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.
Amie has lent her vocal ability to such A list acts as Katy Perry, Jessica Simpson and Courtney Love. Even when she is not writing her own material and performing her own growing catalogue, Miriello lends her voice and craft to other artists. She recently was featured on a top ten dance floor smash in the U.K., and her unique sound is now in demand by DJ's across the globe.
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.
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.
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!
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
From the first few notes of a Leslie Tom song, you’re instantly taken back to a time when singers like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn were winning the hearts of country music lovers everywhere. But keep listening, and you’ll hear a voice and a sound that is remarkably current, even timeless. This Denver-based songstress is defying the odds by steering away from the “Nashville style” country trends. Instead, combining relatable lyrics with her bubbly, sassy personality and an un- mistakable voice (along with the occasional fiddle and pedal steel guitar), Leslie Tom stands poised to hit the mainstream with her own traditional-modern spin on country music.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.