Duo won TN Songwriters Qualifying Round – Jackson
The Tennessee Legends of Music Museum at the Carnegie and Jackson: Hidden Tracks hosted an official TN Songwriters Week Qualifying Round on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Judges Larry Rogers, of Studio 19, and LOLO, also known as Lauren Pritchard, artist, songwriter, actress, composer and activist – cast the votes.
The duo of Hunt Pipkin and Lakelin Lemmings won first prize in the competition with “Every Love Song.” Pipkin is a student at Chester County Schools and Lemmings is a home schooled student that lives in Chester County.
On Tuesday Feb. 22, they competed in the Semi Finals Showcase at Lafayette’s Music Room. The songwriters will be judged by peers in the music industry.
Finalists from the showcases (six total, one from each showcase throughout Tennessee) will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share their original songs on the historic stage at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville March 20, 2022. Additional prizes including a one-year membership to NSAI and branded commemorative guitar.
Lemmings has been singing for audiences since she was six years old with the biggest audience being 2,400 people at the Shrine Circus. She started songwriting in 2018 and released her first single in March 2019. Since then, she has released nine singles.
Lemmings shared why she loves performing and why she has kept doing it over the years.
“Performing is where I get to express everything I just can’t in normal conversation,” she said.
Pipkin is newer to the music industry with about four years of singing for audiences. The first song he wrote was “Every Love Song” which he and Lemmings wrote together.
Pipkin has developed a love for performing since he started.
“I like to connect with the audience. I feel like it’s just a cool experience. You feel what they feel. They can feel what you feel. It’s just something you can share with them and express yourself onstage and show that side of you that you don’t normally show,” Pipkin said.
The dynamic duo was formed from the help of Kimberlie Helton who is their vocal coach. Helton suggested to Pipkin and Lemmings that they work together on a song.
Lemmings had the idea that “every love song makes sense.”
“You have the guy’s point of view. Not really into settling down… Kind of living his own life and not really worried about a girl until he met the girl and everything changed. Then the girl’s perspective was she’s been waiting on the perfect guy. She’s been praying and wishing that he’ll come into her life and now every love song makes sense,” Lemmings said.
Before working together, Lemmings and Pipkin said how they were used to performing alone, but working together has helped them learn a lot with harmonies and more.
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Blair Sage competed and won as Runner-Up with her original work “Mother, Wash Me Clean.”
Additional Songwriters shared their best original music and are as follows: Joe Van Dyke, Holly Winter, Chuck Maxwell, Tosh Newman, Amy Gaither, Robert Lee, Spencer Seaton, Rita Perry, Justin Williams, Bryson Howards, Hope Campbell, Mike Stovall, Tyler Morton and Felecia Ingram.
“Thank you to John Reitzammer, Becky Fly and Rodger Jowers of the Tennessee Legends of Music Museum, at the Carnegie for hosting the annual event. Jeff Stephens Video Productions provided incredible streaming services and production guidance. The great thing about this event is the opportunity to experience the talent of the incredible songwriters, musicians, and artists. Our goal as a tourism office in Jackson is to help to promote the music, so this is just another step in that direction,” Lori Nunnery of Visit Jackson TN said.
Tennessee Songwriters Week will take place Feb. 20-26, 2022, and the mission is to inspire travelers to experience the state’s music stories, history, attractions, and venues. Tennessee Songwriters Week supports music venues, generates awareness of songwriters’ contributions to Tennessee, celebrates the foundation of the craft with live performances at stage across the stage, recognizes legendary songwriters and paves the way for present and future artists in all seven genres of music home to Tennessee.
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Lemmings and Pipkin said that they are always looking for opportunities to perform and are available for bookings.