Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest


Al Johnson

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. 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.

 2018 Finalist Announced

The following ten performers were selected as  2018 Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest Finalist through a blind screening process. Finalist will perform two original songs at Wildflower! during the Finals which will take place on May 19th at 11:30 a.m. on the United HealthCare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center. The finalist will compete for one of four $500 prizes including the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award.


The 2018 finalists in alphabetical order are:

Kelly Augustine – Denver, CO

Eric Bettencourt

Eric Bettencourt – Austin, TX

Wes Collins

Wes Collins – Chapel Hill, NC

Kyle Donovan

Kyle Donovan – Boulder, CO

Kristen Grainger – Salem, OR

Christine Hand

Christine Hand – Dallas, TX

Mia Rose Lynne

Mia Rose Lynne – Nashville, TN

Brian Pounds

Brian Pounds – Austin, TX

Emma Walsh

Emma Walsh – Arlington, TX

Brad Yoder

Brad Yoder – Pittsburgh, PA


“In keeping with our philosophy, the songs selected reflect the artistic integrity of the artist. They represent a great diversity of musical genres and will provide our Wildflower! audiences an opportunity to join us in recognizing excellence in songwriting.” ~ Al Johnson

 To view a history of Singer Songwriter Contest winners click here






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