This week, Ben competed against 20 other songwriters in a singer-songwriter contest in Nashville. Ben performed the song “D.U.I.” from his album FALL. After all of the artists had performed, the voting was opened to those in the room and watching online. After a 15-minute voting period, Ben won with 30% of the vote.

Ben will return on October 18th to compete in the semifinals of the contest against 20 other preliminary winners.

The winners of Nashville Rising Star Songwriter Open-Mic Contest Series 10 Prelim #6 on Sep. 6, 2017. From left to right, Kim Shrum (music industry judge), Ben Becker (audience winners), James Gregory (music industry judges winner), Larry Cox (music industry judge), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

You can watch Ben’s performance, Ben starts at about the 12-minute mark of the video.



Nashville Rising Star is a singer-songwriter open mic contest in the Franklin area south of Nashville. The event is a weekly series totaling 12 events at the Kings Bowl – The Whiskey Room Live

The event is facilitated by Keith Mohr of Mohr Music Productions. Keith has facilitated the contest since 2009. The event is regarded as the premier vehicle for songwriters to share their original songs in front of attentive audiences and credible industry judges.