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Organizers seek talent for Nashville Connection – Heroes Salute competition

The Nashville Connection – Heroes Salute is returning to Greenville, SC, on June 27-30, 2012, and organizers are looking for talented singers, songwriters, bands and musicians interested in participating in the largest music networking event in the Southeast.

The four-day event features workshops with some of Nashville’s top music industry professionals as well as an opportunity to perform for celebrity judges in the Nashville Connection music competition with $25,000 in opportunity prizes. The winner will open for country music star Darryl Worley, who will perform at the Heroes Salute Gala on Saturday evening, June 30 at 8 pm at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC.

Singers, songwriters, bands and musicians can sign up online for the Nashville Connection – Heroes Salute competition and workshops at Or they can mail submissions to NASHVILLE CONNECTION – HEROES SALUTE PMB # 251, 2435 East North Street, Suite 1108 Greenville, SC 29615.

In addition, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute will bring the Traveling Vietnam Wall, a portable scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the TD Convention Center for display to honor, respect and remember the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who
served in the Vietnam War.

Other events include Shine Night, a karaoke-style competition, and the Heroes Jam, an outdoor music festival featuring emerging talent. The festival culminates with the Heroes Salute Gala which features a silent auction, VIP reception, Star Walk to benefit veterans and an All-Star concert featuring Darryl Worley, Martha Reeves, Lt. Col. Mike Corrado, Barry Michael and David Brendan Hunt.

“This event provides an opportunity for aspiring artists to connect to all facets of the professional music industry and salute our heroes,” said Joan Betros, executive producer/director of the Nashville Connection — Heroes Salute in a news release.

Proceeds from the Nashville Connection — Heroes Salute will benefit a number of charities that support Veterans, including Welcome Home, Not Alone, the Vietnam Veterans of America, and Honor Flights of the Upstate.

Seating is limited. Schedules, tickets and additional information are available online at

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