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Songwriter of the Year 2013

I am honored to announce the Summit Coffee Songwriter of the Year 2012. There were 24 local, regional, and touring acts eligible for the award. The fans and artists of the showcase voted. The turnout was large and there was a tie. The Songwriter of the Year 2013 is awarded to 'Billy Jones' of Davidson, NC and 'Mike ALicke' of Huntersville, NC. The Best Performing Female Songwriter is 'Hannah Miller' of Nashville, TN and The Best Performing Male Songwriter is 'Paul Finnican' of Charlotte, NC.

Songwriter of the Year Show 2011

We move forward into 2012 with 20 shows behind us at the Summit. We awarded Jackie Moseley Summit Coffee Songwriters Showcase Songwriter of the Year 2011. Jackie was chosen from 30 local, regional, and touring artists that performed at the Showcase by the fans and fellow artists. Thank you for all of the support as we start a new year.

Summit Coffee Songwriter Showcase News August 2011

Summit Coffee Songwriters Showcase News August 2011

Hi Everyone, It is hard to believe we have been operating the Showcase for 15 months. Thanks to your support, the many talented artists, Summit owner Tim Helfrich and his friendly staff, we have a successful event. We have been fortunate to have so many talented artists share their craft with us at the Summit. Since April we have had touring Duo Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards join us from Massachusetts, vocal dynamo Chuck Johnson, Nashville songwriter/performer Shantell Ogden. Etta Lea Kuhlman brought her silky smooth vocals from Charlotte's Evening Muse, Charlotte based hard touring Eric Guthrie stopped in with his dynamic songwriting, as did rising on the local scene reflective writer Mike Davis. Duo John and Cate Cloer braved the July heatwave with Cate's powerful vocals and John's eclectic and dynamic guitar playing ,along with the mature songwriting and performance of Jamie Kay. Davidson music icon Billy Jones graced us with by weaving his pop style around his intricate guitar work, and award winning songstress Lindy Dobbins brought her rich yet delicate voice. Return visits from guitar master Mike Alicke with his uplifting and detailed style, Jackie Moseley, the first lady of local singer songwriters, and area favorite the stylistic Mike Nolan. New on the scene Lucinda Lucas and the master of the pen- veteran Songster Don Eidman shared the outdoor stage in May. In addition to these talented songwriters we have been fortunate to have soundmaster Mark Ponischil from The Great Aunt Stella Center in Charlotte and Mike Davis manning the sound board and bringing out the very best of our performing artists. In September we have two multi talented songwriters joining us again, Columbia, SC songwriter Haley Dreis and Charlotte songster Angelo Melendez( plays in Rick Spreitzer 4 oh, Rick is another top notch award winning writer and will be joining us again in November). This should be a great show under the September stars . In October journeyman guitarist and tour veteran Mike Alicke returns and is joined by the return visit of versatile songwriter and owner of the Sylvia Theatre Paul Finnican and from Sweden Magdelena Daley. We now have a Summit Coffee Songwriters Showcase Facebook page and a Reverbnation page of the same name. Please feel free to join the facebook group and become a fan on the Reverbnation site and utilize these resources to stay informed on future shows.

Once again, thanks so much to Summit Owner Tim Helfrich for supporting live original music and all all of you for keeping it going. We hope to see you soon at Summit Coffee...



A Hole In The Fence won Honorable Mention in the 16th Billboard World Song Contest

Company Town won Honorable Mention in the 17th Billboard World Song Contest

Company Town reached #8 on the Folk Charts at OurStage.com now partnered with MTV in June 2009

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The CD " Company Town " was released May 1, 2010