NRS Series 4 Prelim 10

We had a fantastic Prelim Round 10 at Nashville Underground. 50 songwriters came out and 30 shared their songs, 9 more than usual, but we wanted to reward the songwriters for coming out and get more on stage. We heard many well written songs as usual!

The music industry judges winner from Nashville Rising Song Series 4 Prelim 10. From left to right, Kevin McCarty (music industry judge), Nikki Morgan (music industry judges winner), Sean Carnes (emcee), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Preliminary Round 10 Songwriters:

1- Zach Allen
2- Ashlynne Grey
3- Joey Dee
4- Cason Simmons
5- Alex Barnes
6- Ian Johnston
7- Brandt Carmichael
8- Marigrace Dineen
9- Josh Gibbs
10- Bryan Livaudais
11- Aaron Rodriguez
12- Rick Ryman
13- Teddy Wyler
14- Lucci
15- Josh Sallo
16- Ryan Clark
17- Alivia McKenna
18- Kevin Cory
19- Steve Spurgeon
20- Steel Ivory
21- Matthew Sean
22- Hannah Beale
23- Jericho
24- The Band Kris
25- Nikki Morgan
26- Wyatt Lautt
27- Drew Davidsen
28- Stephen Tolley
29- Sam Rhoads
30- Jeff Hamrick

TOP 3 Music Industry Judges Picks
Sam Rhoads, Nikki Morgan, Jeff Hamrick

Watch a featured round with our Top 3 Picks Here

Nikki Morgan (Judges Winner)
Brandt Carmichael AND Wyatt Lautt (Audience Winner) See our announcement why there were 2 audience winners HERE

Nikki, Brandt & Wyatt 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.


Kevin McCarty is a music-tech entrepreneur and is currently the CEO & Co-founder of the songwriter app – We Should Write Sometime. Kevin moved to Nashville in August 2015 to pursue his dream of an entrepreneurial career by combining his true love of the music industry and technology.

Playing guitar since he was a teenager and in a band called “RumRunners” throughout college at Miami University of Ohio, he has an incredible passion for the music industry and songwriters.

He was also was the sidekick on the podcast, “Nashville Hits Collecting Dust” with his good friend Donald Jenkins, where they interviewed musicians and songwriters such as Carly Pearce, Logan Mize, Muscadine Bloodline, Canaan Cox, Smithfield, and many others about their journey in the music industry.
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Richard Casper is a United States Marine Veteran, Purple Heart recipient, Artist, Songwriter, and Entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of CreatiVets, a non-profit that provides art, music, and songwriting programs for combat veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

He is also the co-founder of two music companies, Caspar and We Should Write Sometime. As a songwriter, Richard has had 38 placements in Film, Television, and Commercials.

Richard was named one of TIME magazines Next Generation Leaders, is the feature of TIME’s documentary Evidence of Things Unseen, and recognized by President George W. Bush and The Bush Institute for his passion and work helping combat veterans tell their stories through songwriting. He was one of thirty-three scholars chosen to be in Presidents Bush’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program.

Richard is a keynote speaker, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He resides in Nashville TN with his wife Ashley and dog Bentley.
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See all 24 performances from this round below: