Past Winners

2011

Sally HowellSally Howell

Sally Howell (Snyder) comes from a small town in Missouri and literally grew up IN a theatre. She has been performing from a young age in her family-owned theatre The Calvin Opera House where she was a part of melodramas, musicals, and a family band. She received a BA in commercial voice from Belmont University in Nashville, TN while working on Music Row, and after college toured nationally and internationally with an all-girl band. After life on the road, Sally took her songwriting to another level and signed with Ash Street Publishing.  She sang demos for studios all across town, and performed with her blues band, Candi Apple Red. Over a 12 year period living in Nashville, she worked with several major producers, including Chuck Howard and Trey Bruce, and recorded several albums. In 2006 she starred on CMT’s reality TV series “The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search” on which she clogged, yodeled, sang and danced. In 2009 Sally moved to the town of Benton, AR and now lives there with her husband, son, dogs, goats, miniature horse, and monkey. She enjoys teaching voice and piano at Little Rock Jams in West Little Rock.

2010

  Adam Hambrick
Adam Hambrick

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. It’s even better to be a little of both. That is how Adam Hambrick stumbled into his new career creating pop and country music in Nashville. Adam’s self-released project entitled “Fighting From the Ground” hit iTunes in October 2010 and a few months later somehow found its way into the hands of EMI writer/producer Jeremy Stover (Justin Moore, Jack Ingram, Drake White). Stover, always eagerly searching for new talent to develop, reached out to Hambrick and the two began writing regularly. Two years later, after notching a Grand Prize win in the inaugural Alchemy Songwriting Competition in 2011, landing a Justin Moore/Miranda Lambert duet, and inking a publishing deal with the fine folks at Sony/ATV, Hambrick left Arkansas for Nashville turning his part time passion into an exciting new career as an artist and songwriter.
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