NRS Series 2 Prelim 3

We had an awesome Prelim 3 round of Nashville Rising Song Series 2. We had a packed house and great songs were shared! 31 songwriters come out, and we randomly selected 21 to share their song. We again had a strong group of songwriters at this round! We had over 2000 views our live stream over on our Facebook Page.

Nashville Rising Song Series 2 Prelim 2 Winners. From left to right, Zac & George (Audience Winners) Nancy Deckant (Industry Judge) Willow Hill (Industry Winners), Jim Frazier (Industry Judge), Keith Mohr (NRS Creator/Director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 3:

1-Joseph Dissmore
2-Clay Shelburn
3- David Alan Loy
5- Sara Petite
6- Eli Kirk
7- Adam Baswell
8- Courtney Wite
9- Effron White
10- Andrew Velez
11- Tiffany Hernandez
12- Jimmy Hazelwood
13- Willow Hill
14- Taylor Gayle
15- Skeeter Biscuit
16- Joe Kaser
17- Julie Williams
18- Christian Childers
19- Justin Love
20- Zac & George
21- Ethan Lucas


Zac & George (Audience Winner)
Willow Hill (Judges Winner)

Zac & George and Willow Hill will come back and join 18 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Monday, July 16, 2018 at Tin Roof Midtown. The finals will be held Monday, July 23, 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.

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Jim Frazier
Jim is a Multi-Instrumentalist/Producer/Engineer and Arranger and owner of B-Side Productions.

Jim has been working in Nashville since 1989.

Jim has produced artists and projects for labels such as Curb, Word Entertainment, and Sony, as well as many of the largest publishing companies, Sony/Tree, BMG, and EMI. Jim has enjoyed working in the studio with artists such as Brad Paisley, SheDaisy, Jim Brickman, Joy Williams (Civil Wars), Phil Keaggy and many more

Jim also produced music for television, having music used on Undercover Boss, Sons Of Guns, Guys Grocery Games, America’s Top Model, MTV, Wild Celebrity Wife Swap, among many others, as well as national commercials.

Jim plays with the best Nashville area bands like The Eaglemaniacs, 12 Against Nature, Make Me Smile, Live From Ventura Boulevard, Reunion -A Tribute To The 70’s, as well as his own bands, Soul Confidant, Sam & Jim, and Jim is a founding member of the Toto tribute band, “Child’s Anthem”
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Watch a replay of the round here: