Music with a mission, that’s what Lyrics on the Lake Open Mic Competition is all about! Are you ready to take the stage?


Moneta, Va. (WFXR) — There’s nothing quite like a lake setting for live music; watching the sunset on the sparkling water as singer-songwriters and musicians take the stage and pursue their musical passions. A culmination of nature, art, and community. This what Lyrics on the Lake provides.

Lyrics on the Lake is a tradition nine years in the making.

In 2012, it began as a lakeside fundraising pool party. Today, Lyrics on the Lake is the largest songwriter’s festival on the east coast, and the Open Mic Competition, which takes place at Mangos Bar and Grill at Smith Mountain Lake is a great opportunity for developing songwriters.

However, not only is the open mic rich in opportunity for aspiring musical artists as well as spectators, it’s the definition of music with a mission. All the donations for this free event are invested in giving back locally.

“Lyrics on the Lake is an all-volunteer organization and we raise money through music events for charity, specifically this event will raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Roanoke and Lynchburg.”

Brent Jones, Media Coordinator for Lyrics on the Lake

Fifteen-year-old, Annalyse Marie is last year’s Open Mic Competition winner. She says Lyrics on the Lake isn’t your ordinary open mic night.

“When I first showed up, I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was just an open mic contest and I showed up and it was like this huge couple week-long contest.”

Annalyse Marie, Last year’s Open Mic Competition Winner

Annalyse Marie is right! Lyrics on the lake isn’t your ordinary open-mic! Every Wednesday through June 16th, those interested in stepping on the stage and showcasing their talents are encouraged to do so. Each night’s winner will advance to the championship on June 23rd.

“This could be a leg up to some aspects of the business because some of the prizes that we offer here are a trip to Nashville, a writing session with professional songwriters, and a gig in a Nashville club.”

Brent Jones, Media Coordinator for Lyrics on the Lake

Beyond the incredible prizes is an opportunity to forge musical relationships and improve performance.

“It ended up being a huge experience for me. It helped me get better stage presence and learn how to speak to a crowd a little bit better, just things like that, improved me a ton as an artist.”

Annalyse Marie, Last year’s Open Mic Competition Winner

Although Lyrics on the Lake Open Mic Competition can only result in one winner, it certainly seems everyone’s a winner with this event.

The Lyrics on the Lake Open Mic Competition is merely one facet of this organization. As their well-known Songwriters Festival that attracts artists from all over will take place beginning on June 23rd. This event gives the community the opportunity for intimate performances from the very songwriters behind some of your favorite radio hits.

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