Announcing The Winner Of The Pub Deal Contest: Elise Davis


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Singer-songwriter Elise Davis has won American Songwriter and Martin Guitar’s “The Pub Deal,” a year-long $20,000 publishing contract with HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc.

All the entries were carefully reviewed and discussed, with the help of judges Holly Williams, Dean Dillon, Martin Ambassador Mac Powell and Martin Ambassador Hunter Hayes.

Davis, 24, has been releasing albums independently since her late teens. Her songwriting passion took root at age 12, shortly after she acquired her first guitar.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Davis moved to Nashville a year and a half ago to pursue a recording career. Before arriving in Music City, she had only written songs by herself, so the world of co-writing is a new frontier.

“I think co-writing will help me a lot in my own writing which I think is cool,” she said.  “And [the pub deal] means less waitressing which will be really nice. It will also free up more time for me to write. I can spend free time every day writing.”

Check out our Q&A with Davis here, and listen to her music at Songspace.


(pictured left to right) Robert Clement, Songspace; Butch Baker, HoriPro; Lee Krabel, HoriPro; Elise Davis, Andrew Clore, Clore Entertainment; Kent Wolfenbarger; Tim Stehli, HoriPro; Bradley Collins, BMI.


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