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American Battle Judges

2014 JUDGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON

We're bringing in world class, VIP nationally recognized judges that will be picking the best of the best from this competition. Stay tuned for the 2014 line up.

2012 Judge

PAUL PETERSON
Paul was hand picked by Prince himself for performing and touring. Paul Peterson is a nationally recognized Keyboard and Bass player who has toured with countless big national artists. Paul has toured with some of musics biggest acts like "The Time, Steve Miller Band, and now to Fdeluxe."        

2011 Judge

TOM TUCKER
World renown producer, Nationally Recognized for Jonny Lang, Prince, Soul Asylum and Grammy winner for co producing Lucinda Williams.        

2011 Judge

BEN KASICA
Ben was the lead guitarist for the band Skillet (Atlantic Records /INO) from 2001 until 2011. During his time with the band, Skillet has sold over 1.5 million records, been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards, won a Dove Award and scored numerous #1 radio singles. He has run a successful recording business for the past 7 years and has worked with world renown producers Brian Howes-(Hinder, Daughtry, Avril Lavigne, Lifehouse,) Paul Ebersold-(3 doors down, Saliva, Third Day,) & Skidd Mills-(Saving Able.) He engineered the acoustic bonus tracks on Skillet's 'Comatose: Deluxe Edition' and has co-written & produced music for artists such as Kevin Hammond (A&M/Octone Records), Icon for Hire and Hyland-(both Tooh & Nail Records.) Ben also heads up Life Love Music Clothing and enjoys friends, photography, cooking and sports.        

2011 Judge

TOM JACKSON
Tom Jackson, Live Music Producer, is a master of creating musical moments onstage. He has worked with hundreds of artists in nearly every genre, including major artists like Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Jars of Clay, and others, along with countless indie artists and bands, giving them a foundation and direction to define their unique voice and style to showcase their talent.        

2011 Judge

CASEY CARLSON
2008 American Idol Star. Casey is a solo singer and songwriter artist who is currently working on her new album.        

2011 Judge

GUY MAHMARIAN
Owner/Presedint of Vision Van Gogh. Guy/Vision Van Gogh specializes in branding and imaging for signed and independent artists. Guy also manages 2 signed national bands.        

2011 Judge

LANCE KING
Owner of Nightmare Records A Metal vocalist doing shows since the early 80's, began recording in 1989 with his band of the day GEMINI- Lance King is world renowned in the underground as a melodic metal vocalist, singing on over 25 worldwide releases over the last 21 years. Former vocalist for bands such as PYRAMAZE (Denmark-USA) term 2003-2007 / BALANCE OF POWER (England-USA) term 1996 - 2003/ KINGS MACHINE-(USA) term 1993-1996 and GEMINI-(USA) term 1986-1993 (these four bands were his main bands through the years. Lance was also in a band before this from 1981-1986 called FREELANCE (though no material was ever released of their ruff demo's, this band was mainly a cover band that played across the Midwest. Lance has been a part of many album projects during his career, sharing his voice and other talents of Songwriting, Artwork, Production, arrangement, and Mastering, and helping young indie bands get their albums to print and distribution.        

2011 Judge

L.A. NIK
With a career of highlights in Rock N' Roll spanning through the 80's & 90's known as Nikki Fear, L.A.Nik drummed his was on tours to an extensive network of musical talent with major clam rock bands tha have shaped Rock N' Roll history. L.A. Nik brings much needed fun to Minneapolis, Las Vegas & West Palm Beach through intimate venues, good Rock N' Roll and brave comedy acts- all gritty influences of his native city of LA.        

2011 Judge

KEITH ANDERSON
Owner of Risen Drums- a true custom drums shop based in Minneapolis, MN. The way we operate is simple: if you can dream it, we can build it. Every kit really does start with you and we build each drum one-at-a-time, per order. There are no premade drums here. With each custom drum we make comes personal and detailed attention. We don't believe in assembly lines, or generic factories; we believe in custom. We are drummers first and put our passion into each drum out-the-door.        

2011 Judge

TIM MAHONEY
National touring singer songwriter….His flight into minneapolis was delayed and didn't make it in time to judge the 2010 season.        

2011 Judge

DAVE HITCHCOCK
Owner and producer of Rawkzilla's American Battle. Nationally recognized for creating one of the largest and most respected battle of the band competitions in history. Dave has been in the music industry his whole life skilled with piano, guitar, singing and currently tours professionally drumming.