Ronnie Milsap’s “Country Cut” Contest: A Q&A With Winner Allan Bullington
Over the summer American Songspace, our networking site for songwriters, hosted Ronnie Milsap’s “Country Cut” Contest. Allan Bullington submitted a song he co-wrote with Larry Wayne Clark. What happened after that?
Congratulations on the win with your song, “What I Wouldn’t Give.” How did you hear about Ronnie Milsap’s “Country Cut” Contest?
I visit the American Songwriter website regularly, so I saw an announcement there.
Were you already a big fan of Ronnie’s?
Of course! Anyone who’s a fan of great singing has gotta be a fan of Ronnie Milsap!
Have you tried to get your music recorded by other performing artists in the past?
I’ve pitched some of my songs in Nashville and I’ve gotten a few holds, but never a Nashville cut. However, this was the first time I’ve ever entered a songwriting contest. It was quite a surprise to actually win.
Did you have a particular artist in mind when you wrote this song?
Not really. Larry and I knew we’d written a good commercial song so we were hopeful it would eventually get some attention in Nashville.
You’ve been writing songs for a while, how did you know “What I Wouldn’t Give” was the right song to submit for Ronnie’s consideration?
I have 3 or 4 songs in my catalog that might have fit Ronnie’s style. However, “What I Wouldn’t Give” sounded like it was made for him. It’s the only song I entered in the contest.
Your work with Larry Wayne Clark has proved successful in this case. Do you co-write often?
Not much. Besides writing this song with Larry, I’ve co-written a half-dozen songs with Nashville writers.
Do you typically write songs for yourself, as an artist?
I’ve written hundreds of songs in a variety of styles some can be heard on my YouTube page. I moved to NYC years ago to pursue my singer-songwriter career, but I gave up that pursuit when I became involved in animal welfare work. But I’ve always continued writing and recording songs in my home studio.
A song recorded by a country music legend is a great credit. What’s next?
First, I wish Ronnie lots of continued success with the track! As for me, I’m always working on writing and recording new songs. And I plan to enter more American Songspace contests!
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Allan Bullington currently lives in Manhattan with his Chihuahuas (Incabelle and Maya, pictured L-R) two cats (not pictured) and wife Sylvia (also, not pictured). You can stream the demo of his winning song, “What I Wouldn’t Give” at American Songspace and look for the track on Ronnie Milsap’s new album due Fall 2012.