The nationally recognized performing songwriter competition is open to anyone who writes and performs original music and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal.
Tivel was one of ten finalists chosen from among more than 300 entrants on the basis of the quality of their songs’ composition, vocal delivery and the overall presentation. After performing in two finalist rounds on the Elks Park Stage in downtown Telluride during the festival, Tivel was named the winner, awarded cash and other prizes, and performed a 15-minute main stage set on June 18. Last year, Tivel was named a winner in the 2015 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition.
Second- to fifth-place honors at Telluride went to Nikki Talley (Asheville, NC), Joel Ansett ((Denver, CO), Tom Meny (Austin, TX) and Hadley Kennary (Nashville, TN), respectively.