Mantia Wins 2019 Grammy U Songwriter Showdown

Mia Mantia (photo courtesy of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences)
Mia Mantia (photo courtesy of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences)

Songwriting major Mia Mantia won the 2019 Grammy U Songwriter showdown with her original song “Daddy’s Cigarette.”

There were more than 150 entries to this year’s contest, and seven of the eight finalists were Curb College students, with five of those being songwriting majors.

The eight finalists performed at a private industry showcase on Monday, April 8 at The Local. The event was hosted by NARAS Chapter President Shannon Sanders. The industry judges were hit songwriter Marc Beeson, recording artist Ruby Amanfu and award-winning writer/producer Tommee Profitt. For winning the showcase, Mantia received a one-on-one mentorship session with recording artist/songwriter Caitlyn Smith and a performance at the Bluebird Café.

The winner of last year’s Grammy U Songwriter showdown was Belmont songwriting major Lauren Weintraub, who also performed at the showcase.