It isn´t always easy being an openly gay singer-songwriter in the country/folk vein, especially in Nashville, but Steff Mahan wouldn´t have it any other way. Years ago, she left a high-paying job as an advertising executive to become a songwriter at $150 per week. Playing her honest and soulful brand of Americana in Nashville clubs eventually earned her attention from a record label, but there was a hitch. "I wanted to be successful so badly, I led them to believe I was someone I wasn´t. I realized if I had to play straight to be successful in the music business, I would be miserable," Mahan says. She told the label as much, and they dropped the deal-but Mahan had proven something to herself. "I believe being myself and standing side-by-side through bad and good with that one person who will always love you is true success." Mahan plays more than 200 live shows a year in support of her most recent album, Where I´m Coming From. It´s an exhausting but exhilarating way to earn a living. "There may always be times when I wonder why I chose this path, but I also know that I would not totally be happy unless I was playing and writing. It´s not just what I do, it´s who I am." -KL

"Mahan is a very effective vocalist, but that’s telling you nothing you didn’t already know. Her emotions are front and center on the disc, but what truly shines even brighter here is the songwriting." Full Article

"The rough mixes of this new record make it clear she is headed in a different direction...It's obvious this new record is about someone who knows where she's been."  Full Article

"Steff Mahan has forged a career out of more than just solid songcraft and smooth vocal delivery, though she has both of those in spades. She has also been one of those rare artists who has never forgotten that music is, at its heart, a vehicle for relationships and two-way communication." Full Article 

"...Modern country with a touch of Bonnie Raitt-like bluesiness. Mahan testifies to the power of renewal even as she chronicles her bittersweet longings and regrets." 

"...An entertaining, can't miss performance."

"Without resorting to artifice or cliches, Steff Mahan has a gift for writing songs that sneak up on you, and before you know it, get you all teary-eyed..."

"The guitar prowess of Sheryl Crow; the voice, a cross of Stevie Nicks and Emmylou Harris; the songwriting of Joni Mitchell. That's Steff Mahan."

"Simply a wicked cool singer/songwriter."

"An honest and brave step in a world where voices are airbrushed as easily as pictures."

"Of the many songwriters to call Nashville home, Steff Mahan is arguably one of the most talented and most giving...She delivers soulful but sweet powerhouse tunes wrapped in a deliciously down to earth alternative country style."

Dear friends,

I have entered GINA 2017 Songwriter Contest with my song: 

Concrete Shoes

I would love for you to listen to my song by viewing the video created with it and vote for me. 

  • 1 point 

for each view multiplied by the YouTube “Average percentage viewed” at day of contest close  (this lowers the total points by the average view time). 

  • 5 points for each “like” 

I would appreciate you sharing the links on your social media for help spread the word about my entry, the GINA Songwriter Contest and, of course, to get the word out about all the missing presented with my entry song video.

The Links:

The link to my song is:  http://tinyurl.com/SteffMahan


The link to the GINA 2017 Songwriter Contest channel is: 




With my entry, I am supporting the GINA For Missing Persons FOUNDation  (411gina.org)

The GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation’s mission is to educate the public by utilizing entertainment to create awareness and media attention for missing persons world-wide, and to offer a source of information to help people whose family members become missing. GINA'sgoal is to uncover "missing pieces to find the missing." Over 850,000 missing person’s reports are made in the US each year. We only hear about the ones that have the most public appeal.

By opening their hearts and doors, those in the music industry and the sponsors who participate are promoting an ongoing effort of raising awareness of the missing while being a bridge to all forms of media. GINA was created in honor of musician Gina Bos, who disappeared from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 17, 2000 after a performance. Her case remains unsolved.

Each year, GINA For Missing Persons produces The Squeaky Wheel® Tour, a world-wide event consisting of talented musicians performing shows and profiling missing persons in their area. If you are an artist interested in participating in the 2017 Tour, please click here. The GINA Songwriter Contest is in its 9th year.

Thank you so much for your support.  Please forward this email far and wide and the link to my song and the GINA 2017 Songwriter Contest Channel on your Facebook page. This helps my song get viewed and helps the missing person my song is representing get seen by more people.  

Imagine if my song entry helps bring a missing person home!!

Thank you!



Hello Steff!


Thank you for entering the 2017 GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation GINA Songwriters Contest


The GINA Songwriter Team is very pleased to inform you that your entry, Concrete Shoes, has placed in the top 10 in the 2017 GINA Songwriters Contest.


The Top Ten Finalists and the Wild Card Finalist are being invited to perform live at Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood, California on November 4, 2017*, hosted by Leanne Summers.

An industry panel of judges who have been generous with volunteering their time will choose the Top Three Finalists.


Steff Mahan takes second place in the Emerging Talent Showcase!!!


Emerging Talent Showcase

The Emerging Talent Showcase kicks off the festival at 8PM located at WindMark Town Center Green, with ten up and coming artists selected from nearly 200 applicants performing one song each in front of a panel of acclaimed judges. 

2017 Artist Line-up

The Mosleys | Brian Pounds | Steff Mahan | Rachel Grubb | Brett Kelly | Randy Steele | Madison Grace | Lindsey Cone and Austin Taylor | Ryan Balthrop | Few Miles South | Ryan Broshear |


Steff Mahan






http://www.bandsintown.com/steffmahan YouTube -- http://www.youtube.com/steffmahan Twitter -- http://www.twitter.com/steffmahan Google+ -- https://plus.google.com/108844476703630473365 Facebook -- http://www.facebook.com/steffmahanfans


Sonicbids -- http://www.sonicbids.com/steffmahan4

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