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SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE 2022 NEWSONG MUSIC PERFORMANCE & SONGWRITING COMPETITION

NewSong Music is now accepting original song entries for its 21st 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 Lincoln Center… (read more)

June 16th, 2022

Crys Matthews’ “Changemakers” wins song of the year at 2022 International Folk Music Awards

Crys Matthews’ “Changemakers” garnered song of the year honors at the 2022 International Folk Music Awards, presented Wednesday, May 18. Wednesday was also the opening night of the 34th annual Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Mo.  Matthews is the 2017 NewSong Singer-Songwriter… (read more)

May 21st, 2022

Sadie Gufstason-Zook: Winner of 2022 NewSong LEAF Showcase

NEWSONG MUSIC ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 8TH ANNUAL LEAF FESTIVAL SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE & COMPETITION Sadie Gustafson-Zook wins this year’s LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition and Showcase. At the event, held Saturday, May 14, at the LEAF Retreat, Gustafson-Zook’s expansive vocal range, unique songwriting, and intricately lilting melodies were… (read more)

May 17th, 2022

Alli Marshall: LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition Judge

NewSong Music is readying for this year’s LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition and Showcase. The event is a collaborative effort between NewSong Music and LEAF Community Arts. It aims to identify and recognize exceptional performers and songwriters from across the country. The finalists are invited to network… (read more)

May 10th, 2022

Jenny Fares: LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition Judge

NewSong Music is readying for this year’s LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition and Showcase. The event is a collaborative effort between NewSong Music and LEAF Community Arts. It aims to identify and recognize exceptional performers and songwriters from across the country. The finalists are invited to network… (read more)

May 8th, 2022

Coppa Stone: LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition Judge

The May 14 competition, held at the LEAF Retreat, will be judged by a panel of Asheville-based music industry professionals. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Coppa Stone is a father, artist, writer, educator, scholar, and a self-proclaimed day dreamer. His earliest musical memories are of Roots, Rocksteady and Dub,… (read more)

May 6th, 2022

Q+A with LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition Finalist Philip Bowen

Born and raised in West Virginia, Philip Bowen’s uplifting sound is heavily inspired by his Appalachian roots. The dynamic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist began playing fiddle at the age of four, and his virtuoso skills have become quite popular on TikTok, with over 3 million likes… (read more)

May 5th, 2022

Q+A with LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition Finalist Kelly Hoppenjans

Nashville singer-songwriter Kelly Hoppenjans creates empowering rock, combining the spirit of riot grrrl tinged with folky introspection. The follow-up to her energetic 2019 full-length debut, OK, I Feel Better Now, her new EP Can’t Get the Dark Out dives deep into relationships, fate, and breaking… (read more)

May 4th, 2022

Q+A with LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition Finalist Kristian Phillip Valentino

Kristian Phillip Valentino is a solo acoustic, singer-songwriter born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now residing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. His musical palette falls between the lines of indie folk, singer-songwriter and Americana. Fans of Gregory Alan Isakov,… (read more)

May 3rd, 2022

Q+A with LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition Finalist Stephen Sylvester

Who’s over six feet tall, an old soul, and definitely doesn’t have a “V” in his first name? You guessed it—Stephen Sylvester, a down-to-earth country artist whose unique and powerful voice is reminiscent of the great R&B singers of the '60s. He’s living just like… (read more)

May 1st, 2022