Songscreening with Mark Cawley


Mark Cawley is a hit U.S. songwriter and musician who coaches other writers and artists to reach their creative and professional goals. During his decades in the music business he has procured a long list of cuts with legendary artists ranging from Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross to Wynonna Judd, Kathy Mattea, Russ Taff, Paul Carrack, Will Downing, Tom Scott, Billie Piper, Pop Idol winners and The Spice Girls. To date his songs have been on more than 16 million records. In the late 70’s he was part of a band called “Faith”. Faith had one interesting ride after another from being signed by Terry Knight (Grand Funk Railroad), first album cover shot by Richard Avedon, nationally hyped from double page ads in Rolling Stone to billboards on Sunset Strip, hype backfired - lost the record deal, playing back in clubs, slugged their way out to another major label deal with 3 albums on Mercury, the hit “Dancin' Shoes”, headlining theaters and opening for some amazing artists including Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Thin Lizzy, The Allman Brothers, REO, Foreigner Hall and Oates and Peter Frampton. After one more brief brush with fame as part of the duo Blinding Tears, signed to Billy Gaff ( Rod Stewart, John Mellencamp) he decided to devote himself to writing for other artists and never looked back.

Pitch: Pop, Country, Rock, Singer Songwriter

SUBMIT YOUR SONG TO WCS Members only, one song only, attach your MP3/song file and paste your lyric into the body of your email.  In subject line put:  Mark Cawley Please do not send links as we have to upload the songs.   Songs MUST be submitted by April 24th no exceptions.

Redwood City Songwriter's Competition

ANGELICA'S, 863 Main Street, Redwood City

LAST Tuesday of the month: Location: ANGELICA'S, Theatre Two Upstairs; 863 Main Street, Redwood City SIGN-UP: 6:30 pm. Start time: 7 pm. House PA and Keyboard (Casio 88 weighted) available.

Cotati Songwriters Competition

Redwood Cafe, 8240 Redwood Highway, Cotati, CA

There are 2 winners of the Songwriting Competition each month, Best Song and Best Performance. Prizes are awarded at each location along with an invitation to compete in the Location Playoffs for Best Song of the Year. Year end location winner competes at the Grand Finals in August for a chance to perform at the Annual Music Conference in front of a house full of industry leaders and fellow attendees.

San Jose Songwriter's Competition

Art Boutiki, 44 Race Street, San Jose

First Wednesday of the month except January. Location: ArtBoutiki  44 Race St., San Jose SIGN-UP: 6:30 pm. Start time: 7 pm.   Be sure to invite your friends. Audience encouraged and please grab something to eat to help support the venue. Please make sure that you membership is current. Non-members are ineligible to win (but can perform, time permitting)   Managers Iari Melchor and Pete Sommer

Portland Song Competition

Spinella's Off the Wall, 436 North Main Ave., Gresham OR 97030

The Portland chapter is a vital resource to songwriters living not only in the Portland area, but also in the northwest. Our monthly Performing Songwriter Showcase offers our members the opportunity to not only share and perform their songs with their peers and community, but to also share in monthly workshops that vary in topic and discussion. Our monthly events are always free to our members, and allow them to showcase their songs at one of the finest listening rooms in the Portland area.


FIRST Sunday of the month EXCEPT OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND FEBURARY Location: Spinella's Off the Wall 436 N Main Ave, Gresham, OR TIme: 5pm Please make sure that you membership is current (Smartphone photo of card is OK) Non-members are ineligible to win (but can perform, time permitting) CONTACT the Portland Managers


Songwriting Competition Prizes

There are 2 winners of the Songwriting Competition each month, Best Song and Best Performance.

Best Song of the Month will receive Song Critiques from Buffalo Roadhouse Music; Additionally, Best Song will be posted on the WCS YouTube Channel as a featured artist. Video file (not YouTube link), song title, location and short blurb with link to website/facebook should be provided to Best Performance of the Month will receive Performance/Vocal Coaching from Perfect Harmony Music Lessons A member can win Best Song Of The Month and Best Performance Of The Month twice during a season (with different songs) in each WCS Location. Playoffs are in July to determine Portland Best Song Of The Year. In August, the winners of Best Song of the Year from every WCS Location compete at the Finals for WCS Best Song of the Year. Three winners are chosen to perform at the annual WCS Conference in September.