Averaging a grinding 10-15 shows a month year-round, Angie K has played over 1000+ live high energy shows all over the US and Central America. She has opened for country greats Tanya Tucker, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, Sammy Kershaw, Jake Owen and more! In 2016, she landed a spot on Blake Shelton’s team on NBC’s The Voice after an audition that had him exclaiming “There is something so undisciplined about the way you perform…you are WILD!” Since then, the Latin American country singer has already independently released two original albums, both of which landed top five on iTunes. Her last single, collaboration with pop artist Jordan Fisher for Walt Disney World, has already surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify alone. Named an “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone Country and fresh off of Jake Owens’ “LIfe’s Watcha Make It” tour, Angie is excited to be working on new music to be released later this year!
At just 22 years old, Ava Suppelsa has had a songwriting career that sets her in line with writers twice her age. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois and growing up in a musically divided household, she was exposed to music ranging from old-school country to jazz and modern pop, and those influences are evident in her diverse writing styles. Knowing from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in music, Ava attended the prestigious boarding school Interlochen Arts Academy at 16 to study in their songwriting program.
Ayla Lynn is a young hard working country singer/songwriter from Cape Coral FL. She is a native Floridian attending Lee County Virtual School with ambitions of attending Belmont University in Nashville TN in 2020 to study Entertainment Law. At the tender age of 11 she began writing her own original songs. Ayla Lynn’s first debut year in 2017 she performed over 100 shows. In 2018 she closed out with 140 shows. Ayla has traveled and performed in Nashville, Hendersonville TN, North Carolina, South Carolina, Paramus NJ, Cancun Mexico and all over Florida. Some of Ayla Lynn’s highlights include performances with legendary singer Barry Manilow and Kristin Chenoweth. She also opened up for Diamond Rio at the Country Fest 2018 in Port Charlotte FL. In 2019 so far Ayla Lynn and her band opened up for Mega Country Stars Chris Lane, Neal McCoy and Doug Stone. Ayla Lynn has also been a member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) since 2017. She is also a BMI songwriter. Ayla was also featured performer three times at the World Famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN. Her first EP is set for release in the summer 2020.
When James Badger & Sarah Rose met in the spring of 2016, their mutual love of music was the catalyst that propelled their blossoming relationship into what is now known as "Badger & Rose." With a background in creative writing, music and communications, James' natural gift of prose produced original songs that came to life when he and Sarah began building intricate harmonies together. A degree in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Opera, Sarah's resume includes stints with Central Florida Lyric Opera, Intimate Opera of Indianapolis, Opera Naples, and Gulfshore Opera, and yet a deep appreciation of folk, indie, and acoustic music is clear in the duo's original work, which they often compose together, influenced by musicians in the genre. Both teach music, voice, and guitar at Gulf Coast Charter Academy South, and feel fortunate to share what they love to do with audiences in Southwest Florida. James and Sarah are honored to be among the talented artists that will perform at Island Hopper Festival again this year!
Bill LaBounty's musical direction was clear by the age of 19, when he was signed with his rock band to RCA Records. The Pacific Northwest native then took his act solo, recording an album for Twentieth Century Fox Records, followed by 3 albums for Warner Bros. Records, which spawned the pop hits Never Gonna Look Back (with James Taylor), Livin' It Up and This Night Won't Last Forever. Bill's most recent album The Right Direction, enjoyed success in Europe and Japan. Over the years his resume includes cuts by an array of Pop and Country artists including Patti LaBelle, Jimmy Buffett, The Judds, Steve Wariner, The Temptations, Brooks & Dunn, Steve Goodman and Phoebe Snow, Peter Cetera and Tim McGraw, among others.
Bill started playing guitar during the Country Blues revival of the 60s and fell in love with the art of finger-style guitar. He began his writing career after moving to South West Florida and regularly attending open mics in Fort Myers, notably the (sadly) no longer operating "Nita's Sweet Bean Café" where many local singer songwriters cut their teeth. Shortly after, he was asked to served on the board of the nationally known Americana Community Music Association and hosted their weekly Songwriter Circle for four years. He has also, for seven years through a not for profit organization called Hope by Song, been composing songs from the writings of people dealing with great emotional trauma in order to help them heal through the power inherent in music. He has performed at the prestigious Mississippi John Hurt Blues Festival, the world famous "Ground Zero" in Clarksdale Mississippi and twice at the Island Hopper Festival Songwriter Fest. He has also opened for such greats as award winners Doug MacCleod and Jon Shain, and is scheduled to open for the legendary Roy Bookbinder. www.mettsmusic.com
Billy McKnight lead vocals and Rick Morgan lead guitar for Soul Circus Cowboys have been BMI writers since the mid 90s. The Soul Circus Cowboys currently have their song co-written with Frank Myers "I Can't Imagine" at number 55 on the billboard indicator chart. The two songwriters are currently writing for their fourth SCC record to be coming out in the beginning of 2020.
Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee Bobby Tomberlin began his career in the music business at the early age of eleven as a disc jockey in his hometown of Luverne, Alabama. During this time, he interviewed legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Keith Whitley. Mel Tillis gave Bobby his first publishing contract, and he is currently a staff songwriter for CURB Music Publishing in Nashville, TN. Bobby co-wrote the number one Country and Top 5 AC single, "One More Day", recorded by Diamond Rio and co-authored the inspirational book by the same title. He co-wrote the Top 10 hit single, "A Good Day To Run" with Darryl Worley and the hit, "Country" with Mo Pitney and Bill Anderson. Bobby has also had songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Nichols, Pam Tillis, Thompson Square, Rodney Atkins, Joe Diffie, Sylvia, David Nail, Chris Young, Terri Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens, Chely Wright, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Ty Herndon, Linda Davis, Dylan Scott, T.G. Sheppard, Jett Williams, actor Chris Pine, Eddy Arnold, Russ Taff and many others. Bobby's songs have been used in numerous films.
Brandon Kinney’s journey as a songwriter has garnered him cuts with artists like Jason Aldean (“Drowns The Whiskey,” “Set It Off”), Cole Swindell (“No Can Left Behind,” “Reason To Drink,” “Love You Too Late,” “Should’ve Ran After You”), Luke Bryan (“Beer In The Headlights”), Jon Pardi, Justin Moore (“I’d Want It To Be Yours,” “Off The Beaten Path”), Chase Rice (“Dirt Road Communication”), Chris Janson (“Right In The Middle”), Willie Nelson (“Ain’t Goin’ Down On Brokeback Mountain”), Craig Campbell (“Outta My Head”) and Randy Houser, whose single “Boots On” went to #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
It’s hard to deny the pure talent and passion for her craft that is clearly the driving force behind many of artist Bridgette Tatum’s high profile career milestones. In 2009, this native of Florence, South Carolina, co-wrote the Most Played Song on Country radio stations across the United States. A tremendous achievement for any songwriter, the song, “She’s Country” (recorded and released by Platinum-selling country superstar Jason Aldean), held the #1 position on the chart for two consecutive weeks, reached two million plays, and out sold every genres ringtones, all of which are rare accomplishments, as well. In 2010, Tatum’s song, “Loud” was selected as the Official Theme Song for ACC Football’s 2010 Season. This fast-paced anthem celebrates the excitement and energy of ACC Football, captured in a raucous music video that was seen in all ACC Markets, resulting in exposure for Bridgette totaling over 27 million households.
The 22 year old from the small town of Webster FL got into music in 2016 by posting cover videos on social media. After ending a successful career in motocross he began to gain serious traction on the internet. His covers quickly reached millions of views and hundreds of thousands of shares. Shortly after Bryce moved to Nashville, TN and started writing his own music. He got in the studio to record the song "All the Proof I Need" which was written by the Warren Brothers and Jimmy Yeary. Following the success of the single Bryce released his self-titled EP, including fan favorite "Seeing Somebody Else." Bryce is on a fast track and surrounded by great people!
Caleb Neff is a songwriter, producer, and lead singer of the band Rosaline. Born and raised in south Florida, he has been performing since age 9 and spent 12 years as a pastor at a local church before becoming a full time heathen and releasing his debut album One Stoplight Town in 2017. His songs are about small town life, dreams, limitations, and hypocrisy.
Singer/Songwriter Cassidy Daniels was born an Army brat in Asheville, North Carolina. She and her family endured hardships growing up in a post 9/11 active duty environment and had to relocate 15 times, as her father served 27 years in Special Forces. Though it was tough growing up in a military family, Cassidy found her solace in music. Her friends and family quickly discovered that she was a musical prodigy after she wrote her first song on piano, “Beautiful Day” about finding positivity at home when her father was deployed in Iraq. In a few short years, she picked up guitarand began playing around the country, sharing her music with the world while empowering people through her original songs. With the solid support of her family and with a persevering spirit, Cassidy started gracing stages from New York to Los Angeles to Nashville and garnered the attention of the music industry along the way. Her love for old school rock and roll and southern roots brought her to Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd, who became one of her first mentors. In a few short years, Cassidy caught the attention of Grammy Award winning songwriter, Liz Rose. Today, Cassidy lives in Nashville, writing with Liz and many more of Nashville’s best writers! Cassidy brings an electric performance to stages across America, exhilarating audiences with her unique vocal stylings and classic southern charm. Her catalog of original songs continues to grow as she writes in Nashville based on her life experiences.
Carlene Thissen is a singer/songwriter from Naples, Florida, where she performs at various interesting venues, including a recent Cattle Drive in Immokalee, Florida. Her voice is reminiscent of Joan Baez and Bonnie Raitt, depending on what she's singing, and her songs range from ballads to boot-stomping country rock. Carlene's songs are frequently featured on Women Of Substance Radio.
Carlo Colasacco is a NYC based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist who has had releases in multiple genres including Rock, Alternative, Pop, Dance, and Country. He has had a #1 Rock song with the band “Shinedown”, multiple #1 Dance songs, and a #1 pop song in Europe. Many of his songs have been featured in TV & Film such as “Lucifer” on FOX, and the Theme song for PBR on CBS, and the FIFA World Cup. Recently He has been splitting his time writing between Nashville and NYC.
Chas Sandford is an acclaimed artist/songwriter/producer/engineer/guitarist and world-class studio owner. Sandford’s multiplatinum hits include: “Missing You” recorded by John Waite, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Alison Krauss; “What Kind of Man Would I Be” Chicago and “Talk To Me” by Stevie Nicks just to name a few. As a writer and producer Chas has worked with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Ron Wood, Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Chicago, Levon Helm, Roger Daltrey, Sammy Hagar, Neils Lofgrin and Dickey Bets. Chas’ latest album Wag More Bark Less is a compelling collection of strong songs that has been described as a contemporary classic with a proudly modern classic rock edge Please join Chas Sandford Music on Facebook for info, events and reviews!
Clint Daniels was born August 24, 1974 in Panama City, Florida, but raised in the Panama City suburb of Lynn Haven. Daniels first gained an interest in music as a child singing with his family in church. Inspired by bluegrass music, Daniels taught himself to play guitar at age 12. After graduating high school, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in pursuit of a career in country music. In 2000, he signed with Acuff Rose Music Publishing. Clint later signed with Sea Gayle Music in 2012 and is a co-writer on the recent Josh Thompson single, “Cold Beer With Your Name On It”.
A native of Hope Mills, North Carolina, songwriter/producer Daniel Ross made the move to Music City in 2015. His talents quickly led him to the attention, and eventually to signing a songwriting agreement in a joint venture with two of Nashville’s leading independent music publishers Big Machine Music and Tree Vibez Music, co-owned by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly. Ross has since become a breakout, creative force in the Nashville music community. His current and upcoming singles include “Break It In” recorded by platinum-selling, Grammy®-nominated, Big Machine Label Group recording artists, Eli Young Band, and “Love That”, the debut single by RCA Nashville duo Seaforth. Ross’s songs have also been recorded by Country Music stars such as Jake Owen, Morgan Wallen, and Chase Rice, as well as Sony Nashville newcomer Robert Counts and Warner Brothers Nashville artist, Troy Cartwright. Ross is also in the studio writing and producing a debut release by Sony Nashville artist, Joey Hendricks.
A little bit muddy water Mississippi, a little bit California beach bum, Danny grew up playing, singing and writing for his family gospel band while being consumed with 70’s FM radio. He achieved his first #1 gospel song as a writer at age 17 before moving to Nashville and spending the 90’s singing lead in country rock band, Western Flyer. After Western Flyer disbanded, Danny’s vocal talent lead to singing 100’s of songwriter demos as well as adding background vocals to numerous albums by the likes of Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Anderson before focusing on his passion for writing songs. As a writer, Danny’s musical diversity has lead to cuts by artists ranging from Gloriana to Joe Cocker and he has celebrated numerous hit songs, including Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah”, 2009’s most played country song, “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean and the recent Locash hit song “I Love This Life”.
David "Dave" Pahanish is an American singer-songwriter. He co-wrote the No. 1 Billboard country music singles "Do You Believe Me Now” by Jimmy Wayne, "American Ride" by Toby Keith, and "Without You" by Keith Urban. Pahanish has also had songs recorded by Tim McGraw. A native of southwestern Pennsylvania, Pahanish regularly performed folk rock on the stages of Pittsburgh for over 15 years. His songs appeared in television series and he collaborated with Nashville-based songwriter Michael Garvin. Pahanish relocated from California, Pennsylvania to Nashville in late 2006. Within weeks, he was offered three music publishing deals, and signed with 3 River Publishing, owned by songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Dallas Davidson, and Cole Wright. Pahanish wrote the majority of songs on Moon Township country singer Sarah Marince's debut CD, Somebody Like You. He also co-wrote and co-produced the Top 40 Billboard Hot Country Songs charting single, "I Will", by Jimmy Wayne. Pahanish co-wrote the single, "Without You", with Joe West, recorded by Keith Urban on his 2010 album, Get Closer. Urban chose the song because of how closely the lyrics and message fit in with his own life, stating: "it's the most autobiographical song I never wrote." Pahanish wrote the song after meeting his wife’s family for the first time, without realizing any similarities to Urban’s life. The song became Urban's 12th No. 1 single and Pahanish and West's third No. 1 song. Two of Pahanish's songs were recorded by Tim McGraw for his 2012 album, Emotional Traffic.
Originally from the great state of New Jersey, Dylan has been writing songs and performing in Nashville for 18 years. He has had three #1 songs: Tim McGraw’s “Watch The Wind Blow By,” Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and most recently Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride.” Other artists who have recorded Dylan’s songs include Trace Adkins, Will Hoge and Gabe Dixon. He is an avid supporter and volunteer for Musicians On Call, an organization that provides live music for patients in area hospitals, and he co-hosts an annual benefit for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) with good friend and frequent collaborator EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay. His proudest accomplishment is his beautiful daughter Isabella, who serves as his greatest inspiration.
Earl Bud Lee has been writing songs for over 30 years in Nashville. You know his songs! “Friends in Low Places” was recorded by Garth Brooks (1991) and Co-written with Dewayne Blackwell. It was one of the top five country songs of all time! It is still enjoying regular radio play over twenty years later. “One Night at a Time” was also recorded by George Strait (1998) and Co-written with Roger Cook and Eddie Kilgallon. “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” was recorded by Blake Shelton (2011) (co-written with John Wiggins) and became another number one hit in March of 2011. Numerous other cuts, beautiful story songs, and funny anecdotes. You will enjoy your time with Earl Bud as much as he will with you.
Even’s songwriting career spans many years and stylistic borders from the multi- platinum international hit, “When Youʼre In Love With A Beautiful Woman” by Dr Hook, to the three week #1 Pop hit, “ I Love A Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt. In addition he has also accumulated an unprecedented 53 BMI Awards. The Grammy and NSAI Songwriter Hall of Fame nominated composer has also written ASCAPʼs Most Played Song of the Year, “Love Will Turn You Around” by Kenny Rogers and won BMIʼs Robert J Burton Award, Song of the Year for “Suspicions” by Eddie Rabbitt, earning him the distinction as a BMI “Songwriter of the Century”.
Frank J. Myers is originally from Dayton, Ohio, but moved to Nashville in 1981 to pursue a career in music. He got his start in Nashville as band leader, road manager and lead guitarist for Eddy Raven in 1981 and worked with Eddy for 9 years. It was with Eddy that Frank started writing, playing and co-producing sessions. They had 2 number ones, 5 number twos and 3 top tens with songs such as I Got Mexico, Bayou Boys, You Should’ve Been Gone By Now, Sometimes A Lady and many others. It was in 1982 though, that Frank had his first single (a song he wrote by himself) with You And I for Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle which stayed number one for four weeks Country, number two for six weeks AC and number 6 for four weeks Pop. It was during his time with Eddy Raven that Frank met Gary Baker. They had their first number one together in 1993 with Once Upon A Lifetime by Alabama. Gary and Frank recorded one album for MCG/Curb Records as Baker & Myers and were 3 time nominees for Duo Of The Year at the ACM’s and CMA’s. Their greatest accomplishment as writers together came when John Michael Montgomery recorded I Swear which was number one for 4 weeks on the Country charts.
Splitting time between New York City and Nashville has cultivated Gabrielle Macafee into a unique pop songwriter, merging the careful craft of Nashville songwriting with the edgy sound of New York City. Since Gabrielle’s appearance at Island Hopper Songwriter’s Festival last year, she has been cutting her teeth performing on some of NYC’s most iconic stages, once graced by Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, and more. Most recently, her song “On My Way” won a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for “Best Original Song.” Gabrielle also volunteers with Musicians On Call, an organization which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. With a brand new sound underway, Gabrielle is preparing to release new music in early 2019. Catch her live at any of the locations this year, she’ll be the one with the cherry red keyboard under her hands.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, Gary served in the army then worked as a deep sea oil field diver in the North Sea and Gulf Of Mexico. He backpacked the world carrying his guitar and somehow collected a basement full of Gold and Platinum records along the way! "Saying the most with the least, is what I'm good at!" Constantly on the move, he has ridden his motorcycle loaded with a sleeping bag and guitar on a solo journey around the United States and parts of Canada in a constant search for inspiration. This journey took him to Normandy where he wrote on Omaha beach and then back to Africa in 2017 on a solo motorcycle journey to the exact locations where brothers in arms had made the ultimate sacrifice. These songs were then recorded in an ongoing compilation 'Songs from the battlefield'. Currently Gary is touring the US in a built out van, sharing his songs and blogging from the road. In 2005, Gary experienced his first big single #1 hit with Joe Nichols as the artist singing “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”. In 2009, “Back When I Knew It All” went to #1 with the dynamic country duo Montgomery Gentry. Today He continues to write great country songs, telling his tales and inspiring would be songwriters. Some of the artist singing his hit wonders today are ..Montgomery Gentry….Darryl Worley….Michael Peterson…..Craig Morgan……John Michael Montgomery….Joe Nichols…Ritchie Macdonald of Lonestar and Hot Apple Pie to name a few . Some of his best times in songwriting have come from co-writing sessions with members of Bread…..Motley Crew……Firefall……Rascal Flatts…… Blues Brothers….the Flying Burrittos….and many others!
Gianna Minichiello is an Independent Singer/ Songwriter Pop Artist who resides in SW Florida. She currently performs with an acoustic guitar around Southwest Florida area when she is not traveling for Festivals and Concerts. Gianna has released several original songs and music videos since 2015. She has worked with some of the biggest named producers in the Music Industry and currently working with Grammy Award Winning Producer Skidd Mills from Nashville and Julian Sundby to further her music career. She has had the pleasure of working with Kent Slucher (drummer) for Luke Bryan on 3 of her songs called "The Start, Teasing Game and Bad Memories". Gianna was recognized in Naples Daily News, a few times with cover stories and videos of her performances. She was on Fox "The Morning Blend Show" and ABC. Gianna has also done some commercial work with Oakes Farms singing their Jingle that is still used in their advertisements for TV and Radio. Gianna as an Independent Artist seeks every opportunity that will further her career. She continues to write music, record, and perform. Gianna is dedicated and very passionate about her music.
Some things are inevitable. More than Grammy Awards or platinum albums, sometimes friendship is greater to motivate creativity, serving as its own momentum. Such is the case for how the harmonically buoyant, impossibly lush acoustic rock-country of Gone West came to be. On a personal break from one of the most musical pop breakthroughs of the last several years, multiple Grammy-winner Colbie Caillat and her fiancée Justin Kawika Young (11 #1 Hawaiian songs) decided to head to Nashville where Caillat’s co-writer, recording artist and friend Jason Reeves was living with his wife songwriter/Academy of Country Music Award nominee Nelly Joy. For Caillat, who’d already collaborated with Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley, as well as CMA Song of the Year winner Liz Rose, it felt almost like a homecoming. “They introduced us to all of their friends, and everyone was so welcoming,” Caillat recalls of the 2017 move. “I didn’t have any set plans, but I’d always thought it would be fun to be in a band.”
Hayden Coffman is a 22 year-old singer/songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. While attending Cumberland University on a baseball scholarship, Hayden started singing cover songs with his friends and quickly discovered his passion for singing and performing. He soon began pursuing music full-time, playing regular shows with his band in the evenings and writing his first original song in April 2018. As a newcomer to the Nashville scene, Hayden was selected as a semi-finalist in the Alan Jackson Road Show competition, which earned him the opportunity to play with the Grand Ole Opry house band in March 2018. He has already opened shows for numerous artists, including Aaron Tippin, Tracy Byrd, Confederate Railroad, Darryl Worley, Seth Ennis, and Jon Wolfe. Hayden has performed tours across the US, including a show at the world-famous Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles. Hayden’s Debut single “That’s Just Me” and second single “Last First Date” are only a small peak into who Hayden is as an artist. His upcoming album will show his influences from country legend Alan Jackson to modern superstar Luke Combs.
If you’ve ever heard the title track off Heidi Raye’s “Blame It On The Radio” 2018 sophomore EP, you’ll know that this Canadian born songstress’ upbringings are straight out of a country song. “I was born and raised on AM waves, rolling down gravel roads, the way I walk and talk ain’t my fault, blame it on the radio.” Raye unapologetically describes the country “cliche” life growing up in a small town in British Columbia perfectly in her sorry, not sorry tune. To date, Raye, (a Harlan Howard Records’ artist) has garnered over 250,000 streams on Spotify on that latest EP as well as has been featured on Spotify’s Wild Country and New Boots playlist. Her debut EP, “Worth A Shot” (2017), was produced by Grammy award-winning producer Chuck Ainlay, and the title track and debut single reached the Top 45 on the Music Row charts. Over the years this songstress has shared the stage with country legends Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride. Currently Raye is touring with singer/songwriter husband, Johnny Bulford throughout North America. Bulford and Raye started “Johnny and Heidi’s Writers Round”; a tour with multiple guest artists and songwriters that takes the Nashville “Listening Room” experience beyond the confines of Music Row.
Hunter Smith, a 5th generation Floridian, has had a life steeped in musical history. Music was always on & he was listening. In his early years, artists such as James Taylor, The Beatles, Alabama, Chicago & Ronnie Millsap were from where he drew his influence. As he got older, his playlist ranged from Pearl Jam & Alice In Chains to George, Garth, B&D, Waylon & Hank. As his love for music grew, so did his love for songwriting. Hunter bridges his love for country, singer-songwriter & rock genres with an original style that incorporates all three. He has shared the stage with many of Country's notables, including Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Michael Ray, Sara Evans, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lonestar, & Joe Nichols, as well as some of Rock's top artists like Sheryl Crow, Creed & Switchfoot. You can find him playing live solo shows as well as with his band Jill's Cashbox.
James Gadon is a Songwriter, Producer and Composer from Toronto. His music has appeared in a variety of films and television shows on the Movie Network, Amazon, Netflix, HBO and NBC. His work has been featured in several nationwide Olympic Sync Ads and in 2018, James’ song ‘Better for You’ was chosen for a CBC Team Canada Olympic montage that aired in a series of tributes with music by Lights, The Arkells and Pink. In 2018, James produced a music video for his song ‘Tonight’, co-written with his pop duo Sunrise in the Desert that premiered in the electro program at the TIFF Bell Lightbox where it was screened alongside Buffy Sainte-Marie’s ‘The War Racket’. Most recently, two Sunrise in the Desert songs were licensed for the feature film ‘Vox Lux’ as well as a two-minute closing credit feature for the season two premiere of NBC’s ‘Good Girls’. James is the Creative Director and Owner of Route 84 Music Inc., a music publishing business and record label. He has recently been expanding his business to include film and television production, currently developing a web-series and feature.
James Slater wrote the Grammy-nominated songs “High Cost of Living,” (Jamey Johnson) and “In My Daughter’s Eyes” (Martina McBride). His writing credits also include “Can’t Shake You” (Gloriana); “Lookin’ for That Girl” (Tim McGraw); “There’s More to Me Than You” (Jessica Andrews); “Unstoppable” (Rascal Flatts); and songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Julio Iglesias, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Young.
A now rare breed of modern entertainer who writes, sings, produces and plays lead guitar, Jamie Lee doesn't just perform music; he literally lives every word, note and riff. Sometimes mellow, often rollicking and always raw and real, he has been enthralling audiences around the world ever since he took the stage with his Dad at the age of 3. "My music is what I am, what I want and all I can ever imagine - coming together in a studio or on a stage," says Jamie Lee. "Fortunately for me, there's an audience out there that has taken the ride all these years. It's a lucky man who gets to live in pursuit of his dreams every day of his life."
Jared has built a reputation for bringing big ideas and writing timeless lyrics, penning songs for major artists including Jake Owen, Granger Smith, Justin Moore, Parmalee, Runaway June and Jon Langston. He also wrote Kane Brown’s GOLD-certified single “Found You,” which hit #1 on Billboard’s Country Digital Song Sales chart. In 2018, Florida Georgia Line frontmen Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley signed Jared as the newest member to their publishing company, Tree Vibez Music. He has several songs slated for release this year, including Jake Owens latest single, “Homemade”. It is clear that Jared Mullins is just beginning to make his mark on country music.
In 2000, Jason White released his seminal album, Shades of Gray, which earned him both critical acclaim and commercial success, and went on to influence a generation of Nashville songwriters. Fifteen years and three genre-defying albums later, White is poised to release his newest work, a double-LP set entitled Sundown on Sweeney Bluff. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, by a small-town Yankee father and a Louisiana-bred Southern belle mother, White is a man who defies typecasting, a restless artistic spirit who refuses to be pigeonholed. If pressed to describe his music, he calls it “American Hash,” a hodgepodge of the styles spawned in the U.S. that forever changed the world’s listening habits: the blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. The songs that make up White’s American Hash have been recorded by a fittingly eclectic group of artists: country legends Tim McGraw and Diamond Rio; alternative stylists Swan Dive and Liam Titcomb; soft-rock crooner Russell Hitchcock; string-band icons Old Crow Medicine Show; and pop/rock divas the Muddy Magnolias, to name a few. As guitarist and lead singer for the Ohio-based band the Janglers, White toured relentlessly through his 20s, learning the joys and heartaches of the road. Inking a deal with Universal Records in 1996, White moved to Nashville to launch his solo career. Since then there have been many deals: with record labels, music publishers, managers, booking agents, publicists, et al. There have been successes and letdowns. But through it all, he has been driven by a love of melody and harmony, joy in the turn of a lyrical phrase, savoring the complexity behind a simple song arrangement, and harboring an unquenchable need for self-expression.
The west is where desire meets adventure. It’s endless skies. It’s freedom and hard work. It’s lying on a blanket underneath the stars. It’s a man with calloused hands loving a woman and a long history of women rising to the occasion. Jenna Paulette is the embodiment of all of the above, as she blazes a trail with her “New West” style of country. She throws out conventions for a pedal steel-rooted sensibility that marries the traditional with the contemporary. She’s upending the industry one song at a time, so there’s no wonder why everyone's watching to see what she’ll do next. From opening gigs with Zac Brown Band, Joe Nichols, Russell Dickerson and High Valley to remaining a staple of Song Suffragettes, a weekly woman-only singer-songwriter showcase at Nashville’s Listening Room Cafe, Paulette is becoming an unstoppable force. She has also been added to Apple Music’s Breaking Country Playlist and Google Play’s Country’s New Crop Playlist, as well as named a CMT Discovery Artist. She also continues her work with Step Up Women’s Network. As a result, she’s already earned considerable airplay on Radio Disney and its country affiliate and notched more than 200,000 streams on Spotify.
Jim McCormick is a three-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum lyricist who has twice seen his work reach the #1 position on the Billboard country charts. His songs have been recorded by Jason Aldean , Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Harry Connick Jr, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Cody Johnson, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, and many others. McCormick is staff songwriter at BMG Music Publishing and a faculty member in the film and music industry studies program of Loyola University where he teaches the craft and business of songwriting. He’s also a member of the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and three sons.
Johnny Bulford, the name behind a man that has gained notoriety in and around Music City over the last 10+ years. Bulford, a native Floridian who grew up in a family surrounded by rich music history and influence, was able to naturally hone his craft from a young age. One of the first signs he was going to turn his love of music into a career happened after Bulford attended a Garth Brooks concert at the tender age of 12 and told his mom, “That is what I want to do with my life”. Putting that statement into action, Bulford performed all throughout high school and college, opening for the likes of artists Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson; garnering a win at Colgate Country Showdown, a national singing competition, which landed him a publishing contract at Warner Chappell Music soon after. After many years and countless songs penned under the Warner label, in 2018 Johnny branched out on his own as an independent songwriter. After some months as an independent, Johnny joined forces with and started writing songs for long time friend Chris Young. Since 2011 Bulford has earned multiple achievements; obtained his first album cut “Flashlight”, co-written with Chris Young, that landed on the RCA recording artist’s 2011 album “Neon”, secured his first #1 hit with Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You” (2011), “Lonely Eyes” a single cut by Young topped the charts at #2 (2014), invited to play “Lonely Eyes” on the famed Ryman Stage with Young during the 5th Annual YPO Southern 7 “Evening At The Ryman” (2015), “What If I Stayed” another album cut by Young (2015), garnered title track on Young’s “It Must Be Christmas” (2016) and wrote “Holiday” which Young co-wrote and cut on his 2017 “Losing Sleep” album. In early 2019, after a year of dating singer/songwriter Heidi Raye, Bulford and Raye tied the knot in a small ceremony in Bulford’s home town of North Florida. The pair have spearheaded a new project, “Johnny and Heidi’s Writer’s Round” which takes the Nashville “Listening Room” experience beyond the confines of Music Row. The newlyweds continue to pen hits as well as perform at writers rounds in and around Nashville in addition to writers festivals and events worldwide.
Jordan Minton is a songwriter from Louisville, KY. He moved to Nashville 6 years ago. He signed to BOOM Music in December of 2015, their first writer as a publishing company. BOOM is owed by Keith Urban, Ross Copperman, and Joe Fisher. His cuts include “Same Heart” and “Steal My Thunder” from Keith Urban’s Graffiti U record, “What Keeps You Up At Night” on Dan and Shay’s latest album, Trent Harmon’s last single “You Got Em All,” Mitchell Tenpenny’s album title track “Telling All My Secrets,” and Abby Anderson’s current single “Good Lord.”
Joshua grew up in and around Jackson, TN. When he was old enough to get in, he was playing venues in Memphis and Nashville, and he was on a national tour by the age of 21. Joshua began touring throughout Europe in 2001, performing Blues and Americana music. Upon returning to the US in 2005, Singleton lived and played in Asheville, NC, until 2017, when he moved to Nashville to focus on writing. In 2018 Joshua signed a joint publishing contract with Combustion Music and KingPen Music. His unique voice and commercial writing style are sure to make a big impact.
There’s a famous saying in country music – that it’s all about the song. It’s never been more true than it is for Joybeth Taylor. A rising singer-songwriter and unflinching storyteller, her work is as authentic as it gets, like sitting with a friend as she unpacks the deepest corners of her heart. Taylor doesn’t just write and sing country music, she lives it. True enough. Twenty-years-old and hailing from Pelham, Alabama, Taylor’s country roots run deep, and fans will soon know the real her. She first hit the stage at the tender age of four and began devouring Patsy Cline’s iconic catalog shortly thereafter, inspired by the songs themselves and Cline’s ability to express the most powerful of emotions. Diving into the craft, she began writing her own tunes as a way to work through a difficult, at times turbulent childhood, and developed a taste for modern-day country poets like Lori McKenna, Chris Stapleton and Travis Meadows. “It got me to where I wasn’t going insane with all these thoughts,” she explains. “It gave me a way to put everything I was going through on paper, and just get it out.” Arriving in Nashville in 2016, Taylor put her passion to work and quickly established herself as a gifted tunesmith. She spent the ensuing years immersed in Music City’s co-writing scene, honing a razor-sharp knack for that same expressive quality she so admired in Cline. And now, she’s ready to deliver the results.
If blue-eyed songstress Judy Blank would tell you she grew up in some one-horse town in Louisiana, you’d probably believe her. But nothing could be further from the truth. Hailing from Utrecht, The Netherlands, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter is not afraid fuse musical genres, influenced by several pilgrimages across the southern United States. On her new LP Morning Sun, a 70’s inspired coming-of-age confessional that she recorded with Chris Taylor (Rival Sons, Dylan LeBlanc, The Wood Brothers), she effortlessly mixes traditional folk and groovy americana. From the green-eyed soul of her hit single "Mary Jane" to the jagged-edged ballad of "Tangled Up in You", she can hit all the notes. Even living legends praise her songwriting skills; her song ‘1995’ was called a favorite by none other than Sir Elton John.
With seven Detroit Music Awards, including the 2019 award for Outstanding Country Artist/Group, Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years. To date, she has released 3 albums and 4 singles with her sophomore album “Vivid” garnering the 2012 DMA for Outstanding Country Recording. Her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane” was used nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special. From her debut solo album, “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless. Julianne performed her song “Christmas In Your Heart” for the 2016 nationally televised “America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade." She’s currently working on her 4th album. Julianne's 2019 single release "Why" and video are out now in digital formats like Apple Music, and more. As a songwriter, Julianne has written with Platinum and number one hit songwriters, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson and Amanda Williams. She has performed at many songwriter shows alongside hit writers including Aaron Barker Sr., Chas Sandford, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson, Heidi Newfield, Kristen Kelly, Byron Hill, Bernie Nelson, and Barbara Cloyd. She's been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafe, Tootsie’s, and more.
Karleen Watt wrote her first song at age 7. Joan Baez showed her her first guitar chords. So, it was no surprise when, in 2002, she made the move to Music City. Hailing from Amelia Island, Florida, Karleen has collaborated with some of the biggest names in songwriting (Randy Houser, Anthony Smith, Josh Thompson, Jaron Boyer to name a few) and has over 50 cuts, singles and film placements. In 2016, her song “Forgotten How to Cry”, co-written with and recorded by Lockwood Barr received Music Row Magazine’s DISCovery Award. Karleen’s songs can be heard in venues all over Nashville, including the famed Bluebird Cafe (where she is a crowd and staff favorite) and most recently The Grand Ole Opry where she performed with Charles Esten from ABC/CMT’s hit TV show “Nashville”.
Katie Lyon is a singer-songwriter from Southwest Florida. She’s spent time busking on the beaches in the south to playing local dive bars and breweries in the North. There’s really no one place that holds her although Burlington, Vermont has a pretty tight grip on the artist currently. It’s safe to say that her music can sound like a Honky Tonk or a lonely island hideaway - you’ll get the feel for both if you happen to catch a live show. Katie has been named an "Artist You Need To Know From Island Hopper 2018" by Dive Bar Country and 2019 "Top Artist" by iHeartRadio's The Chris Top Program.
An acclaimed artist in his hometown of Madison, WI, Keefe uprooted to Southwest Florida in 2012. In that time he made a name for himself with his clever and concise songwriting style blending his pop background with what Keefe dubs as the "beach country" stylings of the Gulf coast. In the past, he shared the stage with such diverse acts as Cake, OKGo!, Switchfoot, Sir Mix-a-lot, Afroman and Taylor Hicks. His most recent project, Charlie Moon, released its first EP, "Good Problems", in the fall of 2016 and is currently working on a follow-up.
Kennedy Kuntz is a singer-songwriter based out of New Orleans whose rich, soaring vocals and heartfelt originals have made her a favorite with audiences across the Gulf Coast. Kennedy performs regularly at the House of Blues and holds a monthly residency at the Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi. Her soulful music and simple melodies combine the blues sound of Bonnie Raitt with the pop sensibilities of Adele and Corrine Bailey Rae. Since July of 2018, Kennedy and her band, the Men of the Hour, have performed at over 50 venues throughout the Southeast, including festivals, radio, and TV appearances. In April of 2019, Kennedy released her debut original EP, “20/20.” A new full-length album is forthcoming early next year.
Kim Mayfield started playing music on the family piano at age nine. She played for herself for years before learning to play with others. As a member of the trio “Reckless Saints” Kim has picked up guitar and mandolin, as well as learning to play keyboard without “notes.” She is in her 11th year of touring nationally and internationally with her husband and music partner Roy Schneider. Kim was a semi-finalist in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition.
Kostas originally made his mark Montana as a singer and songwriter throughout the 1980s. Eventually, he was discovered by record producer Tony Brown, who was searching for new material for country singer Patty Loveless. Kostas's first cut as a songwriter, "Timber, I'm Falling in Love", was recorded by Loveless; released as a single in 1989, it went to Number One on the Billboard country charts, becoming Loveless's first Number One hit. She would also release three more of his songs as singles: "The Lonely Side of Love" (1989), "On Down the Line" (1990), and "Blame It On Your Heart" (1994). "Blame It on Your Heart" also earned BMI's Robert J. Burton award for being the most performed single of 1994. Dwight Yoakam also recorded several songs written by Kostas, including "Nothing's Changed Here", "Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose", and "Send a Message to My Heart" (a duet with Loveless), all of which were released as singles from Yoakam's 1990 album If There Was a Way. Yoakam's 1993 album, This Time, included another song co-written by Kostas: the single "Ain't That Lonely Yet", which earned Yoakam a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance - Male in 1994. During the early 1990s, Kostas also wrote singles for McBride & the Ride, Travis Tritt, Holly Dunn, Martina McBride, and The Mavericks. Kostas currently resides in Belgrade, Montana with his dog Bella. He will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October.
Kristian Bush is one half of the multi-platinum selling country duo Sugarland and has been leaving his mark on music for more than 2 decades. He is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, playwright, podcaster, and instrumentalist who started his career with folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim. To date, Kristian has won six BMI Awards for his songwriting abilities, and in 2011 founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect. In 2015, he released his solo debut album, Southern Gravity, which featured the Top 20 single “Trailer Hitch”. Currently, Kristian sits on the board of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is a frequent performer on the Grand Ole Opry, continues to tour with Sugarland, and released an EP called Summertime Six Pack in May of 2019. *Tickets for Kristian Bush's performance will be available soon to purchase.
Kyle Anne studied Songwriting at Berklee College of Music. After writing and performing her way all over the Boston area, most notably at Club Passim, The Middle East, and the Cambridge Make Music Festival for two consecutive years, Kyle Anne returned home to Fort Myers where she actively performs all around the Fort Myers and Naples area. She was a featured performer in Babefest 2016, Baconfest 2016, and has opened for nationally recognized acts such as The Eli Young Band, Love and Theft, Brooke Eden, and Band of Heathens. Her music has been featured everywhere from local radio stations and NPR's local broadcasting network WGCU to chart topping podcasts. She won Ghostbird Theatre Company's 24 Hour Art Challenge two years in a row and won the 2018 Summer Songwriting Contest hosted by the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. After performing at Island Hopper Songwriting Festival for the first time in 2018, she looks forward to performing again in 2019 and releasing her next album Eulogy.
LaLa Deaton is a Nashville-based Americana/country/big band jazz singer-songwriter. Formerly a member of the band Sweetwater Rose, LaLa released her first solo album in 2014, an industry-praised, all-original, 1940s-style, big band Christmas album. LaLa followed up with an Americana/country EP, "Dare," in the summer of 2016 and is currently working on a full-length country album to be released Fall of 2017. LaLa spends much of her time writing for other artists and has had songs cut by Bailey James, Sha Na Na, Sweetwater Rose, Ambyr Effect, Jon Nite, Susan Erwin, Clarkia Cobb, Michael Browning, Charlie Rey (The Voice) and Mike Short Jr. (Sweet Home Alabama reality series) to name a few. As an artist, LaLa has played everywhere from the famed Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to the House of Blues and Molly Malones in LA, as well as the Key West Songwriter's Festival, Pensacola Beach Songwriter's Festival, Dale Hollow Lake Music Festival and the upcoming Smoky Mountain Songwriter’s Festival. When she's not making her own music, you can find her doing session work, touring and singing gigs with artists such as Bekka Bramlett, Jim Lauderdale, Cooper & the Jam, Luci Lampe, Bailey James, Turk Tresize, and Joshua Gray and the Graysmiths. LaLa's albums, "Picture Perfect Christmas," and "Dare," are currently available on iTunes, Spotify and online at www.laladeaton.com.
Nashville recording artist and professional songwriter Lance Carpenter pens hits of contemporary country radio, while still staying true to his traditional background. Growing up on a farm in Ozark, Arkansas, Lance taught himself how to play guitar while attending Arkansas Tech University where he was a member of the 1999 Conference Championship Wonderboy football team. The footballer turned lyricist moved to Nashville, TN in 2011 and in 18 short months signed his first publishing deal and secured 2 major cuts. Lance, however, remains true to his laid-back country boy persona and has continued to astound with the work ethic and humbleness that determined his early successes. He says, “The more success I have in this business the more significant I can be in the lives of others.” He released his debut self titled debut album “Lance Carpenter” in 2013 and has performed with Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Randy Rogers Band and more. Lance is signed to Mandolin Entertainment for management and writes for Parallel Music Publishing.
A songwriter since age eight, Stone picked up the guitar at 14 and began performing at school and church. Shortly after, she attended a Grammy songwriting camp in Los Angeles and met hit songwriter Darrell Brown (Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill) who told her she belonged in Nashville. At 18, the Carlisle, Massachusetts native made the move to Music City to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist. She began writing with folks around town and interned at a publishing company to learn the ins and outs of the industry. In the midst of the magic, she found herself a founding of Song Suffragettes, a weekly, sold-out showcase of female artists in Nashville. Since her arrival in Nashville, Stone has penned 600 songs, including several hits for fellow rising female artists. She released her first single, “Nervous” in 2017 followed by “Can’t Think Straight," “Running Out of Red Lights” and "October" in 2018. Stone released her self-titled debut EP in May of 2018 and shortly after, Rolling Stone Country named Stone as one of their “10 New Artists You Need To Know” while Taste of Country claims Stone is "flat out easy to listen to.” In June 2019, Stone premiered her new single “Kids These Days” exclusively with Billboard, and plans to release more music off a new EP throughout 2019.
“She has the goods, extremely promising.” –Music Row Magazine Lockwood’s successes include CMA Emerging Artist, an Independent Country Music Association Award as banjo player for the Nashvegas Ramblers, and a 2016 Music Row Magazine Discovery Award for her song “Forgotten How to Cry.” With a mother who performed with John Hartford and the Dillards, a dad who taught her banjo, and a cousin, Al Barr, who fronts the Dropkick Murphys, she can’t remember a time she wasn’t around music. Lockwood has opened for artists and writers like Lori McKenna, Angaleena Presley (Pistol Annies) and Wiz Khalifa, and she logged over 100 shows in 2018. She released Signs Along the Road, produced by Matt Odmark of Grammy Award-winning band Jars of Clay in 2016, and they teamed up again to release new music in this past Summer and Winter of 2019. Her latest single, Right Time, premiered exclusively on Ditty TV in 2018.
Rustbelt native Madeline Finn is a singer and songwriter blending powerful vocals, introspective lyrics, and emotional melodies. Finn was voted Cleveland Ohio’s best female vocalist (2018) and achieved top 70 on ABC’s American Idol in 2018. Currently she is focusing on her solo career and in the process of recording her sophomore release.
Known as the “OUTLAW SONGWRITER” Award winning songwriter, national touring performer and recording artist Marie Nofsinger will take you on a journey into the soul of America. Tales of outlaws, anarchists, the common working man, Jesus and broken hearts fill her original repertoire. Lilting melodies, swamp stomp rhythms, as well as jazzy swing tunes carry the lyrics into your memory. Her credits include her CD “Boots” which was voted City Link Magazine’s “Best Acoustic CD of 1999” and the latest 2010 release “The Wildlife Rides Again” chosen as “Best Roots and Acoustic CD of 2010” by the Palm Beach Post Entertainment Editor. “I’m Drunk Again” and “The Ash is Gone” are in the movie “Borderline Murder” and “Honey Bee” is in a series called “Sasquatch in the Kitchen” in Alaska. The newest release of a children’s educational video in May 2013 can be seen by visiting SpectrumKids1/youtube. Marie was in the cast of the two sold out shows “Carry It On - The History of the Labor Movement in America -Tribute to Pete Seeger”, Feb. 2014. She has won numerous songwriting awards including First Place First in Best Original Song by Suwanee Springfest, 1st Place Ballad by the South Florida Folk Festival and was selected as the “1999 Best Local Acoustic Performer” by the New Times Magazine. Marie is also a 16 year member of the wild woman band known as the “Habanero Honeys”, a staple of Suwanee Springfest and at the 2012 and 2014 Virginia Keys Grassroots festival. She is also one of the 10 Magnificent Musicians of Palm beach County from the 2002 Palm Beach Post TGIF. She has performed throughout the USA, the Caribbean and Europe.
Mark made the big move from his home in New Jersey to Nashville in January of 2006 with two goals in mind - landing a publishing deal and a record deal for the Mulch Brothers. In 2010 Savannah Music Group signed Mark as a staff songwriter and as an artist as a member of the Mulch Brothers. Just before signing the deal he scored his first cut in Nashville with Universal's Randy Rogers Band co-writing the song "Steal You Away" (Produced by Grammy Award winning Producer Paul Worley). The song became a single and spent 7 weeks at #1 on the Texas Music Charts as well as enjoying National & International radio airplay . The song also landed a spot in the film "Country Strong" starring Gwenyth Paltrow and Tim McGraw and this time it was co-writer Jeff Middleton’s band The Dirt Drifters who cut the song while on Warner Bros. Records. Several other songs have followed with licensing success including “Lucky You” featured in “12 Men of Christmas” (LifetimeTV), “He’s Lookin Better” in “Junkyard Dog” (feature film) and “You Know Us By Heart” written for a Connecticare Health Care advertising campaign which became their most successful ever and still airs today as their official theme song.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Megan Linville, the granddaughter of a songwriter who had cuts by such country music icons as Charley Pride, Kitty Wells and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Roy Orbison, recorded her first album at the age of 19 with producer John Carter Cash, the Grammy winning son of the Man In Black. Megan's has performed at some of the sports world’s largest events, including numerous major league baseball games, the Indy 500, The Allstate Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup Series, The Kentucky Derby and many more. Her self-penned recording of “Wrapped Up In Love” is the closing credits song for Hallmark Network’s perennial holiday favorite Snow Bride, as well as, Hearts of Christmas. A sweet mixture of Laurel Canyon and smooth Tennessee Whiskey, Megan is solidifying her footing as an emerging artist to watch on the country music scene. Watch for her soon to be released video for, This Old Town, from her critically acclaimed EP of the same name.
Phil O’Donnell, a Canada native, made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 and began developing his skills as a songwriter. Officially making the move in 1994, O’Donnell has also worked as a musician, playing guitar with many artists including Craig Morgan, Jeff Carson, Kevin Denney, Johnny Lee, and Sherrie Austin. O’Donnell’s songwriting credits include the # 1 single “Doin’ What She Likes” recorded by Blake Shelton, the #1 single, “Give It All We Got Tonight” recorded by George Strait, the # 1 single “Back When I Knew It All” recorded by Montgomery Gentry, “Love Remembers” and “I Got You” (Craig Morgan), “Tougher Than Nails” (Joe Diffie), “For She Was Mama”, “She Won't Be Lonely Long” (Clay Walker) Darryl Worley, “Sounds Like Life to Me”. Phil has also had songs cut by Blake Shelton, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Trace Atkins, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, Neal McCoy, Tracy Lawrence, and Sammy Kershaw. In addition to having a successful career as a songwriter, O’Donnell also serves as producer for artists such as Craig Morgan, Josh Thompson, Chris Janson, and Mark Wills. Among his many production credits is the six-week #1 country hit, “That’s What I Love About Sunday” (Craig Morgan), which was the most played country song of 2005.
Since moving to Nashville a few years ago, Rachele Lynae has rapidly earned the respect of her peers and the support of a growing legion of fans. Her high energy stage show spotlights her continual growth as a performer, but it’s the richness of her voice and depth of her songwriting gift that are distinguishing the singer/songwriter from other country newcomers. She has shared stages with Keith Urban, the Band Perry, Kelsea Ballerini, Randy Houser among others, and she’s garnered a 12 million plus audience on country radio. Lynae has also been featured on such major media outlets as The Huffington Post, Billboard.com, People Country WGN-TV, CMT and WSM with Bill Cody. With Lynae’s new sophomore album, it’s obvious the talented artist is hitting a new creative stride that validates a star-studded future.
One of the founding members of the Fort Myer’s ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), Ray began playing guitar during the early 70’s folk scene. With the support and inspiration of fellow local and touring musicians, he began writing and playing in earnest in 2010. Traveling a long road in a short time, his music encompasses many genres, including Americana, Folk, Blues, Ballads, and a little bit of Country. His storyteller style takes the listener to another place in time, his music and lyrics bringing evocative insights into the many sides of life. Ray is also a singer-songwriter’s song-singer. That is, he does interpretive covers of other great originals by little-known but very talented artists using his own creative touch. His inventive fingerstyle guitar is uniquely diverse and easy-on-the-ears. Ray’s recently released CD, “How Much Time” has received glowing reviews and is being featured on KEOS Radio in Austin, Texas, 98.1 in S.Florida as well as others. He has shared the stage with Jaime Michaels, Pierce Pettis, Muriel Anderson, Rebecca Folsom, Jefferson Ross as well as Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield (The Reckless Saints), and Robin O’Herin. Ray fronted “The Apocalypse Blues Revue”. A hard hitting blues rock band formed by Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola of “Godsmack” fame. The band was signed to Mascot/Provogue records and under that sign released two full length records, the first of which reached number two in the blues charts. Over 6 years the band played, blues festivals and blues venues on both coasts. They opened for Steven Tyler, Robbie Krieger of “The Doors”, The Blue Oyster Cult, and did two tours with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Ray is currently working on his second solo project which will once again cover the full range of “Americana” music! https://www.facebook.com/RayCerboneAmericanaMusic
Robert Bidney is a singer / songwriter whose messages are as strong as his melodies. His music is relatable and has a strong commercial sensibility. His songs have been covered by an eclectic group of recording artists around the world, plus his work has been on several national radio and TV commercials. Bidney’s second album “Rush of Hope”, released in May 2019, addresses universal themes through a lens of optimism. With its message of love instead of hate, the music resonates in today’s social climate. “Rush of Hope”, in its first few months after release, has received positive album reviews, airplay in the U.S., Scotland, Amsterdam and London. A seasoned performer, Bidney connects with his audiences through his infectious energy and emotional performances. He is an active member of the Americana Community Music Association and lives in Southwest Florida.
Robert Counts is a born craftsman. It seems to be the family trade as his father is a woodworker and builder himself. But where others work in brick and mortar, the dedicated student of Seger, Springsteen, Petty, and Mayer uses human experience as his building blocks, laying foundations deeply rooted in honesty, real experience, and raw emotion. Growing up in Franklin, Tenn., just miles from Nashville’s robust songwriting community, Counts first got a taste of musicality in church. The church’s proximity to Music City meant a house band filled with session players and road warriors, giving Counts a front-row seat to learn from some of the most talented working musicians around.
With ornery tuning keys and rattling fret boards, Roscoe and Etta are a pair of aged arch top guitars possessing wills of their own. Maia Sharp and Anna Schulze are two singer-songwriter-producers who play these instruments and claim title to their names as Roscoe & Etta, on their eponymous debut. Anna and Maia, who met in Los Angeles at the fabled Hotel Café, knew that they were on to something from their first songwriting session, but they had to keep writing to figure out what. Both artists maintain vibrant careers as artists and songwriters. Anna, originally from Minnesota, has released five well-regarded solo projects, placed songs in the Oscar-winning documentary Icarus and the MTV series Awkward, and been featured in the digital magazine This is Melo. She learned her studio craft under the auspices of producers Glen Ballard and Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Maia Sharp, acknowledged as “a songwriter’s songwriter”(The Chicago Tribune) has writing credits for a roster of platinum artists that includes The Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Lisa Loeb and Trisha Yearwood, and has produced projects with Edwin McCain and Art Garfunkel, with whom she collaborated as a featured artist. In addition, she tours extensively behind her seven solo releases, and performs on bills with artists like Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin and Keb Mo. Exploring their songwriting chemistry, their disparate influences, and acknowledging their double-digit age difference: the concept of recording a full collection of songs as an artist duo dubbed Roscoe & Etta came into focus. The harmonies of Roscoe & Etta pair Anna’s bright tonalities against Maia’s darker alto. “When both of us are singing, it feels like each voice is the melody,” says Anna. Adds Maia, “If you find the right person to sing with, you’re working half as hard and getting twice the power. It’s a resonance that lifts you both up.”
Troubadour and formerly syndicated cartoonist Roy Schneider has developed a devoted fan base for his particular flavor of Americana music since 2008, through international radio airplay and consistent touring with life-and-stage partner Kim Mayfield. Playfully dubbed “Blue-Twangled Folk ‘n’ Roll” in a 2014 No Depression interview, Schneider has brought his musical blend of the gritty, fun, soulful and sweet to delighted audiences across the USA and abroad. Schneider’s songs have earned praise in the Kerrville New Folk Competition (TX), Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Blues competition (CO), and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist showcase (NY). The duo has performed official showcases at Folk Alliance conferences in New York, Austin TX and Asheville NC. Other notable venues include The Bluebird Café (Nashville TN), Northern England’s MAD Fest, Meadowgrass Music Festival (with band Reckless Saints) and season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Also an accomplished accompanist, Schneider has performed onstage with the talents of John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Joe Craven (Garcia/Grisman), Folk legend Tom Paxton, Stevie Coyle (The Waybacks), Freebo, Buddy Mondlock, Gove Scrivenor and many others. “[Schneider’s] gift for blending Southern-influenced folk, blues, country, and rock into a seamless genre with his own signature sound demonstrates his connection to the best in the tradition of fine wake-me-up and kick-me-in-the-ass roots music.” ~ No Depression
James, a contestant on season three of The Voice, is an American original, deeply committed to expressing stories of his life through the power of lyrics. He openly articulates that following repeated trial and error, he has found himself and is keenly aware that determination yielded a true sense of originality. His surroundings, and life as a hometown boy from Worcester, MA has shaped him as a man. The industrial economy, and its hard working local populace, have had an impact on his drive to leave it all out on the stage during every live performance, with his intent to stage great concerts that inspire those in attendance to relate to the lyrics and emotion of the work.
Ryan Hurd has written songs that have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts among many others. In 2015, he celebrated his first No. 1 single as a songwriter with the GRAMMY & CMA-nominated duet “Lonely Tonight,” recorded by Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe. No stranger to the road, Hurd has been tapped by Thomas Rhett, FGL and Maren Morris for multiple tours, both domestic and international. In addition, Hurd was honored to join an elite group of artists, spanning across all genres, to be featured in Vevo's dscvr program, named one of Rolling Stone Country's "Artists You Need to Know" and a CMT "Listen Up" Artist. Hurd continues to garner praise for his unique style and youthful adventurous take on life, always writing about what he’s currently experiencing. In March 2018, Hurd surprised his fans by releasing an unannounced song, “Diamonds Or Twine,” the day before his wedding with singer-songwriter Maren Morris. The emotional song hit No. 1 on Sirius XM’s The Highway Hot Country Countdown, thus beginning a new era of creativity for Hurd. Now Hurd is ready to release his follow-up song to “Diamonds Or Twine” with the release of “To A T” which the singer-songwriter co-wrote with Laura Veltz and Nathan Spicer. The new music is a taste of what’s to come from the Kalamazoo, Michigan native’s debut album via RCA Records Nashville.
Tennessee native Sam Williams is the spitting image of his grandfather, Hank. Sam writes a wide range of music and signed a development and publishing deal with Kobalt Music in 2018. Growing up on his family’s catalog, as well as 21st century mainstream music, his lyricism and style makes one pay attention to how a lineage of music grows over time. Songs like his next single, “Happy All The Time” leave the listener wondering how history has a way of repeating itself. Some of Sam’s co-writers include Lori McKenna, Dan Tyminski and Daniel Tashian.
If you think Wonder Woman is a badass, then you’ll definitely want to meet Sarah Peacock. 1.2 million miles, 2,800 shows, and fourteen years of nonstop crushing it while flying solo is one heck of a road trip. Sarah Peacock bridges gaps between Country, Blues, Americana, and Rock-N-Roll. Her music is raw, truth telling, and fiercely unique. Essentially, at all times, Peacock is victoriously defeating the forces of evil with glorious Amazonian strength and valor. Held hostage by a record label at 21, the troubadour life came with a rude awakening for the young Georgia native. Peacock made her home in a ‘92 Volvo with her dog and a guitar, and for nearly seven years earned a living in the corner shadows of American dive bars. The tables turned in 2011 when an anonymous fan helped her buy out her recording contract. Since then she has released six albums, winning multiple awards for her songwriting. “Hurricane” won Best Song in the American Songwriting Awards, and “Beautiful” was a winner with International Unsigned Only. “The Cool Kids,” and “Are We There Yet” have nominated her for Best Female Artist and Best Song in a number of songwriting competitions. Peacock was also named Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year. But the dark side takes another swing in 2015. And, big Nashville promises are especially good at grave digging. From RCA Studio A "project golden child" to street orphan practically overnight, Peacock was ghosted by her entire team and producer without explanation. Spirits crushed, she hit the road. Solo. Again. That was the catalyst that launched her next album, “Dream On,” and landed Sarah her first tour bus. But less than 4 months later, she was watching it burn to the ground at a California truck stop. Sarah’s fans quickly came to the rescue with a fundraiser, which is what kept her on the road. That special connection between Sarah and her fans is what put her in Hank Williams Jr.’s former tour bus, one year after the devastating loss. “You have to be unstoppable, even when you don’t believe you are.” That’s the Modus Operandi for the now half Tennessean, half Texan road warrior. When she’s off the road, Peacock is active in the anti-bullying and animal rescue communities. She helped start a rock school for kids and recently formed her own 501(c)3, The Band Waggin,’ benefiting animal health and rescue programs. In 2017, she signed with In Tune Entertainment and American Roots Records. Peacock is sponsored by Taylor Guitars, Fender, 1964 Audio, Strymon, and Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee. Her upcoming EP, “Hot Sheet Motel,” is a collection of 5 songs that reveal the secrets of one woman’s journey through the shadows.
19 year old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family's farm in central New York State, is fast establishing himself as an authentic original, Americana artist with an old soul. His deep, beyond-his-years lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances have attracted an ever growing number of devoted fans of all ages, selling out shows throughout the US. As a folk/blues singer-songwriter, who cut his teeth at local farmers markets, open mics, and iconic New York venues like Caffe Lena, the Towne Crier Cafe, and The Bitter End, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality tv, but quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going on to win season 8 of NBC's The Voice. Fresh from that whirlwind, Sawyer went forward with the release of his major label debut, A Good Storm, with Republic Records, an impressive blend of soulful Folk, blues, and rock, entirely written or co-written by Sawyer. His 2016 A Good Storm Tour included 62 shows across the US. For 2018, Sawyer has once again gone independent; the highly-anticipated Hide Your Ghost, entirely written and produced by Fredericks, sheds the high gloss major label treatment, and stays true to Fredericks’s honest and elegantly stripped down style, a self-described “free range folk”, incorporating elements of blues, roots rock, and jazz with live instrumental arrangements throughout. Considered one of the top ten Americana Albums of 2018 so far, Chris Griffy of AXS magazine calls Hide Your Ghost “a bluesy folk rocker with a no-frills production that relies on Fredericks' raw voice to carry the emotional weight.” Beginning in June, Fredericks embarks on an extensive tour throughout the US and Canada, in support of Hide Your Ghost.
Sheena Brook was born and raised in Southwest Florida. Her path through music has helped her become the artist she is today. As a live performer she has created her own sound playing all types of genres, looping and creating on the fly. Sheena has played festivals with artists like Kristian Bush, Helen Darling, and Josh Turner. Sheena has written with hit writers such as JT Harding, Andy Albert and many more. Her latest achievement is appearing on NBC’s Season 12 of The Voice and gaining a spot on Team Adam. She continues to play live, write music and work hard to chase her dreams and live a positive life.
Stephanie Quayle is celebrating a breakthrough year, and defining her space in the country music genre. The Rebel Engine Entertainment artist is in the studio with producer Julian King alongside executive producer and industry veteran Mark Wright. The trio have hit their stride blending baritone guitars with Quayle's warm and powerful vocals drawing inspiration from the Montana Native's western roots. The new sound is a natural evolution for Quayle who spent the better part of the year on the road performing all over the country and overseas. She returned back to Nashville to spend countless days co-writing with Music Row's finest. Her current single, "If I Was A Cowboy," (written by hit-makers Nicolle Galyon, Ross Copperman and Shane McAnally) is out at radio and available everywhere. Quayle was recently inducted into the CMT's Next Women Of Country class of 2019, made her Grand Ole Opry Debut, played the historic Rhyman Auditorium for the first time, and was a consistent presence on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Quayle was also one of the only independent female acts in 2018 with two videos in rotation on CMT. That, combined with numerous accolades in the media and a vigorous touring schedule, made Quayle one of the most talked about indies of the year.
“We met in guitar class” is not a thing many people can say...but Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis performed together for the first time on the very same day they met...in guitar class. Fast forward, following the international success of Striking Matches’ album “Nothing But The Silence”, produced by T-Bone Burnett, and 9 songs on TV’s “Nashville”, Davis and Zimmermann continually prove to be the band that cannot be defined by old school music row boundaries. For their upcoming 2019 EP release, they have settled in a style all their own that they’ve coined as “blues-pop” - an amalgamation of their blues and roots based guitar riffs, combined with pop melodies. Striking Matches are gearing up for an international tour with dates in the US and UK and are releasing new music this Spring.
Tammy Renee is an eclectic artist who sings Americana, Country, Gospel and Folk music with hints of blues and who's musical influences include Dolly Parton, Iris DeMent and Bonnie Raitt. She has a unique sound and an inspirational story that she uses to share a small piece of her heart. She was born in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. She grew up in a musical family who enjoyed singing and playing what she refers to as "Real Life Music" Music that was built on the hard times and stories of real life.She started touring in a family band when she was only 9, and has sang with artists like Kitty Wells, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Tammy Renee released her first album "Roots Run Deep" in 2017 and has since released 2 other studio albums: "It's Christmas Time Again" (2017) and her most recent album "Steps" (2018) which has already earned her 3 award nominations from CCM Artist of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year. She is also the 2019 recipient of The Female Single of the Year for her song Steps from International Singer Songwriter Association. She is currently concentrating on her upcoming North East Tour, and spending time writing with acclaimed writer Fish Fisher but will soon be back in the studio to record a brand new Americana Single.
Tim McGeary, international singer/songwriter originally from New Jersey and now calls his home Naples, Florida. Tim started out in the New York club scene CBGB's, Trax, and Danceteria, and was signed to A&M records with the band,The Rescue, and recorded their first vinyl record in London with Tony Mansfield as producer(Naked Eyes) , since then Tim recorded 3 solo CD's, the first two under the name "Wonderful Johnson" the Cd "Authentic Memphis Samich" in Memphis, with John Hampton as producer (Gin Blossoms), the Cd's "12" and "Second Hand Saint" albums produced by Ray Nesbit. His Songs have been placed on Tv shows. Smallville, One Tree Hill, Glory Days to name a few, and movies ,Girl Got Moe, The Knowers, In Mysterious Ways and most Recently in 2019 his song" When We Fight" was placed in the film "American Confederate". Tim started his world traveling days in his early twenties as an merchant marine , and is now booking shows in Europe , Denmark, Spain, France and Germany. Tim has had his music recorded by many artists, most recently with the William Shatner and Jeff Cook collaboration Cd "Why Not Me" with the song "Wrong Number". The song "Trouble in Love" (Cash Creek) was voted the number one song of the year at 2018 Josie Awards,(Country Pop By a Duo) and this year ,2019,the song "Lightning Walk" has been submitted for a Grammy. Tim is a retired firefighter/paramedic/flightmedic, in Collier County Florida, and was deployed to New York during, 911,with DMAT Team and worked on "the pile" for weeks, and also worked with the victims of Katrina. He with the bands he has been apart of ,have opened up for , Billy Idol. Duran Duran, Roxy Music, and more recently opening for the Black Crows, Confederate Railroad, David Ball, Rush Low. HIs love of songwriting started at an early age, and continues to grow with friends, cowriters and the artists he writes with. He States," music is the one thing that can connect us all, it can be a great healer" Look for the next Cd to come out in the early summer of 2020.
Wynn was raised in the small town of Ellenwood, Georgia, where music was a central part of his life. After graduating high school, Wynn started on the path to musical success. His talent playing bluegrass landed him gigs from Austin to Ft. Lauderdale; during this time he was perfecting his style as a country artist and songwriter. Two of his #1 songs "Have You Forgotten" in 2003 and “Waitin’ on a Woman” in 2008 were nominated for SONG OF THE YEAR by the CMA. His most recent #1, “I'm a Little More Country” (Easton Corbin) was nominated by the ACM for SONG OF THE YEAR. Wynn’s songs have been cut by artists, Easton Corbin, Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley, Kellie Pickler, Montgomery Gentry and many more.