June 18th, 2014 marked the 101st anniversary of the birth of the great lyricist and former ASCAP Board member Sammy Cahn. For the past 19 years, The ASCAP Foundation has commemorated Sammy’s life and career, whose many hit songs include "High Hopes," "Call Me Irresponsible," and "My Kind of Town," with the The ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award. The award is presented annually to a promising lyricist, and funded by Sammy’s widow, Tita.
The 2014 Sammy Cahn Award recipient is ASCAP member Tori Tullier, whose award-winning song "Your Nicotine" received the highest scores from this year’s judges. Tullier 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.
Tullier is currently living in Nashville, Tennessee, after graduating from the University of Miami in 2011 with a degree in Commercial Music Composition and a minor in Music Business. Her focus was voice and piano. At Miami, she took first place in the Bruce Hornsby Songwriting Competition and opened for hit songwriter, Lamont Dozier. Tullier is actively involved with ASCAP’s Nashville office and was selected to be a member of the Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters (GPS) Project in 2014. She has also performed for ASCAP’s We Create Music Series. Her song “Your Nicotine” was nominated for the Nashville Songwriters Association/CMT Listeners’ Choice Award in their 2014 Song Contest. She has independent cuts with local artists and is working on getting signed to her first publishing deal. Tullier can be found performing in Nashville at the Bluebird Café, The Listening Room, and Belcourt Taps & Tapas.