Nash Next competition launches

Monday, July 11, 2016 – The NASH Next 2016 competition launched today with the winner ultimately getting a record deal with Big Machine.

NASH Next, in conjunction with Cumulus country stations, is accepting nominations at nashcountrydaily.com

Cumulus listeners and local music industry professionals in their communities will judge contestants. Finalists and the 2016 winner will be decided by Scott Borchetta, founder, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts plus one Cumulus listener to be determined.

The overall winner of this four-month-long national competition will be announced by Reba McEntire and will receive a major label record deal with Big Machine Label Group as well as radio play on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.

"Radio has been an essential - and joyous - part of my musical career for over four decades," said McEntire. "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."

Artists will be judged on three challenges, by three local music industry professionals and listeners in their communities. Artists will be asked to submit an original song. Next, contestants will be charged with adapting a popular song, with a new style. For the third challenge, contestants will be given a phrase and asked to write a verse and chorus with that lyric. Local markets will either host live events or select their finalist by judging the contestants from a video performance of an original song.

Local winners from each market will then enter the national challenge, offering a live performance video showcasing an original song. Ten national finalists will then compete in a live concert event in Nashville in late fall, where the NASH Next 2016 winner will be selected by the judging panel.

Participating stations are:

Market City/State Call Letters Website
Abilene, Texas KBCY-FM http://www.kbcy.com
Albany, Ga. WKAK-FM http://wwwNashFM1045.com
Albany, Ga. WNUQ-FM http://www.1021nashicon.com
Albuquerque, N.M. KBZU-FM http://www.963nashicon.com
Albuquerque, N.M. KRST-FM http://www.nashfm923krst.com
Amarillo, Texas KARX-FM http://www.957nashicon.com
Ann Arbor, Mich. WWWW-FM http://www.w4country.com
Appleton, Wis. WPKR-FM http://www.NashFMWisconsin.com
Atlanta, Ga. WKHX-FM http://www.wkhx.com
Beaumont, Texas KAYD-FM http://www.nashfm1017.com
Blacksburg, Va. WPSK-FM http://www.NashFM1071.com
Bloomington, Ill. WBWN-FM http://www.wbwn.com
Boise, Idaho KQFC-FM http://www.NashFM979.com
Charleston, S.C. WIWF-FM http://www.NashFM969.com
Chattanooga, Tenn. WOGT-FM http://www.1079NashIcon.com
Cincinnati, Ohio WNNF-FM http://www.NashFM941.com
Colorado Springs, Co. KATC-FM http://www.951Nashfm.com
Columbia/Jefferson,Mo. KBBM-FM http://www.NASHFM100.com
Dallas/Ft.Worth,Texas KSCS-FM http://www.kscs.com
Des Moines, Iowa KHKI-FM http://www.NashFM973.com
Des Moines, Iowa KJJY-FM http://www.925nashicon.com
Detroit, Mich. WDRQ-FM http://www.NashFM931.com
Erie, Pa. WXTA-FM http://www.979NashFM.com
Fayetteville, Ark. KAMO-FM http://www.nashfm943.com
Flint, Mich. WFBE-FM http://www.nashfm951.com
Florence, S.C. WHLZ-FM http://www.nashfm1005.com
Fort Smith, Ark. KOMS-FM http://www.bigcountry1073.com
Fort Walton Bch.,Fla WYZB-FM http://www.NashFM1055.com
Fresno, Calif. KSKS-FM http://www.ksks.com
Grand Rapids, Mich. WTNR-FM http://www.nashfm945.com
Green Bay, Wis. WPCK-FM http://nashfmgreenbay.com
Harrisburg, Pa. WHGB-FM http://www.953nashicon.com
Harrisburg, Pa. WZCY-FM http://www.NashFM1067.com
Huntsville, Ala. WWFF-FM http://www.933nashicon.com
Indianapolis, Ind. WFMS-FM http://www.wfms.com
Kokomo, Ind. WWKI-FM http://www.wwki.com
Knoxville, Tenn. WIVK-FM http://www.wivk.com
Lafayette, La. KXKC-FM http://www.nashfm991.com
Lake Charles, La. KQLK-FM http://www.979nashicon.com
Lake Charles, La. KYKZ-FM http://www.kykz.com
Lexington, Ky. WLXX-FM http://www.NashFM929.com
Lexington, Ky. WVLK-FM http://www.1015Nashicon.com
Macon, Ga. WDEN-FM http://www.wden.com
Melbourne, Fla. WHKR-FM http://www.nashfm1027.com
Memphis, Tenn. WGKX-FM http://www.kix106.com
Montgomery, Ala. WLWI-FM http://www.wlwi.com
Muncie, Ind. WMDH-FM http://www.nashfm1025.com
Muskegon, Mich WLAW-FM http://www.Muskegonnashicon.com
Nashville, Tenn. WKDF-FM http://www.NashFM1033.com
Nashville, Tenn. WSM-FM http://www.955nashicon.com
New Orleans, La. WRKN-FM http://www.nashfm923.com
New York, N.Y. WNSH-FM http://www.nashfm947.com
Oxnard-Ventura, Calif. KHAY-FM http://www.khay.com
Pensacola, Fla. WXBM-FM http://www.nashpensacola.com
Peoria, Ill. WFYR-FM http://www.973nashfm.com
Reno, Nev. KBUL-FM http://www.NashFM981.com
Salt Lake City, Utah KUBL-FM http://www.kbull93.com
Stockton/Modesto, Calif. KATM-FM http://www.katm.com
Toledo/Monroe, Ohio WKKO-FM http://www.k100country.com
Toledo/Monroe, Ohio WMIM-FM http://www.983nashicon.com
Topeka, Kan. KTOP-FM http://www.1029nashicon.com
Tri-Cities, Tenn. WKOS-FM http://www.1049nashicon.com
Tucson, Ariz. KIIM-FM http://www.kiimfm
Wichita Falls, Texas KLUR-FM http://www.klur.com
Wilmington, N.C. WWQQ-FM http://www.wwqq101.com
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. WSJR-FM http://www.nashfm937.com
Worcester, Mass. WORC-FM http://www.NashIcon989.com
Youngstown, Ohio WQXK-FM http://www.k105country.com

People also can vote at:
KixBrooksRadio.com

RadioLia.com

NashNightsLive.net
CountryCountdownUSA.com