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John Quint Wins International Songwriting Competition

“I’m humbled by it.” Temecula singer/songwriter John Quint wasn’t even sure he wanted to enter the ‘Your Music Out Loud’ songwriting contest. “I never really cared for competition between artists. It’s purely subjective.” After some gentle arm-twisting from Los Angeles music promoter Toni Koch and Kat Ellis, co-host of the Temecula based radio show Chords and Vines, Quint reluctantly agreed to enter Man in the Shadows.

His song was one of more than 90 submitted from around the world, with entries coming from Australia, South Africa, Italy, Norway and across the US. John performed his song at the finals December 9th at Kulak’s Woodshed in Los Angeles. When he learned at the end of the evening he had won, he couldn’t believe it. “I’m still in shock and I’m humbled by it.”

When he wrote the song, he played it for his girlfriend of 23 years who made him promise to perform it in public. He didn’t think it was a very good song and felt it was too sentimental. After learning he had won he said “it hasn’t sunk in that I could write a song that speaks to people. That’s quite an honor.”

For winning the competition, John will fly to New York where he will spend a week in the studio with Grammy-award nominated producer and musician Steve Addabo who has worked with Bob Dylan and Suzanne Vega to name just a few. He will also perform in New York City for an audience that will include industry VIPs.

Written by Tom Plant

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