We had another fun night at Nashville Rising Star in spite of the usual Wednesday thunderstorms that seem to hit Nashville right at drive time! We heard lots of good songs at this round, and had a great time!
Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 8:
1- Johnny V
2- Alex Bowling
3- Julia Keefe
4- JoDelle Steele
6- Frank Penevost
7- David Kemmerer
8- Michelle Knopick
9- Amanda Ly
10- Ryan Lynch
11- Taylor Gayle (Audience Winner but can’t make semis)
12- Katie Harrah
13 -Samuel J. Barrows (Alternate Audience Winner)
14- Karla Davis
15- Alexis Sobleski
16- Jared Minnix
Samuel J. Barrows (Audience)
Karla Davis (Judges)
Samuel and Karla 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.
Eric Mallon- Songwriter, producer, publisher with cuts for Bucky Covington, McKenzie’s Mill, Kirstie Lovelady, Kalie Shorr, Krysta Nick, Charee Whitem, South Haven
– ‘Rocky’ (Eric Mallon/Jason Afable/Paul Stephens) 1st Place/Song of The Year 2014 West Coast Songwriters Competition
– ‘That Smile Though’ (Eric Mallon/Jason Afable/Paul Stephens) Runner-up 2015 NSAI/CMT National Song Contest.
– Select participant in ASCAP’s 2014 Nashville Country Songwriter’s Workshop
Learn more at: ericmallon.com
ANDY SHERIDAN- Andy is a musician and producer here in Franklin, TN. Andy toured with Phil Vassar as his full-time keyboardist for 4 years. He is now the full time band leader, keyboardist/acoustic guitar player for Hunter Hayes and has had the opportunity of performing with well-known artist such as the legendary Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Ashley Monroe and Patrick Monahan from Train. Andy has also shared the stage with Jennifer Neetles from SugarLand, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown, Will Hoge, Danielle Bradbery, Chris Janson, Will Hoge, Cole Swindell, Eric Paslay, Dan + Shay, Charile Worsham and countless more! Learn more at: charliehorseproductions.com
Johnny Douglas- Classically trained pianist. 8 years study at The Toronto Conservatory of Music. Signed as songwriter to SONY, EMI and ORBISON Publishing Companies for a combined 9 years. Signed as artist to A&M, COLUMBIA, RCA and EPIC record labels. Wrote, performed and produced over 150 songs used in TV and film.
Shows include The Middle, Beverly Hills 90210, Smallville, Party of Five, Shameless, Necessary Roughness, The Young and The Restless, Ghost Whisperer, Blue Mountain State, Big Tips Texas, Do No Harm, The Alectrix, The Listener, DeGrassi, Us and Them, Harvest Moon.
Films include A Cinderella Story, Playing for Keeps, Loser, Trick ‘R Treat, Screwballs, All In, A Million Happy Nows.
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.
Network TV clients include Disney, Sony, ABC, NBC, Paramount, Universal, MTV, Bravo, Fox, Showtime, USA Network, The Ovation Network, Hallmark, Lifetime, CTV.
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.
Founding member of Sony recording artists Hemingway Corner – four Top 5 singles in Canada including one Number 1. Co-wrote, co-produced, played and sang.
Played keyboards, guitar or drums with B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Jerry Garcia, Roy Buchanan, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Cropper, Steve Miller, Mike Bloomfield, Domenic Troiano, Bob Babbit, John Stewart.
Toured with and/or opened shows for The Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers, Loggins and Messina, Emmy Lou Harris, The Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat, J. Geils Band, Elvin Bishop, The Romantics, Carl Perkins, The Stray Cats.
Currently lives in Brentwood, Tennessee where he owns and operates his own recording studio and publishing company.
Learn more at: Johnny’s Linkedin