The Songwriter Showcase is our nationally-recognized, singer/songwriter competition open to anyone who writes and performs original music, and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal.
Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition (50%), vocal delivery (25%), and the overall performance (25%).
Ten (10) finalists will be selected to receive a 3-day pass to the 2023 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado to compete in a live performance contest for cash and prizes.
Congratulations to our 2023 Songwriter Showcase winner Cindy Kalmenson (Ojai, CA)!
Cindy received a stunning Taylor 517e Acoustic Guitar, $400, and a Main Stage performance spot on our 2024 Folks Festival lineup.
With nearly 400 song entries, we are also proud to announce the runner-up contestants:
2nd Place: Katie Boeck (Nashville, TN)
3rd Place: Jackson Emmer (Carbondale, CO)
4th Place: Mike Stocksdale (Culver City, CA)
5th Place: Joel Van Horne (Denver, CO)
Other top 10 finalist competing in the live performance competition (in no particular order)
- Vince Colbert (Denver, CO)
- Halley Neal (Nashville, TN)
- Stacy Antonel (Nashville, TN)
- Ingrid Avison (Nederland, CO)
- Trisha Gene Brady (Knoxville, TN)
- Josh Cleveland (Minneapolis, MN)
- Nina de Vitry (Nashville, TN)
- Lyle de Vitry (Asheville, NC)
- Patrick Dethlefs (Kittredge, CO)
- Lauren Frihauf (Byers, CO)
- Lalo Hart (Evergreen, CO)
- Joe Kuckla (Hygiene, CO)
- Olivia Ellen Loyd (Sheperdstown, WV)
- Antonio Lopez (Longmont, CO)
- Sean Magwire (Oxford, MA)
- Jack McKeon (Nashville, TN)
- Dan Raza (London, UK)
- Andrew Sturtz (Boulder, CO)
- Maggie Wing (Los Altos, CA)
Top (10) Finalists will receive the following:
- 3-day pass (w/camping) to 2023 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
- Performance slot in the Wildflower Pavilion during the festival in addition to contest performances on the Mainstage
1st : Taylor Guitar, $400, and 2024 Mainstage Folks Fest Performance, BONUS - Recording session at Animal Lane Studio.
2nd - 10th : Cash & Prizes