Two Nashville singer/songwriters will be featured in the premiere episode of Bud United presents: The Big Time, which airs Saturday, January 21 at 2 PM/CT on ABC.
Nashville’s Jessica Ridley and Justin Nault, along with Laura Jeanne of St. Albans, England, will square off through a series of challenges to prove their entertainment skill to producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston) and Clear Channel’s Julie Pilat. The winner will get to open a show at the MGM Grand Arena with will.i.am, Sublime with Rome and Jane’s Addiction during the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
Jessica Ridley had a brief flirtation with MusicRow’s CountryBreakout Chart early in 2011, when a handful of stations picked up and spun her single “Flaming Red.” Nault is a seasoned performer who studied music at Berklee College and makes a living as a human jukebox in lower Broadway’s Big Bang Piano Bar. Laura Jeanne has landed some acting roles in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and began writing songs after discovering her singing talent in a school play.
The Big Time is a seven part series that claims to be the world’s first social reality show. Episodes will feature young adults attempting to fulfill their dreams of being a performer, race car driver, soccer player or professional baseball pitcher. Individuals were selected from casting applications submitted online. More info here.