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“Plain White Tee” written by Neon Publishing Writers Matt Casey and Keith Dozier Wins 2013 NSAI/CMT Song Contest

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and CMT have honored the song “Plain White Tee,” written by Matt Casey, Keith Dozier, and David Wagner with the Grand Prize in the 2013 NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. The song was one of a total of 2,000 entries. Casey, Dozier and Wagner will receive mentoring sessions with singer/songwriter/actor Paul Williams and songwriter Brett James. Other prizes include meetings with major Nashville music publishers as well as a year of national and regional media exposure, tickets to the 2014 CMT Music Awards, an Apple iPad, and more. The CMT Listeners’ Choice Award in this year’s contest went to “Like He Did For Her” composed by Rachel Hutcheson and Nick Foxer. Fans cast more than 274,450 online ballots at CMT.com, and 33 percent chose “Like He Did For Her” over the other nine finalists. This year’s Lyric Only Winner is “Whiskey Misery,” written[…]

2013 Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival ~ Vineyard Gazette

9/5/13 by Hannah McCarthy The Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter’s Festival touches down on the Island this September for the third year. Previously promoted and hosted by BMI, this year the country music festival has been organized by New England to Nashville (NETN), a group founded in 2012 by Matt Casey. The event includes a songwriting workshop on Sept. 14 and 15 and a concert at Flatbread on Sept. 14. “I didn’t grow up listening to country music,” said Mr. Casey, who lives in Boston. “I became interested in it when I was able to travel to Nashville for my work, and I was able to learn how the music is made. It’s a very collaborative process.” When Mr. Casey isn’t promoting or writing country music he runs a website called Hiremagnet that includes a few specific branches such as CampusRN, geared toward grads looking for nursing jobs. Mr. Casey returned from[…]

“Nashville’s Superman” Allen Shervelle Releases Debut Album “You’re My Superhero” ~ CWsplace.com

9/24/12 by CW Nashville, TN, Beatwire– It’s about childhood fantasy and dreams. It’s about-facing down demons and addiction. It’s about finding someone who believes in you. And it rocks! It’s “You’re My Superhero,” the debut album from rising country rock artist, Allen Shervelle…aka “Nashville’s Superman.” “You’re My Superhero” beckons listeners to come along on an emotional, hook-driven roller coaster ride. It pays homage to Shervelle’s enduring love of Superman that started when he was a kid, his improbable journey from New Jersey rocker to Nashville recording artist, and his wife Kristina, who stood by him and helped him win the battle of the bottle and overcome other long odds. Legendary Nashville hit writer Jimbeau Hinson calls Shervelle “one of the hardest working newcomers I have met in recent years… a stand-up great guy who pours his heart and soul into everything he does. I’ve seen him grow in leaps and[…]