Singer/Songwriter/Musician Andy Ard — tops COMBO contest [Photo credit: Shannon Reed Photography]

After months of entries, our judges have come up with their Top 18 Songs! Here’s the list of the top scorers on the COMBO Compilation CD:

Track #:
#1: “Catch As You Can” by Spencer Townshend Hughes
#2: “Trouble” by Andy Ard
#3: “Heat of Your Hand” by Steve Law
#4: “Phase of the Moon” by Cass Clayton, Taylor Scott
#5: “Backpack” by Benjamin Zastrow
#6: “Don’t Go Tonight” by Michelle Roderick
#7: “It’s Alright” by Robert Hojaboom
#8: “Why You Gotta Be Like That?” by Andy Ard
#9: “That’s What They Say” by Cass Clayton, Taylor Scott
#10: “Sleep Talkin'” by Spencer Townshend Hughes
#11: “Waves” by Jerry Greene, Clair Waidley
#12: “Breath To Air” by LeesaAnn Preitauer
#13: “New Day” by Steve Law
#14: “Recovery” by Gabriel Rael
#15: “Still Water” by Cass Clayton, Taylor Scott
#16: “Over Your Head” by Steve Law
#17: “Beautiful With A Y-O-U” by Sharon Glassman
#18: “I Can’t Fall Down” by Riley G. Jones

The top scoring song was “Trouble” by Andy Ard. The winner of the DSE entry was Michelle Roderick.

We want to take a moment to thank our judges, too, for taking their time and trouble to listen to, score, and to make some comments for the writers. We will be sending out those soon.

Remember: The songs are uploaded to Dropbox and do not have titles or songwriters attached to them. The judges have no idea who wrote the songs, and judge only on the lyrics and melody – not on the production.

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Michelle Roderick – Winner of the DSE Entry from COMBO’s Songwriting Contest

One of the potential perks of entering the annual COMBO Songwriting Contest is the chance to win a free entry into the Durango Songwriters Expo which is being held October 4, 5, and 6 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado. Jim Attebery has graciously donated the reservation award which is worth $350.

All the names of the people who entered the songwriting contest this year were – literally – put into a hat and a name was drawn by a third, non-biased party.

Michelle also had the luck of her song, “Don’t Go Tonight”, scoring high enough to be included on the COMBO compilation CD to be distributed at the DSE!

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