We ain't just country anymore!

About the program...

Washington State Nashville Country Star, starting our 14th season on Jan. 1, 2018, is a high school singing competition founded by Ed Lisenbey formerly of Okanogan, Wash., now living in Richland, Wash.   Ed  used to perform and give his tribute to Elvis Presley. He started this program to give our area kids (Okanogan and Omak, Wash.), who may not have had the opportunity otherwise, the chance to sing, have fun, perform in front of an audience and get the chance to win a cash award all at the same time!

     In 2010, our competition (formerly known as Okanogan Valley Nashville Star) was expanded to encompass the entire state of Washington! Each year, we invite over 350 high schools to participate in our competition. For competition rules and information, click here.

     The champion of our competition is awarded a cash prize of $1,500! He or she is not the only person to win money! If a contestant makes their way into the finals through several rounds, they can earn a cash award of $150 up to $750 depending on placement. Where else can a person sing, perform, have fun, meet new friends and win money all at the same time? 

     Our contest is for students enrolled in any Washington State high school which includes home-schooled students in grade 9 through 12. The song genre contestants must sing include Today's Pop & Country, Classic Country, Gospel, 50s & 60s Rock-n-Roll, Pop & Doo Wop (the later genres will be performed at our semi-final and our final). At the qualifiers and the quarter final you can sing any song from any genre of music except hip hop and rap or opera.  Click here for the approved song list. 

     How does it work? A potential contestant must come to at least one of our qualifiers (try-outs) being held throughout the state.They can attend any or all of the qualifiers. If a person attends more than one qualifier, they will be judged separately, and their highest score  will determine the placement into the next round. Contestants are judged on vocals (control, key, pitch, range and tonal quality). During the competition rounds, stage presence will be used will be factored into the scoring.  

     If a contestant is chosen to move on, they qualify for the quarter final (top 30). After the quarter final, there is a semi-final round (top 20). At the Championship Final (top 12), all contestants will be required to perform two songs from the genres of Classic Country and 50s & 60s Rock-n-Roll or Doo Wop. In each competition round, no two contestants will be allowed to sing the same song.

     All contestants MUST supply their own Karaoke backing tracks which can be purchased at area department or music stores or downloaded from the Internet. All downloaded karaoke music (no TV lyrics) MUST BE ON A CD-R DISK.

     This year's qualifiers will be held in Connell, Bellingham, Gig Harbor, Wenatchee and Okanogan. 

Admission is charged to all (except contestants) at all qualifiers and competition rounds. Qualifiers are $5 per person. The Quarter Finals, Semi-Final & Championship Final are $10 per person; $35 Family of four or more. Championship Finals are $10.00;  $35 (immediate family in one household). Online tickets will be available at Brown Paper Tickets in March 2018.


Washington State Nashville Country Star Committee:

Ed & Mary Lisenbey, James & Leslie Todd, Sharon Brown, Jack & Susan Brandt, & many more behind the scene helpers at all our qualifier & competition venues!