Aaron Barker was born in San Antonio, Texas, and began his musical career in a "variety band". His first attempt at creating his own song, "Baby Blue," was recorded by George Strait on the ‘If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin' album and went number one in Billboard. Aaron then began to refine his original material in small clubs and cafes where he would play on weekends. This led to him writing, "Love Without End, Amen", which was also recorded by George Strait and hit number one in Billboard for five consecutive weeks. Barker also wrote Strait’s # 1 song "Easy Come, Easy Go"and Lonestar‘s "What About Now”. His songs have also been recorded by, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin and Willie Nelson.
She’s lent her powerhouse vocals to big-time acts (most recently Sugarland) in the studio and on stage, and as placed by UMPG her songs sell national fashion brands (JC Penney), financial plans (Chase), and enough network TV shows (Friday Night Lights, America’s Next Top Model) to happily binge on for months. But while willing to accept it’s called the music “business,” Amie Miriello remains a fiercely uncompromising artist whose style blends exuberant Stevie Nicks rock, soul-baring Aimee Mann folk, and the kind of dancefloor-worthy indie pop a slightly less brooding Fiona Apple might make. Miriello has lived and prospered in all three of America’s showbiz hubs. After stints in New York City, where she signed her first major label deal at 18, and Los Angeles, which was home base for two album-and-tour cycles for pop juggernaut Jive Records, Miriello now calls Nashville home. After sharing the stage on Sugarland’s “Still the Same” 2018 arena tour, Miriello will pick up where she left off with 2017’s smoldering single “Move Me” and the 2016 EP Seeya When I Seeya, her first independent release.
Averaging a grinding 17-20 shows a month, Angie has played over 1000+ live shows all over the US and Central America- all while building an incredibly vast and loyal fan base. In just five years of touring she has produced two original top 5 albums, landed several performances on prime time television, released a single with Jordan Fisher (of the Moana soundtrack and Dancing with the Stars) for Walt Disney World, and was recently featured in Rolling Stone Country as one of their top ten “Artists You Need to Know”. Currently opening for Jake Owen on his #LifesWhatchaMakeit tour, her her third independent record release is slated for the Fall of 2018!
Ayla Lynn is a young hard working country Singer/Songwriter from Cape Coral FL. She is a native Floridian attending Lee Country 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. Currently in 2018 she is working harder then ever and is well on her way of surpassing her 2017 show numbers. Ayla has traveled and performed in Nashville, North Carolina, South Carolina and all over Florida. Some of Ayla Lynn’s highlights include performances with Barry Manilow and Kristen Chenoweth. She also opened up for Diamond Rio at the Country Fest 2018 in Port Charlotte FL. Ayla Lynn has also been a member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) since 2017.
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!
He’s been known as one of rock n’ roll’s greatest guitar players. Listed as one of the top 100 guitar players of the 20th century by Musician Magazine and with over 900 cuts internationally, Big Al’s music career was destined. Raised by his piano teacher mother and a radio that would get WWVA in Wheeling West Virginia late at night, he would devour all genres of music from Hank Williams, The Everly Brothers, The Ventures, Chet Atkins, Elvis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Motown and Stax paving the way for what would be a giant life in music
Since his first #1 in 1983, Hall of Fame Songwriter Bob DiPiero has been responsible for an uninterrupted string of country music hits. He has had over 1,000 songs recorded by other artists, countless hit singles, and an astounding 15 #1 hits. His songs have been featured in TV shows, commercials and movies. In 2011 his song "Coming Home" from the Country Strong movie soundtrack was nominated for both an Oscar and Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song in a Motion Picture." In 2007, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame and Nashville's Walk of Fame where his star is located between Jimi Hendrix and Barbara Mandrell.
Brian Sutherland is a Florida native based out of Nashville, Tennessee. He is an accomplished guitarist and cellist with a voice as smooth as molasses. Brian is often compared to artists like Jason Mraz and Eric Hutchinson, but his approach to songwriting and performance is so unique and refreshing that you'll find yourself fully immersed in his beautiful stories. Guaranteed to get an emotional experience every time from this amazing young talent
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.
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, and multi-instrumentalist 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 guitar. Cassidy soon began to master her favorite instruments and has written and cowritten hundreds of songs with some of Nashville’s top tier songwriters. Cassidy’s catalog of original songs continues to grow and she continues to tour with her electric live performances around the country.
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!
Chris Barron is best known as the lead singer of the band Spin Doctors. What you maybe didn't know is that long before he was that goofy guy in the hat on MTV, he was an even goofier kid with an acoustic guitar. Chris plays nifty chords on an old Gibson to masterfully crafted songs that are poignant yet wistful and funny, all the while singing in a manner that's sweet and somewhat different from what you would expect if you only knew his hits, "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes". Live, his stage patter is almost as entertaining as his singing. A powerful story teller, at once hilarious and thought provoking, Chris sets up his songs with anecdotes from a life on the road, from opening for and encountering legends like the Rolling Stones to Polar expeditions. He says, "I don't really think about what I'm going to say beforehand. I just say stuff and if it goes over well, I say more stuff like that later." A founding member of a band that's loved by millions of people the round world over, Chris' solo shows have all the lyric poetry and singing virtuosity that Spin Doctors fans appreciate along with a range of expression and songwriting that will delight and surprise.
Originally from New York, Chris infuses the pop-punk sounds of Long Island with California-style reggae rock and indie for a sound that’s both familiar and brand new. His style draws in a wide range of audiences with rhythms you can dance to and lyrics that hit home. He currently lives in Ft Myers, FL and is the lead singer/guitarist for local band Opposite States.
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 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 led to cuts by artists ranging from Tim McGraw to Joe Cocker and he has celebrated numerous hit songs, including Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” and 2009’s most played country song, “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean. In addition to Billboard Top 5 song “I Love This Life” with LoCash, Danny is enjoying success with Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Maddie & Tae, Gloriana and Dean Alexander.
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.
On March 15, 2018, Eli Mosley released the first song off his third album. Since the release, “St. Augustine” has been put on 35 radio stations on rotation across the southeast U.S. Eli released his first album in 2015 and released his second album in April 2017, both recorded in Nashville. He gets inspiration from traditional country artists such as George Strait, Brad Paisley, and Brooks & Dunn. He writes and sings his own original work and is quickly becoming a sought after performer. He has performed over 150 shows last year touring Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. Eli performed at Party in the Pines in White Springs, Florida, headlined by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, in October and opened for Tyler Farr and Joe Nichols in Orlando at the amphitheater in November. He has been performing since 2014, is a US Marine Corps veteran and is a graduate from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL with a degree in Music Business. Eli grew up in central Florida spending time in Bartow, Mulberry, and Lakeland.
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.
Gabrielle Macafee is a singer-songwriter splitting her time between Tampa and New York City. Although her background and training in classical performance techniques have laid the groundwork for her skillset, her greatest strength lies in her singular ability to convey poetry to an audience through pop music. Gabrielle’s formative years were full of creative enrichment. The magnet high school for the arts she attended provided many opportunities for growth - including classical vocal performance training, multiple roles in musical theatre productions, and performing and writing for the award winning a cappella group, T.A.G. After high school Gabrielle went on to receive a full scholarship to study classical voice at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she fully embraced the world of classical music - both compositionally and stylistically. During this time her she also developed her songwriting skills. Her abilities were stretched as she continued writing music for T.A.G. Her song, “Stay Gold” received two international awards in 2015, and critics went wild for her standout songwriting techniques. Shortly after, Gabrielle recorded her debut solo EP in Nashville with CharlieHorse Productions. The EP contained new arrangements of her most critically-acclaimed a cappella pieces, “Stay Gold” and “The Battle”, as well as the standout new jazz-piano ballad “The City”. While the inclusion of her two greatest hits paid homage to her roots, “The City” showcased a new side of Gabrielle; one of a mature, soulful songstress with stories to tell. As she continued writing her sound evolved. In 2016, she wrote “Burn It Down,” which was performed before 3,000 people at The Beacon Theater in New York City. The birth of this song served as a turning point for her bold new sound - one infused with jazz and gospel influence, and marked with a chorus a listener cannot forget. Now, “Burn It Down” is set to be one of the standout tracks off Gabrielle’s upcoming EP, coming 2019.
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 was born in Coral Springs, Florida to parents, Mike and Dorothy Minichiello. She has a younger brother, Giulian and 2 English Bulldogs named Molly and Daisy. Gianna is a typcial teenager that enjoys her friends, skateboarding, likes playing softball, and is in advanced choirs in High School. She resides in Naples, Florida. Gianna Minichiello has been singing since she was 5 years old. Starting with Avril Lavine's song "Complicated" we realized she had that special "something" to her voice. Over the years she has been developing her voice and signature sound with school choir and vocal coaching. At the end of 2015 Gianna was "discovered" through an acapella version of the song "Creep" by Radiohead on a simple cell phone video. Through a series of events she was introduced to several people in the music industry that heard something in her voice that they liked. Gianna then met and felt a comfortable connection to International Singer/Songwriter Neysa Shaw and her husband, also a singer/songwriter producer/engineer, Michael Stewart. Gianna flew up to Atlanta GA and recorded her first Original Song I'm Gone which was released in 2016. It is evident Gianna Minichiello has the potential to do remarkable things. Already, at such an early age and point in her career, Gianna has quite a few accomplishments tucked under her belt. Since then Gianna's singing career took off, she currently performs at all the Hot Spots in SW Florida area on Acoustic Guitar performing Covers and Originals. Gianna also performs at Festivals and was recently picked out of thousands of singer/songwriters to perform for the largest one day Independent Music Festival in Deland Florida in the Southeast and also performed in Downtown Orlando at the Florida Music and Conference Festival. She has accomplished alot in a short time in her career. Gianna has also been on TV shows, different news channels for her music, and Commercial work for company advertisements. Gianna shot her first Music Video for another Original Song that was released in 2017 that she wrote and owns all rights too called "Thinking Too Much". Few months after she was contacted by Award Winning Producer "Tony Catania". Tony liked Gianna's unique voice and wanted to produce music with her. Gianna started to work with Tony to further her career. She just recently released "Green Screen" "Drunk Text Me" and "Anderson" that she wrote and was produced by Tony Catania. Gianna released a music video for Green Screen and Drunk Text Me in 2018. Gianna as an Independent Artist that seeks every opportunity that will get her closer to her goal of making the Grammy's one day. Gianna is dedicated and works extremely hard for her goals and is on the right track to seek Stardom.
Life is made up of a combination of three vital elements: work, play, and love. Grayson Rogers wholeheartedly seeks to experience all three through every moment of his life and share them on stage through his fiery country soul. Whether you’re turning the dial up while cruising down the road or sitting back by the lake with your significant other, his music provides an enjoyable and energetic soundtrack to living. Grayson has shown a passion and love for country music, and his unique voice and songwriting have sparked a wildfire fan base of over 75,000 across the country. The desire to make a difference in people’s lives is the driving force behind Grayson’s relentless motivation. While traveling the country playing well-over 200 tour dates each year, Grayson has earned opening slots for several national acts, including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, Dan+Shay, Eli Young Band, Craig Campbell, Travis Tritt, A Thousand Horses, Sara Evans and many more.
Music fans know Heidi for fronting Trick Pony, which rode songs including "Pour Me," "On A Night Like This" and "It's A Heartache" to awards, acclaim and packed houses nationwide. She's also recognized for a remarkable evolution as a solo artist, writing and recording the poignant "Johnny & June" from a deeply personal place. More than a radio hit and impetus for a fist full of Academy of Country Music nominations, the song brought Newfield's multi-faceted creativity into the sharper relief it deserved. Through clear-eyed experience and musical passion in full flame, she continues to entertain, deepen the relationship with her core fans and win over new audiences. Now in a deeply creative place in her solo career, Newfield is developing the sound for a new project due later in 2018.
"The golden-throated troubadour, who originally hails from Birmingham, AL, will win you over by the first verse. We guarantee it." - American Songwriter Magazine With a fresh perspective on the art of sound and the craft of melody, Hugh Mitchell is raising the stakes with his newest recordings. Hugh s recorded his last EP with former Wilco and Uncle Tupelo drummer, Ken Coomer. This album is both orchestral and Southern. A style that captures the gritty, intimate, and soulful writing that Hugh is known for. “My new songs are a ‘hello’ for this year’s conversation. I'm doing things with live shows and recordings & sound that I've always wanted to do. Ken and I focused on capturing what it feels like to be in a room with me. That was a great starting point." Hugh has toured nationally since 2006 as a side man for other artists in venues ranging from bars, to arenas, to stadiums. Hugh and fellow singer Charlie Mars have co-written the title track "Beach Town" for Charlie's last release. This year see Hugh touring the Southeast from Florida to Texas.
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.
Jack-Michael is an original artist from Punta Gorda FL. At the age of 12, this journey in the music industry began. Born February 14, 1996, Jack Michael is an artist featuring Original music as well as Country & Rock cover songs. Currently enrolled as an Emerging Artist with PCG Nashville, Jack-Michael has performed @ The Bluebird Cafe & The Commodore in Nashville TN, Hard Rock Cafe' Pigeon Forge-TN, The State Theatre in St Pete-FL, Strawberry Festival in Plant City-FL, Cowboy Bills Key West FL, Jet Blue Park, Iron Horse Saloon & The Venue at Daytona Bike Week, & many Festivals from FL to Kentucky. Jack Michael Band has opened for such bands as Reba McEntire, David Ball, Tracey Lawrence, Chris Young, John Michael Montgomery, Clay Walker, Craig Wayne Boyd, Colt Ford, Shenandoah, Lee Roy Parnell, and many others. He has been featured in SPOT Magazine, EXIT Magazine out of London, & Parrot Magazine as June 2013, June 2015, Sept 2016 featured artist.
From the moment he enters a room, it becomes clear that Jay Allen is here to tell his story. The tattoo-clad singer/songwriter has his heart inked on his sleeve – so to speak – and sings with conviction onstage that stems from the music he heard growing up in rural Iowa. Jay’s mother, a major source of inspiration, introduced Jay to country music greats like Brookes & Dunn, George Strait and John Michael Montgomery at an early age. Jay has achieved major milestones in the course of the past few years: he’s signed a publishing and development deal with Sony ATV publishing, enlisted management team, Edge Artist Management and released a five-song EP, which produced his first hit single “Sounds Good To Me” – dubbed a “Highway Find” on SiriusXM’s The Highway. The song is currently climbing the charts on satellite radio and quickly becoming the track you want on repeat with lyrics like: “If you wanna go lose yourself in these eyes / chase down a bit of that sweet high / if that sounds good to you then that sounds good to me.” Jay co-wrote the tune alongside ACM-nominated songwriter Phil Barton and Lindsay Rimes, who also produced the track. Inspired by his fellow lyricists, Jay leapt full-time into the writing process, discovering his sound and testing new songs at writer’s rounds around Nashville. He is currently in the studio working on new music and will continue to bring his songs to life out on the road.
Jeff Prince grew up in Ft. Myers Florida and after college moved to Nashville in the 1990’s to pursue songwriting. He signed a publishing deal in 1997 with “on the mantel music” owned by hit songwriter James Dean Hicks. Jeff presently writes for his own company. Jeff has co-wrote with over 25 #1 songwriters, CMA and Grammy Award winners and artists, but still writes a lot as a solo songwriter. Jeff’s songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Buddy Jewell, Chad Brock, Jason Matthews, James Dean Hicks, Wynn Varble, Alex Call, Tony Justice, Buck Ford, Phillip McCurry and others. Jeff co-wrote “Django and Jimmie” which was recorded by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard as the title cut on their 2015 #1 billboard country album “Django and Jimmie”. Willie Nelson said of the song “it’s was a natural for me and Merle”, Merle Haggard said “when I first heard the song it ripped my heart out, I think it is a classic” Jeff performs in Nashville at songwriter shows at: Douglas Corner Café, The Bluebird Café, Commodore Lounge, and other writer venues.
East found a true passion in writing songs and Nashville artists started to take notice. His songs have garnered him cuts with artists like Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Dailey & Vincent, Joe Diffie and many others. While making a name for himself in the songwriting community, it wasn’t just his songs that gained the attention of some of Nashville’s most powerful decision makers. In May of 2015, John Marks, the Global Head of Country Music for Spotify, heard East perform at a music festival and immediately reached out about adding his material to the Spotify playlists. In August of 2017, East released his first single to Spotify and within 4 months earned him over 1.5 million streams. With the release of his second single, Jeffrey is most certainly making a name for himself as being an artist to watch in 2018.
James Michael Stanley, (born February18, 1982) is an American country music singer from Eustis, Florida. He grew up there on rural road CR. 44a. He spent most of his child hood training horses on his parents horse farm. Jimmy attended Florida State University where he began to visualize a path in music playing small clubs around Tallahassee before making the move to Nashville in 2005. He immediately got a job at the world famous BlueBird Cafe where he studied some of the greatest songwriters and learned how a song was crafted. Jimmy has shared the stage with artists like Sam Hunt, Tony Arata, Ronnie Milsap etc. In 2012 he landed a featured role on ABC's Nashville which later turned into a speaking role. Shortly thereafter he was casted for the soft scripted reality show called CrazyHearts Nashville on the network A&E. After the first season Jimmy returned to touring and released his debut single “Say You Want Me” on SiriusXM's The Highway in 2015. His second single, “Like I Stole It” was released to radio Spring of 2016.
John Friday grew up in Washington, DC, traveled the world, and came back home. Then he turned his car south one day, and ended up in Florida. Armed with a guitar, a wry sense of humor, and a keen eye for life’s absurdities, he carved out a niche as a singer/songwriter. John’s four albums, Coastal Dreamin’ , Tropicalized , Coastal Cowboy , and Still In Mexico , have vaulted him to the top of the Trop Rock music world. He is currently writing songs for his fifth album, as well as a holiday album. His musical achievements include: - Trop Rock Music Association’s Horizon Award (2013) - Eight TRMA nominations (2010-2013), including Album & Song of the Year (2013 & 2016) -Landshark Lager Battle of the Bands (2009), 4th place (out of over 400 bands) - Dallas Songwriter’s Association Top 10 (2009-2010) - Great Lakes Songwriting Contest Top 10 (2010-2012) - American Songwriter Lyric Contest Honorable Mention (2010, 2012)
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 com-petition, 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. 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 al-bum “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. Bulford’s passion of writing has taken him beyond the confines of Music Row, as he spearheads projects to bring the Nashville “Listening Room” experience to his beloved upbringings and stomping grounds of Central Florida and beyond.
With six Detroit Music Awards to her name including Outstanding Country Songwriter for 2016, Julianne Ankley has cemented herself in the Detroit and Michigan music scenes as a major talent. Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years. Her third solo Album, “Don’t Let Go” was released in August 2015 at the Ark Theater in Ann Arbor, MI. Her sophomore album, “Vivid" garnered the 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording and lead to the use of her song, “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane" 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.
Calling Nashville home since 2002, Karleen Watt’s songwriting has been gaining recognition as the new ‘three chords and the truth.’ Splitting her time writing with some of Nashville’s most beloved hit songwriters and up and coming country artists, you can hear songs written or co-written by Karleen at nearly every music venue in Nashville, and many others around the country. Her songs have a believability and honesty that will break through to the masses and have an impact on the hearts of those who truly love country music. You can find Karleen and her guitar filling regular spots at the famed Bluebird Café.
Though currently based out of Burlington, VT, singer-songwriter Katie Lyon has a unique mix of songs that may be difficult to attach to any one region. Having lived in locales as diverse as Iowa and New Jersey, Katie considers Southwest Florida her home turf. Taking influences from the places she's been and the people she's met along the way, Katie is ready for a return to the Nashville recording studio following her debut release "No Matter Where You Roam". Her newest recordings will be a distinct flavor from her first six track EP, but both contribute heavily to Katie's own version of the country music genre. There is much more to come from this artist, so be on the lookout for her next release and shows from Florida to Vermont and everywhere in between.
An acclaimed artist in his home town of Madison, Wisconsin (Project M Season 2 runner-up, 2012 MAMA award nominee) Keefe's music carried him to the tranquil shores of the Gulf of Mexico four years ago. 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 Southwest Florida. In the past, he shared the stage with such bands as Cake, OKGo!, Switchfoot, and Taylor Hicks. His most recent project, Charlie Moon, released its first EP, "Good Problems", in the fall of 2016.
Since graduating from Belmont University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in songwriting, Nashville singer/songwriter Kim Paige has been honing her voice and sharpening her lyrics to fuse the gap between yesterday's classic country sound of Dolly Parton and today's contemporary sound of Miranda Lambert. Falling somewhere in the middle, Kim's smooth vocals and witty words will surely cause a smile and a laugh-out-loud at the same time. This unique and humorous style sets her apart from the masses of country singers and songwriters in Nashville today.
Candid and down to earth, she has a voice that echoes the heart of what she sings, Kristen Kelly laughs as she describes her music as “a little more grease than polish.” And that grease is an exciting mix, distilled from her country, blues, and classic rock influences into a passionate, playful, often sexy, and always heartfelt reflection of real life as she knows it. Kristen teamed up with hit songwriters Monty Criswell and Shane Minor to pen the love song “Miss Me,” where the influence and her love for Classic Rock is very apparent to round out her Arista Nashville, self-titled EP.
Kurtis John was born and raised in Central Connecticut. A multi-instrumentalist, he was taught piano by his father, who was legally blind by the time Kurtis turned 6, an experience that pushed the musician to always try to feel, hear and understand music, rather than simply reading it. By the time he was 15, Kurtis had formed the band Renata who, in their 3 releases, became area favorites, opening for artists that included Avril Lavigne and Lifehouse and had their songs placed on MTV, VH1 and the WB. In 2007, Kurtis found mainstream success as the lead singer and songwriter for Virgin Recording artist The Last Goodnight (which included members of Renata). The six-piece toured several times throughout North America and found chart-topping success throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia behind the strength of hit singles "Pictures Of You" and "Stay Beautiful.” Both tracks reached the Top 5 on the US Hot AC chart and the former was the most played song in Australia throughout 2007. Currently, the Connecticut native and Los Angeles resident is honing his skills as a producer and writer. He released his self-produced, solo and self-titled debut EP in 2011 and is writing for multiple projects.
Kyle Anne Duggan is an accomplished singer-songwriter and performer. She studied Songwriting at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, with voice as her principle instrument. She is also proficient at guitar and piano. Kyle Anne is no stranger to the Boston music scene, and has played at venues all around the city, including Club Passim, TT the Bears, the Berklee Performance Center, and Great Scott. Her music credits include singing background vocals for Mario Spinetti's debut EP at the legendary Chung King Studios in Brooklyn, New York, and is associated with such notable acts in the Boston music scene as The Ex-Girlfriends, an all female comedy band, and Eclipse, a Pink Floyd cover band. With the Ex-Girlfriends, she was a participant in the Make Music Festival, held annually in Harvard Square, for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010. The Ex-Girlfriends were also one of very few featured performers at the Storyteller’s Concert Series at Berklee College of Music’s David Friend Recital Hall for three consecutive years from 2008-2010. She also performed with The Ex-Girlfriends at Boston's Women in Comedy Festival in 2010 with Maria Bamford headlining. Her professors at Berklee also recognized her unique brand of songwriting. The late Henry Gaffney hailed her music as "Beautiful. Hopeful, borderlining heartbreaking." Livingston Taylor, a prominent figure in the contemporary folk scene, and one of her favorite professors, called her a "Honking guitar player!" and also informed her that she was as "Talented as my brother James [Taylor]!" Kyle Anne currently resides in Southwest Florida, where she actively performs all around the Fort Myers and Naples area, including The Norris Center, Mercato Naples, The Sydney Berne Davis Art Center, and various local establishments and venues of varying size. She was a featured performer and organizer of Babefest 2016, a music festival that features female musicians curated by Love Your Rebellion, a local feminist collective who she is actively involved with. She also performed at Naples Baconfest 2016, where she opened for country superstars Brooke Eden and Love & Theft. Her music has been featured on local radio stations, WGCU Gulf Coast Live (a division of NPR News) as well as chart-topping podcasts such as the feminist anti-slut shaming podcast Guys We F**ked. She participated in the 24 Hour Art Challenge presented by Ghostbird Theatre Company, a local theatre and arts collective, and won the grand prize for the music category with her original song "Love Will Light the Way." She also entered the 2018 Summer Singer Songwriter Competition hosted by the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center with her original song "Girl, You're Good," and after making it to the final round she won the grand prize. She looks forward to performing at the 2018 Island Hopper Songwriting Fest and sharing the stage with an exquisite variety of fellow songwriters. When Kyle Anne isn't hosting one of her three weekly Open Mic Nights, writing songs, or performing live, she enjoys decently hopped craft beer, reading as many books as she can get her hands on, and going on adventures with her wonderful daughter.
Kyle Daigle is a Singer/Songwriter from the banks of Belle River, Louisiana, where he was born and raised. This now 30 year old Father/Country Artist has been influenced by countless traditional artists and even some new-comers. He was brought up on artists such as Merle Haggard and Hank Williams by his Grandfather, but also enjoys artists such as Craig Campbell, Eric Church and Blake Shelton. Kyle is an Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, most recently recognized by the American Songwriter Awards.
Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kylie Morgan, began writing songs in her hometown of Newcastle, OK when she was 12 years old. Morgan released her music independently as a young teen, garnering national attention from music producers and television executives. At age 16, Morgan landed a spot on E! Television reality show 'Opening Act’ and was named “Who New To Watch” by the Country Music Association. Following her success on the show, Morgan began making regular trips to Nashville until she turned 18 and made Nashville home. With tremendous talent and a unique style, Morgan joined the SMACKSongs team to refine and release her music, under the guidance of GRAMMY Award winning songwriters, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Morgan is currently working on her first release due in 2018 produced by Shane McAnally and Josh Kerr.
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.
CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE NASHVILLE SONGWRITER'S ASSOCIATION (NSAI) -3 Time Grammy Award Nominee -Music Row Magazine: Breakthrough Songwriter of the year 2003 -Awarded one of NSAI’s ‘Ten Songs I Wish I Had Written’ 2003: “The Impossible” -Awarded one of NSAI’s ‘Ten Songs I Wish I Had Written’ 2008: “You’re Gonna Miss This” -Won Song of the Year at the 2008 NSAI awards for “You’re Gonna Miss This” -Nominated for Song of the Year at 2008 CMA awards for “You’re Gonna Miss This” -2009 Double ACM Nominee: “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “In Color” for Song of the Year -Won Song of the Year at the 2009 ACM awards for “In Color” -Won Music Row Magazine’s 2009 Song of the Year for “In Color” -Awarded one of NSAI’s ‘Ten Songs I Wish I Had Written’ 2009: “In Color” -Won Song of the Year at the 2009 CMA awards for "In Color" #1 Country Singles: “The Impossible” (Joe Nichols), “I Just Wanna Be Mad” (Terri Clark), “The World” (Brad Paisley), "You’re Gonna Miss This” (Trace Adkins), “I’m Still A Guy” (Brad Paisley), “Southern Girl” (Tim McGraw)
Liz Moriondo opens up her mouth to sing, & out comes a blend of Shania Twain’s breathy perfection & Bonnie Raitt’s sensual, bluesy grit. If you listen closely enough, you can still hear the Ozark Mountains of her native Missouri where she first started singing in front of audiences at the age of 3. As all of us know, it takes guts to make the big move to Nashville. But after 2 years of intense college basketball & poli-sci debates, Liz knows how to face down a challenge. She has opened for numerous artists including Tim McGraw, Train, Lee Brice, & more. She also went viral on Facebook & YouTube with her fishing parody of Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass, with over 12 million views. She is a favorite on the NASCAR circuit & several outdoor television shows, & this fall Liz will be releasing her fourth EP with Disney Record Producer, Johnny Dibb. Get Liz on your playlist, & you’ll be pushing repeat.
Creating a sound that fuses modern Country and classic heartland rock with an edgy vocal blend, Wheelhouse Records’ LOCASH is the Country music duo made up of singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust; natives of Baltimore, Maryland, and Indianapolis, Indiana, respectively. With two albums and eight charting singles to their credit, LOCASH broke out in 2015 with their gracious GOLD-certified hit, “I Love This Life," followed by the flirtatious GOLD-certified #1 smash, “I Know Somebody” – their first trip to the top of the Country radio airplay charts – and 2017’s fun-loving romantic anthem “Ring on Every Finger.” All three singles were part of their album, THE FIGHTERS, which was released in the summer of 2016 to Top 15 success. In 2017, they earned their first round of awards show recognition, nominated at the ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year (“I Know Somebody”), and the CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their latest single “Feels Like A Party,” is the pair’s first release with their new label, BBR Music Group/BMG.
From the moment she steps into the spotlight and begins picking her banjo – her dad’s 1972 Gibson Mastertone, to be exact – it’s undeniable that being on stage is where Lockwood Barr feels most at home. The Tiburon, California native credits her successes thus far, which include Country Music Association emerging artist recognition and winning an Independent Country Music Association Award as banjo player for bluegrass group The Nashvegas Ramblers, to fearless pursuit of her passions. That, and her incredibly tight-knit musical family. With bluegrass in her blood and determination second to none, the effervescent blonde moved to Nashville (where her mother was raised), enrolled at Vanderbilt University and dove head first into the music industry. Outside of the classroom, the Tennessee transplant spent her time relentlessly performing at local songwriter rounds, channeling her musical influences (which range from Nickel Creek and Stevie Nicks to Beethoven and the Dixie Chicks) and co-writing with fellow artists as often as possible. While preparing material for a debut project, Barr eventually caught the eye of Jen Gunderman, Sheryl Crow’s keyboard player. Gunderman produced Lockwood’s debut album 25th Hour, which was released at a sold out show at historic 19 Broadway in Fairfax, California. Since the release of her first project, Lockwood’s captivating stage presence has provided her opportunities to open for artists like Tyler Hilton, Anne Hills, Wiz Khalifa and more. “There is a fire in my belly that drives me to perform,” explains Lockwood with conviction. “I want my listeners to feel what I’m feeling. Connecting with audiences is my favorite part about being an artist.”
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.
When Megan is not writing songs with some of Nashville’s most prolific hit songwriters, she is either performing at one of the city’s landmark venues, hop-scotching across the country on acoustical gigs or traveling with her band and delivering spirited performances while showcasing her strong vocals. Megan’s songs are being played on radio stations around the world and she has been featured in several publications including CountryStarsOnline.com. In 2007, her Freshman album was recorded at the famed Cash Cabin Studio under the production of Grammy winning John Carter Cash. This initial CD was comprised of songs all co-written by Megan. She has also performed main-stage with well-known country artists Jason Aldean, Phil Vassar, Heidi Newfield, The Byrds and many others.
Melanie Sandford is an up and coming Boston-born singer/songwriter/recording artist. She is currently working on her first full-length record as a follow up to her critically acclaimed EP: "Could it Be?" In February 2014 Melanie was listed as one of the top "Kick-Ass Women You Should Know" in Boston's HOWL Magazine. She was also a top three finalist in the 92.5 River's Rising Stars Contest, in Boston. Melanie now resided in Nashville, TN and has played songwriting festivals such as 30A Songwriter’s Festival and the Pensacola Songwriter’s Festival.
***Midland is performing on Sept. 30, 2018 on Fort Myers Beach. Download the Island Hopper app starting Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 for an exclusive first chance to get your tickets. OR book your stay at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina and receive a complementary ticket to the show.*** Hailing from Dripping Springs, TX lead vocalist Mark Wystrach fronts Midland’s rich sound that is rounded out with lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. Rooted in tradition in both sound and style, the trio initially garnered attention playing clubs in the region. Their critically-acclaimed freshman album, ON THE ROCKS (Big Machine Records), features 13 tracks with songwriting credits from each member alongside hitmakers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Launching to rave reviews from notable outlets like Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone Country with Washington Post touting ON THE ROCKS as “the year’s best Country album.” The Dann-Huff produced album earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart upon release. Their debut No. 1 single “Drinkin’ Problem,” which offers an intentional nod to Country music reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s, earned the band their first GRAMMY® Awards nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Midland was also named New Vocal Group of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards. Most recently, the band released a video for latest single “Burn Out” which was inspired by the vintage style of Urban Cowboy and filmed at the legendary Billy Bob’s Honky Tonk in Fort Worth, TX. This year Country Radio Broadcasters voted the trio as one of the esteemed 2018 CRS New Faces. Midland will next go on the road with Thomas Rhett for the LIFE CHANGES TOUR this fall and then onto headlining dates later in the year for their ELECTRIC RODEO TOUR. For a full list of tour dates and more, visit MidlandOfficial.com.
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.
One Tennessean, Presley Tucker, and one Pennsylvanian, Spencer Bartoletti, are the creative core of REVERIE LANE. The earliest idea of forming what would become the band began after Presley and Spencer caught each other’s gigs at a Nashville club. Both appreciating the other’s singing and songwriting talent, they subsequently decided to write together. Writing became singing together, and singing together led to forming their own group. They assembled a collection of players around them and the REVERIE LANE cast was complete. The two ladies recently signed a deal with Lone Wolf Management Company, and newly formed Wolftracks Music Publishing Company. REVERIE LANE is now ready to introduce themselves and their music to the world. Incidentally, Presley Tucker is following in the footsteps of her mother, Tanya.
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.
With a foot tapping, beachside country sound, Sean is a south Florida native whose style of playing and songwriting is inspired from the place he calls home. A winner in the inaugural Island Hopper songwriter competition, and a featured local artist, his performances and songs teeter from the sunburnt days on the sand in, “Smile Like That” and “Days Like These” to his soulful and powerful ballad, “Better Than Me”. He has penned love songs for his family in, “Daisy Oak” and “I Love My Life”, to stories of his traveling past in his song, “Hat On My Head”. He tours south Florida from the sidewalks to the sand, and is a no shoes nation disciple. His song writing is branded in the American sound, and his performances convey his gratefulness for music in his life.
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.
Shelby Lee Lowe's music is true-blue American Country. This Neo-traditional Troubadour was just named as a 2018 Durango Boots Ambassador, and has established himself as an authentic country music entertainer. Shelby's style, show, stage presence and music, have drawn comparisons to country artists we revere, such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Dwight Yoakam. Shelby has opened for major acts that include Charlie Daniels, Brett Young, Michael Ray, Chris Janson, Cowboy Troy, Sister Hazel, Jordan Rager, Darryl Worley, and Big Smo. He's also performed for NASCAR previously at Bristol Motor Speedway, and at the Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola before NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. Shelby has also played events for the Atlanta Braves, Jack Daniel's, BMI Presents...Young Guns!, CMA Fest, Summer NAMM, Turn Up Tuesday at 3rd & Lindsley, the Harley-Davidson Independence Day Bash, SC Air & Ground Expo, and was a Pepsi Southern Original Regional Winner.
Skye Claire’s love for music started at an early age. Born and raised in NYC, she started writing songs at just 12 years old. She went on to play her first full band gig at NYC’s famous Bitter End at just sixteen. She wrote and played relentlessly throughout her school years, and went on to graduate from the prestigious Wesleyan University. Diploma in hand, Skye packed up and headed for Nashville to hone her craft. She wrote every song on her debut album, “For Better or For Worse”, and released her first single to country radio in fall of 2016. Her supporting radio tour took her to over 50 radio stations in 20 different states. “Pawn Shop” cracked the top 100 on the Music Row chart, while the music video went into rotation on Great American Country and gained a spot on CMT’s online platforms. BMI has recognized her achievements as a songwriter by selecting her as the first ever artist to both participate and perform at the 2016 Rising Through the Ranks program, a mentorship initiative for female radio executives. Skye has gone on to be selected as a featured songwriter and performer in various BMI songwriting festivals (Key West Songwriter Festival and Island Hopper Songwriter Fest), and has garnered spots on both NYC’s BMI Acoustic Lounge and Nashville’s BMI Buzz showcases. After an office performance in January 2017, BMI President, Mike O’Neil, went on to say, “I had a chance to sit down with Skye and listen to her music, and we’re excited at BMI to keep watching and supporting this rising star in her career.” Skye’s quirky sense of humor and refreshing take on girl power are poised to shine through in her new single, “Ex Girlfriend Material”. Watch out for this dynamic new artist as her star continues to rise!
Nashville songwriter Steve Dean has co-written eight number one hits, including the most played song on country radio in 2007, Country AirCheck’s Song of the Decade, “Watching You” for Rodney Atkins, the Grammy nominated “It Takes A little Rain” for The Oak Ridge Boys, “Southern Star” for Alabama, “Round About Way” for George Strait, “Walk On” for Reba McEntire, “Heart’s Aren’t Made To Break” for Lee Greenwood, “No More Lonely” and “New Day Dawning” for The Roys. Among Steve’s musical influences are The Beatles, The Byrds, The Eagles, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, and Roger Miller. Steve’s songs have been recorded by Sister Hazel, LoCash, Joe Nichols, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, Waylon Jennings, Pure Prairie League and others. Steve has earned eight BMI Songwriter Awards and two BMI Publisher Awards. As a singer/songwriter, Steve lets his audience in on a behind the scenes look at, and a unique opportunity to hear the stories surrounding the inspiration for and why these songs were written.
Nate, Mark and Kieran Bass make up the British trio, The Bass Brothers. They recently moved to Nashville to launch their country music career, a dream since childhood when they experienced stardom in the pop music genre. The pure magic of their vocals, fueled by what can only be described as sibling connection, makes this trio an act you don’t want to miss. David Huff jokes that London act, The Bass Brothers are the new “British Invasion” of Nashville. “I have been doing this awhile but when I heard them sing I knew we had to get them to Nashville.” Huff goes on to divulge that he quickly played what he heard for his brother, Nashville mega producer Dann Huff. “The talent is so immense and the harmonies are so rich it is just undeniable,” Dann said while remembering their own band, Giant. “I love making music with my brother so we totally get them on that level.”
Paul McDonald is an American singer-songwriter from Huntsville, Alabama, who as of 2011, resides in Nashville, Tennessee. McDonald placed 8th on the tenth season of American Idol and since 2005, he has been the lead singer of the band Hightide Blues, renamed The Grand Magnolias in 2010 and now in the duet group 'The Sweetheart Deal'. Emily Kinney is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC's horror drama television series The Walking Dead. In 2013, Kinney released her second EP Expired Love, which features seven original songs written by Kinney, with production by Caleb Shreve and Conrad Korsch (bassist, Rod Stewart), and mixes by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, One Republic, Toad the Wet Sprocket). She maintains regular performances on both the east and west coast, and has recently been featured in Rolling Stone, Refinery29, People Online, and on Entertainment Weekly Sirius XM. On March 18th Kinney will re-release her Expired Love EP featuring two additional songs.
If music is a springboard for emotion, then Tim McGeary knows all too well how to mine it to the max. McGeary’s dedication to his music has never faltered, and now, even after a couple of decades of plying his craft, that passion is as intense as ever. Given that dedication, it’s no surprise to find that McGeary’s songs have been tapped for such hit television shows as “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill” and “Glory Days,” as well as the made-for- HBO film “Girl Got Moe.” McGeary’s songs are not only a perfect soundtrack for the Hollywood hit-makers, but for those everyday individuals who can relate to those intimate feelings and connect them with their own.
It’s easy to see why Montana’s music connects with so many people far and wide. Dubbed as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need to Know,” his musical influencers range from Merle Haggard to Guns N’ Roses. Montana’s passion for music has not gone unnoticed by his fellow musicians. “Tim is the real deal. He’s a little bit country with lots of hard rocks — or maybe he’s a rocker in touch with some serious country roots,” says ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. Tim grew up in Butte, MT in a household that did not support his musical career. He quickly learned if he wanted to make a reality of out his passion to sing and play guitar, he had to escape Big Sky Country. He packed his bags and made his way to the heart of country music, Nashville, TN. Soon after living in Nashville, a rodeo performance caught the attention of David Letterman. David was so impressed by Tim’s music, he personally invited Tim to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman. Montana continued to write and record which earned him a worldwide publishing deal with the Spirit Music Group. This led to an introduction with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. The two of them collaborated on multiple different tracks including, “This Beard Came Here to Party” which was the anthem for the Nashville Predator’s 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tim followed up with writing on Kid Rock’s current single, “Tennessee Mountain Top” and “Greatest Show On Earth” as well as Mac McAnally’s current hit, “Amarula Sun.” In September 2017, Tim released his single, “Hillbilly Rich.” Rolling Stone called the song an, “an ode to fantasies about telling off your boss, making it rain, and having everything all at once.” Shortly after the song was released, Tim performed the single live on Fox & Friends.
Trailer Choir is an American country music duo composed of vocalists Marc Fortney and Vinny Hickerson, known by their respective stage names Butter and Big Vinny (A.K.A. Bigg Vinny and Bigg Vinny the Mack). The group began as a trio with Crystal Hoyt and was signed to Show Dog Nashville, a label owned by Toby Keith, in 2007. After recording the song "Off the Hillbilly Hook" for the soundtrack to Keith's film Beer for My Horses, Trailer Choir charted the singles "What Would You Say", "Rockin' the Beer Gut" and "Rollin' Through the Sunshine" on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Mercury Nashville’s Travis Denning vividly remembers the moment he realized he wanted to pursue music for a living. He was seven years old sitting in his Dad’s truck and heard AC/DC for the first time. From then on, he was hooked and devoured all types of music from country, pop, rock and heavy metal. Travis started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a solid following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar licks. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and within a year signed a publishing deal with Jeremy Stover’s RED Creative Group. After securing outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. Travis just released his debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs,” an upbeat coming-of-age song that paints a picture of a young man reminiscing on his carefree college memories. The singer/songwriter will hit the road with LANco this Fall, and has previously opened shows for Chase Rice, Justin Moore and Alan Jackson. When Travis is not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album.
Will Bowen is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter signed to Little Extra Music. Bowen signed his first publishing deal while still a senior in high school, where he'd already recorded two independent albums. As an artist, he opened for such legends as Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, John Mayer, Maroon 5 and Train. With numerous cuts as a songwriter, Bowen reached platinum status internationally with a song on Latin pop star Soraya Arnelas' debut album (6x platinum). He also had a song on the American Grammy Nominated album from Tejano artist Rebecca Valadez. After the release of his third record, Love is War, he moved to Nashville in 2008 to focus on his songwriting. Bowen has recently had cuts by Casey James, Due West and others.
His songs have been at number 1 for 25 weeks and they’ve sold over 60 million records, but Wendell Mobley continues to create refreshing lyrics and melodies for the biggest acts and brightest newcomers. Since making his way from his hometown of Celina, Ohio, Wendell has had huge success with acts including Rascal Flatts (“Take Me There”, “Fast Cars and Freedom”, “I Melt”), Kenny Chesney (“There Goes My Life”, “How Forever Feels”), Jason Aldean ("Tattoos On This Town”), Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Alabama, Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Lonestar, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Montgomery-Gentry, Andy Griggs, Julianne Hough, John Michael Montgomery, the legendary Kenny Rogers and pop star Edwin McCain among many others. Recently, Rascal Flatts had a huge hit with his song “Banjo”, the debut single from their album Changed, which Wendell also wrote the title track for. He has been showing his range with national ad campaign for Napa Auto Parts, writing and singing their theme song, “Napa Know How”. Mobley’s most recent single called, “How Country Feels”, also went #1 with the amazingly talented Randy Houser.
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.