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Original and cover song competition "Songriffic"...meet the winners of round 1

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

On October 21, 2019, Artists on the Move and Loretta's Last Call in Boston, MA, launched their first week of the original and cover song competition, "Songriffic", which brought in 14 unique artists from country, rock, pop and R&B. Each performer uniquely sets themselves apart from the rest. In our prior competition series, we had close to 130 performers participate from all over New England.

Meet the 4 finalists chosen at the first round of "Songriffic".

Desmond Roberts photo by Patty Duffey

Top original song: Desmond Roberts is a Berklee student who is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and saxophone player. His powerful vocal tone, along with his catchy original song "Dear Future Lover" stopped the audience in their tracks. He will be hitting the studio soon to release some new music. You can follow him @desmondroberts on Instagram.

October 21st at Loretta's Last Call
Leighann Hodgkins (photo taken by Patty Duffey)

Top Original song: Leighann Hodgkins is a local singer-songwriter who has a sweet, soulful voice. She won "Top Original Song" with her performance of "Alice", which you can find on Spotify. "Her passion for people, diary-style writing, paired with powerhouse vocals and soulful sound is guaranteed to give chills to anyone listening."

Lady Jessica (photo by Patty Duffey)

Top Cover Song: Lady Jessica is a Groove-pop singer, songwriter and keyboardist from Pittsburg, PA who is currently a student at Berklee College of Music. "With a soundscape of old-school and new-school where no genre is without limit, Jessica's music is intended to talk with the soul, to enliven and to groove."

She won "Top Cover Song" by blowing the audience away with her unique spin on multiple cover songs with a fun melodic mash-up. You can follow her on Spotify under "Lady Jessica".

Joe Hodgkins (Photo by Patty Duffey)

Top Cover Song: Joe Hodgkins is a session drummer and vocalist who won Top Cover Song with his rendition of "Colder Weather" by the Zac Brown Band Song. His smooth yet gritty vocal tone along with his delivery landed him a winner in the competition. He is a professional drummer and vocalist who also writes songs along with his sister Leighann Hodgkins.

This 8-week competition celebrates the art of writing and covering a song. We are looking for unique spins on cover songs and original music that captivates with its delivery, compostiion, lyrics and tonality. All finalists will compete in the Finals in early 2020. Winners will receive a PR package with Artist on the Move, a showcase event, and a gift certificate from Loretta's Last Call.

Artist on the Move and Loretta's Last Call is looking forward to meeting the upcoming performers in the dates booked going forward. The time for each event is 7:00PM-10:00PM. All ages are welcome to participate and you can enter any number of weeks.

November 4th

November 18th

December 2nd

December 16th

To participate please email artistsmove@gmail.com or text 781-558-0305. Updates will be posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Written by Jacqueline DeModena of Artists on the Move

Photos and Edited by Patty Duffey Photograph of Artists on the Move

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