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Arts Brookfield’s ‘Summer on the Plaza’ Concert Series Returns to Downtown Denver.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The Free Outdoor Concert Series Curated by NewSong Music Kicks off Wednesday, July 8 with Indie Rock Band Science Partner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What: Summer on the Plaza a free outdoor concert series
When: Wednesdays, July 8-29 (performance lineup listed below); 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: 1801 California (Plaza), 1801 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
Presenter: Arts Brookfield
Curator: NewSong Music
Website: www.ArtsBrookfield.com/SummerOnThePlaza
Cost: FREE (all ages)

DENVER (July 8, 2015) ⎯ Arts Brookfield’s free outdoor concert series, Summer on the Plaza, returns on Wednesday, July 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Science Partner performing at the 1801 California plaza. The series is curated by NewSong Music.

The series highlights rising music stars of Denver and beyond, including the lush, three part harmonies of indie rick band Science Partner, the symphonic-folk-meets-mountain sound of Covenhoven, jazz-Americana duo Max Hatt / Edda Glass, and the reverb-dripping guitars and boot-stomping beats of Whiskey Folk, featuring members of The Congress and Robbie Peoples. Concertgoers can enjoy happy hours specials at Guard and Grace, adjacent to the plaza – drink, dine and dig some fantastic tunes, all in one downtown Denver location.

SCHEDULED PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Wednesday, July 8 – Science Partner

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Science Partner

Science Partner is a six-piece rock band that showcases lush, three-part harmonies, walls of guitars, a tight rhythm section and unabashedly catchy pop arrangements. Made up of members of some of Denver’s finest and busiest bands, their performances are somewhat rare but highly polished. Science Partner’s lyrical content ranges from the exiguity of humanity to the fleeting fame of a child.

Wednesday, July 15 – Covenhoven

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Covenhoven

Colorado musician Joel Van Horne releases music under the moniker Covenhoven, also the name given to the cabin his grandfather built deep in the woods of southern Wyoming between 1955 and 1965. His music has been referred to as “symphonic folk” and “mountain music.”

Wednesday, July 22 – Max Hatt / Edda Glass

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Max Hatt / Edda Glass

2014 NewSong Contest grand prize winners Matt Hatt / Edda Glass describe their collaboration as an experiment to determine if complex, sophisticated music is still culturally relevant, with the ability to narrate human situations and resonate without translation and abstraction. The duo identifies their music as Bossa Nova, Brazilian jazz, jazz Americana and vocal jazz.

Wednesday, July 29 – Whiskey Folk (featuring members of the Congress & Robbie Peoples)

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Whiskey Folk

Whiskey Folk’s “folk noir” blends ominous, reverb-dripping guitars with boot-stomping train beats and funereal horns to create sonic backdrops for down-on-your-luck ballads and beer-soaked anthems.

 

 

Presented by Arts Brookfield and curated by NewSong Music, Summer on the Plaza is just one of the exciting, world-class cultural experiences presented to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year at Brookfield’s properties around the globe, which include 1801 California and Republic Plaza, located in downtown Denver.

“The inaugural year of the Summer on the Plaza at 1801 California was a great success, drawing a diverse audience of music lovers,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. “We are excited to offer another opportunity for people to enjoy live music from local and regional musicians in one of Brookfield’s beautiful outdoor, urban, unique settings.”

For more information on the concert series, visit www.ArtsBrookfield.com/SummerOnThePlaza.

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About Arts Brookfield
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier buildings in Denver, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. www.ArtsBrookfield.com

About NewSong Music
NewSong Music is an independent artist development and music production company headquartered at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers and songwriters across all genres and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists to introduce their music to a broader, international audience.

Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), artist management services, concert production and the annual, international NewSong performance and songwriting competition. www.newsong-music.com

Troubadour & Musical Patriarch Jim Avett to perform in Asheville on Saturday, June 6.

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Tuesday, May 19. Asheville, NC. NewSong is excited to announce the upcoming concert, ‘An Evening of Story & Song with Jim Avett.’ The show will begin at 7 PM on Saturday, June 6 in the beautiful and acoustically rich Sanctuary of downtown Asheville’s Central United Methodist Church (27 Church Street).

 

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The concert is presented by Central United Methodist Church, in association with the Orange Peel, WNCW, NewSong Music and the Asheville Area Arts Council. Tickets are $17.00 in advance and $20.00 on the day of show, and are available for purchase online at theorangepeel.net. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

 

The son of a Methodist minister and a classical pianist, Jim Avett grew up in a home full of love and music, learning the importance of hard work and honest living. He and his wife instilled these same values in their children – including sons and musicians Seth and Scott of the Avett Brothers – and tempered them with a lot of fun and music. His guitar was an ever present instrument, and there was always singing.

 

As much as he enjoyed writing and performing his music, Avett put his family first and spent 35 years running his welding company, building bridges along much of the east coast in order to provide for them. After retiring from welding, he returned to music and recorded Jim Avett and Family in 2008, a collection of gospel music, with his children, Bonnie, Scott and Seth.

 

In 2010 he released Tribes, a collection of original tunes, followed by 2012’s Second Chance, which draws heavily on classic country and early rock and roll influences.

 

Avett now tours across the country, performing in listening rooms and festivals from the Southeast to Pacific Northwest to New England. His shows are a combination of beloved country tunes, gospel, original ballads and the stories he tells to introduce them.

 

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DATE: Saturday, June 6
Doors: 6:30 PM EDT
Showtime: 7:00 PM EDT
Seated Show / All Ages

 

LOCATION:
The Sanctuary
Central United Methodist Church
27 Church Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
828.253.3316

 

TICKET PRICE:
$17.00 advance // $20.00 day of show
A portion of the proceeds to benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

 

PARTNERS:
Central United Methodist Church
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
The Orange Peel
WNCW
Asheville Area Arts Council

 

About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has welcomed 269 Buncombe County families to safe, decent and affordable houses since 1983. Habitat homes, which are Green Built North Carolina certified, are sold at no-profit to partner families, who pay back a 0% interest loan. The non-profit also offers a home repair program for low-income homeowners. Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat by visiting ashevillehabitat.org.

Rachael Kilgour Wins the Second Annual LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Tuesday, May 12. Asheville, NC. Eight singer-songwriters from across the country convened in the beautiful mountains of Western NC this past Saturday night (May 9) at the 40th LEAF Festival, to perform and compete in the second annual NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer-Songwriter Showcase & Competition. It was standing room only in the festival’s Barn venue, a historic wooden structure blessed with outstanding acoustics, history and vibe, having been constructed in the early 20th Century by the illustrious students of the now defunct Black Mountain College (whose alums include John Cage, Buckminster Fuller and Robert Rauschenberg).

 

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The order in which these talented singer-songwriters presented their original songs was happenstance; despite having names drawn from a hat to determine the order just minutes before the program began, the energy and flow of the music from one performer to the next was remarkably cohesive and arcing, much like that of a favorite and well-worn album.

 

And while all the finalists played an integral role in the evening’s showcase, it was Duluth, Minnesota’s Rachael Kilgour who impressed both the judges and the audience the most; a packed house even awarded Kilgour the only standing ovation of the show after she completed her set in the contest’s second round.

 

“It was an impressive group of talented singer-songwriters,” stated Grammy-winning producer Steven Heller, one of the contest’s four judges. “The eight finalists are all winners. The grand star Rachel Kilgour, I hope, will become a household name, moving us with her insightful, emotive words and song.”

 

After the first round, Kilgour was selected along with Chad Elliott (Coon Rapids, IA) and Asheville’s own Brittany Ann to advance to the final and second round. According to judge Josh Blake, an Asheville-based producer, musician and president of iamavl.com, it was “the authenticity of Rachel’s performance, combined with her ability to describe her life’s experiences through her music, that allowed her to rise to the top of an extremely talented pool.”

 

“This year’s LEAF Contest received really strong entries coming from across the country and beyond,” stated judge Gar Ragland, the president and co-founder of NewSong Music, which produced the event. “The caliber of songwriting showcased at the LEAF Contest finals was very impressive, yet Rachael’s expressive and dynamic performance style – coupled with really well crafted lyrics and engaging melodies – set her apart from the other talent.”

 

“We’re also very excited to once again be able to support the wonderful LEAF Schools & Streets programs from proceeds from contest entry fees,” continued Ragland. “The LEAF Schools & Streets programs do amazing work across our communities in western NC and beyond, and we’re proud to support the program in this way.”

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Rachael Kilgour performing an in-studio performance of her song ‘In America’ which she performed live in the second and final round of the 2015 LEAF Contest finals

 

As the winner, Kilgour will return to the LEAF Festival this Fall for a mainstage performance of her own, and she’ll also advance as a regional finalist in the next international NewSong Contest.

 

“I loved my time in North Carolina and at LEAF, thank you for the incredible opportunity! The tour of Echo Mountain Studio on Saturday blew my mind, and left me dreaming bigger recording dreams than ever before. I am inspired. I so enjoyed connecting with the other finalists and hearing their work. I think we all felt grateful to perform in such a sweet space to such an attentive and encouraging audience – a songwriter can’t ask for much more than that. I am happy that my work was received so well by the judges and by the audience, it is quite an honor to have been selected as the winner of the competition. Thank you for the recognition and for all of the work you do for folks like me. I can’t wait to return in the fall!” – Rachael Kilgour

NewSong Winners Max Hatt / Edda Glass to perform free live webcast concert this evening from Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Friday, April 10. Asheville, NC – Max Hatt / Edda Glass, Jazz-Americana duo, will take a break from recording their grand prize album at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studios to perform a live studio webcast concert this evening, Friday, April 10th, at 9 PM EDT. To be released later this year by NewSong Recordings, the album is being produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco and the Autumn Defense.

Max Hatt / Edda Glass were chosen for the recording session from the international Mountain Stage / NewSong Contest, held at Lincoln Center in New York City, where they were awarded the grand prize by judges from NewSong, ASCAP, Lincoln Center, and the producers of the upcoming LP.

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“I was mesmerized by the music of Max Hatt / Edda Glass from the first moment I heard them,” says the album’s producer Pat Sansone. “They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape […] with songs that possess a mysterious and soulful magic. I’m more than excited to be working with them.”

“Max Hatt/Edda Glass often defied categorization,” said Gar Ragland, NewSong’s director and the album’s executive producer, calling them “arguably the most distinctive finalist act – let alone winner – we’ve ever had in the program’s thirteen year history.” In conjunction with the album’s forthcoming release, Max Hatt / Edda Glass will play on NPR’s Mountain Stage and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

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After the contest, the duo entered into an intensive creative phase to come up with new material for the album. “That was the best prize of all— to suddenly be immersed in creative work,” says Glass. “Gar and Pat have really encouraged and supported us to go after something unique and artistic,” adds Hatt, saying that the material explores new rhythmic territory, which they are thrilled to be recording with a quartet, featuring Clipper Anderson on bass and River Guerguerian on drums. Guerguerian, an Asheville-based award-winning multi-percussionist, has recorded on over 200 albums and film soundtracks, and has played with such groups as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Lizz Wright, and The Gipsy Kings. Likewise Anderson has played with a long list of jazz greats, including Michael Brecker, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Benny Golson. Based in Seattle, he is known for his virtuosic bass lines, and has already collaborated with Max Hatt / Edda Glass on the NewSong-released single ‘Occasional Summer.’

Max Hatt / Edda Glass Occasional Summer

 

“Our recently released song ‘Occasional Summer’ with Clipper is a taste of what we’re driving at here at Echo Mountain,” says Glass. “Tracking live in the studio with Clipper and River has been exactly the deep musical conversation we were hoping for— only different of course, because those magic surprise moments are what it’s all about. Now that the basic tracks are down we’re digging into the conversation between our jazz influences and these other textures and feels we want to evoke. We want it to resonate primally, immediately, in addition to all the deeper stuff that’s there musically. So with all of Pat and [co-producer] Josh [Shapera’s] experience in pop and rock, it’s a huge privilege to have their ears and ideas and direction. Combined with Pat’s innate sensitivity for what this is all about, I feel like something special and unique is in process this week.”

For more info on Max Hatt / Edda Glass, click here.

For more info on NewSong Music, click here.

For more info on Echo Mountain Recording Studios, click here.

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2015 LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Finalists Announced

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Asheville, NC. Thursday, April 23. The producers of NewSong Music and the LEAF Festival are pleased to announce the following eight finalists in this year’s NewSong Presents: LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition. Now in its second year, the showcase and competition attracted artist entrants from across North America and as far away as Japan for the opportunity to perform and compete next month at the 40th LEAF Festival, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains just outside of Asheville, NC on the grounds of the historic Black Mountain College.

 

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Jen Starsinic

Nashville, TN
Kelly EnglishKelly English
Bolton, CT
Chris JamisonChris Jamison
Asheville, NC
Beth McKeeBeth McKee
Orlando,FL
Becky WarrenBecky Warren
Nashville, TN
Chad ElliottChad Elliott
Coon Rapids, IA
Rachael KilgourRachael Kilgour
Duluth, MN
Kat MillsKat Mills
Blacksburg, VA
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The performance showcase and competition will occur at 6:30 PM on Saturday, May 9 as part of the LEAF Festival, which occurs May 7-10 and will feature music, culture and art from over 30 countries. In addition to performances from all eight finalists, there will be an encore performance from last year’s LEAF Contest winner Wyatt Espalin.

 

“We’re very excited to be hosting and presenting these eight fine artists at next month’s LEAF,” said NewSong director Gar Ragland, who is producing the event. “The caliber of their songwriting and performance abilities should ensure that this year’s performance showcase and competition will once again be a highlight of the spring LEAF Festival.”

 

NewSong and LEAF would like to thank all entrants for participating in this year’s event, and wish everyone the best in their ongoing creative endeavors.

 

 

About LEAF

May 2015 marks the 40th LEAF Festival and the 20th year for the larger organization, LEAF Community Arts (LEAF).  LEAF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts.  The programs of LEAF include LEAF Schools & Streets; LEAF International and LEAF Festival.  Attendance at LEAF Festival provides a family-friendly weekend experience infused with music and arts while supporting the long-term vision of the organization.  Since 2004, LEAF has served over 41,000 youth with programs in over 15 community locations and in 10 countries worldwide.  Get involved or find out more at www.theLEAF.org.

 

2014 LEAF-NewSong FinalsThe 2015 LEAF-NewSong Showcase & Competition Finals will take place in the historic Barn on the beautiful LEAF Festival grounds just outside of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Barn served as an important classroom and venue of the historic Black Mountain College, and was built by its illustrious students.
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About NewSong Music

NewSong Music is an independent artist development and music production company headquartered at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios.

 

NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers and songwriters across all genres and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists to introduce their music to a broader, international audience.

 

Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), artist management services, concert production and the annual, international NewSong performance and songwriting competition. Its presenting partners include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, NPR’s Mountain Stage and the ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival. www.newsong-music.com

 

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2015 NewSong Partners & Sponsors

Announcing the Second Annual LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition, presented by NewSong Music

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

 

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Wednesday, February 11. Asheville, NC. LEAF Festival and NewSong Music are proud to announce the Second Annual NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition.  With a mission to empower and elevate the professional development of singer-songwriters, LEAF and NewSong have joined forces to discover and celebrate the very best local, regional and national talent.

 

The contest begins accepting online mp3 submissions today (February 11), and the final deadline to enter is Tuesday, April 7. Judges will select eight finalists from the online submissions, who will then be invited to perform in the live performance finals at the Spring LEAF Festival on Saturday, May 9, 2015. A panel of judges at the finals will select the overall winner of the competition.

 

The grand prize winner will be awarded a paid, featured performance at the Fall LEAF Festival, October 15-18 in Black Mountain, including lodging & accommodations. The grand prize winner will also advance as regional finalist in the 2015 international NewSong performance and songwriting competition.

 

All eight finalists will each receive a complimentary LEAF Festival performer pass for Saturday, May 9 to perform in the live finals.

 

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The 2014 LEAF-NewSong Showcase & CompetitionFinals, which take place in the historic Barn on the beautiful LEAF Festival grounds just outside of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Barn served as an important classroom and venue of the historic Black Mountain College, and was built by its illustrious students.
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Now in its second year, the NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition was created as a platform for artists who have a wealth of talent, but limited access to the big stage. The goal is to provide a springboard for Singer-Songwriters everywhere – to share art, shine on stage, and become household names within the LEAF, NewSong, and greater music community. Last year’s first annual grand prize winner was Wyatt Espalin, from Hiawassee, Georgia, who will be returning as a featured performer during this Spring’s second annual live performance finals between sets, as the judges deliberate to determine his successor.

 

“Since winning the 1st Annual LEAF/NewSong Songwriting Competition last year, I have experienced a whirlwind of buzz around my songwriting,” says Espalin. “With the recognition of the contest, I have been asked to play greater listening venues such as Eddie’s Attic and the Red Clay Theater here in Georgia. It was a wonderful experience and the best part of the prize was performing my own sets at last year’s Fall LEAF fest. I can’t thank LEAF and NewSong enough for the new fans and family that I’ve been able to experience.”

 

The cost to enter is $20 for one song, $35 for two songs, and $45 for three songs. Submit your songs safely and securely online at www.newsong-music.com/LEAF. A portion of the contest proceeds will support the non-profit LEAF Schools and Streets music & arts education program.

 

IMPORTANT NEWSONG PRESENTS: LEAF SINGER-SONGWRITER COMPETITION DATES

Wednesday, February 11 – Online submission platform opens for entries
Tuesday, April 7 – Final deadline to enter
Tuesday, April 14  – Finalists announced
Saturday, May 9 – Live performance finals at the Spring LEAF Festival (May 7-10)

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

 

“One of the greatest gifts we have to offer is our music and our story.  The Second Annual NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition gives musicians everywhere an opportunity to share their journey within an amazing setting, surrounded by an incredibly supportive community, for an opportunity to elevate their craft to the Big Stage!” ~ Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director

 

“It’s a great honor to once again partner with LEAF to present the second annual singer-songwriter competition. The LEAF experience is so special and unique among music and arts festivals, and an ideal environment to introduce deserving emerging artists to an appreciative and supportive audience.” ~ Gar Ragland, NewSong Director & Co-founder

 

 

About LEAF

May 2015 marks the 40th LEAF Festival and the 20th year for the larger organization, LEAF Community Arts (LEAF).  LEAF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts.  The programs of LEAF include LEAF Schools & Streets; LEAF International and LEAF Festival.  Attendance at LEAF Festival provides a family-friendly weekend experience infused with music and arts while supporting the long-term vision of the organization.  Since 2004, LEAF has served over 41,000 youth with programs in over 15 community locations and in 10 countries worldwide.  Get involved or find out more at www.theLEAF.org.

 

 

About NewSong Music

NewSong Music is an independent artist development company headquartered at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios.

NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers and songwriters across all genres and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists to introduce their music to a broader, international audience.

Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), artist management services, concert production and the annual, international NewSong performance and songwriting competition. Its presenting partners include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, NPR’s Mountain Stage and the ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival. www.newsong-music.com

 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico duo Max Hatt / Edda Glass win top honors at the 2014 NewSong Showcase & Competition.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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New York, NY. Tuesday, November 24. Among a talented field of singer-songwriters from across North America who showcased at last Saturday’s 13th annual Mountain Stage / NewSong Showcase and Competition, it was the jazz and bossa nova influenced duo Max Hatt / Edda Glass whom the judges chose as this year’s grand prize winner.

 

“Once again the caliber of artists who performed at this year’s NewSong showcase and competition exceeded what were already high expectations,” says Gar Ragland, NewSong’s director and co-founder. “Among this year’s talent, the songs and performance sensibilities of Max Hatt / Edda Glass often defied categorization, making them arguably the most distinctive finalist act – let alone winner – we’ve ever had in the program’s thirteen year history. We’re excited to introduce their music to a broader audience, and along with producer and musician Pat Sansone, to create a recorded body of work that’s as unique, artful and engaging as their performances were at Lincoln Center last weekend.”

 

newsong-finals-fb-galleryBased in Santa Fe, NM and previously from Helena, MT, the winning duo’s influences range from “Girl from Ipanema” to Neil Young. At Lincoln center they played songs about high plains, pioneer women, and gunslingers. They also played songs featuring jazz guitar improvisation, including their original Bossa, ‘Occasional Summer.’ ”Longing across distance,” says Glass, “be it prairie or time or an unresolved chord— that’s what ties it together for me.”

 

The jazz influence comes as no surprise to Max Hatt / Edda Glass’s New Mexico and Montana fans, who know them first as Rio, featuring Hatt’s improvisation, Glass’s knack for Brazilian Portuguese, and the works of great composers like Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim. “The songs we play with Rio— Stardust or Girl from Ipanema — those songs were massively popular in their day. People would lose themselves in the sheer melody of it,” says Glass. “With our original music we want to draw more people into that listening experience again, both through the lyric and the composition. We want it to be immediately accessible and beautiful, but with the musical depth and richness of jazz— so the more you listen the more you get.”

 

“Pop music is on a well-documented trend toward simpler and simpler music that doesn’t push its melodic and harmonic envelope,” adds Hatt. “As a songwriter I’m trying to tell the musical stories that aren’t being told. Edda does the same thing with the lyric and the delivery. The trick is that it has to resonate, even as it surprises.”

 

As grand-prize winners, Max Hatt / Edda Glass will perform on NPR’s Mountain Stage, at the Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Café, and in their own Lincoln Center concert. They will also make an EP with producer Pat Sansone of Wilco and Autumn Defense, recorded at Asheville, North Carolina’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. “The excitement of that creative collaboration is only just dawning on us now,” says Glass. “Doing our work— living in the creative zone— that’s the whole point.“

 

newsong-finals-step&repeat-gallery“It was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of last weekends NewSong Showcase,” says producer and musician Sansone, who served as a judge. “I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of talent on the stage that day, and I truly enjoyed meeting and listening to all of the artists in attendance.  It was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to get to work on the EP with the winners Max Hatt and Edda Glass early next year.  NewSong celebrates great undiscovered songwriting, and this past weekend definitely felt like that…a celebration.”

 

This year’s panel of judges included Sansone, NewSong’s Gar Ragland, Lincoln Center’s Claudia Norman and ASCAP’s Loretta Muñoz.

 

“For more than 10 years, the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest has provided a platform for some of today’s most talented singer-songwriters to be discovered and take their music career to the next level,” says Muñoz. “As part of our mission to foster the next generation of great songwriters, ASCAP is proud to partner with NewSong in providing this opportunity. We congratulate all of this year’s semi-finalists, it was a very difficult decision…. the talent was exceptional. We’re thrilled to be able to showcase this year’s winners, the sublime Max Hatt / Edda Glass, at our Sundance ASCAP Music Café in January.”

 

Now in its 13th year, the NewSong Contest is one of the premier showcases of emerging performers and songwriters in North America, produced in association with NPR’s Mountain Stage. Its mission is to build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across all genres of music and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists within this community and then work closely with these artists to develop their careers and introduce their music to a broader, international audience.

 

“There are so many of us listeners and musicians who want more from music, but we’re all getting lost in the noise— we can’t even find each other,” says winner Glass. “NewSong is narrowing the gap. Even before we went to New York, I was already really intrigued by some of our fellow finalists whom I only discovered through NewSong. Then to meet them and see them live— really cool. To create an atmosphere of mutual support and camaraderie, have the excitement of a contest, and do it all in NYC in two days time—  that is really quite a feat.”

 

For more information on NewSong, visit newsong-music.com

 

For more information on Max Hatt / Edda Glass, visit maxhatteddaglass.com

 

You’re invited to attend the 13th Annual NewSong Showcase & Competition at Lincoln Center.

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Come join us on Saturday, November 15 at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the 13th Annual NewSong Showcase and Competition, featuring some of North America’s most talented emerging artists.

 

The show is free, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE EVENT INFO.

 

Special thanks to oursupportive partners and sponsors Red Jacket Orchards, Mountain Stage, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, ASCAP, & Echo Mountain Recording Studios.

 

GENERAL
ROUND WINNER
GENERAL
ROUND WINNER
GENERAL
ROUND WINNER
Daniel Shearin
Daniel Shearin
Fletcher, NC

Allie Farris
Nashville, TN
Korby Lenker
Korby Lenker
Nashville, TN
INTERNATIONAL
ROUND WINNER
NORTHEAST
ROUND WINNER
SOUTHEAST
ROUND WINNER
Kim Harris
Kim Harris
Halifax, Nova Scotia (CAN)
Ryan Hobler
Ryan Hobler
Montclair, NJ
Laney Jones
Laney Jones
Mount Dora, FL
MIDWEST
ROUND WINNER
SOUTHWEST
ROUND WINNER
WEST
ROUND WINNER
Corey Hart
Corey Hart
Barneveld, WI
Max Hatt Edda Glass
Max Hatt/Edda Glass
Santa Fe, NM
The Banner Days
The Banner Days
Snohomish, WA
EARLY BIRD
WINNER
EARLY BIRD
WINNER
PEOPLE’S CHOICE
WINNER
Dennis Ellsworth
Dennis Ellsworth
Charlottetown, PEI CANADA
Queen Esther
Queen Esther
New York, NY
Phoebe Elliot
Phoebe Elliot
Nashville, TN

 

THANKS again to all of you who participated in this year’s program. We applaud the hard work and inspiration all the artists who submitted put into writing and recording original music.

Allie Farris, Korby Lenker & Daniel Shearin selected as remaining 2014 NewSong Contest finalists

Friday, October 24th, 2014

 

Daniel Shearin
Daniel Shearin
Fletcher, NC

Allie Farris
Nashville, TN
Korby Lenker
Korby Lenker
Nashville, TN

 

They’ll be joining the following previously selected finalists from our ‘Early Bird’ and Regional Rounds at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, November 15.

 

INTERNATIONAL
ROUND WINNER
NORTHEAST
ROUND WINNER
SOUTHEAST
ROUND WINNER
Kim Harris
Kim Harris
Halifax, Nova Scotia (CAN)
Ryan Hobler
Ryan Hobler
Montclair, NJ
Laney Jones
Laney Jones
Mount Dora, FL
 
MIDWEST
ROUND WINNER
SOUTHWEST
ROUND WINNER
WEST
ROUND WINNER
Corey Hart
Corey Hart
Barneveld, WI
Max Hatt Edda Glass
Max Hatt/Edda Glass
Santa Fe, NM
The Banner Days
The Banner Days
Snohomish, WA
 
EARLY BIRD
WINNER
EARLY BIRD
WINNER
PEOPLE’S CHOICE
WINNER
Dennis Ellsworth
Dennis Ellsworth
Charlottetown, PEI CANADA
Queen Esther
Queen Esther
New York, NY
Phoebe Elliot
Phoebe Elliot
Nashville, TN
 

 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all of you who entered songs. We applaud the hard work and inspiration you put into writing and recording original music.

 

AND SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS Red Jacket Orchards, NPR’s Mountain Stage, Echo Mountain Recording, ASCAP, Lincoln Center and WFUV Public Radio!

Congratulations to the 2014 NewSong Regional Round Winners!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

 

INTERNATIONAL NORTHEAST SOUTHEAST
Kim Harris
Kim Harris
Halifax, Nova Scotia (CAN)
Ryan Hobler
Ryan Hobler
Montclair, NJ
Laney Jones
Laney Jones
Mount Dora, FL
MIDWEST
SOUTHWEST
WEST
Corey Hart
Corey Hart
Barneveld, WI
Max Hatt Edda Glass
Max Hatt/Edda Glass
Santa Fe, NM
The Banner Days
The Banner Days
Snohomish, WA

 

These fine artists will be joining us in New York on November 15 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to showcase and compete for the grand prize. 

 

THIS YEAR’S NEWSONG CONTEST GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

– An EP recorded and mixed by producer, musician and songwriter Pat Sansone (WIlco, The Autumn Defense) at Asheville, NC’sEcho Mountain Recording Studios

– An appearance on NPR Music’s highly acclaimed Mountain Stage show 

– A performance showcase at the 2015 Sundance ASCAP Music Café in Park City, UT

– His/Her own featured performance at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium in New York City

CLICK HERE TO ENTER BY OCT 1!