Jessie Nickes Is Finalist For Chris Austin Award


Jessie Nickes

By Steve Banks

It's called "Early Morning Rain," and for Brevard resident Jessie Nickes it may just be a rain storm that launches his musical career to new heights. Nickes, age 39, has placed as one of three international finalists in the general cate-gory of the songwriting contest known as the Chris Austin Awards. The contest is hosted by the legendary music festival, Merlefest, and it offers songwriters the opportunity to have their original songs heard by a panel of profes-sional songwriters and record executives from the Nashville music industry. Nickes' song was handpicked by these pr...

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