Buddy Jewell is the winner of Nashville Star. Jewell, the 41 year-old native of Osceola, AR, and current resident of Antioch, TN, competed over a nine-week period to come out the winner of this grassroots, nationwide talent search for the next country music superstar. The popular program debuted March 8 on the USA Network. Jewell will receive a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville, and Clint Black will produce his debut effort.
Jewell, the proud father of three, makes his living singing demos for songwriters. In 1993, he twice won the Male Vocalist category on Star Search. After winning the Nashville Star competition, Jewell said, "This is finally confirmation that I've been accepted by someone other that my family and friends! Next to meeting my wife, and being there when my children were born, this is the highlight of my life. Of course I wanted to win, but I know good things are in store for all of us."
Jewell, whose final performance on the show was a duet with Trace Adkins on "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing" said the best part of his Nashville Star experience has been "singing my own songs on the show, and then getting fans' reactions via email and my web site. I'm especially proud of how 'Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)' has ministered to people and helped a lot of people heal. It's been an opportunity for me to show my Christian values."
From its inception, Nashville Star took the traditional talent search model several steps further. The 12 finalists on the show lived in a fully wired home in Nashville, where cameras recorded their daily quest to become a star. The nationwide audience became a part of the entire process, from songwriting to preparing for concert performances, giving the audience a unique perspective of what it takes to become a superstar.
Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell hosted Nashville Star. Judges for the talent search included Columbia/Lucky Dog recording artist Charlie Robison, country music journalist Robert Oermann and Sony Music A&R consultant Tracy Gershon. Additional celebrity judges participated throughout the process.