Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Former Miss Central Ohio an AI Top 20 Songwriter

This morning I got an exciting email from local E.D.s Larry and Kathy Wise via Terri, Miss Ohio’s business manager.

Mendy Byrd Shaw, Miss Central Ohio 1994 and 2nd Runner-up to Miss Ohio is a Top 20 Finalist for an American Idol songwriting contest. You can vote for Mendy's song by visiting the AI website; details below:

Press Release

April 9, 2008

American Idol selects Ohio songwriters for the Top 20 songwriting contest.


“Stronger”, a song written by Ohio artists Mendy Shaw and Jason Phelps, is selected as a Top 20 finalist from thousands of songs submitted nationally to the American Idol website. The 20 songs and artists will be showcased online at and America will vote to determine the winner.


Mendy Shaw and Jason Phelps, were both born and raised in greater Cincinnati. Individually, they have been writing, recording and performing music for more than 10 years. Of the many songs they have written, “Stronger” seemed like the perfect fit for American Idol. Recently, they were notified the song had been selected and are now trying to spread the word and are asking for the support of our Ohio community.


The many state wide fans of American Idol can help make “Stronger” the song that will be performed live on the American Idol finale! Voting starts tomorrow, April 10th at To support the homegrown writers, vote for “Stronger”, by Mendy Shaw and Jason Phelps.

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