A few weeks ago, Four Points Productions in Seward put out the call for songwriters to submit their best work for the production company’s Alaska Song of the Year competition. The awards ceremony took place Saturday at Seward High School, with the best songs chosen in 14 categories.
The panel of judges included John Damberg, leader of the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet and an instructor at UAA; vocalist Monica Lettner; Alaskan singer/songwriter Melissa Mitchell and audio engineer Kurt Riemann. Meg Mackey's "Heaven Explodes" took the overall Judges' Choice Award. Below are their choices for best song in each category.
"Searching" by Jason Leyva (sole nominee)
"Flat Lands" by Kelsey Shields
"The Pearl" by Tim Scott
"Olivia" by Anna Lynch
"Gonna Get Down" by Nellie Clay
"Take Me There" by Kelsey Shields
"Grateful for Your Love" by Melanie Trost
"Phobia" by Easyhead
"Searching Shuffle" by Daryl Hollingsworth
"MRSA" by Kallahan
"Heaven Explodes" by Meg Mackey
"By the Way" by Michael Johnson
"The Fall" by Ivan Night
"Birthing Chant-Pomo Bear Chant" by White Eagle Medicine Woman and the Grandmother Drum Ensemble