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Cheektowaga Native Wins Songwriting Award
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A Cheektowaga Central High School graduate has sung her way to the top of an international songwriting competition.

Lisa Racki Barrett, who graduated in 1986, was voted Female Artist of the Year in the 2013 Clays Country Music Awards, which was sponsored by Clays Country Radio, after her music was featured for several months and listeners casted their votes online.

While her music continues to be aired by the station, Barrett also will receive a trophy for her accomplishment. She also has been asked by Clays' newly crowned Songwriter of the Year, JT Hollis, to record a duet with him in the near future. 

Barrett took first place in another international contest two years ago with her original song, “When You Look at Me,” which she wrote in honor of her nephew, Austin, who died of cancer before his second birthday. While she grew up performing in church groups and high school musicals, “When You Look at Me” was her first experience writing a song. Since then, she has recorded an album by the same name in Nashville.

After her latest win, Barrett said the natural step would be to record a second album, but in the meantime, she is recording new songs with other artists as well as writing a theme song for her employer, the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse in Batavia. 

Barrett is thankful to her supporters for helping her to realize success in the contests. She also is proud that her music is making a difference. 

"I just love it when a song I've written makes a positive difference in our world," she said.

For more on Barrett's latest award and to listen to her music, visit www.clayscountry.com.

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