NRS Series 1 Prelim 2

We had another great round of Nashville Rising Song! In spite of a doom and gloom weather forecast of snowpocalypse proportions that kept some songwriters home, we had a packed house and many great songs were shared! We had 32 songwriters, and we had 21 songwriters share their song. We had over 2000 views our live stream over on our Facebook Page.

The winners of Nashville Rising Song Series 1 Prelim #2. From left to right, Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director), John Thompson (music industry judge winner), Buck Westmoreland (audience winner), Andi and Ren Renfree (music industry judges)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 2:

1- Evan Perich
2- C4
3- Buck Westermoreland
4- Kelli Johnson
5- Jakob Miller
6- Lori Kelley
7- Phil Hahn
8- Raquel Telfer
9- Tyler Brent
10- Tatiana Lima
11- Will Taylor
12- Zach Laas
13- Rob Higginbotham
14- Savage
15- Jason VanNatten
16- Jim Martin
17- John Thompson
18- Mikkel Chandler
19- Karina Daza
20- Ali Henderson
21- Matt Burhans


Buck Westermoreland (Audience Winner)
John Thompson (Judges Winner)

Buck and John 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.


Andi Renfree
Andi is a Performing Singer/Songwriter with an amazing conceptual and creative base for songwriting. Primarily a lyricist, she is also quite adept at top-line melody creation. She has had over 40 song placements, including “The Buffalo Grass” (co-written with Willie McCullough and Clay Canfield) which was recorded by the late Chris LeDoux on his “Horsepower” CD on Capitol Records. She was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2011 Texas Music Awards.

Andi is also former founding member of the award winning Texas vocal trio 2-Bit Palomino (2011 & 2013 Texas Vocal Group of the Year) and Currently with Renfree Isaacs. Their new CD was recently released and they have a song impacting radio now.

Ren Renfree
Ren is a Performing Singer/Songwriter and Producer/Engineer. Ren owned Studio Orange, in Southern California (mid 1980’s) and trained under Disney Master Engineer, Don Dorsey. He has worked on numerous projects and his engineering credits include Stevie Wonder and Kenny Loggins, just to name a few.

He has also had nearly 40 song placements. Ren is more of a top-line melodist but is quite adept at crafting a great hook and creative lyrics. Andi and Ren, together, penned the “Roots Americana Radio Chart” single “97 Acres” along with many songs on 2-Bit Palomino’s #5 Roots Americana Record (2015) “Things I Dream About”.

Ren is also an accomplished Singer/Songwriter performing as a founding member of award winning Texas vocal trio 2-Bit Palomino (2011 and 2013 Texas Vocal Group of the Year) and currently with Renfree Isaacs (signed to PuffBunny Records). Ren is also producing, Engineering and doing A&R for Puffbunny.

Together, Andi and Ren own AREN Creative, since 2008, a complete artist services company offering a one stop approach to musical production and artist development services.
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Watch a video of the songwriters below.