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AC Sapphire is the 2022 NewSong Music Grand Prize Winner

NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition is thrilled to announce that AC Sapphire from Portland, Oregon, is the 2022 Grand Prize Winner. During the Saturday, Dec. 3 finals, AC Sapphire impressed with her innovative song craft, intricate melodies, lush harmonies (with accompanist Kendall Lujan, seen… (read more)

December 6th, 2022

Meet the MC

Now in its 21st year, the NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition is one of North America’s premier showcases of emerging performers and songwriters today. This crowd-sourced effort seeks to identify the truly exceptional artists within our communities and to work closely with them to… (read more)

November 28th, 2022

Meet the 2022 Finalists: Kristian Phillip Valentino

Kristian Phillip Valentino currently calls Asheville, N.C. home. His musical palette falls between the lines of indie folk, singer-songwriter and Americana. His lyrics are a healing balm from the daily struggle as they wash over you with a deep reverence. Kristian (aka KPV) was also… (read more)

November 22nd, 2022

Meet the 2022 NewSong Music Competition Judges

Now in its 21st year, the NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition is one of North America’s premier showcases of emerging performers and songwriters today. This crowd-sourced effort seeks to identify the truly exceptional artists within our communities and to work closely with them to… (read more)

November 21st, 2022

Meet the 2022 Finalists: Mikalyn

Mikalyn is a teen singer-songwriter from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Her singer-songwriter journey had a significant boost when a Brazilian record label discovered her original, piano-driven songs on Soundcloud and offered to transform them into EDM hits, according to her bio. "These collaborations introduced new listeners… (read more)

November 18th, 2022

Meet the 2022 Finalists: Lua Flora

Lua Flora is an Asheville, N.C.-based group fronted by singer-songwriter Evan Button. The sun-kissed melodies, according to the group, are rooted in the harmonies of Appalachia, rhythms of the West Indies, and lyricism of American folk.  NewSong Music: What sort of music was playing in… (read more)

November 17th, 2022

Listen to NewSong Finalists on Spotify and YouTube

Leading up to the 2022 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition finals, we’re showcasing tracks from our finalists. The 2022 Finalists are: The Singer and the Songwriter (Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran; Oakland, CA ) — Rachel and Thu met and began writing and performing… (read more)

November 15th, 2022

Meet the 2022 Finalists: AC Sapphire

AC Sapphire currently based in Portland, Oregon, creates ethereal folk-rock. Her cosmic sound blends disparate elements into an ethereal folk rock while her strong voice shakes listeners awake as she spins her passionate, dust-blasted tales. NewSong Music: What sort of music was playing in your… (read more)

November 14th, 2022

Meet the 2022 Finalists: Justin Cross

Based in Birmingham, Ala., Justin Cross is a singer-songwriter and self-described "noise-maker." Though his songs are based in American tradition, he hopes they can connect with a global audience. NewSong Music: What sort of music was playing in your house when you were growing up?… (read more)

November 8th, 2022

Meet the 2022 Finalists: Indus Adams

Indus Adams, aka Devin Castleton, is a singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. He used Covid quarantine to take a deep dive into songwriting and recording. He is currently at work on his debut album. NewSong Music: What sort of music was playing in your house… (read more)

November 7th, 2022