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NASHVILLE, TN (March 12, 2024) – Center Stage Live proudly announces Lexi Lew as the Week three winner of the Indie Country Showdown followed by Allie Lamb and John Haywood. Competitors Seth Alexand, Andy Pursell, Brooke Spencer, and Charlie McNeal also delivered performances that made the judge’s decisions very difficult for week 3.

The winner automatically secures a spot in the Week four finale and competition judges can still nominate contestants that finish in second and third place as wild cards to compete in the finale. Allie Lamb and John Haywood will compete as wild cards for the week 4 finale!
The Indie Country Showdown’s week four finale will be held at the Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom in West Nashville on Thursday, March 14. 

Kayla Wass, CJ Garton, Lexi Lew, Allie Lamb, and John Haywood will compete for the first-ever Indie Country Showdown Grand Champion. Guest performers include Keith Burns, Abby Leigh Anderson (Bobby Bones Show), Jimmy Wayne, and Laine Hardy.

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 and special live-stream segments with the contestants will be featured on Center Stage Magazine’s website and to 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 Finale will also include special guest judge John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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 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!”

Center Stage Magazine Co-Founder Tommy Lemon

“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!”

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

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 – 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! Winner of Round 2 – C.J. Garton
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! Winner Round 3 – Lexi Lew
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.


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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