NRS Series 3 Finals

What a fantastic finish to a great series 3 we had at Tin Roof/Demonbruen! Our 4 finalists each performed a 4 song set to a packed house and thousands watching our live stream! In the end, only 1 song would be crowned the winner, and that went to Rob Carona, with his catchy R&B/pop song called “Matches.”

Rob won some incredible prizes, including a beautiful Gretsch Acoustic Electric Guitar, an invite to perform at the Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival, A song production from Jason Wyatt of Nashville Artist Development, a 3 year membership to Tennessee Songwriters Association International, A 1 year membership and $100 cash from Global Songwriters Connection, A great discount to the next Nashville Cool songwriter retreat, 4 intensive guitar lessons from Dave Isaacs of “Nashville Guitar Guru”, $50 cash and a song co-write with Sandy Ramos of “The Song Tuner.”

Watch Rob Carona performing his winning song below.

From left to right, David Browning (music industry judge), Dave Isaacs (music industry judge), Shawn Carnes (music industry judge), Rob Carona (grand prize winner), Sheree Spoltore (music industry judge), Jason Wyatt (music industry judge), Mark Barnowski (music industry judge), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director).

Watch our Finalists Sets below:

Jeffrey Wayne

Taylor Gayle

Rob Carona

Brandy Neelly

Grand Prize Winner:
Rob Carona

David Browning
Producer/Programmer/Songwriter David Browning has been an active force in the professional music scene for two decades. Starting his professional career as a touring keyboardist, David traveled with many of Christian music’s top artists, including Avalon, Natalie Grant, Greg Long, Michael English, Billy Graham Ministries, Tony Vincent, Al Denson, Joel Osteen Ministries, Lisa Bevill and Beyond The Blue.

Progressing further as a songwriter and producer, David worked with many renowned artists, including the infamous “Christian years” with Katy Perry, Amy Grant, Ce Ce Winans, Jump 5 and Japanese sensation JP Lam, as well as broadcast production work for NFLʼs Monday Night Football and Pro Bowl, ESPN and others.

David has also worked remotely with talented greats such as Neal Schon (Journey), Mickey Thomas (Starship), Dez Dickerson (Prince), soul diva Linda Clifford and platinum- selling country great Paul Brandt, and side-by-side with songwriting and production moguls Diane Warren, John Bettis, Dennis Matkosky, Keith Thomas, Peter Zizzo, Ric Wake, Brett James, Martin Briley and James Slater.

David is also the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer and head of A&R for Crowd Music, a new distribution/promotion company based here in Nashville.

Crowd Music pays Music Creators FAR MORE than any other platform for the songs they release exclusively through Crowd, and gives them more powerful exposure from a new fanbase that is financially incentivized to tell others about them. Crowd Music is the future of Music!

Dave Isaacs
Dave Isaacs is known around Music City USA as the “Guitar Guru of Music Row”. The New York native has called Nashville home since 2005, and has built a reputation as an ace guitarist and top teacher, mentor, and musical coach. Over the course of a twenty-five year performing career, Dave has played on stages from Nashville’s world-famous listening room the Bluebird Café to the Woodstock Reunion at Yasgur’s Farm. He has played the blues with Les Paul and performed on classical guitar at New York’s venerable Riverside Church.
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Sheree Spoltore
Sheree is the founder/CEO of Global Songwriter Connection. She is a music industry veteran who is internationally known as a song champion.

Sheree gained extensive experience working in various industry roles, including as a song plugger, a staff writer, and several management roles. She has worked side-by-side with music industry legends, such as Barbara Orbison, wife of the late Roy Orbison, Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the classic Johnny Cash hit “Ring of Fire;” and Hank Williams, Jr.

Sheree’ was the National Membership Director and Assistant Executive Director of Membership for the world’s largest songwriters association, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

Sheree’ has worked with Grammy award-winning hit songwriters, producers, label executives, creative directors, artist managers, publishers, and many other industry professionals.

Sheree’ was recognized as one of Nashville’s top Community Role Models in the Nashville Scene’s Best of Awards 2013 and also received the WMBA Ambassador Award.

Sheree now focuses her time directing her Global Songwriters Connection organization and serving songwriters and artists worldwide.
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Jason Wyatt
Jason is a music producer/songwriter and the first grand prize winner of Nashville Rising Song! Jason went on to be the lead singer of the ACM Top 40 band, “The Lost Trailers” and is now the CEO of Nashville Artist Development. He produced and wrote 2 of the songs on the debut EP for the group “Sweet Tea Trio” and was instrumental in them signing a management deal with Kid Rock and Ken Levitan (Vector Management). Kid and Jason are currently working on STT new project.
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Shawn Carnes
Shawn is the CEO of Nashville Underground Management. Shawn 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.

One of Shawn’s management clients, Steven Batty recently hit #1 with a song he co-wrote and produced, “One Number Away” that was cut by Luke Combs!!

Shawn signed one of our 4 finalists from our last series, Cole Burkett, who recently recorded some of his songs with multi-platinum and Grammy award winning producer, Kenneth Babyface Edmunds.
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Mark Barnowski
Mark Edwards 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 the membership Director at TSAI.
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Watch all 4 songwriters perform their 4 song set below.

Check out pics taken at the event below.