Industry Ink: Songs & Stories For St. Jude, SOURCE Tin Pan South Show, Casey Kelly, NSAI Song Contest

Fifth Annual Songs And Stories For St. Jude Set

The fifth annual Songs & Stories for St. Jude, a concert and auction to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been set for April 5 at Nashville’s City Winery. Songwriters Chris DeStefano, Brett James, Jessi Alexander, Hillary Lindsey, Rivers Rutherford and Marcus Hummon are set to perform, with other special guests to be announced at a later date. More information and tickets can be found at


SOURCE Teams With NSAI For Tin Pan South Show

SOURCE Nashville has teamed up with NSAI for a special show during Tin Pan South on March 28 at 6 p.m. at Whiskey Rhythm Saloon. The show will feature Danielle Bradbery, Jaida Dreyer, Jo Smith, and Lari White. For more information regarding passes and tickets, go to A portion of proceeds from the show will go to SOURCE.


Casey Kelly Signs With Banner Music

Banner Music has signed Casey Kelly to its songwriting roster. Kelly has worked as an arranger, music publisher, and record producer along with writing songs. After moving to Nashville in 1976, Kelly had multiple hits including “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight” by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, “Soon” by Tanya Tucker, “Somewhere Down the Line” by T.G. Shepherd and “The Cowboy Rides Away” by George Strait.


NSAI Song Contest Winners Announced

The Nashville Songwriters Association International and Country Music Television announced that “Wasted Fantasy,” written by Lauren McLamb and Trannie Stevens of Nashville, has been awarded the Grand Prize in the 17th Annual NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT.

Over 2,000 songs were received this year, and the winner received $5,000 and a mentoring session with Charles Kelley.

The lyric-only winner is “Flying Home” written by Cindy Lee Collins and Laura Miller. Collins receives a mentoring session with Big Loud Shirt writer, Rodney Clawson, along with additional prizes. Twenty other songs received Runner-Up or Honorable Mention status, and all of the top songs can be seen at


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