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Nashville Connection joins singer, songwriters with industry pros

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Singers and songwriters will have a chance to become a big-time star, and the journey may start in downtown Greenville.

The third annual Nashville Connection - Heroes Salute is coming back to downtown in September.

The event features workshops led by some of Nashville's top music industry professionals, like vocal coaches, songwriters, consultants and publishers.

There's a competition where anyone can upload a video of themselves performing their own songs to the Nashville Connection website. The top 25 artists will perform at the event.

The winner from 2011 was Greenville native Austin Webb. Within days of getting connected with Dave Brooks, Webb was signed to a record label.

"We don't guarantee a record deal. … What we are guaranteeing everyone that shows up that you are going to get some solid one-on-one time with industry reps that you would never, ever get a chance to meet with," said Brooks.

All of this is to help wanna-be music stars get a big break but also to raise money for a military-focused nonprofit called Families United Toward Universal Respect, or FUTURE, and many other military focused organizations. The group sends Gold Star Mothers to see where their children died in Iraq and connects women from the West to those in the Middle East.

"We needed to make this statement because we understand war. We understand the hurts of war. We understand the conflicts of war ... and we understand that music uplifts and takes that away," said the organizer, Joan Betros.

This year, for the first time, people can sign up to be a part of the "songster bus." Twenty-four people will be split into four teams, writing songs together on the bus ride from Nashville to Greenville.

For more information about Nashville Connection, other organizations it supports and to upload a video to participate, visit: http://www.thenashvilleconnection.com/

For information about the nonprofit FUTURE, visit: http://www.womenforfuture.org/home.htm

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