Congratulations to 2017 Showcase winner Heather Mae!

Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase

2016 Songwriter Showcase finalists on stage (photo Benko Photographics)
2016 Songwriter Showcase finalists on stage
(photo Benko Photographics)

The Songwriter Showcase is our nationally-recognized singer-songwriter competition, open to anyone who writes and performs original music, and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal. Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall performance.

Past showcase finalists include Erica Wheeler, Don Conoscenti, Karen Pernick, Deb Talan, Dan Sheridan, Dee Carstensen, Mitch Barrett, Sarah Sample, Chuck E. Costa, Liz Longley, Megan Burtt, Caleb Hawley, Robby Hecht, Caroline Spence, Connor Garvey, Ben Shannon, and 2016 winner Korby Lenker.

2017 Songwriter Showcase

After listening to nearly 400 songs from around the world, our committee of music industry professionals was consistently impressed by the originality, craftsmanship, and creativity of this year's songwriting entries.

These 10 finalists will perform on the 27th Annual Rocky Mtn Folks Festival main stage on August 18, 2017 from 10:30am-12:30pm, and during in-the-round sessions in the Wildflower Pavilion throughout the festival.

Listen to the Soundcloud stream of songs from all 10 of this year's finalists (right). And cheer on your favorite new songwriters throughout the Festival!

2017 Showcase Winner

A huge congratulations to our 2017 Songwriter Showcase winner Heather Mae! Heather will be performing a full set on the main stage at the 2018 Rocky Mtn Folks Festival! Congrats to each of these top 5 finalists as chosen by our judges after their performances on the Folks Festival main stage on August 18:

  1. Heather Mae (Washington, DC)
  2. Mia Rose Lynne (Nashville, TN)
  3. Andrew Delaney (Arlington, TX)
  4. Chase Gassaway (Austin, TX)
  5. Brian Dunne (Brooklyn, NY)

2017 Finalists

Honorable Mentions

2017 Songwriter Showcase Schedule

2017 Songwriter Showcase Prizes

In addition, all 10 of the Showcase Finalists will receive a 3-day pass with on-site camping for the Folks Festival, as well as a spot in one of the Songwriter in-the-round sets in the Wildflower Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.

2017 Showcase Rules and Guidelines

Entering the 2018 Songwriter Showcase

2016 Showcase Finalists

A huge congratulations to our 2016 Songwriter Showcase winner Korby Lenker! Korby will be performing a full set on the main stage lineup for the 2017 Rocky Mtn Folks Festival! Congrats to each of these top 5 finalists as chosen by our judges after the finalists on the Folks Festival main stage on August 19:

  1. Korby Lenker (Twin Falls, ID)
  2. Anna Tivel (Portland, OR)
  3. Jeffrey Martin (Eugene, OR)
  4. Chase Gassaway (Austin, TX)
  5. Hadley Kennary (Nashville, TN)

Congratulations to the 5 other finalists in the 2017 Songwriter Showcase:

Check out the Soundcloud stream of songs from all 10 of the 2016 finalists.

Thanks to our Songwriter Showcase partners...

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