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20th NewSong Music Contest Prizes

The NewSong Music Contest's Performance Showcase is now just six months out, which makes it perfect timing to trot out our prizes and gush about our presenting partner Citizen Vinyl, with their absolutely gorgeous facility that includes the Session Cafe, Coda Record + Print Shop,… (read more)

June 2nd, 2021

New Single Wildflower by Mel Bryant and the Mercy Makers out Friday

Born in their Ford Transit driving down I-65, this latest single from Nashville rockers Mel Bryant & the Mercy Makers started with a single line — “like a wildflower on the side of the highway” and a narrative emerged of queer high school love and loss, all the remnants… (read more)

May 20th, 2021

OCEAN OF BIRDS 5 Year Anniversary

OCEAN OF BIRDS 5th Anniversary Celebration with Citizen Vinyl We are very proud to announce the vinyl edition of the debut album Ocean of Birds by the jazz Americana duo Max Hatt / Edda Glass. The vinyl album will be available for pre-sale starting May… (read more)

May 7th, 2021

Early Bird Deadline this Mothers’ Day

The 'Early Bird' discounted entry fee ends at 11:59 PM EDT this Sunday evening, May 9. We're excited to discover all of the original music that has been submitted to this year's NewSong Music Competition so far! From these early entries, we will select one 'Early… (read more)

May 1st, 2021

LEAF NewSong Contest Update

The 2020 LEAF NewSong Finalist Showcase is set for fall 2021   As gatherings continue to safely return and transmission levels begin to fall, we are very excited to confirm that the 2020 LEAF NewSong Performance Showcase will take place at the Fall LEAF Festival,… (read more)

April 20th, 2021

Jobi Riccio comes to Citizen Studios

     It was our distinct pleasure to host 2019 NewSong grand prize winner Jobi Riccio along with Isaiah Beard and Jesse Timm at Citizen Studios upstairs at Citizen Vinyl in downtown Asheville NC, to work with Gar on Riccio’s forthcoming debut album, Whiplash, this… (read more)

April 18th, 2021

Gar Ragland Featured on Josh and Tom Devour the World Podcast

Devouring the World with Gar, Josh, and Tom Earlier this month performer/improviser/comedian Tom Chalmers and CEO of Bright Star Touring Theatre, Josh Batenhorst, hosted our very own Gar Ragland on their podcast where they discuss what they've been "eating/drinking and thinking" over the past week,… (read more)

March 31st, 2021

Announcing the 2021 NewSong Music Performance and Songwriting Competition

Citizen Vinyl to Host Performance Finals in Downtown Asheville on December 4, 2021   NewSong Music is now accepting original song entries for its 19th annual songwriting and performance competition, presented by Citizen Vinyl. The program, whose curated showcases have been a fixture in the national music… (read more)

March 14th, 2021

Meet 2020 LEAF Finalist Scott Fab

NewSong's 7th annual LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition takes place Oct. 24! This month, we are introducing readers to our eight, talented finalists. Today we are proud to highlight Royal Oak, MI based Scott Fab. Scott Fab is a Detroit born singer songwriter. In 2017 Scott… (read more)

September 24th, 2020

Meet 2020 LEAF Finalist Noan Partly

NewSong's 7th annual LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition takes place Oct. 24! This month, we are introducing readers to our eight, talented finalists. Today we are proud to highlight Tampa, FL based Noan Partly. Jazzy, indie-folk with midwest roots, Noan Partly was born and raised in… (read more)

September 22nd, 2020