NRS Series 7 Semi-Final

The Coronavirus pandemic unfortunately changed our plans for our semi-final round, as the Nashville health department closed down bars in Music City. We decided to hold a virtual semi-final, by playing the videos of each semi-finalist that we recorded at each prelim round for people and our music industry judges to watch online. Even though it was not what we wanted for the semi-final, we felt it was better than postponing the event, as we had no idea how long our host venue would be closed. We had the top 3 rated songs by our music industry judges, and our audience winner move on to the final round, which we are still determining how and when it will be held.


Round #1
1- Sam Haiman
2- Cas Cleo
3- Cody Kelley

Round #2
4- Blake Eddy
5- Tory Grace
6- Jordan Allen

Round #3
7- Morgan Ivory
8- Julie Williams
9- Daniel Olsson

Round #4
10- Seth Mills
11- Jessi Lyn
12- Mike Alan

Round #5
13- David Unlayao
14- Rachel Smith
15- Bryan Ruby

Round #6
16- Chris Mozo
17- Halley Neal
18- Tammy Castleberry

Round #7
19- Aaron Richard
20- Sam Roark
21- Clarissa Purcell


Music Industry Judges Top 3 Rated Songs:
#17-Halley Neal, #6- Jordan Allen, #19- Aaron Richard.

Audience Winner:
#15- Bryan Ruby

Our finalists will come back and compete in the finals, to be determined.


SANDY RAMOS- Is the CEO of The Song Tuner, and a hit songwriter with her songs appearing on sales of over 25 million CDs, having been cut by The Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Lee Greenwood, Neal McCoy, Anne Murray, & Kenny Rogers and many others.

NANCY DECKANT- is Partner and GM of Nashville Cool, a publishing company that represents writers and does independent song plugging. Nancy started her career in music as an NSAI Workshop Coordinator, evaluating countless songs over an 8 year period. She is also an accomplished songwriter. Her song “We Are The Stars” won first place Pop song in the Indie International Songwriters Competition. Nancy recently launched “Sooner”, a social network like Linkedin, for songwriters and publishers and music industry professionals.

KIM SHRUM- is CEO of Dream Music Group, a songwriter/artist development company and a music producer. Kim has worked with many top companies including Opryland, BMI, SONY/BMG, and Walt Disney World.

COREY LEE BARKER- is the creative director at MC1 Nashville Music Publishing, and has over 700 cuts to his credit. He has written songs for T Graham Brown, William Shatner, Neal McCoy, Daryle Singletary, Cledus T Judd, Vince Gill, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Jeff Bates, TG Sheppard, Johnny Lee, Bill Anderson, Buddy Jewell, Jason Jones, Lucas Hoge, Cash Creek, Home Free, Chris Golden and has cuts on the Grammy winning album “Come Share The Wine” by Jimmy Sturr.

JUSTINE BLAZER- is a Nashville recording artist, music and vocal producer, audio and mixing engineer songwriter and podcaster. Her songs and productions have been at the top of indie charts, and she is recognized as one of the best producers in Nashville. She is producing the final grand prize winning song for this series!

Jason was the very first winner of Rising Star, when we started the contest 10 years ago. Since that time, Jason was the 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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