NRS Series 4 Prelim 6

This series just keeps getting more and more popular! 44 Songwriters turned out en force to Prelim #6 at Nashville Underground. 24 shared their songs, 3 more than usual, but we wanted to reward the songwriters for coming out and get more on stage. We heard many well written songs!

The winners of Nashville Rising Song Songwriter Open-Mic Contest Series 4 Prelim #6. From left to right, Larry Cox (music industry judge), Sher Ross (music industry judge) Alyson Greene (audience winner), Dawson J. Neal (music industry judges winner), Eric Shawn Carnes (Emcee), Adley (music industry judge), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Preliminary Round 6 Songwriters:

1- Alex Leggett
2- Vanessa Dawn Rogers
3- Darren Barker
4- Allison Green
5- Randy Perkins
6- Christopher Coburn
7- Nick Black
8- Shannon Velasquez
9- Steven Cade
10- Rick Ryman
11- Channing Marie
12- Matthew Sean
13- Dawson Neal
14- Dallas Caroline
15- Amy Lerie
16- Walker Ward
17- Kyle Sturrock
18- Michael Keys
19- Doug Allen
20- Sierra Gant
21- Drea Gordon
22- Jason Cole
23- Nicole Zadock
24- Cody Bantis

TOP 3 Music Industry Judges Picks
Dawson Neal
Kyle Sturrock
Drea Gordon

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Dawson Neal (Judges Winner)
Allison Green (Audience Winner)

Dawson and Allison 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.


Adley moved to Nashville amidst her debut as a member of Team Blake on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice.

Since 2013, she has continued to live her life in front of the camera and on stages nationwide. She’s a Grammy-awarded entertainer opening up for acts like Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Chris Janson, Big & Rich & Tim McGraw.

Also a savvy digital marketer with her #1 Amazon Best-Selling book “How They Sell Music,” & Host of The Adley Show presented by Facebook Watch, her viral videos continue to attract some of the nation’s top brands every year. Adley is a true Mover and Shaker!
Learn more at: Adley.TV

Sher came to Nashville via California, and has been an A&R & Talent Scout for labels and artists such as Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) and Kiefer Sutherland.

She is the CEO of “Last Train Home Nashville” an artist development company, and handles booking for several artists in the US and most recently the UK.

She recently partnered with producer Daniel Ford in their latest venture co-hosting a Podcast called “Nashville Unsung,” featuring artists and industry executives.

Sher recently was tapped as an ambassador for Ashton Kutcher’s Foundation “Thorn” and “The End It Movement” that helps rescue victims of Human Trafficking.

In her spare time (hah!) she hosts her very own monthly original music showcase at Tin Roof Broadway called “Rise 615” the first Tuesday of every month!
Learn more at: Sher’s Facebook

Larry gained professional songwriter status in the 1980s, capturing 69 awards in The American Song Festival. Since then, Cox has had more than 30 of his songs released as records and/or featured in broadcast commercials, full-length movies & TV films, and prominent TV shows such as “Miami Vice,” “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and others.

The youngest and seventh son in a Missouri farm family of 10, Cox comes from a lineage of Country and Rockabilly musicians. But, he was to gain his first success writing Pop, Rock and R&B music in Los Angeles. Cox says: “My older brothers all played Country, which I still love and understand. But Elvis, The Beatles and Dylan really turned my head – and writing direction around.”

Cox has written and produced songs and song demos for publishing houses Jobete Music, Lorimar Music, Dale Kawashima Music, Michael O’Connor Music and Lion’s Share Music (Kenny Rogers) and others. As a consultant, he advised Island publishing executive Gary Heaton to sign Christian roots-rock band The Call, which Heaton ended up managing.

He also critiqued and made rewriting tips for a dozen unreleased U2 songs at a time, according to Heaton, that Island owner Chris Blackwell was considering dropping the band from its label, a decision that Cox strongly recommended not doing. For Island publishing, Cox also co-wrote songs with long-time collaborator Brian Curtin – and with Don Was and Robert Palmer.

He and Curtin first met at an Orange County, Calif. studio in the early 1980s and decided to pool their talents, writing four songs in four weekends. Two of those songs: “Whispers From the Back of Your Mind,” and “You Dream In Color,” were immediately signed by Motown’s Jobete Music. And, “Whispers…” was soon recorded by a prominent Japanese artist on Casa Blanca Records. Cox and Curtin later wrote and produced three radio commercials for GTE California, now Verizon, which became the most successful radio spots in that company’s history. A Cox-Curtin composition, “Wanted Man,” recently was inked, to be featured in an upcoming 2018 episode of the Netflix smash show, “Grace & Frankie,” soon entering its fourth season.

Cox and former Bee Gees lead trumpeter Bill Purse in the mid-‘80s collaborated in writing “Stop and Think,” and “Guys Like You Give Love a Bad Name.” “Stop and Think” was recorded by The Ritchie Family on RCA Records and was a smash dance single for “Fire on Blonde” on Atlantic Records and by Michele Goulet on Island Records in the 1990s. Guys Like You…” was recorded by a 15-year-old Stacy Lattisaw on Atlantic/Cotillion Records and by R&B diva Donna Washington on Capitol Records.

Cox joined Isaac Suthers of the MCA Records R&B band “Klique,” in co-writing “Another Day, Another Night.” That song was released as the “B” side of a remake of Jackie Wilson’s “A Woman, A Lover, A Friend,” which reached No. 3 status on the Billboard charts. Later, Cox and Barry Manilow jazz producer Eddie Arkin answered an ASCAP pitch request and co-wrote “Don’t Start Somethin’,” launching the singing career of Vanessa Williams, on the NBC network pilot of “Partners in Crime.”

Cox is an entertainment Expert Author on the Ezine network. He is a former sports and entertainment newspaper reporter, news bureau chief and fashion photographer. He is a pioneer in integrated marketing communications, and an award-winning public relations professional. He is an ASCAP writer and publisher.

Cox has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University. A self-taught guitarist and keyboard player, Cox studied voice with Vocal Coach to the Stars Ron Anderson, whose many clients include: Adele, Axl Rose, Adam Levine, Adam Lambert, Sting, Bono and others.
Cox now resides in the Nashville area, where he continues to write and produce music – and nurture young talent

Learn More Here: Cox International

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