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.
By guest contributor: Christina Kennedy
As a young musician born in Del Rio, Texas, Radney started his musical career at age 14 playing guitar and writing songs. After high school, in 1985, he moved to Nashville to pursue his career in music, initially starting out as a songwriter. Here he met Bill Lloyd and they co-wrote “Since I Found You,” to be performed by Sweethearts of the Radio. This song reached No. 7 on the Top Ten Country Music charts, catapulting the duo into stardom.
Shortly thereafter, Foster and Lloyd teamed up and began recording. Over the four years they worked together, they produced three studio albums and had nine singles on the country music charts. “Crazy Over You” was their top single in 1987 reaching the no. 4 spot.
Sunday, April 22, 2018 auditions for the Wildflower! Budding Talent Vocal Competition were held at the Richardson Senior Center from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This year more than 60 talented young singers auditioned and the judges had the challenging task of narrowing the list down to a select few. The Budding Talent Producers, Catherine and Daniel Burdette sent out an email on Monday, April 23rd with the list of finalists and a statement to all who participated:
“We want to thank all who registered and auditioned this year. We have a very limited amount of time on stage for finals, so we had to make some really tough cuts. We are so impressed and hope that you continue to sing, perform, and improve your skill. Thank you again for sharing your talents with us.”
By guest contributor: Morgan Kosinski
A little less conversation, a little more action. Bring it on!
Audience favorite Graceland Ninjaz return to the Wildflower! Art & Music Festival for what is sure to be another life-changing experience. This funky band will take over the Bud Light Stage on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. in Galatyn Park.
Can a band be life changing, really? Yes, really. Known in the metroplex as the ‘King of Party Bands,’ this diverse group boasts three Emmy winners, and unlimited talent: David “EzE” McMahon, Johnny “Paycheck” Kenny, Jason “Joey G” Gonzalez, Brady “B-Funky Allstars” Gouthro, Adrian Lea “Kid A” Jarvis, and Bobby “Bobby-Q” Hoke, set the floor on fire with every performance…and would also appear to have a knack for clever nicknames.
By guest contributor: Morgan Kosinski
Don’t be fooled by the name- this is not your typical Hall & Oats cover band. Wait- what?!
The Rich Girls have been making the rounds in the metroplex and seducing audiences with their unique renditions of traditional H&O tunes, as well as, clever interpretations of current pop, rock, and rap. This six piece local band consists of Cheyenne Schweitzer, Kevin Howard, Tony Webb, Karen Young, Justin Young, and Ed Chaney.
The Fifth Flight is a five member band that has been together for three years. Members include 18 year old bassist Josh Myers, 17 year old drummer Jacob Rothfus, also 17 year old guitarist Lee Trahan, 16 year old pianist and saxophonist Hunter Nyhuis, and 15 year old singer Magz Neuberger. They are based in Austin, Texas and formerly known as Tuesday Night.
Cinema for the Blind is an up-and-coming Dallas based band fronted by songwriting brother-sister duo, Kruz and Blaze Bramlett. The band is young, yet insightful and tuned-in to the world around them. Cinema for the Blind songs will get you dancing, feeling romantic, rebellious, hopeful, empowered and even reminiscent. With their single “She’s Forever” getting radio airplay on dozens of mainstream stations across the country like KLTZ/MIX93 and KLIR 101.1, the band is beginning to get recognized for it’s “major label” potential. Recently, Cinema for the Blind was one of five bands/artists to be chosen for the new TV show, Rock Family TV.
Professor Rafe & the Fables is an indie-funk band from Austin, Texas. The band has made television appearances on KVUE and was recognized by the Austin Chronicle as one of the Best Under 18 Bands in Austin. This foursome serves out a vibrant mix of bluesy jams, funky pop tunes and up-tempo Indie Rock covers. Formed in early 2017, the group consists of siblings Avery Johnson (Guitar/Vocals) and Will Johnson (Vocals/Keys/Guitar), Jimmy Mercado on Drums, and the Professor (Rafe Marie) on Bass.
Sofia Mora and Kelly Condy met in grade school and always dreamed of being in a band. They joined School of Rock Plano to gain some experience on stage. This was a pivotal point on their music journey. There, they met Alex Gore, and played countless shows. The most memorable being the main stage at House of Blues, Curtain Club, Three Links, TUPPS Brewery, RBC, and many, many more. The three were great friends and naturally, ALL THERE IS was born.