The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and The Bluebird Cafe will kick off Tennessee Songwriters Week with virtual performances by songwriters from across the state on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m./CT, streaming on YouTube and the cafe’s Facebook page.
Set to perform are Tennessee song contest winners Allen J. Morrell (Murfreesboro), Jay Da Skreet (Memphis), Courtney Holder (Chattanooga), Jacob Vaughn (Reidsville, NC), Beth Snapp (Kingsport), and Adeem Bingham (Knoxville). The winners received a specialty Tennessee Songwriters Week-branded Epiphone guitar, and a free one-year membership and individual mentoring session with NSAI.
More than 1,000 songwriters competed in 39 qualifying rounds, six showcase events and special events on stages from Memphis to Mountain City. The winners won showcases at Puckett’s in Franklin, Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis, The Bijou in Knoxville, Bessie Smith Cultural Center in Chattanooga, Ole Red in Gatlinburg, and The Downhome in Johnson City.
Other events for 2021 Tennessee Songwriters Week include Tia Sillers performing on the Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
In 2019, a state statute passed designating the last full week of February each year as Tennessee Songwriters Week.