Songwriters Alliance brings Nashville to the Coast

The Mississippi Songwriters Alliance held the 12th annual Mississippi Songwriters Festival over the weekend.

The event began on the 16th and ran through Sunday with venues all across Ocean Springs and Gautier. The alliance brings in about 100 singers and songwriters from across the country to perform.

Both amateur and pro artists come to the event to share their music. Workshops were also held for kids who are just starting the path down songwriting.

Almost all of the concerts and events for the festival were free. Some of these performers included Serabee, Double Dee, and Blackwater Brass.  Scott Stradtner with the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance Board of Directors said, “The idea is to bring Nashville a little bit closer to promote Mississippi, the music heritage from here in Mississippi, and to also promote tourism. We have kids from Long Beach, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, Vancleave. A lot of our pro writers are out of Nashville. We have folks that are here from Greenwood and Greenville.”

The alliance also hosted the Reggie Bates Music Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday in honor of the long-time songwriter and friend of the organization who died of COVID-19 last year.

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