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LITTLE ROCK —The Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department is opening voting for selection of the state song.

Seven songs have been chosen as finalists in the competition, for which voting begins Monday and runs through Feb. 24.

More than 230 people entered the competition.

People who want to vote can listen to the finalists at to and vote on their choice.

The winner will be announced March 3 and will perform the song at the Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism in Rogers on March 10.

Also, the winner gets $2,000 and a recording session and taping of a video of the winning song.

The finalists

• “A.R.K.A.N.S.A.S. Get There From Here” by Barrett Baber with Kenny Lamb.

• “Come Home to Arkansas” by Chana Caylor.

• “Arkansas Y’all” by Blane Howard.

• “Here in Arkansas” by Jeremy Huddleston.

• “Right Here in Arkansas” by Matt Knoble.

• “Here in Arkansas” by Candy Lee.

• “Natural State of Mind” by Pamela K. Ward.

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  • ArthurSandcraft
    February 10, 2014 at 9:58 a.m.

    The hyperlink to the songs results in "Page Not Found."

  • HARLEY13
    February 10, 2014 at 3:10 p.m.


  • RBBrittain
    February 11, 2014 at 9:52 a.m.

    The hyperlink now works, but my vote is "none of the above". We ALREADY have TWO official state songs, "Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)" and "Oh Arkansas" (both selected in 1987 after the sesquicentennial celebration), PLUS a "state anthem", "Arkansas" (the state song before 1987), AND a "state historical song", "The Arkansas Traveler" (which was the state song during a copyright dispute over "Arkansas" in the late 1940's & early 1950's). Arkansas DOES NOT NEED any more state songs!!!

  • JIMBOB47
    February 11, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.

    RBBrittain is correct. We have what we need and my favorite (and I'm sure many others') is "Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)" by Wayland Holyfield. Written in 1986 for the AR 150th anniversary and designated as the state song in 1987. Who decided we need a new one? Let's just hope this same bunch doesn't decide we need a new National Anthem!

  • 000
    February 11, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.

    We need a Death Metal version, dammit.