Coventry Native to Appear on ABC Reality Talent Competition

Justin Nault will compete on television for the chance to perform at a major music festival.


Following his relocation to Tennessee to pursue his music career three years ago, , 25, has gained an impressive fan base, released an album, filmed his first music video and has now been given the opportunity to showcase his musical abilities in front of the entire world.

Nault was chosen to compete in Budweiser's new reality TV series, "The Big Time" after he submitted an audition video on YouTube and was selected as one of the top three of 11 talented singer/songwriters from around across the globe to be flown to Los Angeles and perform for Evan Weinstein, creator of The Amazing Race.

As part of the show, he traveled to Las Vegas where he competed in a series of musical challenges with other contestants that pushed their songwriting and performance skills to the limit in an effort to prove to Grammy Award-Winning Producer Narada Michael Walden and Clear Channel Radio Program Director Julie Pilat they had what it takes to wow crowds on the big stage.

The contestants went up against one another for the opportunity to be an opening act onstage at the MGM Grand Arena for the likes of will.i.am, Sublime with Rome, and Jane’s Addiction at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Nault, who currently resides in Madison, TN, along with Jessica Ridley, a Calgary, Canada resident and Laura Jeanne of St. Albans, England will be featured in the premiere episode of "The Big Time" that debuts on Saturday, January 21 at 3 p.m. EST, as part of an agreement by Budweiser with ESPN/ABC to broadcast all seven episodes on ABC.

When asked how his friends and family here in Rhode Island are reacting to the opportunity, Nault explained that everybody is just as fired up about it as he is.

"I've gotten a lot of text messages and calls about it and everyone is really really excited," he said. "My family is freaking out and they are actually throwing a viewing party at Parente's in Smithfield, which was actually my first paying gig when I was about 17. I wish I could be there for that but I've got to stay down here, but it's awesome that they are doing it."

The seven-part series features young adults from across the globe fulfilling their dreams – from racing professional racecar drivers and suiting up for a global soccer powerhouse to pitching for a professional baseball team and taking center stage at a major music concert. Along with ABC’s broadcast in the United States, Budweiser is working with international entertainment distribution company FreemantleMedia Enterprises to distribute the show globally.

"It's crazy - the cool thing is I didn't know any of that was going to happen - that it was going to become a network TV show or that it would be broadcast all over the world," he said. "It wasn't until months later that we heard we had gotten ABC, so that was just a huge deal."

To view contestant biographies and interviews, sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes footage of the show, check out the official Facebook page at http://apps.facebook.com/thebigtime/.


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