Dustin James, a singer-songwriter from Bridge City, Texas, is the recipient of the 2012 ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award for his song, "God Has Given Hope a Name." After graduating from Texas A&M University, Dustin moved to Nashville to pursue his already buzzing music career. Dustin was awarded The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award in 2008 and was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. He is currently performing and writing original music in the Nashville music circuit.
This award was established by Jay Gorney's wife, Sondra and his son, Dr. Roderic Gorney, to commemorate Jay's career and legacy. Jay Gorney, a long-time ASCAP member and composer, along with lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, wrote, the 1930s classic, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" The ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award, is presented annually for a song by an ASCAP or unaffiliated songwriter. The song is judged on its message of social conscience/social significance as well as overall craft, artistry, and compositional elements