We had an awesome Prelim 5 round of Nashville Rising Song Series 2. We had a packed house and great songs were shared! 30 songwriters came out, and we randomly selected 21 to share their song. We again had a strong group of songwriters at this round! We had over 3000 views our live stream over on our Facebook Page. We learned that Steven Batty, a Grammy award winning songwriter who just hit #1 with his song, “One Number Away” and was cut by Luke Combs, was at Tin Roof watching the round. How cool is that!

Nashville Rising Song Series 2 Prelim 5 Winners. From left to right, Roselyne T. Mulahi (Music Industry Judge), Nick Hanson (Audience Winners), Taylor Gayle (Music Industry Judges Winner), Shawn Carnes (Music Industry Judge), Keith Mohr (NRS Creator/Director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 5:

1- Ed Cawthon
2- Clare Cunningham
3- Doug Allen
4- Joseph Dissmore
5- Christine Mayhew
6- John Thompson
7- Haystack Slim
8- Taylon Hope
9- Effron White
10- Emma Ohm
11- Kamryn Palmer
12- Suzanne Harper
13- Nate Diruzza
14- Taylor Gayle
15- Shae Taylor
16- Nick Hanson
17- Jesse Brady
18- Zachary Henard
19- Michael Rey
20- Kevin Turcovsky
21- Chris Hurst


Nick Hanson (Audience Winner)
Taylor Gayle (Judges Winner)

Nick and Taylor 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.


Shawn is the founder of Nashville Underground Radio and NU Artist Management and co-founder of Nashville Underground Entertainment.

Shawn Carnes is a creative/A&R professional who has worked with the most relevant people in the music industry as an artist manager, publicist and consultant. He has held an artist relations position with the Chameleon/Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group, working with notable producers like Max Martin, Dallas Austin, Timbaland, Sandy Vee and Sean Garrett, who have written for Britney Spears, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, TLC, Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj.

Shawn is a successful songwriter (Gretchen Wilson, Tommy Sims, Bekka Bramlett), a creative consultant and music/media specialist.

Most recently he assists with casting for the TV show “The Voice” (seasons 11-15, bringing 4 top 10 finalists and season 13 winner Chloe Kohanski on the show) and is currently working in artist management.

His passion to evolve, create and work with compelling artists is what will cause him to stand out as a “hands on” music executive.

One of Shawn’s management clients, Steven Batty just hit #1 with his song, “One Number Away” that was cut by Luke Combs!!

Shawns eye and ear for talent is impeccable, bringing artists to the forefront that not only have something to say, but also have longevity in an ever changing industry.

Roselyne T. Mulahi
Roselyn is the host of the show “Hot Air” on 103.7FM. She features the best music!

Watch a replay of the round Here