Glenna O'Neil of Horseshoe Bend and Oren Pruett of Banndon, Ore., were winners in the Song of the Year Contest recently.
O'Neil and Pruett were finalists in the competition that involves people from all over the world, from Luxembourg to Singapore.
Their song, "Come Down to Wake Up the World," placed second in the competition in lyrics. The song was written when O'Neil's best friend, Ella Tuck, had a massive stroke, which she is still recovering from in a nursing home in Houston, Texas.
"She has been such a Godsend to me over the years that one evening, while thinking of her, I put this tune to words just thinking and praying for her," O'Neil said.
"I had to go to Houston myself," O'Neil said. "I took the words and visited her and sang it to her while I was there. She responded to it by trying to say 'gospel' and tried to say, 'yes,' she liked it."
"The nurses have it on tape and play it for her all the time, which is helping her with recovery," O'Neil said.
O'Neil and Pruett are both Oregon old time fiddlers and go to Quartzsite, Ariz., in the winter where they play music and sing together.
"Music has no boundaries, timelines, nor does it care who you are, what you do or the color of your skin," O'Neil said. "It's loved by people all over the world and is a good way to work on world peace."
O'Neil and Pruett will record some of their songs on CD next summer. They are members of Broadcast Music Incorporated and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and have formed a publishing company together to copyright their songs.
The winners of the Song of the Year Contest are rated number one in different categories each month. The monthly winners will compete at the end of the year in their respective categories to establish yearly winners.
The Song of the Year is an international songwriting contest that gives a portion of its proceeds to the Save the Music Foundation.
For more information visit www.songoftheyear.com.