Songwriting Contest Judges
With numerous Billboard-charting singles, over 120 releases, and millions of album sales under her belt, Alex Forbes exudes a contagious passion on the subject of songwriting. Her mission is to nurture the next generation of great songwriters.
She has been coaching groups and individuals in the art and craft of songwriting since 1990 and has led courses and workshops in the Masters Degree program at NYU Steinhardt, Gotham Writers Workshop, the ASCAP Foundation, The Institute for Collaborative Education, The International Songwriting Camp in Austria, The Connecticut Songwriters Association and many other organizations. Alex is also the author of Write Songs Right Now and SongLab, both published by Blackstone Audio.
Sandy Murphy is a New York based songwriter who has had songs released on major record labels such as Sony, Epic, Universal and Disney.
Her songs have been featured on numerous TV shows and movies (Veep, One Life to Live, All My Children, Degrassi High, Cover Versions, etc.). Her solo CD “Love Struck” has been selling well all over the world and is available on iTunes. Additionally, she performs frequently as singer and keyboardist with her classic rock band the Legendary Murphys in the tri-state area.
Jonah Mociun has been a touring rapper, DJ, composer, producer, and label owner, working under numerous pseudonyms, since the late ’90s.
After experimenting with analog home recording throughout his high school years, and studying audio engineering in college while becoming accustomed to digital workstations, Mociun started his first record label, Motion Recordings, in 2000. Shortly thereafter he did his first international tour, headlining as Th’ Mole.
With many iterations and music projects between then and now, including over 50 albums composed, engineered and mixed, Mociun has worked with artists including Rammellzee, Kool Keith, Volume 10, and Myka 9. He currently runs Weird Rap (a record label, podcast, and news publication), manages outsider musician David Liebe Hart, and releases music as Whatever Your Heart Desires..
Jeff graduated CalArts in 1972 and lived in LA until 1981. Jeff accompanied Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme and Sammy Davis Jr. while playing with Lew Brown ‘s Big Band. Jeff’s first ever recorded song was Taylor Dayne’s “Don’t Rush Me” which was a #2 pop hit. Jeff had a top 10 AC hit “You’ve Got A Way” with Kathy Troccoli and a #1 Contemporary Christian Dove Nominee “Love Was Never Meant To Die”. Jeff had hits with The Temptations , Phyllis Hyman, “NSYNC (2 songs) , Shawn Colvin (2 songs), Clay Aiken, Josh Groban , Placido Domingo, Pope John Paul 11 and Rhys Lewis.
Jeff has had over 20 top 10 singles and 275 recordings worldwide. A number of Jeff’s songs have been featured in Runaway Bride, Serendipity, Deja Vu, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Saturday Night Live, Dawson’s Creek and Touched by an Angel. Currently Jeff has releases with Imen Siar on Arner Records -Florence and the Machine produced the song in Italian, Arabic and English. Rhys Lewis, Dennis van Aarssen, and recently scored Hurt By Paradise and the Rehearsal along with Dalal Bruchmann..