Alongside other country stars, one of the biggest and most awarding singing competitions offers up-and-coming artists a chance at success with 2016's series of NASH Next challenges.
Reba McEntire is headlining the radio-only competition and her friends Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn along with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts will be judging it with the head of Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta filling in as the third judge.
Cumulus Media, one of the biggest radio broadcasters in country music and the parent company of the NASH FM brand, opened up the 2016 NASH Next competition to contestants starting today, July 11th, and laid out the rules for the upcoming three challenge sets.
With the winner taking home a record-setting prize with a guaranteed major-label contract and national radio play, the competition is set to launch the winner to unheard of heights right out of the gate.
"Radio has been an essential - and joyous - part of my musical career for over four decades," Reba says in a press release about the competition. "Cumulus is synonymous with country, so it's the pitch-perfect vehicle for this search. I'm honored to add my voice to this great project that will help usher in the next generation of country stars."
The competition is much different than the ones you've seen on television and with a huge prize offering the coveted radio play all artists aim for, it's understandably harder.
Local artists can enter the competition on the official website and will be judged on three separate challenges by local music professionals and listeners. First, they are asked to submit an original song, then they will need to adapt a popular song with a new style, and thirdly they will be given a song phrase and get tasked with writing a verse an chorus to complete the tune.
Once local winners from the 60 different included markets are selected, they will proceed to the national challenge that includes a live performance video. At that stage, the remaining finalists will move onto a live concert event in Nashville in front of the celebrity judging panel.
Watch the teaser video below for the NASH Next competition!
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