1st Annual Singing News Songwriter's Search Contest Winner Announced
Monday, November 03, 2008
is pleased to name Daryl Petersheim
the winner of the 2008 Singing News Songwriter's Search
. This year's contest was comprised of hundreds of entries from non-professional songwriters (defined as never having had an original song on the Top 80 chart and who are not currently under an exclusive publishing contract), in the categories of Southern, Country, and Bluegrass gospel.
Daryl, a Pennsylvania native, won the event with a song entitled "The Empty Tomb Says It All." The idea for the song came while pondering the notion of a person's life being summed up in several lines and etched upon a tombstone. "Jesus had a stone at His grave," Petersheim said; and had the Jewish custom of that time period been like ours today, he reasoned, "what could they possibly have written on it?" With that thought, a song was born-and quite possibly a new career. "Gospel music has become an important part of my life," said the 29-year-old father of four. "Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated with how songs are written. One of the first things I do when I get a new CD is check to see who the songwriters are."
Interestingly, as part of the grand prize, Daryl will have the opportunity to meet some of those very writers when he participates in this year's NQC Songwriter's Showcase
. He will also receive two tickets to the Singing News Fan Awards
, where he and his wife, Renita, plan to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.
Apart from songwriting, Daryl has a full-time job with an excavating company in his small town near Reading. He also enjoys singing lead for the quartet Garment of Praise
, of which he has been a member since he was in high school. Reflecting on his win, Daryl commented, "Sometimes God works in ways that you never would have dreamed of."
The runners-up in the competition are-in alphabetical order-Tanja Cochran
, David Cooper
, Clint Crawford
, Mark Hawkins
, Jason Ellsworth
and Nick Kitchen
. Tanja Cochran
is a pastor's wife and mother of two who teaches third grade at an elementary school in Buchanan, Georgia. Based on Matthew 13:46
, her idea for the song "So Good To Me
" came while praying as she drove home from a revival. "During my prayer, God gave me the first verse and chorus of the song. He told me that to Him, I was that pearl of great price. He gave the best He had, His Son, to purchase my salvation." David Cooper
has played bass for a Bluegrass gospel group called the Kinsmen
for 10 years and has written songs for 15. His entry, "Nicodemus
," was inspired by what he calls "the colorful picture" of the religious leader seeking out the Lord at night, asking what it meant to be born again. David credits his wife, Pansy, as his greatest inspiration for writing. The couple resides in Conway, South Carolina.