Big Top Song Contest: Check out the competition

James Moors is one of 10 finalists in the songwriting competition at Big Top Chautauqua. Submitted photo by Gary K.

Local songwriters Tracey Muench and James Moors are among the 10 finalists in Big Top Chautauqua’s songwriting contest. They each perform one song, starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, for a panel of judges who will pick the venue’s songwriter of the year. 

Here I linked to the songwriters who are in the finals so you don’t wear out your Googler. Enjoy!

Katie Todd, Chicago: Describes her style as Indie/Pop/Power pop. Fun Fact: Her song "Leave" appeared on MTV’s "College Life."

Dan Hazlett, Michigan: This is an acoustic minimalist who, according to MySpace, has been compared to James Taylor.

Tracey Muench, Duluth: Muench describes her songs as a vocal journal.

Ron Affolter, Mankato, Minn.: No music sample for this one, but he seems to be a cowboy-song kind of guy who goes by the name "Lonesome Ron Affolter," according to a Memorial Day story that ran in the Mankato Free Press in 2008. 

Janne Henshaw, Nashville: "… Writes and performs literate, personable music" according to the Indianapolis Star.

Jake Henry, Fall Creek, Wis.: Apparently, I’m not Nancy Drew. This one eludes me.

Claudia Russell, Richmond, Calif.: Acoustic/Folk/Blues, and according to MySpace, "Flattering comparisons have been made to Emmy Lou Harris, Dolly Parton meets Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Riatt, Maria Mauldar and Jimi hendrix."

 James Moors, Superior: Moors describes his songs as alt country and roots rock.

Heather Styka, Chicago: Acoustic/Folk Rock/Pop from this singer-songwriter. She has been likened to Ani DiFranco and Josh Ritter, but said her influences go back to Talking Heads, Carole King and Celtic music.

Scott Kirby, Rhinelander, Wis.: This guy has a folk rock/pop sound and released an album "Good Morning Jo" in March 2008.