The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and Country Music Television (CMT) are proud to announce that "Wasted Fantasy," written by Lauren McLamb and Trannie Stevens (Nashville, TN) has been awarded the Grand Prize in the 17th Annual NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT! Over 2,000 songs were received this year. A rigorous judging process featuring a panel of industry professionals selected eleven (11) finalists to appear on nsai.cmt.com for the public to vote on throughout the month of February. This year’s Lyric-Only winner is "Flying Home" written by Laura Miller (Nashville, TN) and co-writer Cindy Lee Collins.
Co-writer: Trannie Stevens
The final votes ultimately produced the Grand Prize winner, "Wasted Fantasy," to claim the contest’s top prizes: five thousand dollars ($5,000) cash and mentoring session with Capitol Records Recording country artist, Charles Kelley. Additional prizes include but are not limited to: a one-year single song contract with Round Hill Music, a live performance at the 2017 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, a performance opportunity at the Bluebird Café, handwritten lyrics to “Leaving Nashville” and more! LISTEN NOW
LYRIC ONLY WINNER: LAURA MILLER FOR "FLYING HOME"
Co-writer: Cindy Lee Collins
Miller receives a mentoring session with Big Loud Shirt writer, Rodney Clawson, along with additional prizes. LYRICS TO "FLYING HOME"
10 Runners-Ups (listed in random order):
*ALL entrants will receive a numerical judging report. These reports have been emailed to all entrants using the email address provided on the entry form. If there was no email address provided, then the judging report was mailed to the address provided on the entry form.
Special thanks to ASCAP, BMI, CMT, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, SESAC, Southwest Airlines, Round Hill Music, HoriPro Entertainment and We Make Tapes & Discs for supporting the contest and NSAI Mission!
About Charles Kelley: Seven-time GRAMMY winner Charles Kelley "continues to stay true to himself — all while telling stories" (Albuquerque Journal), as his first-ever debut track "The Driver" earned a GRAMMY nomination for "Best Country Duo/Group Performance" ahead of the album’s release. Produced by Paul Worley, THE DRIVER explores new territory with a raw sound that pushes his vocals into a lower, grittier key. Along with his success as part of multi-Platinum award-winning trio Lady Antebellum, Kelley has also penned No. one hits recorded by Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker. It's Lady Antebellum’s universal appeal that continues to resonate across the globe, as they continue to headline festivals throughout the summer on the LADY ANTEBELLUM 2016 SUMMER TOUR. For more information on new music and for a full list of tour dates visit www.charleskelley.com.