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FOUR SINGERS AWARDED PRIZES IN THE 2018 AL JOHNSON PERFORMING SONGWRITER CONTEST

Top 10 Finalists – Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest on the United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage at the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

A month ago 10 finalists were selected from hundreds of entries received for the 2018 Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest. Saturday, May 19th the finalists competed on the United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage inside the Eisemann Center during the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson.  The judges awarded Eric Bettencourt (Texas), Kristen Grainger (Oregon), and Brian Pounds (Texas) as the top three finalists and the audience voted that Kyle Donovan (Colorado) should receive the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award.  All four musicians received $500 in cash prize and invited to share the stage again in a Songwriting Contest Swap on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

“I was thrilled to make the finals and honored to be in such talented company – never dreamed I’d be one of the winners. More fun than a new set of snow tires!” – Kristen Grainger, finalist and winner of the 2018 Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest.

Congratulations to the winners and the remaining six finalists that are as follows:  Kelly Augustine (Colorado), Wes Collins (North Carolina), Christine Hand (Texas), Mia Rose Lynne (Tennessee), Emma Walsh (Texas), and Brad Yoder (Pennsylvania).   The award-winning Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest is intended to encourage the growth of the art of independent performing singer-songwriters. The genres included in the contest are:  Acoustic, Americana, Blues, Celtic, Country, Folk and Pop.

“This year’s finalists are incredibly talented. We are honored to have them compete in the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest.” Kathleen Angelucci, Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

2018 Winners of the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest

Previous winners of the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest include:

2017
Mike Laureanno
Emily Scott Robinson
Tom Meny
Heather Mae (Michael Terry People’s Choice Award)

2016
Alex Marie Brinkley
Bethel Steele
Katie Stump
Justin Farren (Michael Terry People’s Choice Award)

2015
Annalise Emerick
Crystal Yates
George Ensle
Frank Martin Gilligan (Michael Terry People’s Choice Award)

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BIG CITY OUTLAWS

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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CHRIS CHISM RECEIVES MICHAEL TERRY PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

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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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

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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