Bernard Ebb Songwriting Awards 2022 Judges

Grand Prize Judges 


Rodney Alejandro

FernandoA musician, songwriter, and producer, Rodney Alejandro has been working in the music industry since he signed his first major-label record deal at 19. From then on, he has worked on many award-winning projects and sold over 10 million units of his original songs. He has contributed to four Grammy-nominated and two Latin Grammy–nominated projects in various genres and to the 2004 Billboard Latin Pop Album of the Year, among others. He has also contributed to many TV shows, including songwriting the Spanish language theme for The Ellen Degeneres Show and acting as composer and producer for the Golden Globe–winning drama series The Shield. Alejandro was a performing member of the international pop band The Script as keyboardist and music director. In addition, he has performed with, Sofia Carson, Labrinth, Mańa, and Stevie Wonder, among others. He graduated summa cum laude with a dual major from Berklee College of Music and was valedictorian at Fullsail University, where he received a master's degree in entertainment business. He continues to work professionally while teaching songwriting as an associate professor at Berklee College of Music.

Ellen Britton

FernandoEllen Britton is a veteran musician with decades of performing, writing, recording, and teaching experience. The daughter of well-known Philadelphia area folksinger George Britton, Ellen grew up with a guitar in her hands, and as a teenager played the club and college circuit as half of blues/folk duo the Britton Sisters. A move to Nashville in 1991 led to staff songwriter gigs, frequent shows at the world-famous Bluebird Café, touring with Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Lari White, Maura O’Connell, Tanya Tucker, and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Today Show. Her work as a guitar teacher to prominent and aspiring artists and songwriters in Music City has included recording artists Little Big Town (“Pontoon”), Tenille Townes (“Somebody’s Daughter”), Carly Pearce ("Every Little Thing"), Mickey Guyton (“Better Than You Left Me”), Maggie Rose ("I Ain't Your Mama"), Jimmy Wayne (“Do You Believe Me Now?”), JD Souther ("Her Town Too"; ABC's Nashville), and Pam Tillis (“Spilled Perfume”); hit songwriters Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying”/Tim McGraw), Barry Dean (“Pontoon”/Little Big Town), Tom Douglas (“House That Built Me”/Miranda Lambert), Brandy Clark ("Mama's Broken Heart"/Miranda Lambert), Tyler Hayes ("Bring It on Home"/Little Big Town), Jennifer Hanson (“Leave the Pieces”/Wreckers), Jamie Lynn Spears (“I Got the Boy”/Jana Kramer), Dennis Matkosky (“You’ll Think of Me”/Keith Urban), Jenn Schott (“Two Lanes to Freedom”/Tim McGraw); and Music Row pros Jim Catino (Sony Music), Laura Stroud (Sony Music), as well as finalists on The Voice and American Idol.

Eric Price

FernandoEric Price has written the lyrics and book to the musicals The Violet Hour, Radioactive, Presto Change-o, Around the World, Hello Out There, The Sixth Borough, and additional material for the stage adaptation of the film Clue, which has been America's #1 most produced full-length play for two consecutive years. In addition, Eric’s musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma has been performed across the country in hundreds of productions. With his collaborator Will Reynolds, Eric won the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Writing, the Lotte Lenya Award, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and an ASCAP Plus Award. Eric's work has been recognized as a finalist for the Kleban Prize for both lyrics and libretto, the Richard Rodgers Award, and the Jonathan Larson Grant. Current projects include a studio cast album for The Violet Hour starring Tony Award-winner Santino Fontana, Erika Henningsen, Jeremy Jordan, Solea Pfeiffer and Brandon Uranowitz. With Will Reynolds, Eric has written material for the Apple TV+ musical animated series Central Park starring Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr, Daveed Diggs, and Stanley Tucci. Eric's work has been produced at theaters in New York, around the country, and in Europe. Production experience includes projects at such institutions as Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Menier Chocolate Factory, Barrington Stage, Symphony Space, Merkin Recital Hall, Minetta Lane Theatre,, Joe's Pub, 54 Below (including solo show), Birdland, the Ravinia Festival and more.

2022 First Round Jury

  • Edy Blu, Songwriter/Musician
  • Paul DiFranco, Distinguished Adjunct Assistant Professor, Music Production and Recording Technology, Shenandoah University
  • Reuben Jackson, Poet, Mentor with The Young Writers Project, Founding member of the New Music-Theatre Workshop
  • Kate Lanagan, Cardon Studios Owner, Voice Coach
  • Gerard Kunkel, Jazz Studies Lecturer, University of Maryland
  • Heather Aubrey Lloyd, Songwriter, 2019 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Grand Prize Winner
  • Patrick McGee, Director of Education for City of Fairfax Theatre Company
  • Katherine Riddle, Musical Theatre Performer, Voice Coach, Adjunct Faculty at American University
  • J.P. Reali, Award-winning Blues Musician
  • Christine Stanley, Director of Advancement and Planning, Signature Theatre