2016 SONGDOOR WINNERS
Listen to the winning songs below:
Mike Hyden | Nebraska, USA
“What You Make Of Me”
Steve Shehane | Georgia, USA
Nina Chatsisvili | Buurtmeesterweg, The Netherlands
“Hush the Night”
Charlie Millikin, Bill Millikin & Miriam Milikin | Ohio, USA
Brian Bell, Luther Russell & Debra Gussin | California, USA
"Break Me Open"
Joseph Cirello | New York, USA
ABOUT THE GRAND AWARD WINNER, CHARLIE MILLIKIN
Born into a family of musicians, singers and songwriters, Charlie's unquenchable passion for great music and melodies seemed only natural.
He grew up listening to Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and The Doobie Brothers, among other greats — so it’s no surprise that by the age of six, he was singing and performing with his siblings for family and friends. It wasn't until high school, though, that he really got the bug, and flourished. This is when he picked up the guitar and never looked back, playing solo gigs three or four times a week and consistently writing his own music.
Recent artist influences such as Gavin DeGraw, Ed Sheeran, Andy Grammer and John Mayer inspired Charlie to concentrate on songwriting, and ultimately his first EP. His father, Bill, a producer, writer and musician who reached the Billboard charts in the '80s, produced Charlie’s four-song self-titled debut. The sounds of the EP are a punchy combination of pop and soul, hip hop, gospel, EDM and classic singer/songwriter.
In 2013, 2014 and 2016 Charlie was contacted by the producers of the TV show “The Voice” and invited to audition in Chicago, Dallas and Nashville. He also recently won “Best Original Pop Song” and “Best Original Singer/Songwriter Song” in the 2016 Ohio Music Awards.
THE GRAND AWARD GOES TO:
(with Bill Millikin and Miriam Millikin)
Ohio, USA • Pop Category: "Change Me”
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"Change Me" songwriters Miriam Millikin (left), Charlie Millikin (center) and Bill Millkin. Definitely a musical family!
Charlie performs frequently and is availalble for a variety of gigs. He'll even write a custom song for you!
To learn more about Charlie and his music, please visit his website.