Songwriters Showcase in St. Marys

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If you’ve ever dreamed of following in the footsteps of great songwriters like Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, and John Lennon, come August 21, you just may get your first break in St. Marys.

Jamaster Productions is hosting a Songwriters Showcase and is inviting talent from around the region to compete for prizes that include 12 hours of recording studio time, a trip to Nashville, a $1500 press photo session, media coverage, and cash.  The Songwriters Showcase will be held at the Howard Gilman Memorial Waterfront Park in St. Marys.

The brainchild of local musicians Dave Duggan and Arlie McLendon, the Songwriters Showcase presents area talent with the opportunity to get their original music heard by several recording representatives as well as talent scouts from Florida to Nashville.  The event is designed for songwriters of all genres.  According to Duggan, many artists have gotten their start by participating in regional competitions such as this one.

“All it takes is for one person with connections to be impressed by a song,” said Duggan. “If you have the talent, you can make an impression, and who knows…end up in Nashville.”

McLendon, who has been writing songs and playing locally for more than 20 years agreed.
“You never know where these types of competitions can lead you,” he said. “You just have to pick your best material and sparkle on the stage to get the talent scouts’ attention.  And with the new roof over our waterfront amphitheatre, we have the perfect venue for showcasing the talent.”

Judging will be based on originality, authenticity, and difficulty; overall lyrics, melody, and performance, and stage presence as in the performer’s ability to capture the audience.

There will be a first, second, and third place winner plus a People’s Choice Award that will go to the songwriter voted on by attendees at the event

For more information, call 904-535-3955 or visit

Last year, we filmed at the Songwriters Contest at Treehill Nature Center in Jacksonville, Fl. Here is that video.

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  1. michelle bryant says:

    i would be interested in events involving single adults within camden county. i am fairly new to the county and am also newly divorced. :o -(

  2. admin says:

    Stay tuned we will be having info on wine tastings as well as other events for us grown ups!


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