NRS Series 9 Prelim 6

We had another great round tonight with 26 songwriters who came out to share their song on the red velvet stage at The Whiskey Room Live. We had over 4100 people watching our live stream over on our Facebook Page. Be sure to like our Facebook page to keep up with our events.

Winners of Nashville Rising Star Songwriter Open-Mic Contest, Series 9, Prelim #6.From left to right, Andy Sheridan (music industry judge), Jeb Hart (music industry judge), Mark E Barnowski (music industry judge). JoyBeth Taylor (music industry judges winner), Brady Alan Jones (audience winner). Jaylen Coleman (VIP manager at Kings ) Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 6:

1- Armando Vera
2- Brenna Beatty
3- James Gedeon
4- Will Taylor
5- Ali Henderson
6- Shae Taylor
7- Sean Hawk
8- Corinne McKinight
9- Jake Greene
10- Kathy Ashworth
11- Tyler Deaver
12- John Thompson
13- Alyssa Kinn
14- Jackson Aide
15- Nick and Dani
16- JoyBeth Taylor
17- AllanJames
18- Charles Barrett
19- Brady Alan Jones
20- Rainey
21- Jeff Barelmann


Brady Alan Jones (Audience Winner)
JoyBeth Taylor (Judges Winner)

Brady and JoyBeth will come back and join 12 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Kings Bowl- The Whiskey Room Live. The finals will be held Wednesday, May 31 at Kings Bowl- The Whiskey Room Live


Andy Sheridan
Andy is a musician and producer 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 Nettles from SugarLand, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown, Will Hoge, Danielle Bradbery, Chris Janson, Will Hoge, Cole Swindell, Eric Paslay, Dan + Shay, Charlie Worsham and countless more!
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Jeb Hart
Jeb is one of the most accomplished guitarists here in Nashville. He is a Berklee School of Music graduate, and he tours worldwide full time with his duo, Danika and Jeb. Jeb is the creator of an excellent online guitar lesson resource, Six Month Guitar.
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Mark Barnowski
Mark Edwards Barnowski is a singer/songwriter who moved from “Motown” to “Music City” five years ago. He hit the ground running and in 2015 won the (TSAI) Tennessee Songwriters Association International Male Songwriter of the year award, TSAI’s 2016 Song Of The Year and received a special award from the TSAI Board Of Directors for outstanding contributions to the songwriter/music community.

As an artist, “Mark Edwards” charted 4 top 50 singles and reached #43 on Billboards Adult Contemporary Charts. His Debut single “Just Having Touched” peaked at #15 and was the highest Charting independent AC single in the Gavin Report’s history.

Mark earned 20 Gold and Platinum Records as a record promoter for artists such as Michael W Smith, Bruce Hornsby, Harry Connick Jr. and has a multi- platinum award for promoting the longest running single in Billboard History “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes.

Mark lives with his wife Helen in Madison Tennessee and is now the acting membership Director at TSAI.
Learn more at Mark’s Facebook

Check out pics of the event below.

Watch a replay of the entire event here:

Series 9 Preliminary Round 5 April 26, 2017