NRS Series 8 Semi-Final

We had an incredible semi-final round to determine the final 4 songwriters! A packed house and over 12000 people watched our live stream over on our Facebook Page.. We did not hear a single bad song, and our judges had their work cut out for them picking their favorite 3. Our audience winner won by just 5 votes! Over 10,000 total votes were cast!

The winners of the semi-final round of Nashville Rising Star. From left to right, Mike Mineo (judges winner) Mason Douglas (music industry judge), Natu (judges winner), The Hobbs Sisters (judges winner), Morgan Clark (audience winner), Jason Wyatt (music industry judge), Sandy Ramos (music industry judge) Loren Johnson (music industry judge), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director) More info at:


1- Will Taylor
2- Preston Hale
3- Carson Hill
4- Mike Mineo
5- Scott Anderle
6- Andrew Bennard Thomas
7- Tyler Brent
8- Natu
9- Morgan Clark
10- Ben Wilson
11- Bryce White
12- Mike Wilkerson
13- The Hobbs Sisters
14- Kassie Wilson


Morgan Clark (Audience Winner)
Mike Mineo (Judges Winner)
The Hobbs Sisters (Judges Winner)
NAtu (Judges Winner)

These 4 talented songwriters will come back for the final round to be held Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Kings Bowl- The Whiskey Room Live.


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!
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Jason was the very first winner of Rising Star, when we started the contest some 8 years ago here in Franklin!

Since that time, Jason was the former lead singer of the ACM nominated 4 time top 40 band “The Lost Trailers.” Jason now focuses his time developing new artists, and has made a name for himself writing and producing projects from country to pop to Rock.

His new production company is Nashville Artist Development.
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Mason has covered a lot of bases of the music business over his 16-year journey in Nashville. Currently in his 7th year as staff writer for the boutique publishing company, Judy Harris Music, Mason is a Top 40 Hit Songwriter, “American Beauty” He is currently working on his own long-awaited full length album due in mid-2017.

Mason has been a mentor with NSAI

Mason authored a book on Nashville pop-culture, titled “Now You Know Nashville”, which features the stories about Nashville you never knew about: where hit songs were written, studio stories, celebrity houses and grave sites, foodie items, and over 350 locations in town that you can’t miss.

Mason is also an actor, appearing in a number of “Nashville” episodes, most notably as the “Beverly Sound Guy”, as well as featured in numerous commercials for Ram, Nissan, Dayton Tires, Twice Daily, and UpDesk, to name a few.

Mason is on staff at Nashville Artist Development

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For over 20 years, Loren has as served as the founder and CEO of the Christopher Entertainment Organization (C.E.O.), a production and consulting firm primarily focused in the entertainment business. During this time he gained extensive experience in music production, marketing-management, distribution, creative consulting, and new technologies. He has earned credits and served as a consultant and/or producer on over 50 album projects for ten national record companies including Grammy Award winning producers, INC 50 entrepreneurs and world-renowned artists. He is an award-winning, cross-genre, modern record producer with many years of experience in both DAW as well as classical recording environments. In 2015 he produced and was a co-writer on Louisa Wendorff’s Arrow EP which reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseeker Charts and # 2 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter Chart.

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