Round One | November 1st
Jillian Steele is a born storyteller. Growing up on Long Island, the indie pop singer-songwriter developed an early love for performing and sharing her life with others. Jillian began singing and acting in musicals and commercials. After taking a break from acting, she turned her focus to her writing and telling her personal stories. She found her new voice in songwriting - jotting down hundreds of experiences, ideas and emotions and learning to truly express herself thorough lyrics.
Annie DiRusso is an eighteen year old singer-songwriter from the Hudson Valley. Annie accompanies herself on the guitar and incorporates a loop pedal into her live show. She has played shows up and down the east coast and has had the honor of opening for artists such as Tom Chapin and Antje Duvekot.
Annie's long awaited debut single "Blue Walls" came out in March of 2017 on all major platforms and was very well received. She Just recently released her second single "Gone" in August of 2017.
Patrick Murphy is a 19-year-old, country-pop, recording artist based out of Nashville, TN. He is inspired by artists like Billy Joel, Elton John, Rascal Flatts, and Zac Brown Band. Patrick has recorded two albums, a cover album and a Christmas album, and is working on another recording project with a few Nashville area songwriters set to release this coming spring. He loves to write and perform his original music along with a wide variety of covers. His sound is full and unique.
In 2015, Place was selected as one of seven songwriters nationwide to participate in the inaugural ASCAP Garth Brooks Country Songwriting Workshop. The workshop was hosted by songwriter Tony Arata (whose songs include cuts by Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, and Reba McEntire). In August of 2015, Place performed in Belmont's "Battle of the Belmont Bands: 125th Anniversary Edition", where she was an opener for Steve Moakler, COIN, and Kopecky. Place was the winner of Belmont's ASCAP Writers Night showcase on December 10, 2015 and in April of 2016, went on to perform at the university's most prestigious "Best of the Best" showcase where she performed on the ASCAP Stage. In January of 2017, Place was selected as a part of the 2017 ASCAP GPS (Guided by Publishers) class, allowing her to work closely with several Nashville publishers. As quoted from music blog, Queens of Country, “Country music fans deserve to hear what real country music sounds like and Place is the one for the job”.
Round two | nOVEMBER 14th
Emily Falvey is a senior, double-majoring in Songwriting and Music Business in the Curb College at Belmont University. Throughout her time at Belmont, she has been heavily involved on-campus, through membership in Bruin Recruiters, Kappa Alpha Theta, Bear House Writer’s Management, Belmont University Songwriter’s Association (BUSA), Belmont Christian Songwriting Community (BCSC), and more. She has involved herself with the music industry in Nashville through internships with SMACKSongs, Warner/Chappell Music, The Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, BMI Catalog Cast, and Pipeline Project 7.0. Following her graduation in May 2018, Emily hopes to sign a publishing deal and spend all her days writing songs!
Hannah Trager, although new to the songwriting game, isn't someone to be ignored. Pursuing an artist career her whole life, she decided just a year ago that songwriting was also going to be something she pursued -- and pursued with full force. Her songwriting is fresh and fun, and allows you to see who she truly is as a writer and an artist.
Born the seventh of eight children in Lindsay Ontario, Canada, singer/songwriter Madison Kozak is a storyteller at heart. Growing up in a musical household, she discovered her passion for entertaining at an early age. “I never shy away from honesty,” she notes, “I’ve always been drawn to music that feels like a page ripped out of someone’s diary.” Madison seamlessly blends her old-country roots with clever lyrics and catchy melodies to create a sound that is fresh, unique and compelling. Past performances include CMA Fest, Nashville Predators games and the legendary Bluebird Café. Whether it’s in front of ten people or a thousand, Madison’s infectious energy and lively personality are guaranteed to evoke excitement and enthusiasm across generations of audiences.
Regan Rousseau is a singer/songwriter from Southern California. She began seriously writing after her Dad's job as a Navy pilot moved them across the country and writing became more than a hobby. Some of her music influences include Stevie Nicks and Alison Krauss. Regan is currently a Junior studying Songwriting and English.