named after one-fourth of the greatest pop band of all time, the Beatles...."
"...Monday, October 9 would have been John Lennon's 60th birthday, and much ado is being made of it, from radio broadcasts and museum exhibits to parole hearings. Vocalist Kyle from new Capitol Records recording artists/John Lennon Songwriting Contest winners Dexter Freebish (see "Leaving Town," p.76) says he was "choked up" to learn that the Beatle's wife Yoko Ono had personally requested the band perform at the opening of a special Lennon wing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Oct..."
"...And speaking of John Lennon, congratulate the members of Dexter Freebish for taking the Grand Prize in the Pop category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Beating out some 6,000 entries in the category, the band's prizes include $2,000 cash, $5,000 worth of Yamaha studio equipment, and a $5,000 advance on an EMI publishing contract -- if they choose to accept it..."
"...MARY COPPIN: This Riverside, California-based singer-songwriter has had quite a year. She was invited to play on the main stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival and won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest..."
"...Dexter FreebishA Life of Saturdays (Capitol) Here it is: the first national work by Austin's Dexter Freebish, who won the much-publicized "John Lennon Songwriting Contest" by netting the votes of heavy hitters like Elton John, Wyclef Jean, and members of the Foo Fighters. What's so special? Well, the leadoff track "Leaving Town," the song those esteemed judges based their thumbs-ups on, is certainly a strong and solid piece of songwriting, and its subject is one that hits right at the heart of the college-bound radio crowd: the notion that maybe a change of place will make tomorrow better..."
"...Strickler’s pop ballad “Dance the Night Away” is nominated for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest's Song of the Year. The national amateur competition boasts an impressive panel of judges including Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fergie..."
"...The John Lennon Songwriting Contest has already proved itself to be a boon for the career of Austin act Dexter Freebish, who won the first contest in Lennon's name and whose video for "Leaving Town" continues to air on VH1 (see if you can spot the "Free Clifford" [Antone] T-shirt). This year, there's another River City local at the top of one the competition's categories; one Carl Gregory of Austin has won the Children's category with his tune "Adam's Lullaby," as judged by a panel including the Barenaked Ladies, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, and Paula Cole..."
"...THE PUSH STARS: For the Boston-based Push Stars, winning the "Best Unsigned Band in America" contest is a double-edged sword: It could be the no-name kiss of record label death, or it could be a wake up call to listless A&R reps. Sounding like a less histrionic version of the Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, songwriter and guitarist Chris Tapper injects catchy melodies and interesting vocal lines in the group's original pop tunes..."
"...Expect heavy promotion from the label via press, radio, and Internet for Peep Show, which features songs co-written with Kevin Hunter of Wire Train and Jane Weidlin of the Go-Go's, plus guest vocals from Aimee Mann. Capitol Records signees/John Lennon Songwriting Contest winners Dexter Freebish are also set to get things moving before the big end-of-year rush..."
"...Flipping through channels, I stopped at Journey on VH1, playing some sort of Monsters of Rock festival. New singer Arnel Pineda, whom the band found via a YouTube contest, sounds exactly like Perry, but it wasn't the Journey I knew...."