About the program...

    Washington State Nashville Country Star, starting our 17th season on Jan. 1, 2022, 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.