Hahira, GA, June 23, 2020 — From Nashville, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Florida, and Valdosta, Georgia, the WWALS Songwriting Contest Committee has selected judges for the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest.
“We have two returning judges and a judge from a younger
generation,” said Contest Committee Chair Tom H. Johnson, Jr.
“Submissions are due by July 8. We’d like songs from every age
group and every genre.”
Judges and banner
The new judge this year is Emmy Law, who made a name for herself in
Atlanta, and has moved on up to Nashville, Tennessee. She has
several songs published.
In his third year as judge, J. J. Rolle plays around Valdosta,
Georgia, and has forged as far afield as some years in Ireland. He
has a background in musical theater as well as his career as a solo
Back from the first year, Cindy Bear is well known as a solo act
around Jacksonville, Florida, and also as half of Bear and Robert
(pronounced “Row-bear”), a Blues, Folk and Americana duo
with her husband, Franc Robert.
This is the Third Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest,
this year at 7-9 PM, Saturday, August 22, 2020, in the Turner Center
Art Park, 605 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601.
That’s across from the Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, GA,
with plenty of room for physical distance.
Submissions can be songs about any river, stream, spring, sink,
swamp, lake, or pond in the Suwannee River Basin or Estuary (except
not the Santa Fe Basin; that has its own contest). Judging of
finalists will take into account integrity and value of the waters,
historical value, originality of lyrics and music and musical
consistency between them, performance, and clarity of message. Extra
credit for naming the most rivers (springs, etc.). Even listing them
counts; tying them together in a way that shows their value is
After songwriters send in songs, the Contest Committee selects seven
Meanwhile, tickets are available, $10 online (children under 12
free), or $12 at the door. For VIP tables send email to
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