The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce ASCAP member k.s. Rhoads as the recipient of this year's Sammy Cahn Award for his song "The Wilderness." The Award, created in 1995, commemorates the life and career of the great lyricist and ASCAP Board member, Sammy Cahn. The Award is presented annually to a promising young lyricist.
k.s. joins a group of distinguished past recipients that include John Mayer, Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Daniel Mackenzie, Chris Keup, Cinco Paul, John Francis and Katie Herzig.
k.s. Rhoads is a singer/songwriter born in Tucson, Arizona based in Nashville, Tennessee. He became interested in music at a young age, during the newly burgeoning rap scene of the late 80's. He released his debut album, Dead Language, in 2008 to critical praise. In January 2010, he performed at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and in September 2011, he performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, for which he scored, composed and arranged all of the music himself. He performed for TED talks at TEDx Nashville in spring 2012. His new album, The Wilderness, is set to release in January 2013.
The 2012 Sammy Cahn judges were Eric Bazillian, Steve Seskin and Bonnie Hayes. The ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award is funded by Sammy's wife, Tita.