Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC

Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC The festival celebrates the art of songwriting and benefit VHCC's Great Expectations Program for foster care students.
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The 2019 Songwriters Contest is open!  Enter your songs by April 19!
03/18/2019

The 2019 Songwriters Contest is open! Enter your songs by April 19!

Calling all songwriters! The 2019 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival contest is now open and accepting original songs in country, gospel/inspirational, pop/rock, bluegrass and folk categories. We also have a lyrics-only, and a youth category for under 18. The grand prize winner will receive $300 cash, a recording session at The Earnest Tube, (providing live direct-to-lacquer recording) and a membership in the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

Enter your songs by April 19 at www.vhcc.edu/songwriters/contest!

#songwriters #vhcc #myvhcc #richardleigh #songwriters

06/27/2018
Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers

Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers

We are so thankful to everyone that has participated in our crowdfunding campaign! We are currently 80% funded and still have 5 days left. If you've been thinking about partnering with us now is the time! We still have a lot of great rewards left for everyone that gets on board! If this is the first time you've heard that we are making new record, watch the video below and then head over to our indie gogo page.

We had a great time last weekend at the 6th Annual Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival!  An enormous thank you to our spo...
06/01/2018
2018 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival

We had a great time last weekend at the 6th Annual Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival! An enormous thank you to our sponsors that made the festival a reality, and a huge thank you to our volunteers. And a big thank you to the local community for their ongoing support.

The 2018 contest winners and their songs are posted at www.vhcc.edu/songwriters.

Festival pictures are online at https://www.flickr.com/gp/vhcc/Qh945M

Presented by Virginia Highlands Community College on May 25 & 26, 2018 at Heartwood and Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA.

06/01/2018
Gem City Studios

Check out Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers new video covering a surprise song at Gem City Studios.

Jordan Allen was our 2016 Songwriters Contest Overall Winner. You guys did an awesome job covering this song!

We brought Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers into the studio and told them they were going to cover a song. We didn't reveal th song until they were setup and ready, and gave them 2 hours to learn and arrange their version. This is their performance. Check out the full video here: https://bit.ly/2J57aP1

Virginia Highlands Community College
05/21/2018

Virginia Highlands Community College

Join us this Friday & Saturday, May 25 & 26 at the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival to experience the artist behind some of the music industry's most iconic songs. Richard Leigh, Tony Arata, Dennis Morgan and Tim Nichols will perform and share the stories behind their chart-topping hits.

You don't want to miss the 6th Annual Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival! Get your tickets now www.vhcc.edu/songwriters! #RLSongfest #myvhcc

05/04/2018

Thanks to all the songwriters that entered the 2018 contest. The judges are listening now and we'll notify the finalists in each category on, Friday, May 11!#myvhcc #RichardlLeigh #RLSongfest

ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN!…that’s the number of song entries we have received for the Songwriters Competition. THIS IS THE MOS...
04/30/2018

ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN!

…that’s the number of song entries we have received for the Songwriters Competition. THIS IS THE MOST WE’VE EVER RECEIVED!!!

Now you just need to order your tickets!

- Friday Night Tickets are $15.00
- Saturday Night General Admission Tickets are $25.00
- Weekend Passes are $35.00
- Saturday Tables (8 seats) are $500.00

All proceeds to benefit the Great Expectations program at VHCC to support foster youth working to earn a college education.

Stop by VHCC or order your tickets online today!www.richardleighsongwritersfestival.com or www.vhcc.edu/songwriters

#RLSongfest #myvhcc #GreatExpectations

Do you write songs? Know someone who does?Join aspiring songwriters like Lee Leanders (2017 Contest Winner) by entering ...
04/25/2018

Do you write songs? Know someone who does?

Join aspiring songwriters like Lee Leanders (2017 Contest Winner) by entering your three best songs in the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC Songwriters Contest hosted by the Virginia Highlands Community College Foundation. You’ll compete for cash prizes, the opportunity to perform at the Songwriters Festival in May, and a chance to play alongside Grammy winner Richard Leigh and friends at the iconic The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville Tennessee!

Get your songs entered by Friday, April 27! Song categories include country, rock/pop, inspirational/gospel, bluegrass, folk, lyrics only and youth.

Visit www.vhcc.edu/songwriters for contest details.

Listen to Lee's winning song at - https://soundcloud.com/vhcc/coriander-sky/s-BkSHE?in=vhcc/sets/songwriters-contest-past/s-gjkgg

Virginia Highlands Community College
04/02/2018

Virginia Highlands Community College

Do you write songs? Know someone who does?

Join aspiring songwriters like Jordan Allen (pictured below) by entering your three best songs in the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC Songwriters Contest hosted by the Virginia Highlands Community College Foundation. You’ll compete for cash prizes, the opportunity to perform at the Songwriters Festival in May, and a chance to play alongside Grammy winner Richard Leigh and friends at the iconic The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville Tennessee!

The deadline is less than a month away! Get your songs entered by Friday, April 27! Song categories include country, rock/pop, inspirational/gospel, bluegrass, folk, lyrics only and youth.

Visit www.vhcc.edu/songwriters for contest details.

#RichardLeigh #myvhcc

Songwriters! Enter your three best songs in this year's contest for a chance to win cash and to perform alongside Grammy...
03/24/2018

Songwriters! Enter your three best songs in this year's contest for a chance to win cash and to perform alongside Grammy -winner Richard Leigh and friends at the iconic Bluebird Café in Nashville Tennessee! For more details https://goo.gl/b8on4p or visit www.richardleighsongwritersfestival.com.

Tickets are on-sale now for the 2018 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC!All proceeds will benefit VHCC’s Great E...
03/21/2018

Tickets are on-sale now for the 2018 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC!

All proceeds will benefit VHCC’s Great Expectations Program, an on-campus support service dedicated to helping foster youth in our region reach their educational and career goals.

For more information and to get your tickets visit www.RichardLeighSongwritersFestival.com!

Looking forward to the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival starting tonight at 6:30 at Heartwood!   The festival will con...
05/26/2017
Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC

Looking forward to the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival starting tonight at 6:30 at Heartwood!

The festival will continue tomorrow evening starting at 6:30 pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

View this weekends lineup and get your tickets now at www.vhcc.edu/songwriters!

2015 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, VA.

Virginia Highlands Community College
05/19/2017

Virginia Highlands Community College

Join us for an enchanting weekend of tunes and tales at VHCC May 26 & 27.

Tickets on sale now for the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival! http://www.richardleighsongwritersfestival.com

Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC's cover photo
04/06/2017

Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC's cover photo

09/20/2016
Maye Thomas

Are you watching The Voice? Be sure to catch Maye Thomas our 2014 Songwriter winner!

13 DAYS!!! will you be watching?? ❤️

The VHCC Educational Foundation, Inc and the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival would like to thank everyone who entered...
06/02/2016
Virginia Highlands Community College : In the Spotlight : 2016 Richard Leigh Songwriters Contest...

The VHCC Educational Foundation, Inc and the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival would like to thank everyone who entered our 2016 songwriting contest. Without your participation and support, none of this would have been possible.

Congratulations to Jordan Allen, Overall Winner for the song The Wanderer. You can listen to all of the 2016 category winners on our website now. To relive some of our favorite moments from this year's festival, visit the 2016 Richard Leigh Photo Album on Flikr.
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Richard Leigh, Even Stevens, Wayland Holyfield and Tony Arata on stage now.  Great night at Virginia Highlands Community...
05/29/2016

Richard Leigh, Even Stevens, Wayland Holyfield and Tony Arata on stage now. Great night at Virginia Highlands Community College Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center!

Join us for the #VHCC Richard Leigh Songwriters Fest this Friday Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway and Sat...
05/27/2016

Join us for the #VHCC Richard Leigh Songwriters Fest this Friday Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway and Saturday at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Tables are sold out! General admission tickets are still available. Get your tickets online or at at the door.

The 2016 songwriters contest top finalist will kick off each day. The weekend lineup includes Richard Leigh, Tony Arata, Wayland Holyfield, Even Stevens, Tim Stafford, Amythyst Kiah KT VanDyke, Kelsey Rae, Scott Miller, Vinny Ringrose, David & Ann Ledgerwood, Bill Rich, Melissa Barrett, Mary Munsey, Kinsey Greene & more! The winner of the 2016 songwriter contest will be announced Sat evening. The songwriter will take the main stage to perform their winning song for the crowd.

Check out the lineup and order your tickets http://ow.ly/4JAL300D7sD

Be sure to follow us @RLSongfest as we announce the finalist, post pics & festival highlights!

Songwriters you still have a couple of days to enter your songs in the 2016 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival Songwrite...
04/05/2016
Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC

Songwriters you still have a couple of days to enter your songs in the 2016 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival Songwriters Contest.

Enter up to three songs in pop/rock, country, gospel/inspirational, bluegrass, folk, lyric only and youth. The overall winner gets an opportunity to perform at The Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville, Tn. and $300 cash!

Visit www.vhcc.edu/songwriters to see the contest guidelines, prizes and your entry form. The deadline is Friday, April 8.

2015 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, VA.

Photos of the 2016 festival artist. - All photos are from the artist website or hall of fame biographys pages.
03/30/2016

Photos of the 2016 festival artist. - All photos are from the artist website or hall of fame biographys pages.

Photos of the 2016 festival artist. - All photos are from the artist website or hall of fame biographys pages.

The VHCC Songwriters Contest deadline is approaching.  Get your songs in by Friday, April 8, 2016!!  Check out the guide...
03/30/2016
Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC

The VHCC Songwriters Contest deadline is approaching. Get your songs in by Friday, April 8, 2016!! Check out the guidelines online at www.RichardLeighSongwritersFestival.com

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual festival on May 27 & 28! Only $25 for the entire weekend to see Grammy Award Winner Richard Leigh joined by Tony Arata, Wayland Holyfield and Even Stevens for an evening performance on Saturday, May 28, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

The festival will also include performances by Tim Stafford, Amythyst Kiah and several performances by past and present songwriting contestants.

Follow us on Twitter for more announcements @RLSongfest

The Virginia Highlands Songwriters’ Association will hold its third VHSA In The Round at Heartwood Thursday, February 25...
02/23/2016

The Virginia Highlands Songwriters’ Association will hold its third VHSA In The Round at Heartwood Thursday, February 25 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Come out and enjoy some local singer-songwriters Gill Braswell, Dana Seals Gillian, Vinny Ringrose and BJ Sinclair.

The restaurant at Heartwood will be open for their Thursday Night BBQ. Everyone is invited to come.

For more information about the VHSA visit www.vhcc.edu/VHSA

Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC's cover photo
02/23/2016

Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC's cover photo

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11/02/2015

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(Update from Morgan)
A cool thing happened last night... My dad was given the SESAC SONGWRITING LEGACY AWARD. This prestigious award has only been given a handful of times. The two most instrumental women in his career, Reba McEntire and Official Crystal Gayle, came to the show to honor him by singing his songs. Billy Dean made a video appearance. In typical R.Leigh fashion, his acceptance speech had 'em laughing, had 'em crying and brought 'em all to their feet! Truly an incredible night. To say we are proud, is an understatement! Congratulations Dad!!

Support the Virginia Highlands Songwriter's Association tonight at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway start...
10/22/2015

Support the Virginia Highlands Songwriter's Association tonight at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway starting at 6:30 p.m. Free Admission! The October In The Round Session includes songwriters Ben Casteel, Mary Munsey, K.T. Van Dyke and Ryan Ward!

The Virginia Highlands Songwriter’s Association In the Round with Kelsey Rae, David & Ann Ledgerwood, Ed Young & Emery R...
08/25/2015

The Virginia Highlands Songwriter’s Association In the Round with Kelsey Rae, David & Ann Ledgerwood, Ed Young & Emery Reid will be held on August 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Heartwood.

The association is now accepting membership applications. For more information on how to become a member and membership benefits please visit the website at www.vhcc.edu/VHSA

Teaching on The Crooked Road' Course Offered at VHCC
08/20/2015
Teaching on The Crooked Road' Course Offered at VHCC

Teaching on The Crooked Road' Course Offered at VHCC

The rich history and musical traditions of Southwest Virginia will be examined in a Virginia Highlands Community College course designed to give K-12 teachers the materials and methods they need to incorporate "The Crooked Road" into their lesson plans. T

Just 1 more day until the 2015 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC! Get your tickets online or at the door www.vh...
05/21/2015

Just 1 more day until the 2015 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC! Get your tickets online or at the door www.vhcc.edu/songwriters
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The 3rd Annual Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival st VHCC is only days away! We've posted our lineup schedule for next F...
05/16/2015
Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at VHCC | Lineup

The 3rd Annual Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival st VHCC is only days away! We've posted our lineup schedule for next Friday & Saturday! Tickets are available online and at the door! http://ow.ly/3xSzrA

2015 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, VA.

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