What a great night we had at Prelim Round 4. Over 35 songwriters signed up, and we selected 21 by random drawing to share their song in front of a packed house, thousands of people watching online, and 2 heavyweight music industry judges! We felt it was a very strong round, with multiple songs that were quite good! The talent bar keeps getting raised at Nashville Rising Star!
Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 4:
1. JoDelle Steele
2. Randy Lee Gandy
3. Jessica Brant
4. Taylor Whittaker
5. Adam Rhodes
6. Mo Howard
7. Katie Harrah
8. Micah LeAnn
9. Bethany Pedigo
10. Adam Bruno
11. Heidi Jean
12. Clyde Neal
13. Tara Porter
14. Jess Helft
15. Nelson Moore
16. Regan Stewart
17. Christine Harazim
18. Shan Scott
20. Bryan Michael
21. Joe Hash
Micah LeAnn (Audience)
Adam Bruno (Industry)
Micah and Adam will come back and join 12 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Wild Wing Cafe. The finals will be held Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Wild Wing Cafe.
Music Industry Judges
Mark Jones- Mark’s career in the entertainment industry has taking him from musician, artist, and songwriter to agent, talent buyer, and manager. Upon graduating from the renowned Berklee College of Music, he toured as a jazz guitarist and vocalist before moving into the major label pop world as an artist on EPIC and later Capitol records with the MTV award winning group NEW MAN. Between record deals he worked as a talent buyer and then agent booking national and regional acts into clubs and colleges across New England.
In 1990 he was invited to join the iconic country pop group EXILE as they joined the newly established ARISTA Nashville records label. A string of hits and non-stop touring made them a staple at country radio across America.
As the band wound down after years of touring and recording Jones drew on his agent experience to become the Director of Entertainment at Nashville’s premier country venue the Wildhorse Saloon. There he booked and promoted some of the genres top acts and facilitating several successful TV shows produced there for TNN. The club won the prestigious Academy of Country Music nightclub of the year award during his tenure.
In 1999 he signed on as tour manager for country artist Chely Wright and soon after was invited to manage her at Spalding Entertainment. Over the next 14 years Jones went on to be the day to day manager for Wright, Sara Evans, Pat Green, Ashley Monroe, Terri Clark, SheDaisy and Aaron Lines.
Most recently Jones joined the ranks of Flood, Bumstead, McCready, and McCarthy where he worked in Entertainment Business Management for a number of Grammy, CMA, and ACM award winning artists and songwriters.
Keith Stancil– Keith is the President/CEO of Artist Garden Entertainment, an artist management and marketing firm based in Brentwood, Tennessee. Keith served twenty years in various sales and marketing roles at Capitol/EMI, Warner/Elektra/Atlantic and Word Entertainment.
His most recent label years were served in the role of Vice President of General Markets/International/Digital for Word Entertainment. While personally overseeing sales of over fourteen million records, Keith worked on sales and marketing strategies for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Tina Turner, Madonna, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, MercyMe, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Jaci Velasquez, Hillsong, Randy Travis, Point of Grace, Francesca Battistelli, the WOW Brand and many others.
Keith and his wife, Diana, launched Artist Garden Entertainment in 2009. In addition to artist management, Keith serves as a marketing consultant on projects with various independent artists and record labels spanning contemporary Christian music and Christian hip-hop with a client list that includes Reach Records, RMG Music, Save The City Records, Lampmode Recordings, Collision Records, Flame and Social Club.
In 2009, Keith founded TheMusicGardener.com blog which was honored multiple years by the Nashville Scene in the “Best of Nashville” awards. He regularly blogs about music industry trends, artist development, music marketing and new music.