Fort Walton Beach/Destin loves country music, and Cumulus Media is showcasing the area’s best new country artists in an exciting live challenge event, The NASH NEXT 2017 Country Challenge Showcase, the next step to stardom for local country artists competing in Cumulus’ national country music talent competition.
The NASH Next 2017 Country Challenge Showcase will be held at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. This is a FREE event, and you can find more info at NASHFM1055.com.
Featured Beachcomberland country artists will each perform an original song in the competition. The NASH FM 105.5/WYZB judging team of the Block Club owner Mark Hawkins, Stephen Smith from the Petermann Agency, and WYZB Program Director Woofy Ramone will select the area semi-finalist.
Local winners will move on to the national challenge, submitting a live performance video showcasing their best original song, with the top 10 artists selected by top industry professionals. Those national finalists will then compete at a live concert event in Nashville in early November, where the NASH Next 2017 winner will be selected by a celebrity judging panel.
A total of 69 NASH/Cumulus stations in 62 markets, including Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Nashville, have conducted extensive local talent searches for the past two months, with additional national participation made possible by Cumulus’ digital properties and syndicated country shows.
The winner of this four-month national competition, will receive a record deal with Big Machine Label Group (home to such superstars as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw), as well as substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus radio stations nationwide. While television boasts several talent competitions, no other contest on any platform has ever offered its winners a similar opportunity for coveted radio play, which is the most effective medium to cultivate an artist and propel a major music career.