NRS Series 5 Prelim 1

We had a great first round of Nashville Rising Star Series 5! We had a total of 52 songwriters registered and 21 were selected by random drawing who shared their songs in front of music industry pros and a great crowd at Wild Wing Cafe and watching online. Over 2500 people watched the live stream and voted for their favorite songwriter!

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 1:

1. Lisa Crawford
2. JD Baker
3. Cyndi Washburn
4. Morgan Alexander
5. Melanie MerineyIMG_5245
6. Kris Rowdy
7. Emily Otteson
8. JoDell Steele
9. Kimi Carter
10. Roy Hale
11. Danny Bean
12. Ty Clark
13. Matt Wynn
14. C4
15. Roz
16. Derek Austin
17. Jake Anderson
18. Jaysen Gold
19. Liam Nugent
20. Brittney Spencer
21. Johnny Lucas

Kimi Carter (Audience)
Roz (Industry)

Kimi and Roz will come back and join 12 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Wild Wing Cafe. The finals will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2016 at Wild Wing Cafe.

For over 25 years, Dennis Dearing has been passionate about creating quality music. His initial training at Belmont University in Nashville, mixed with his invaluable experience working with the very best in the Music Industry, has made him a sought after record producer, recording engineer, studio musician and songwriter. Dennis has the sincere desire to bring your artistic vision to life. Whether you are a major label artist with national distribution or an independent singer-songwriter just starting out, connect with Dennis and begin your creative journey.
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Singers and songwriters from a very young age, Sarah, Amber and Julia aka “Everlife” lay claim to wonderful success after being signed by the Walt Disney Company as teens. The results culminated in world tours, contributions to 12 Disney compilation records, 2 CDs of their own and performances for millions of fans. They remain active in the music and creative community in Nashville and Los Angeles.
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For 5 years, Julia toured with Miley Cyrus that culminated with her Bangerz tour as her supporting vocalist, and is currently launching her solo career as the artist “ iRUSSi”. iRussi’s identity is defined by her consistent flow of artistic creativity in partnership with the multi-platinum production/songwriting team BROKEN CITY (Adam Watts and Gannin Arnold).
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Adam was the grand prize winner of our last series of Nashville Rising Star! Born and raised in Tampa, FL, Adam has made his way up the East Coast, landed in Northern Virginia for a few years, and now paving his path in Nashville, TN. He has traveled and performed throughout the East Coast as well as Eastern Europe. He released a full length CD in 2014 and is currently working on new songs.
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