NRS Series 7 Prelim 2

We had a great Prelim #1 at Series 7 at our new venue host, Dogwood Nashville. We heard some fantastic songs! The music industry judges winner was a fantastic female songwriter, that makes 2 for 2 this series! Our audience winner was a new songwriter from Wisconsin, who has a strong fan base who voted for him!

From left to right, Jason Wyatt (music industry judge), Cody Kelly (audience winner), Tory Grace (music industry judges winner) Larry Cox (music industry judge), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director).


1- Emery Steffner
2- Katilyn Pulcher
3- Chris Perrine
4- Seth Mills
5- Tory Grace
6- Jonathan Brooks
7- Matt Frederickson
8- Kristopher Mark
9- Reid Stains
10- Mitch Cybularz
11- Rose Starring
12- Addison Simmons
13- PB Hendrix
14- Cody Kelley
15- Josh Sallo
16- Orlando Stricklen
17- Michael Richards


Cody Kelly (Audience Winner)
Tory Grace (Judges Winner)

Cody and Tory will come back and join 19 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Monday March 16, 2020 at 7PM at Dogwood Nashville. The finals will be held Monday, March 23, 2020 at 7PM at Dogwood Nashville.


Larry is a songwriter, producer, coach, and consultant in the music industry.
Larry started his professional songwriter career in the 1980s, capturing 69 awards in The American Song Festival.

Since then, he’s had more than 30 of his songs released on albums and featured in commercials, movies & prominent TV shows. His song placement, “Under the Influence,” appeared in a recent episode of the Amazon Prime show “Sneaky Pete”

Larry has written and produced for publishing houses Jobete Music, Lorimar Music, Dale Kawashima Music, Michael O’Connor Music and Lion’s Share Music (Kenny Rogers) and others.

Larry critiqued and made rewriting tips for a dozen unreleased U2 songs at a time, when Island Records owner Chris Blackwell was considering dropping the band from its label, a decision that Cox strongly recommended not doing. Lucky for Island!

Larry now resides in the Nashville area, where he continues to write and produce music – and nurture young talent.
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Jason was the very first winner of Rising Star, when we started the contest 10 years ago.

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.

Jason’s most recent success story is “Sweet Tea Trio” who was recently signed to Kid Rock and Ken Levitan (Vector Management) management. Jason produced their 6 song EP and wrote 2 of their songs.

Jason recently spent time with Kid Rock penning songs for his next project.

Jason is launching Nashville Artist Development University very soon. NADU is a subscription based online service where emerging songwriters and artists can learn the music business, and how to avoid costly mistakes
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Here’s our music industry judges winner, Tory Grace with Liam Slater on guitar performing her winning song.

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