Northwest Arkansas Residents Nominated for “Song of Arkansas” Contest

Pictured (from left to right) are Barrett Baber, Matt Knoble, and Candy Lee.

Pictured (from left to right) are Barrett Baber, Matt Knoble, and Candy Lee.

Voting for the “Song of Arkansas” contest is now underway. Seven finalists have been chosen, and their music is now up on the Arkansas.com website. To vote and help decide who will be chosen as the Song of Arkansas contest winner, click here. 

Of the seven finalists in the competition, three reside in Northwest Arkansas.

One of them is Matt Knoble, a 5th grade social studies teacher at Bright Field Middle School in Bentonville. He was also a finalist in the 2011 Ozark Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter contest. The song he entered is called, “Right Here In Arkansas.”

Another artist, Candy Lee, submitted a song called, “Here In Arkansas.” She is a 2011 Northwest Arkansas Music Award Winner for Best Female Singer/Songwriter and Best Female Vocalist in a Band. Lee currently resides in Fayetteville.

Barrett Baber, who also lives in Fayetteville, co-wrote the song, “A.R.K.A.N.S.A.S. Get There from Here,” with songwriter and musician Kenny Lamb of Bentonville. Baber is the son of a southern baptist minister and recorded his song at the Haxton Road Studios in Bentonville.

Voting for the contestants closes Feb. 24, and voters are limited to one vote per email address.

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