JLF Songwriting Contest

poster for the jlf song contest with the red dirt relief fund

Congrats to the 2022 finalists!

“Free Facts”
by Branjae

“Take it Hard”
by Jamey Hooper

“I Won’t”
by Wyatt Wilson

About the 2022 contest

Now in its fifth year, the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest is open to unsigned and emerging Oklahoma songwriters.

Out of more than 70 entries in 2022, three contest finalists were selected based on lyrics, melody, originality, form and musicality by a panel of judges, including renowned songwriters and industry professionals Chris Buhalis, Ellis Paul, Troy Campbell, Deana McCloud, Brad Piccolo and Roger Ray.

The contest is free to enter with a grand prize of $500, a spot in the lineup at Bob Childers Gypsy Café and a weeklong stay to retreat and write at Blue Doors at Tenkiller.

The People’s Choice Award, decided by online voting, wins $100. All three finalists are invited to perform at Mayfest.

The Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest highlights the spirit of mentorship and musical discovery that have become hallmarks of the Gypsy Café festival. Previous winners of the contest include Ken Pomeroy (2018), Dallas Parker aka Faux Draco (2019) and Joe Baxter (2020) and Ahna Jennings (2021).


2018 Winners

Christine Albert and Jimmy LaFave
Song: Get you alone

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