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17 Apr 14 Texas Songwriters Among Competition Semifinalists

Austin, Texas — 15 Semi-Finalists have been chosen for the Songwriter Serenade competition, now in its eighth year. The event will be held on May 3 in Moravia, Texas. The semi-finalists, including top songwriters from Texas, California, Oregon, Colorado and Tennessee were selected from more than 100 entrants in the competition.songwriter serenade

The crossroads town of Moravia is centrally located just off Interstate 10 between Houston and San Antonio and is also just a short drive from Austin. The competition will be held in a classic wooden dancehall surrounded by live oaks and picnic facilities.

The 15 accomplished performing songwriters will compete for $3,200 in prize money. Acclaimed Texas songwriters Susan Gibson, Kevin Welch and Walt Wilkins will be judging the competition. The first place winner will be offered a Performance Alley showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City February 2015.

Also the evening of the contest (May 3) the winner will join the 2013 winner, Frank Gilligan, in a showcase at the Bugle Boy Venue in La Grange. For more information:

The 2014 semi-finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Bochner, Ben – Eugene, Oregon –

Boyer, Brad – Friendswood, Texas –

Burtt, Megan – Denver –

Farris, Allie – Nashville –

Holder, Ali – Austin, –

Koch, Libby – Houston –

Lytle, Rob – Oak Bluffs, Mass. –

Monical, Ashley – Austin–

O’Connor, Daisy – Austin–

Rocks, Marina – San Leon, Texas –

Rose, Raina – Austin –

Seides, Jan – Austin –

Turner, Reed – Austin –

Waid, Michael – San Antonio –

Zucker, Laura – Lafayette, Calif. –

The competition starts at 11 a.m. Saturday with the winner and order of winners determined by 5 p.m. Tickets for the May 3 competition are $10 and are available for purchase online at or at the door. Advance purchase is recommended. Parking is free and Children under 12 are free; there will also be food and beverage concessions on site.

Accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Ken Gaines, of Houston, will emcee the event.

Established in 2007, the Songwriter Serenade competition gives performing songwriters a platform to showcase their skills. Sharing a deep passion for original music, co-chairs musicians Mike Stroup and Brian Kalinec, philanthropist Tom McDaniel and Lane Gosnay of the Bugle Boy in La Grange, founded the Songwriter Serenade to create memorable listening experiences for the audience and a valuable career stepping-stone for songwriters.

Past Winners:
Frank Gilligan – 2013
Phoebe Hunt – 2012
Jean Synodinos – 2011
Jessica Graves – 2010
Bill Pasalacqua – 2009
Abi Tapia – 2008
Brian Kalinec – 2007

For more information about this event and a short video with highlights of last year’s competition, please visit or contact

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