Songwriter Showcase

Songwriter Showcase

Songwriter Showcase

Songwriter Showcase

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.

2023 Songwriter Showcase Winner & Finalists

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)

2023 Songwriter Showcase Honorable Mention


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