Amy Gordon, CSULB Graduate Student, Named Finalist in International Songwriting Competition

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CSULB Graduate Student Named Finalist in SongDoor International Songwriting Competition

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon, a graduate student in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), has been named one of five finalists in the pop music category of the 2012 SongDoor International Songwriting Competition.

Created in 2006, the SongDoor International Songwriting Competition is open to all amateur and professional songwriters, regardless of nationality or origin.  Songs can be submitted for six categories—Christian, Country, Instrumental, Pop, Rock/Alternative and Soft Rock.  Each song is judged on four elements: originality, melody, composition/structure and lyrics.

Gordon, a candidate for the masters of arts degree in music with an emphasis in composition, earned the finalist recognition with her song titled “One Door Opens (Another One Closes).”  A complete list of winners and finalists is available on the SongDoor website.

“I was really excited (at being named a finalist),” said Gordon, will complete her graduate studies in May.  “I have been writing songs for 15 years and finally decided to actually start pursuing it.  So, this was a very nice validation of my musical goals.”

She characterized her work as ultimately hopeful, and she described “One Door Opens” as a song about how oftentimes when something doesn’t work out, something better will come along and take its place.

“It’s hard to see that in the moment, however.  So, this song is trying to give people hope that something better is out there even if they feel defeated,” Gordon explained.  “I think the song has a very universal message of hope in the midst of trial and disappointment.”

She believes the upbeat theme of her song was one of the reasons it was named a finalist.

Gordon traces her musical influences to many sources.  “I would categorize this particular song as pop, but I have definitely been influenced vocally by Taylor Swift and other country artists,” she pointed out.  “My other music is honestly all over the map: film scoring, electronic music, songwriting, kid’s music, etc.  I just love everything related to music and will try any genre of composing.”

She expressed her appreciation of the support she has received from the Cole Conservatory faculty.  In particular, she mentioned her composition instructor, Martin Herman, who she said has been very encouraging and has helped her a great deal in terms of learning new techniques and helping her structure her music.

Gordon’s next goal is to release her first album titled “Waiting on Go.”  “I hope to have it up on iTunes by the end of February or March and to start gigging more around Los Angeles,” she noted.  “I ultimately would like to write songs for other artists or have a successful career as a singer songwriter.”

Those interested in learning more about or hearing Gordon’s music, visit the website at


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