Ritter Wins Major Country Talent Search


Jessie Ritter from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is the winner of Cumulus Media’s  4th annual NASH Next competition — a national and local grassroots search for the nation’s newest Country star. The final competition event featured live performances from the top 10 national finalists, and a special performance by Radio Romance, last year’s NASH Next winner whose single “Weekend” rose to the Top 40 on the Country Airplay charts. The winner of NASH Next was selected by a panel of Country music luminaries and industry professionals.

Ritter said, “I’m very excited and blessed for this opportunity. God has given me patience and strength throughout this entire process and I’m humbled to be crowned the NASH Next winner. This is where I’m meant to be and I can’t wait for the adventure that lies ahead.”

Of the NASH Next program, Mike McVay, EVP Programming and Content, Cumulus Radio Station Group and Westwood One, said, “Radio leads the way when it comes to music discovery. NASH Next genuinely discovers new artists, enables all of the contestants to be heard, and allows the winners to take advantage of an amazing opportunity to have their music backed by a major label as well as played nationally on the radio.”


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