Local country singer Jessie Ritter will advance, along with nine other semi-finalists, to the NASH Next National Finale at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville October 11. Ms. Ritter won the NASH Next local finals at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in September.
She was one of four area country artists who performed original songs in the live challenge event, and Ms. Ritter won over the crowd with her performance of “Meet Your Mother,” the opening track from her new album Coffee Every Morning. Ms. Ritter was selected WYZB-FM’s winner by a team of judges comprised of local music industry professionals (along with Beachcomber Editor Chris Manson).
Jessie Ritter is a singer-songwriter from southeast Missouri, based in Northwest Florida by way of Nashville and a worldwide musical adventure. You can download her music and get to know her by visiting JessieRitter.com.
“This is two years in a row that we’ve sent talent from the Emerald Coast to Nashville to compete as one of the top ten finalists in the NASH Next competition,” says WYZB-FM program director Woofy Ramone.
A total of 61 NASH/Cumulus stations in 54 markets—including Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Nashville—have conducted extensive local talent searches, with additional national participation made possible by Cumulus’ digital properties and syndicated country shows.
Finalists, and ultimately the 2018 winner, will be selected by a panel of country music luminaries, including Scott Borchetta, founder, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, the world’s top independent record label and home to superstar Taylor Swift; Cindy Watts, a 15-year veteran country music reporter; and Terri Clark, platinum recording artist and host of the national radio show Country Gold.
The NASH Next winner will receive substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.