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The Best Part of Wakin’ Up? Sing it Loud!

Want to go down in the history books as one of the greatest TV commercial jingle composers of all time?

Here’s your chance …

From Johnny Cash’s soulful spin to the upbeat melody of Rascal Flatts, many musicians have put their spin on the catchy little “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up” jingle for Folgers. Composed by Leslie Pearl, the original jingle debuted in 1984 and has since been used in countless advertisements in country, R&B, a cappella and gospel versions.

Now the company is searching for the next great rendition.

Folgers and award-winning musician and songwriter Gavin DeGraw invite anyone with an affinity for music to submit their own version of the iconic jingle – “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up is Folgers in Your Cup” – by March 6, 2013, for a chance to win $25,000.

Individuals and groups of six or fewer are encouraged to submit original video entries through March 6 on will be judged based on creativity/originality, musical performance and adherence to the creative assignment. The top 10 finalists will have their entries posted online for a nationwide vote from May 15 through June 19, 2013.

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