2021 Music City Superstar

An online and live singing contest is currently open for submissions through March 25 that will give one lucky (and talented) singer the chance to win $1,000 and earn the title of Music City Superstar.

Music City Superstar was created by Williamson County musician Lindsey Benedict who said that she was initially planning to hold the contest at last year's Buttercup Festival before the festival was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Benedict did not give up. She instead moving the contest online which drew more than 150 entries from around the world, and now this year the contest will have both an online and in-person element.

“That was very exciting,” Benedict said. “And this year we’re really excited that it’s actually going to happen at the [Buttercup] Festival as we had planned last year.”

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Agatha Kiger Dumford, Raeni Dumford, Lindsey Benedict, Papa Joe Bradford and Debbie Suttmiller pose with a check donation to Elijah's Heart.

The online competition is open to any solo singers aged 5-year-old and older with contestants competing in one of three divisions from the kid division (5-12-years-old), teen division (13-18-years-old) and the adult division (18-years-old and older.)

Performers must upload their performance video to their Facebook profile and share it to the Music City Superstar Facebook page by Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

“Everybody starts with an entry online, then the top 50% of contestants with the highest scores in each division are then invited to continue on in the contest online and also in the live competition," Benedict said. 

The contest will conclude with the finalists competing live from 2-5 p.m. at Nolensville’s Buttercup Festival on Saturday, April 10. Complete contest rules can be found here.

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Lindsey Benedict, Nathan Turbeville and Debbie Suttmiller pose with a check donation to Music City Superstar.

The contest is sponsored by headlining sponsor Nolensville-based State Farm agent Nathan Turbeville, the Nolensville Historic District Buttercup Festival, Elijah's Heart, Glitz By Rae and headlining donor the Rinker Family Foundation.

A portion of the contest proceeds will also benefit Elijah's Heart Hunger Relief Program, which provides food to communities in need.

More information about Music City Superstar can be found here.