Another fantastic round at Prelim 7 of Nashville Rising Song Series 2. We had a packed house and great songs were shared! 27 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 almost 8000 views our live stream over on our Facebook Page.

Nashville Rising Song Series 2 Prelim 7 Winners. From left to right, Larry Cox (music industry judge), James Lugo (music industry judge), George Murtie (music industry judges winner), Reid Shackleford (audience winner). Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 7:

1- Colton Kise
2- Raquel Telfer
3- Derrick Ryan
4- Reid Shackelford
5- Evie Rosenberg
6- Camden West
7- Melvin Briggs
8- Donald Thomas
9- Tammy Sue Taylor
10- Jessie Brady
11- George Murtie
13- Joe Dissmore
14- Nathan DiRuzza
15- Torrie Ballentine
16- Skylar & Sophia
17- Will shackelford
18- Kathy Lazo
19- Artis Greene
20- Iliad Stone
21- Shuba


Reid Shackelford (Audience Winner)
George Murtie (Judges Winner)

Reid and George 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.


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 LA, 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. (Love Hurts)

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.
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Larry is a former L.A.-based songwriter, producer, publisher and artist manager, who moved to Nashville about 4 years ago. His work spans Country, Pop, R&B, dance, alt-rock, classic rock, folk, gospel and jazz.

Larry has worked directly, or behind the scenes with, industry giants such as Guns ‘N Roses, Robert Palmer, Don Was, The Call, Vanessa Williams, U2 and others. His song “Wanted Man” just aired recently on the multi-Emmy nominated Netflix show “Grace & Frankie.” He also mentored EDM artist & D.J. Dave Aude (pronounced Auday), who won a Grammy for his remix of Bruno Mars’ hit single “Uptown Saturday Night Funk.”

Larry’s songs have been recorded by artists on Island, RCA, Motown, Atlantic, MCA and Capitol labels. He began his career by winning 69 songwriting awards in the American Song Festival. He later produced demos for Kenny Rogers and Kin Vassey at the famed Lion’s Share Studios, where “We Are the World” was mixed, as well as for Lorimar studios and others.

Larry’s always looking for new talent to write with, produce or manage.

Watch a replay of the round Here: