Project THRIVE Songwriter Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the Project THRIVE Songwriter Competition! They will perform at the SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival on the Hargrove Stage in Cathedral Square Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3 p.m.

  1. Americana/Folk, Stuart McNair, Stronger Than That, Mobile, AL
  2. Country, Laurie Anne Armour, Bless the Soul, Mobile, AL
  3. Gospel Kayla Patterson, Grace, Ellisville, MS
  4. Hip Hop, Damian "Dramatik" Gamble, God Cry, Mobile, AL
  5. Jazz, Caitlin Sommerville, Bridge Of Broken Dreams, Gulf Shores, AL
  6. Pop, Maura Hawkins, I Love It All, Orange Beach, AL
  7. Rock, Kelsie Hancock, Not Going That Way, Mobile, AL


Project THRIVE is giving a unique dose of healing to help traumatized victims of violence recover. Launched in September 2018 as a City of Mobile initiative led by the Mobile Police Department Office of Strategic Initiatives, Project THRIVE is joining SouthSounds to offer a songwriter competition.

SouthSounds is known as the first and most successful festival in the country dedicated to showcasing new Southern musicians and artists. Therefore, it’s a perfect platform for attaining the goal of making Mobile a trauma-informed community by way of music.

“Music is powerful, and if we harness that power to affect life in a positive way then we are one step closer to making Mobile a trauma-informed community."  – Brandyn Ulmer


The winners of the competition will receive Project THRIVE recognition and be invited to perform their song on stage at the SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival held April 12 – 14, 2019 in Downtown Mobile. Winning submissions will be released on a Project THRIVE digitally-distributed compilation album.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges who are noted local industry professionals. Songs will be blindly judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2019.


  • One Song four (4) minutes or less (MP3 format)
  • A Lyric Sheet – song lyrics must parallel the core focus of Project THRIVE
  • A completed Project THRIVE Songwriter Competition application

Entries must be the contestant’s original work. One winner will be selected in each of the following categories: Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Country, R&B, Jazz, Folk/Americana and Gospel. Lyrical content of submission must parallel the core focus of Project THRIVE, which is healing, resiliency and triumph in the wake of trauma.


The submission window for the Project THRIVE Songwriter Competition opens March 1, 2019 and closes at 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2019. To enter is FREE!


1. Each song submitted must be contestant’s original work. Songs may not exceed 4 minutes in length.  Songs may have multiple co- writers. Please designate all writers on the application. Contestant may submit as many songs in as many categories as he/she wishes, but each entry will require a separate application, lyric sheet and MP3. Neither Project THRIVE nor SouthSounds Music Festival are not responsible for late, lost, damaged/corrupt, misdirected or misappropriated entries. Neither Project THRIVE nor SouthSounds are responsible for faulty file uploads accompanying applications.

2. The Project THRIVE Songwriter Competition is open to amateur and professional songwriters. Project THRIVE members, employees, their families, subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible for submission.

3. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of noted local industry professionals. Songs will be blindly judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. The quality of performance will not be considered. Winner status will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song; division of credit is the responsibility of the winners. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Project THRIVE reserves the right to cancel or alter performances subject to SouthSounds time constraints.

4. Winners will be notified by phone call and email and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release within 5 days of notification date. The affidavit will state that the winner’s song is original work and the he/she holds all rights to song. Failure to sign and return such affidavit within 5 days or provision of false/inaccurate information will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits for winners under 18 years of age at the time of award must be countersigned by a parent or legal guardian. Affidavits are subject to verification by Project THRIVE and its agents. Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without compensation. Entry also constitutes waiver of royalty rights related to, and permission to use, winning song on Project THRIVE compilation album without compensation.