Ten artists/groups have been named as finalists in the 2015 NewSong Contest and will perform live during a music showcase and competition finals set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium (61 W. 62nd St., New York, NY). Admission is free, although seating is limited.

The finalists are Blair Bodine (Brooklyn, NY), Kaz Fujimoto (Brooklyn, NY), Sarah Kervin (Brooklyn, NY), Rachael Kilgour (Duluth, MN), Sarah Morris (Shoreview, MN), Scott Mulvahill (Nashville, TN), Queen Esther (New York, NY), The Shades (Chicago, IL), Megan Wilde (Seattle, WA) and Ken Yates (Toronto, ON, Canada).

Now in its 14th year, the NewSong Contest showcases emerging performing songwriters across various genres. The grand-prize winner, to be selected Jan. 7, will receive a performance slot at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Café in Park City, Utah and a follow-up feature performance at Lincoln Center; as well as a recording session at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC, produced by Gar Ragland, NewSong Music’s executive director, for an album to be released under the NewSong Recordings label.

Here’s a link to listen to a NewSongs Finalists compilation album:


NewSong Music is an independent music organization that aims to build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across all genres of music and skill levels, while identifying truly exceptional artists and introducing their music to a broader, international audience. More information can be found at www.newsong-music.com.