Top 10 finalists in songwriters contest named

Judges named the Top 10 finalists in the North Alabama Regional "Songwriters Contest" Friday.

Judges listened to more than 50 contestants perform at the Sound Cell Studios in Huntsville before selecting the top 10 to move on to the final round.

The North Alabama final round takes place at the Lone Goose Saloon from 3-5 p.m. Saturday in Huntsville.

The North Alabama Regional winner will be announced and will move on to the grand finale July 25 in Sheffield at the Ritz Theatre during the W.C. Handy Music Festival and the Governor's Conference on Tourism. Each finalist receives $500 and the grand prize winner will receive $2,000 and a recording session at FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals.

The top 10 finalists are as follows:

Name                                           City/Town                              Song Title

Ashley Burgess                               Boaz                                 Alabama The Beautiful

Buzz Lovell                                     Elkmont                             Shine Alabama Shine

Carl Michael Owens                         Town Creek                        Southern Breeze

Craig Pierce                                   Columbia                            Alabama is My Home

Gary Compton/Daniel Jones             Elkmont                             Beautiful State of Mind

Gary Lynn Glover                           Somerville                          On An Alabama Summer Day

Joseph Baldwin                               Vina                                   I'm Alabama

Robert Johnston                             Gadsden                             Alabama You're Beautiful

Ruby Haddock                               Florence                             In Love With Alabama

Wayne Kilpatrick                            Florence                             Alabama You're Always on My Mind

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