About Richard Hamersma


 

 

 

 

 


"I am able to hear melody when I read Richard's lyrics. A sense of the rhythm and overall balance in the placement of the words is what first drew me to work with Richard's lyrics. And this quality has continued to impress me through the years.”

—Gerry Mallagan, Composer




 

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You gotta keep believin’
That there’s a path just for you
You gotta keep pushin’
Pushin’ through
You gotta keep pushin’
Pushin’ through
Pushin’ through

—Pushin’ Through



Most successful lyricists and composers win industry awards. It’s part of how they market their talent inside the business and to the general public. But Richard’s success in the United Kingdom Songwriting Contest (UKSC) has been particularly impressive. In 2015, two of his songs reached the finalist category, while another 11 scored as semi-finalists as did 17 of his lyrics. He enjoyed even more success in 2016. Four of his songs were finalists and 14 of his lyrics and 16 of his songs reaching the semi-finals. Even more remarkable—one of these four, “Love’s Like That,” was a finalist in three separate categories: love songs, country and adult contemporary. Richard’s success continued in 2017, 2018, and 2019, The results for the 2019 UKSC were just announced in January of 2020 and Richard again scored at the highest levels both in lyrics and songs. All of these results are listed below.

His success is especially noteworthy because the UKSC is one of the most reputable competitions in the industry. The judges include top British producers, musical directors and arrangers such a Stuart Epps, Shelly Peiken and Richard Niles as well as major performers and composers like Luci Diamond and Mark Eldridge Platinum. Natalie Chua is also one of the BKSC judges. Winning the BKSC herself in 2004, Natalie was signed by Simon Cowell for his band Angelis. Cowell’s judgment of her talent was proven correct when the band's debut album won a Platinum Award for selling over 500,000 copies. As you can see, placing in such a competition is a notable achievement but Richard’s frequent and consistently high marks in so many categories is truly amazing.



2021 United Kingdom Songwriting Contest


WINNER
Love’s Like That—Lyrics Only                     

FINALIST AWARDS                          

NOMINEE

Stormy With a Chance of Pain—Jazz/Blues
My Angel In Vain—Retro
                                                    
LYRIC AWARD
Love’s Like That—Adult Contemporary
Blue Champagne—Lyrics Only

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR LYRICS
Steppin’ Into Your Heart 
Sure Felt Right
Maybe It Was Love
Sand Angel
Borrowed Love
Beauteous
Stormy With a Chance of Pain
Fewest Scars
Ease Into Love
Blue Roses
Another Scratch on My Soul
Your Eyes of Loving Laughter
Good Goodbye
Miles From You
Phantom Love
I Can’t Feel You Anymore
Before the Lovin’ Starts

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR SONGS
Canaan—Crisis Songs
Sand Angel—Adult Contemporary
Love’s Like That—Love Songs
Small Mercies in the Night—Adult Contemporary
Beauteous—Love Songs
Dirty Window—Pop
Old Romantic Doo-Wop—Retro
As Much As I Love You—Open Category
One More—Adult Contemporary
Fewest Scars—Country
Pushin’ Through—Christian/Faith
Someday Baby—Pop
Mother Earth Is Crying Out—Crisis Songs
Yes, Yes, No—Pop
Give and Take—Pop
No Problem—Pop
Your Eyes of Loving Laughter—Retro
Love’s Like That—Adult Contemporary
 

 

2021 International Songwriting Awards


WINNER

Solo Songwriting Award Winner 2021/2022

 

NOMINEE

Lyric Award


2020 United Kingdom Songwriting Contest


WINNER
Blue Champagne

FINALIST AWARDS
Stormy With a Chance of Pain—Blues
Give And Take—Pop
One More—Adult Contemporary

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR LYRICS
Wherever Love Will take Us
Love’s Like That
Steppin’ Into Your Heart
It’s Too Hard To Say Goodbye
Sand Angel
Rembrandt’s Eyes
Stormy With A Chance Of Pain
Blue Champagne
Just Behind Your Eyes
Emotional Twilight
Escort Into Fantasy
Blink Of An Eye
We’re Lovin’ On Borrowed Time
Borrowed Love

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR SONGS
Black Ice—Pop
Love’s Like That—Adult Contemporary
The Van Gogh Blues—Blues
Before The Lovin’ Starts—Retro
Blink Of An Eye—Adult Contemporary
Love Bandit—Retro
Love And Bullets—Pop
Can I Have A Wish Come True—Retro
Fewest Scars—Country
How Far Away—Pop
I Waited Too Long—Adult Contemporary
Stone Angel—Pop
Old Romantic Doo-Wop—Retro
Dirty Window—Pop
Love’s Like That—Love Songs
Eye Candy Blues—Blues

 


2019 United Kingdom Songwriting Contest


FINALIST AWARDS
Love's Like That—Adult Contemporary
One More—Adult Contemporary
Blue Champagne—Jazz/Blues
Love's Like That—Lyrics Only
Sand Angel—Lyrics Only
Blue Champagne—Lyrics Only
Your Eyes Of Loving Laughter—Retro
My Angel In Vain—Retro
Love's Like That—Love Songs

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR LYRICS
Liberation Blues
Love As Is
Too Far Away
Behind The Sun
Too Busy Looking Beautiful
Counterfeit Love
Love At High Tide
Just Behind Your Eyes
Love And Bullets
A Good Goodbye
Don't Fall In Love Without Me
Desire

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR SONGS
Liberation Blues—Jazz/Blues
Sand Angel—Adult Contemporary
How Far Away—Pop
Stormy With A Chance of Pain—Jazz/Blues
Gypsy Soul—Country
Stone Angel—Pop
No Problem—Pop
I Believe In You—Retro
Put Me Over—Pop
Whenever You're Ready—Pop
So Cute—Pop


2018 United Kingdom Songwriting Contest


WINNER
The Heart Of A Woman

FINALIST AWARDS
Blue Champagne—Jazz/Blues
How Far Away—Pop
Love’s Like That—Lyrics Only
One More—Adult Contemporary
Sand Angel—Lyrics Only

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR LYRICS
Behind The Sun
Emotional Twlight
Fewest Scars
Melancholy Jailer
Stormy With A Chance of Pain

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR SONGS
Beautiful Fools—Adult Contemporary
Cinderella Eyes—Pop
Cold Affection—Pop
Eye Candy Blues—Jazz/Blues
Gypsy Soul—Country
I Remember Loving You—Retro
Just Behind Your Eyes—Adult Contemporary
Lip Service—Pop
Love’s Like That—Adult Contemporary
My Angel In Vain—Retro
No Problem—Pop
One Step Closer—Pop
Pushin’ Through—Christian/Faith
Sand Angel—Adult Contemporary
Stone Angel—Pop
Stormy With A Chance Of Pain—Jazz/Blues
Yes, Yes, No—Pop
You Wanted Too Much—Jazz/Blues

 

 

2017 United Kingdom Songwriting Contest


FINALIST AWARDS
Behind the Sun
Emotional Twilight
I Remember Loving You—Retro
My Angel In Vain—Retro
One More—Adult Contemporary
One Step Closer—Pop
Pushin' Through—Christian/Faith

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR LYRICS
Beautiful Fools
Blue Champagne
Fewest Scars
Gypsy Soul
Love's Like That
Sand Angel
We're Lovin' On Borrowed Time
What's It To You
While The Thrill Is On
"Yes, Yes, No"

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR SONGS
Beautiful Fools—Love Songs
Blink Of An Eye—Adult Contemporary
Blue Champagne—Jazz/Blues
Fewest Scars—Country
Gypsy Soul—Country
Love's Like That—Adult Contemporary/Love Song/Country
No Problem—Pop
Sand Angel—Love Songs/Adult Contemporary
Spirit Never Leaves—Christian/Faith
Yes, Yes, No—Pop
You've Got Me Runnin'—Pop

 


2016 United Kingdom Songwriting Contest


FINALIST AWARDS
Love’s Like That—Country/Adult Contemporary/Love Song
Good Goodbye—Indie
One More—Adult Contemporary Song
I Remember Loving You—Retro

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR LYRICS
Sand Angel
I Waited Too Long
The Hardest Part
Just Behind Those Eyes
Fewest Scars
On the Bed Where You Lie
Blinded by Desire
Beautiful Fools
Tracy Valentine
I’m Not for You
Gypsy Soul
We’re  Lovin’ on Borrowed Time
It’s Too Hard for Goodbye
Just Memories of Yesterday

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR SONGS
Sand Angel—Adult Contemporary/Love Song
Blink of an Eye—Adult Contemporary
Fewest Scars—Country
Good Goodbye—Pop
The Heart of a Woman—Retro
Blue Roses—Retro
Say It Again—Retro
Beautiful Fools—Adult Contemporary/Love Song
My Angel in Vain—Retro
Lookin’ For a Love—Retro
Gypsy Soul—Country
I’m Not for You—Country
Before the Lovin’ Starts—Adult Contemporary

 

2015 United Kingdom Songwriting Contest


FINALIST AWARDS
Sand Angel—Lyric
One More—Adult Contemporary Song

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR LYRICS
Your Eyes of Loving Laughter
Fewest Scars
Air on a G String
Moving Target
How Shall I Hold You
I Can’t Feel You Anymore
Just Behind Those Eyes
The Deepest Kiss
Love’s Like That
Desire (Golden Glow)
Beauteous
Abandoned Lover’s Vows
Not This Time
Do You Still Think I’m Pretty
The Enchantress
And That’s All
Living Together but Falling Apart

SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS FOR SONGS
Sand Angel—Adult Contemporary
Sand Angel—Love
Dirty Window—Singer/Songwriter
Small Mercies in the Night—Adult Contemporary
With You My Love’s No Gamble—Country
Your Eyes of Loving Laughter—Open
Love’s Like That—Country/Love Song 
I Wouldn’t Do That—Adult Contemporary
That’s All—Country/Love Song

 


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