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Submissions are open for the 2024 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition

NewSong Music is now accepting original song entries for its 23rd annual Performance and Songwriting Competition, presented by Citizen Vinyl. The program’s curated showcases have been a fixture in the national music scene since 2001. The competition finals, formerly staged in New York City at… (read more)

June 4th, 2024

Admiral Radio wins 10th annual LEAF Songwriter Competition

Admiral Radio — a South Carolina-based husband and wife Americana duo — won this year’s LEAF Songwriter Competition. Coty Hoover and Becca Smith of Admiral Radio share a palpable connection onstage, and a desire to leave audiences better than they found them. At the LEAF… (read more)

May 14th, 2024

Q+A with LEAF Songwriter Competition Finalist Andy Sydow

In a career spanning more than a decade, Americana, rock, folk, singer-songwriter Andy Sydow has released several albums and singles, toured internationally, received Triple-A airplay (Alibi, 2022 and Keep On Driving, 2023), been a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Competition (twice!), and supported… (read more)

April 30th, 2024

Q+A with LEAF Songwriter Competition Finalist Admiral Radio

Inspired by their 1941 wooden Admiral radio, this South Carolina-based husband and wife duo creates an Americana sound rooted in tradition that touches the heartstrings of the modern-day listener. With tight vocal harmonies, endearing storytelling and authentic energy, Becca and Coty hold a presence that… (read more)

April 21st, 2024

Q+A with LEAF Songwriter Competition Finalist Nathan Storey

Nathan Storey is a seasoned singer-songwriter from North Carolina. “He puts lush emotion and sincerity into each note making any listener sit up and take notice…his melodies and chord changes become hook laden delights,” as described by John Fonvielle, The Beat Magazine. In his songwriting,… (read more)

April 19th, 2024

Introducing the 2024 LEAF Competition Finalists

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2024 finalists of the LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition, presented by NewSong Music: Admiral Radio – Columbia, SC Andy Sydow – Hendersonville, TN Charlie John – Covington, KY Dustin Dale Gaspard – Abbeville, LA Erin Williams Banks – Boone, NC* Hannah Lee Thompson – Baltimore, MD Nathan Storey… (read more)

April 9th, 2024

Q+A with LEAF Songwriter Competition Earlybird Finalist Erin Williams Banks

  Congratulations to our LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition's "Earlybird" Finalist, Erin Williams Banks.

 Erin grew up in Lyons, Georgia. She has been writing music for over 30 years. In the beginning, she would sing on dirt roads from the back of a horse. Now she sings… (read more)

April 5th, 2024

Announcing the 10th annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Showcase and Competition

The annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Showcase and Competition, now in its tenth year, will take place at LEAF Global Arts Retreat, in Black Mountain, N.C., on Saturday, May 11, 2024. The performance showcase and competition is a collaborative effort between NewSong Music and LEAF Global Arts.… (read more)

February 26th, 2024

Congratulations to Natalie Price, 2023 NewSong Music Grand Prize Winner

NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition is thrilled to announce that Natalie Price from Nashville, Tennessee, is the 2023 Grand Prize Winner. (Photos by Aaron Stone.) During the Saturday, November 18, finals, Price showcased five songs with infectious hooks that felt like instant hits. Her… (read more)

November 21st, 2023

Judges Announced for 22nd Annual NewSong Music Competition

Join us in welcoming this year’s panel of judges, all music industry professionals. We appreciate their insight and expertise in selecting a Grand Prize Winner, who will receive a six-song EP, recorded and mixed at Citizen Studios, with vinyl records pressed at Citizen Vinyl. Garret… (read more)

November 16th, 2023