NRS Series 7 Prelim 2

Sep 7, 2016 Blog

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We had another fantastic round at Prelim 2 of Nashville Rising Star Songwriter Open-Mic Contest tonight! 19 songwriters came out and shared their song. We heard many good songs, but like most rounds, 1 song stood out amongst the rest as having the most commercial potential. It was a close race for the audience pick, as only a few votes separated our top 2 vote getters!

The winners of Nashville Rising Star Songwriter Open-Mic contest Prelim Round #2. From left to right, Jeff Randall (music industry judges winner), Amanda Miel (audience winner), Brian Lucas (Music Industry Judge), Michael Whittaker (Music Industry Judge), Keith Mohr (NRS Creator/Director)

The winners of Nashville Rising Star Songwriter Open-Mic contest Prelim Round #2. From left to right, Jeff Randall (music industry judges winner), Amanda Miel (audience winner), Brian Lucas (Music Industry Judge), Michael Whittaker (Music Industry Judge), Keith Mohr (NRS Creator/Director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 2:

1- Greg Adams
2- Amanda Li
3- Jon Rosenthal
4- Michael Jordan
5- Amanda Miel
6- Jeff Randall
7- Courtney Wite
8- Blake Anderson
9- Crystal Yellowhair
10- Rich Andino
11- Tonya Noga
12- Ronald Ross
13- Tim Walpole
14- Marc Oriet
15- Michael Wessner
16- Greg Clark
17- The Rockwells
18- Gina Seagram
19- Jared Minnix

Winners

Amanda Miel (Audience Winner)
Jeff Randall (Judges Winner)

Amanda and Jeff will come back and join 12 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Wild Wing Cafe. The finals will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Wild Wing Cafe.

Judges

Brian Lucas- Brian holds a performance degree with honors from the Berklee College of Music, with additional studies at the Boston Conservatory. Brian has been a vocal coach, casting associate, musical director, band leader, pianist, vocalist and actor for: HBO, Dreamworks, ABC and Paramount, as well as numerous theaters and several Top 40 artists.
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Michael Whittaker- Emmy nominated Michael Whittaker is a unique hybrid of his diverse upbringing as session pianist, producer and film composer.

After attending UCLA’s school of music and majoring in film scoring, Michael has gone on to compose music for over 300 television episodes and TV movies including the popular Power Rangers. Currently Michael is scoring and producing for companies like Disney, Sony, NBC and Lions Gate Films. In 2011 his theme was chosen as the main theme of the new Disney Family Movies channel.
Michael’s orchestration and production skills have won many awards such as the Telly award for his score to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, A 2013 Emmy nomination, Bank of America Musical Achievement award, International Association of Jazz Educators player excellence award, and the Clarence Brown Memorial scholarship for jazz.

Michael’s experience in many styles, has allowed him to work with many notable artists including Lionel Richie, Jimmy Kimmel Live house band, Mack Davis, Paulina Rubio, Wayman Tisdale, Lionel Richie, 98 Degrees, Cake, Brenda Russell, and many others…

Most recently, he has produced up and coming EDM artist Svrcina who broke the top 100 on itunes, Michael was just chosen to compose the theme song for the European basketball league. He finished a documentary called “The Great Awakening.” He’s now working on a compilation of top up and coming Nashville talent.

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