NRS Series 5 Final Round

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the final round of Nashville Rising Star series 5 songwriter Emma Feldman was crowned as the grand prize winning songwriter for her song “Thats What’s Amazing” by music industry judges and the viewing audience.

This series consisted of 7 weekly open-mic rounds where 147 total songwriters shared their song with 2 winners selected at each round. At the semi-final round with 14 weekly winners (audience and music industry judges picks) shared their song and were whittled down to the final 4 songwriters.

The finalists were, Emma Feldman, Britney Monroe, Geena Fontanella and Steel Blossoms.

Emma won $500 cash from, $100 cash from, $50 cash from and other career advancing prizes and services. Learn more at:

The final 4 songwriters each shared 4 original songs with one song selected as the grand prize winning song! Our music industry judges and the audience (both at Wild Wing Cafe and watching live online) combined their votes and Emma was the winner!

Our winner of Nashville Rising Star Series 5 is Emma Feldman! Here's Emma with our music industry judges. From left to right, Bruce Michael Miller, Billy Smiley, Chris Omartian, Ashley L Evans, Johnny Douglas, Kim Shrum, Emma Feldman, Jeffrey Nelson, Sue and Keith Mohr.
Our winner of Nashville Rising Star Series 5 is Emma Feldman! Here’s Emma with our music industry judges. From left to right, Bruce Michael Miller, Billy Smiley, Chris Omartian, Ashley L Evans, Johnny Douglas, Kim Shrum, Emma Feldman, Jeffrey Nelson, Sue and Keith Mohr.

Here is a video of Emma’s winning song captured live at the final round.

Emma Feldman wins Nashville Rising Star Series 5

The grand prize winner, Emma RaeLeigh Feldman shares her winning song at the finals of Nashville Rising Star Series 5. Emma won cash, prizes, and other career advancing opportunities and services! For more info, visit:

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Our music industry judges were:

Johnny Douglas- Johnny was signed as songwriter to SONY, EMI and ORBISON Publishing Companies for a combined 9 years.

— Signed as an artist to A&M, COLUMBIA, RCA and EPIC record labels.

— He wrote, performed and produced over 150 songs used in TV and film. Shows include The Middle, Beverly Hills 90210, Smallville, Party of Five and many more.

— Johnny also wrote, performed and produced theme songs and/or background music for documentaries on Sheryl Crow, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, The Mamas and Papas, The Lovin’ Spoonful and others.

— His network TV clients include Disney, Sony, ABC, NBC, Paramount, Universal, MTV, Bravo, Fox, Showtime, USA Network, The Ovation Network, Hallmark, Lifetime, CTV.

— Johnny has had over 150 songs recorded and released by such artists as Gregg Allman, Jeff Healy, Carmen Electra, Jimmy Hall, Joy Lynn White, Hemingway Corner, Junkhouse, Rebecca Black.

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Bruce Michael Miller- Bruce is one of Nashville’s most requested song evaluators. Bruce has taught songwriting at the college level and is active in the Nashville songwriters’ community. He has evaluated upwards of 12,000 songs and has been a judge for the CMT songwriting contest for several years.

Bruce is not only an award-winning writer, but a producer, performer, and music educator. He has performed with such notable artists as Paul McCartney, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Laura Branigan, The Standells, John Densmore of “The Doors”, Gary Wright, Jeffrey Steele, and others.

Bruce’s songs have been featured in motion pictures, performed internationally by other artists, and he has scored and produced movie soundtracks. His song “Voodoo” was chosen as an Oscar contender for Best Song in a Motion Picture for 2013.

Chris Omartian– Chris is a multi-platinum selling producer/songwriter who started out on the road playing drums for Donna Summer and songwriting for PMP Music and EMI Publishing, before founding VZN Entertainment.

Collaborating with companies like Universal, Warner, and Dreamworks, Chris has spent the majority of his career producing records in various genres. He has worked with artists affiliated with Disney and Hollywood Records, and contributed music to movies such as Lizzie McGuire and Camp Rock 2.

His music has been placed in a wide variety of television shows including MTV’s The Hills, Friday Night Lights on NBC, All My Children (ABC), and Dawson’s Creek on the WB. Chris’ work can also be found in several popular video games including Rock Band 2 and Dance Dance Revolution.

Chris frequently writes and produces material used by Fox Sports, the NFL Network, ESPN, and the Speed Network. His work has been featured in ESPN’s College Gameday, Sunday Night Football on NBC, NFL Total Access (NFLN), and the Olympic Games.

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Billy Smiley- Founder of the popular band, WhiteHeart. Billy is also an in-demand producer based in Franklin, TN. Billy has received 5 Grammy Award Nominees. 27 Dove Award Nominees. He has written 27 #1 Songs. He was the GMA Song Writer of the Year. He also received Soul 2 Soul Honors Award 2006. His band, White Heart was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame 2010

Ashley L Evans- Chicago Native, Cubs enthusiast, former MLB photographer, Ashley L. Evans has been making waves in the Nashville music scene for the last 4 years. After taking a “winter break in the south”, she says “this town just felt like home and tugged on my heart to stay longer than the off-season.” After photographing several up and coming Nashville artists during their shows in the Chicagoland area, it was easy to reconnect with them when she decided living in Nashville full-time was where she wanted to be. Full-time graphic designer, part-time photographer, and @Spotlight615 show host, Ashley is recognized for seeking new music and developing artists before they break. Having worked with Lee Brice, Lewis Brice, Ricky Young, Ingram Hill, Megan Rüger, Ali Dee and many other artists who have placed well on various tv shows, she is on point with what’s trending. Ashley has helped each artist she’s worked with develop their brand; publishing professional media around the web, designing everything from logos and merch to album design. She has also worked on the road as tour manager for several acts. Ashley has experience with every aspect of developing an artist’s brand, helping them move forward into more successful careers and wider opportunities.

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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.

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Jeffrey Nelson- Jeffrey is a member of the Independent Pluggers Association and is a professional song plugger. Over the past ten years Jeffrey has placed songs on artist projects produced by some of Nashville’s elite producers, such as Garth Fundis, Kyle Lehning and Brent Mason. Some of those placements have become singles while two others were on an album that was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Jeffrey has represented major publishers, including Chrysalis Music, Curb-Magnatone, EMI Christian Music Publishing, and Larga Vista Music, and contributes commentaries for industry trade magazines like Billboard and Music Row. Nelson is the organizer for monthly meetings with multiple plugger groups and hit writers, leading discussions about artists that are most likely to cut outside songs on upcoming projects.


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