About the program...

Washington State Nashville Country Star, starting our 16th season on Jan. 1, 2020, 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, WA), 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. 

     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 Classic Country, Country Gospel, 50s & 60s Rock-n-Roll, Pop & Doo Wop,  R&B (the later genres will be performed at our semi-final and our final). At the qualifiers,  you can sing any song from any genre of music except hip hop and rap or opera. For the quarter final, oldies doo wop, rock-n-roll, jazz. For the semi-final, Classic Country, & for the finals, two songs will be sung: Oldies & Classic Country. Songs must come from our approved song list:  Click here for the approved song list. 

NEW!!!   There are changes for the 2020 season!!

     In 2020, we will be accepting video auditions to enter our competition. The length of your video should be between 1:30 & 2:00 minutes & should be sung using a karaoke track. It should only be you singing the melody along to a karaoke track - background vocals are okay.  (See "competition rules & info" for more detailed rules.) 

     Contestants are judged on vocals (control, key, pitch, range and tonal quality). During the competition rounds, stage presence 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, Pop. Jazz, R&B 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.

Admission for the Quarter Final(s) & Semi-Final:  $10 per person; Family of 4+: $35  (immediate family in one household). Championship Final:  $12.00;  Family of 4+:  $40 (immediate family in one household). Online tickets will be available at Brown Paper Tickets the first week of March 2019.