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    Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:08:33

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Jeff Campbell - He won the Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter contest

    Jeff Campbell won the second Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter competition and in addition to great prizes like national recognition, the winner title and an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he gets to be a subject of a Take Aim.

    If you were not doing music, you would be...

    Tough to say. The job I left when I went full time music was in investments marketing. The industry was in a sad state when I checked out so who knows how long I would have lasted if I hadn't had the burn to go dream-chasing but at the same time, a lot of my coworkers in that racket survived the flood and are still at it so I likely would be too.

    Do you have any non-musical hobbies, talents, or skills?

    I can speak in front of large groups of people and sell things (that was the nature of my old job) and I love skateboarding and snowboarding. I suppose doing both those things require some skill. Have always done music though so it's tough to imagine not.

    So, why did YOU win the Singer/Songwriter competition? Be as modest or boastful as you would like, since, well YOU WON!

    Wow. Tough one. Only thing I can say is that thru the whole process, I was among amazingly talented people. When they told me I'd made the semi-finals, I looked at a bunch of the other videos. All amazing. And when I made the finals, I quickly made sure I was at peace with the fact that any one of the other nine was a solid contender. It was humbling to be part of such an amazing group - and that especially due to how different we all were stylistically, whoever was chosen as the winner would be the one that John Shanks wanted to work with the most at that particular time for his own reasons, whatever they were. To have been that choice is so amazing and such an honor.

    You are from Philly. I am from Philly, but on the Jersey side. Do you miss the City of Brotherly love? Favorite thing about it? Biggest misconception? Can you answer the same for San Fran?

    I do miss Philly. A lot. I do get back a lot because of my work but I miss living there. I miss the people, the culture, the personality, the character, the music scene and the support network. And those are all my favorite things about it. There's a certain "I got your back" mentality at home that I've not seen anywhere else to that degree. Everyone looks out for everyone. Biggest misconception is that Philly is "hard" and mean and stuff. We're just a big family looking out for each other like a lot of big cities. We just have Rocky as a mascot so we're set apart in some ways as a fighting city. That along with the mid-'70s Flyers Cup team and the fact that Eagles fans threw batteries and snowballs at Santa Claus!

    Poor NJ. You guys are all either from Philly or NY, no matter how hard you try to be your own state! Until its time to go "down the shore," that is...which I'm doing this weekend and I can't wait!

    Far as SF, it's different. It's much a more culturally diverse city and I think a lot of those cultures tend to hang with and stick out for their own. It's awesome though. Can only imagine how great of a place it would be to grow up as a kid. Such amazing and intense exposure to so many different ways of life. And what a music scene! SF is the center of so much that has put rock and roll on the map. Living there now for 8+ years, I can see why. It's an inspiring place to live and there's an amazing community there. I've met many people there that'll be friends forever, whether I stay or go.

    What's NEXT for you after your big win?

    Just gonna keep pumping it out on the road and making the most of the amazing new opportunity that's been given me. There was a certain validation that came with winning a contest like this, especially given the amazing folks involved, so I'm proud and happy to be able to be out touring just after and going to towns with this under my belt. Can't wait to start working with John Shanks and talking about songs and recording and then eventually planning the Kimmel show. Like, wow. Can't wait.

    Are you going to check out Jeff Campbell?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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