In Birmingham, Alabama, a popular music venue is helping musician’s dreams come true. WorkPlay sits on the corner of 5th Avenue South and 23rd Street South, and musicians from all over the world come to play on one of the two stages this venue has. However, on Monday nights at 7pm WorkPlay hosts a singer/songwriter competition in the theater. These musicians come from all over the state to play on this stage for 10 weeks. Performing on stage is a dream for many musicians around town and WorkPlay is making those dreams a reality.
Last summer WorkPlay announced they would be doing a singer/songwriter night that would lead to each of the top ten musicians having a song recorded live and played on Birmingham Mountain Radio. The contest would run in a similar fashion to American Idol. The audience members would pick up a ballot at the box office and vote on each musician on a scale of 1-10. There were nights that musicians would not stop playing until 11:30pm. American Idol contestant, Jessica Muese, won the competition, which ended in August 2013. Ellis Hopkins, the man in charge, announced at the final show that there would be another singer/songwriter competition at WorkPlay soon. Soon became January 2014.
January 27, 2014 had musicians gathering again for the competition. This time they would be able to win a $250 cash prize. Several musicians from the fall competition came back to perform and many new faces came as well. Edward Hartline, who finished 7th in the fall, says