NRS Series 1 Prelim 3

We had another great round of Nashville Rising Song! We had a packed house and many great songs were shared! 32 songwriters attended, and we had 21 songwriters share their song. We had over 3000 views our live stream over on our Facebook Page.

The winners of Nashville Rising Song Series 1 Prelim #3. From left to right, Keith Mohr (NRS Creator/Director), Justin Bryan (audience winner), Lauren Anderson (judges winner), Larry Cox (music industry judge) and Mark Barnowski (music industry judge)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 3:

1- Jenny Teator
2- Blake Esse
3- Laura Short
4- Leah Burns
5- Deborah Hale
6- Sam Duquette
7- Zachary Henard
8- Jessica Yellowitz
9- David Upton
10- Friday James
11- Dalton Black
12- Lilian Glanton
13- Tyler Brent
14- Lauren Anderson
15- Eric Golden
16- Nolen Miller
17- Justin Bryan
18- Jackson Wells
19- Kathy Ashworth
20- Nolan Brown
21- Joseph Dissmore


Justin Bryan (Audience Winner)
Lauren Anderson (Judges Winner)

Justin and Lauren 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.


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 now the acting membership Director at TSAI.


Larry Cox
Larry is a former L.A.-based songwriter, producer, publisher and artist manager, who moved to Nashville about 4 years ago. His work spans Country, Pop, R&B, dance, alt-rock, classic rock, folk, gospel and jazz.

Larry has worked directly, or behind the scenes with, industry giants such as Guns ‘N Roses, Robert Palmer, Don Was, The Call, Vanessa Williams, U2 and others. His song “Wanted Man” just aired yesterday on the multi-Emmy nominated Netflix show “Grace & Frankie.” He also mentored EDM artist & D.J. Dave Aude (pronounced Auday), who won a Grammy for his remix of Bruno Mars’ hit single “Uptown Saturday Night Funk.”

Larry’s songs have been recorded by artists on Island, RCA, Motown, Atlantic, MCA and Capitol labels. He began his career by winning 69 songwriting awards in the American Song Festival. He later produced demos for Kenny Rogers and Kin Vassey at the famed Lion’s Share Studios, where “We Are the World” was mixed, as well as for Lorimar studios and others.

Larry’s always looking for new talent to write with, produce or manage.


Watch a video of the songwriters below.