The Emerald Coast loves country music, and WYZB/NASH FM 105.5 has narrowed the field of entrants for NASH Next 2018, the annual search for the Emerald Coast’s most outstanding country music talent.
Local artists selected to compete from all artists are Jessie Ritter (featured in this issue), Terry Lee Bolton, Casey Kearney (2018 Beachcomber Music Award winner for Best Country Artist) and Robert Wayne. They will be judged at The Village of Baytowne Wharf Sept. 8 during live performances of their original songs.
The Emerald Coast winner will move on to the national challenge, where 10 finalists will be selected by industry professionals to compete at the national finale event—a live concert, hosted in Nashville in early October, where a panel of celebrity judges will announce the NASH Next 2018 winner.
The winner of this four-month-long national competition, announced by country music super-duo Florida Georgia Line, will receive a record deal under the Big Machine Label Group, home to such superstars as Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young.
The NASH Next 2018 winner will receive substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus Radio stations nationwide.
NASH Next 2017 winners Radio Romance released their debut single “Weekend” in April 2018 and cracked the country charts their first week on the radio. They also appeared at CMA Fest this June and will start their summer-fall tour this month.
– Lisa Captain
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