NRS Series 7 Prelim 7

We had a killer Prelim #7 at Dogwood Nashville. We heard lots of good songs!

The winners of Nashville Rising Song Series 7 Prelim 7. From left to right, Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director), Justine Blazer (music industry judge), Mike Alan (judges winner), Tammy Castleberry & Martha (audience winner), Sharon Burgess (music industry judge), Shawn Carnes (emcee).


1- Maxie Harrison
2- Bryan Ruby
3- Joel Hernandez
4- Tyler Mowry
5- Dan Lowe
6- Russell Wix
7- Joey Dee
8- Jesse Taylor
9- Eli Kirk
10- Troy Hanna
11- Matt Chappell
12- Ian Flanigan
13- Jimmy Riggs
14- Mason James Nolen
15- Tammy Castleberry
16- Mike Moore
17- Mike Alan
18- Clarissa Purcell
19- Hannah Kirk


Tammy Castleberry (Audience Winner)
Mike Alan (Judges Winner)

Tammy and Mike 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.


Sharon Burgess has been a song writer more than 35 years, and has been an educator with Metro Nashville Public Schools for over 30 years.

One of her passions is to bring people together to create and learn in a supportive environment. She has led retreats and professional development sessions for the past 15 years.

As founder of Cedarsong Songwriting Retreats, she brings the unparalleled talent of industry professionals such as the hit songwriters Victoria Banks and Suzahn Fiering together with a fortunate group of songwriters to create something beautiful together in a nurturing setting.

She has dedicated her career helping to elevate others to reach their full potential as artists and educators.
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Justine Blazer is a Nashville recording artist, music and vocal producer, audio and mixing engineer songwriter and podcaster.

Justine has been a professional in the music industry for over a decade. (She started when she was 8)

She has released 7 full albums, winner of the Ram Trucks Battle of the Bands National competition, has opened for Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Lonestar and many more.

She has 4 #1 hit singles on various independent charts.

She has had sponsorships and endorsement deals with Chrysler Incorporated, Ram Trucks, Luna Guitars, Ernie ball strings and more. She has charted on the Music Row Top 100 Music Charts, her music video has been seen on VEVO, GAC, TNN and The Country Network.

She was on TV show called American Super Group with Jennifer Nettles and Elle King on MTV and POP.

Justine has toured over 200 dates a year and has also done 10-show European tour.
Justine currently performs weekly at her residency in Nashville, TN.

She now works as a full time music producer with numerous studios and record labels, doing artist development, songwriting and music production for herself, other artists and sync licensing placement.

She also produces a weekly podcast called SONIC FEMALE. Most recently, she was nominated for ‘Music Producer of the Year’ and ‘Country Female Artist of the Year’ for the Josie Music Awards, which is the largest independent and internationally recognized award show.

Justine recently represented RME audio at the winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California
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Here’s our music industry judges winner, Mike Alan performing his winning song, “Blood On My Fathers Hand”

Songwriter Performances Without Interruption