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Nicolle Galyon does neither endorse nor promote Music City SongStar.

Nicolle Galyon is slaying the country charts with hits like “Automatic” by Miranda Lambert, “Boy” by Lee Brice, and “Love Triangle” by RaeLynn! What’s your favorite song by Nicolle?

Noah Cyrus does neither endorse nor promote Music City SongStar.

Noah Cyrus has been on the rise in the songwriting world. In her newest song “I’m Stuck,” she talks about about falling head over heels for a new boy.

What topic do you focus the most on
when writing?

Idina Menzel does neither endorse nor promote Music City SongStar.

- Idina Menzel

That’s what I love about songwriting - That you can write something about your own experiences and think it’s completely specific to you, and then people can take away a completely different meaning for themselves. I really love that. I think you’ve been successful at writing a song when it has a larger life than yourself.

Sting does neither endorse nor promote Music City SongStar.

Sting has had an incredible career. First with the English New Wave band, The Police, and then as a solo performer.
Take twenty minutes out of your day to watch Sting present a TED Talk on songwriting and his inspirations!

The Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • Five thousand dollars
  • Invitation to perform their song at a premier historic Nashville, TN venue
  • A Bluesman Vintage Guitar valued at over two thousand dollars
  • Five hundred dollars plus hotel accommodations included upon arrival in Nashville
  • The Grand Prize winner will be featured in the official Music City SongStar press release,  which will include the link to their song on the Music City SongStar website and social  media channels
CONTEST KICK-OFF
August 15 through November 15, 2017

The contest is open to all genres of music. The top four semi-finalists will be invited to perform their winning songs at the Music City SongStar Awards night, held in February, 2018 at a premier historic Nashville, Tennessee venue.

Foxhedge Music proudly presents the Music City SongStar awards, a songwriting competition open to songwriters worldwide.

Kicking off August 15 and running through November 15, 2017, Music City SongStar is open to all genres of music. The top four (4) finalists will have an opportunity to perform their original song a premier historic Nashville, TN venue. The winning songwriter will be awarded $5,000 in cash and a Bluesman Vintage guitar. Other prizes will be awarded to 25 semi-finalists.

QUESTIONS?

Why a song contest?

Because we at Foxhedge Music know that sometimes you need a break. A chance. A shot. Submitting your song may not win you the music lottery, but your song will be heard. Guaranteed. It will be listened to all the way through, not cut off after the first chorus. It won’t be judged by your name, your reputation, your gender or your taste in shoes. The judges will not see any personal identifying information, only the song file and the lyrics. We want to level the playing field as much as we can.

And hey, it’s better than sitting on your couch in your pajamas, complaining about how hard it is to break in to the music business. It is hard. Everything worth doing is hard. So, why not try it? Why not give it a shot? Put your art out there. No one will laugh at you. And every time you put yourself out there, it gets a little bit easier. To quote Wayne Gretsky, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” So work hard, keep showing up to write, to create, and do something every day toward achieving your dream. Put your best song forward and go for it. Who knows, your song could be a “Music City SongStar.”

What if I’m not a good singer?

Well, this contest is about the song, not the singer. However, we’re going to shoot straight with you. If the vocal is hard to hear or the singing by your great Aunt Edna is really off-key, it will be hard to hear the song. So why not find a singer who is sitting in his or her pajamas, complaining about how hard the music business is and partner up? The singer gets a chance to have a quality recording of his/her voice, and you get a quality performance of your song with a great singer. Be creative. Go for it. You can do it.

Why are there no genres?

We believe a good song is a good song is a good song. Period. So much of a song’s genre is dependent on how it is produced. However, some of the judging criteria will be based on a song’s commercial viability, so submit what song you think best fits that category.

Can I submit more than one song?

Yes, you can submit as many songs as you would like (one entry per song).

When will I be notified?

Finalists will be notified in January, 2018, by email. See our rules section for more information.