Vincent 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.
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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
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!
My blog for the Week 6 Challenge: http://www.theopenstageadventure.ca/challenge-6-write-the-next-great-holiday-song.php
And my heartbreak holiday song: https://soundcloud.com/julie-sings/id-follow-a-star/s-uGe9J
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Here is my Week 6 song – The Perfect Gift by Heather Meori: https://soundcloud.com/heathermeori/heather-meori-christmas-song-week-6
Blog for Week 6 song here: http://www.meorimusic.com/christmas-in-march-s-a-c-songwriting-blogging-challenge-week-6/ Thanks all!!It has been such a blast!
Here is my rough recording and lyrics of SAC week #6 challenge…Everyday is a Holiday…a sing along type song 🙂
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.
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
Christmas time is here as we watch the snow falling in Brandon overnight…….purdy!
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”!
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
Here is my week six blog:
Here is my week six song “Xmas With Me” :
Here’s my week 6 song https://laurajburnsloveletterstogod.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/sac-challenge-week-6-christmas-song-christmas-eve-by-laura-burns/?preview=true&preview_id=39
And here’s my Christmas song on soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/laura-j-burns/christmas-eve-music-lyrics-and
Here’s anouther blog about collaborating this week with Shira Katz, thanks Shira! https://laurajburnsloveletterstogod.wordpress.com/?p=54&preview=true&preview_id=54 this is the arrangement she did of my Christmas song: https://soundcloud.com/sherashakera/christmas-eve-instrumental-by-shira-katz-for-laura-burns and this is the vocal I did for her Christmas song:https://soundcloud.com/laura-j-burns/shira-katz-christmas-land-2
Here’s another Christmas song I wrote. 2 versions of it. https://soundcloud.com/laura-j-burns/reason-for-the-season-piano https://soundcloud.com/laura-j-burns/reason-for-the-season
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
Hello, please find attached links to my blog and Christmas song. Thanks for everything, oh, and Merry Christmas!
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.
Here’s my Week #6 blog and Christmas song Church Bell Chimes:
Building community one song at a time.
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)
Here’s another version of the vocals I recorded for Shira’s song. Sorry about the recording quality on both, I had tech difficulties. Shira really wrote a lovely song. https://soundcloud.com/laura-j-burns/shira-katz-christmas-land-2
Hi. Really excited for this challenge.
Here’s my link. Hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas!!!
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…
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My final blog post for this year’s SAC Challenge!
…and link to my holiday song:
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!
Thanks for listening….Merry Christmas !! : )
Song link :
Little Christmas for two :
Blog link :
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
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
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
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/
Here is a link to my blog
and my song …Office Christmas Party
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
Have yourself a jazzy little Christmas!
Merry Christmas in March! Thanks so much to my co-writer, Judy Marshak, for making this week such a fun writing experience!
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 🙂
Here is my Seasonal Serenade …
The longer that I wait for you … the sooner you’ll be here!
Blog and songs under the wire! Merry Early Christmas to all!
Here is my week 6 Christmas song and blog post, with lyric in sound cloud
Here’s to sharing Christmas love early in the year:)
My singer couldn’t complete the recording for my Christmas song, but here is my Week 6 Blog:
http://wigglytoesmusic.com/sac-challenge-week-6-a-christmas-song/ Here’s my blog and my song is at http://www.soundcloud.com/michael-holland-11/christmas-on-every-corner
“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
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.
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/
My holiday hit or miss:-)
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.
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