March 31 - April 1, 2017 Singer Songwriter Competition

Entries accepted Jan 1 thru Mar 1, 2017

The Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Symposium…

encourages the development of singer songwriters and honors the Shelby native who was a member of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

THE 2016 WINNER, Will Shehan

Will-Shehan

Will Shehan from Gaffney SC won with his song “Lost In Space”

Congratulations to Will for winning the Don Gibson American Music Foundation Singer Songwriters trophy and $1000.00.  Will also had the opportunity to open with his winning original song  “Lost In Space”at “Nashville Writers in the Round” event held at the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby, NC on April 2, 2016 at 8 pm.

Thank you to all of the songwriters that entered and we hope to see everyone again next year.

Meet the 2017 Singer Songwriter 12 finalists

We had so many great writers enter in 2017 it was hard to narrow it down to the finalists. Thank you to all that entered and congratulation to the finalists. Thank you our prelim judges for the hard choices it took to get to the final 12.

2017 finalists were:

MATT CARLSON – Charlotte, NC

ANGELA EASTERLING – Greer, SC

ANDREW GWYNN – Black Mountain, NC

ALI HENDERSON – Gaffney, SC

JOSH HUDSON – Lawndale, NC

CONNIE JARZYNA – Shelby, NC

CAROLINE KELLER – Matthews, NC

MOMMA MOLASSES – Carthage, NC

ERNIE PENLEY – Morganton, NC

SCOTT RUSSELL – Forest City, NC

STEVE SIMPSON – Rock Hill, SC

TIMOTHY WILLIAMS – Charlotte, NC

3 Alternates

ASHLEY WRIGHT – Boone, NC

AL DUNKLEMAN – Shelby, NC

KEVIN BRIDGES – Shelby, NC

Thank you for sharing your talent with us!