What a great night of songwriting we had at the final round! 4 amazingly talented songwriters shared 4 songs each to a great audience at Wild Wing Cafe and thousands watching online! We had Grammy Award winning judges rating songs and picking the best. A great ending to a fantastic series! Our final grand prize winning songwriter was Karla Davis, with her song, “You Can’t Have It All.” Congratulations to all 4 of our finalists and to Karla for her big win!
Karla won $500 cash from Wild Wing Cafe/Cool Springs, $100 cash and a 1 year membership to Global Songwriters Connection, $50 and a song co-write with Sandy Ramos of The Song Tuner, a song demo with Townsend Blvd Studio, a 1 hour career consultation with Kim Shrum of Dream Music Group, a vocal coaching session by Brian Lucas, a main stage performance slot at the Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival in Gatlinburg, TN, a subscription to Six Month Guitar, a photo shoot with Tony Brandy Photography
Kim Shrum: Kim has had a long career in the music business. He is a musician, producer, manager, and has worked with many top companies including Opryland, BMI, SONY/BMG, Walt Disney World, and others. He currently is the CEO of Dream Music Group, an artist development company that helps artists realize their musical ambitions. Kim also is involved in a new film called “Memphis Sun” as their videographer and music director.
Learn more at: Dream Music Group
Jeffrey Nelson: Jeffrey is a member of the Independent Pluggers Association. Over the past ten years Jeffrey has placed songs on artist projects produced by some of Nashville’s elite producers. Some of those placements have become singles while others were on an album that was nominated for a Grammy Award. Jeffrey has represented major publishers, including Chrysalis Music, Curb-Magnatone, EMI Christian Music Publishing, and Larga Vista Music, and contributes commentaries for industry trade magazines like Billboard and Music Row. Nelson is the organizer for monthly meetings with multiple plugger groups and hit writers, leading discussions about artists that are most likely to cut outside songs on upcoming projects.
Lynn Nichols: Lynn is a Grammy award winning songwriter, record producer, musician and artist. His 40 years of experience has lead him from touring stages to heading record labels and has earned him a well deserved reputation as an innovator.
Nichols’ diverse collaborations and production work spans four decades and include, The Band Perry, Switchfoot, Mute Math, Mat Kearney, The Pawnshop Kings, Delirious, Charlie Peacock, Sam Philips, Stanfour, Amy Grant, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Georgette Jones, Sam Bush, Squeeze,Toby Mack, Mandisa, Elise Testone, Zoegirl, and The Newsboys, to list just a few.
His first real break came early, when in 1976, legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy asked him to play guitar in The Phil Keaggy Band. Nichols would go on to produce three landmark rock and roll records for Keaggy. Sunday’s Child, Find Me In These Fields, and Crimson and Blue.
His latest production with long time collaborator Phil Madeira, is an “American Roots Jazz” project with singer songwriter, Rachael Davis called “Bandbox Jubilee.” Nichols and Madeira are playing limited live shows with Ms. Davis in support of the project.
Phil Madeira: Phil is a Grammy Award Winning songwriter, producer, musician, singer and author from Nashville, Tennessee. Phil has been a behind-the-scenes shaker and mover as a band member for: Emmylou Harris & Her Red Dirt Boys, Buddy Miller, The Phil Keaggy Band. Phil is also an “A list” session musician / songwriter with Alison Krauss, Mat Kearney, Old Crow Medicine Show, Buddy Miller, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Daniel Amos, Amy Grant, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Civil Wars, Julie Miller, The Band Perry, and many more.
Phil produced Humming People from Norway, and with Lynn Nichols produced The Pawnshop Kings. In 2014, Phil won a Grammy for the song, “From This Valley” for The Civil Wars. Most recently, Phil released his own project, “MercyLand 2” and is producing an album for Mark Heard. Phil along with Lynn Nichols just wrapped up co-producing American Idol’s Elise Testone.