Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival 2017

Singer Songwriter Contest & Workshop

Wildflower! 2017 Songwriting Workshop Presented by Joe CrookstonPicture of Joe Crookston

Date & Time: Friday, May 19, 2017   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott (Spring Valley and US 75)
$50 per student (includes one Single Day ticket to the Wildflower! Festival)
*Limited to 30 students
Click here to register

Joe Crookston, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, and slide player, will lead the 2017 Wildflower! Songwriting Workshop. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence, Joe is a master storyteller and experienced facilitator.

Writing Songs & Lyrics That’ll Give You Goose Bumps – This workshop is for everyone who breathes! It is for anyone who writes songs or would like to learn more about the creative process. Informative & fun! This seven hour workshop will be an interactive, in-depth look at the writing process and specific ways we can develop the true power of a song. We will explore melody, phrasing, and how to distill a song down its’ most powerful place. Joe will play some of his most covered and requested songs and talk about his creative process and you will share your songs too! Participants will delve into their own unfinished ideas, deepen their ability to craft songs that connect and learn from others. Joe Crookston loves to teach and create a safe atmosphere that also challenges you to be your best. Are you just a beginner at your instrument? – No worries. This workshop is open to all to uncover our most authentic way to write songs with the skills we have. Bring an instrument, a notebook, song ideas, half written songs, and a recorder. Come ready to play, grow, learn, and make beautiful music.

Wildflower! 2017 Performing Songwriter Contest

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. Finalists will compete on Saturday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center. 

Winners of the Performing Songwriting Contest

Mike Laureanno – Rhode Island
Emily Scott Robinson – Texas
Tom Meny – Texas

Michael Terry Peoples Choice Award

Heather Mae – Washington, D.C.


2017 Finalists

Hannah Bethel – Tenessee
Kevin Chambers – Tennessee
Nathan Evans Fox – Texas
Mike Laureanno – Rhode Island
Heather Mae – Washington, D.C.
Tom Meny – Texas
Emmeline Miles – Texas
Emily Scott Robinson – Texas
Marilyn Rucker – Texas
Mike P. Ryan – Virginia

Finalist will compete for:

  • Four $500 cash awards (including one for the title of “Michael Terry People’s Choice” Award – from audience judging)
  • Opportunity of a lifetime to spend a weekend sharing songs with some of the best performing songwriters in the nation
  • An invitation to perform an additional set on the Festival’s Courtyard Stage and sell CDs
  • Participation in a “spotlight round” with the winners on Sunday afternoon, May 21 on the Singer Songwriter Stage.
  • Help with expenses
    • Lodging for May 19 and 20, 2017
    • Festival passes for you and a guest
    • Access to the Green Room (food and drink) for the top 10 finalists

Performing Songwriter Contest submissions are supported by Sonicbids. To view a history of Singer Songwriter Contest winners click here

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