19th Annual NSAI Song Contest Final Judging
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NSAI, CMT and Martin Guitars & Strings are all proud to announce the award recipients of the 19th Annual NSAI Song Contest! Take a listen to the finalist's songs below, and check out the video for a look back at the live final judging.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
"Weight Of Words" - Jacob Noe (Nashville, TN) / co-writer Canaan Stanley
“Got It All Wrong” – John Stanislawski (Nashville, TN) / co-writer Tristan Bushman
“I Can’t Be Your Whiskey” – Mary Elizabeth Hilliar (Nashville, TN) / co-writer Jeff Hilliar
“Kitchen Table” – Joybeth Taylor (Antioch, TN) / co-writer Katrina Burgoyne / co-writer Alexander Jeffery / co-writer Josh Willcutts
“Still Shine” – Nigel Wheeler (Dallas, TX) / co-writer Colleen Francis / co-writer Ryan Lorensen
“That’s My Dad” – Matt Wilson (Marietta, GA)
“2 The Sky” – Tilden Whitfield (Pensacola, FL)
“Whiskey Wears Off” – Scott Voelkerding (Nashville, TN) / co-writer Ashley Briggs / co-writer Ceri Usmar
“Working On The Words” – Lauren Weintraub (Nashville, TN) /co-writer Josh Byrd / co-writer Christian Hale
LYRIC ONLY WINNER
“The Price Of A Song” – Michael R.J. Roth, (Rio Rancho, NM)
LYRIC ONLY RUNNER-UP
“I Guess I Must Have Blinked” – Jim Gartland, (Bloomingdale, IL)
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" – Emily Daniels, (Brentwood, TN)
"Britches" – Matt Rogers, (Hermitage, TN)
"Hungover" – Mallory Johnson, Nashville, TN / Krystan Bellows, (Nashville TN)
"Inside This Guitar"– Joybeth Taylor, (Antioch, TN)
"My World Isn’t Turning" – Gene Rapisardi, (Brentwood, TN)
"Sun Goes Down" – Brandon Clark, (Lawrenceville, GA)
"The Answer" – Russ Parrish, (Burnsville, MN)
"Under The Weather" – Ralston Wells, (Nashville, TN) / co-writer Charlie Evischi
(Left to Right)
Chris Martin: Chairman & CEO, C.F. Martin & Co.
Craig Thatcher: Recording artist and International Clinician/Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co.
Brett James: Grammy-Winning Songwriter/Producer
Jordan Walker: Manager, Music & Talent, CMT
John Ozier: Vice President, Creative, ole
Bart Herbison: Executive Director, NSAI
Thank you for tuning in! Visit nsai.cmt.com to view the full list of prizes and contest information.