NRS Series 1 Prelim 1

We had an excellent first round at our new venue, Tin Roof. We had a packed house and great songs were shared! We had 29 songwriters come out, and we had 21 songwriters share their song. We again had a strong group of songwriters at this round! We had over 5000 views our live stream over on our Facebook Page.

Winners of Nashville Rising Song Series 1 Prelim Round #1. From left to right, Keith Mohr (NRS Creator/Director), Nancy Deckant (Industry Judge), Brody Ray (Audience Winner), Sarah Fortsch (Industry Winner), Scot Sax (Industry Judge)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 1:

1- Sami Jo
2- Jason VanNatten
3- Pablo
4- John Tucker
5- Michael Cottrell
6- Lacey Caroline
7- Jerr Grunn
8- Jeff Brockmeyer
9- Scotty Nicol
10- David Brendan Hunt
11- Jim Westmoreland
12- Nic Amend
13- Sarah Fortsch
14- Leah Burns
15- Olivia Pierce
16- Brody Ray
17- John Dibattista
18- Lori Kelley
19- Steven Leonard
20- Mike LaBo
21- Joey Hendricks


Brody Ray (Audience Winner)
Sarah Fortsch (Judges Winner)

Brody and Sarah will come back and join 18 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Monday, March 19, 2018 at Tin Roof Midtown. The finals will be held Monday, March 26, 2017 at Tin Roof Midtown.


Scot is a Grammy award winning songwriter, penning the song “Like We Never Loved at All” for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Scot’s song “I Am the Summertime,” was featured in the blockbuster film “American Pie.” And he’s netted countless TV credits with song placements in shows like “Ghost Whisperer,” “NCIS,” “CSI: NY” and “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Sax found success writing for artists like Jason Mraz, Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block and Jennifer Love-Hewitt through a publishing deal in Los Angeles.
Scot was also in the band “Wanderlust” and “Feel”. His bands have toured with Collective Soul and opened for The Who. Sax IS Mr. Chocolate on his latest rock and roll album that features Wilco-drummer Ken Coomer, Bob Dylan’s longtime live guitarist John Jackson and Phil D’Agostino. and

Nancy Deckant
Nancy is creator of “Nashville Cool, a brand new resource for songwriters that includes connections, songwriter retreats and much more! Their first hit songwriter invitational retreat is being held this month, Jan 19-21 with writers Dave Pahanish, Victoria Banks, Joel Shemake and Warner A&R exec Stephanie Davenport.
Nancy is also a staff writer and Senior Creative Director at Riser Music, a publishing company in Nashville.
She is a member of the Music Row Song pluggers group and represents the music of numerous hit songwriters.
In 2016, Nancy became a member of an elite group of songwriters when her song “We Are The Stars”, won first place for the Pop Category in the prestigious Indie International Songwriters Competition.
Nancy spent 8 years as NSAI Workshop Coordinator, evaluating countless songs and encouraging songwriters on their journey in music. She has played at Songwriter Festivals including Tin Pan South, Smokey Mountain Songwriter Festival and Frank Brown. Prior to moving to Nashville, Nancy spent 10 years in bands and has opened for Craig Morgan, Brett Eldridge and George Jones.
Nancy is providing some great prizes to our winners! and


Watch a video of the songwriters below.