NRS Series 1 Prelim 8

We had another great turnout for Prelim 8! 40 songwriters came out to compete, and 21 performed their song live in front of a packed house at Tin Roof and over 4000 watching our Live Stream! We heard many great songs, and even had an 14 year old compete and they won the Music Judges Winner.

The winners of Nashville Rising Song Series 1 Prelim Round 8. From left to right, Nancy Deckant (Music Industry Judge), Dusty Alexander (Audience Winner), Landon Wall (Music Industry Judges Winner), Keith Mohr (NRS Creator/Director), Austin Evans (Music Industry Winner)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 7:

1- Josh Oaks
2- Devon Hammock
3- Ed Cawthon
4- Dusty Alexander
5- Angel Water
6- Mike Riley
7- Brian Howell
8- Jessie Jordan
9- Scott Hampton
10- Landon Wall
11- Heather Richardson
12- Mack Burke
13- David Hammock
14- Mandy McMillan
15- Billy Kelley
16- Donagh and Burnelle
17- Patrick Cole
18- Donald Thomas
19- Haystack Slim
20- Kristen Flanagan
21- Jonathan Pierce


Dusty Alexander (Audience Winner)
Landon Wall (Judges Winner)

Dusty and Landon 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.


Nancy Deckant

Creator of “Nashville Cool, a weekend retreat near Nashville where 6 fortunate songwriters have serious facetime with 3 hit songwriters, plus a music industry pro. Their next retreat is being held April 13-15. Songwriters, to submit your application, go to or speak with Nancy tonight!

Nancy is 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, Smoky 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! We’ll tell you about them later. and


Austin is the owner of Nashville’s only 24-hour songwriting space, The Workshop. For two years, The Workshop has taken its place on Music Row and provided songwriters a place to meet and write anytime, day or night.

The Workshop also offers members a chance to participate in weekly Facebook Live showcases, monthly songwriter rounds and networking events, and even provides a television and movie song pitch service called Sync or Swim.

Austin is an accomplished songwriter in his own right, having singles with the band Radio Romance (Won NashNext recently signed with Big Machine) as well as “Headlights” by new artist Filmore which was featured at the Stagecoach music festival and has surpassed 1 million plays on Spotify.

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