October 14, 2017

 2016 Winner - Josh keaton


Are you an independent artist/band looking to take your music to the next level?

Would you like assistance and coaching in songwriting, recording, distribution, promoting, and/or booking? 

Enter the 2017 Friends of Coal Singing Competition!  The top 12 entries will be selected to perform at this years show.


Location: Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, WV

Date: October 14th, 2017

Time: 6pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)


You could win a One year Artist Development Deal with the potential of being signed to Verb Records, a division of Merit Music Group, LLC.  During the course of this year, artist would record and release one original song with Verb Records staff.  Artist will record at Tornado House Studios in Huntington, WV and receive production, mixing, and mastering from T.K. King.

Verb Records is a label imprint of Merit Music Group, LLC and is based in West Virginia. Verb opened in late 2013 and is currently the home to seven artists. Since its start, Verb has been recognized as IMEA’s Record Label of the Year and its artists have garnered many awards, nominations and eligibilities from the IMEA Awards, AMG Awards, and Dove Awards. 

The Runner Up will receive a $500 gift card to Sweetwater Music Company!

What's different in 2017

We are so excited to bring you the 2017 Friends of Coal Talent Search Competition! This year, we will be hosting live auditions! The live auditions will be held on September 23rd at the Chocolate Moose in Beckley, WV. At these auditions, we will choose the top 12 acts to move on to the Main Event on October 14th. 

Also, this year we are incredibly excited to announce that the Main Event on October 14th will be broadcast live on Facebook

Our audition time is limited, so be sure to register early! We look forward to seeing you at this years competition!