NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- America has spoken, and USA Network is
proud to announce Buddy Jewell the winner of Nashville Star. Jewell, the 41
year-old native of Osceola, AR, and current resident of Antioch, TN competed
over a nine-week period to come out the winner of this grassroots, nationwide
talent search for the next country music superstar. The popular program
debuted March 8th on the USA Network. Jewell will receive a recording
contract with Sony Music Nashville, and country music superstar Clint Black
will produce his debut effort.
Jewell, the proud father of three, makes his living singing demos for
songwriters. In 1993, he twice won the Male Vocalist category on Star Search.
After winning the Nashville Star competition, Jewell said, "This is finally
confirmation that I've been accepted by someone other that my family and
friends! Next to meeting my wife, and being there when my children were born,
this is the highlight of my life. Of course I wanted to win, but I know good
things are in store for all of us."
Jewell, whose final performance on the show was a duet with Trace
Adkins -- "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing" said the best part of his Nashville
Star experience has been "singing my own songs on the show, and then getting
fans' reactions via email and my web site. I'm especially proud of how 'Help
Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)' has ministered to people and helped a lot of
people heal. It's been an opportunity for me to show my Christian values."
From its inception, Nashville Star took the traditional talent search
model several steps further. The 12 finalists on the show lived in a fully
wired home in Nashville, where cameras recorded their daily quest to become a
star. The nationwide audience became a part of the entire process, from
songwriting to preparing for concert performances, giving the audience a
unique perspective of what it takes to become a superstar.
Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell hosted Nashville Star. Judges for the
talent search included Columbia/Lucky Dog recording artist Charlie Robison,
respected country music journalist Robert Oermann and Sony Music A&R
consultant Tracy Gershon. Additional celebrity judges participated throughout
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