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“Many people can write a song, however, it is a truly brave person who will expose themselves by putting their song down on paper …then stand in front of the world and sing it for all to hear.” ~Al Johnson

The award-winning Wildflower! Performing Songwriter contest encourages the growth of the art of independent performing singer-songwriters. The genres include Acoustic, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Country and Folk. Some of our past finalists include Ruthie Foster, Beth Wood, Karen Mal, Grace Pettis, Dave Carter, Louise Mosrie, Betty Soo, Matt Harlan, Butch Claude Morgan, RJ Cowdery, and Tom Faulkner.

The Singer Songwriter Stage is located in the Bank of America Theatre within the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.

Congratulations to the 10 finalists of the 2016 Wildflower! Performing Songwriting Contest! They will compete for cash prizes on Saturday, May 21 at 11:30 am. The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Alex Marie Brinkley


Susan Cattaneo


Justin Farren


Chase Gassaway


Julie Livingston


Grace Morrison


Bethel Steele


Katie Stump


Troy Werner


Julie Jean White


Entrants Will Be Competing For:

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Official Host Hotel for the 2016 Singer Songwriter Contest:

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Rates from $100-$130
The Wildflower! Festival Package Includes:

Rates are per room per night. A limited number of packages are available. Some blackout dates apply. Tax and resort fees may apply. Not available to groups of ten or more rooms or in conjunction with other promotional offers.

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What Others Are Saying About Us...

…. so I thought i would drop you a line to tell you how great it was to participate in Wildflower. It was surely a bucket list experience for me.” – Frank Martin Gilligan, 2015 Winner

Thank you so very much for all of your hospitality, organization, and graciousness this weekend at the Wildflower Festival. You made the experience so welcoming, down to every last detail. You should give courses on how to run songwriting contests!!!”   - Ellen Tipper, 2014 Winner

I just really wanted to say thank you for all you do. Such a wonderful, well-run festival, super nice people all in a very supportive atmosphere.  Al, thanks also for your opening up your home...” – Dave Murphy, 2013 finalist

Thank you for all that you did both before and during the Wildflower festival for us.  We had an incredible time, and I've been telling all of my songwriter friends to enter next year (and I hope they do). Mike and I are still talking about it.  Y’all folks in Texas really know how to treat musicians.” -  MaryBeth Zamer, 2012 Michael Terry People’s Choice Award

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time I had at the Wildflower Festival this year. I was truly impressed with how well the festival was run, how pampered I was as a guest, and mostly how great all of the people were who were associated with the festival.” - Connor Garvey, 2012 Winner

The Wildflower folks sure know how to throw a party! My experience was fantastic.  Every detail was taken care of. From the accommodations and volunteers, to the beautiful theater and appreciative audiences. I loved how they made everyone feel welcome and special, like a folk star!  Thank you Wildflower!” - Rj Cowdery, 2011 Winner

The singer songwriter festival is a great way for emerging artists to get their names out there and be heard by people who can help their careers grow. You can tell that they take the competition there seriously, the prizes are really good, and they take good care of all the finalists.” – Colin McGrath, 2009 Winner (from Sonic Bids)

Wildflower was the most beautiful and well organized festival I've ever been part of.  It is truly an honor to be selected to play on the Wildflower! Singer Songwriter Stage.  It's the real deal and is validating for any songwriter to be asked to play there.”  - Terry Holder, 2011 Contest Finalist and 2013 Winner

I can't thank you enough for what a great experience the Wildflower! Festival was for me!  I've been spreading the word about what a great thing you've got going on up in Richardson!”  - Margo Valiante, 2010 Contest Winner