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Nashville Star Year End Review

Nashville Star 2003 Year End Review

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© Jan Duke

Prentiss Varnon

© Jan Duke
When USA Network announced the first season of Nashville Star many in Nashville over-looked the show as just another version of reality show television, although by the end of the show most of Nashville was talking about the show and more so about Buddy Jewell. I suspect that many on Music Row are still scratching their heads wondering how the great talent of Buddy had slipped by them all, with maybe the exception of Tracy Gershon's keen eye.

USA Network has given Country Music fans everywhere a great show and Country Music hopefuls the rare chance to break into the realm of Country Music Stardom.

Since winning Nashville Star, Buddy Jewell has taken all of Country Music by storm, most of the other finalists for Nashville Star 1 have also benefited in various degrees.

Here is an overview on how these talented contestants are doing and the impact Nashville Star has had on their lives.

Earlier this year, John Arthur Martinez, who finished second in the NS 1 competition, opened for Charlie Robison in Texas. John Arthur Martinez was courted by Sony for awhile, but ultimately signed a recording contract with Dualtone Records. He has been in the studio working hard and it's said that he will have a new release out in early 2004. "Home Made of Stone," and "The River of Love" are some of the songs that are set to be on his new release.

Miranda Lambert has been one busy lady. Earlier this year she did tour with Travis Howard in Texas and has been seen this year performing with Clint Black, George Jones, John Michael Montgomery, Willie Nelson, Joe Nichols and Lee Ann Womack. In mid-September, she signed a contract with Sony. Miranda is also set to appear and perform on Nashville Star 2 in March and will start touring in early spring. Her first release is due out in the first part of this year. In the mist of all of this, she has still found the time to move to Nashville.

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