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S.A.C. Challenge – Week 6 – Choice No. 2 – Issued by Vincent Degiorgio – Write a Holiday Hit

March 15, 2015

Vince DegiorgioVincent Degiorgio is a multi million selling songwriter who owns and operates Chapter 2 Productions.

His global reach and career has included many facets, from writing for European superstar Caro Emerald to being the man who signed N Sync in America. He continues to write for artists around the world, with dozens of gold and platinum records to show for his work for artists ranging from Japanese pop stars Lead to Canadians Meaghan Smith and Julie Crochitiere. His Cymba Music Publishing company houses hitmakers like Aileen de la Cruz, Ian Smith, Davor Vulama and his newest signing, Edmonton’s Olivia Wik.

Here is Vince’s songwriting challenge:

Write the next great holiday song.

The timing is perfect for your quest to deliver the next great Christmas song, or one to be celebrated during the holidays. Aside one new song on the globally loved Michael Buble Christmas album, new songs that have transcend the holidays are few and far between. Songs that challenge the system like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” and N Sync’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” are few and far between. Your challenge is to lyrically and melodically enter the creative stratosphere of great songs like “The Christmas Song”, a timeless masterpiece, and songs like “Let It Snow”, both of which were written in a California heatwave. While the former speaks of the setting of the perfect Christmas, the latter evokes all of the settings of a holiday celebration without mentioning Christmas itself.  Remember, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was a fisherman’s lament. What I am looking for is a song of any tempo in any style, that speaks of your personal imagery and memories of the holiday season. Pour yourself into the idea that you do not have to be culturally specific, but you do have to deliver the message what this December past time means to you. Songs should be no longer than 3:30 long.

Many of the most beloved holiday classics were once written for movies. Use that imagery when you write your song. Rather than be jealous of yet another cover version of “White Christmas”, change the landscape for me and anyone listening with your song. 

When I was the A&R person for N Sync, I put together an album I am very proud of for five great singers. It was tailored after the Johnny Mathis album “Merry Christmas” – to provide a timeless, or timely representation of the talent at the time. Today, one is considered “The King Of Pop”. The other a timeless icon, who is the undisputed king of holiday albums.

Show me your talent with your song. Because for music supervisors and publishers, the holiday season for movies actually starts in April, not November. 

Good luck,
Vince Degiorgio

Please submit the following by Monday, March 23, 11:59 EST.
1.  Link to a blog post about your experience with this challenge.
2.  Link to your song (preferably on SoundCloud) with lyrics posted in SoundCloud.
Comments posted by people who have not registered for the Challenge will be deleted.
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47 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Mason permalink
    March 17, 2015 2:12 pm

    I am technologically handicapped, and although I have managed to purchase and install a website, getting a blog to happen is proving elusive. Is there not another venue I can use to get my Holiday Hit to Vincent Degiorgio? I have it in mp3 form. Thanks

    Paul Mason

  2. March 22, 2015 10:20 pm

    Hello fellow songwriting colleagues…My Christmas song is entitled “I Still Say Merry Christmas”.
    Here is my Soundcloud Link https://soundcloud.com/scottanthonyandrews/i-still-say-merry-christmas-rough-demo
    And here is my blogging link http://scottanthonyandrews.com/ok-2nd-final-song-in-sac-challenge/
    It has been a slice!

  3. March 23, 2015 2:46 am

    Here is my Week 6 song – The Perfect Gift by Heather Meori: https://soundcloud.com/heathermeori/heather-meori-christmas-song-week-6

  4. Kathryn Jean (Alexander) permalink
    March 23, 2015 7:28 am

    Here is my rough recording and lyrics of SAC week #6 challenge…Everyday is a Holiday…a sing along type song 🙂

    http://kjaberrations.blogspot.ca/2015/03/everyday-is-holiday-sac-challenge-6.html

  5. March 23, 2015 1:35 pm

    Although I’m not officially taking part in the S.A.C. challenge, I am a member of S.A.C. and I did sign up for the challenge. Unfortunately, I didn’t get beyond the waiting list.

    Because so few people took up the Holiday song challenge, I’ve taken the liberty of posting this one.

    If you are really looking for a timeless holiday hit, please have a listen. When Tim Tamashiro gave “I’m Still Waiting for Christmas” its national radio debut on CBC’s “Tonic” this past December, he said it was destined to become a Christmas classic.

    Thank you!

    Click, hear –> https://soundcloud.com/samsamba/im-still-waiting-for-christmas

    Blog post –> https://www.facebook.com/notes/steven-hardy/sac-challenge-week-6-choice-no-2-issued-by-vincent-degiorgio-write-a-holiday-hit/10153192211461000

  6. March 23, 2015 2:26 pm

    Christmas time is here as we watch the snow falling in Brandon overnight…….purdy!

    https://magnifonic.wordpress.com https://soundcloud.com/magnifonicproductions/following-stars/s-D1C4W

  7. March 23, 2015 2:52 pm

  8. March 23, 2015 4:09 pm

    Hey guys! Just finished Week 6 challenge! here are the links to my blog and sound cloud the song I’m going to submit is “Under The Mistletoe”!
    https://joshuadavidmusic.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/sacsongwritingchallange-week-6/

  9. March 23, 2015 5:10 pm

    Hey Everyone,
    This is my submission for the final part of this challenge!
    Blog link: http://confessionsofasongwriter.com/getting-better/
    Soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/grace-rose-music/peace-on-earth-edited

    Enjoy!

  10. March 23, 2015 5:26 pm

    Hi,

    Here is my week six blog:

    http://www.goodrockindan.com/blog/sac-song-challenge-week-6

    Here is my week six song “Xmas With Me” :

    https://soundcloud.com/goodrockindan/xmas-with-me/s-z5Zui

  11. March 23, 2015 5:32 pm

    And here’s my Christmas song on soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/laura-j-burns/christmas-eve-music-lyrics-and

  12. March 23, 2015 6:22 pm

    My holiday song is titled “Christmas Is The Perfect Time”.

    Link to blog: https://songwritingchallengeblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/songwriting-challenge-week-6/

    Link to song: https://app.box.com/s/xdkv6l2vm5g7zdlhl70tk0ksiv1po48l

  13. March 23, 2015 6:54 pm

    Hello, please find attached links to my blog and Christmas song. Thanks for everything, oh, and Merry Christmas!

    https://theresepatton.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/2015-sac-songwriting-and-blogging-challenge-week-6-christmas/?preview=true&preview_id=66

  14. March 23, 2015 7:04 pm

    Hi! Merry Christmas, everyone! My song is here https://soundcloud.com/melfarrimond/christmas-eve/s-l2xys and my yule (b)log is at http://www.melfarrimond.net.

  15. donnysawchuk2015 permalink
    March 23, 2015 7:25 pm

    Here’s my Week #6 blog and Christmas song Church Bell Chimes:

    http://donnysawchuk.tumblr.com/post/114445690227/sac-songwriting-challenge-week-6

    Cheers, Donny.

    Don Sawchuk
    Building community one song at a time.

  16. March 23, 2015 7:38 pm

    Dear Mr. Vincent Degiorgio: Thank you for your time. I hope this song bring you peace at holiday time and throughout the year. My dream is that it will really resonate with people who can’t be anywhere except in Christmas Land in their dreams at Christmas time (e.g those listening to Carolers in hospital settings). Thank you for your time, thank you SAC, thank you to James Linderman and Debra Alexander, our mentors. Thank you Ms. Laura Burns for singing& for vocal interpretation!
    Here is Christmas Land by Shira Katz (vox Laura Burns)

    My blog:
    http://amsforartmusicsongs6.blogspot.ca/

  17. March 23, 2015 7:54 pm

    Hi. Really excited for this challenge.

    Here’s my link. Hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas!!!
    Lisa

    https://lisabirt.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/week-5-holiday-song/

  18. March 23, 2015 8:03 pm

    Look at that…not even 6 pm and I’m done – well, as done as I have time for. I would have liked to have cleaned this one up a bit more and added some bells, given that it is a Christmas song called Hear the Bells, but I think it still shows improvement in my recording skills. I’m slowly learning, and that can only be good!

    Winter hath returneth after we were teased with a taste of spring, so a Christmas song is oddly fitting this week…

    https://shaunaspecht.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/sac-jinxed-the-weather/

  19. March 23, 2015 8:51 pm

    My final blog post for this year’s SAC Challenge!
    https://whogivesapop.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/sac-songwriting-blogging-challenge-week-6-2/
    …and link to my holiday song:

  20. March 23, 2015 9:01 pm

    Hi Everyone! Here is my blog and song submission for week 6:
    Blog -> http://www.braedenmitchell.com/?p=609
    Song -> http://bit.ly/1DR1uCF

    Thank you for your time!

    Braeden

  21. March 23, 2015 10:02 pm

    Thanks for listening….Merry Christmas !! : )

    Song link :
    Little Christmas for two :

    Blog link :
    http://www.joestanton.com/blog/

    Lyrics :

    Christmas for two

    Christmas is coming
    and people are runnin
    round so much to do
    The kids can’t wait for Christmas day
    and I can’t wait to get home to you

    This time of year
    you need to be near
    the ones you love
    I guess everyday’s Christmas
    for me
    cause its just
    you I’m always thinking of

    I’m out here in the Christmas crowds and
    how can one among a thousand
    still feel alone
    everybody’s going somewhere
    with bags and parcels people on they’re
    way back home

    the world can go about it’s business
    without me and you
    while we have our little Christmas
    for two

    Salvation Army bells are ringing
    the reason for the season being
    one child’s birth
    they’re singing songs of hope and glory
    Wise men and the Christmas story
    and peace on earth

    The world can go on about it’s business
    without me and you
    while we have our little Christmas
    for two

  22. March 23, 2015 10:20 pm

    What a fun week – here is the link to the blog and the xmas song on soundcloud :)https://mikalynhaymusic.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/thanks-sac-for-introducing-me-to-so-many-wonderful-people/

  23. March 23, 2015 10:22 pm

    Here is a link to my blog
    https://megsrathwell.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/sac-week-6-christmas-classic/
    and my song …Office Christmas Party

  24. Sean Bertram permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:55 pm

    Christmas is in the air! Well, not really. Just out East and in my Christmas song for this week “Life is More Romantic in the Snow”. Check out the song and blog below

    http://seanbertram.tumblr.com/post/114462536202/s-a-c-challenge-week-6

  25. March 23, 2015 11:11 pm

    Merry Christmas in March! Thanks so much to my co-writer, Judy Marshak, for making this week such a fun writing experience!

    http://allisterbradley.tumblr.com/post/114464255824/6-songs-in-6-weeks-christmas-in-march

  26. March 23, 2015 11:27 pm

    Hello everybody!

    What a week :p

    Here is the link to my blog: http://wp.me/p3mM8u-bW
    Here is the link to my song: https://soundcloud.com/scottmackay/wheres-that-elf-judy-marshak-scott-mackay/s-aICvW

    Now for some rest 🙂

  27. March 23, 2015 11:41 pm

    Here is my Seasonal Serenade …

    The longer that I wait for you … the sooner you’ll be here!

    http://withaturnofphrase.blogspot.ca/2015/03/week-six-holiday-song-longer-that-i.html

  28. March 23, 2015 11:44 pm

    http://judiblueyes.tumblr.com/
    Blog and songs under the wire! Merry Early Christmas to all!

  29. March 23, 2015 11:50 pm

    Here is my week 6 Christmas song and blog post, with lyric in sound cloud

    https://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_blogs/artist_98745?blog_id=13745085

  30. March 23, 2015 11:56 pm

    Here’s to sharing Christmas love early in the year:)

  31. Skye Weste permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:56 pm

    My singer couldn’t complete the recording for my Christmas song, but here is my Week 6 Blog:

    http://skyeoftheweste.tumblr.com/post/114467644560/week-six-blog

  32. March 24, 2015 12:10 am

    “I Want To Wish You All A Merry Christmas” is my entry for this weeks challenge and let me tell you that it was a challenge with all of the “LIFE” that was happening this past week. SO the song is somewhat complete as far as a song frame work is concerned but is not nearly up to my usual completion and production levels I expect from myself. But with that said here is the version in its pitch-able state https://soundcloud.com/patrick-canavan/i-want-to-wish-you-all-a-merry/s-vPO2N
    You can read more about it here http://www.patcanavan.com/blog

  33. March 24, 2015 12:19 am

    My WordPress website is playing up again – it hates me embedding links. I’m not quite doing it in a way that makes it work, but not sure why… anyway, if you go to http://www.soundlcoud.com/michael-holland-11/christmas-on-every-corner you’ll find my song… the blog may take a bit of effort to get working again, sorry it’s giving me grief again this week. My WP installation may be buggy.

  34. March 24, 2015 12:46 am

    OK, WP site was buggy – here’s another attempt. The song is unfinished anyway, so don’t stress! I simply didn’t have enough time to deal with the song this week.http://wigglytoesmusic.com/sac-week-6-2/

  35. ceiliboy permalink
    March 24, 2015 9:29 pm

    My holiday hit or miss:-)

  36. June 30, 2015 8:03 pm

    Thank you so much for entering my challenge. I have to say I’m overwhelmed and thankful that so many of you entered and embraced this opportunity. Some of the music I listened to was fantastic. I’m sorry to have kept everyone waiting for my thoughts on the entries and I hope those who delivered a song to my challenge will continue in search of that elusive holiday hit.

Trackbacks

  1. Christmas in March! – S.A.C. Songwriting & Blogging Challenge – Week 6 | Meori Music
  2. SAC Songwriting & Blogging Challenge: Week 6 | Who Gives a Pop?
  3. Christmas in July – Feedback on Submissions for The S.A.C. Songwriting & Blogging Challenge from Vince Degiorgio | Songwriters Association of Canada

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