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We are excited to announce the finalist results of the 2018 Wildflower! Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest. Hundreds of entries poured in from all over the country and the 10 finalists have been chosen.  The selection is a blind screening process by several experienced music promoters, songwriters, and educators familiar with original songwriting and performing techniques.

The finalists will perform on the United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center the weekend of the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, May 19th at 11:30 a.m.  Three of these artists will receive a $500 cash award.  The Michael Terry People’s Choice Award will also be judged by the audience and presented at the end of the performances. The winners of the final contest are invited to perform on the Courtyard Stage on Sunday, May 20th and sell their music or merchandise to fans. Lodging and access to the Green Room is provided as well as weekend festival passes for the finalist and a guest.

The award-winning Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest encourages the growth of the art of independent performing singer-songwriters. The genres include:  Acoustic, Americana, Blues, Celtic, Country, Folk, and Pop.

The 2018 ten Performing Songwriter Finalists in alphabetical order are as follows:

Kelly Augustine – Denver, Colorado

Eric Bettencourt – Austin, Texas

Wes Collins – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Kyle Donovan – Boulder, Colorado

Kristen Grainger – Salem, Oregon

Christine Hand – Dallas, Texas

Mia Rose Lynne – Nashville, Tennessee

Brian Pounds – Austin, Texas

Emma Walsh – Arlington, Texas

Brad Yoder – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


“Al Johnson created the Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest to encourage and support the growth of the art of independent performing singer songwriters.  These self-contained musical artists whose lyrics and performances succeed on the strength of their imaginations are honored to be chosen as one of ten finalists to perform during the Festival.

In 2003, Al added the People’s Choice Award to the Performing Songwriter Contest.   This allowed audience members to select their favorite performer each year during the Contest finals.  Over the years, Al recruited well-known professional songwriters to share their expertise and craft with aspiring songwriters, creating the Songwriters Workshop in 2008. Al developed strong relationships within the Singer Songwriter Community that lead to the success of these programs.

In recognition and appreciation Al’s leadership, vision, passion and dedication to the art of songwriting,  the Performing Songwriter Contest was named the “Al Johnson Performing Songwriting Contest” on the 25th Anniversary of the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival.  In 2017, the Al Johnson songwriting scholarship fund was created.”


Read the full article about Al Johnson posted by the Dallas Songwriters Association.   More information about the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest may be found: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/songwriter-contest/

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Big City Outlaws is a high energy country rock/pop cover band that performed on the Bud Light Stage at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson. They have been entertaining the DFW metroplex since 2012.

This rockin’ group of musicians deliver country classics like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to keep the audience on their feet and singing along. Accurate renditions of classic rock includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, and Poison to current country artists such as Taylor Swift, Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown Band.

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The Michael Terry’s People Choice Award was given to Chris Chism of Dallas at the conclusion of the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest. 10 finalists were selected from 300 applicants in a blind screening process. The top 10 then traveled to Richardson and performed live on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage inside the Eisemann Center during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Along with the honor of the award, Chism also received a $500 cash prize.

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It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

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