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Chris Austin Finalists

Finalists

Three finalists from each category compete on the Austin Stage at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC. Transportation to and from the festival and any other expenses are the responsibility of the finalist. Three nights of lodging (room and taxes only) are provided for each finalist. Each finalist receives up to three all-access passes to the festival. Co-writers will be treated as one writer for lodging, credentials, and prizes.

First place winners of each category perform their song on the Cabin Stage. Each song in the finals must be performed live by the composer, with no more than one accompanist other than a co-writer and no performances to pre-recorded tracks. The 2014 finalists were:

Bluegrass
1st Place - Paul Harrigill (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) & Amber Nugent (Ferriday, Louisiana) – “I’m Blue”
2nd Place – Chelsea McBee (Shepherdstown, W.Va.) – “Gone-A-Rye”
3rd Place – Josh Crews (Boone, N.C.) – “Crossties”

Gospel/Inspirational
1st Place – Frank Hurd (Raleigh, N.C.) – “Light”
2nd Place – Gary Alan Ferguson (Alexandria, Va.) – “Time To Praise the Lord”
3rd Place – Allen Smith and Corey Smith (Robbins, N.C.) – “Without Love”

Country
1st Place – Becky Warren (Nashville, Tenn.) – “Call Me Sometime”
2nd Place – Kelsi Robertson-Harrigill (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – “If You Never Let Me Go”
3rd Place - Dan Buehner (Salt Lake City, Utah)  & Ben Childs (Oxford, Miss.) – “Cadillac

General
1st Place – Joseph Terrell (Chapel Hill, N.C.) – “Angelina Jane is Long Gone”
2nd Place – Sarah Potenza & Ian Crossman (Nashville, Tenn.) – “My Turn
3rd Place – Clint Alphin (Dunn, N.C.) – “Nobody Knows My Name”