Keith in Aspen

1- Who produces Nashville Rising Song?

Keith has over 30 years of experience in the music industry, assisting emerging and established artists in their music careers. He is the owner of Mohr Music Productions.

After working in music retail in the 1980s, and touring the USA as a keyboardist for a Christian band out of Texas from 91-93, Keith owned and operated a commercial recording studio located near Harrisburg, PA called Broken Records from 1997-2003. He engineered and produced countless songs and album projects. Most notable clients were world famous guitarist and songwriter Rick Derringer (Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo) and the hard rock band “Halestorm.” Keith was also the in store voice announcer for a 150 grocery store chain, Weis Markets from 2001-2009.

Keith founded Indieheaven, an industry leading resource for Christian artists,songwriters and bands that operated non-stop from 2001-2019, serving thousands of members. It was the first website of its kind to provide digital downloads of singles and albums to members, who were paid 100% of the sale price they could set.

After relocating to Nashville in 2003, Keith created the CIA Summit independent musician/artist conferences that were held for 6 consecutive years. Keith also created a weekend songwriter retreat called InspireSong that was held in Nashville, TN and Aspen, CO.

In 2009 Keith created and started a popular singer-songwriter open mic contest at a venue in Franklin, TN. Nashville Rising Song has grown into the premier discovery vehicle for songwriters, industry and fans of new songs in Music City!

Keith now owns and operates Nashville Song Pitcher and pitches songs to industry personnel for possible publishing, licensing and inclusion on album projects by known artists.

He also continues to produce new music via his Cheap Song Demos service. Keith is a mover and shaker in the Nashville music community!

2- How does Nashville Rising Song work?

Read the About Page and Rules Page for more info. Also, keep reading down the FAQs.

3- When and where is Nashville Rising Song held?

Read the Events Page for current dates and venue location.

4- Is there an age limit?

Contestants and audience must be 21+ due to venue policy.

5- Is there a fee to share a song and to vote?

There is no fee to participate, however, we do make available up to 10 optional Guaranteed Performance Slots at each preliminary round for those who want to be assured they will be able to perform their song. See our Signup Page for details!)

6- Do songwriters have to attend all of the preliminary rounds?

No.. songwriters can choose which preliminary rounds they want to participate. Every preliminary round is a brand new event. Some come to only 1 round, or even to all 10. (they get frequent songwriter miles:) However, whoever wins a preliminary round must wait for the semi-final round and compete head to head with the other 19 semi-finalists. Writers can share the same song, or a different song if they participate in more than 1 preliminary round. We have different music industry judges for our rounds so there are always fresh sets of ears to hear the songs.

7- Do Songwriters sign up in advance?

Go to our SIGNUP PAGE for more info on signing up

8- What time should songwriters arrive?

Songwriters should arrive at the venue between 6:00 to 6:30PM to sign up/in.

9- What time does the event start?

The event starts at 7:00PM Sharp.

10- How many songs does each songwriter perform?

Each of the (up to) 21 songwriters at each preliminary round perform 1 original song. (We suggest your HIT SONG) See our RULES PAGE for more info on contest rules! At the semi-final round, each of the 20 semi-finalists share 1 original song. At the finals, the 4 finalists each share 4 original songs.

11- How are the winners selected?

At each of the 10 preliminary rounds, our music industry judges panel will select 1 songwriter/song based on the strength of the song and its commercial potential. Our audience (including the songwriters who perform or are in the audience and online) select their favorite song after the last song has been shared via a voting page. We provide the link to vote at the event and online after the last contestant shares their song.

At the semi-final round, our music industry judges select 3 writers (Our music industry judges will rate each song from 1-100. At the end of the event, we will collect the judges sheets and add up the total rating points for each of the 14 songs. The 3 songs with the most total rate points moves on to the final) and the audience selects 1 to move onto the final round via an online poll. Each of our 20 contestants each share 1 song.

At the final round, each of our 4 finalists will share 4 songs, for a total of 16 songs. Our music industry judges will rate each song from 1-100 (1 least and 100 best). At the end of the event, we will collect the judges sheets and add up the total rating points for each of the 16 songs. We will also factor in which song received the most audience votes, and award the top audience voted song an extra 25 points. We will add the 25 points to our music industry judges points for the song the audience liked the best, and the single song with the most rating points overall will be declared our final grand prize winner.

12- Who are the Sponsors?

We love our sponsors, partners and prize partners! Check out the Sponsor Page for a list of sponsors and partners.

13- What are the Prizes?

Visit our Prizes Page for our list of prizes. There’s some great stuff listed there!

ALL who sign up/in at each preliminary round will be entered to win prizes that have been provided to us by some of our Prize Partners  at each prelim event via a random drawing. (must be present to win the prizes, if you leave and your number is drawn, oh well!)

14- Have any of the songwriters in Nashville Rising Song gone on to bigger things?

We’ve connected some to awesome opportunities! One of our contestants, Kelsea Ballerini competed in one of our earlier series when she first hit Nashville. Dani Elliott was referred to and joined Miley Cyrus on her Bangerz Tour as a background vocalist because of our direct hookup! Another was recently signed to Warner/Chappell (Calynn Green), our very first winner was Jason Wyatt (Lost Trailers lead singer and producer). Cole Burkett was signed to Nashville Underground Management (Shawn Carnes, our emcee’s company) after being discovered by Shawn as a finalist in Series 2. Immediately after signing, Cole recorded with Grammy Award and Multi-Platinum Producer Kenneth Babyface Edmunds in Hollywood. Cole was also connected to Steven Battey through Shawn Carnes, who also manages Steven. Steven produced and co-wrote the 2019 ASCAP Song of the Year, “One Number Away” for Luke Combs. Steven took a liking to Cole, and is being developed as an artist and songwriter under Steven’s tutelage. Others have been connected to great producers, managers, and countless opportunities because they participated in and took advantage of the relationships we provide through the event! So, why sit home watching “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent” or “The Voice” and wish it were you? Come share your song and be the next Nashville Rising Song Winner!

15- Do you have any tips for songwriters?

Funny you should ask, we sure do! Click HERE