NRS Series 10 Prelim 9

We had an excellent round with another packed house and great songs shared! We had 22 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 Songwriter Open-Mic Contest Series 10 Prelim #9. From left to right, Chad Jeffers (music industry judge), Mark E Barnowski (music industry judge), Brady Alan Jones (audience winner), Andrew and Samantha (music industry judge winner), Jaylen Colman (VIP manager at Kings), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 9:

1- Matthew Burgess
2- Kara Zack
3- David Alan Loy
4- David Buckner
5- Taylor Gayle
6- Evan Perich
7- Jace Seavers
8- Jamie Hansen
9- Mick Fury
10- Sarah Jones
11- Ava Paige
12- Jackson Wells
13- Brady Alan Jones
14- Derek Gayhart
15- Krista Lynn Meadow
16- Robin Glasco
17- John Thompson
18- Kylie Nicole
19- Ryan Jewell
20- Eric Einhorn
21- Samantha
22- Christine Mayhew


Brady Alan Jones (Audience Winner)
Samantha (Judges Winner)

Brady and Samantha 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


Mark Barnowski– 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. Tennessee Songwriters Association International

Chad Jeffers– is a songwriter, touring musician, author and producer. Chad began his career in the band, Pinmonkey, that he co-founded and was signed to RCA. He then went on to tour with Keith Urban, Kenny Loggins, Jamie O’Neal and many others. In 2007, he started touring with country superstar, Carrie Underwood. In 2008, he authored and published his first book, “25 Notes for the Successful Musician.” When he isn’t in the studio producing other artists or touring the world, he is avidly continuing his passion as a songwriter.

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