|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.
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.
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 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