(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Wild Wing Cafe in Franklin, Tennessee (545 Cool Springs Blvd #195) is excited to announce the next series of the popular songwriter open mic contest, NASHVILLE RISING STAR! Open to all songwriters of any genre, NASHVILLE RISING STAR is Music City’s premier songwriter open mic contest. Created and facilitated by Keith and Sue Mohr (mohrcreativegroup.com), NASHVILLE RISING STAR has a reputation as a top discovery vehicle for aspiring songwriters.
The contest starts Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 7:00-9:00 PM, and will be held subsequent Wednesdays for a total of 12 weeks. Each of the ten preliminary rounds feature up to 21 songwriters who each perform one original song. At each preliminary round, the audience (at the venue and online) votes for their favorite songwriter/song, and a panel of music industry judges also select their favorite songwriter/song. Each preliminary winner receives a $25 Wild Wing Cafe gift certificate.
The semi-final round will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 PM, featuring 14 preliminary round winners. The audience (at the venue and online) selects one writer, and the music industry panel selects three additional writers to move on to the final round. At the final round, to be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 PM, the four finalists will perform four songs each. The grand prize winner, who will be selected by a combination of audience (at the venue and online) and music industry votes, will receive $500 cash from Wild Wing Cafe, and other career advancing prizes provided by event sponsors.
The event is totally FREE to perform and FREE to vote, courtesy of event sponsor, Wild Wing Cafe and other event partners.
NASHVILLE RISING STAR creator Keith Mohr states, “We’ve been holding this event at various venues for the past six years, and we love Wild Wing Cafe. It has the best stage and production for live music in the area, and the food is fantastic and affordable. Plus ample free parking! This series, we have increased the amount of open-mic prelims from 7 to 10 to give more songwriters an opportunity to participate! Our last series was the first where we had more songwriters at each event than we had time for. NASHVILLE RISING STAR is a great way to discover up and coming talent way before anyone else! This event is all about the song!”
Wild Wing Café’s General Manager, Sean MacNicoll, states, “It’s been a pleasure to open up our stage and hear new songs by up and coming songwriters. This is a unique event that we are happy to host and support! We look forward to meeting the songwriters and their fans!
This songwriter open mic contest is open to anyone who writes original songs! There are no auditions, simply register online or at the venue and share your song in front of people who want to hear your song. Win cash and prizes, make industry connections, forge songwriter friendships, and create new fans. Our audience is attentive because they vote for their favorite song! Our music industry leaders also listen closely and vote for their favorite song and provide feedback at the end of the event (if you want it).
Previous contestants have seen great success, including Colton Dixon, who signed with EMI and tours internationally. Brandon Calynn, who signed with Warner Music Group, and Dani Elliott tours with Miley Cyrus as a background vocalist as a result of our direct connection. So why sit at home wishing that you could get discovered, when you have the opportunity to be discovered at NASHVILLE RISING STAR? It all starts with you coming out and sharing your song!
Be a part of the event! The audience at the venue and watching live online votes for their favorite song via an online poll, and gets to hear hits before they hit! Make it a weekly fun night out listening to talented songwriters, and partake of the fantastic food and drink. Wild Wing Cafe is a great place to hear live music!
Contact: Keith Mohr 615-594-0426