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Tennessee Songwriters Week

A statewide celebration of the craft that put Tennessee on the map.

Tennessee Songwriters Week 2022 Showcases Complete

Tennessee Songwriters Week winners 2022
Clockwise from L to R Chancellor Lawson, Tyson Leamon, Jacob Rice, Maura Streppa, Robert Lee, Josh Middleton.


Six finalists from Tennessee Songwriters Week won a historic opportunity to perform at the legendary Bluebird Cafe March 20 during a private event with music industry professionals. Chancellor Lawson won at the showcase at The Down Home in Johnson City; Tyson Leamon at The Bijou Theatre in Knoxville; Jacob Rice at Puckett’s Franklin; Josh Middleton at Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis, Robert Lee at Songbirds Foundation in Chattanooga and Maura Streppa at Ole Red Gatlinburg. Finalists also won a branded commemorative Taylor guitar, a two-night hotel stay in Nashville, $100 gift card for travel and one-year membership to the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI). The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and partners hosted more than 45 events across the state in celebration of the state statute designating the last week of February as “Tennessee Songwriters Week.” 

Local judges with music industry experience served at each of the six showcase events had the tough job to score nearly 100 talented songwriters on originality, vocal or instrumental talent and connection to the audience. During February, nearly 1,000 songwriters performed from Memphis to Mountain City.

The Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development, The Bluebird Cafe and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) are committed to make sure songwriters can share their original work on stage with other writers. 

Next year’s Tennessee Songwriters Week will kick off with qualifying rounds the first two weeks of February. Tennessee Songwriters Week 2023 will be Feb. 19-25, 2023, with showcases and special events across the state.


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