NRS Series 7 Prelim 6

We had an awesome Prelim #6 at Dogwood Nashville. We heard lots of good songs! Our music industry judges winner, Seth Mills had come out to every round this series to compete, and he finally won a round! We had a gal from Alabama win the audience vote.

Nashville Rising Song Series 7 Prelim #6 Winners. From left to right, Billy Lee (music industry judge), David Brooks (music industry judge), Seth Mills (music industry judges winner) Rachel Smith (audience winner), Shawn Carnes (emcee), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director).


1- Cale Rader
2- Amanda Fama
3- Joey Costello
4- Joey Dee
5- Lauren Christine
6- Kristopher Mark
7- Troy Hanna
8- Dan Lowe
9- Seth Mills
10- Rachel Smith
11- Jason Alexander
12- Clarissa Purcell
13- Maxie Harrison
14- Leah Jay
15- Evan Perich
16- Adam Hamby
17- Mason James Nolen
18- Chris Mozo
19- Douglas Allen
20- Mitch Cybularz
21- Anthony Gatto


Rachel Smith (Audience Winner)
Seth Mills (Judges Winner)

Rachel and Seth 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.


Billy Lee has a long history in the music business, having been a musician, songwriter, audio engineer, and much more!

Billy was a member of Millenium Recording Label’s rock band “Myth”

Billy signed a major label development and touring deal, opening for such acts as Rick Springfield, Duran Duran, Buddy Miles and Rick Danko (of “The Band”).

Billy had his first publishing deal with Major Key Music in the mid 90s and had written and performed with some great writers and writers Including:

Steve Cropper (Booker T and The MGs & The Blues Brother)
Blue Miller (Silver Bullet Band , India Ari, Gibson Miller Band)
Chris Dubois (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins)
Henry Paul (Blackhawk –The Outlaws
Rand Bishop (Toby Keith, Beach Boys, Cheap Trick)

Billy was also signed to Skyline Music as a writer/producer. Skyline was owned and run by Nashville famed producer Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride)

Billy has had many of his songs cut, but his biggest accomplishment is “THE ONE” recorded by Gary Allan.

“The One” was on the top 40 for 49 weeks making it one of the longest runs for a single and reached record airplay and video play. “The One” received the CMA and ASCAP award for “most played song of the year” and has been cut on 3 Gary Allan records so far.

Billy worked in the pop rock and dance genre as producer/writer/engineer. Working with such artists as Meshell Ndegeocello, Tom Peterson (cheap trick) and engineering and mastering tracks for Spike Lee’s movies Crooklyn and Malcom X , along with engineer Larry DeCarmine.

He also mastered and mixed the album “Blacker Than That” and “In Living Colors” smash hit, “Cult of Personality” for the Black Rock Coalition.

Billy was the sound producer for Tito Puente’s – Festival Latino tour

You can also hear Billy as a vocalist in such jingles as Carnival Cruises, Crown Beer, Newmark and Lewis, CBS and Pizza Hut.

As a guitarist Billy performed nationally and overseas, most notably as a solo artist and also along with rocker Laura Theodore, Judi Dozier (Billy Idol band). He also toured with Grammy award winning reggae band “Toots and the Maytals”.

Charles Esten’s song “Down at the Lost and Found” was co written by Billy and was on the Top play charts in The UK.

His studio, “Leetunes” is available for full production, overdubs and mastering.

Speak to Billy for details or email at or call 917-846-1955
Billy is currently writing, publishing, song plugging and song consultation for other songwriters.
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Dave Brooks has been involved in the music industry for over 25 years, acting as a top session singer, songwriter, songwriting coach, vocal coach, and producer. In 1990, Dave moved to Los Angeles, California, and quickly gained recognition as one of the nation’s top studio vocalists. His voice has been featured on national network campaigns for ABC, NBC, CBS, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Wheel of Fortune”, and a host of commercial advertisements, including the dairy industry’s “Milk Does a Body Good” campaign and Wendy’s “99 Cent Value Menu” campaign.

In 1998, Dave moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he became one of Music City’s premiere session vocalists, working with many of the industry’s biggest songwriters and producers. Dave’s ability to sing many different styles of music has made him one of Nashville’s most highly sought after vocal coaches and artistic directors. He is also the co-author of the web’s best-selling vocal instruction course, “Singing Success”.

A few of the countless industry-leaders and artists Dave has worked with or sung for include: Brett Eldredge, Michael Ray, Rascal Flatts, Chase Rice, Canaan Smith, Jaida Dreyer, Pam Tillis, Gladys Knight, James Ingram, Toby Keith, Brett Michaels of “Poison”, Montgomery Gentry, Keith Thomas- Grammy Award winning writer/producer, Cris LacySVP, A&R at Warner Music Nashville and many more!

Today, Dave focuses his attention on being one of the best vocal coaches in the industry providing world class vocal lessons in-studio and online helping artists develop into technical and stylistic forces of nature.

Here’s our music industry judges winner, Seth Mills performing his winning song, “Whiskey or the Lies.”

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