Music City Star Quest

The Judges

All judges for Music City Star Quest are Music Industry Professionals. Many have performed on shows like The David Letterman Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno so they know what it takes to make it at the highest level. Many have played or sung with artists like Shania Twain, Trace Adkins, The Pointer Sisters, Barbara Mandrell and many others. 
Important: Anyone who is auditioning cannot know any of the judges or they are automatically disqualified.


Mila Mason: In 1996 Mila exploded onto the country music scene with her debut album, "That's Enough of That." She went on to have three top 40 songs on Billboard's Hot Country list for Atlantic Records and was a regular on CMT and GAC! An accomplished songwriter, she also wrote Mindy McCready's 2002 single, "Maybe, Maybe Not".


Dan Schafer: Former RCA Recording Artist, Dan Schafer, has played with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. As lead guitarist for Shania Twain, Dan appeared before millions of people on shows like The Tonight Show, David Letterman, The American Music Awards, and many others. Dan has also played guitar for Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, Russ Taff, and over a dozen other major artists. An accomplished songwriter, Dan has had cuts by many artists, including Larnelle Harris' #1 hit, "All along the way." 


Casey Thompson: Casey is no stranger to talent competitions. After several weeks of performing on The Today Show as a finalist for America's Next Singing Sensation, Casey was called a member of the Fab Five by Matt Lauer. She is currently half of the duo, South Of Eden with former Van Halen frontman, Mitch Malloy and will be singing with Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard on their "Timeless" tour this summer.


James Hedden: After moving to Nashville from his home state of Hawaii, James quickly found his place in the Nashville music scene. An accomplished guitarist, singer, and songwriter, James has played on a variety of national artists tours. You have no doubt seen James performing on Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, The CMA Awards, or a host of other national shows. After 7 years of traveling with Rodney Atkins, James is currently writing and producing in Nashville as well as playing guitar for Danielle Peck.


Tecia McKenna, an Americana Artist from Seville Spain, has enjoyed international success as a singer and songwriter. Her album, Off The Beaten Path, Charted #1 in Europe with three #1 singles and three more top 10 singles. 
Her tours have taken her across Europe and the United States sharing the stage with the likes of Charlie Daniels, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Shenandoah just to name a few.
Now living in Nashville, Tecia spends her time writing and recording, and has several cuts with various Indie Artists.


Doug Reeves has spent most of his life in and around the music business. He got his start playing for Freddy Fender, and went on to work with many industry legends including George Jones, Dolly Parton, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Being from the original "Mayberry" in North Carolina, Doug aptly named his first solo project, "Searching the Map for Mayberry" which went on to spawn a # 1 song for Doug on the bluegrass charts.


Adam Hatfield: Born in Augusta, GA and brought up on blue-eyed soul, Adam and his band got the attention of "The Godfather of Soul," James Brown, who offered them a record deal. After much discussion, Adam eventually moved to Nashville where he has quickly become an in-demand session guitarist. His new CD, "Heavy Rest," was just released and is now available on Itunes worldwide.


Diana Pelham: One of Nashville's most promising new artist, Diana is making a name for herself in Music City and beyond as a regular on the Billy Block radio show. Diana’s incredible vocal talent, stage presence, and her uncanny ability to bring life to a song, combined with the talent and diversity of her band, make for an unforgettable musical experience.


Scott Sellers:  Scott comes from a long line of music business professionals. Scott’s dad, Steven Troy, formerly the lead singer for Little Texas, is also a musician and has played in music videos and concerts with everybody from Daryl Singletary to Pam Tillis. Scott's aunt, Lee Ann Womack, exploded onto the music scene with her crossover hit, I hope you dance. And his uncle, Jason Sellers, has enjoyed chart success as a solo artist, as well as written songs for some of the biggest names in the business including Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, and Reba McEntire. Scott is following in his family’s footsteps by gaining a reputation in Nashville as an accomplished session musician and band member.


* If for any reason a judge cannot make it to the event, another judge will be selected to replace them.