NRS Series 1 Prelim 7

We had another great turnout for Prelim 7! 31 songwriters came out to compete, and 21 performed their song live in front of a packed house at Tin Roof and over 3500 watching our Live Stream! We heard many great songs, and even had an 11 year old compete and sing her song. (It was very good btw!) We also had a songwriter all the way from Sweden compete, Joacim Müllo!

Winners of Nashville Rising Song Series 1 Prelim Round #7. From left to right, Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director), Robert Carter (Audience Winner), Darrell Rae (Music Industry Judges Winner), Sher Ross (Music Industry Judge), James Lugo (Music Industry Judge)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 6:

1- Joacim Müllo
2- Kodey Brims
3- Shane Henderson
4- Brandon Brindley
5- John Hollier
6- Robert Carter
7- Michael Rey
8- Steven David
9- Tyler Deaver
10- Mackimlee Burke
11- Billy Kelley
12- Jess LaCoy
13- Matt Seiple
14- Darrell Rae
15- Cassandra Mitchell
16- Jenny Konnecker
17- Morgan Johnston
18- Doug Allen
19- Emily Bronzini
20- Karen Hardy
21- JC Skeen


Robert Carter (Audience Winner)
Darrell Rae (Judges Winner)

Robert and Darrell 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.


Sher Ross is the creative force behind the newest music artist management and artist development company in Nashville, “Last Train Home Nashville”. Born in Hollywood and raised around music, Sher has always had a knack for discovering and working with amazing talent.

Sher worked for Softdrive Records in Los Angeles where she was an A&R rep. The label was owned by the late Scott Weiland. (Stone Temple Pilots lead singer)

Sher loves to guide in the development of the careers of musicians from every stage. Her biggest joy is watching an artist realize their potential and she prides herself on helping them reach that point in their career.

She is currently working with artists from the Voice, and rising stars such as Landon Wall, Courtney Peveler, Taylor Gayle, Ava Paige and many more.

James is a Master Vocal Coach / Record Producer Mixer / Guitarist / Singer / Songwriter, who made his way to Music City by way of Los Angeles in 2015.

James toured for years, playing in LA, Nashville & Austin and wrote countless songs in all genres with many TV and film placements. James also played guitar with the rock band Dokken, and sang in the classic rock band, Nazareth. (Love Hurts)

James was a vocal coach for American Idol for 10 years. His years on screen and behind the scenes with Idol made him a household name in the Hollywood music and vocal coaching scene and landed him on the rosters of almost every major label as a vocal coach and producer, for many people in the industry he was their go-to guy!

James also made a huge change in his life the past few years, shedding over 100 pounds and is now coaching others to regain control over their health and lifestyle.