NRS Series 6 Prelim 2

We had a fantastic round with 21 songwriters (perfect!) Didnt have to turn anyone away and everyone was able share their song. We heard many excellent artist driven songs, but this event is all about the song! We’re looking for songs that have strong commercial potential, so writers, keep that in mind as you decide which song to share.


Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 2:

1- Jessy Hahn
2- Ali Dorris
3- Chase Skelton
4- Ali Pugh
5- Jered Minnix
6- Nathan Fisher
7- Brendan Brooks
8- Lacy May
9- Brad Van Orman
10- Dave Mardis
11- Keith Brasfield
12- Derek Austin
13- The Eisenhauers
14- Jessica Rose
15- Hugh Hegney
16- Jodell Steele
17- Lauren Mackenzie
18- Bobby Christian
19- Joanna Yaeger
20- Acklen
21- Kimberly Jewells

Joanna Yaeger- JUDGES WINNER

Jessica and Joanna will come back and join 18 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Wild Wing Cafe. The finals will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Wild Wing Cafe.

DENNIS DEARING- For over 25 years, Dennis Dearing, a two-time Dove Award nominee for production, has invested his professional life in the music industry in Nashville, TN. A graduate from Belmont University with a Music Business degree (BBA), producer, guitarist and writer Dennis has worked and performed directly with notable artists and Grammy Award winners like Natalie Grant, Mathew West, Mandisa (American Idol), Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum), Jay Demarcus & Gary Lavox (Rascal Flatts), Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), Sara Evans, Kathy Troccoli, Travis Cottrell, Nicol Smith Sponberg, Todd Smith (Selah), Lisa Bevill, Charly McClain, Geoff Moore, The Martins, and David Phelps. Dennis lives in Franklin, TN where he owns production company and studio Menace Music.
Menace Music

DARWIN MOODY- Darwin owns and operates Embassy Music. For over 20 years Embassy Music has discovered and developed new artists and songwriters in the music industry. 

Embassy’s discoveries have been signed to major publishing and record deals and nominated for numerous awards and Grammy’s.

 Embassy’s artists have appeared on CMT, MTV, American Idol, The X Factor, The Stellar Awards, and have toured with major artists such as Taylor Swift, Third Day, Casting Crowns, Tim McGraw, among others. Keith Urban hand-picked one of Embassy’s discoveries, out of 6000 aspiring artists, to join him on his “World Tour.” 

* Darwin is also a songwriter and had a number 1 radio single that he co-wrote with an independent artist he discovered.
Embassy Music