Nashville North Star
Nashville North Star

Do you have what it takes?

Calgary – The Calgary Stampede kicks off its annual search for the hottest new talent in country music this week with Nashville North Star presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. The Nashville North Star competition gives 10 artists a chance to showcase their musical talent at Nashville North during The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, July 3-12.


“Anyone with a country singer’s voice, heart, and mind, can be a part of it,” says Lindsay Weryshko, programming production manager. “It helps artists access their potential and provides a legitimate opportunity to connect them with real music industry professionals. As an organization, it is something we are very proud of.”


To participate in the Nashville North Star competition, visit starting Thursday, May 28 and upload a video of yourself or your band performing your favourite country music cover song. The deadline for video submission is Monday, June 15 at 11:59 p.m. and online voting will take place Tuesday, June 16 to Monday, June 22 through Facebook. The competitor who earns the most online votes is automatically entered into the top 10. The remaining nine slots are chosen by a panel of industry judges.


The top 10 will be announced on Wednesday, June 24 and will perform live in the semifinals at Nashville North on Saturday, July 4. The top six will advance to the finals on Monday, July 6 where the new Nashville North Star presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey winner will be crowned.


The Nashville North Star winner will receive:


-      Trip for one to the 2015 Canadian Country Music Awards in Halifax including hotel, airfare and a Country Music Week delegate pass.

-      Performance at Nashville North on Sunday, July 12.

-      Recording session at Music Centre.

-      A record release to country radio stations across Canada provided by Royalty Records.

-      Professional song writing session with country music artist, Jake Mathews.

-      Professional photography session.

-      Showcase opportunity at 2015 Royalty Records party at Canadian Country Music Week.

-      $2,500 cash.


Cash prizes of $1,000 will go to the second place and $500 to the third place winners.


Nashville North is one of the three amazing stages lighting up the music scene at Stampede. The Coca-Cola Stage features nightly headliners while the Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert series is proud to bring Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Stevie Wonder to the Scotiabank Saddledome.


About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.  The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


About Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

The Jack Daniel Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the U.S., and it's where every drop of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is still made today. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is a completely natural product. It is crafted from pure, iron-free spring water, yeast, and 100% natural whole grains: corn, rye,... and barley malt.  We make our whiskey as our fathers made it for the last seven generations. And if Mr. Jack were here today, we're pretty sure he'd approve.Your friends at Jack Daniel's remind you to drink responsibly. JACK DANIEL'S and OLD NO. 7 are registered trademarks. © 2013 Jack Daniel’s.


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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Dowler

Media Relations Coordinator

Calgary Stampede

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