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Tennessee Songwriters Week Qualifying Round

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


We’re thrilled to partner with Tennessee Vacation to host a Tennessee Songwriters Week Qualifying Round.

Everyone is welcome to attend this great musical event at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Come see local songwriters compete for a chance to play at The Bluebird Cafe! The event is kid friendly and FREE to attend! Buddy’s bar-b-q Cleveland will be at the event offering $5 meal deals.

We will have a panel of judges at the event and the top 4 competitors will move on to a “Showcase Round” in one of the following cities:

Sunday, Feb. 23 – Puckett’s in Franklin
Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis
Wednesday, Feb. 26 – The Bijou in Knoxville
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga
Friday, Feb. 28 – Ole Red in Gatlinburg
Saturday, Feb. 29 – The Down Home in Johnson City

Six finalists from the showcases get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share their original songs on the historic stage at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville on March 29!

Songwriter Qualifying Round Set for Feb. 8

Come see who “writes the songs that make the whole world sing” at a special Qualifying Round leading up to Tennessee Songwriters Week. The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present an official Songwriters Qualifying Round, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Museum Center at 5ive Points. The event is free to the public.

“We will join communities all across our state to celebrate the craft of songwriting with 20 contestants,” said Melissa Woody, vice president for Tourism Development at the Chamber. “We are excited to hear their talents and see who will move on to the next round!”

Participants were required to register in December and provide samples of their work.

Five distinguished judges will choose four songwriters to advance to the next round of events held across the state of Tennessee. The field will then be further narrowed to six contestants who will perform their song at the world-famous Bluebird Café in Nashville.

Tennessee is at the root of several different musical genres including blues, bluegrass, country, rock-abilly, gospel, folk, jazz, and more. Tennessee recently launched a trail highlighting the state’s musical heritage called Tennessee Music Pathways. The Museum Center at 5ive Points was chosen as an official location on the music trail because of its permanent exhibit, “The Red Back: America’s Best-Loved Hymnal.”

“What better location to host a songwriter competition than at an official location on Tennessee Music Pathways. We have a gem in our local museum and we certainly want it to shine with every opportunity,” Woody said.

Judges for the evening include

· Joe-Joe Collins, singer/songwriter, former front man for Collins Brothers Band, member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and voting

member of the Country Music Association (CMA), member of the First Baptist Cleveland Choir, and mortgage loan officer at Bank of Cleveland;

· Andrea Dismukes, singer specializing in opera, oratorio, chamber music and opera theatre, voice professor at Lee University and director music at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church;

· Danny Murray, longtime director of the internationally-known touring choir Lee University’s Voices of Lee, runner up on NBC’s The Sing Off among other accolades, and Lee University director of church relations;

· Danielle Seals, vocalist in numerous productions, musical groups and competitions, toured and recorded with Lee University’s choir and ensemble, appeared in several short films and music videos, involved in music ministry at South Cleveland Church of God, and works in communications and special events for United Way of the Ocoee Region; and

· Yattie Westfield, founder, owner and teacher at Art of Noise Academy, drummer for bands including The Kings of the Killer Fish, Milele Roots and the Natti Love Joys.

“We are grateful to our stellar slate of judges and so excited that our event will advance four songwriters one step closer to Nashville,” Woody said.

Organizers have partnered with Buddy’s BBQ on a meal deal with all meal sales to benefit the Museum Center at 5ive Points. Beginning at 6 p.m., doors will open, and attendees can purchase a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink for $5 while supplies last.



February 8
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Museum Center at 5ive Points
200 Inman Street East
Cleveland, TN 37311 United States
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