The Female Songwriters Hall of Fame Presents



WASHINGTON, 25 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Female Songwriters Hall of Fame on Saturday 11 December 2021 welcomes its first WSHOF -Winter Social Mixer.

Dee Dee Sharp, Legacy and Lifetime Achievement Award, Women Songwriters Hall of Fame

Do you know the name Dee Dee Sharp? What about Cynthia Biggs El? What would you say Robin Sailor-Zander, Brianna knight, Jessica ricca, Kanysha Williams, Lisa Marie, Ida Devine?

Of course, you didn’t know that.

Do you know the songs Living All Alone (Phyllis hyman written by Cynthia Biggs El), mashed potatoes (written by Dee Dee Sharp), Nights over Egypt (Cynthia Biggs El).

The names above are the names of the songwriters and performers of our 1st Annual Songwriting Competition on Saturday 11 December 2021 @ 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Capital Turnaround, Washington DC.

Also on this night we will celebrate and honor our Legacy and Lifetime Achievement recipient, Ms. Dee Dee Sharp, who has seen hits like Mashed Potatoes, Do The Bird, I Really Love You and has been romantically linked to Mr. Kenny gamble Philadelphia international records and Mohamed Ali.

Cynthia Biggs El is a power in its own right and has worked with Tyler perry had his works featured on TV shows like the Steve Harvey Show and Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce willis during the 1980s.

Today, Cynthia has a combined catalog of over 400 songs, not counting the hundred or so derivative works for which she was not credited as co-author / co-editor. Many of Cynthia’s songs have been released or covered by artists such as Patti LaBelle, Jay-Z, TI, LL Cool J, Pusha T, Mac Miller, Phyllis hyman, Patti Austin, Grover Washington, Jr., The Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Regina Belle, Keke wyatt, SWV, The O’Jays, Jerry butler, Lou Rawls, Jean Carn, The Jones Girls, Billy paul, MFSB, Phil perry, Will Downing, Maysa’s escape, Incognito, Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, Faith Evans, Dexter Wansel, MSFB, UK Eternal and Angela Bofill, and this list is not exhaustive.

Cynthia was an active member of the board of governors of the Philadelphia branch, now chapter, of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) for five years. Its recruiting efforts to grow the Philadelphia cream members played a very important role in moving the Philadelphia cream Tune in to the chapter status.

As a member of the NARAS Board of Directors, Cynthia has actively served on the MusiCares committee to help find ways to provide financial assistance to struggling artists, songwriters and other music professionals within a shorter time frame. Cynthia has also been very active at the Grammys.®in the Our Schools initiative, participating in educational workshops and other related NARAS events during his tenure on Philadelphia cream Branch / Chapter Board of Governors. Today, Cynthia maintains her affiliation with the Recording Academy as a voting member of the Philadelphia Chapter.

“… Cynthia Biggs El is recognized by soul music insiders as one of the truly underrated songwriters of the past three decades and a key contributor to the Philadelphia International Records (PIR) charts of the late 1970s and early 1980s 80… While Cynthia Biggs El may never receive her just because in the fame, soul music lovers will sing her praises every time they listen to the catalog of exceptional material she helped create during of the last three decades. Her poetic imagery and feminine perspective on love and relationships became the lyrical foundations of some of the best music of this era. ”

Chris Rizik, SoulTracks, LLC

In 53 days, you’ll have the opportunity to meet rising songwriters and singers at another new release for the Female Songwriters Hall of Fame – Our First Winter Social Mixer WSHOF.

We will share with you a first look at the panels, speakers, lively discussions, Q&A and events. This will take place in Washington, DC. to our mixer on December 11, 2021. The location of the workshops and one-day performances will be announced shortly.

The program will be face-to-face and virtual and will focus more on the aspiring songwriter, singer and performer. Although most of the entrants to date are quite young, we strongly encourage songwriters and singers between the ages of 18 and 75 to submit and participate. Since this is a fundraiser and a contest. Admission is chargeable. The fees will be used to help the expenses of the winner of the songwriting competition.

A WSHOF – Honoree or member will deliver a special message, you will see footage and video shorts from the Inaugural WSHOF Awards 2021, and there will also be a Jam session by songwriters and performers during the event.

The success and impact of the Inaugural Women Songwriters Hall of Fame has inspired other events and industry leaders to recognize women in the music industry such as: The Grammy’s, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and even Oprah winfrey and its Legends Ball 2021 with nods to Diana ross, Tina turner, Roberta flack who was also honored for the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame and others.

The success and impact of the Womens Songwriters Hall Fame has helped other organizations recognize and understand the importance of work.

This is the hope of the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame and those who will partner and connect with us to move forward and help open doors for women in a myriad of roles such as: songwriters, CEOs, publishing management, studio engineers and musicians and many other fields, says executive director Janice McLean DeLoatch.

After 60 years in the music business, women practically left speechless. It’s time to take new steps, open doors, uplift the women of the past, and forge new frontiers for the women of today.

As such, the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame seeks partnerships, collaborations and opportunities to help advance this work and welcomes your request.

Registration is now open to register if you are interested in competing as a songwriter for our Winter Social Mixer

Then head to the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame ( to reserve your spot and receive updates on new events added to the lineup. We look forward to celebrating with you in December 2021.

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