4th Annual Texas Music Pickers Songwriter Competition

We are excited to announce the entry window for our 4th Annual Texas Music Pickers Songwriter Competition is now open! Not only will up-and-coming Texas/Red Dirt artists get a shot at winning studio time from one of the top studios in Texas, radio promotion from an accomplished radio promoter, songwriting sessions with award-winning songwriters and more, they’ll also get the opportunity to perform in front of some of the scene’s top venue/festival talent buyers, booking agents, radio personnel, and more!

The Prize Package

  • A free 8 hour day at Rosewood Studios  – For over 40 years the staff of Rosewood Studios has arranged, produced and recorded projects for a wide variety of artists. Rosewood Studios has been presented with 15 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards (Albums and Singles).  Rosewood Studios has maintained a constant presence at the top of both Texas Music and national charts in diverse genres.
  •  A basic radio promotion package from Steen Promotions -Promotion services to include:  Weekly calls, emails and promotion emails to radio on Client’s behalf to promote the single released by Client.  Weekly TRRR tracking reports to Client and Clients Manager (if applicable)  for however long the client wants to push the single or it falls into recurrent status (CLIENT AND PROMOTER evaluate after 3 months to see if valuable to continue).  Steen Entertainment is owned and operated by Dillon Steen who was awarded the Palmwood Award at the 2012 Texas Music Awards and has taken 4 songs to #1 on the Texas music radio charts, 4 more inside the Top 10, and many more in to the Top 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.
  • Songwriting sessions with award-winning songwriters – singer/songwriter Tony Ramey  has not only written songs for Nashville superstars George Strait, Alabama, Trisha Yearwood, John Michael Montgomery, & more, he’s also written songs for top Texas acts like Aaron Watson and Jon Wolfe.  Drew Womack has written seven top 20 singles since 1996 including Kenny Chesney’s first number one “She’s Got It All”
  •  The opening slot for a Red 11 artist (at a show to be determined by Red 11) – Red 11 Music is a boutique talent agency with offices and staff in Nashville, TN and Austin, TX and represents acts such as Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, Shane Smith and the Saints, Koe Wetzel and many more!
  • The opening slot for Cory Morrow’s Real Life Real Music show on 8/8 at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands, Texas. Real Life Real Music, founded and hosted by Texas singer-songwriter Kyle Hutton, is a one-hour, weekly radio program recorded live at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands, Texas. The show is truly what it is designed to be – “An Hour of Music That Matters.” Now in it’s 20th season, with over 160 radio shows, RLRM’s library reads like a ‘who’s who’ of Texas and Americana music with episodes that include performances from Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Cody Canada (The Departed), Randy Rogers, Michael Martin Murphy, Larry Gatlin, Walt Wilkins, Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel), Roger Creager and many more.
  • A free consultation, then $500 worth of free services, to be determined after consult from Blue Lark Entertainment. On top of providing radio, video, and album promotion services, Blue Lark Entertainment offers a variety of white label services for artists including advisement in: social media, website design, career consulting, branding, merchandise, revenue management, tax services and much more!
  • An entry level photo shoot with Natalie Rhea.  Natalie Rhea is a Director, Photographer, Editor, Drone Pilot, Adventurer, Story Seeker… just to name a few. Her style is raw and organic and believes in purposeful, intentional storytelling and mindful media that draws out authentic emotion. Her clients include Aaron Watson, Josh Abbot Band, Randy Rogers, Larry Joe Taylor Fest and many more!
  • 2 tickets to Texas Music Pickers’ Texas Music Seminar 2018 – Every year, Texas Music Pickers teams up with industry experts to bring you an information-filled day that’ll help get your band to the next level! Topics include: radio promotion, social media marketing, music streaming, seeking management and much more!
  • A press release digital distribution package from MTS Management GroupMTS Management is more than just an artist management company…it is a bona-fide rock star in the music industry. Specializing in full-service artist management, publicity and promotions, and social media campaigns, MTS Management is on the cutting edge of today’s new music business.
  • Digital delivery of a single from CDTex. CDTEX is a digital delivery service for Radio, Music Industry, Venues, Labels and Artists.  Texas Country & Red-Dirt singles, albums, and videos are delivered directly to our subscribers’ inbox, with no bulky audio or video attachments. Just a simple “one click” preview or download option without having to log in to an external website, saving time and frustration.  As an option, on request, radio subscribers also receive a password for previewing and downloading from the entire repertoire at the “Radio Login” link on the CD Tex website.  All music is Hi-Resolution broadcast quality audio.
  • Cash Prize of $500 
 More prizes will be added along the way!  If you are interested in donating services/prizes to our songwriter competition please contact us at TexasMusicPickers@gmail.com.
 

Judges

Trey Bailey – Head of Entertainment Committee for Luling Watermelon Thump Festival (Festival/Luling, TX)

Rita Ballou– “HBIC” at KOKE FM (Radio Station/Austin, TX)

Chase Colston – Promoter/Founder of Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival (Festival/Tyler, TX)

Kolby Cunningham – Entertainment Director for Twisted J Live  (Venue/Stephenville, TX)

Davis Danziger – Talent Buyer for Lola’s  (Venue/Fort Worth, TX)

Rob Edwards – Program Director for 98.3 KORA (Radio Station/College Station, TX)

Tracie Ferguson – Talent Buyer/Booking Agent for Gruene Hall (Venue/Gruene, TX)

Terran Fleenor – Director of Marketing Communications for Billy Bob’s Texas (Venue/Fort Worth, TX)

Chris Fox – Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers

Steve Fox – Head of Operations for Texas Music Pickers

Alex Garcia – Owner/Talent Buyer for Silver Saloon  (Venue/Terrell, TX)

Debbie Glen – Owner/Talent Buyer for The Red Brick Tavern (Venue/Conroe, TX)

Scott Gunter – Mgmt/A&R/Publishing at Durango Artists (Cody Johnson, Roger Creager, Randall King)

Sarah Hearne – – Production Manager for Dickson Productions, Inc.The MusicFest at Steamboat (Festival/Steamboat, Co) & Rio Frio Fest (Festival/Concan, TX) and the Promoter for Big Barn Dance Music Festival (Festival/Taos, NM)

Joel Hoffmann – Owner and Talent Buyer for Riley’s Tavern

Taylor Hons – Editorial Contributor for Texas Music Pickers

CJ Hooper – Owner/Talent Buyer for Conway’s (Venue/New Braunfels, Texas)

Jeb Hurt – Booking Agent at Red 11 Music (Booking Agency/Austin, TX)

Tim LeGrand – Talent Buyer at Cowboys  (Venue/Tyler, TX)

John Marks – The Global Head of Country Music at Spotify (Music Streaming Service)

Colin Mathews – Executive Vice President for Chilifest Music Festival 2019 (Festival/Snook, TX)

Jared McManus – Talent Buyer for The Tap (Venue/College Station, TX) and the Owner of Back Porch Management (Artist Management)

Andrew McWilliams – Booking Agent at Red 11 Music (Booking Agency/Austin, TX)

Christina Ramirez -Editorial Contributor for Texas Music Pickers

Philip Randolph – Manager/Talent Buyer for Tumbleweed Dance Hall (Venue/Stillwater, OK)  and Calf Fry Music Festival (Festival/Stillwater,OK)

Gordy Schroeder – Founder of Hwy 30 Music Fest (Filer, Idaho)

Megan Schroeder – Founder of Hwy 30 Music Fest (Filer, Idaho)

Paul Steen – Owner/Talent Buyer for Bubba’s Brewhouse (Venue/Durant, OK)

Martha Taylor – Festival Organizer of Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival (Festival/Stephenville, TX)

Zack Varner – Festival Organizer and Talent Buyer for Rock Away Cystic Fibrosis Festival (Festival/Bryan,TX)

Justin Weinman – Owner and Talent Buyer for Conway’s (Venue/New Braunfels, Texas)

Kerry West– Studio Manager/Assistant Engineer at Rosewood Studios

Kevin White – Owner/Talent Buyer for Banita Creek Hall  (Venue/Nacogdoches, TX)

Janey Woods – Owner/Talent Buyer for Hilltop Ice House (Venue/Pointblank, TX)

 

Contest Format

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The contest will take course over 3 rounds:

Round 1: Video Submission Round

Contestants will submit a YouTube video of a live, solo/acoustic performance of an original song.  The video must have live music and live vocals (nothing prerecorded) and must be an accurate portrayal of what we expect to see in the contest.  While video quality is not important, we must be able to clearly hear the vocals and music.  A phone recording of an acoustic song in the quiet of your living room is perfect! The contestant must currently reside, originally be from, or play a high percentage of shows in the region and our contest will be geared towards country, Americana, roots, folk, southern rock, or any other genre you would see on the Texas music charts.  Along with the YouTube Video, contestants will be asked to submit their names, a $20 entry fee, and their contact information.

Judging: The TMP team along with professional songwriters, studio producers, talent buyers, etc… will judge contestants on three categories: songwriting, vocal ability, and musical performance!

Advancing: The contestants that receive the top 20 scores from the video submission round, will advance to the preliminary live performance rounds.

 

Round 2: Preliminary Live Performance Round

Preliminary rounds will take place on 07/14 at The Tap in College Station, Texas.

The 20 contestants that advance from the previous video submission round will be placed in two random groups:  A and B.  Group A will need check-in at 2PM for a brief meeting and their performances will begin at 3PM.  Group B will need to check-in for a brief meeting at 7PM and their performances will begin at 8PM

Contestants must play two different ORIGINAL songs. The songs must be no longer than 5 minutes each, it must be solo/acoustic (or 1 singer & and 1 player), and the contestant must perform all music needed.  Contestants are responsible for providing their own instruments.

Judging: Judges (who we will be announcing shortly) will grade contestants on a scale from 1-10 in 5 categories:  vocal ability, performance of musical instrument, songwriting, crowd engagement and stage presence.

The audience will also be given the chance to vote.  The contestant that receives the most amount of audience votes will receive 10 additional points, the contestants receiving the 2nd most audience votes, will receive 9 points, and so on….The amount of audience votes, will also act as the tie-breaker between any two artists with the same score.

Advancing: The Top 5 scoring contestants from each group (10 total), will advance to the final round.

 

Round 3: Final Live Performance Round

The final round will take place on 07/21 at The Tap in College Station, TX.

The 10 advancing from the previous round will need to check-in at 6:30 PM for a brief meeting and the show will begin at 7:30. Contestants must play two different ORIGINAL songs (they cannot be the same two songs as the preliminary round). The songs must be no longer than 5 minutes each, it must be solo/acoustic (or 1 singer & and 1 player), and the contestant must perform all music needed.  Contestants are responsible for providing their own instruments.

Judging: Judges (who we will be announcing shortly) will grade contestants on a scale from 1-10 in 5 categories:  vocal ability, performance of musical instrument, songwriting, crowd engagement and stage presence.

The audience will also be given the chance to vote.  The contestant that receives the most amount of audience votes will receive 10 additional points, the contestants receiving the 2nd most audience votes, will receive 9 points, and so on….The amount of audience votes, will also act as the tie-breaker between any two artists with the same score.

Advancing: The top 3 scoring contestants, and the contestant who has the highest audience votes of the remaining contestants, will advance.

 

Each of the 4 remaining contestant will then perform one more original song (cannot be a song performed in a previous round).

Judging: Judges (who we will be announcing shortly) will grade contestants on a scale from 1-10 in 5 categories:  vocal ability, performance of musical instrument, songwriting, crowd engagement and stage presence.

The audience will also be given the chance to vote.  The contestant that receives the most amount of audience votes will receive 4 additional points, the contestants receiving the 2nd most audience votes, will receive 3 points, and so on…

Winner: The judge’s points and audience points will be combined and the contestants will then be ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

 

 

Submission Info:

The submission deadline is 06/10 at Midnight and contestants will be notified by 6/14  of their advancement in to the preliminary live performance round.

Step 1: Record yourself performing an original song

Step 2: Upload it to YouTube

Step 3: Fill out the form below with your name, contact information, performance video link, and additional information before June 1oth, 2018.

Step 4: Pay entry fee (located below the form.)

Step 5:  Register for our newsletter below that will keep up to date on this contest and other great opportunities for aspiring Texas/Red Dirt Artists (not required)

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Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.

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Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I'am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.
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