Teenage songwriting sister team Justine Dorsey, 19 years old, and Kerris Dorsey, 16 years old, win Overall Grand Prize at the 19th Annual USA Songwriting Competition.
Justine and Kerris wrote their song “Best Worst Day Ever,” and Kerris broke the previous record of the Youngest Overall Grand Prize winner at 16 years old. The previous record was held by Sarah Lonsert, who was 17 years old at the time of her win.
The song has been signed to Walt Disney Music and appeared in the movie "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. This is the second year in the row that the top winner's song was placed in a movie. Last year’s winner New York rock group American Authors’ song was featured in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Sean Penn. They hit No. 1 on the Billboard Charts after they won at the 2013 USA Songwriting Competition. The song has been certified double platinum. They have performed in the the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade with pop stars such as Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift and Nick Jonas.
The list of finalists can be viewed at: songwriting.net/winners.
The 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is currently accepting entries. For more information, visit: songwriting.net/enter.