NSAI and CMT are proud to announce the winners list for the 15th annual NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT. Upwards
of 2,000 songs were received this year. A rigorous judging process featuring a panel of industry professionals selected ten
(10) finalists to appear on nsai.cmt.com for the public to vote on throughout the month of February. The final votes ultimately
produced the grand prize winner, "Drink It In," written by entrant Derek Toomey and Jeff Silver. Derek is the former NSAI
Coordinator for the Atlanta (Christian), chapter and Jeff is the current NSAI Coordinator for the Atlanta (Metro) chapter.
This yearís Lyric-Only winner is ďChevy Bound for Lonely,Ē written by Char Cordova, a New Mexico-based singer-songwriter.
The full winners list is below. ALL entrants will receive a numerical judging report. These reports will be mailed out to all entrants using the address they provided on the entry form. If you submitted a song to the 15th annual NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT and have moved since your submission, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your current mailing address. If the entrant did not provide an address with their submission, their report will be emailed to the account provided on the entry form.
Congratulations to all our winners!
15th Annual NSAI Grand Prize Winner:
Lyric Only Winner:Char Cordova (Albuquerque, New Mexico) - "Chevy Bound for Lonely"
10 Runners-Ups (listed in random order):
Matt Stell (Nashville, Tennessee) - "Country Love Song"
Donna King (Nashville, Tennessee) - "This Kind Of Cold"
Steven Shehan (Columbus, Georgia) - "You"
Taming Renee,Allison Schulz and Brandon Wind (Brentwood, Tennessee) - "If I Stay"
Alexa Meadows, Ran Jackson and Ricky Jackson (North Vernon, Indiana) - "Find Me"
Becky Warren (Nashville, Tennessee) - "Call Me Sometime"
Kristen Hemphill (Tulsa, Oklahoma) - "Clicks"
Katherine Ross (Nashville, Tennessee) - "At Least I Pray"
Paul Stephens, Jason Afable and Eric Mallon (Franklin, Tennessee)- "That Smile Though"
Emily Haber and Grace Pettis (Nashville, Tennessee) - "Happy Place"
10 Honorable Mentions (listed in random order):
Paul Stephens, Jason Afable and Randy Davis (Franklin, Tennessee) - "USA Today"
Jenny Tolman, (Brentwood, Tennessee) - "Let It Go On"
Betty Holt, (Highlands, North Carolina) - "Thatís Me"
Mariana Bell, (Los Angeles, California) - "River Home"
Matt Rogers, (Eatonton, Georgia) - "I Was Raised"
Tonya Terry, (Nashville, Tennessee) - "Something Bigger"
Katie Stump,, Jason Afable and Richard Harris (Los Angeles, California) - "Stutter"
Isabeau Miller, (Nashville, Tennessee) - "Prisoner"
James Hoppe, and Mary Haller (Aliso Viejo, California) - "House Divided"
Anna Marie Mitchell, (Webster, Minnesota) - "Broken Glass"
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Charlie Worsham is the 2006 Grand Prize Winner of the NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. He has been called part of the next class of country music stars. With one hit under his belt and more on the way, the multi-instrumentalist has a lot of Nashville superstars pulling for him. He was handpicked to play shows with Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker. Others like Eric Church and Dierks Bentley have called on Worsham's talents in the studio, having him play on their albums. A Mississippi native, Worsham co-wrote and co-produced his 11-track debut album, Rubberband, with Ryan Tyndell (Executive Produced by Arturo Buenahora) in a small independent studio in the edgy arts community of Nashville's East Side. It features his current single, "Want Me Too," and his debut single, the Top 15 hit "Could It Be." Additionally, two of his biggest musical idols -- Marty Stuart and Vince Gill -- join him on "Tools of the Trade." Worsham can currently be seen touring all across the United States in support of Rubberband.
Established in 1967, NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters
in all genres of music. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT.