N.O. singer to compete for spot at festival

New Orleans-based Americana and alt-country singer-songwriter Kelcy Mae has been selected as one of 24 Gulf Coast artists to compete for the title of “Southern Original.”

Kelcy Mae and the other acts will compete for an opening act slot on the main stage at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, a country music festival featuring Toby Keith, the Eli Young Band and many more, taking place Sept. 26-28 at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Fla.

In addition to a Gulf Coast Jam performance, the “Southern Original” winner will win production of a song by an award-winning producer, production of a music video and a development deal with a Nashville management group.

Acts will compete at five regional events in the southeast. Fans and judges will select five bands that will advance to the finals at Club La Vela in Panama City Beach. The contest’s winner will play on the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam headline stage Saturday night. Four runners-up will play Friday on the daytime beachfront stages.

Online voting at pepsigulfcoastjam.sonicbids.com/southern-original-search/ will help determine the winner. Participation requires a Facebook account and votes will be accepted through Thursday.

Kelcy Mae will perform Friday at the Double Branch Bar in Troy, Ala., as part of the “Southern Original” competition.

She released her third recording project, “The Fire – EP,” in May. New Orleans artists including Alex McMurray, Alexis Marceaux, Alexandra Scott, Andrew Campanelli, Jason Rhein and Rick Nelson (Afghan Whigs) contributed to the EP.