Nashville music veteran wins 'Nashville Star'

Monday, May 3, 2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A 33-year-old man from Alabama who has been trying to land a major label record deal for years was chosen Saturday as the winner of the reality talent show, "Nashville Star," which last year launched country singer Buddy Jewell's career.

Brad Cotter edged out two other finalists, George Canyon and Matt Lindahl, to win the title and a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville.

As a youth, Cotter recorded five gospel albums and enjoyed regional success in Auburn, Ala. He moved to Nashville in 1993, where he has been singing demo tapes and writing songs for publishing companies.

Cotter's debut single, "I Meant To," which he co-wrote, will be shipped to country radio stations today.

"Nashville Star" combines country music with reality television by placing contestants in a wired house on Music Row as they compete for a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville. Cameras capture their daily interaction and weekly live performances, which are judged by USA Network viewers and industry professionals.

Last year, the winner was Jewell, a 42-year-old father of three who had been rejected by every major record label in Nashville. His self-titled album for Sony debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts and spawned a No. 3 single, "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacy's Song)."


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