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“For country music, Jeremy Pike won the genre. Pike is a 35 year old singer-songwriter living in Pleasant Bay on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, who started playing guitar and singing as a teenager. In his bio, Pike remembers his musical father, and “sitting around singing great folk, singer/songwriter stuff…very eclectic…Stan Rogers, Harry Chapin, Kingston Trio, Traditional.” Pike continues: “I always loved great harmonies, story songs, folk…and rock with big guitars and a drive that get’s [sic] your foot going…and country music has all those elements.Pike’s contender “Every Time I Hit The Bottle” has all of that, which might be surprising coming from a man that admits that “writing songs… wasn’t something I took very seriously until last September.” But not so unusual from a man who also states: “[Writing] a great song that touches people has always been the number one goal.””

“By Laura Jean Grant - Cape Breton Post SYDNEY — Following on the heels of his success in two high-profile music competitions, Jeremy Pike is set to release his first full-length album. The Cape Breton-based singer-songwriter, who is originally from Dartmouth but now lives in Pleasant Bay with his young family, won the country category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest last year for his song "Every Time I Hit the Bottle," and was one of 30 finalists on the CMT show “Big in a Small Town." Now he's turned his attention to recording, travelling to Nashville, Tenn. twice over the past year to put together 12 tracks for a new album, working with some of country music's finest players and producers in the process. In the lead up to the album's release, Pike has made a free acoustic version of the title track "Every Time I Hit the Bottle" available online at www.reverbnation.com/jeremypikesongwriter. ”

“ As the Cape Breton-based singer-songwriter awaits word on whether his win in the country category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest will translate into the overall top prize, he already has his hat in the ring of another music contest. Pike, who is originally from Dartmouth but now lives in Pleasant Bay with his young family, was recently named winner of the John Lennon contest’s country category for his song “Every Time I Hit the Bottle.””

“ One of 12 finalists in a prestigious international songwriting competition lives in the last house with electricity at the end of a four-kilometre road in Pleasant Bay. “You don’t get any more country than that,” Jeremy Pike chuckles during a telephone conversation from his Inverness County home Tuesday. Pike, 35, is up against finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest with his country song Every Time I Hit the Bottle. Categories also include such genres as rhythm and blues, jazz and hip hop. As a grand-prize winner — each of the finalists is one — he has already taken in $6,500 worth of instruments, equipment and software. If he wins song of the year, he will take home $20,000 and lots of other “goodies” from the New York-based competition. ”

“Congratulations Jeremy! The following will confirm that after a long and difficult adjudication process, your song "Every time I Hit The Bottle” was selected as a Grand Prize Winner in the Country category of the 2011 Session-I John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Please take a few minutes to look over the enclosed affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release, as well as the winner survey. Please include as much biographical material as you can (including photos, press mentions and other songs you have written that have been recorded.) We ask that you return both items within two (2) weeks of having received this notification by mail to the following address: ”

John Lennon Songwriting Contest