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NewSong is an independent music organization with the following two-fold mission:

Over the past ten years, NewSong has achieved its mission by producing the following programs and events:

NewSong Recordings

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Our record label, established to work hand in hand with exceptional talent that we identify within our community of artists. Our releases from the Cardinal Sons, Diana Jones, Chris Velan, Amber Rubarth, Arthur Alligood and others have received critical acclaim.

NewSong Contest

Now in its 14th year, it’s one of North America’s premier showcases of emerging performing songwriters across an array of genres, and includes regional rounds. To learn more and submit, click here.

NewSong Showcases

These concert productions, held at various locations across the country, feature the cream-of-the-crop of our NewSong alumni, including former contest winners and label artists. Recent series include the NewSong Series @ Bryant Park (NYC), the Summer Plaza Series presented by the Arts World Financial Center (NYC), and the NewSong Emerging Artist Series @ Lincoln Center in the David Rubenstein Atrium (NYC).


Gar Ragland

Gar Ragland is a music producer, composer and the president and co-founder of NewSong Music, an independent artist development company. A native North Carolinian (Winston-Salem), Gar began his music career while a student at the University of Virginia, sharing bills with acts that include the Dave Matthews Band, Gov’t Mule and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. After working several years in Washington, DC as an environmental economist for the policy think tankResources for the Future, Ragland relocated to Boston to study composition and improvisation at theNew England Conservatory with MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award winning pianist, composer and educator Ran Blake. He then moved to New York City to open NewSong’s Brooklyn studio and office, and moved to Asheville with his family in 2012 to set up shop at Echo Mountain Recording Studios. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys), and is the board chair of the Asheville Area Arts Council.