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Archive of the Winners and 2nd and 3rd place finishers of the Will McLean Song Contest Since 1992

2015 Winners
1st place: Hank Mattson/Dana Robinson
"When This Old Hat Was New"

2nd place :John R. Butler
"O Miami"

3rd place: Lauren Heintz
"Bluer Skies

 2014 Best New Florida Songs
First:  Jane Fallon  "Before the Fire (Rosewood)"
 
Second:  Larry Mangum  "FLORIDA"
 
Third: Ray Sealey  "Kissimmee Prairie Dream"

Look Back At Winners Of 2014 Song Contest
by Donna Green-Townsend

 

 

 

2013
Best New Florida Song Contest Winners

First:  Elisabeth Williamson, Keystone Heights
F-L-O-R-I-D-A.

 

Second:  Susan Brown, St. Augustine
 My Florida

Third:  Rog Lee, DeBary
Florida, No Appointments and a Full Tank of Gas

 

 

2015 Song Contest Winner Hank Mattson, Dana Robinson, 2nd John Butler and  3rd Lauren Heintz

2014 Song Contest Winner Jane Fallon, 2nd Larry Mangum and 3rd Ray Sealey

2013 Song Contest Winner Elisabeth Williamson, 2nd Susan Brown and 3rd Rog Lee

2012 No Song Contest

2011 Song Contest Winner Ron Johnson, 2nd Al Scortino, 2nd Frank Julian and 3rd Michael Denney

2010 Song Contest Winner Dawn DeWitt, 2nd Walt Leuzinger, and 3rd Michael Denney

2009 Song Contest Winner Garrison Doles, 2nd Chris Kahl and 3rd Carly Bak

2008 Song Contest Winner Rog Lee, 2nd Malcolm McKinney and 3rd Doug Spears

2007 Song Contest Winner Elisabeth Williamson, 2nd Al Scortino and 3rd Scott Morris

2006 Song Contest Winner Mike Jurgensen, 2nd David and Mary Anna Evans and 3rd Larry Mangum

2005 Song Contest Winner Bruce Tetley, 2nd Cathy DeWitt, and 3rd Lucia Jenkins

2004 Song Contest Winner Mike Jurgensen, 2nd Charley Simmons and 3rd David Milam

2003 Song Contest Winners John Hammond, Bettina Makley, 2nd Jeffrey Smith, 3rd Bryan Rivers and Mike Jurgensen

2002 Song Contest Winner Amy Carol Webb and 2nd Steve Sternberg, 3rd Amy Carol Webb

2001 Song Contest Winner Robbin Bach, 2nd Marie Nofsinger and 3rd Lucinda Kidd Hackney

2000 Song Contest Winner Okefenokee Joe, 2nd Al Scortino and 3rd Gregg Jones

1999 Song Contest Winner Paul Garfinkle, 2nd Lenny Craven, Grant Livingston and 3rd Richard Knellinger

1998 Song Contest Winner Mike Jurgensen, 2nd Lance Lazonby and 3rd Al Scortino

1997 Song Contest Winner Doug Spears and 2nd Paul Garfinkle,3rd Paul Garfinkle

1996 Song Contest Winner Dennis Dunn, 2nd Okefenokee Joe and 3rd Paul Garfinkle

1995 Song Contest Winner J. Robert Houghtaling

1994 Song Contest Winner Stan Geberer

1993 Song Contest Winner Boomslang

1992 Will McLean Song Contest Winner Ken Skeens, 2nd Ken Skeens, 3rd Ken Skeens

 

 

2015 Winners
1st place: Hank Mattson/Dana Robinson
"When This Old Hat Was New"

2nd place :John R. Butler
"O Miami"

3rd place: Lauren Heintz
"Bluer Skies

 2014 Best New Florida Songs
First:  Jane Fallon  "Before the Fire (Rosewood)"
 
Second:  Larry Mangum  "FLORIDA"
 
Third: Ray Sealey  "Kissimmee Prairie Dream"

Look Back At Winners Of 2014 Song Contest
by Donna Green-Townsend

 

 

 

2013
Best New Florida Song Contest Winners

First:  Elisabeth Williamson, Keystone Heights
F-L-O-R-I-D-A.

 

Second:  Susan Brown, St. Augustine
 My Florida

Third:  Rog Lee, DeBary
Florida, No Appointments and a Full Tank of Gas

 

 

 

 

2011
Best New Florida Song Contest Winners

Place

Title

Songwriter

City

1

RESCUE TRAIN

RON JOHNSON & MARY MATHEWS

JACKSONVILLE

2

SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW

AL SCORTINO

SEBASTIAN

2

SONGS OF FLORIDA

FRANK JULIAN

NEW PORT RICHEY

3

YOUR FLORIDA

MICHAEL DENNEY

COCOA


The official contest entry period begins
Aug. 1st and continues through Dec. 31st
 

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2017 Winners and Finishers

2016 Winner and Finishers


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Read and listen to more about the winning songwriters and their music

     The contest has generated thousands of Florida songs, causing both the songwriter
and the audience to become more aware of the history, environment, and characters of Florida. 
The songs can are sad, funny, inspiring, emotional and historical.  

     The Will Mclean song contest has brought some fine songwriters to us. The contest is open to all.  Although most entries come from Florida, songwriters everywhere are encouraged to submit entries. The first place winner and 2nd and 3rd place finishers are featured at the annual Will McLean Festival.

Song contest winners since 1992 

The Soul of the Hawk
The first in a series of CDs presenting finalists in the 
annual song contest

More info on Soul of the Hawk CD.......

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For more information call: 352-466-5070

WILL MCLEAN
BEST NEW FLORIDA SONG CONTEST

 

Click Here for 2016 Song Contest Rules and Entry Form (Revised Feb. 2014)

 

 The 2015 Winners

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1st place: Hank Mattson/Dana Robinson for "When This Old Hat Was New"

2nd place :John R. Butler for "O Miami"

3rd place: Lauren Heintz for "Bluer Skies"

More about The 2015 Winners
( learn more about songwriters and hear their songs)

     The contest has generated thousands of Florida songs, causing both the songwriter and the audience to become more aware of the history, environment, and characters of Florida.
     The songs are sad, funny, inspiring, emotional. The Will McLean Foundation for Florida Heritage in Music has archived all the songs, which will eventually be housed in the McLean Collection at the College of Central Florida in Ocala.  The first of a series of CDs featuring finalists, “Soul of the Hawk,” has been produced and is in circulation.
     The Will Mclean song contest has brought some fine songwriters to us. The contest is open to all.  Although most entries come from Florida, songwriters everywhere are encouraged to submit entries.
     Winners are featured at the annual Will McLean Festival.  For more information, call (407) 587-9395.

More Florida Songwriters! Now Available!!!

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The Soul of the Hawk
The first in a series presenting finalists in the 
annual song contest $15

More info on Soul of the Hawk CD.......


Mail Application and materials to:
The Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest
P. O. Box 547446
Orlando, FL 32854-7446