We had another great round at Preliminary Round #5! 21 songwriters came out and shared their songs in front of 2 music industry heavyweight judges and a packed house and huge online viewership! The event just keeps getting bigger and bigger as people hear about Nashville Rising Star and want to see the up and coming songwriters!
Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 5:
1. Bryan Michael
2. Jordan Umbach
3. Rich Lehmann
4. Jon Rosenblum
5. Dustin Herring
6. Mo Howard
7. Derek Scott
8. Nikki Moore
9. Jonathan Neeley
10. JoDell Steele
11. Katie Harrah
12. Lacy May
13. Jared Carter
14. Heidi Jean
15. Rick D
16. Laura Vance
17. Don Arsenaulgh
18. Clyde Neal
19. Hannah Grace
20. Taming Renee
21. Joe Hash
Dustin Herring (Audience)
Jared Carter (Industry)
Dustin and Jared will come back and join 12 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Wild Wing Cafe. The finals will be held Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Wild Wing Cafe.
Darwin owns and operates Embassy Music. For over 20 years Embassy Music has discovered and developed new artists and songwriters in the music industry.
Embassy’s discoveries have been signed to major publishing and record deals and nominated for numerous awards and Grammy’s. Embassy’s artists have appeared on CMT, MTV, American Idol, The X Factor, The Stellar Awards, and have toured with major artists such as Taylor Swift, Third Day, Casting Crowns, Tim McGraw, among others.
Darwin also produces “The Ultimate Talent Search” seminars held here in Nashville for years.
* Darwin is also a songwriter and had a number 1 radio single that he co-wrote with an independent artist he discovered.
Will is a multi #1 hit songwriter who was first discovered by Roy Orbison. Roy took note of his talent and offered to bring Will to Nashville where his career as a writer and producer blossomed.
In 1993, Will’s first cut was recorded by Faith Hill. That song, called “Wild One” took the country charts by storm staying at #1 for four weeks and breaking all records for a new female artist.
Will then had a pair of back-to-back #1 songs for country crooner John Michael Montgomery, the first one, “How Was I To Know”, followed by “Hold On To Me”.
He has also had several other Top 10 singles, including “Nobody Gonna’ Rain On Our Parade” (Kathy Mattea) and “Can’t Get Enough” (Patty Loveless) and his songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Jo Dee Messina, Trick Pony Tammy Cochran, Lee Greenwood, Danielle Peck and Ronnie Milsap.
Will’s songs have also garnered many BMI “Most Performed Songs of the Year” awards, as well as several BMI “Million-Air” awards.
More recently, Will has been dividing his time between songwriting and record producing. Many of the songs have gone on to be hits!