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NashNext Challenge 4 - HERE WE GO!!!

We have advanced to NashNext Challenge 4, Instagram :15 Second Visual Story. The focus is to "tell a visual story that relates to one of your Original Songs". In our "Visual Story", we have set the clips & Photos to a Clip of "Honky Tonk Heart", the song I wrote about growing up in Small Town Monee, IL! As a reminder, This Competition is for a TOUR & A RECORD DEAL with NashNext. NashNext is the Sister Label to NashIcon with houses REBA, MARTINA MCBRIDE, HANK JR., RONNIE DUNN.

Here's where YOU come in! - YOU, along with Judges Kix Brooks (Of Brooks & Dunn), Award Winning Producer, James Stroud, and EVP of Cumulus Media, John Dickey are the Judges. - 15 Contestants will be eliminated from Challenge 4. - With your help, get us to advance to Challenge 5, they then Eliminate 30! - The TOP 10 will be left for Challenge 6 & Go On TOUR Next Year - the Grand Prize Winner receives a Record Deal with Nash Next. Below are step by step on how you are involved and what to do. - It only takes a minute and we sincerely appreciate all of your support and being with us along the way! THANK YOU!!!!

For Challenge 4 1. Please FOLLOW us on INSTAGRAM @MANDYZRR1 - Heart, Comment, & Share our Challenge 4 Video on your Twitter, Insta, & Facebook - Here is the Direct Link: https://instagram.com/p/8bn4vmNvlR/

2. www.nashnextcountry.com/challenges - watch our :15 Second Clip & Give us a Thumbs Up - VOTE HERE ON OCTOBER 8 & 9.

3. - Please visit our NashNext Profile https://www.nashnextcountry.com/bands/Mandy%20Z%20&%20Rural%20Route%20One - Click on the Heart to become a Fan - Give us a Thumbs Up on all of our songs & videos (Thumb icon is located in the Top Left Corner of each square that has the play icon) - Share our NashNext Page on FB, Twitter, etc - VOTE Oct 8 & 9 by clicking on the Little Blue Circle with the Arrow - Vote For This Band on our profile

WE CANNOT THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH!!! This means a lot to all of us having your support and helping us advance in this major competition! Hope to see you soon! Our Next Show is SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 at THE LOADED BUFFALO in MUNDELEIN, IL at 9pm!

Much LOVE TO ALL OF YOU!!!! 3 Mandy

We are NashNext Season 1 Semifinalists!!!!!!!!!

Wow! Got a call last week that we were a Semifinalist for Season 1 of NashNext. Think American Idol, The Voice, Nashville Star, Star Search... NASHNEXT

The Judges: Cumulus Media EVP, John Dickey, Producer James Stroud, and Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn and YOU! "NASH Next is Cumulus [Media's] second imprint after NASH Icon Music, a joint venture with Big Machine. Artists signed to that classic artist-centric label include Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and Hank Williams, Jr." - Billboard Magazine July 27, 2015

Please VOTE ONLINE on August 26 & 27 for Mandy Z & Rural Route One! Challenge 1 - Cover Song Challenge - We had to choose 1 of 3 songs given to us. We chose Randy Houser's, How Country Feels and put our own spin on the song. Link to Challenge 1 Page: *Scroll down through the list and you'll see our video - click on it, watch, like, & share - VOTE on August 26 & 27 www.nashnextcountry.com/challenges


Please visit www.nashnextcountry.com - Sign up as a Fan - go to our Mandy Z & Rural Route One NashNext profile page - Click on the Heart to become a fan - Click on VOTE FOR THIS BAND - like our songs and videos - share on social media networks - LOG IN & VOTE FOR US ON AUGUST 26 & 27

*You can also Download the NASHNEXT APP on your iPhone or Android!

We can't Thank You all enough for being with us on our musical journey! It has been a lifetime of writing and performing! We appreciate each and every one of you! 3 Mandy

New Single, See It From The Other Side, is NOW AVAILABLE to Purchase!

"See It From The Other Side", Duet Ft. Mandy Z & Brandon Dean, is the long awaited Brand New 2015 Release from Mandy Z & Rural Route One!

Available NOW for Purchase on CD Baby, Reverbnation, & COMING SOON to iTunes, iHeart Radio, Amazon, Spotify, & Many More! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mandyzruralrouteone

Keeping with her style of writing that is becoming recognized, it is no surprise to those that know Mandy, that this is a song that tells it like it is; a story that so many can relate to about heartbreak, getting over it, & moving on. “[Don’t let this “Local” Lady of Country Music fool ya’…she’s a Firecracker on Stage, full of energy and yet can sing a Country Ballad so sultry that it leaves the boys breathless]" -C2E Review

With so many Male dominated & Male Perspective Songs about Drinkin', Girls, & Pick Up Trucks, like Mandy and Co-Writer, Jim Billmeier (Drinkin Song, 2012 that placed well in the Texaco Country Showdown), Mandy Zahn & Brandon Dean (See It From The Other Side, 2015), have written a song that's a bit different that tells an honest & real story.

Thank you all for your continued support!!! We appreciate all of you MZ & RR1 Rockin' Honky Tonkin' Friends more than we can put into words!


New Music Coming Soon!

We've been busy recording at Hammerhead Studios, laying down tracks for our upcoming new single, along with a few other surprises!

As a Songwriter, you write some stuff that ends up in a pile shoved in a box never to be looked at again, some stuff that is alright.... good tunes, some pretty good stuff, & then the ones you REALLY dig... and it is a great feeling to know you can really reach someone based on the response that happens when you play it Live. Then the time comes to put it all together and I am lucky to have a great group of fellers in my band and that they know how to translate massive technical terms, such as the "Do the weeeeEEEEEEErrrrrRRRRR thing" or the "Doodoos" or "Dumdums"... in various combinations.... which aren't what you think they are, and they are perfectly translated and executed by the Rhythm section. A while back, fellow Songwriter & Peer in Country Music, Brandon Dean & I got together and wrote what will be our next single from Mandy Z & Rural Route One as a Duet with Mandy Z & Brandon Dean on Vocals. I can't express in words how much I truly appreciate the guys in my band & Bob for making this come together, along with Engineer & Producer Ken Perrone at Hammerhead Studios! We hope you all dig it as much as we do and THANK YOU for continuing to follow us on our musical journey! Stay tuned Rockin Honky Tonkers!!!!! - M xoxo

South Genesee Street Merchants Block Recap Video

Recap of this past Saturday's Event in Waukegan, IL. This video popped up recapping this past Saturday's Event in Waukegan, IL for the Grand Opening of the South Genesee Merchants Block! Best wishes to all of these businesses and everyone involved in the community! Thank you again for having us as part of the event! http://animoto.com/play/poD0WboH32SS3eQjdTExxA

Mandy Z & Rural Route One: Evolution Tour 2014

Mandy Z & Rural Route One: Evolution Tour 2014 is officially underway and we've just announced an addition to our tour....

Catch us in NASHVILLE, TN JUNE 6-8, for CMA FEST/FAN FAIR- The largest Country Music Festival and held downtown, right in the heart of Music City! *FAN FAIR X: -Saturday, June 7- Mandy Z & Rural Route One will be signing at the TOOTSIES BOOTH at Fan Fair X located at Music City Center 4pm-6pm *PERFORMANCES: - Friday, June 6 @ TOOTSIES on Broadway Downtown Nashville- 10-12 -Sunday, June 8 @ RIPPY'S on Broadway Downtown Nashville- Noon til 2


Gearing up for 2014!!!