Tuesday, April 1, 2008
– A get rich scheme for musicians is underway in Nashville. Only this is not a scam because John Rich of Big & Rich is involved in the weekly event to perform for label executives.
"Get Rich Talent Search" started Monday with a crowd checking out 10 local artist/bands hand-picked by Rich to perform for Music Row honchos.
"I remember when I was 17 coming out to Nashville and trying to do what I do now. I didn't know where to play or who to see," said Rich. "I read that the Broken Spoke had a weekly talent competition, and I went down to try out. Judy Martin ran the event; she gave me my first opportunity to play in town. I watched artists like Tracy Lawrence perform, and it gave me an idea of what was out there at the time and to see what kind of talent I was up against. It was one of the best things to help me grow as an artist. I hope this talent search will give people the start and the break they need to do what they love."
Rich reviewed more than 800 submissions before cutting it down to 10. Showing up to judge the talent were Bill Bennett (Executive Vice President, Warner), Scott Hendricks (Sr. Vice President of A&R), Marc Oswald (Manager, Dale Morris & Associates), Greg Oswald (Sr. Vice President, William Morris Agency), Herky Williams (Assistant Vice President of Creative Services, ASCAP) and BMI Songwriter of the Year, Vicky McGhee.
The winners were first place - Delilah Why; second place - Nikki Williams; third place - Tyler Dickerson.
The "Get Rich Talent Search" will take place on the final Monday of each month at 12th & Porter. Contestants compete for a top prize of $300, second prize of $200 and third prize of $100. For consideration for future talent searches, artists can submit entries to GetRichTalentSearch@gmail.com. Once they send an email to this address, additional info will be sent back to them on where to send CDs, pictures and bio information.