Local Musician Advances to Finals in John Lennon Songwriting Contest

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Local NJ Musician Is a John Lennon Songwriters Contest Finalist

Roseland, NJ, songwriter and producer Gregg Sgarlata is on the precipice of being named the 2018 Lennon Award Winner in the Rock category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Sgarlata's "Block the Sun" advanced beyond hundreds of competing entries, but he needs your votes to advance to the Grand Prize round.

"'Block the Sun' focuses on addressing whatever is holding one back from being who they really are," Sgarlata says.

Listen to the song and vote on the winners here.

Songs that advance from each of the 12 genre categories will go up for 'Song of the Year' honors. That round is judged by music industry veterans like Parliament Funkadelic's George Clinton, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, 311 frontman Nick Hexum, Jim Steinman and others!

"Block the Sun" was written by Sgarlata with fellow Roseland native, Matt Mitchell, and three other writers: Austin Zudeck, Justin Thunstrom and Ben Antelis.

A fixture in the northern New Jersey music scene as an artist, producer and engineer, Sgarlata plans to unveil a new project soon in addition to his role as guitarist for the prog rock collective One Hundred Thousand.

You can vote for “Block the Sun” daily through April 30th at www.jlsc.com/vote.

Winners receive thousands of dollars in studio gear, plus opportunities to work with top tier production talent. 

Application fees for the contest help support the John Lennon Education Tour Bus, a state-of-the-art mobile audio and film recording and production facility.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus visits schools, as well as music and technology conferences and events. It partners with communities and local media to raise awareness for music and arts education and it provides for kids hands-on experience in arts and digital media. 

Keep up with Sgarlata at his official website here

Get more information about the John Lennon Education Tour Bus here

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