Bernard Ebb Songwriting Awards 2020 Selected Songwriters
D.C. Metro Area
Co-Writers: Anthony Daniel Jr., Jared Bailey, Isaac Bell IV, Jake Grotticelli
DuPont Brass is a soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Originally composed of five Howard University music majors, the group has grown to a nine-piece ensemble. Gaining popularity from playing at local Metro stations, DuPont Brass started performing at special events. The group has since performed for the D.C. Jazz Festival, The Washington Performing Arts Society, and on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Consistently touching the hearts of the community with their heartwarming testimony, DuPont Brass has been featured on WPFW's “Live at Five,” as well as in The Washington Post. Their training in both classical and contemporary styles, influences their sound which mixes jazz, hip-hop and R&B. In 2018 they released Eclectic Soul. Their latest EP, Halftime, is an ode to their marching band roots and is a testament to taking something old and making it new.
Select songs co-written with Austin Bello of Bristow, VA
Singer-songwriter Hayley Fahey captivates audiences with her soulful vocals, pop-driven hooks, blues grit, energy and enthusiasm. Hayley’s two full-length albums have attracted praise from the industry, landing her a spot as a voting member of the Recording Academy, six Washington Area Music Award nominations and an honorable mention in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. She has been featured on DCW50 and WAMU and has performed on many of the festival stages along the East Coast. Additionally, Hayley has performed at D.C.-area venues including the 9:30 Club, The Hamilton, the State Theatre, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, Rams Head Live and Strathmore Music Center.
Genna Matthew, an indie, folk-pop singer-songwriter, grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and was influenced by the area’s folk and Americana scene. At age 15, while studying guitar under acclaimed singer-songwriter, Devon Sproule, she began writing and recording her original music. She then started performing in coffee shops and venues, traveling between Virginia and Tennessee. At 18 she released her first full-length album and began studying classical voice at the University of Virginia. Genna’s songwriting has been recognized both regionally and internationally; she was a semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2016 and 2017.
North Beach, MD
Eric Scott, a bassist, soul/pop recording artist and songwriter, has toured internationally as a solo artist and sideman, and has contributed to countless recording projects. He has shared the stage with many artists including James Brown, B.B. King, Mavis Staples and Foreigner. He is a multiple Washington Area Music Association award winner, and his music has been featured on network television, in regional and national ad campaigns and in motion pictures. He recently released his fifth album, The Charm City Sessions. His 13-song-album, Peace Bomb, will be out in Spring 2020. He regularly performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region; singing his songs that celebrate honesty, soul and life's joy and pain.
Maimouna Youssef is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, activist and acclaimed Hip Hop artist. As a songwriter, she’s co-written songs with and for artists including Common, Glenn Lewis, The Roots, Vanessa Hudgins, Carvin Haggins, Dead Prez and Oddisee. And as a performer, she has shared the stage with icons including Sting, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Bruno Mars, Nas and Dave Chappelle. She received international acclaim for her performances of her original lyrics on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series alongside Common, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins, Black Thought and DJ Dummy. Dating back to 2003, Maimouna has captivated audiences at world-famous venues around the globe and has written hundreds of songs, in addition to releasing three original albums and one mixtape.
Young Songwriting Awards Finalists
An avid classical and jazz musician, Naomi Farkas plays piano, woodwinds, keyboard and clarinet in addition to writing songs. She has been part of the Howard County GT Jazz Band, the NAfME All-National Modern Band, the 2017 and 2018 Music for All Honor Band of America and the 2019 Honor Orchestra of America. Continually learning from notable musicians, Naomi studies jazz piano, saxophone, clarinet, songwriting and voice. Naomi has composed pieces for piano and small ensembles as well as written original songs. She is a senior at River Hill High School.
Anya Gupta expressed her love for music at age nine, when she asked for an electric guitar for her birthday. Her passion for music grew, and at 12 years old she learned the ukulele, drums and piano. Anya eventually joined her school choir and also became interested in music production. She released her first EP, Avenues, at 14. Since then, Anya has released three singles, “These Floors,” “Heart of Gold,” and “Outside In.” She is a junior at Holton-Arms.
Silver Spring, MD
Seger Ott-Rudolph has been singing and performing from the time he was a toddler. Now in middle school, he is in the drama club and student government and performs in the school’s theatre and music productions. He is also a soloist with Hall Pass A Cappella group, which recently performed at The Birchmere in the 35th Annual Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, winning the “Audience Favorite Award.” Seger has also performed on the Concert Hall stage of the Kennedy Center. He writes songs about his feelings and experiences and hopes that his lyrics make others happy and inspire people to pursue music. Seger is in 7th grade at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts.