Author Archives for rcneil

Global Songwriter Connection’s 2020 Lorna Flowers Award Presented To Avrim Topel

December 26, 2020 3:43 pm Published by Comments Off on Global Songwriter Connection’s 2020 Lorna Flowers Award Presented To Avrim Topel

Nashville, TN — Global Songwriters Connection, a leading International Songwriting organization headquartered in Nashville, TN, has presented it’s prestigious 2020 Lorna Flowers Award to Avrim Topel. Global Songwriters Connection’s mission is to help songwriters’ dreams find direction through our extensive knowledge and experience in the music industry. The award, which is usually presented at GSC’s Annual Holiday Celebration attended by 500 to 600 industry members in the CMA Building on Music Row, was announced this year on-line in lieu of...


Song U Awards Topel with Rising Star Designation

November 11, 2020 10:34 pm Published by Comments Off on Song U Awards Topel with Rising Star Designation

Calendar year 2020 has quite the year for me. This morning my song WE BAD LIKE THAT was selected as a finalist in a Country-Rock songwriting competition sponsored by Song U and Deluge Publishing. Making it to this level awards me a SONGU RISING STAR. Fingers crossed my song gets chosen as #1.


Songtown USA Awards Ave Topel 2020 Townie Award

October 20, 2020 10:31 pm Published by Comments Off on Songtown USA Awards Ave Topel 2020 Townie Award

Songtown USA, one of the largest and most prestigious international songwriter communities, has awarded Avrim Topel it’s 2020 TOWNIE AWARD “FORUM FEEDBACK SUPERSTAR”. The award is given to that individual the organization and it’s members feel has been most helpful in its on-line songwriting Forum that helps members to grow their songwriting skills. Topel has been an active participant in Songtown for the past 5 years. For more info about Songtown, go to SongtownUSA.com.


My First Cut: FIGHT WITH YOU performed by Ashlie Amber Debuts On National Radio

September 25, 2020 10:29 pm Published by Comments Off on My First Cut: FIGHT WITH YOU performed by Ashlie Amber Debuts On National Radio

Former American Idol artist Ashlie Amber releases her first record as a Country artist last week to great reviews. Written by Lo Miller (Prescription Songs), Mary Haller (Green Hills Publishing), and yours truly back in 2018 as a Pop song, Amber has spun it Country and it sounds awesome. They say Nashville is a 10 year town, and being this is my 10th year pursuing commercial dreams of hearing my songs on the radio, this has me feeling pretty darn...


She Know Me Better Applauded by Legendary Music Publisher Woody Bomar

January 20, 2020 10:26 pm Published by Comments Off on She Know Me Better Applauded by Legendary Music Publisher Woody Bomar

In a competition to have songs critiqued by legendary music publisher Woody Bomar (Green Hills Publishing), my song SHE KNOWS ME BETTER was selected as a Top Ten from 380 entries. On the night of the event sponsored by Brent Baxter and Songwriting Pro, my song was selected from the ten as what Woody wanted to keep. Woody Bomar is associated as the first publisher for acts including Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, and others.  It’s an honor to be recognized...


New Music Video Debut: HATE HAS NO HOME HERE

July 10, 2019 1:45 pm Published by Comments Off on New Music Video Debut: HATE HAS NO HOME HERE

I am proud to say that in certain aspects of my life I’m still stuck in tthe ’60s, especially when it comes to injustice and racism and human rights. Back then the music addressed these issues regularly; today, not so much. I’d like to thank Donald Trump for the inspiration for writing this song, but I won’t; he can burn in hell for all I care. Truth-be-told, this one hit me one morning a few weeks ago while walking my...


Prayers and Whiskey Receives Semi-Finalist Award from 2018 ISC Song of the Tear Competition

February 19, 2019 8:49 pm Published by Comments Off on Prayers and Whiskey Receives Semi-Finalist Award from 2018 ISC Song of the Tear Competition

Prayers and Whiskey, my mid-tempo Country song co-written with Matt Rogers and Steve Sample at a Songtown Writing Retreat in 2017 has received a  Semi-Finalist Award from the ISC Song of the Year 2018 international songwriting competition. This is the fourth semi-finalist award and the first co-written song I have submitted to this contest.


Surrender Awarded Semi Finalist in 2018 Annual Song of the Year Competition

July 3, 2018 4:47 pm Published by Comments Off on Surrender Awarded Semi Finalist in 2018 Annual Song of the Year Competition

For a third time, one of my songs has received a Semi-Finalist Award by one of the biggest songwriting competitions on the planet. This year’s competition included approx. 26,000 songs submitted from around the world. The contest includes ten genres of music and awards one winner, four finalists, and four semi-finalists per genre. Previous winners in this contest include Meghan Trainor. In 2015, my song Don’t Feel Much Like Christmas also won a Semi-Finalist Award in the Holiday Song category....


Avrim Topel, Songwriter’s New You Tube Music Video Channel

March 26, 2018 4:34 pm Published by Comments Off on Avrim Topel, Songwriter’s New You Tube Music Video Channel

During the past few months I have started working with a videographer in Greece who has been creating artsy videos of some of my songs…nothing too deep, but I’m having fun. This medium also allows me to showcase some of my less commercial tunes, which I seldom get to do. I encourage you to subscribe to my channel here to receive my new videos as they are created. I promise you’ll never get any other emails from me, and I never share email addresses...


Three Songs Placed Into High Rotation on Outbound Music Radio Network Stations

June 26, 2017 6:03 pm Published by Comments Off on Three Songs Placed Into High Rotation on Outbound Music Radio Network Stations

Above all else, most songwriters want to share their music with listeners…at least, I do. So, on occasion, when radio stations ask for original songs that meet a particular genre or style and I have songs that I feel will work, I submit them, usually with getting radio play. And that’s just what happened this week. Outbound Music Radio Network. Since 2001, Outbound Music Radio Network has been broadcasting 5 different radio stations that feature original songs that you probably...