So, those of you who've known us for a while know that back in 1998, we
entered a brand-new songwriting contest created by Yoko Ono and some
others, called the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest. That
year, there were about 24,000 entries, in 12 categories, and we won
Grand Prize in the Gospel/Inspirational category, with our song "Lions."
It was a very nice honor, and that was that.
But there's more.
So, flash forward 16 years, and we decided
to enter the contest one more time, given as how we're going to stop
touring after December of this year.
So, we entered a brand-new song in the contest, which has become so
crowded they now have two "Sessions," with 12 category winners each
time. Much to our surprise, we once again took the Gospel/Inspirational
category with our newest song, "Rise Up," a social justice song, rooted
in the sacraments. (The link to our version of the song is at the bottom of this post.)
Now we need your help to win Song of the Year.
So the next step is kind of like jousting. Our song goes up against the
winner from Session 2 in head to head combat, based on votes from
people like you. We're not sure what the end result is called, but
assumedly it's something like the "Grand Grand Prize Winner," or the
"Grandest Prize Winner," or some such thing.
You can click on any of banners in this e-mail to cast your vote. Simply scroll down until you see our category in the bottom right-hand corner. You
can vote once each day for the entirety of the month of April, and we
definitely appreciate your support as often as you're willing to stop by
and vote for our song.
Please also let your fans, family & friends know that they too have a
shot at WINNING. The more each person votes the better chances they
have of winning a brand new Epiphone Casino guitar!
All they have to do is vote (each day if they like, for an increased
chance of winning the guitar), and then enter their e-mail address into
the prompt box after voting. One lucky voter will be shipped the
Epiphone after the voting period!
For a list of cities and dates remaining on the Farewell Tour, click HERE.
Or to see the concerts arranged on a map, click HERE.
To do a little shopping at our online store, you can click HERE.
You can hear our version of the song by clicking HERE.