Songwriters Stage Fall 2021
1st place, Troy Leach
2nd place, Daniel Neuhoff
3rd place, The Briars
The 8 finalists were:
Cold Hands, Daniel Neuhoff, ET, Micahel Hailey, Of August, Robin Baker, Sydney and Brayden, and Troy Leach
Awards Pool: $200-
1st place $100-, 2nd $60-, 3rd $40-
Mountain Music Merchandise Credit @ $50 / $25 / $15
Winners record Live At The Library with Richard Winham*
All contestants are candidates to
record for Scenic Roots on WUTC*
* subject to schedule availability
+ NO ENTRY FEE:
+ Each contestant submits a link to a recorded performance of themselves performing their entry song. There are two rounds of eliminations held virtually online followed by a finale held at the Camp House on Saturday November 13* where 8 finalists will present their best song.
+ Open to solo or duo contestants.
+ Winners are determined by a combination of the two judges and audience votes.
+ Entries: The recorded video should simulate a live performance with no backtracks. Only the registered contestants may appear or contribute. This is a music contest not a video contest so all types of recordings are acceptable.
+ All words and lyrics must be the original work of the contestants. A copy of the song lyrics is submitted for judge’s evaluation.
+ Contestants submit information for their artist profile which is used for promotions.
+ At each stage of the contest contestants have the option to submit a fresh new song or may continue with their original entry.
* Subject to government guidelines and due to changing public health crisis conditions may be held online.
Songwriters Stage 2021 Schedule:
September 15, Open Entry
October 15, midnight, entries closed
October 22, 1st elimination: 16 contestants advance
November 5, 2nd elimination: 8 contestants advance to finals
November 13 finale at the Camp House
Winners are selected by a combination of votes of two judges plus the people's choice
People’s choice: link to online ballot is posted during specified time.
This is a singer-songwriter contest, not a video contest. The Contestant may enter a studio produced video or a phone video recorded in their bathroom. Video quality is not being judged. Judges will be looking at:
+ one person singing their own song,
+ playing their own instrument,
+ presented with excellent stage presence.
That is the tradition of the solo singer songwriter, and what the judges will reward.
Judges Rubric: 60 points possible
A- Lyrics: story, meaningful, emotional impact, 0-10 points
B- Instrumental quality 0-10 points
C- Lyrics and music combined; 0-10 points
D- Vocal delivery; 0-10 points
E- Stage presence, performance 0- 10 points
F- Judge preference, subjective undefinable abstract quality 0-10 points
Check out the winner interviews
from the last contest, on
WUTC with Richard Winham
Winners of winter 2021 Songwriters Stage: Brayden Guerette, Nancy Dwight Seiters and Drew Richelle
(Ryan Oyer was a winner but featured in separate interview)
Artist Sponsor Program
Chattown Stages provides a unique opportunity for a business or organization sponsor a Contestant. When registered, the Contestant promotes their sponsor in their profile and their video. The $50- fee for this is separate from the Contestant entry fee and does not go into the awards pool.
After completing form return here to submit $50- payment