Congratulations 2019 Winner Dan Curry
Dan Curry, a singer/songwriter from Lebanon, Va., has been named the overall winner in the 2019 Richard Leigh Songwriters Contest at Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon. Curry’s winning song, “Love,” also took first place in the gospel category.
Winners were also announced in seven individual music categories. The winning songwriters are:
Country: 1st – Bella Raye, “Old Me;” 2nd – Scott Miller, “She Shouldn’t Have To;” and 3rd – Reed Fields, “I Don’t Lie to You.”
Folk: 1st – Adam Bolt, “Animals in the News;” 2nd – Greg Trafidlo, “For Just Two Dollars (You Can Cuss Me Out);” and 3rd – Celie Holmes, “Sorry Now.”
Gospel/Inspirational: 1st – Dan Curry, “Love;” 2nd – Shannan Miller, “My Banner and Peace;” and 3rd – Kevin Hale, “We All Die to Live Again.”
Youth: 1st- Sydney Rose Wray, “Broken Wing.”
Rock/Pop: 1st- Mike DeGiorgi, “I’d Love to Have Dinner with You;” 2nd – Bent-Lee Carr, “Outta Style;” and 3rd – Ashley Lucas, “Say It.”
Bluegrass: 1st- Adam Bolt, “Mouth of Wilson;” 2nd- Kevin Hale, “I’m in Lonesome Valley;” and 3rd – Barnette Carr, “The Story of Me and You.
Lyrics Only: 1st – George T. Kiser, Jr., “Train 52;” 2nd – Aaron McGlothlin, “Country Divas a-Gittin’ Down;” and 3rd – Victoria Barber, “Kentucky Whiskey.”
The songwriting contest is part of the two-day celebration of song held Memorial Day weekend and highlighted by a Saturday evening performance by visiting members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This year’s performers were Leigh, Tony Arata, Even Stevens and Jim McBride. Collectively, they have enjoyed more than 50 chart-topping number one hits.
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Richard Leigh Songwriters Contest Finalists Announced
Congratulations to all of the 2019 contest finalist.
Finalists, in no particular order, include: Scott Miller, Dan Curry, Kevin Hale, Reed Fields, Shannan Miller, Bella Raye, Ashley Lucas, Adam Bolt, Bent-Lee Carr, Barnett Carr, Mike DiGiorgi, Greg Trafidlo, Celie Holmes, George T. Kiser, Jr, Aaron McGlothlin, Sydney Rose Wray, and Victoria Barber.
Songwriting finalists will take the stage Fri., May 24 at 5:30 pm at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace (formerly known as the Heartwood), performing songs in seven categories, including: country, gospel, pop/rock, bluegrass, folk, lyrics-only and youth. Winners will be announced during the weekend’s Hall of Fame Songwriters Concert event Sat., May 25 at 6:30 pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Ed Center, when the overall winner will be invited to perform alongside Nashville’s greats showcasing their grammy-winning number one hits.
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