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June 28, 2011 Published in Arts & Style, Other News

T.C. Student Makes Finals Of National Songwriting Contest

Keira Moran (Courtesy Photo)


There is still time to vote and give Keira a win. The contest ends at 2:00 p.m. today.


Keira Moran, 16 year-old T.C. Williams’ student and the granddaughter of Virginia Congressman Jim P. Moran (D-8) has made it to the finals of the Smashtune Songwriting Competition. Smashtune contest began on April 26th, and but Keira did not enter her video until June 1st. After she received some local radio support from WPFW and WTOP Keira was able to make it to the finals in the national songwriting contest.

“I just saw that the prize was performing at the Kauai Music Festival and I entered my video,” Keira said. “If I had known the contest was already more than half over and the other videos were mostly experienced singers from big cities I probably would not have entered.” The finals are being held now, with one songwriter elimated each day. The winner will be determined by the number of votes he or she receives. To vote for Keira go to and follow the links. The competition will end at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday June 30. Multiple “Get Out The Vote” activities are planned.

Keira Moran (Courtesy Photo)

Until recently Keira had focused on classical music. She plays many instruments, and held first chair Cello in the TC Williams orchestra. Thenlast Christmas she gave her grandfather a CD of some songs she had written and recorded. “It was the best

Christmas gift I ever received; I couldn’t believe she had written these songs!” he said. He then asked her to perform at a gala to celebrate his 20th year in Congress . Almost immediately the comparison to Taylor Swift began and offers to perform rolled in.

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