Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance Announces Songwriting Contest for Spring Arts & The Park Festival
The Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance will host a songwriting competition as part of the 10-day Arts & The Park spring arts festival. The contest pays homage to local music legend, and festival honoree, singer/songwriter Henry Glover. Nashville based musician, Tony Stampley, will be the contest’s celebrity judge and host of a live, possibly virtual, show on Saturday, May 1st. Viewers can look forward to a live performance by Stampley, sponsored by Alliance Rubber.
Henry Glover, a Langston High School alumnus, was a pioneering African American songwriter, producer, arranger, A&R man and musician who grew up in Hot Springs, later became one of the first African American music executives, and the first African American producer of country music, A few titles in Glover’s catalog include: “Fever,” “Drown In My Own Tears,” “Blues Stay Away From Me,” “California Sun,” and “The Peppermint Twist.” The Arts & The Park festival will be thematically dedicated to honoring the life and work of Henry Glover at the centennial of his birth.
Celebrity judge, Tony Stampley, son of country music star Joe Stampley, is a seasoned musician and songwriter with dozens of major tracks performed by big time country stars to his credit, including 17 songs chosen by Hank Williams, Jr. Stampley will choose the best song based on “the power of the music and lyrics.” Stampley believes that “just because you can’t sing, doesn’t mean you can’t write a good song.”
Contestants can submit up to two (2) entries by completing the entry form on the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance’s website. Each entry requires a written lyrics sheet and a link to a video performance. The top entries will be chosen as finalists. Depending on Covid-19 safety precautions, finalists may have the option to perform their song live in front of an audience, or use their audition video during the show.
The winner will be awarded a Glover, the first of what will become an annual award honoring the talents and contributions to the music industry made by Henry Glover.
Arts & The Park festival runs from April 30th through May 9th, with various events and locations in and around the Hot Springs area.