The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce that two ASCAP lyricists, Oren Lavie and Devon Sproule, will share the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award for 2009. They join a group of past recipients that includes John Mayer, Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Nicole Atkins, Daniel Mackenzie, Chris Keup, Cinco Paul and John Francis.
Oren Lavie is a singer, songwriter, playwright and theatre director. He was born in Israel, and now resides in Los Angeles. In 2008 he released his debut album The Opposite Side of the Sea which includes his Sammy Cahn Award-winning song "Her Morning Elegance." The music video of the song, which Oren co-directed with Yuval and Merav Nathan can be viewed at www.orenlavie.com/book.html.
Devon Sproule, a guitarist, singer, songwriter who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, released her first album at age 16. Her second album Long Sleeve Story was released in 2001. Her next record, Upstate Songs, was included in Rolling Stone's Critics Top Albums of 2003, followed by Keep Your Silver Shined released in 2007, which includes her Sammy Cahn Award-winning entry "Old Virginia Block." Her latest album, Don't Hurry for Heaven was released in April 2009.
The ASCAP Foundation thanks this year's Sammy Cahn judges: Greg Becker, Jeannie Lurie and Amy Powers. This award was created in 1995 to commemorate the life and career of the late lyricist and ASCAP Board Member, Sammy Cahn, and is currently funded by Sammy's wife, Tita.