Ten finalists picked from 79 submissions
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Penny Walsh McGuire, left, Prince Edward Island 2014, and Heather Tedford, The Guardian, were on hand for the launch of the P.E.I. 2014 Song Search in this Guardian file photo.
The P.E.I. 2014 Song Search has now come down to just 10 submissions.
Officials released the names of the finalists earlier today and several of the Island's most popular recording artists are on that list.
"There has been an incredible response from Island songwriters to this opportunity to create a true musical legacy," says P.E.I. 2014 executive director Penny Walsh McGuire. "This is an important song as it will essentially act as an anthem for P.E.I. 2014 and will be played at events and celebrations across the Island for the entirety of 2014."
The 10 songs that made the cut were selected through a jury process.
That jury was made up of members of the P.E.I. 2014 community advisory committee, a representative of Music P.E.I., and a music industry professional.
Songs were ranked based on melody, lyrics, song structure, hook and singability, with the top 10 average scores making up the finalists.
McGuire said the calibre of the entries, which came from across the Island, was very strong.
As to the nature of the entries, she said some focused on the historical aspect of 2014 while others focused on the Island in general and the virtues of this province.
"Some blended both," McGuire said.
As for the genres of the entries, she said there was a real mix, from songs written in the traditional Island folk vein to jazz, pop and country.
"There were certainly a lot with country overtones."
McGuire said the quality of the entries they received spoke to the level of talent out there.
The winning entry, to be announced Sept. 10, will be chosen from a panel of judges comprised of Raine Maida, lead singer of multi-platinum selling band Our Lady Peace; Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk; and P.E.I.'s own Lennie Gallant.
A cash prize of $7,500 will be awarded to the winning songwriter or songwriters. The winner will also have the opportunity to showcase the song at P.E.I. 2014 events.