By John Scandalios - February 3, 2013 - Astoria, NY - Sylvana Joyce wins The Fifth Annual Ultimate Singer-Songwriter Contest at Waltz-Astoria, a competition with over 150 contestants. Three qualifying rounds featuring 60 contestants performed for 3 days prior to the Final. Sylvana Joyce won entry to the Sunday Final by being being selected "wild card" contestant. In accepting the trophy and $1,000 cash prize, Sylvana was emotionally moved and dedicated her achievement to her mother who raised her in a single-parent home. Sylvana, a New York City native, started writing songs at the age of 5. She grew up to listening to opera, classical music, and Romanian folk music, some of which was composed by her late grandfather, who was a well-known songwriter in Romania. While attending the conservatory at Boston University, she gained interests in rock and blues music which evolved her songwriting into a combination of new and old world textures. Sylvana, a classically trained pianist and professional actress, leads a showstopping performance with her powerhouse voice and natural star quality. Sylvana Joyce and The Moment's music is the perfect mix of gypsy rock, blues and cabaret that has drawn comparisons to Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gogol Bordello and The Dresden Dolls. Second place winner in The Ultimate Singer-Songwriter Contest at the Waltz-Astoria was Miranda Inzunza with third place going to Hunter Hoffman. The other finalist were Anson Li, Adam Bahanan, Joe Jung, Benjamin Lawrence, Mary Jennings, and Paul Saylor.