2018 Singer Songwriter Competition

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.


Joshua West from High Point, NC

Congratulations to Joshua for winning the Don Gibson American Music Foundation Singer Songwriters trophy and $1000.00.  

Second was Daniel Jeffers, from Dallas NC and Third was Steve Simpson from Rock Hill SC

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

Read the interview with our 2018 Winner, Josh West

Click here to view the the 2018 Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Competition.

Thanks to Greg Tillman and the Cleveland Community College TV crew the singer songwriter competition night was filmed and will be airing the week of April 22.  You can go to www.C19.TV to watch any show and to see the schedule.

Meet the 2018 Singer Songwriter 12 finalists

We had so many great writers enter in 2018 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.

2018 finalists are:


Grayson Drum –  Belmont, NC

Angela Easterling – Greer, SC

Lisa Houseman – Brookline, Massachusetts

Josh Hudson – Casar, NC

Connie Jarzyna – Shelby, NC

Daniel Jeffers – Dallas, NC

Heather Kenney – Holly Springs, NC

Laura Rabell – Nashville, Tenn

R. Scott Russell – Forest City, NC

Steve Simpson – Fort Mill, SC

Bob Sinclair – Hickory, NC

Joshua West – High Point, NC


Derrick Anderson – Fort Mill, SC

Al Dunkleman – Shelby, NC

Chris Polen – Gastonia, NC

Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

Second Place

Daniel Jeffers from Dallas, NC

Third Place

Steve Simpson from Rock Hill, SC