2 songwriters head to semi-finals in Tennessee Songwriters Week

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — Twenty local songwriters gave their best for a chance The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

On Saturday, songwriters gathered at the Delta Heritage Center.

Among those who performed, two emerged to head into the semi-finals in Memphis: William Anthony Canaday and Terry Bell.

“We didn’t really come to compete,” Canaday said. “We’re about to release the song and I just wanted to get some audience feedback and a feel for how the people react to it. Needless to say I was encouraged and now looking forward to making it all the way to the Bluebird.”

A news release from the Delta Heritage Center says Canaday grew up in Brownsville, and began playing guitar at 12-years-old.

Bell, who is from Covington, began playing in his 20s.

“I am so grateful to be chosen to represent rural West Tennessee in this songwriting competition,” Bell said. “To even get a chance to play at the Bluebird has been a dream of mine for years. I will accept the opportunity and the blue ribbon, but I give God all the glory.”

The semi-finals in Memphis will be on Feb. 22.

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