Last night was the final round of Shiner Beer and KHYI 95.3‘s Shiner Rising Star competition, hosted at the world famous Gas Monkey Bar & Grill. For twelve years now Shiner Beer and KHYI have been putting on one of the best contests in Texas for acts on the rise. The competition consisted of 23 artists/bands fighting for a shot at a record deal with Shiner Records. With that being said, everyone here at Nashville Dialed would like to congratulate John Dempsy of taking home the title of Shiner Rising Star!
We reached out to John Dempsy for comment, read below.
I can’t express, fully, how grateful I am for Shiner Beer, Shiner Records, KHYI 95.3 The Range, Cowboy’s And Indians Magazine, and all the venues, staff, judges, sound crews, and fans of music that came to support us during the Shiner Rising Star competition this year. I’m still trying to wrap my head around winning, and everything that’s ahead for myself and my camp.
The six folks on stage with me last night…and during the preliminary rounds, are some of my favorite people on earth. They went vastly above and beyond to make this happen, and I’m not sure I can do enough to repay them for their loyalty, and believing in the music. Each one is a monster musician in their own right…. Kayla Ray, Jon Dews, Sammy Colunga, Dana Mae, John Laufenberg, and Jason Carter…. find these cats on any stage they grace, and it’ll change your life. I know they’ve all left a lasting mark on my heart and soul.
As far as exactly what’s ahead on this crazy road…I’m not entirely sure…but I know it chose me, I didn’t choose it….and I know that God has it covered, as long as I continue to listen to what he has to say.
I’m eternally grateful and humbled.
Light up the darkness…
If you aren’t familiar with John Dempsy, you can stream his record “The Wreckage” Below.