NRS Series 7 Prelim 1

We had a fantastic kickoff to the new series of Nashville Rising Star! We had 21 writers make their way to Wild Wing Cafe to share their song. We heard many very good songs, but one stood out amongst the rest! Our music industry judges look for songs that are well written, constructed, and can be pitched with a minimal amount of work. After all, Nashville Rising Star is “All About The Song!”

Series 7 Prelim 1 Winners
The winners of Nashville Rising Star Open-Mic Contest Series 7 Prelim #1. From left to right, Crystal Burks (music industry judge), Sandy Ramos (music industry judge), Eley Buck Davis (music industry winner), Mary Loyd (audience winner), Sue Mohr (emcee), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 1:

1- Anne Newton
2- Tonya Noga
3- Mary Loyd
4- Eric Golden
5- Mike Alan
6- Rich Anding
7- Tim Walpole
8- Brian Michael
9- Brian Rhea
10- Max Wegman
11- Kevin Kolk
12- The Rockwells
13- Jodell Steele
14- Joe DeChenne
15- Allen Webb
16- Mark Miller
17- Brea Sands
18- Bri Chorbak
19- Eley Buck Davis
20- Blake Anderson
21- Scott Denny


Mary Loyd (Audience Winner)
Eley Buck Davis (Judges Winner)

Mary and Eley will come back and join 12 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Wild Wing Cafe. The finals will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Wild Wing Cafe.


Sandy Ramos- Sandy is the CEO of The Songtuner. Her songs have appeared on over 25 million CDs, having been recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Lee Greenwood, Neal McCoy, Anne Murray, & Kenny Rogers and many others. She has had multiple ASCAP writer and publisher awards as well as Billboard Top 5 & 10 hits and a #1 Dance hit with “I Brake For Brunettes” recorded by Rhett Akins. Sandy loves to help songwriters make their songs better!

Crystal Burks- Crystal is a producer, engineer, musician, and songwriter. Crystal has produced and engineered for artists and songwriters in every genre including Rock, Country, Pop, Christian, Singer/Songwriter and R&B. With a heart to help songwriters and artists develop their sound, in 2016 she founded ProTrax – a company designed to offer affordable, quality demo and song production to up and coming artist and writers.