Uncle Earl, band member win John Lennon songwriting contest
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
– The song "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes" by Uncle Earl's Kristin Andreassen and Megan Downes won Children's Song of the Year in the John Lennon Song Contest. The song was one of two finalists in the event.
Uncle Earl also won a prize in this same contest. The song "Easy in the Early ('Til Sundown)" was chosen as one of three finalists in the Gospel category. This was penned by Andreassen with help from KC Groves, Rayna Gellert and Abigail Washburn of Unclear Earl. The song is on the band's new disc, "Waterloo, TN."
Andreassen wrote on her web site, "To everybody who voted for "Crayola" (the Grand Prize Winners were chosen by popular vote), I want to say THANK YOU and thank you again. If nothing else, this contest has shown me that the song 'Crayola' really seems to make a lot of people happy and has even motivated (daily) on-line voting activity!!! I am amazed, even touched. Did I say thank you?"
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