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Grand Prize:

  • 90-minute mentoring session with Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker.
  • Your song pitched to music industry execs through winners compilation CD for one year.
  • Three-day trip to Nashville including accommodations by Hilton Garden Inn and airfare from American Airlines.
  • Single-song demo produced at the Parlor Studios with professional producers and musicians.
  • Tickets for two (2) to the 2011 CMT Music Awards.
  • An acoustic Gibson guitar.
  • Much More

CMT Listeners' Choice Award Winner:

  • A meeting with a major music publisher.
  • Three-day trip to Nashville including accommodations by Hilton Garden Inn and airfare from American Airlines.
  • Tickets for two (2) to the 2011 CMT Music Awards.
  • Private tour of CMT studios in Nashville.
  • One SHURE microphone.
  • Much More

10 Runners-up:

  • A meeting with a major music publisher.
  • Your song pitched to music industry execs through our winners compilation CD for one year.
  • One SHURE microphone.
  • Sonicbids 6-month subscription.
  • Zipbox Media 6 months free service.
  • NSAI Event gift certificate.
  • One-year NSAI membership.
  • One-year subscription to American Songwriter magazine.
  • Certificate of achievement.

10 Honorable Mentions:

  • Certificate of achievement.

All Entrants:

  • A free personalized judging report.


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NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT
Take a look below to see the 11th annual NSAI grand prize winner, CMT Listeners' Choice winner, runners-up and honorable mentions.


Submissions for the 12th annual NSAI Song Contest will begin Aug 1, 2011.

11th Annual NSAI GRAND PRIZE Winner:

Doug Lowe

Garen Brett
"Billboard Girl"

Doug Lowe/Garen Brett

Doug Lowe began piano at the age of 6. During long hours at the piano, he discovered his love for songwriting and composition. Following his first solo piano performance with a symphony at age 12, he was selected to study piano at the Moscow Conservatory. Nationally and internationally, he has been a top prize winner for both piano and organ. Doug is a member of the internationally-acclaimed Lowe Family, touring the U.S. and Canada annually. After 10 years in Branson, Mo., Doug is thrilled to call Nashville "home" where he pursues his dreams of songwriting, producing and filmmaking.

Garon Brett excels as a singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, performing artist and co-producer of The Bretts Show in Branson, Mo. He has been entertaining with his family, The Bretts, for over 15 years. They currently perform over 150 shows at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater in Branson and another 30-40 in locations all around the world every year. Offstage, you'll find him on the basketball court and in the studio. Passionate about the world of songwriting, Garon looks to make big industry waves in the years to come. He is currently serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Bogota, Colombia, and plans to continue his songwriting and performing career as soon as he hits American soil again.

CMT Listeners' Choice Winner:

Kayliann Lowe  "Let Me Cry"
Kayliann Lowe

Giving her first violin solo at just 14 months old, Kayliann Lowe grew up performing onstage. Literally. An award-winning singer, dancer, musician and songwriter, she tours full time with her family's production variety show ( After 10 years of headlining in Branson, Mo., Kayliann and the rest of the Lowes relocated in Nashville to actively pursue other passions -- songwriting, recording, teaching, television, radio, etc. When she's not performing, this 22-year-old can be found at the piano writing with her brother Doug, in the studio recording a new demo or in downtown Nashville with her siblings listening to other artists and writers.

10 Runners-Ups (listed in random order):

"Where's My Socks" - David Vonderburg
"White Lines" - Derrick Hampton/Jeff Anderson
"Just Being Me" - Warren Boutros/Jon D'Agostino/Jay Speight
"Leaning on the Grace of God" - Debbie Pascarella/Vickie Raye
"Hands On" - Lance Carpenter/Scott Tonkinson
"Plant the Seed" - Steve Hostetler
"You Can't Hold It" - Myla Smith
"Beyond My Heart" - Nicki Park
"Thank You" - Joe Vulpi
"Fires of Freedom" - John Gambs/Marie McIntyre

10 Honorable Mentions (listed in random order):

"When Vernon Moved From Tupelo" - Mark Stepakoff
"Just Another Memory" - Lance Carpenter/Forest Whitehead
"I Wouldn't Hate You" - Susan Smith/Deborah Berwyn
"My Baby Boy" - Sherri Gough/Nathan Strasser/Jeremy Bussey
"Different Kind of Same" - Tim Maggart/Kathie Eidson/Justin Belew
"Whose Star Do You Follow" - Walter Pappas
"Move a Mountain" - Bill DiLuigi
"Lines" - Sara Scott
"Love Is" - Sherri Gough/Sean Gasaway
"Mr. Whiskey" - Jay Brehmer/Mike Heath/Randy VanVooren