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“Many people can write a song, however, it is a truly brave person who will expose themselves by putting their song down on paper …then stand in front of the world and sing it for all to hear.” ~Al Johnson

The award-winning Wildflower! Performing Songwriter contest encourages the growth of the art of independent performing singer-songwriters. The genres include Acoustic, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Country and Folk. Some of our past finalists include Ruthie Foster, Beth Wood, Karen Mal, Grace Pettis, Dave Carter, Louise Mosrie, Betty Soo, Matt Harlan, Butch Claude Morgan, RJ Cowdery, and Tom Faulkner.

The Singer Songwriter Stage is located in the Bank of America Theatre within the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.

Congratulations to the 10 finalists of the 2015 Wildflower! Performing Songwriting Contest! They will compete for cash prizes on Saturday, May 16 at 11:30 am. The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Richard Berman


Cherie Call


John Carroll


Brad Colerick


Angela Easterling

South Carolina

Annalise Emerick


George Ensle


Frank Martin Gilligan


Lola Toben


Crystal Yates


What Others Are Saying About Us...

"I just wanted to send a quick thank you for such a wonderful weekend at Wildflower. I had a lovely time and felt so welcome. You make the event easy, smooth and so enjoyable. I know it takes an army of volunteers and I am grateful for all of your hard work. I hope I will have the opportunity to return to Wildflower to perform again in the future." – Carolyn Currie, 2014 Contest Winner

"Thank you so very much for all of your hospitality, organization, and graciousness this weekend at the Wildflower Festival. You made the experience so welcoming, down to every last detail. You should give courses on how to run songwriting contests!!!" - Ellen Tipper, 2014 Contest Winner

"Thank YOU, Donna and All!! My mom and I had SOOOOO much fun and dang! Aren't those photographs awesome? I could look at them all day long!"- Ashlee Rose, 2013 Winner 

"Wildflower was the most beautiful and well organized festival I've ever been part of. It is truly an honor to be selected to play on the Wildflower! singer/songwriter stage. It's the real deal and is validating for any songwriter to be asked to play there." - Terry Holder, 2011 Contest Finalist and 2013 Contest Winner

"Thank you for all that you did both before and during the Wildflower festival for us. We had an incredible time, and I've been telling all of my songwriter friends to enter next year (and I hope they do). Mike and I are still talking about it. Y'all folks in Texas really know how to treat musicians."- MaryBeth Zamer, 2012 Michael Terry People's Choice Award 

"The Wildflower folks sure know how to throw a party! My experience was fantastic. Every detail was taken care of. From the accommodations and volunteers, to the beautiful theater and appreciative audiences. I loved how they made everyone feel welcome and special, like a folk star! Thank you Wildflower!" - RJ Cowdery, 2011 Winner