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And Then There Were Six

Singer-songwriter competition, 1BlueStringHubCity, announces the 6 finalists.

Fans of shows like The Voice or American Idol will enjoy this competition made specifically for amateur and rising musicians in the upstate. The 2nd annual 1BlueStringHubCity singer-songwriter competition invited contestants of all genres to submit an original song for judging. And now the top six contestants have been chosen as finalists.

Congratulations to Jonathan Hannon, Maddy Walsh, Will Shehan, Tristan Smith, Taylor McCall, and Jonathan Stephens for making the cut. The panel of four judges, all local musicians, scored each of the 15 contestants that entered the competition, selecting the top six as finalists. Those six finalists will perform live during the concert finale on April 19th at Wild Wing Café in downtown Spartanburg. Open to the public, audience members in attendance will vote to select the 2018 1BlueStringHubCity champion. The winning prize package includes cash, a new guitar, recording of the winning song, radio airplay, and spotlight performance gigs at several upstate venues and festivals such as RJ Rockers, Stomping Grounds, Music on Main, Sparkle City Rhythm & Ribs, FR8 Yard plus more. Tickets to the concert are only $10 and can be purchased online at or at the door the night of the concert. Solution Band will open the show at 7 pm with a guest appearance by last year’s winner, Mara Jennings.

Jamie Hughes, the Organizer of the competition, says, “This competition is meant to provide a platform for the incredible budding talent in our area by giving amateur and rising singer-songwriters the opportunity to showcase their skills.”

All proceeds from the April 19th concert go to benefit Safe Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition in Spartanburg, as they raise awareness and support for survivors of sexual violence. The agency has been serving the community for over 30 years by providing quality services to those affected and to create social change through education, training, and activism.

For more information, contact Jamie Hughes at 864.583.9803 or


Heather is the owner of Charlie Mason Entertainment in Upstate South Carolina. Entities include Upstate Exposures Magazine, Charlie Mason Radio, and the Northwest Corner Podcast.

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