NRS Series 1 Final Round

What an incredible final round we had at Nashville Rising Song Songwriter Open-Mic Contest Series 1. Our 4 finalists performed 4 original songs each before a packed house and a large online viewing audience. Song after song, every song performed was fantastic! But only one song would be crowned Grand Champion. That song belonged to a 14 year old from North Carolina, Landon Wall. His song, “Birth of A Song” was rated the highest amongst our music industry judges and the audience. Each of our 7 music industry judges rated each song from 1-100 based on commercial potential of the song. The audience winner received 25 rate points, added on to the total rate points from our judges. Our audience winning song was “My Bar” by Darrell Rae. It came close, with 585 total rate points. However, Landon’s song received 608 total judges rate points, and it took the grand prize!

Nashville Rising Song Songwriter Open-Mic Contest Series 1 Grand Prize Winner. From Left to Right, Chad Jeffers (Music Industry Judge), Bobby “The Iceman” Golomboski (Music Industry Judge), Lou Spoltore (Music Industry Judge), Sheree Spoltore (Music Industry Judge), Mark Barnowski (Music Industry Judge), MaryBeth Stone (Music Industry Judge), Keith Mohr (NRS Creator/Director), Landon Wall (Grand Prize Winner) Dan Hodges (Music Industry Judge)

Final Order:

1- Brittany Fields & Sean Pauley
2- Darrell Rae
3- Auburn McCormick
4- Landon Wall

Our Grand Prize Winner was Landon Wall, with his song, “Birth of A Song” Watch the winning song below:

Music Industry Judges:

Mark Barnowski
Mark is a singer/songwriter who moved from “Motown” to “Music City” five years ago. He hit the ground running and in 2015 won the (TSAI) Tennessee Songwriters Association International Male Songwriter of the year award, TSAI’s 2016 Song Of The Year and received a special award from the TSAI Board Of Directors for outstanding contributions to the songwriter/music community.

As an artist, “Mark Edwards” charted 4 top 50 singles and reached #43 on Billboards Adult Contemporary Charts. His Debut single “Just Having Touched” peaked at #15 and was the highest Charting independent AC single in the Gavin Report’s history.

Mark earned 20 Gold and Platinum Records as a record promoter for artists such as Michael W Smith, Bruce Hornsby, Harry Connick Jr. and has a multi- platinum award for promoting the longest running single in Billboard History “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes.

Mark is the membership Director at TSAI.

Chad Jeffers
Chad is a songwriter, touring musician, author and producer. Chad began his career in the band, Pinmonkey, that he co-founded and was signed to RCA.

He then went on to tour with Keith Urban, Kenny Loggins, Jamie O’Neal and many others. In 2007, he started touring with country superstar, Carrie Underwood.

In 2008, he authored and published his first book, “25 Notes for the Successful Musician.”

When he isn’t in the studio producing other artists or touring the world, he is avidly continuing his passion as a songwriter.

Mary Beth Stone
After twelve years as an NSAI regional co-ordinator, MaryBeth Stone now coaches songwriters privately and is the go-to critique-night leader for TSAI.

She has also functioned as a panel moderator for the CMJ Music Marathon.

A Grand Prize winner in the CMT/NSAI Song Contest and a finalist in the Lilith Fair Songwriting Contest, she has recently had songs broadcast on Women of Substance Radio and included in several Women of Substance podcasts.

MaryBeth was a finalist in the 2017 emPower Posi Awards and is currently a nominee in three categories for the TSAI 2017 Music Awards.

Sheree Spoltore
Sheree is the founder and CEO of Global Songwriters Connection. GSC’s mission is to encourage, equip and empower songwriters worldwide, to earn a living with their gifts and talents. They provide education, community, and music industry activities to their members.

Sheree is also a songwriter with numerous songs cut by artists.

Sheree worked on music row as a song plugger, staff songwriter, and several management roles.

She worked side by side with many music industry legends including Barbara Orbison

Sheree was the National Membership Director and Assistant Executive Director of NSAI.
Sheree’ has worked with Grammy award-winning hit songwriters, producers, label executives, creative directors, artist managers, publishers, and many other industry professionals.

Sheree’ has been featured as a music industry expert speaker at world class songwriter events.

Sheree is a true Songwriter Champion!

Lou Spoltore
Lou is VP of Operations for “Live On Stage” They are an industry leading company presenting talent to community concert organizations.

Lou is also Vice President of operations at Live Arts and Attractions and Matt Davenport Productions. Live Artist & Attractions is a boutique agency that focuses on selling a variety of live performances and attractions to Performing Arts Centers, fairs, and festivals. and

Dan Hodges
25 year history in the music industry working in many roles, but primarily as a song plugger, publisher, and in A&R.

Started as manager of BMG Music Publishing catalog.

Dan worked as Creative Director for legendary Muscle Shoals R&B producer/publisher Rick Hall’s company, Fame Music Publishing

Dan worked for Hall of Fame Songwriter and veteran publisher Roger Murrah, becoming Creative Director of Murrah Music Corporation. Promoted to Vice President, Creative until April 2008. Murrah’s writing staff included current country star Luke Bryan and Dan placed his first #1 song as a songwriter called “Good Directions”.

Dan Hodges Music opened its doors on April 15, 2008.

In addition to many cuts since opening DHM, Dan had the opportunity as an A&R consultant for Broken Bow Records from 2009 to 2010 working closely with owner Benny Brown searching for songs for the label’s artists including Jason Aldean and Ash Bowers

Dan has successfully placed songs on albums generating over 10 million units in sales throughout his career. Among those songs are the hits “Where Would You Be” by Martina McBride and “I’m A Survivor” by Reba McEntire, which became the theme song for her hit television show, Reba.

He was also responsible for pairing artist Rachel Proctor with songwriter Chris Tompkins for cowriting, resulting in Rachel’s hit single and video “Me and Emily.” Dan Hodges Music, LLC. enjoyed success with Billy Currington’s ASCAP 2008 Country Song of the Year and 3 week #1 “Good Directions” and songs recorded by Keith Urban, Chris Young, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Lila McCann, Blaine Larsen, Kenny Rogers, The Isaacs, Carmen Rasmusen, Andy Griggs, Buddy Jewell, Jill King, Little Texas, Dianna Corcoran (Sony, Australia), Jill Johnson (Lionheart Records, Sweden), Swedish Pop artist “The Gentlemen”, Katharine McPhee(American Idol finalist), Pinmonkey and Marie Osmond, as well as two songs on Martina McBride’s “Waking Up Laughing” album which is certified Gold.

As a result of Dan’s efforts, other songs have been recorded by George Jones, Randy Houser, Buddy Jewell, Clay Walker, Colin Raye, Jeff Bates, Dean Brody, Blake Wise, Lauren Lucas, Tracy Lawrence, Ricky Van Shelton, Doug Stone, John Anderson, South 65, Keith Harling, Chad Brock, Shannon Brown, and Mark Chesnutt.

Bobby Golomboski
One of a kind Nashville based Syndicated Country Music Radio Personality Robert “The Iceman” Golomboski, The last man standing in the world of Throwback Radio Personalities, has aired a number of artists early in their careers before they broke into the mainstream.

Kane Brown, Chris Stapleton, Maddie & Tae, LoCash, Old Dominion, Luke Combs and Kelsea Ballerini are just a handful of artists he has advocated for before their big break. This is why The Iceman is the go to person and hailed as “The Man with The Golden Ears” for the bringing the best new and upcoming new country music artists to the forefront well before they get their big break.

The Iceman is a quick witted and funny radio superstar with a one of a kind voice who takes the old school radio personality approach, where the Radio host ran the show, picked the music he played during his show, made it entertaining, and held the listeners.

The Iceman fell in love with radio in the 70s, listening to top-40 hits on his local Providence station JB105 and following the syndicated shows of Wolfman Jack, his idol and Casey Kasem. The Iceman has quickly made a meteoric rise in the Country music scene while gaining Country Music’s respect and international acclaim.

His goal every show is be the best and play the best music, keep the listeners laughing and entertained, and have fun. That’s what he says makes for a first-rate radio show! The Iceman recently joined a POWERHOUSE weekend show line up which includes The Bobby Bones Show & award-winning National Crook and Chase Countdown show on the HOTTEST FM Country station in Southern California and the Flagship station for his Syndicated Prime Time with The Iceman show, Kix Hot Country 96.3 and 92.1 FM.

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