Amy Speace takes a look at several songs submitted for the American Songwriter Magazine songwriting contest.¬† Songwriters were given the opportunity to have their song critiqued by a pro. ¬†Below is Amy Speace’s critique of some past winners of the contest.

She looks at: (1) what worked, (2) what might be confusing for the listener or she had questions about, and (3) how well the production of the song worked to enhance the song.


“Jump” by Lauren Strange



“When War Wasn’t War” by by Matt Hoggatt & Leroy Young

Interesting perspective on how to take a highly emotional song and turn into a tribute versus focus entirely on the tragedy.


“The Last Waltz” by Joe Hash


“I Never Did My Best” by Ryan Taylor