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Catching up with LEAF/NewSong Competition Finalist Philip Bowen

Just about a year ago West Virginia native Philip Bowen performed as a finalist at the annual LEAF Performance and Songwriting Competition, produced by NewSong Music. While Bowen is perhaps best known for his TikToks (where he adds a fiddle part to pop songs from… (read more)

April 6th, 2023

Corrie Lynn Green named LEAF Competition ‘Early Bird’ Finalist

The annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition, now in its ninth year, will take place at Spring LEAF Festival, in Black Mountain, N.C., on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Congratulations to our LEAF Festival Competition's 'Early Bird' finalist Corrie Lynn Green!⁠     Born and raised in the… (read more)

April 3rd, 2023

Announcing the 9th annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Showcase and Competition

The annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Showcase and Competition, now in its ninth year, will take place at Spring LEAF Festival, in Black Mountain, N.C., on Saturday, May 13, 2023. The performance showcase and competition is a collaborative effort between NewSong Music and LEAF Community Arts. It… (read more)

February 1st, 2023

Jobi Riccio’s single “For Me It’s You” is out today

Big news from the NewSong community! Jobi Riccio, the 2019 NewSong Music Performance and Songwriting Competition Grand Prize winner has signed with Yep Roc Records and is releasing her single “For Me It’s You” today. Listen to “For Me It’s You" Riccio – along with… (read more)

January 26th, 2023

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