NRS Series 8 Prelim 5

Another awesome round with 48 songwriters and a packed house! This series has been one of our best so far, because of the quality of talent, and the incredible venue! The Whiskey Room Live is quickly becoming the premier listening room in the Nashville area. Everyone loves it!

Our winners of Nashville Rising Star Songwriter Open-Mic Contest Prelim #5 02/08/2016. From left to right Nancy Deckant (music industry judge), Benjamin Wilson (music industry judges winner), Morgan Clark (audience winner), Daniel Mason (guest artist/music industry judge), Robert Venable (music industry judge), Jaylen Coleman (VIP Manager of Kings Bowl), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 5:

1- Jase Hackman
2- Friday
3- JD Wood
4- Tiffany & Taylor
5- Dustin Spears
6- Josh Hastick
7- Tom Galloway
8- Josh Columb
9- Adam Smith
10- Megan Swindler
11- Joslyn Dollar
12- Morgan Clark
13- Rodeo Gypsy
14- Ben Wilson
15- Kyle Breese
16- Mike Handley
17- Nathan Fisher
18- Danny Bean
19- Shae Taylor
20- Bridgette Powell
21- Karli June


Morgan Clark (Audience Winner)
Ben Wilson (Judges Winner)

Morgan and Ben 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


Nancy Deckant- Nancy is a staff writer and Senior Creative Director at Riser Music, a publishing company in Nashville. She is a member of the Music Row Songpluggers group and represents the music of numerous hit songwriters. In 2016, Nancy became a member of an elite group of songwriters when her song “We Are The Stars”, won first place for the Pop Category in the prestigious Indie International Songwriters Competition.

Nancy spent 8 years as NSAI Workshop Coordinator, evaluating countless songs and encouraging songwriters on their journey in music. She has played at Songwriter Festivals including Tin Pan South, Smokey Mountain Songwriter Festival and Frank Brown. Prior to moving to Nashville, Nancy spent 10 years in bands and has opened for Craig Morgan, Brett Eldridge and George Jones.

Robert Venable- is an award-winning record producer/mixer/engineer in Nashville, TN who has worked with GRAMMY-winning and multi-platinum recording artists including Megadeth, Kelly Clarkson, Twenty One Pilots, Kutless, Kim Burrell, Neal McCoy, and more.

Robert co-owns Off The Wall Studios, just south of Nashville, where he produces and mixes his projects. In addition to music production, Robert has mixed sound for feature length films, television, and commercials. A few of his sound for video clients include Sony, Saturday Night Live, Lexus, Burger King, Disney/Pixar, and more.

Watch a replay of the entire event here: