BMI songwriters shined brightly in the competition for the 2018 Abe Olman Scholarships, with two burgeoning, young writers earning the distinguished accolades. Presented by BMI and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and made possible each year by the Olman family to help promising songwriters in the early stages of their careers in honor of the career of Abe Olman, a lifelong songwriter and major figure in the music publishing community, this year’s scholarships were awarded to Leyla Blue and Randy Class.
As a New York City native and student of the Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at NYU, Leyla Blue has already started her journey via writing, recording and collaborating with her hometown’s fabled songwriting community. Inspired by the emotional candor of R&B, Blue is honing her own style, broadening her horizons and strengthening her craft.
Drawn to the creative process of music at an early age, Randy Class is a poet-turned-songwriter with heartfelt aspirations to write music that similarly inspires his listeners. Dove-tailing influences of pop, soul and Latin music into a versatile, bilingual mix, Class is defining himself as burgeoning songwriter to watch.
Congratulations to both of these talented, promising songwriters.