Nashville musician Geoff Smith has won the Music City Central (MCC) BIG GIG Jingle Contest.

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His jingle, titled "Brand New Way" edged out 91 others for the top prize. He received $1,500 cash (donated by corporate sponsor Balfour Beatty Construction), special recognition, and earned the opportunity to perform at the October 24th Grand Opening.

Smith, 35, lives in Nashville. He started writing for Podcasts then spiralled from jingles to theme songs to traditional media and marketing. His jingles can be heard on Adam Curry's Daily Source Code Podcast, GeekBrief.tv, Radio Lingua Network, Tips from the Top Floor, ScreenCasts Online, the iYule project and the This Week in Tech (TwiT) Live theme song.

Married with one child, Smith serves as Entertainment Director for the Big Bang piano bar in downtown Nashville. He is one of the original piano players who opened up the first Big Bang in St. Louis, Mo. Smith also writes ring-tones for the iPhone (www.thegeoffsmith.com) and recently recorded with Inmen & The Impressions, the late Curtis Mayfield's group. He was a contributing vocalist and sound engineer on the song "Rhythm," which won the award for best "Collaboration or Duo" at the 2007 Carolina Beach Music Awards.

Smith is the keyboard player for the local pop band Codaphonic, and the bassist and lead singer for the Chicago-based Police tribute band, One World.

The jingle contest was to promote the opening of its new downtown transit station MCC, and was open to anyone ages 15 and older who live in the Nashville Metro Services Area.

Each entry had to be an original, 60-second jingle in any genre promoting MCC and the many benefits of public transportation. Celebrity judges and industry experts, including those who work on Music Row, chose the winner.

The celebrity judges included: Kirk Whalum (Grammy-nominated musician); Beverly Keel (Tennessean columnist); Tim Fink (Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations for SESAC, Inc.); Paul Kwami (Musical Director for Fisk Jubilee Singers); Woody Wood and Jim Chandler (Woody & Jim, 107.5 The River); Karen Leipziger (KBA Award-Winning Publicist); Deen Entsminger (Belmont University music professor and bus rider); Thomas F. "Freddie" O'Connell (MTA Board member); and Otho Webster (Division Vice President Balfour Beatty Construction, corporate sponsor for the contest.)


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