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June 25th, 2019

NewSong Artist Roundup: Blair Bodine, Kim Ware & more

There are so many talented artists who are part of the NewSong family — it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! That’s why each week, we compile a list of new releases, shows, and videos from past NewSong artists who we think deserve your attention. 

Thinking about submitting to this year’s NewSong Music Singer Songwriter Competition? Submit your music here

Kim Ware — “His Name Was the Color That I Loved”

We are loving 2019 LEAF finalist Kim Ware’s new single “His Name Was the Color That I Loved” from her forthcoming album Prose and Consciousness. We got to know Kim and her band, The Good Graces, when she was a finalist in our LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition this spring.

In fact, the new single was one of the songs she played onstage in the Barn at LEAF. Kim’s emotional, heart-on-her-sleeve songwriting leaves a mark, and we are eagerly anticipating the October 2019 release of the full album. 

Blair Bodine — World Cafe Live June 25

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Blair Bodine performs at the NewSong Competition showcase at Lincoln Center in 2015.


Blair Bodine, a NewSong finalist in 2015, will perform on the World Cafe Live this Tuesday, June 25 at 8PM. In addition to being a NewSong finalist, Blair was the winner of American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize for lyric writing, earning her the description of “a songbird with heart.” Learn more about the event here


Suzie Brown — “Under the Surface” 

Parade Magazine was the latest to recognize 2018 NewSong finalist Suzie Brown’s talent when the magazine premiered her new single, “Under the Surface.”

Via Parade: “Brown shares, ‘It’s so easy to get sucked into the illusion everyone else’s life is picture perfect, especially now in the age of social media. How many times has each of us looked at someone else and wondered why our own life doesn’t measure up, only to realize later that that person was secretly falling apart? This song is a reminder that you really never know what’s going on just under the surface.'”

NewSong Recordings Spotlight: Kelly English // City Limits


We are excited to feature Kelly English and her debut album, City Limits, on the blog this week. Kelly recorded the album with NewSong Recordings in 2017, and she has been back in the studio recently to record her next project, coming soon.

City Limits represents the passage from being a young songwriter, to finally finding my own original sound and sharing it with people,” says Kelly. “That album gave me confidence, as well as a renewed hunger to keep writing music.” Read our full interview with Kelly here.

Submissions now open for NewSong Music Competition 

We are proud of our ever-growing NewSong community and the support, camaraderie and networking that goes on among finalists stretching back through the competition’s 18 years.

Will this be the year you will submit your original music? Visit our submissions page here