Local songwriter Laney Jones a finalist in NPR-affiliated NewSong Contest



Photo by Matthew Tonner via Laney Jones' Facebook
  • Photo by Matthew Tonner via Laney Jones' Facebook

Photo by Matthew Tonner via Laney Jones' Facebook

Tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 15), Mt. Dora songwriter Laney Jones competes among a dozen artists selected as finalists in the 2014 NewSong Contest, a competition hosted in partnership with NPR's Mountain Stage that seeks out undiscovered new artists.

Jones, whose voice our live reviewer Bao Le-Huu describes as "... a thing that brims with as much sweet innocence as it does rich craft," is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and qualified to represent the Southeast with her song "Broken Hearts." Watch the video below to see Jones pluck her trusty banjo along with her band, the Lively Spirits, to get a sense of her clear talent:

The NewSong Contest finals take place at 3 p.m. in New York's Lincoln Center. The winner records an EP with Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, appears on NPR's Mountain Stage, showcases at the 2015 Sundance ASCAP Music Café in Park City, Utah, and performs a full concert at Lincoln Center. Best of luck to Jones; we're rooting for ya!

If you like what you hear (and how could you not), Jones' next show is 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Milk Bar. (RSVP!)

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