IN RESPONSE TO SEVERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT COMPETITION WINNERS at the 2015 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival (SMSWF.COM) ---- The Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 SMSWF Song Competition is Sara Motes Ashley for her pop song “Feel That Way”. Sara won $500, and Premier Demo ($625 Value) from Beaird Music Groupin Nashville, TN.
The Listener’s Choice Winner is Joe Hash for his gospel/inspirational song “I Found Jesus”. Joe won $250 and a Shuree microphone from The Music Outlet in Sevierville, TN
The Categroy Winners listed below received the following Prizes.
1st Place: $125 plus a Handmade Guitar Strap by Doug McCrossin from Country Cobblers in the Gatinburg Arts and Crafts Community and 4 hours recording time from Steel Strings Productions Studios in Friendsville, TN.
2nd Place $100 and 4 hours recording time from Steel Strings Productions Studios in Friendsville, TN.
3rd Place $75 and 2 hours recording time from Steel Strings Productions Studios in Friendsville, TN
The 2015 SMSWF Song Competition Finale & Awards Show was held at the Edgewater Hotel Sat. Aug. 22nd 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
SONG TITLE CATEGORY First Name Last Name Tumbleweed 1st Place Bluegrass Doug Smith Hard Times 2nd Place Bluegrass Doug Smith One Black Rock at a Time 3rd Place Bluegrass Jeff McClellan Bring It On 1st Place Country Scott Miller This Old T-shirt 2nd Place Country Scott Miller Nothing Outta Something 3rd Place Country Mitch Townley China Plates 1st Place Folk Jess Chizuk Bad Bad Thing 2nd Place Folk Sarah Motes Ashley Holdin’ On 3rd Place Folk Scott Parker I Found Jesus 1st Place Gospel/Inspirational Joe Hash God’s Carrying Me 2nd Place Gospel/Inspirational Scott Miller That King of Love 3rd Place Gospel/Inspirational Scott Parker It’s About Me 1st Place Jazz/Blues Cari Ray Blues Town 2nd Place Jazz/Blues Dave Travis Another Side To You 3rd Place Jazz/Blues Fish Fisher Feel This Way 1st Place Pop Sarah Motes Ashley Don’t Miss Out 2nd Place Pop Sarah Motes Ashley Let Love Take It From Here 3rd Place Pop Cyndee Gray Harr La-Z-Boy 1st Place Lyrics Only Sarah Motes Ashley I’ve Had Enough of You 2nd Place Lyrics Only Michael Sledjeski Indiana Road 3rd Place Lyrics Only Michael Henchman ... See MoreSee Less
Hey all you songwriters out there! Everyone likes a polka right?! Well, come on out to Germanfest 2015 this Saturday. First Lutheran Church is putting on a great event with German food, music, games, and oh ~ beer! Just go to GermanFest 2015 on Facebook for all the details. Come say hi to the guy in the Lederhosen! Hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
President Dan Howie VP Tammie Dischner Treasurer John K. Morris Secretary Anna Morris. Membership Director Adam Reagan Education & Public Relations David H. Lauver News Letter & Web Master Charlie Katt Historian Richard Ratledge Directors At Large: Lowell Barnham, Steve Ferguson Sr., Nita Graves, Jerry "Hog Man" Isham & Julianne White.
The Knoxville Songwriters Association was well represented at the fourth annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg. Kim Williams, KSA lifetime member and Nashville Hall of Fame Songwriter, kicked things off at the opening ceremonies. Our members were among the finalists in the festival's songwriting competition and participants in many songwriting rounds, co-writes, workshops, and critique sessions throughout the weekend.
A highlight for our group was having more than 20 performers at the Knoxville Songwriters Association Showcase on Saturday. We performed for 90 minutes at the Sound Biscuit Stage in front of the Historic Gatlinburg Inn. We're grateful to Festival Founder Cyndy Montgomery Reeves (who is also a KSA member) for inviting us to share our songs before an appreciative crowd in downtown Gatlinburg. Thanks also to other members and friends who were in the crowd, as well as the many pro writers and volunteers who contributed to the festival's success ... See MoreSee Less