NRS Series 4 Semifinal Recap


Our judges and winners from the semifinal round. From left to right, Micah Sannan (Music Industry Judge), iRussi (Music Industry Judge), Sandy Ramos (Music Industry Judge), Dustin Herring, Adam Bruno, Autumn Copeland, Cassidy Diana, Kim Shrum (Music Industry Judge), Sue Mohr (Emcee), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/Director) Austin Evans (Music Industry Judge).

Wow, what a great night we had at our semi-final round! This round is always one of our favorites, as we have the 14 preliminary winners come back to battle it out to see which 4 move on to the final round!

We had the most online viewership ever, check out the stats below that were tabulated from the day! Amazing exposure for our songwriters and for the event!

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Music Industry Judges Winners:
1- Adam Bruno
2- Cassidy Diana
3- Dustin Herring

Audience Winner:
Autumn Copeland

Autumn, Adam, Cassidy, and Dustin will come back Wednesday September 30, 2015 at 7pm central and share 4 original songs each. The music industry judges and our voting audience will combine to pick the final grand prize winning song and songwriter, who will receive cash and prizes! Click HERE to see the list!

Music Industry Judges:

Sandy Ramos
Sandy is the CEO of The Songtuner. Her songs have appeared on over 25 million CDs, having been recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Lee Greenwood, Neal McCoy, Anne Murray, & Kenny Rogers and many others. She has had multiple ASCAP writer and publisher awards as well as Billboard Top 5 & 10 hits and a #1 Dance hit with “I Brake For Brunettes” recorded by Rhett Akins. Sandy loves to help songwriters make their songs better! Learn more at:

Kim Shrum
Kim has had a long career in the music business. He is a musician, producer, manager, and has worked with many top companies including Opryland, BMI, SONY/BMG, Walt Disney World, and others. He currently is the CEO of Dream Music Group, an artist development company that helps artists realize their musical ambitions. Kim also is involved in a new film called “Memphis Sun” as their videographer and music director. Kim does it all!
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Austin Evans
Austin is the creator and owner of The Workshop Music, Nashville’s first and only 24-hour writing space. With a passion for music and those who create it, Austin has made a place where writers can come any time to hone their craft and meet other driven musicians. A songwriter himself, Austin has three songs on the self titled EP of new artist Filmore and writes extensively with Sony Recording artists Radio Romance
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iRussi has been a performing artist and songwriter since 8 years of age! Starting out with her sisters in Pennsylvania as the group “Everlife”, they grew from an independent group performing local/regional shows, to being signed to Disney’s “HollyWood Records” and playing in arenas worldwide They shared the stage with “The Jonas Brothers”, “Cheetah Girls”, Miley Cyrus and many others.

iRussi has performed worldwide with Miley for the past 5 years as her background vocalist and is currently launching her solo career, working with hit songwriter, Adam Watts with Broken City Music. Their combined work has contributed to over 50 million albums sold worldwide. She is an accomplished songwriter herself, having written a string of hit songs over the years. Learn more at

Micah Sannan
Micah started his music career in 2005. Hopping on a tour bus as lead guitarist for the band Falling Up (Tooth and Nail Records) and the group Disciple. After several national and international tours, moved to Nashville, TN. In 2010, Micah met Travis Terrell, a friend, fellow musician and eventually, business partner. The two built a studio and began producing artist records, composing jingles and custom score.

In october 2013 they Co-Founded Levelo Music Group. Levelo is a technology driven music licensing firm dedicated to connecting the worlds best and brightest artists to advertisement agencies, music supervisors and film makers of all kinds. Learn more at

Here is a video featuring our 4 finalists performing their song at the Semi-Final Round!