Robert K. Oermann - Judge
Robert K. Oermann served as a judge during season 1 of Nashville Star, USA Network's original grassroots talent search series to find the next country music superstar.
Dubbed "The Dean of Nashville's music writers," Oermann is a multimedia figure in Music City. Already a TV personality, he is seen regularly on the CMT series Inside Fame and on A&E's Biography. He is the Editor-at-Large of Country Music magazine, a weekly columnist for the trade publication Music Row, and has been published in more than 100 other national magazines.
Oermann has previously served a writer/producer for television, having worked on such scripts as the America's Music documentary (TBS, 1996), The Women of Country (CBS, 1993), The Video Session series (TNN, 1993-95), the national "Country Rocks the Vote" PSA campaign (1996), The 75th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry (CBS, 2000) and television specials for stars including Vince Gill, Conway Twitty, Billy Ray Cyrus and Dolly Parton. For the past two years, Oermann has scripted the Hall of Fame segments on the nationally telecast CMA Awards (CBS).
Oermann's seven books to date include the award-winning Finding Her Voice (Crown, 1993/Henry Holt, 1995), A Century of Country (TV Books/Harper Collins, 1999) and Little Miss Dynamite (Hyperion, 2002), the autobiography of new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Brenda Lee. More than 75 record albums contain liner notes penned by Oermann, including the current multi-million selling soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? In addition, Oermann has produced more than a dozen historical re-issue recordings.
Oermann was a 2000-01 consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts, and serves on the boards of Leadership Music, the Recording Academy (NARAS) and the Nashville Songwriters Foundation. He also serves as the chairman of the country committee for the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, and serves on the Hall of Fame committee for the Country Music Association (CMA). In addition, he has been selected for the 2003 class of the prestigious Leadership Nashville.
Oermann's honors include receiving the 2000 President's Award from the Recording Academy and winning the 1999 and 2001 Nashville Scene Reader's Poll as Music City's favorite feature writer. Oermann also won a 1996 Nashville Music Award, the 1994 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, and the 1988 CMA Media Achievement Award.