WYEPs Singer-Songwriter Competition for area musicians took place during the summer at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Saturday Night Market in Market Square. “This competition is an example of WYEP’s commitment to supporting and engaging with area musicians,” said GM Abby Goldstein. “Pittsburgh has a wealth of creative and talented songwriters who are writing and performing original music. This is a perfect opportunity to get them in front of an audience and reward them for their hard work...”
The competition was judged by WYEP on-air hosts.
Trinity Wiseman is a singer/songwriter who is gaining recognition for her heart-felt writing style, unique voice, and amazing guitar playing. Trinity won the WYEP Singer/Songwriter Contest in September 2017, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Teen Media Award for Music in 2017, and the Pittsburgh Acoustic Challenge in 2016. She is currently a staff writer for Riser Music Publishing in Nashville, TN. She can be seen performing her original music and cover songs at restaurants and pubs in both Nashville, TN and Pittsburgh, PA.
Singer-songwriter Dylan Rooke, inspired by both his American and Irish folk roots, shares stories that connect to everyday people and common life. He got his musical start in the punk and hardcore music scene in Pittsburgh, and though the grit leaves stains in the sound, the new approach brings a well-constructed and mature sound to his song writing. In early 2016 he reconnected with some old friends who formed the accompanying band Red Coal. Together these friends have been writing and playing music together in various forms for almost 13 years and seemed to pick up right where they had left off. Experimenting with the intersection of folk roots, rock and roll, and some punk, together they have overlaid vocal harmonies, modern electric and traditional acoustic instruments, to orchestrate a balance between the dynamics of their songs, bringing with them many anthems to be sung arm in arm.
Mike Meiers is a songwriter, producer, teacher, and full time coffee drinker. Music has been his life, from playing piano at the age of six to spending the majority of twenties touring in an independent pop rock band - My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure. Since then, he's been part of the musical projects Jackson River and Ohjai/Solay. In addition he's been co-writer with several other Indie artists and the custom songwriting site Downwrite.