We had a great round at Prelim 9 of Nashville Rising Song Series 2. We had a packed house and great songs were shared! 41 songwriters came out, and we randomly selected 21 plus an extra bonus round of 3 more writers to share their song. We again had a strong group of songwriters at this round! We had almost 4000 views our live stream over on our Facebook Page.

Winners of Nashville Rising Song Series 2 Prelim Round 9. From left to right, Mason Douglas (music industry judge), Nancy Deckant (music industry judge), Greg Pope (music industry judges alternative winner), Patrick O’Connor (music industry and audience winner), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 9:

1- Alex Marie Brinkley
2- Denny Kleibs
3- Frankie Record
4- Callie Rae
5- Greg Pope
6- Billy Kelley
7- Ed Cawthon
8- Jesse James Landers
9- Ron Baker
10- Patrick O’Connor
11- Derrick Ryan
12- Jim Starks
13- Jake Hebert
14- Tommy O’Keeffe
15- Joshua Hunt
16- Adam Craw
17- Jacob Melton
18- Alex Smith
19- Krystal Polychronis
20- Luis Echeverria (Slice)
21- Ben Anderson
22- Russ Lacasse
23- Tom Cunningham
24- Sean Harshaw


Patrick O’Connor (Judges & Audience Winner)
Greg Pope (Judges Alternate Winner)

Patrick and Greg 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.


Mason Douglas is a veteran artist and songwriter, spending the last decade as a staff writer and working with the likes of Sam Hunt, Kid Rock, Dylan Scott, Old Dominion and the Swon Brothers. As an artist, Mason has released a number of albums, most recently his self-produced and self-written EP, Journeyman (available wherever digital media is available…and out of his trunk) and has had the fortune share stages with Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, Jewel, and even a stage with Garth Brooks himself. Mason is also an author, with his bestselling Nashville guide book, “Now You Know Nashville”…and a second book soon to be released called “Secret Nashville”.
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Nancy is the creator of “Nashville Cool, resource for songwriters that includes connections, songwriting retreats and much more! Nancy is also a staff writer and Senior Creative Director at Riser Music, a publishing company in Nashville. She is a member of the Music Row Songpluggers 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, Smokey 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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Watch a replay of the round Here: