Davenport Songwriting Contest Will Be Judged By Ryan Silverman, Natalie Weiss and Ryan Scott Oliver; Sheri Sanders to Host

The first annual Davenport Songwriting Contest, presented by Broadway producer Ken Davenport, will be held Jan. 30 at 7 PM at the Davenport Theatre.

The contest, hosted by Sheri Sanders ("Rock The Audition"), will feature ten songs competing for the title of Best Song and a $500 grand prize. All finalists will receive a cash prize of $50.

Singers include Hannah Elless ( Somewhere In Time, Godspell), Ben Fankhauser ( Newsies), Craig Waletzko (Guys & Dolls, Young Frankenstein) and Mary Kate Morrissey ( Hair).

The winner will be chosen by the audience and a panel of celebrity guest judges, including Natalie Weiss ( Everyday Rapture), Ryan Silverman ( Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera) and Ryan Scott Oliver ( Jasper In Deadland).

The evening will also feature a guest performance by Oliver, singing "Stroke by Stroke" from Jasper In Deadland.

The song finalists follow: 1. "Our Little Swedish Home," (Music by Zak Sandler & Lyrics by Greg Edwards), Sung by Chris Critelli & Brennan Caldwell

2. "Horizontal Light," (Music & Lyrics by Andrew J. Hanley), Sung by Natalie Berk

3. "Hero," (Music & Lyrics by Joseph Shrand), Sung by Becca Shrand

4. "We're the Only Real Actors in This Show," (Music & Lyrics by Ted Kopulos), Sung by Gary De Mattei & Craig Waletzko

5. "Scared of Falling," (Music & Lyrics by Kevin J. Watson), Sung by Meghan Shanahan & Kevin J. Watson

6. "Just Between Us," (Music & Lyrics by David Reiffel & Michael Wartofsky), Sung by Erica Spyres

7. "I Could Be a Hero," (Music & Lyrics by Madeline Myers), Sung by Ben Fankhauser

8. "Running," (Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke, Lyrics by Ty Defoe), Sung by Mary Kate Morrissey

9. "Could It Be Me," (Music by Kevin M. Cotter, Lyrics by Diane Uniman), Sung by Hannah Elless

10. "Cracked And Broken," (Music by Dave Ogrin, Lyrics by Dave Ogrin & R.C. Staab), Sung by Lauren Ford

Visit eventbrite.com for tickets.