Three days worth of work might produce the greatest success so far in the songwriting career of Andrew Warren, of Ocean City.
Warren, 26, is one of the finalists in a contest to create an original song that could become the state's summer anthem. The competition is sponsored by the same people who created the "Stronger Than the Storm" campaign that's trying to lure visitors to the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy devastated many beach areas.
"The Jersey Shore" is the name of Warren's song, a catchy, midtempo rocker, which is a top-three finalist out of 235 entries.
"It was definitely a pleasant surprise," Warren said about being a finalist. "I knew that when we finished the song that it had a lot of potential because it was upbeat, and it represented the fact that I think Jersey is ready to move on and move forward. We wanted it to be a positive song."
"The Jersey Shore" is a collaboration among Andrew Warren, his mother, Bonnie, and his sister, Laura, who are also Ocean City residents. Andrew Warren plays all the instruments and wrote the music. His mother contributed the lyrics. Laura Warren, 23, acted as the editor of the music and the lyrics and sings lead.
If the Warrens win, they will perform backed by a bassist and a drummer at a Sept. 7 shore concert, opening for a yet-to-be announced major music music act. It has not been revealed where the concert will be held.
Laura Warren, an Albright College senior, was the one who discovered the contest.
"We decided to submit because we thought it was a cool idea, and it would be a fun exercise to write a song about Jersey," said Warren, who added the song was written earlier this month. "We found out right before the contest was over."
Warren's song and video can be heard and seen here, and voting takes place at strongerthanthestorm.com. The song with the most votes will be named the Jersey Shore song of the summer. The public can vote one time per day through Sunday.
On Monday, the winner will be announced.
"The Jersey Shore is something that represents family and a good time. We like to write music together, so we figured why not," said Warren, whose family has lived in Ocean City for the past seven years after moving there from Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Hurricane Sandy damaged the Warren's home, but it was mostly family and friends in New York and North Jersey who were affected, Warren said.
Warren, a professional musician, has been writing songs for the past eight years. He teaches music privately. He is a member of the Philadelphia-area based band The Strange Heat. He is the primary songwriter, guitar player and background vocalist. He will sing lead on a couple of songs. The group plays indie rock with funk and dance influences. The group has played at World Cafe Live and the Theater of Living Arts within the last six months in Philadelphia and has videos on YouTube.
"Right now, we are focusing on Philly and New York, but we would definitely would like to play Jersey more in the future," Warren said.
Warren will be on "Good Day Philadelphia" at 9:45 a.m. today on WTXF-TV 29 to encourage the public to vote for him to be the grand prize winner. The Strange Heat will be the closing act on Saturday at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y. On Sunday, Warren has to be in New York for more publicity for the contest. His fellow band members are happy for him, Warren said.
"They have been really supportive. They have been sharing the video and trying to get people to vote," Warren said.
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