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NASHVILLE, TN (February 20, 2024) -Center Stage Live is proud to announce Kayla Wass as the Week one winner of the Indie Country Showdown followed by Brooklyn Summer at a very close 2nd place and Jay Jones 3rd. 

The winner automatically secures a spot in the Week four finale.

The judges can nominate contestants that finish in second and third place as wild cards to compete in the finale.

Other great performances were had by Eric Burgett, Charlotte Morris and Corey Davis.

The second round of competition on the Indie Country Showdown talent show will be held at the Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom in West Nashville on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Contestants will be Mia Brown, CJ Garton, Doug Miolen, Kendra Neece, Jon Statham, Ethan Vincil and Chad Wilson.

Guest performances will include Keith Burns, Abby Leigh Anderson (Bobby Bones Show), Rick Monroe and the Hitmen and John Berry!

The Indie Country Showdown consists of four straight weeks of intense competition as Center Stage Live presents the top 20 rising indie country artists in the greater Nashville region chosen by a mix of fan votes and Nashville music industry professionals.

Highlights from each show, along with special live-stream segments with the contestants, will be featured on Center Stage Magazine’s website and to the tens of millions of viewers who engage with Center Stage Magazine’s social media properties each year.

The grand prize winner will be determined by the expert panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals including Keith Burns (Trick Pony), Tom Harding (Engineer and Producer John Denver, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Molly Hatchet, Jason & the Scorchers, Intruder, Deana Carter, Pam Tillis, Olivia Newton-John and more), Adam Cunningham (The Voice Season 13) and Virginia P. Brick (SESAC, former President of the Women’s Music Business Association).

The Grand Prize includes a recording Session with We The People Music Productions and a full-service Single Distribution to Radio via CDX Nashville.

A bonus crowd prize will be awarded to one audience member per event who will win an in-studio demo session with We The People Music Productions at the Speakeasy Recording Studio ($1195 value) or can apply $1195 toward a fully produced, mastered and radio-ready track with a number one songwriter and producer Jason Wyatt, the We The People Team and Nashville’s best session players.

Center Stage Magazine Co-Founder, Tommy Lemon states, “Center Stage Magazine was born out of the love for promoting independent artists.

The Indie Country Showdown is another great way to promote some amazing independent country artists who deserve a shot at stardom! We wish all of the entrants the best of luck!”

“We are excited to be part of the Indie Country Showdown, with thanks to CenterStage Live and the Ray Stevens Cabaray Showroom! These events help us share our goals and stories and help us to meet our mission of service to the military families of Tennessee.

We’ll see you there!” exclaimed Tennessee Folds of Honor Regional Impact Officer Jenner Kreifels

Active and retired military veterans and first responders will be honored each night and a special monetary presentation to Folds Of Honor Tennessee will be made.

Veterans wishing to attend can contact for a special veteran ticket discount

Additional information and tickets can be purchased by those wishing to attend the event in person are available now at

A special performance sponsored by TuneHatch for week two includes Drake Freeman and Karlee Metzger with new performers announced each week of the competition.

Competition Schedule: 
2-15-24 – First Six of 20 chosen artists compete in this intimate showplace! Only one artist advances to the Final Showdown! Winner of Round 1 is Kayla Wass.
2-22-24- Next Seven of 20 chosen artists compete for the chance to advance! Only one artist advances to the Final Showdown!
3-7-24 – Last Seven of 20 chosen artists compete to be the last one chosen for the Top 3! Only one artist advances to the Final Showdown!
3-14-24 – The Finale with The Top 3 winners and special judges selection in the earlier rounds, to be crowned 2024 Indie Country Showdown Champion to be announced live onstage!

Follow Center Stage Magazine on their website Stay current on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and watch artist interviews and appearances on their YouTube channel. 


Center Stage Magazine is one of the fastest-growing online music and entertainment digital media platforms based in Nashville, providing engaging interviews and behind-the-scenes video stories covering emerging music artists to legends.

In 2022, over 40 million viewers engaged with Center Stage Magazine content with an organic reach of over 380 million users across social media and website platforms.

Center Stage Magazine had over 30 live streams in the Pollstar Top 50 live stream charts in 2020, helping artists maximize exposure during the pandemic.

In 2021, they launched 10 episodes of Center Stage with the Stars on Country Road TV.

They also provide fans with interesting and entertaining coverage of live music performances, VIP special event coverage and more! Unique and specialized services they offer artists, labels and industry management teams are Track By Track, which is a music program where they sit down with artists to discuss the behind-the-music details about each track on a current or previous album release.

Most episodes will also feature a special musical performance by the artist.

More information on Center Stage Magazine is available on their website.

Tripp Osteen (Folds of Honor) and Don Griffis (Center Stage Magazine) Photo credit: Bill McClintic


Meeting sacrifice with hope, Folds of Honor began with Lt Col Dan Rooney’s flight home from his second tour of duty in Iraq.

An F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, he became painfully aware of the realities families face when a loved one in uniform is fallen or is disabled.

As his flight landed, the pilot announced they carried the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin on board.

Lt Col Rooney watched as Corporal Bucklin’s twin brother walked somberly alongside the flag-covered casket to meet his family on the tarmac.

Among them was the deceased Corporal’s young son, Jacob.

Since that night, Lt Col. Rooney has committed his life to rallying patriotic Americans and meeting sacrifice with hope through the Folds of Honor.

Since 2007, we’ve provided life-changing scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen or disabled military.

And now, our mission expands to the families of America’s first responders. On our watch, those who protect our freedoms and our families will know they are not forgotten.

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