NRS Series 3 Prelim 5

We had another fantastic prelim round 5 of Nashville Rising Song Series 3. We had 23 songwriters come out, and all who showed up were able to share their song. We normally have 21, but we figured why not! We again had a strong group of songwriters at this round!

The winners of Nashville Rising Song Series 3 Prelim 5. From left to right, Ren Renfree (music industry judge) Andi Renfree (music industry judge) Muddy Grove (audience winner), Rob Carona (music industry judge winner), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director).

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 5:

1- Celeste Martinez
2- Adam Craw
3- Dawson Neal
4- Brett Penington
5- Angela Meza
6- Chuck Richard
7- Emily Frances
8- Buck Westmoreland
9- El Cameroon
10- Jessie Jordan
11- Jess LaCoy
12- Kevin Olson
13- Nick Launikitis
14- Sidney Bryant
15- Kason Lester
16- Rob Carona
17- Nicole Zadok
18- Alex Smith
19- Meet the Seavers
20- Timothy Kelly
21- Muddy Grove
22- Frank Giovetti
23- Apollo Loomis


Muddy Grove (Audience Winner)
Rob Carona (Judges Winner)

Muddy Grove and Rob will come back and join 18 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Monday, November 12, 2018 at Tin Roof Midtown. The finals will be held Monday, November 19, 2018 at Tin Roof Midtown.


Andi is a Performing Singer/Songwriter with an amazing conceptual and creative base for songwriting. Primarily a lyricist, she is also quite adept at top-line melody creation. She has had over 40 song placements, She was nominated for Female Vocalist of the year in the Texas Music Awards.

Andi is also former founding member of the award winning Texas vocal trio 2-Bit Palomino (2011 & 2013 Texas Vocal Group of the Year).

Ren is a Performing Singer/Songwriter and Producer/Engineer. Ren owned Studio Orange, in Southern California and trained under Disney Master Engineer, Don Dorsey. He has worked on numerous projects and his engineering credits include Stevie Wonder and Kenny Loggins, just to name a few.

He has also had nearly 40 song placements. Andi and Ren, together, penned the “Roots Americana Radio Chart” single “97 Acres” along with many songs on 2-Bit Palomino’s #5 Roots Americana Record “Things I Dream About”.

Together, Andi and Ren own AREN Creative, since 2008, a complete artist services company offering a one stop approach to musical production and artist development services.

Currently “The Renfrees” have a new CD Release entitled, “Drive By Town”

They have partnered with Blue Eclipse Films to offer live audio/video recording as well as cinematic video production…

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