Winner: Kerrville New Folk Competition, 2012
Winner: Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest, 2011
"I hear the craft behind her lyrics and realize she's the best kind of artist: she makes her art seem
Since releasing her first record, We Just Fly (March 2009), Kerrville New Folk Winner Alicia McGovern has quickly been standing out as a Singer-Songwriter whose lyrics are worth paying attention to, and whose performances are authentic, vulnerable, and compelling.
In addition to winning the esteemed Kerrville New Folk Competition in May 2012, Alicia won The Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival in September 2011.
Alicia was an Official Showcase Artist at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance, 2013. She's been a Top Five Winner in the Singer-Songwriter Category of The Great American Song Contest (2012), placed third in the Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest (2010) and received Honorable Mentions in both the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest (2010 and 2012), and in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Contest (2013). Alicia's also been a finalist in both the Mountain Stage New Song Regional Round (2012), and in the Susanne Millsaps Memorial Songwriting Showcase (2011).
She released her sophomore CD, Words Through The Seasons (recorded by Mark Thayer, Signature Sounds Studios), in October 2010. The record has been warmly received by the Folk Community, charting on the Folk Radio charts at #5 in December of 2010, and for February 2011 at #2 on the EuroAmericana Chart. Words Through the Seasons was listed as on one of the top folk albums of the year (2011) by The Folk DJ Chart.
In the words of renowned songwriter Steve Seskin, Alicia's music is "passionate, poignant poetry combined with beautiful melodies sung with a great sense of what she's singing about. Alicia McGovern doesn't just write songs and sing them, she feels them deeply and when you listen to her, you can't help but do the same."