Upload Your Songs or Compete In A Live Audition Shine Night

The Nashville Connection music competition is a great opportunity for singers and songwriters to travel to Nashville, TN to meet with the best in the music industry. Singers and songwriters in the competition will perform and receive feedback from a celebrity judge panel and have the chance to become the grand finalist winners, featured as the opening act for our Heroes Salute Gala

Our Shine Nights are over for this year but you can still compete in the finals in Nashville. Simply upload a song and lyrics using our registration form and your entry will be reviewed by our judges. You may be going to Nashville in July so enter now!

Click here to upload your song! 


The finalists from the seven Live Audition Shine Nights as well as the finalists chosen from online submissions will move on to our final competition in Nashville, TN on July 24, 2015 in front of a celebrity judge panel. At the end of the final competition in Nashville, TN, three competition winners, one singer, one songwriter, and a Songster BusTM group of winners, will be chosen to receive thousands of dollars worth of opportunity prizes to promote their music in the top circles of Nashville. Prizes up for grabs include vocal lessons, studio recording time, website development, radio promotion, portfolio, and image consulting. In addition, the three winners will be featured as the opening acts at the Heroes Salute Gala.

Music Competition Guidelines

  • Competition is open to singers 12 and up
  • Competition is open to songwriters 16 and up
  • Competitors can upload their submissions or register online for a Live Audition Shine Night
  • All live auditions or uploads must be in these genres: Country, Bluegrass/Gospel, Pop, Rock, R&B/Urban Crossover
  • Songs must be limited to 4 and a half minutes for online uploads
  • Live Audition Shine Nights are limited to a verse and a chorus, acapella or acoustic
  • Singing entries can be originals (written by the individual competing) or covers.
  • Songwriting entries must be originals (written by the individual competing).

Official Rules

Read the complete official rules.

Celebrity Judges

The Nashville Connection competition will be judged by a panel of influential Nashville singers, songwriters, and music industry professionals. Learn more about our panel of judges.


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