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The best kept secret in music



Franklin-based songwriter Liz Thurman received a runner-up prize — "The Emmylou Harris Award" — for her contribution to the recent John Mayer Song Contest in Esquire Magazine. Each contestant submitted a musical interpretation using only a snippet of some unused Mayer lyrics. The contest attracted more than 2,200 submissions. You can hear Thurman's "collaboration" with Mayer at
- By Jonathan Flax @ NashvilleRage

Put Those Hands Together
By Andy Langer | Jan 1, 2006 | 200
The Frank Zappa Award
Keith Rubin (Fort Lauderdale)
Imagine Hedwig and the Angry Inch set around an Oompa-Loompa choir, with some overt ass kissing. ("Esquire magazine. Now, that's a tremendous read.")
Best Dorm-Room Duo
Brandon Paddock/Greg Perrine (Chicago)
With an '80s-ish slab of synth pop, these Columbia College freshmen remind us there's more to dorm life than meddling RAs and closet hydroponics.
The Emmylou Harris Award
Liz Thurman (Nashville)
The entry from this songwriter, an überfan with a regular presence on the John Mayer fan club's message board, boasts a delicate, confident delivery that should someday be heard beyond the coffeehouse.
The Smell the Glove Award
Chris Feener (Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland)
With dazzling instrumental precision and an admirable lack of irony, these six minutes and 49 seconds of pure metal take us from devil-horn highs to lighter-raising lows.
Sexiest Import
Sonal D'Silva (India)
A journalist in Mumbai, D'Silva offered us a mysterious and provocative track that's equal parts Morcheeba and Sinéad O'Connor. Its slow-boil sexiness from way far away hits closest to home.

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- Andy Langer / Esquire Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Liz Thurman made her Bluebird Café debut at age 15, sitting in on a writer’s round that included Grammy winning hit songwriters
Gordon Kennedy (Change the World) and Randy Thomas (Butterfly Kisses).

Over the years, Liz has also performed “in the round” with several other top songwriters, including: Craig Bickhardt (In Between Dances), Thom Schuyler (16th Avenue), Rory Lee Feek (The Chain of Love) & Kim Williams (3 Wooden Crosses).

Growing up in a musical household that was always busy with recording projects, rehearsals and writing sessions, Liz absorbed these influences and added her own unique style. The result is a
strong sense of melody, harmony and lyrical content that is surprisingly mature for someone still in her teens.

Liz’s voice has been featured in a variety of song demos and commercial recordings. Currently, Liz is building her song catalog and continues to perform at songwriter venues around Nashville.