About


"Passport to Nashville" is a platform to catapult your songwriting career to the next level. Your songs will be heard by a Nashville-based panel of A-list music industry professionals spanning across the business spectrum. Nashville isn't just country anymore and neither are these judges! Blues, pop, rock n' roll, folk or country, Passport to Nashville is for ALL music genres.

Enter your songs for a chance to win career-changing prizes! This is an opportunity of a lifetime, only available to Arizona residents. Do you have what it takes? Submit your music, and find out!

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After all song submissions are entered, the TOP 10 songwriters will be chosen by our panel of judges, and will perform live In Tucson, Arizona for Passport To Nashville's Awards Night. The winner and runner-ups will be announced, and receive a slew of amazing, career-changing prizes! There are many chances to win with our "Judge's Pick" categories, where each judge will choose their personal favorite songwriter for additional prizes! 

Arizona Talent ONLY

Each songwriter can submit UP TO 3 SONGS (Limit 3)


 
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Our Team

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Virginia Cannon

Creator of "Passport To Nashville" 
Virginia Cannon has a long history in the music business, which is evident in her lasting relationships with industry professionals and artists alike. First and foremost, Cannon is a trusted advocate for songwriters and performers. She has a rare and diverse experience in the industry working in; artist management, performance coaching, media coordination, consulting, and mentoring, among other things.

From 2007 to 2012, Virginia was the Director of Artist Relations for Voyage Air Guitars getting several TV product placements, and rubbing elbows with some of the best musicians in the business like John Oates and Marc Anthony. Her proudest moment with Voyage Air was orchestrating the purchase of 100 guitars by Richie Sambora to give away to active military at Camp Pendleton.

For 8 years, Virginia hosted a popular Nashville showcase for performing songwriters called; "Virginia Cannon Presents!" She carefully hand-picked each performer for her weekly shows... "I have a huge passion for songwriters, and the music they create." she says.
Virginia's work with songwriters has led to FIVE "Hollywood Music in Media" nominations, with one of her students landing a record deal, and countless songwriters crediting her for being the catalyst to many of their career connections.
 
"Virginia has changed my career in many ways... I can't thank her enough for being my biggest fan, and believing in me." says Nashville singer/songwriter, Mandy Brooke.

In May of 2016, Virginia relocated to Oro Valley, AZ from Nashville, TN. She still works very closely with talent in Nashville, and is currently rendering her many valuable services to the Arizona music scene.

Her songwriter showcase, "Virginia Cannon Presents!" occurs on the Third Thursday of each month at Monterey Court in Tucson, AZ.  Music starts at 6pm!
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Mandy Brooke

Nashville-Based Singer/Songwriter 
Throughout her career, Mandy Brooke has risen as an electrifying performer, poignant songwriter, and skilled artist... mesmerizing audiences with her powerful voice and raw stage presence. She has played in hundreds of venues and festivals, and has been an opening act for artists such as: Tracy Lawrence, Uncle Kracker, Gloriana, and Chuck Wicks. Brooke's songwriting talents are undisputed, catching the attention of her first publisher and manager, Bill Rice. Her original music brilliantly displays her natural instinct to create catchy pop/rock melodies which she combines with a signature southern attitude. Brooke's debut EP, "Pretty Little Promises" is a perfect example just that. Recently, Mandy has been touring, and featured in various top-rated jingle projects with "Red Hot Jingles" company. Her new album is set to release this year, with many exciting business prospects in the works. One thing is definite; Mandy Brooke is an artist to watch!