NRS Series 10 Prelim 7

We had an excellent round with another packed house and great songs shared! We had 15 songwriters come out and we had a strong group of songwriters at this round! We had over 2500 views our live stream over on our Facebook Page.

The winners of Nashville Rising Star Open-Mic Contest Series 10 Prelim #7. From left to right, Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director). Billy Smiley (music industry judge). Alyssa Lynn (audience winner), Chip Phillips (music industry judges winner), James Lugo (music industry judge winner), Jason Fowler (music industry judge(, Jaylen Colman (VIP manager of Kings)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 7:

1- Jonathan Williams
2- Faith Bolt
3- JC Morrissey
4- Jodi Doidge
5- Chip Phillips
6- Sierra Cassidy
7- Jace Seavers
8- Whitney Merritt
9- John Thompson
10- Alyssa Lynn
11- Zachary Henard
12- Robin Glasco
13- Steel Ivory
14- Dustin Spears
15- Eric Einhorn


Alyssa Lynn (Audience Winner)
Chip Phillips (Judges Winner)

Alyssa and Chip will come back and join 18 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Kings Bowl- The Whiskey Room Live. The finals will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Kings Bowl- The Whiskey Room Live


James Lugo
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 Los Angeles, 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.

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. Way to go James!

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Billy Smiley
Billy is a music producer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known for being one of the core members of the Christian rock band White Heart. He was the band’s’ guitarist, vocalist, and one of the main songwriters since 1982.

Billy also helped A&R, discover, develop, produce, and/or write for such artists as The Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Susan Ashton, The Normals, Aaron Shust, Margaret Becker, Clay Aiken, Johnny Cash, Petra, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Geoff Moore and the Distance, Rachel Rachel, The Gaither Vocal Band, 4 Him, and Michael English.

As a songwriter for Curb, Sparrow, BMG, Warner/Word, and Brentwood/Benson Billy has co-written 25 no. 1 songs, and over 50 top 10 songs.

Billy has 5 Grammy Award Nominations, 27 Dove Award Nominations, GMA Songwriter of the Year. Received Soul 2 Soul Honors Award 2006. White Heart was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame 2010.

Billy continues to develop and produce talent here in Music City, and has a new band, The Union of Sinners and Saints, with members of Petra and White Heart.

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