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Mentor: Barbara Cloyd Location: Nashville

Barbara Cloyd

Barbara Cloyd proved her ability to write a hit with the Lorrie Morgan single "I Guess You Had to Be There." She has proved her dedication to nurturing young talent with years of hosting writers nights in Nashville. She has presided over the Monday Night Open Mic at the Bluebird Café since 1986 and in September 2000 took on the job of booking all the early shows at this world renowned club. She ran a popular writer's night at Gibson Café and created the Gibson Café Country Song Contest which helped many writers make contacts with publishers.

She has organized the ASCAP Hot 100 Song Contest and served as a moderator for the Nashville Songwriter's Association Thursday Night Workshop. Her growing reputation for spotting talent has allowed her to help several exceptional writers make connections within the industry. In response to frequent requests for advice and guidance she formed "Ready for the Row", a consultation service for songwriters. Her most recent project is developing a writers night on Wednesdays at The French Quarter and overseeing the entertainment for the rest of the week at this beautiful East Nashville venue. She can currently be seen as a frequent special guest performing her own songs at local writers' nights as well as hosting Mondays at The Bluebird Cafe, Sundays at The Broken Spoke and the fourth Saturday of each month at the West End Borders.

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