MISSISSIPPI SONGWRITING TEAM GORDON AND PUTNAM
RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL HONOR
Union native, Ralph Gordon, and Meridian native, Richelle Putnam, recently received the honor of being named Finalist in the Folk Category by the Song of the Year (http://www.songoftheyear.com/ ) songwriting contest. Song of the Year is an international songwriting contest supporting VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation. The Song of the Year judges are some of the biggest names in music including many Grammy Award winners.
Song of the Year is excited to recognize Ralph Gordon and Richelle Putnam for their exceptional songwriting ability for the song Grierson’s Raid, one of eight songs from their original soundtrack, A Mother’s Son. Putnam and Gordon competed against songwriters from all over the world for this honor. When asked what inspired the song they commented that “Grierson’s Raid is a ballad based on a civil war event that occurred in Newton, Mississippi in 1863. It was specifically written for the play, A Mother’s Son, which was co-written by Ralph Gordon, Richelle Putnam and Anne McKee and produced on stage by Newton Theatre Company in November 2007.”
Currently Putnam is concentrating on her Fiction Writing Certificate through the highly acclaimed writing school, Gotham Writers, her role as President of Mississippi Writers Guild, and her songwriting, which has also been recognized in American Songwriter Magazine. Gordon stays busy on country and gospel songwriting, his poetry, and his memoirist stories. As a team, Gordon and Putnam are working on their first music video, Forest for a Child, and other songs, such as No Harvest Have I and A Good Pair of Mules. As fiction/non-fiction writers, Gordon and Putnam have been published in numerous publications, both online and print. But as a team, songwriting remains their first love in writing. “We’d love to do another soundtrack either for a movie or a musical,” says Gordon. Putnam added, “But of course we probably won’t turn down a record deal.”