NASHVILLE STAR TEAMS UP WITH RCA LABEL GROUP TO FIND COUNTRY MUSIC’S NEXT SUPERSTAR


Season Four to Premiere Tuesday, March 14 at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)


December 15, 2005 -- Nashville Star, USA Network’s original grassroots talent search to find the next country music star and the nation’s top-rated country music series, has partnered with the RCA Label Group – Nashville to give someone their big break when Nashville Star returns for Season Four, it was announced today by executive producer H.T. Owens. The winner will be on one of RLG’s three labels – Arista Nashville, BNA or RCA Records.

“We couldn’t have chosen a better partner than the RCA label group to help us discover, cultivate and launch our next Nashville Star,” said Owens. “We are working in lockstep with RLG's immensely talented A&R department to ensure that this year’s finalists are the most talented ever, and that this season’s winner has all of the resources and support to succeed in the highly competitive country music market.”

The RCA Label Group is home to multi-platinum and platinum superstars including Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Lonestar, Sara Evans, Diamond Rio and Brad Paisley, as well as many talented young acts just breaking into the business.

"We are thrilled to be in business with Nashville Star. This partnership represents a huge opportunity to launch the winner and we are very much looking forward to working on making a record with this new artist," explained Joe Galante, Chairman, RCA Label Group.

Nashville Star producers saw twice the number of contestants as last year audition in 18 markets across the country in just six weeks. With Regional auditions in Houston and Nashville still to come, Season Four has already exceeded expectations in the search to find the most talented and deserving cast.

The first three seasons of the series have launched the careers of promising artists including Buddy Jewell, Miranda Lambert and 2005’s Erika Jo. Jewell debuted his self-titled CD at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA. Runner-up Miranda Lambert became a household name when her “Kerosene” became the highest-selling debut album of 2005 and then went on to be certified gold as well. Erika Jo, the most recent NASHVILLE STAR, landed at No. 5 on the same chart with her self-titled debut CD and at No. 27 on the Hot 200 Album Chart (all genres), outselling Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain, among others.

As previously announced, Five-time Grammy Award Winning Superstar Wynonna Judd (Curb Records) and RAYBAW/Warner Bros. Record’s Cowboy Troy will host, while Arista Nashville singer/songwriter Phi Vassar and music executive Anastasia Brown return to the judges’ table with a rotating celebrity guest each week.

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