Nashville Rising Star 8 Starts January 11, 2017

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Nashville Rising Star is excited to announce Series 8 of their popular songwriter open mic contest, NASHVILLE RISING STAR. Series 8 will be held at Kings Cool Springs – FranklinWhiskey Room Live-Franklin located near The Galleria Mall in Cool Springs.

Open to all songwriters of any genre, NASHVILLE RISING STAR is Music City’s premier songwriter open mic contest. Created and facilitated by Keith and Sue Mohr (, NASHVILLE RISING STAR has a reputation as a top discovery vehicle for aspiring songwriters, music industry personnel and music fans.

The contest starts Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 8:00PM, and will be held subsequent Wednesdays for a total of 9 weeks. Each of the seven preliminary rounds feature up to 21 songwriters who each perform one original song. At each preliminary round, the audience (at the venue and online) votes for their favorite songwriter/song, and a panel of music industry judges also select their favorite songwriter/song. Each preliminary winner receives a $20 Kings Cool Springs – Franklin gift card.

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The semi-final round will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:00PM, featuring 14 preliminary round winners. The audience (at the venue and online) selects one writer, and the music industry panel selects three additional writers to move on to the final round. At the final round, to be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 8:00PM, the four finalists will perform four songs each. The grand prize winner, who will be selected by a combination of audience (at the venue and online) and music industry votes, will receive $500 cash from Kings Cool Springs – FranklinWhiskey Room Live – Franklin, and other career advancing prizes provided by event prize partners.

The event is totally FREE to perform and FREE to vote, courtesy of event sponsor, Kings Cool Springs – FranklinWhiskey Room Live – Franklin and other event partners.

NASHVILLE RISING STAR creator Keith Mohr states, “We’re excited to have Kings Cool Springs – FranklinWhiskey Room Live – Franklin host this series of Nashville Rising Star and be our main sponsor. The Whiskey Room is a perfect venue for the event, with an intimate, quiet and classy room with great lighting and sound. They have an excellent menu with a large variety of food and drink choices. Plus free and safe parking! NASHVILLE RISING STAR is a great way to discover up and coming talent way before anyone else! This event is all about the song!”

This songwriter open mic contest is open to anyone who writes original songs! There are no auditions, simply register online or at the venue and share your song in front of people who want to hear your song. Win cash and prizes, make industry connections, forge songwriter friendships, and create new fans. Our audience is attentive because they vote for their favorite song! Our music industry leaders also listen closely and vote for their favorite song and provide feedback at the end of the event (if you want it).

Previous contestants have seen great success, including Colton Dixon, who signed with EMI and tours internationally. Brandon Calynn, who signed with Warner Music Group, and Dani Elliott toured with Miley Cyrus as a background vocalist on her BANGERZ Tour as a result of our direct connection. So why sit at home wishing that you could get discovered, when you have the opportunity to be discovered at NASHVILLE RISING STAR? It all starts with you coming out and sharing your song!

Be a part of the event! The audience at the venue and watching live online votes for their favorite song via an online poll, and gets to hear hits before they hit! Make it a weekly fun night out listening to talented songwriters, and partake of the fantastic food and drink. Kings Bowl – The Whiskey Room is a great place to hear live music!

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Contact: Keith Mohr 615-594-0426