Hear Trucker Talent Search semifinalist James Nelson cover Blake Shelton’s ‘I Lived It’

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The fifth annual Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search received more than 35 entries from talented truckers who love to sing. A panel of judges reviewed all the entries and has chosen a top 10. Over the next week, Overdrive will feature each of the top 10 singers in advance of announcing the three finalists who will compete live for first place at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August.


James Nelson

James Nelson of Livingston, Tennessee
Company driver, Accelerated Inc.
Has been a trucking for 15 years

Song title: “I lived It”
Why did you pick this song? This song is Blake Shelton’s recent single on the radio. It caught my attention with the melody and lyrics. It is a country song that will take you back to your younger days. Most of the new country songs on the radio these days are recycled pieces of junk so this song stands out to me. I write songs and enjoy hearing a good song like this make it to radio.
Do you write your own songs? I write songs, and I have been trying to delve into the music scene. I’ve been trying to write more and more.
Do you play any instruments? Guitar, 20 years.


The Trucker Talent Search culminates with a live contest featuring three finalists. The first-place winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, plus a recording session courtesy of AxleOutPro. The contest will be emceed by Tony Justice, who will also perform during the event.


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