Nashville Needs A Song Contest

This contest was created to solicit compositions from Music City’s songwriters that would help inspire and uplift Nashvillians as they navigate the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The top three competition finalists chosen by the Nashville Songwriters Association International are listed below.

  • Voting will last from 8:00 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 27th, through 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 29th.
  • The “fan favorite” competition winner will be invited to present the lyrics at the Mayor’s Press Conference

 Vote below for your Fan Favorite!


Song One: “Looking Up” by Jesse Labelle, Rob Crosby, and Jamie Moore


Song Two: “Times Like These” by Conner Sweet, Lance Carpenter, and Liz Hengber


Song Three: “We Will Survive” by Ryan Kinder and Justin Morgan



  • "Looking Up" by Jesse Labelle, Rob Crosby, and Jamie Moore
    45% 3.3k / 7.4k
  • "Times Like These" by Conner Sweet, Lance Carpenter, and Liz Hengber
    31% 2.3k / 7.4k
  • "We Will Survive" by Ryan Kinder and Justin Morgan
    23% 1.7k / 7.4k


Song One: “Looking Up” by Jesse Labelle, Rob Crosby, and Jamie Moore

Jesse Labelle: Residing in Nashville, TN, Jesse Labelle meshes modern country music with classic country lyricism and and high energy-guitar playing to deliver an unforgettable performance whenever he takes the stage. Jesse’s soaring vocals and energetic stage show have landed him opening spots for everyone from Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Eric Church, FGL and Jason Aldean to Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, and Brad Paisley to name a few. Whether in a stadium, theatre or club, Jesse keeps the audience always on their feet and wanting more!!

At the urging of many newfound friends and fans here in the States, Jesse recorded his newest EP in Nashville. Produced predominantly by Jesse, and co-produced by Sam Ellis (Ingrid Andress, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett) and writer/producer Jamie Moore (“May We All” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw), Jesses new music will be released in early 2020 on his own independent label Just Listen Records. It will feature some of his best original and self-penned songs including “Hey Rachel”, “Mystery”, “Somebody’s Listening”…plus some new songs he couldn’t pass up written by some of his friends in the Nashville song writing community including the fan favorite “Our Summer Of ’69”. For Jesse, there has never been a more exciting time to watch for what happens next! Management – Teri Brown –

Rob Crosby: Rob Crosby began his musical career in his home state of South Carolina and built a regional following. After moving to Nashville he achieved national success by writing a #1 song for Lee Greenwood, “Holding a Good Hand”. He was signed by Arista Records and his first three singles reached #7, #8, and #11 on the country charts. Rob went on to chart 8 songs in the national top 40 as a recording artist. As a songwriter he wrote the #1 for Andy Griggs, “She’s More”, the #5 “Concrete Angel” for Martina Mcbride, the #1 “Friday Night” for Eric Paslay, and #1 hits in Europe for Ilse De Lange and the Common Linnets. His songs have been recorded by Luke Combs, Lady Antebellum, Brooks and Dunn, Restless Heart, Blackhawk, Lee Brice, Carl Perkins, The Wilkinsons, Boy Howdy, Whispering Bill Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Ty Herndon and many others. Publishing contact : Lexie – 404- 319-5977

Jamie Moore: Jamie Moore is a songwriter and producer from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Growing up in such a musical town influenced his decision to make music his career. He became a multi-instrumentalist and honed his skills as a songwriter and producer. Moore went on to sign a publishing deal with BMG, and he is now four-time Grammy nominated for his craft. He’s had hits with an impressive list of artists including Carrie Underwood, Toby Mac, Jon Bellion, Johnny Swim, Chris Lane, Tori Kelly, Ingrid Andress, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, and Morgan Wallen. In 2016, Jamie signed with Big Loud Publishing and has had #1 hits “May We All” (FGL and Tim McGraw) and most recently, “Chasin You” by Morgan Wallen. Publisher: Big Loud-publisher, Mike G at


Song Two: “Times Like These” by Conner Sweet, Lance Carpenter, and Liz Hengber


Conner Sweet: Conner grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and he began playing guitar at a very early age. In middle school he sang his first solo in a holiday show, and he knew then that his love for music would be a big part of his life. By age 16, he began playing regular gigs in Nashville, and split his high school years between class

rooms at Goodpasture Christian School and honky tonks on Broadway. These regular shows are what really helped Conner become a talented performer. Between school and shows, Conner also began working on his songwriting skills with veteran songwriter and mentor, Marty Dodson. Conner continued to meet new writers, while gigging and attending college at Volunteer State. After graduation, Conner decided to follow his dreams of writing and performing full-time.

Lance Carpenter: The big-hearted Arkansas farm kid with a voice to match chose a career in service to others. Amid the considerable stress and turmoil attending that job, he found that the music he loved was able to quiet his mind and focus his heart. Slowly and often unintentionally, the power of crafting lyrics and melody drew Lance in a new direction. Eventually, he realized he’d returned to the exact place he’d started – the place he was meant to be all along.

“Anyone Else,” Lance Carpenter’s debut release for Show Dog Nashville and duet with label mate Krystal Keith, is a tantalizing glimpse of the depth of creativity to come. Already a chart-topping songwriter (Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It”), Carpenter has continually earned the notice of fans and gatekeepers, even without meaning to. Now, he’s poised to capture their attention on a much bigger scale.

Liz Hengber: From her recent single “Damn Drunk” with Ronnie Dunn to her classic Reba McEntire songs, Liz Hengber has been writing hits in Nashville for over 20 years. She has had 6 #1’s and over 65 songs recorded by Artists in Country, Pop and Bluegrass. Hengber is the recipient of 7 ASCAP Awards and won song of the year in the Canadian Gospel Awards for her song “A Fathers Love” recorded by both High Valley and Bucky Covington. In the year 2016 she received a Grammy Certificate for her two songs “Long Way Down” and “The River Runs Red” that appeared on The SteelDrivers and Sara Evans record. Liz has had songs recorded by Dunn, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, James Otto, Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood, Bucky Covington, Trick Pony, Andy Griggs, Lee Greenwood, The Steel Drivers, Little Texas, Deana Carter, Conway Twitty, and more.


Song Three: “We Will Survive” by Ryan Kinder and Justin Morgan


Ryan Kinder: Born in Knoxville, TN and raised in Birmingham, AL, Ryan Kinder grew-up at a crossroads of the South that you can hear in his music – Nashville Country meets Muscle Shoals swamp-rock meets Mississippi blues meets New Orleans gospel-inflected gumbo. Ryan’s songs have been streamed more than 40 million times and his artistry has earned critical praise, including being named one of Billboard’s Artist to Watch in 2017. Formerly on Warner Music Nashville, Ryan is now a

BMG songwriter and preparing to release an independent album.

Justin Morgan (aka Kevin McAllister): Justin is a songwriter, producer, and artist from Nashville whose songs have been recorded by Runaway June, Sykamore, and Audio Adrenaline, among others. Morgan also has had more than 45 songs placed in movies, commercials, promos, and TV shows.

Kevin McAllister is Justin’s moniker as an artist, releasing collaborative songs that pull from the talents of different featured artists to create unique anthemic music. McAllister’s music has been heard in movies, TV shows, and commercials.