America’s largest and longest running country music talent search, the 33rd Annual Country Showdown will produce its National Final television special hosted by two time Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Five contestants will compete for $100,000 and the title, “Best New Act in Country Music.”
The National Finalists were chosen through a series of over 500 local, state, and regional talent contests held throughout the country. The Country Showdown Alumni includes; Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Sara Evans, Billy Ray Cyrus and LeAnn Rimes.
The national finalists are: The Brothers Roberson, Southwest, KFAV Warrenton MO; Eli Tellor, Midwest, WOOZ Carterville IL; Marie Wise- Hawkins Band, West, KHTS Santa Clarita CA; Nate Kenyon, Southeast, WAAC Valdosta GA; and J.B. Aaron, Northeast, WUUF Rochester NY.
All acts will be judged in five categories: Marketability, Vocal/ Instrumental, Originality, Stage Presence/Charisma and Talent.
This year’s judges are: Rod Essig, a talent agent with Creative Artist Agency; Pete Fisher, VP, Gen Manager of Grand Ole Opry; John Ozier, songwriter and General Manager Creative of ole; Garth Fundis, record producer/recording engineer.
The January 21 television taping at the Ryman is admission free but a ticket is required. Tickets may be obtained from the Ryman box office, 615-889-3060.
Doors close at 6:30 for a 7:00 show. The one-hour special will air nation-wide on syndicated television during March and April. Check local listings for dates and times or log on to www.countryshowdown.com