NASHVILLE, TN APRIL 29, 2015–Nashville Rising Star crowned emerging songwriter, Robby Hopkins as the grand prize winner of their popular open-mic contest on Wednesday, April 29 at Wild Wing Cafe in Cool Springs, TN. Robby, along with over 200 Nashville (and beyond) songwriters competed in 7 weekly preliminary competitions where the audience and music industry professionals selected their favorite song. 14 semi-finalists went head to head and were pared down to the final 4 songwriters. They were Lexi Lew, Chris Garner, Karen Waldrup and Robby Hopkins.
Robby’s song, “Lay Me Down” was selected as the most commercial song with the potential to be recorded by a popular artist by the audience and music industry judges, including music producer, Lynn Nichols, Global Songwriters founder, Sheree’ Spoltore’ (www.globalsongwriters.com), National Underground Records A&R head and music producer, Don DeMumbrum (www.dondemumbrum.com), song plugger and artist developer/manager, Chris Keaton (www.chriskeaton.com), and Country Fan Jam creator, Dale Guthery (www.countryfanjam.com). Robby was awarded over $2500 in cash and prizes provided by event host, Wild Wing Cafe, Global Songwriters, and other sponsors of the event. For a list of sponsors, go to: www.nashvillerisingstar.com/sponsors.
Robby also was awarded a coveted performance slot on the main stage at The Country Fan Jam festival (www.countryfanjam.com) being held June 11-14, 2015 at The Tennessee Fairgrounds. Robby will perform his winning song before Darryl Worley, the headlining act on Saturday, June 13 at 8pm. All 4 finalists will perform on their acoustic stage also on Saturday, June 13. Another performance opportunity for all finalists was provided by The Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival (www.smswf.com), being held in Gatlinburg, TN in August. - See more at: http://www.nashvillerisingstar.com/news/#sthash.l89gZrvl.dpuf