Showcase Winner

Wilder combines the lyrical and vocal styles of americana/folk with an instrumental style that can be best described as groovy alternative rock. Wilder has been vigorously preparing for their upcoming record with Nashville producer Jacquire King (James Bay, Kings of Leon) that they will record this September. Wilder’s heaviest writing influences are early 2000’s Coldplay, The Head and the Heart, and Mumford and Sons. They will be hitting the college-circuit this fall and playing shows throughout the Southeastern United States as well as shows in Nashville promoting their upcoming record. Wilder’s ultimate purpose is simply to create songs that can truly impact people and put on shows that always leave people wanting more. 



"A love-in is about making a statement. It’s a declaration of mutual affection for everyone involved. It’s an expression of openness about oneself to a group of individuals who are being just as vulnerable and true. That’s what Laurel & the Love-In is all about. The Nashville-based band makes honest rock and roll to share this experience with each other and their audience. Their debut full-length album, Don’t Love Nobody is the culmination of encounters such as these." 



SAWYER, the brand new indie-pop outfit comprised of Emma Harvey and Kel Taylor, is quickly building a reputation for resonating, earnest songwriting and articulate musicianship. Sawyer is an evolution of Taylor's solo project, Kel, who early on recruited Harvey to play guitar and mandolin in her backing band. When the two collaborated together on "Nightfall," the title track of Kel's 2014 EP, a partnership began. Growing quickly from dorm-room writing sessions to airplay on Lightning 100 and a "best songs of 2014" nod from Nashville's Cause A Scene, Taylor and Harvey have already opened for singer-songwriters, Jon McLaughlin and Steve Moakler. 


Lost Stars is a pop/rock/alternative band from Nashville that formed in January of 2016 at Belmont University. Each member brings a unique musical background to the bands sound, ranging from funk, blues, pop, and rock. Lost Stars is releasing their first EP, “Dreaming in the Dark” this September. 



At 19 years old, Talia Stewart is a singer/songwriter whose husky vocals bring a distinctive jazz style to her soulful rock sound. Born in Southern California, Talia grew up an avid reader and writer, composing her own short stories and poems for years until she combined her love of music with her love of literature and began songwriting. Her major vocal influences include Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Jeff Buckley, Tori Amos, and Amy Winehouse. In 2015, she moved from Orange County, CA to Nashville, TN and performs frequently in the Nashville area with her band The Fictions. Her debut EP is set to be released early fall of 2016.



With a style similar to Coldplay, OneRepublic, and Imagine Dragons, The Civics are a newly formed Pop / Alternative Rock band hoping to grab the world’s attention through their catchy music. The Cincinnati based artist intends to write, record, and perform original songs that capture the audience’s attention based on the depths of their lyrics, and the intricacy of their music.