Prince Ivan and The Nest have teamed up in presenting this year’s HOOKED! Songwriting Contest, Southwest Missouri’s premier songwriting competition.

The 2023 HOOKED! Songwriting Contest will be on Saturday, September 23 at 3:00pm at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater in Branson. The Nest will also be hosting a Top Ten Songwriter’s Roundtable the night before.

To purchase tickets for this year’s contest, call the box office at 417-339-3003 or visit


Top 10 Finalists

  • Annie Williams
  • Caleb Williams
  • Erich Eastman
  • Riley Braker
  • Adam Carpenter and Doug Jackson
  • Jaleesa Smith
  • Stephen McKay
  • Tucker Tillis
  • Travis Howard
  • Luke Swofford

Show Judges

  • Mina Thomas Brett
  • David Orlando Cassavitis
  • Billy Yates


About the HOOKED! Songwriting Contest

The HOOKED! Songwriting Contest is Southwest Missouri’s premier songwriting competition, presented by Prince Ivan and The Nest. This contest brings together ten songwriters with celebrity judges and a live audience in an interactive style show. HOOKED! is all about searching for America’s next hit song, no matter the style or genre.


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