2020 Lineup

Brandon Kinney’s journey as a songwriter has garnered him cuts with artists like Jason Aldean (“Drowns The Whiskey,” “Set It Off”), Cole Swindell (“Love You Too Late,” "Reason To Drink," "No Can Left Behind," “Should’ve Ran After You”), Jon Pardi ("Ain't Always The Cowboy"), Luke Bryan (“Beer In The Headlights”), Justin Moore (“I’d Want It To Be Yours,” “Off The Beaten Path”), Chase Rice (“Dirt Road Communication”), Chris Janson (“Right In The Middle”), Willie Nelson (“Ain’t Goin’ Down On Brokeback Mountain”), Craig Campbell (“Outta My Head”) and Randy Houser, whose single "Boots On" was named BMI's 2nd Most Played Song of 2009.

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Blake Esse—United States Navy Veteran, singer-songwriter, Nashville Star finalist, winner of Clint Black’s “Competing for a Cause” songwriter contest and BMI artist. Blake, noted as "a standout artist" has shared the stage with many of today’s best country music artists like Clint Black, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Michael Ray and others. Blake released his first original single in 2018 “Feels good don’t it” recorded and produced by legend Clint Black. Blake will release his EP album Summer 2020.

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Craig Wayne Boyd, Adam Wakefield and Casey James are craftsmen of music. They have each had their own success as solo artists and are now embarking on a new quest driven by passion and brotherhood. Their voices alone are proven strong enough to make top three of internationally renowned reality shows. Together, their harmonies are best described as country molasses. Add in Casey’s guitar licks which earned him 3rd place on season 9 of American Idol, Adam’s wailing B-3 runs and Craig’s ear for unique vocal parts and you get three soft-hearted rebels blending over bottles, boots and strings.

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The Grammy nominated songwriter, Clint Daniels, was born and raised in the Florida panhandle. He gained an interest in music as a child, singing with his sister in church. Inspired by bluegrass, Daniels taught himself to play guitar by the time he turned 12. After graduating high school he moved to Nashville, TN in pursuit of a career in the country music industry. In 1998, he signed a record deal with Arista. Since that time he's continued working with various labels and publishing companies. Daniels has co-written songs for other country artists, including the following Billboard No. 1 Hits: "Some Of It" by Eric Church in 2019 & was nominated for his first GRAMMY (Best Country Song - https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/clint-daniels); "Brokenheartsville" by Joe Nichols and "Roll with Me" by Montgomery Gentry Daniels has also penned award winning songs such as: "God Must Be Busy" by Brooks and Dunn, and "Ready For The End Of The World" by George Strait.

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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.

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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.

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Ian Munsick's musical capability and potential aren't all that different from the ranch in Sheridan, WY where he grew up. As the youngest of three brothers in an exceptionally musical family, Ian's upbringing was a mix of working cattle and working crowds with the family band, "The Munsick Boys". Throughout his childhood, he kept adding more instruments to his repertoire. Listening to Ian's music today, you'll hear his appreciation for innovation and his insatiable passion to express himself as an artist. Ian's not afraid to try out a new sound, idea (or outfit) and it's made him stand out in the best way possible.

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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.

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Jim McCormick is a three-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum lyricist who has twice seen his work reach the #1 position on the Billboard country charts. His songs have been recorded by Jason Aldean , Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Harry Connick Jr, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Cody Johnson, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, and many others. McCormick is staff songwriter at BMG Music Publishing and a faculty member in the film and music industry studies program of Loyola University where he teaches the craft and business of songwriting. He’s also a member of the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and three sons.

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EMI Records Nashville’s Kylie Morgan began writing songs in her hometown of Newcastle, OK when she was only 12 years old. A masterful storyteller, the singer-songwriter released her music independently in her early teens, garnering national attention from music producers and television executives. At the age of 16, she was named “Who New To Watch” by the Country Music Association. This early success led Kylie to begin making regular trips to Nashville, crafting her voice and polishing her songwriting. When she turned 19, she made the decision to call Music City home. Recognizing Kylie’s unique talent, the SMACKSongs team signed her to their roster under the guidance of GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. An avid yoga enthusiast, Kylie has earned her official Yoga Alliance Certification and participates in yoga daily. Kylie recently released her autobiographical new song “Boys Girl” and was just selected as one of three artists for the CMA KixStart program where she will receive unique opportunities to participate in events as well as connect with industry professionals. Kylie has been named to several Artists to Watch lists including CMT’s Listen Up Class of 2019, CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2020, SiriusXM’s On The Horizon and Pandora’s Artists to Watch for 2020. Kylie has previously toured with artists including Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kip Moore Gavin DeGraw, Brett Eldredge and Billy Currington. Kylie is currently in the studio working on her debut album with producers Shane McAnally and Ben Johnson.

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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.

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Youth and authenticity are two traits that rarely coincide together. Add to that equation a voice that is unique and older than the 22-year old man it’s attached to and you suddenly begin seeing what all the fuss is about Kentucky’s “Golden Boy” Tyler Booth. Raised around music and the struggles of being in a band. Tyler is hardwired for the music business and it shows in his work ethic. Born and raised in Wolfe County in the Southeastern region of Kentucky, Tyler has been writing songs and honing his craft for years. Tyler wrote his first record while a freshman at Morehead State University on a vocal scholoarship. Unknown to the music programs Dean, he didn’t tell anyone of his songs besides his father. His father secretly had Tyler’s music submitted to one of Nashville’s finest songwriters, Country Music Hitmaker, Phil O’Donnel. Phil heard that smooth baritone with an immdiately identifiable southern drawl and knew he had found a young man worthy of his time. Phil has become a mentor, but most importantly a friend to Tyler. Tyler Booth released his first EP in 2018. For the self-titled EP, Tyler and Phil chose six songs that showcased Tyler’s unique voice, but still allowed him to be who he is. For Example, “Hank Crankin’ People” is a song that Tyler immediately identified with and it has quickly become an anthem to those in attendance at his shows. The 6 song EP has taken Tyler all over the US playing shows with National artists the likes of, Luke Combs, Brantley Gilbert, Michael Ray, Colt Ford, Blackhawk, Jerrod Niemann, Joe Diffie, Cody Johnson just to name a few.

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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.

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