ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (Aug. 22, 2016)— The third annual Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout will return to The Hot Spot Music & Grub at The Wharf every Monday from Sept. 12 through Oct. 24 for its six-week musical talent contest.

Created by Sandy Roots Productions, The Shootout will feature 50 singer-songwriters from across the region as they compete for the ultimate prize valued at $10,000 including cash prizes, a new guitar and a fully produced demo CD. The event is free to attend, and all are welcome at the family-friendly venue.

“In its third year, we are thrilled to bring the Shootout back to The Wharf and value our continued relationship with The Hot Spot Owner Bobby Graves,” said Nick Biebricher, owner of Sandy Roots Productions. “We strive to make each year better than the last, and we look forward to the new caliber of talent and entertainment the contest will showcase.”

Each week, 10 artists will perform original songs for a live audience and three of those entrants will be chosen to move on to the final round taking place Oct. 24. All 15 winners will return to perform for celebrity judges and compete for the overall prize in the ultimate showdown.

Anthony Crawford, Travis Meadows and Lynn Langham will serve as this year’s finale judges. Each comes with a laundry list of achievements, impressive artist rosters and notable experience.

These talented judges will also perform a special ‘Celebrity Songwriter Round’ on Oct. 23 – the day before the finale. Tickets are on sale for $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

To purchase tickets and learn more about the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout visit gulfcoastsongwritershootout.com.