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2015 LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Finalists Announced

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.


Jen Starsinic
Jen Starsinic

Nashville, TN
Kelly EnglishKelly English
Bolton, CT
Chris JamisonChris Jamison
Asheville, NC
Beth McKeeBeth McKee
Becky WarrenBecky Warren
Nashville, TN
Chad ElliottChad Elliott
Coon Rapids, IA
Rachael KilgourRachael Kilgour
Duluth, MN
Kat MillsKat Mills
Blacksburg, VA
2015 NewSong LEAF Finalists Soundcloud playlist

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


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.
LEAF Festival Grounds at night


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.




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