Cumulus’ NASH Next 2018 has kicked off its fourth annual grassroots national search for the nation’s newest star in over 54 markets across the United States, including Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, and Nashville. Artists who want to take their career to the next level may enter the competition via the NASH Next website or one of the 62 local station websites. Listeners will be invited to rate the emerging artists with local music professionals helping select the local finalist. The top 10 finalists, and ultimately the 2018 winner, will be selected by a panel of country luminaries.
The winner of the four-month-long national competition, announced by country music super-duo Florida Georgia Line, will receive a record deal under the Big Machine Label Group, home to such superstars as Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and the reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, Brett Young. The NASH Next 2018 winner will receive substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus Radio stations nationwide.
Florida Georgia Line said, “There are so many ways to reach your goals in the music business. We found a way that worked for us but that’s not the only way – NASH Next from our friends at Cumulus Media is an incredible way to get noticed and reach a whole new audience with radio airplay. That’s a big deal y’all. So work hard, stay true to yourself and your music, and good things will happen! Good luck!”
“I really enjoyed being part of NASH Next last year – the level of talent continues to get better and more competitive every year, and this music platform is working. It’s been fun to watch last year’s winner, Radio Romance, catch the wave and surf it to the next level of their career,” noted Kix Brooks.