NRS Series 8 Prelim 1

What a fantastic start to Series 8 we had tonight. The new venue at Kings Bowl- The Whiskey Room Live is great! Not an empty seat in the entire venue and we had 41 songwriters come out to compete. We did a random drawing to find out who our lucky 21 were and we heard some fantastic songs! Taylor Dukes, our grand prize winner from Series 7 kicked off the night sharing her grand prize winning song. All in all, a great round, with lots of strong songs. Everyone who attended said they loved the new venue!

Can’t wait to see who comes out next week and who wins Prelim #2!

Our winners from Nashville Rising Star Series 8 Prelim 1. From left to right, Austin Evans (industry judge), Jason Wyatt (industry judge) Crystal Burks (industry judge), Preston Hale (Judges Winner), Will Taylor (Audience Winner), Jaylen Coleman (Kings Bowl), Keith Mohr (NRS Creator/Director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 1:

1- Rory John Zak
2- Ree Boado
3- Steve Betts
4- Mike Mineo
5- Joybeth Taylor
6- Logan McLann
7- Shae Taylor
8- Skeeter Biscuit
9- Bryan Michael
10- Preston Hale
11- Will Taylor
12- Andrew Thomas
13- Samuel Herb
14- Adam Meridan
15- Kristin Larkin
16- David Christopher Ivey
17- Tyler Brent
18- Scotty Plowman
19- Caitlin Anselmo
20- Emily Andreoli
21- Emma Gwin


Will Taylor (Audience Winner)
Preston Hale (Judges Winner)

Will and Preston will come back and join 12 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Kings Bowl- The Whiskey Room Live. The finals will be held Wednesday, March 8 at Kings Bowl- The Whiskey Room Live


Crystal Burks – Crystal is a producer, engineer, musician, and songwriter currently living in Nashville, Tn. 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.
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Jason Wyatt – Jason has been in the music industry for many years now. He is the former lead singer of the ACM nominated 4 time top 40 band “The Lost Trailers.” Having had the opportunity to tour around the world with other top country artist. Since resigning from the band, he now spends all of his time developing new artist, writing and producing projects for many new artists in the industry from country to pop to Rock..
his production company is Jason Wyatt productions.
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Jason was also the very first winner of Rising Star, when we started the contest 8 years ago here in Franklin!

Austin Evans – Austin is the creator and owner of The Workshop Music, Nashville’s first and only 24-hour writing space. With a passion for music and those who create it, Austin has made a place where writers can come any time to hone their craft and meet other driven musicians. A songwriter himself, Austin has three songs on the self titled EP of new artist Filmore and writes extensively with Sony Recording artists Radio Romance
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