Due to COVID-19-related scheduling issues, finalists for the 2021 Songwriter Showcase will be selected by invitation only. We will not be accepting any submissions for 2021. But we expect to return to an open submission system next year.
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, vocal delivery, and the overall performance.
Past showcase finalists include Erica Wheeler, Don Conoscenti, Karen Pernick, Deb Talan, Dan Sheridan, Dee Carstensen, Mitch Barrett, Sarah Sample, Chuck E. Costa, Liz Longley, Megan Burtt, Caleb Hawley, Robby Hecht, Caroline Spence, Connor Garvey, Ben Shannon, Korby Lenker, Heather Mae, Kira Small and 2019 winner Alexa Wildish.
A huge congratulations to our 2019 Songwriter Showcase winner Alexa Wildish!
Alexa will be performing a full set on the main stage at the 30th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (August 7-9, 2020)! Congrats to each of these top five finalists as chosen by our judges after their performances on the Folks Festival main stage on August 16:
- Alexa Wildish (Boulder, CO)
- Lauren Pratt (Boston, MA)
- Christopher Williams (Nashville, TN)
- catherine the great (Roanoke, VA)
- Caroline Cotter (Portland, ME)
Congratulations to the other five finalists in the 2019 Songwriter Showcase:
- Wyatt Espalin (Hiawassee, GA)
- Rob Nance (Durham, NC)
- Tim Ostdiek (Longmont, CO)
- Cole Scheifele (Boulder, CO)
- Mike Stocksdale (Culver City, CA)
Check out the Soundcloud stream of songs from all ten of the 2019 finalists.
- Emery Adeline (Nashville, TN)
- David Ayscue (Los Angeles, CA)
- Maria Brosgol (Brooklyn, NY)
- Cary Cooper (Asheville, NC)
- Danielle Durack (Phoenix, AZ)
- Shanna In a Dress (Boulder, CO)
- Aaron English (Seattle, WA)
- Kala Farnham (Pomfret Center, CT)
- Ms. Fridrich (Arlington, VA)
- Lara Herscovitch (New Haven, CT)
- John Louis (Minneapolis, MN)
- Olivia Millerschin (Rochester Hills, MI)