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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. 10 finalist are selected through a blind screening process and are invited to perform at the finals that took place on Saturday, May 19 at Wildflower! on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage. Finalist also compete for one of four $500 prizes including the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award.

2018 Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest Winners


Eric Bettencourt

Eric Bettencourt – Austin, TX

Kristen Grainger – Salem, OR

Brian Pounds

Brian Pounds – Austin, TX

2018 Michael Terry People’s Choice Award Winner


Kyle Donovan

Kyle Donovan – Boulder, CO

Additional Finalist

Kelly Augustine – Denver, CO

Wes Collins

Wes Collins – Chapel Hill, NC

Christine Hand

Christine Hand – Dallas, TX

Mia Rose Lynne

Mia Rose Lynne – Nashville, TN

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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