John Rich judges Nashville Star
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
– John Rich of Big & Rich was named the first judge/mentor for season six of "Nashville Star."
A joint venture also was announced between concert promoter AEG Live, Warner Bros. Records and Reveille to launch the next winner. Warner will support artist development, recording and releasing of songs from this season's winner and other show contestants while AEG Live will promote an upcoming 'Nashville Star' concert tour across North America.
"Warner Bros. Records has been fans of 'Nashville Star' since it began and are proud to be a part of this season's show," says the label's Chairman and CEO, Tom Whalley. "Not only is John Rich one of the biggest stars to come out of country music, he is also an award winning songwriter and producer. I have no doubt that he will be the perfect mentor for all the contestants throughout the season of 'Nashville Star.'"
The sixth season of "Nashville Star" will premiere June 9 (9:30-11 p.m. eastern/Pacific) on NBC with Billy Ray Cyrus as host. The multi-city casting tour for "Nashville Star" kicked off Feb. 9 and ends in Nashville on March 21. For the first time in series' history, the producers will expand the search to include solo artists, duets and singing trios. Anyone more than 16 years old can audition.
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