Country Winners Announced In 2020 Unsigned Only Music Competition

The winners of the U.S.-based Unsigned Only Music Competition have been announced, with 10 country artists garnering wins in the 2020 competition. The First Place winner in the country category is Sonia Leigh from Nashville for her song “Jack Is Back.” Second Place was awarded to Buck Twenty from Harrow, ON, Canada for “All I Can Do,” and eight country artists garnered Honorable Mentions. Selected from more than 7,000 entries from 109 countries, the winners share in over $160,000 in cash and prizes split among 38 winners.

“Being that we are based in Nashville, we had the privilege of hearing so many talented country artists. Our Grand Prize winner two years ago was an artist who has since topped the charts and is nominated for two CMA Awards,” said Unsigned Only founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “So, now we are wondering…which of this year’s country winners will follow in Ingrid Andress’ shoes? It is always a thrill to discover new talent and watch them succeed.”

Established in 2012, Unsigned Only has become known as the leading music competition honoring international artists who are not signed to a major label. Since Unsigned Only’s inception in 2012, five Grand Prize winners have been signed to record labels. Winners were selected by a judging panel comprised of high-profile industry experts and renowned recording artists including: Darryl Worley; Charli XCX; Aimee Mann; Sanctus Real; O.A.R.; Robert Smith (The Cure); David Benoit; Janiva Magness; Tyler Williams (The Head And The Heart); NLE Choppa; Piso 21; Rhett Walker; The Devil Makes Three; and many more.

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