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Meet the finalists of Songriffic's last qualifier round

Updated: Jan 20, 2020

On January 13, 2020, Artists on the Move and Loretta's Last Call concluded their last round of an eight-week songwriters and cover song competition called "Songriffic". The series has had over 100 artists of all ages and genres participate from the New England region. A diverse group of singer-songwriters performed their original works of art and their own unique variations on popular covers in an in-the-round format. With over 14 performers in the show, there were four winners and one "Honorable Mention". Original artists are judged on the song's composition, lyrics, melody and delivery.

Meet the 4 finalists and one honorable mention from January 13th's final competition round:

Top Original Song: John Jerome

John Jerome

John Jerome is a singer/songwriter from Gloucester MA, who took the stage at Loretta's Last Call with confidence, poise and comedic flare. He performed two of his original songs which immediately grabbed the attention of the audience. His thick rhythmic guitar playing along with his soulful country vocals and descriptive story telling, won him Top Original Song with "Don't call me No more". John Jerome recently released his debut album on all digital platforms. Follow him @Johnjermonemusic on Facebook and Instagram, and also on his website.

Top Original Song:Zach Seals

Zach Seals

Zach Seals is an Indie Pop singer-songwriter who specializes in pop-power ballads. He won Top Cover Song with his rendition of "Don't think twice it's alright" by Bob Dylan. Zach put his own unique spin on a classic song. He gripped the listeners with his deep power vocals and smooth delivery. Zach recently released his debut EP, "It was never that deep", on all streaming platforms. He performs at many opportunities including showcases with SoFar Sounds, house-shows and local venues like the LilyPad in Boston, and was also a prior finalist in the last competition series. Follow his musical journey @Zachsealsmusic on FB and @ z_seals on Instagram.

Top Original Song: Mackenzie Clement

Mackenzie Lee Clement (photo by Patty Duffey)

Mackenzie Lee Clement is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter and pianist whose passion for performing is self-evident. At her first note, she delivers it with depth and consistency. She won Top-Cover Song with her rendition of "Lately" by Stevie Wonder. Mackenzie has been performing live since she was six-years-old and has had opportunities at venues like TD Garden, Wang theater, Hampton Beach Seashell Stage, Gillette stadium, Faneuil Hall, Red Sox Berklee Performance Center, Hard Rock Cafe and more. Mackenzie was a winner in the last competition series at Loretta's Last Call. You can follow her @mackenzieleeclement on all social media and streaming platforms. http://www.mackenzieleeclement.com/

Top Original Song: Kyle Bourque

Kyle Bourque (photo by Patty Duffey)

Kyle Bourque is an 20-year- old singer song-writer, self-taught guitarist and keyboardist from Boston with warm and comforting vocals that attract fans and followers. He won Top Cover Song with his spin on "Zombie" by the Cranberries. He adapted the song to his own style while also maintaining the original melody. Kyle has a single ,"Dance with the devil", coming out soon. His content is unique with memorable hooks and attention-grabbing verses. He writes with true honesty to deliver songs that possess emotional fortitude and the ability to look within. You can follow him at @kylebourque music.

Honorable Mention: Nico Avella

Catch Songriffic's 23 finalists compete on Monday January 27th at Loretta's Last Call in Boston from 7-10PM. Table reservations may be made in advance.

Written by Jacqueline DeModena of Artists on the Move

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