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2014 Songwriter Shootout Finals 

Posted by Kurt Scobie on December 12, 2014

I am not the biggest fan of music competitions. I don't usually do well in them. After three attempts at American Idol, an attempt at The Voice, and even an audition for America's Got Talent, I have figured out that I am not really cut out for TV. And I am OK with that. After the winner is announced on those shows, they're rarely remembered. In the end, the judges of those shows make out better than anyone. I am not really interested in pursuing that anymore.

However, I am growing to love the songwriter competitions that exist for those of us who want to share our songs and be a part of a community of artists and musicians. Every Thursday at The Camp House in Chattanooga is a space where songwriters at all levels can come and share what they have been creating. And, for added interest and excitement, they've made it a competition.

Now, the competition side of things still kinda sucks. I mean, I'm not against friendly competition, in general. But, the idea of putting song against song is a little weird to me. Comparing the artwork of one artist to that of another is a bit absurd. At the same time, I understand why the competition side of it exists.

Well, last night at The Camp House was everything that a friendly music competition should be. Sure there were tensions and nerves and disappointments, but there was a sense of camaraderie and community. That is what it truly is about in this world.

I won last night. Something I am very happy with. I'm proud of my songs and my performance of them. Most of all I am pleased with the way I connected with the audience. And that is the key. Connection.

Without connection the world is cold. 

So, while I am absolutely thrilled that I was named "Champion" last night in Chattanooga, I am even more thrilled to be a part of a special community where people gathered and connected and shared their art that helps us make sense of this world that we live in.

Here are a few photos from the event.

Anthony Quails (host), the judges, and all of the performers.

The Camp House has a great new venue

Soundcheck before the night began

O Come All Ye Faithful [VIDEO] 

O Come All Ye Faithful [VIDEO]
December 1, 2014

I met up with Miriam Tyson and Jacob Harshman to talk about our upcoming Christmas show on December 5th. We recorded this little video right outside the Red Clay Music Foundry in beautiful (and cold) downtown Duluth, GA.

We hope you enjoy our rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful" (feat. Swope).

And we hope you will join us on 12/5 for a fun evening of songs!

Buy TICKETS at http://bitly.com/1wTqqVc

RSVP on Facebook http://on.fb.me/1oOH8Ub

Video: "Lay It Down" (Sanctus Real) - Cover by Kurt Scobie 

Video: "Lay It Down" (Sanctus Real) - Cover by Kurt Scobie
October 9, 2014

I have a great amount of respect for the band Sanctus Real. They got their start in Toledo, OH which is just 30 minutes from where I grew up. In a way, they were "hometown heroes". I have followed their journey over the years, and they are doing it right!

Here is my cover of their new single "Lay It Down". I am excited for their new album which will be coming out in the next few weeks!

Spotify Playlist: Summer Is Over 

Spotify Playlist: Summer Is Over 
October 6, 2014 

Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I have created some Spotify playlists to share, featuring some songs that I like.

I hope you have been been enjoying my Spotify Playlists! It is fun to create these.

"Summer Is Over" features TWO of my favorite piano-playing singer/songwriters; Jon McLaughlin and Sara Bareilles. This playlist is mostly "goodbye" songs, including my song, "Last Call" which I wrote after I deciding to move from Nashville to Atlanta.

Please add songs that you think might fit with these. This is a Collaborative Playlist!