NRS Series 5 Prelim 3

We had a another awesome round of Nashville Rising Star Series 5! We had a total of 35 songwriters registered and 21 were selected by random drawing who shared their songs in front of music industry pros and another great crowd at Wild Wing Cafe and watching online. Over 2500 people watched the live stream and voted for their favorite songwriter! For the first time in our history, we had 2-12 year old contestants and wouldn’t you know it, BOTH of them were our winners at this round!

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 3:

1. Kevin Vanderkolk
2. Alicia Kay
3. Dakota Leigh
4. Dax Penick
5. Kyle Thomas
6. Boozer
7. Mike Douglas
8. Clay Shelburn
9. Courtney Blackwell
10. Landon Wall
11. Zach Cannella
12. Alex Bowling
13. Eilleen Graham
14. Geoffrey Osborne
15. Abigail Wate
16. Derrick Austin
17. Taylor Gayle
18. Rachel Lipsky
19. Blake Anderson
20. CJ Gaston
21. Heath DeLoach

Kevin Vanderkolk (Audience)
Landon Wall (Judges)

Kevin and Landon 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.

JAMES LUGO has been singing and playing music since he was 6 years old. His career as a singer /guitarist / songwriter / producer spans decades and coasts.

Cutting his teeth in the late 70’s playing in bands from Fort Lauderdale to headlining LA’s Sunset Strip in the late 80’s, James later played guitar with the band Dokken and singing with Nazareth.

James toured for years, playing and living in Los Angeles, Nashville & Austin and wrote countless songs professionally in all genres with much commercial success and TV and film placement.

James was a vocal analyst and coach with American Idol. He was involved with the show for 10 years and directly worked on show for 3 seasons.

His years on screen and behind the scenes with Idol made him a household name in the Hollywood music and vocal coaching scene and landed him on the rosters of almost every major label as a vocal coach and producer, for many people in the industry he was their go-to guy!

James has lived and operated his recording studio in East Nashville since the fall of 2015.
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