"Saturday, June 2, was quite the night at The Buffalo Gap, where the NW Chapter Finals of theWest Coast Songwriters Competition took place.

Sixteen amazing acts from Oregon and Washington performed, each giving their all to win the title of either 2011-12 WCS NW Chapter 'Best Song' or 'Best Performer.'

After almost 30 minutes of intense debates, judges Peter Vaughn Shaver, Vicki Ambinder, and Tony Ferguson finally decided on the winners.

Worth won 'Best Song' for 'Let’s Make It Last,' while John Rankin won 'Best Performance' to a standing-room-only crowd."

Oregon Music News Announces WCS Winners 

"John Rankin and his acoustic guitar caught everyone’s attention...Rankin had the ability to relax the crowd that was anxiously awaiting John Legend’s performance and used his songwriting aptitudes to translate an honest emotion. Suggestive of influences from a young Levine or Gavin Degraw, Rankin has the capability to make people feel his heart in his music."

FDRMX (review of SXSW Performance)