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2016 Songwriter's Festival ends on high note

After three days of music from some very talented artists, the festival ended on a  high note. (Image Source: WLOX News) After three days of music from some very talented artists, the festival ended on a high note. (Image Source: WLOX News)
The cost to join the song writer's alliance is $50. (Image Source: WLOX News) The cost to join the song writer's alliance is $50. (Image Source: WLOX News)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

The Mississippi Songwriter's Festival wrapped up in Ocean Springs on Sunday.

After three days of music from talented artists, the festival ended on a high note. 

"We've had a tremendous amount of songwriters, not only nationally, but locally and regionally as well. The crowds have been great, they've been very attentive," said Reggie Bates of the Mississippi Song Writer's Alliance.

Bates says each year the music gets better and better.

"These songwriter's have been vetted and people have listened to them to make sure the best of the craft we could possibly get," said Bates.

The 2016 festival brought out a lot of new artists, but some old favorites as well. Tommy Barnes, professional song writer in Nashville, got involved with the festival a few years ago. As a full-time songwriter he enjoys mentoring those aspiring to do the same.

"I feel fortunate to be able to do it full-time and I want to help some of these guys maybe have that dream as well," said Barnes. "Maybe someday having hits on the radio."

Festival first-timer Jordyn Mallory just moved to Nashville to pursue her singing/songwriting career. Mallory even had a music video air on Country Music Television. As an Okolona, Miss. native, she wanted to see what the Mississippi Songwriter's Festival was all about.

After her experience, Mallory says she will definitely come back.

"For me it's just coming down here and playing for people who really love to listen to songs and everyone. It's really been so great," said Mallory.

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