The producers of Nashville Star, USA Network's grassroots talent search series to find the next country music superstar, have named country music singer/songwriter Phil Vassar as a celebrity judge to join show host LeAnn Rimes for the third season, which will premiere on Tuesday, March 1, 2005, from 10:00 - 11:00 PM (ET/PT) on USA Network. The announcement was made today by Libby Hansen, vice president, alternative series & specials, USA Network.
LeAnn Rimes said, "I'm so honored to have my friend Phil Vassar join
Nashville Star with me. Phil is an amazing talent who will inspire these
country hopefuls tremendously. "
"We wanted to put together a panel of judges with their fingers on the pulse
of what's hot and exciting in country music today," said Hansen. "Phil
Vassar is one of the hottest names in country music and knows what it takes
to make it in this business and specifically what to look for in the next
The grand prizewinner of the third season of Nashville Star will be awarded
a recording contract from Universal South Records. A joint venture between
highly respected music executives Tim DuBois and Tony Brown and Universal
Motown Records Group in New York, Universal South Records is part of the
Universal Music Group.
"Since we arrived in Nashville three years ago, we've been looking for a way
to collaborate with Tim [DuBois] and Tony [Brown] and their amazing team at
Universal South," said Nashville Star executive producer H. T. Owens. "They
are hands-on record executives and as our new partners, view Nashville Star
as the ideal vehicle to find new talent and to market that talent
Country music comedian Cledus T. Judd has been named correspondent for the
show and will support show host LeAnn Rimes with color commentary. Country music talent manager Anastasia Brown has also been named to the panel ofjudges.
Singer-songwriter Phil Vassar began his career performing his growing
repertoire of original songs at his Nashville club-restaurant. Before
embarking on his solo career, which has produced more than half a dozen Top 10 hits (including his breakout #1 single "Just Another Day In Paradise"),Vassar penned hits for a number of top artists including Tim McGraw ("My
Next Thirty Years"), Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money"), and Jo Dee Messina("Bye Bye"). He has earned numerous songwriting awards as well as new artist distinctions from ACM and CMA.
His current album, "Shaken Not Stirred," boasts the single "In A Real Love," which spent two weeks atop the country music charts. The steamy music video for his next single, "I'll Take That As A Yes (The Hot Tub Song)" is in rotation on CMT and GAC. Vassar's tour schedule keeps him out on the road presenting his energetic performances that have earned fan support and widespread critical acclaim.