NRS Series 4 Prelim 1

We had a killer start to Nashville Rising Song Series 4 at Nashville Underground! What a great venue! Not only does it look great, it sounds great and there is plenty of room for songwriters and attendees. We had a great turnout with 31 songwriters checked in. We had 21 share their songs, and we heard many fantastic songs!

From left to right, Shawn Davis (music industry judge), Eric Shawn Carnes (NRS emcee), Jamie Saylor (Music industry winner), Mandy Pennington (audience winner), Logan Crowell (music industry judge), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director).

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 1:

1- Dalton Black
2- Patrick Miller
3- Gary Howard
4- Rhonda Funk
5- Kathy Von broembsen
6- Mandy Pennington
7- Joseph Cartolano
8- Vanessa Dawn Rogers
9- Samantha Rae Duquette
10- Aaron Hudgins
11- Kristin Grice
12- Charles Jeter
13- Adam Craw
14- Salina Solomon
15- Joe Dziezgowski
16- Kristi Hoopes
17- Drea Gordon
18- Shawna Ray
19- Michael Keys
20- Jamie Saylor
21- Chris Perrine


Mandy Pennington (Audience Winner)
Jamie Saylor (Judges Winner)

Mandy and Jamie will come back and join 18 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 7PM at Nashville Underground. The finals will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7PM at Nashville Underground.


Logan Crowell is the Founder and President of Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME), a creative incubator and coworking space for musicians, producers, and entrepreneurs.

Logan spent years developing his craft as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist. When he moved to Nashville in 2015 to study music business at Belmont University, he began to see opportunities for innovation in the industry. He’s since devoted his life to rethinking artist development by creating new business models while wearing hats as a producer, manager, talent buyer, and festival promoter.

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Shawn Davis has forged his own unique path as a music industry professional, combining his knowledge and experience as a touring musician, songwriter and business executive. His father was also in the music business, having pivotal roles in developing and managing the careers of Def Leopard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon, Aerosmith and many of today’s most successful recording artists.

Proving his diversity, Shawn became a player and writer for all genres, touring extensively throughout the US and working with many artists that includes Michael Tait, Shakira, Michael W. Smith, Dashboard Confessional and many others. Tapping into the production world, he assisted Ira Blonder at the Sound Kitchen and Jessica Altman at the New York City Sound Lab on various projects.

Davis was also a business major at Belmont University, but his passion to continue doing music full time is what drove him. After living in Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver and New York, he has made Nashville his home, immersing himself in the music community and establishing valuable relationships.

He now works with Shawn Carnes developing and managing songwriters, artists and producers at Nashville Underground Management.

Learn more at: NU.Management

Watch the performances of all songwriters who competed at this round below: