Find all the finalists’ submission videos and more from our Folgers Jingle Contest. Each original submission had to include “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up Is Folgers in Your Cup®” melody and lyrics.
[Sawyer]: When you wake up really early and the sun’s coming up, you’re just like, wow… there’s so much that can be done in one day. People change the world in a day.
My name is Sawyer Frye, and I’m from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
When I’m feeling the best, I am producing music. I’m writing music, or I’m freestyle rapping, or I’m singing.
[SINGING]: Smile inside my heart… watch the sunrise as it sets.
Zach and Marcus are two friends of mine. Zach has a landscaping company. Being able to work part time gives me an opportunity to just really focus on music, you know, just give my full energy to it.
There’s something fun about making up a song off the top of your head. We do that all the time. Like, literally anytime we’re hanging out, like, it might be anything to inspire a melody, and I just start singing. Marcus will drop a beat box.
[SINGING]: … some Folgers® in my cup… really though, babe, yo I can’t get enough…
When me and Zach and Marcus aren’t working together, we like to just hang out. Their parents have a farmhouse in the mountains. I’ll join them up there, and we’ll just sit on the back porch and just chill. When the fire pit’s ready, we’ll sit around and jam. And we’ll make music for hours.
[SINGING]: … just a sign of who we are. I’ll go ahead… There’s something special about every word she says…
What I want in life… follow my dreams, pursue my passions, and never give up on my goals.
[SUPER]: Folgers Jingle Contest
[BEN]: I think anybody who plays music should have a sense of humor.
[BEN]: My name is Ben Smith, and I live in Nacogdoches, Texas. I think I drive the people around me crazy…
[BEN TO GIRL]: Be yourself, Katie.
[BEN]: … but I also keep them sane.
[BEN TO KATIE]: That’s what keeps the tears away.
[BEN]: My wife and I met through music. I was asked to sit in on drums with a cover band that she was singing backup vocals for.
Music is so central to my everyday life. It always has been. The second I could figure out how to play it, I was constantly playing it, and then trying to create it on my own.
[BEN TO MUSIC STUDENT]: The second mode would be the first octave of that mode. The third mode being the fifth.
[BEN]: I heard about the Folgers® Jingle Contest in a class called Audio Production. It was a school assignment. Josh and I, the lead singer in the video, got together to write the jingle.
When you’re writing a song with somebody, especially if you’re collaborating and you’re two artists who are used to writing on your own, once you push through the first few ideas, that’s when something starts to happen.
[BAND MEMBER]: We started out with pretty, like, general ideas. Part of the guitar melody was started by Ben, and then I kinda built on that.
[BEN]: If those two people hadn’t been together at that moment, it would’ve been something different, which is what I like about collaboration.
Everybody that is in the video is in the same class. When we do hang out, we usually are either making music, recording music, bowling… we sometimes eat food in the same location.
Music speaks to people on an incredibly deep level. It’s something that you can hear, and it strikes you emotionally. Everyone has an emotional attachment to music, or an emotional reaction in some way.
[BEN SINGING]: The sun’s coming up in the morning. Baby, don’t you know I’m gonna get you some of that Folgers… Folgers.
[ENOCH]: We’ve got this one life, right? We wake up… it’s our life. I think everybody should do what they love to do.
My name is Enoch Kim—I’m from Chicago, Illinois.
Morning to me is a new opportunity to find new things that make me feel glad. To make music that I’m excited about, that my friends are excited about.
[SINGING] Up in the morning, I open the door… the one above my kitchen floor. It’s time to wake up…
In the Jingle, I play the banjo. Jake, he sang, he plays the guitar. Cobey, he’s the guy who played the kick drum. Rachel, she played the bass. We’re all friends.
[SINGING]: … The Best Part of Wakin’ Up is Folgers in Your Cup™.
A big thing with working with my friends on music is that they inspire me. They do things that I would have never dreamed of doing by myself. Just the way they make sounds, the way they play the drums, the way they write melody, the way that they sing—it’s just so drastically different from the way I view music, and I just love it.
I love being creative, whether it be, like, being creative with entertaining and audience, or writing a song in a creative way. There’s a moment that just hits me, and it’s like, “Wow, that’s awesome.” That’s why I create. If I’m happy, then I am able to cause other people to experience that feeling in me.
Life’s not the same without music, man.
[DJAMILA]: Mornings mean the start of a new day. The start of a new opportunity. I like to wake up and be alive. I love feeling the start of something new.
My name is Djamila O’Brien, and I’m from Harlingen, Texas.
It may sound a little weird, but when I was 12 I was just kind of tired of being shy. I decided not to be that shy anymore. I’m originally from the Netherlands. I grew up there until I was 18 and then moved here. Family is very important to me. I try to at least talk to them once a week.
When I was 13, my parents bought me a guitar for my birthday. I was playing the guitar all the time. I was just very motivated and learned chords and learned to play very fast. After that, I couldn’t wait to get started writing music. I wanted to write my own songs and play guitar.
The songwriting process kind of varies. Sometimes I come up with lyrics; sometimes I come up with a melody. I do end up just sitting down with the guitar, with a notepad, taking my time writing a song, putting it all together. It’s kind of like a puzzle.
I love the Folgers® Jingle Contest. I really took it as a challenge to make it sound like a full song that really fit together.
[SINGING]: I think I heard her say that it’s time to rise. It’s time to rise this early morning.
[DJAMILA]: I am on YouTube almost every day. I consistently upload videos. I would consider myself to be a YouTube musician.
My musical dream is to make music the rest of my life. I would love to do a world tour someday and be in front of audiences all over the world.
[KARI PLAYING CYMBALS]: And so when I do that, I do a “pssss” or a “tssss.” My name is Kari Francis. I’m a vocal percussionist, and I live in Rochester, New York.
We’re a female pop vocal band composed of six members from all across the United States. So, we do most of our work when we’re not together. We either email or chat and just record things online and send them to each other, and we’re able to make something that otherwise wouldn’t be able to happen at all.
We’re all very close to each other’s personal lives and, frankly, we regard each other as sisters. So, Lauren wrote the original verse for the Folgers® Jingle Contest and roughed out an arrangement, and then sent that to me, Jo, Angela, Hannah, and Courtney, and we all collaborated and recorded and sent it back to Angela to mix and then the video to me to edit. And then we put that all together and submitted it.
There’s something very human and accessible about just the voice.
[KARI]: One really neat thing is that we get to travel around and work with other collegiate a cappella groups and help them find their sound and fine-tune what they’re doing and, ultimately, pass along our passion for a cappella and hopefully get them interested in it as well.
[STEPHANIE]: Music is a gift. It just brings up these powerful emotions. It has the power to change you.
My name is Stephanie Pruitt, and I live in Arlington, Texas. Mornings for us go like this: David will wake up—he’ll make the coffee, get out of the house, go to work—and then I will get the boys ready for school.
[STEPHANIE TO SON]: Are you bringing the magic book today, to show everybody?
[STEPHANIE]: The boys love to go visit their dad at work and feel really cool for about 10 minutes.
I first sang at the Grapevine Opry when I was 12 years old. I felt at home on the stage, and I felt at home singing. I was the happiest when I was around music.
The singers in the jingle… of course, my husband—he’s the bass singer, so he just had to be in it. Deanna has sung with me for a long time. Collin—I’ve actually known the longest. And then I took the lead part.
[SINGING]: Tried to open up my eyes. Oh, it’s hard. I gotta get a sweet cup of get-on-up. I know where you are…
[STEPHANIE]: The jingle that we did is a cappella, and that was kind of nerve-wracking to do it like that because everybody needs to be right on their part.
[SINGING]: …pop that top, gotta get to brewing. Mind and money on…
[STEPHANIE]: If one person gets off, it throws the whole group off. So, you really have to work as a team and just be really tight in your harmony.
[SINGING]: The Best Part of Wakin’ Up is Folgers in Your Cup™.
[STEPHANIE]: David starts it, you know, and sings, and then Collin kind of finishes on the lead at the end. I wanted to give everybody their own time to shine.
[SINGING]: … is Folgers in your cup.
[STEPHANIE]: I know how powerful music can be, so for me to be able to put words into a song and, you know, share that with the world… then I can make a difference in their lives and put a smile on their face.
[ANDREW]: Music somehow finds me. I know what it has to look like. I couldn’t describe it to you, but it ends up existing… or not.
My name is Andrew David Perkins, and I’m from Fenton, Michigan.
I’m the director of bands at the high school. We start out together and we don’t know each other. We don’t know the music—we really don’t know anything. And through the work of learning the music, we get to know each other as people, and that’s fantastic.
I like the idea of being part of something bigger than yourself; I like the idea of community. I like when an ensemble comes together and you start out and it’s just a wreck. And you work and you rehearse, and then everyone works on their own part, and then we work together, and eventually, it’s magnificent.
[ANDREW CONDUCTING HIGH SCHOOL BAND]
With the Folgers® Jingle, I wrote that on the guitar, and it felt good, and the little sequence of chords felt good, and it felt like a fun little old-timey-blues kind of a thing.
Separately, I’m the music director and conductor of the community orchestra. As a composer, I feel the need to create music that reflects the beauty that I see in the world around me, and in the people around me, and the experiences that I’ve had. I think music is a way of describing part of our existence; it’s a lens through which you can look at your life.
Everyone gets something out of it at the end—we make something that’s bigger than the sum of all of us together.
[BAND MEMBER]: Life can get pretty stressful. Music can take you above all that. Life is giving joy, receiving joy.
[CHRIS]: My name is Chris Culbertson, and I’m from Dublin, Ohio.
I really, really like being in a band with my friends. That’s me… that’s Tatsumi, Hiro, and Joe. We’re friends first, and then we’re a band second.
[BAND MEMBER]: Most of the music writing comes from when we’re together. When one of us has a guitar part, or some chords or lyrics, we all try to build off each other.
[OTHER BAND MEMBER]: Usually, someone has some inspiration from some band that we really like, or they’ll write a riff that’s really cool, and we’ll all be like, “man, that riff… let’s make a song.”
[PLAYING MINI GOLF]
[CHRIS]: We draw a lot from, like, you know, that kind of, like, happy, uplifting kind of spirit. I think our music would not be as inspiring or uplifting without Hiro.
Hiro’s smile is, like, hmm… it’s infectious.
[BAND MEMBER]: As long as the music’s got that, like, passion, emotion, it’s good for me.
[SINGING]: I want to be a rock star and write a famous song. Well, at least I’ve got a radio. I guess I’ll sing along… I want to be a cowboy… Nothing can stop me once I’ve had my coffee and suddenly, the world is lovely. So, lift your Folgers® up. We’ll make a toast to love…
[CHRIS]: I’ve known these guys for, like, my whole life pretty much. We’ve been friends for a really long time.
[BAND MEMBER]: There are so many, like, uncertainties in the future, but, like knowing that I have good friends there supporting me… I feel like I can take on that challenge.
[JON-MICHAEL]: My morning basically starts in the middle of the night when it’s still dark outside at 2:30. It’s all quiet. It’s really nice and peaceful. It’s a cool time to start the day. My name is Jon-Michael Schoeng, and I’m from El Cajon, California.
I work at the airport doing security. The good part about starting work really early, it’s like a sacrifice on the front end, but when I’m off, it’s really cool to have the rest of the day.
I’ve been married for about a year and a half to my awesome wife, Lauren, and we have a 9-month-old son, Mason.
When I get home from work, probably about 1 o’clock, I’ll just play with Mason and just hang out, or go walk around, or go long boarding, or just go on an adventure and find a new spot to check out.
Our house is definitely never really quiet. We’re either singing or playing the radio, or I’ll be playing piano and coming up with songs or practicing music. We’re always making some sort of noise.
I wrote the lyrics for the jingle when I was at work just pushing bags in the back, so I would take a little break and then write something down in my phone. I came home after work and tried to kinda work it out on the piano and turned it into what it actually came out to be.
[JON-MICHAEL SINGING]: So, come on and get up with the sun, and share this cup with me. Breathe. Take it in…
[JON-MICHAEL]: I definitely feel that the purpose in my life is to serve God and also not take it too seriously. Have fun. Take it day by day, and whatever adventure comes around the corner.
[JON-MICHAEL SINGING]: … is Folgers® in your cup.
[WILLY]: The way that I see it is that music is the tool to reach people and to touch their hearts. It can have an impact on people, and maybe their worldview, and maybe why they’re on this earth.
My name is Willy Roberts. We are in Council Bluffs, Iowa. My wife’s name is Sarah Jane. We’ve been married for 11 years. We now have five children. My wife homeschools, so we’re not typically in a big rush. We wake up and have breakfast together, sit down and just hang out before I head off to work usually.
Sarah Jane and I formed a nonprofit ministry. We use music to raise money for orphans around the world. Inspiration for the songs that I write… they come from all over the place. I could write a love song for my wife, or I could write a song about things that are going on in the world, or maybe something that I read that touched my heart.
Sarah Jane found out about the Folgers® Jingle Contest by an email she received. She came and sat down next to me and told me about it, said, “Write a song—right now.” It was the night before it had to be submitted.
I’ve had moments where I’m 100% confident that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. And then there’s times where obviously some doubt can creep in and you go, “What in the world are you doing? You’re in your 30s, and you have a family to take care of. Why are you trying to make a living playing music?” I can’t see myself doing anything else.
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