Nashville, TN (March 26, 2018) – Country music songwriter/artist, Landon Wall, was crowned the winner of Nashville Rising Song Series 1 – a highly competitive open-mic songwriting competition. After winning the industry judges pick at one of ten preliminary rounds, Landon ultimately won the Series 1 of the competition with his original song, “Birth Of A Song.”
The poignant and powerful ballad features emotional lyrics inspired by those who have helped Landon learn the craft of songwriting along the way in his young 14 year life. Landon states, “Birth Of A Song” is about the important role that mentors play in our lives. I’ve been blessed to have some amazing mentors since I started this musical journey. People who took the time out of their busy lives to help a little kid with a big dream. The older I get, the more I realize just how important they are. The “Old Guitar Picker” in the song represents every one that took the time to help and encourage me along the way. I’m hoping that when people hear my song, they will be reminded of the mentors that may have played a role in their lives.”
Hailing from Trinity, NC. Landon is a member of the CMA and is affiliated with SESAC as a songwriter. Landon came to Nashville when he was 9 years old to host a radio show. He quickly fell in love with Nashville. Every time Landon was town he would go out on the street with his guitar and sing songs for whoever would pass by. Well, those street performances soon led to invitations to perform at venues such as Tequila Cowboy, Tootsies and many other venues along lower Broadway. Landon also has performed at The Nashville Palace, John A’s, BB Kings and the legendary Bluebird Cafe. When Landon was 11 he was invited by Hunter Hayes to perform with him on stage in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the Carolina Country Music Fest in front of 22,000 people. Landon is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association and has been honored to have a song appear in their quarterly top 40. Landon’s song “Lost Boy” gained national attention when Kelsea Ballerini made a surprise visit to see him perform it at the Bluebird Cafe. Since then, the story of what occurred that evening has made its way to such media outlets as Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, iHeart Media, Radio Disney Country, SiriusXM, Taste Of Country, Billboard Magazine and many others. “Lost Boy” is available on iTunes, Amazon Music as well as other digital music distributors.
Nashville Rising Song creator, Keith Mohr states about Landon, “I first met this remarkable young man when he was just 9 years old. He came out to a round of what was then called, “Nashville Rising Star,” and I knew right away he would be a grand prize winner of the contest at some point in his career. He kept coming series after series, always impressing me, and continuing to hone his craft. Now, 5 years later, it is Landon’s turn to be crowned Grand Prize winner! It won’t be long until we hear his songs on the radio and see him perform on the big stages, and eventually, the Grand Old Opry!”
Landon’s song was the highest rated song overall, tabulated by a total of rate points by 7 music industry judges, including Dan Hodges (Dan Hodges Music), Mark Barnowski (Tennessee Songwriters Association International), Sheree Spoltore (Global Songwriters Connection CEO), Lou Spoltore (VP of Operations at Live OnStage, LiveArts), Chad Jeffers (Hit Songwriter), MaryBeth Stone (Hit Songwriter), Bobby “The Iceman” Golomboski (Radio show personality, theiceman.net) See more info about the final round here.
Landon’s winning song will be produced by hit producer Jason Wyatt of Nashville Artist Development. Landon also received a beautiful Black Gretsch Acoustic-Electric guitar that was made possible by TSAI (Tennessee Songwriters Association International) and a 3 year membership to the organization. He also was awarded a 1 hour prime-time main stage slot at The Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival, being held in August 2018 in Gatlinburg, TN. $100 cash and a 1 year membership to Global Songwriters Connection, $50 cash and a song co-write with hit songwriter Sandy Ramos of The Song Tuner, 10% off registration to hit songwriter invitational retreat, Nashville Cool, a lyric video of his winning song by WSK Productions and other prizes.