The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and Guitar Mash partnered to present the first-ever #MyNYCSong contest, in which young New Yorkers produced original songs inspired by New York City to show off their creativity, talent, and love for their hometown.
Chloe Hennessee, a 15-year-old from Manhattan, was named the grand prize winner for her original song, “Awake.” She will receive a professional recording session to memorialize her song, and have the opportunity to perform live on November 19th as part of Guitar Mash at City Winery, an annual play-along, sing-along event featuring renowned guitarists and singer-songwriters. She will also receive a mentoring session with Ben Lovett, cofounder and musician of Grammy-award winning band Mumford and Sons, and co-founder of Communion Music. Listen to the winning songs:
Chloe Hennessee – “Awake”
Erick Dutan – "Stand Clear of the Closing Doors"
Charlie Kilgore and Julian Kaufman – "Gowanus Canal"
Guitar Mash, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created with the belief that playing and singing music with other people connects us in a profound way. Since 2012, Guitar Mash has connected renowned guitarists and singer-songwriters with audiences in new and surprising ways, bringing together thousands of players and music lovers diverse in age, culture, socio-economic level and musical ability to play and sing through large-scale jams and intimate workshops. Working closely with community-based organizations, Guitar Mash provides underserved teens with opportunities for communal playing and songwriting. The Songwriting Contest is among several Guitar Mash programs for teens, including the Teen Acoustic Guitar Project and the monthly Teen Songwriter Circle co-hosted by NYU.