See Brooke Eden on September 27 at Pinchers at the Marina at Edison Ford! Even ahead of its official release to country radio, Brooke Eden’s heart-bending torpedo “Act Like You Don’t,” immediately sparked rabid response amongst media and fans. Co-written by the RED BOW Records act, the punchy stand-out track, heralded as “powerful” by The Huffington Post, earned placement on NBC’s TODAY show and has garnered over 15 MILLION Spotify streams to date. She has opened for Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line. Deeply personal to Eden and fiercely honest in its candor, the emotional cannon points towards the fragile end of a relationship. “[Writing the song] helped me work through a break up and land on my feet on the other side,” Eden recently shared. The fast-rising star’s signature vocal swagger and versatility is laden throughout the contagiously relatable ballad, proving the Florida native’s staying power as “one of the most jaw-dropping voices in the country music world” (Variety Beat). On the heels of the recent release of Eden’s debut EP, Welcome to the Weekend, the accolades continue to pour in for the pintsized dynamo. Eden has been named an Amazon Music “Artist to Watch in 2017,” Vogue’s “10 Country ‘It’ Girls, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, a SPOTIFY “Spotlight 2016” Artist, PEOPLE’s “Seven Country Acts You Should Check Out” and one of CMT’s “16 Listen Up Artists for 2016” as well as “One to Watch” by Country Music Rocks, NASH Country Weekly, MySpace, Nashville Lifestyles, Roughstock, Sounds Like Nashville, Whiskey Riff and more.
See Lindsay Ell on September 27 at Pinchers at the Marina at Edison Ford! Patience is a virtue, and Lindsay Ell’s patience has finally paid off. She says her debut EP on Stoney Creek Records feels like it was years in the making, but after hitting her stride as an artist – and a woman – the end result was Worth the Wait. Comprised of six heart-on-her-sleeve tracks and produced by Sugarland co-founder Kristian Bush, Ell’s Worth the Wait EP is the modern-country calling card she’s been working toward her whole life – from her childhood in Calgary, Alberta; through her time opening shows for blues legend Buddy Guy; and even with attention-grabbing singles “Trippin’ On Us” and “By the Way.” The young star has traveled the world with The Band Perry and Luke Bryan, showcased her multi-instrumental dexterity as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, and is currently trading guitar solos with Brad Paisley on his 2017 Life Amplified World Tour.
See Raelynn on October 1 at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina! Here’s why God made RaeLynn. Because country music needed her. Because America needed to fall in love. Now, following up on the success of her 2014 gold-certified debut single “God Made Girls,” with the release of her Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville debut album, there’s one more reason: Because the time has come for her to blossom as an undeniable force of nature with roots deeply planted in tradition and a finger on the pulse of life. On Wild Horse, we hear that same warmth and accessibility and sense the same buoyant personality that ushered her into the spotlight on NBC’s “The Voice.” But she was only 17 years old then, her appeal defined in part by her innocence and openness to all that lie ahead. She’s still young but at 22 she can apply a deeper dimension to those qualities. That same Texas twang colors her voice; add to it a new sophistication, a broader palette, with a maturity in her ability to deliver a performance, and you’ve got something special.
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.
Adam Wood is a songwriter and producer hailing from the musically rich "Muscle Shoals" area of North Alabama. His songs have been performed around the world including venues such as The Grand Ol’ Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. He has over a decade of experience on the Nashville music scene and has written songs recorded by artists such as Trace Adkins, Lonestar, Delta Rae, and Smithfield. His songs have been featured on CMT and Sirius/XM radio and have been streamed millions of times on platforms such as Spotify and YouTube. Adam is currently signed as a staff writer in a co-venture between platinum selling country artist Lee Brice and Curb publishing.
Ashley Gearing was just 12 years old in 2001, when she released her first single to country radio making her the youngest female to ever chart on the billboard charts. The county music community instantly welcomed her. In her younger years, Ashley graced the stage of The Grand Opry, performed at The World Series, sang with The Boston Pops, was featured on several Bestselling Disney records for young adults, as well as various synch spots on ABC, and traveled across the U.S opening for country's biggest acts. She shared her contagious smile, warm presence and powerful voice all while pursuing a normal education, ultimately leading to a college degree from the esteemed Belmont University. After spending 9 years in the Curb Records Company honing her craft, Ashley recently decided to begin a different path and take on new adventures in her career to add to the already very long list. Now at 25, Ashley stands at the top of her game, ready to show the world the soulful, entertaining powerhouse she truly is.
Audrey Spillman has an ageless voice, full of understated emotion, with phrasing that imbues every word she sings with a quiet intensity and subtle passion. Her approach is especially effective on “I’ve Got To Have You,” a duet with the legendary Kris Kristofferson. Her hushed reading of the lyric fits perfectly with Kristofferson’s gruff, weary vocal. “I love the idea of two people, at two different places and seasons in their lives, being able to come together to sing and share that universal feeling of love,” Spillman says. “We did it in one take, on one mic, facing each other. It was a once in a lifetime experience.”
Badger & Rose met in spring of 2016 and have both been involved in music throughout their entire lives! James grew up in a musical family with his mother singing on Broadway and his father working as a singing comedian on cruise ships. Sarah began voice lessons at age nine and studied opera at age thirteen. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance and has sung with Central Florida Lyric Opera, Intimate Opera of Indianapolis, Opera Naples, and Gulfshore Opera. Though she studied opera, James and Sarah grew up listening to folk, indie, and acoustic music. James and Sarah came together to create Badger & Rose which fuses their musical talents to create a unique and beautiful sound.
Bill LaBounty's musical direction was clear by the age of 19, when he was signed with his rock band to RCA Records. The Pacific Northwest native then took his act solo, recording an album for Twentieth Century Fox Records, followed by 3 albums for Warner Bros. Records, which spawned the pop hits Never Gonna Look Back (with James Taylor), Livin' It Up and This Night Won't Last Forever. Bill's most recent album The Right Direction, enjoyed success in Europe and Japan. Over the years his resume includes cuts by an array of Pop and Country artists including Patti LaBelle, Jimmy Buffett, The Judds, Steve Wariner, The Temptations, Brooks & Dunn, Steve Goodman and Phoebe Snow, Peter Cetera and Tim McGraw, among others.
Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee Bobby Tomberlin began his career in the music business at the early age of eleven as a disc jockey in his hometown of Luverne, Alabama. During this time, he interviewed legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Keith Whitley. Mel Tillis gave Bobby his first publishing contract, and he is currently a staff songwriter for CURB Music Publishing in Nashville, TN. Bobby co-wrote the number one Country and Top 5 AC single, "One More Day", recorded by Diamond Rio and co-authored the inspirational book by the same title. He co-wrote the Top 10 hit single, "A Good Day To Run" with Darryl Worley and the hit, "Country" with Mo Pitney and Bill Anderson. Bobby has also had songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Nichols, Pam Tillis, Thompson Square, Rodney Atkins, Joe Diffie, Sylvia, David Nail, Chris Young, Terri Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens, Chely Wright, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Ty Herndon, Linda Davis, Dylan Scott, T.G. Sheppard, Jett Williams, actor Chris Pine, Eddy Arnold, Russ Taff and many others. Bobby's songs have been used in numerous films.
From sharing the stage with CMA nominee superstar Brett Eldredge, a recording featured in the Michael Ealy film Unconditional, acclaimed performances at clubs and festivals across the nation, to appearing on TV and radio shows in major markets and recordings produced by Doug Sisemore (Reba McEntire's music director and band mate), recording artist/singer/songwriter Brandon Maddox has quickly established himself as one of country music's rising stars. Brandon, has penned over 1,000 songs, has one of them featured in a movie soundtrack, has had three singles garner substantial radio play, has appeared in the TV show Nashville, is currently sponsored by BackporcH Guitars, and was Monster Truck's Artist of 2014. Maddox, was a featured performer at Nashville Center Stage during the 2013 CMA Fan Fare, Shawnee Riverfest and CRS Nashville 2014, in addition to major country venues and festivals across America. Keep your eyes and ears on this exciting, young triple threat singer/songwriter/musician. Brandon Maddox is part of the next wave of country music's biggest stars.
Songwriter, Guitarist, & Cellist Brian Sutherland is an up and coming Florida native musician currently living in Central Florida writing and performing with his own group. Brian has shared the stage as a performer with artists like The Beach Boys, Copeland, Paramore, Craig Campbell, Craig Morgan, Connor Zwetsch (American Idol), and The Likes of Us. This is Brian's 4th visit to the Island Hopper Songwriter's Festival, earlier this year he participated in the 22nd Annual Key West Songwriters Festival.
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.
Brinley Addington’s passion for Country music began well before the small town singer can even remember. At age three, The Kingsport, TN native began climbing on top of his parent’s coffee table pretending he was performing on the Grand Ole Opry. Brinley was influenced early on by the hymns he heard on Sunday morning and the traditional country voices of Randy Travis, Vince Gill, and Alan Jackson. As time went by, Brinley gained inspiration from modern country artists like Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw as well as his parents’ love of bluegrass music. Since moving to Nashville in 2007, Brinley has opened shows for several major artists including Florida-Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, Josh Turner, Justin Moore, Tyler Farr, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, Gavin DeGraw, Marty Stuart, Ronnie Milsap, and more. Brinley has served as headliner at numerous fairs, festivals, and college events in the southeast. His first full-length album Homegrown debuted in 2011. His second record, Middle Of Nowhere, was released in 2014 and garnered outstanding reviews from peers and music industry professionals alike, charting at #16 on the iTunes charts independently. Addington is a signed songwriter at HoriPro Entertainment and penned Tyler Farr's latest single, "I Should Go To Church Sometime."
"I think the first thing I heard from the record was ‘Separate Ways’ and it immediately reminded me of the best parts of what I liked about Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind. It took me back a bit to think that there wasn't a wider audience that had heard it yet, and I wanted to figure out a way to change that." It’s high praise to be compared to the gentleman who arguably invented the job description for every songwriter that came after him, especially on a debut record. But Don Dilego, who is releasing Carl Anderson's LP Risk of Loss on Velvet Elk Records, is onto something. Carl Anderson, a young singer and songwriter from Virginia, has a rare authenticity, a quality that manages to be both self-assured and yet decidedly free from pretension-- a subtle confidence and humility that puts him in step with an older stock of songwriter. It’s a voice that manages to be both virtuosic and yet free from airs; never outshining the simplicity in his words; words that never outshine the song. And like all great songs, they always seem to dictate the motions of our hearts before our heads have time to figure out exactly what they're about.
"No stranger to change or the journey that comes with it, Carrie Welling has been behind the wheel of her musical experience from a young age. The newly minted indie country-pop songstress carved a remarkable path of sound and story, from early beginnings with the harmony-driven trio The Shells, to the Cosmo-Country genre-bending duo The Vanity Belles. All roads led to her recent re-emergence as a solo artist, guitar and pen poised for the making. Armed with a suitcase full of awards and accolades, from an early education at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC) to a nomination for MTV’s “Best Breakout Band’ with The Shells, Welling embraces the ups and downs of life’s long highway with a dash of sass, a sense of humor, and a determined spirit.
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!
Chloe Friedman’s background is built on a foundation of nearly 10 years in musical theatre. In 2006, she released her inaugural album of self-penned original pop/rock songs, titled “Triple Threat”. Since “Triple Threat’s” release date, Chloe has spent her time performing, over 100 times a year for the last seven years, in her hometown region of SW Florida. She’s also released two more independent original albums. Her latest EP, “Homegrown”, which can be found on most digital music platforms, was released in 2016. Following the release of her late EP, Chloe relocated to Nashville where she’s resided for the past year, writing songs and performing in the city’s popular original music venues. Chloe is excited to return to the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest for her third year.
Twenty-four year old Christina Christian has a new album, Silent Sea, full of honest, original songs. Stand out tracks on the record include "Quirky Little Thing," a song co-written with Lynn Langham, and “Keepin’ You Young” featuring Nick Biebricher. Living on the Gulf Coast, her homestead for now is in Perdido Key, Florida, performing alongside some top songwriters at the world-famous Flora-Bama Lounge. In April of 2017, she represented the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival with Dallas Moore, and longtime collaborator Taylor Craven, bringing her gentle country singer-songwriter stylings to Louisiana. She’s toured around the U.S., hitting major music cities like Nashville and Chicago, showcasing her authentic talent and relatable lyrics in venues such as Horse Pens 40 and the Dothan Opera Theatre. Influenced by her dad’s love of classic rock and her mom’s love of 90’s country, Christina has carved out a sound all her own, with her songwriting skills at the forefront. She’s been featured in the Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival, and the Hwy. 80 Songwriters Festival, and shared the stage with Delta Rae and David Nail. Her new album, Silent Sea, was recorded in her home studio, The Storage Room located in Perdido Key with Sandy Roots Music Productions.
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.
Dave Fenley could be called lucky by any musicians standards. Moved to Nashville for a week and was seen by the power couple Blake and Miranda at a Whiskey Jam show. He was pulled outside by Miranda and asked to join her "Locked and Reloaded" tour with Dierks Bentley on the spot. Flash forward 3 years and he has performed in front of millions of people with the queen of country as the frontman for the progressive band Jukebox Mafia as well as a semi-finalist on America's Got Talent season 8. As a writer, Dave has written with some of the top brass in Nashville and has had numerous album cuts. Dave was also voted Male Vocalist of Texas by the Academy of Texas Music 3 years in a row. Dave Fenley is not someone you wanna overlook because you don't know his name yet, he will be a household name soon.
Dave Gibson is the former lead-singer for Sony/Epic’s Gibson/Miller Band, recipients of 1993’s Academy Of Country Top New Band Award. In addition, his songwriting skills resulted in six Billboard number-one songs, twelve top-five songs, and fifteen songs that broke into the top-40; plus over forty album cuts for some of the biggest names in the business – including Alabama, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, Conway Twitty, Joe Diffie, Tanya Tucker…..and many more. While touring the nation with the Gibson/Miller Band in the 90’s, Dave gained critical acclaim for the Band’s self-penned hits “High Rollin,” “Texas Tattoo” and “Big Heart,” among others..
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.
Eli Mosley is a country music singer/songwriter from Lakeland, Florida. In 2015 he graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business. While pursuing his degree, Eli lived in Nashville during the fall of 2014 while attending the Contemporary Music Center. It was during this time that he wrote and recorded the songs from his first EP that was released in April 2015. During that year Eli began playing all over Florida at open mics, bars, fairs, festivals and other events with his band. 2016 turned out to be a very busy year for Eli Mosley as he played over 75 shows with his band and frequented Nashville to write songs and record his new album. The new album, “Come Along With Me”, was recorded at Ocean Way Studios and the Sound Emporium with the help of writers like Aaron Henningsen and Chris Choto. It was released in April 2017 with two preceding singles “Better At Home” and “Stay.” So far in 2017, Eli Mosley has played over 50 shows and has just wrapped up his first tour to Texas.
Elizabeth Mossell is a singer/songwriter who's music bridges the gap between classic rock, hard country, and hip-hop influenced pop, and has enjoyed success as both a performer and songwriter. Raised in Georgia and Florida, she grew up with a love of music and attended Belmont University, where she graduated with a Songwriting and Music Business Degree. Elizabeth most recently performed at Country Fest in Wisconsin, as well as the BMI Key West Songwriters Festival and has opened for acts ranging from Eric Church, Craig Campbell, Montgomery Gentry, The Cadillac Three, LIT, and many others.
Erica Sunshine Lee is "The hardest working woman in country music." Sunshine is a prolific songwriter and Nashville Recording Artist and International touring 'Georgia Gypsy.' Sunshine just released her 8th original album titled "Buried Treasure," penning all 15 brand new songs. Since 2007, Sunshine has been a full-time road warrior, performing 300 shows per year across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Europe, and across the US including the world's largest music festival SUMMERFEST in Milwaukee 3 years in a row. She has scored 2 Top 80 U.S. Music Row Singles, 3 top 10 Europe country singles and 1 Australian Top 20 single. A finalist for the 2015 Australian's People's Choice Award, Erica Sunshine Lee was 2014's "Georgia Country Female Artist of the Year," and has written songs for hundreds of US artists and Aussie artists Viper Creek Band, Whiskey Business, Mitchell Shadlow, Drēw McAlister, Lauren Wheatley, Ryan Morris and more. Sunshine has opened for country superstars Randy Houser, Granger Smith, Cam, Drake White, Brett Eldredge, David Nail, David Allan Coe, & Jack Ingram, Dave Gibson and more, and performed at Australia's Tamworth Country music festival 5 years running. With a unique gritty country-rock alto voice, unfiltered, raw stories from in your face drinking/party songs to rip your heart out ballads, and catchy addictive hooks that linger in your head, Erica Sunshine Lee's songwriting talent covers the spectrum from country to outlaw to pop, and keeps on impressing audiences worldwide with her authentic and prolific songwriting ability, magnetic personality and stage presence.
Emily Keener is an eighteen-year-old singer/songwriter from Wakeman, OH. Since her exciting journey into the Top 12 on NBC’s The Voice in 2016, Emily has just released her third studio album, titled "Breakfast". Emily started playing the guitar when she was 11 years old and began writing songs when she was almost 12. A natural curiosity and passion for music quickly got her performing frequently and writing constantly. Almost 6 years later, she has written over 100 original songs and released an EP and two LPs. Her songs are distinctly original, and the ideas she manages to express in them belie a soul that seems to be much older than seventeen. Before training with renowned vocal coach Joan Ellison and master guitarist Tony Schaffer, Emily was entirely self-taught and thrived on the time she spent locked away with a guitar and a notebook. At 15, she recorded “East of the Sun”; an original EP backed by the amazing musicians of Norwalk, OH that once made up “The Womacks”. A year later, she suddenly found herself in front of millions of people on national television with her astonishingly well-received debut on Season 10 of The Voice. She had the honor of performing the songs of some of her greatest inspirations, including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John, “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell, “Still Crazy After All These Years” by Paul Simon, and “Lilac Wine” by Jeff Buckley. After advancing to the Top 12, Emily arrived home with a newfound sense of self as she walked directly from the plane into the studio at Waveburner Recording. Now--a few months later, with a new record in hand--she is happy to be continuing her journey.
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.
A Lone Star native whose heart and soul are rooted in the honky tonks, roadhouses and dancehalls, George Ducas is a musical talent seasoned with experience, driven by passion and humbled by a God-given talent. With a string of Billboard charting songs that established him early as a country music trendsetter, George Ducas is a recording artist, hit songwriter, global entertainer and father to his children; his musical offerings encompass a creativity, sentiment, edge and wisdom of a man who lives life with a passion. Ducas entered the country music genre as a deep-rooted traditionalist and defined vocalist who brought a contemporary edge to the format in the mid-90s. A Capitol-Nashville Records artist, Ducas was among a hefty roster of award-winning label mates Garth Brooks, Trace Adkins, Deana Carter and Suzy Bogguss. Since his success as a national major label and critically acclaimed recording artist (with a string of hits including the Top 10 single "Lipstick Promises”), Ducas took an intended “recording hiatus” to devote his attention to raising his son and daughter (Will and Grace) in their early years.
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.
Granville Automatic writes songs the Associated Press calls “haunting tales of sorrow and perseverance.” Horses, history and war are just some of the topics songwriters Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins prefer – all fitting subjects for a band named after a 19th-century typewriter. With sonic references such as Lyle Lovett, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, Granville Automatic has created a quiet and lyrical sound devoted to telling stories from the past. After writing together first in the spring of 2009, the pair has more than 100 songs. They have three albums: Live from Sun Studio, Granville Automatic and the summer 2015 release An Army Without Music.
Paul and Kris Masson have always known one another. In their early lives, when they felt unfamiliar to themselves, it was the idea of the other that led them forward. And on the night they finally encountered each other, it only took one look. There were no reasons needed, they just obliged what had already been in motion. In the first years of their relationship they traveled the country in an old ‘82 Mercedes they affectionately named Dolly. Drifting aimlessly but steadfast, they were searching for a place that felt as unifying as the home they felt in one another. They traveled the full expanse of the American landscape. They spent a slow Southern summer in a motel on the rural outskirts of Athens, Georgia. They found refuge on the West Coast, in a small bungalow hidden deep in the hills of West Hollywood. When they would feel the restlessness of LA creeping in, they would drive out to the desert and lose themselves. Their wandering often lead them to the Salton Sea, its stillness a memory that had always existed within them. It was next to its boundlessness that Kris first whispered the melody for the song “Tumbleweed:” From this land you and I will flee, shed what ails us and rest by the sea. It was a quiet reflection, an unintentional act of expression that would eventually define Great American Canyon Band’s early works; two souls interweaved and coming to terms with the vastness of the world surrounding them. There was no intention to the process unfolding, but Great American Canyon Band was becoming the answer to their limitations and the expression of their deepest yearnings.
Greylan James is a singer-songwriter and producer from Knoxville, Tennessee. Greylan began playing guitar at age 10 and by 13 he was opening for acts like Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, etc. Greylan appeared on Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice, and was ranked in Guitar Center’s Brotherhood of The Guitar Top 20 Guitar Players under 21. Greylan moved to Nashville in 2014, and signed his first publishing deal. In 2017, Greylan signed to Dreamlined Entertainment Group and is one of the hottest young songwriters and producers in town.
Hailey Steele was raised in a one-stoplight town in South Dakota. She started performing at an early age, sharing stages with country legends like Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn all before the age of 15. As a child, she listened to everything from Patsy Cline and Patty Loveless to Def Leppard and The Eagles. Her melodies are strongly influenced by female country and pop music from the 90's, and her lyrics tackle daily topics that every twenty-something girl deals with - love, heartbreak, happiness, reality, and wine. Steele moved to Nashville at 19 to pursue a serious music career and has never looked back. As an alum of NBC's The Voice, she got to perform on the last season of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with her duo The LiNE, and also befriended other songwriters on the show. As a result, Steele co-wrote Raelynn's song "Boyfriend," (Raelynn/Nicolle Galyon/ Steele) and "Small Town Soul" released by Gwen Sebastian. Hailey has been involved in the #LetTheGirlsPlay movement by Nashville's Song Suffragettes, and co-wrote the single "Fight Like a Girl" for Kalie Shorr, the program's pioneer artist. Steele's first solo single, "Where I Thought I'd Be" was featured on CMT as part of the Artist Discovery Program. Steele has opened several shows for Kelsea Ballerini this year and is a member of the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. She will be releasing a record with her band, The LiNE, later this year.
A 23-year-old striving storyteller that’s rooted in Indiana, but has a heart set on Nashville. Hannah has been playing guitar since the young age of 5, but didn’t start performing publicly until she began competing within the Miss America Organization in 2012. She has always been passionate about music, but she found the missing piece of the puzzle when she started singing her own original songs. As a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and worship leader, the simple connections between people, emotion, and experiences are the driving forces behind all of her musical endeavors.
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.
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.
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.
Jo Smith is an all-American southern girl, with a heart full of charm and a soul full of songs. Her sound is a fresh blend of the Country and Motown music she grew up listening to in South Georgia. Soul singers Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin spun on her Dad’s vinyl, along with country legends The Judds and Keith Whitley, all influencing Smith to pick up the guitar and find her own unique voice. Now, forging her trail in Nashville, Smith has teamed up with award winning super-producers, Shane McAnally (Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt) and Jesse Frasure (Thomas Rhett, Meghan Trainor) to create her new EP, “Introducing Jo Smith”. The lead single “Old School Groove” was selected as the first 2017 female Highway Find on Sirius XM’s The Highway Channel and is currently available on all digital retailers.
Joey McGee is a Texas-based songwriter currently living in the Brazos Valley. A New Orleans native, his music is infused with a unique blend of soul, country, rock, blues - and a good dose Creole-Cajun spice! The songwriter performs both solo and with his band. Currently, he is planning to hit the road with his latest album, Terlingua Taproot, that was released at the top of 2017.
John Wayne Wiggins was destined for a future in country music. Born in Nashville, TN to Johnny & Judy Wiggins, father Johnny was known as the “Singing Bus Driver” for Ernest Tubb who would bring Johnny out to perform as part of his show. John’s career in country music began at the tender age of four, when Ernest Tubb brought him on stage to sing “Honky Tonk Man.” For the next several years, John along with his sister Audrey, performed in their father’s band and later became part of the house band at Maggie Valleys’s venue Stompin’ Ground. In the early 90’s, John & Audrey were signed to PolyGram/Mercury Records where they made two records and spawned five singles and received several award nominations. Later, John found work as a songwriter having cuts on Alan Jackson, John Michael Montgomery, Ricky Skaggs among others and most recently Reba McEntire with Don Henley, and having singles on Randy Houser, “Anything Goes,” Joe Nichols’ number one single, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and Blake Shelton’s number one single “Who Are You When I’m Not Lookin’.”
“One of my long-term goals is to keep my sound one step ahead of the rest; I want to be what everyone else is chasing,” and with that in mind, 27-year-old singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist Josh Dorr hit the ground running with a bold and ambitious mindset for the release of his 2014 major-label debut, the four-song Josh Dorr – EP. The youngest of three brothers, Dorr grew up in a close-knit family in the resource-rich oil and coal-mining city of Gillette, Wyoming. Musically, Dorr was reared on country radio of the ’90s: “I’m a huge Dwight Yoakam fan,” he says, citing Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Brooks & Dunn among the voices that helped define his country listening.
Nashville recording artist, Julia Cole, has created fresh country music true to her Houston, TX roots. Hailed as"COUNTRY WITH A KICK" Cole's signature country dance music combines acoustic country, pop, and electric patterns with compelling beats and soulful vocals. Now, this twenty-three year old, volleyball playing graduate from Vanderbilt University is on the road and opening for acts such as Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, The Eli Young Band, Love and Theft, Kevin Fowler, Kane Brown, Drake White, Michael Ray, Canaan Smith, Chris Lane, Clare Dunn, Brooke Eden, Jon Langston, and more. This rising star is signed with CAA, Holler Music Publishing, Martingale Entertainment Management, and BMI.
Karla Davis is a soulful singer/songwriter from Monroe, North Carolina. Driven by the church, it was the choir that invoked her musical spirit.Music found Karla just as quickly as her fingers found their home on the fret board of her first guitar just over six years ago. Karla took a leap of faith in the fall of 2009 when she decided to move to Nashville, TN. In January 2010 Karla was named the national winner of the Colgate Country Showdown and was given the title Best New Act in Country Music. After starting her own independent record label and recording her first two albums, Karla found herself on Season 2 of NBC's "The Voice" in 2012 where she made it to the top 16 on Team Adam. Following her success on The Voice, Karla began working with industry veterans Gordon Kennedy and Jeff Balding with whom she released her single "I Can't Sleep Tonight" in February of 2015. Karla is currently writing and in the studio working on her upcoming EP with Mapletop Entertainment set to be released in the spring/summer of 2016. Follow @karladavismusic to get the latest updates!
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.
Kaylee Rose is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from St. Augustine, Florida. Her unique style is a mix of Country, Pop and Hip-Hop. Early years growing up in Miami, she was introduced to a variety of musical sounds, developing a true love affair with music of all genres. In 2015 after playing nearly 1,000 live shows, Kaylee packed up her life in Florida and re-located to Nashville. Since that time, she has been actively involved in Nashville’s music community and joined NSAI along with songwriters Kendall Marvel and Rhett Akins in Washington D.C. to promote the Songwriter Equity Act. Kaylee had an original song she wrote about Johnny Cash catch the attention of the popular Johnny Cash Museum. In 2016, they recorded the song and made a video, allowing her to use Johnny’s personal guitar in both. Kaylee’s crossover style is unique and her witty lyrical sense is one of her greatest attributes. Recently she opened for The Marshall Tucker Band in Florida, and her first self-titled EP will be released this summer.
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.
For multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy awarding winning producer, Keith Stegall, music has always been a huge part of his life. His father, Bob Stegall, was an artist on Abbott Records in 1950’s and played steel guitar for the legendary country singer Johnny Horton. After over fifty-five number one hits as a producer and/or songwriter, forty million airplays as a songwriter, producer of over 70 million records sold, multiple CMA and ACM awards and a Grammy award, Keith Stegall has the exact same passion as he always has, he keeps right on painting outside the lines to bring country fans, radio, and artists some of the greatest music they’ve ever heard.
Kelly Archer is a singer/songwriter originally from The Pacific Northwest of Canada. Kelly has been a signed writer in Nashville for the past 15 years and her songs have been recorded by artists like Jason Aldean, Reba, Tricia Yearwood, Eli Young Band, Dustin Lunch, Jo Dee Messina, Montgomery Gentry, Brett Young, Justin Moore(Somebody Else Will), Cassadee Pope, Chris Lane(For Her)and many more. Kelly has also had several songs place in the show “Nashville” and has had success in her Native land of Canada with Artist like Chad Brownlee, Tebey and current CCMA female vocalist of the year Jess Moskaluke. Kelly recently celebrated her first number one song with Brett Young's "Sleep without you" and received the AIMP "Rising Songwriter of the year" award for 2017.
Powering out of the coastline of Virginia Beach, Kevin MaC has stormed the music scene with his debut smash “#Winning.” Raised in King George, VA, MaC grew up playing bluegrass and cutting his teeth on legends like George Jones and Alan Jackson. Right out of high school, Kevin was invited to bring his energetic and endearing personality to the airwaves at WFLS. His love of radio was trumped by his dreams of writing and playing music. Driven by these dreams, MaC headed to college in Virginia Beach and immersed himself in the beach music culture. MaC quickly grew as a writer, and his energetic live shows caught the eyes and ears of locals, visitors and radio programmers who took an interest in his diverse musical style. Soon he was invited to open for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry. He also drew introductions to the camps of Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Teddy Riley who were always there to give him the tools to create his own genre-defying musical style.
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.
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.
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.
With a sound rooted at the intersection of country, rhythm and blues, and southern rock, Lewis Brice comes at you with high-energy stories; sounds that catch the ear and make you want to move. Born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, he grew up singing in church choir and praise bands. Lewis eventually moved to Charleston, where he began performing his first live shows and presenting his own music to a new crowd. Lewis currently lives just north of Nashville, TN, where he spends his time writing and working on new music. He travels and performs all over the country, including regular appearances in Key West. Blessed to play shows with friends and family including many talented artists he admires such as Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, Nick Norman, The Cadillac Three, Chase Rice, American Young, Chad Warrix, John Wesley Satterfield and more; he has been able to spread his original music in front of attentive audiences and continuously grow a strong fan base. Lewis made headlines with 2010's “Ordinary Girl,” co-written with Dallas Rogers, which made a small window on the Mediabase charts and reached #67 on the iTunes Country Music chart. He appeared in CMT’s first season of "Can You Duet,” coming in 8th place out of the thousands. Additionally, Lewis took on the lead role in the 2014 ACM Song of the Year music video for “I Drive Your Truck,” performed by his brother Lee Brice.
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.”
With super-sized vocals and genre-spanning songwriting chops that blur the lines between country, pop and rock, Maggie Rose has earned a loyal audience, both in her adopted hometown of Nashville and beyond. It's an audience that's grown with her for nearly a decade, spending days as a songwriter and nights sharing the stage with artists like Tim McGraw and Sheryl Crow. Through it all, Rose has established herself as a rare triple threat: a multi-faceted artist who can write, perform, and produce a hit song. Raised in Maryland, Rose cut her teeth as the leader of a Bruce Springsteen cover band before beginning to write her own songs, drawing on her unique background — including a move to Nashville as a 19-year-old — for inspiration. Since then, she's filled her resume with accolades, awards, and chart hits, including more than 30 appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, an Emmy Award, multiple performances on the nationally-syndicated Bobby Bones Show, and praise from outlets like Vogue, The New York Times and NPR. On May 19, Maggie released ‘Dreams > Dollars,' a five-song EP she penned and co-produced. Fueled by love and loss and her own personal experiences with the two, the EP showcases Maggie’s evolution into “one of country’s rising storytellers” (Washington Post). ‘Dreams > Dollars’ plays as an exuberant, anthemic collection, delivering poignant clarity through her relatable stories of love, success and struggle. Provocative lead-off track “Body On Fire” features Maggie’s sultry vocals setting free the yearning urgency of required love. A tender guitar intro builds to the lust-filled crescendo, "you don't even need to try, you just set my body on fire!" It hits right in the solar plexus and you wait for it to happen again and again. Her explosive range empowers listeners to embrace their bodies and sexuality. The track debuted exclusively on Spotify’s Wild Country + New Music Friday.
Maia Sharp wears many hats. She has had her songs recorded by The Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Keb’ Mo’, Cher, Edwin McCain, David Wilcox, Art Garfunkel, Terri Clark, Lizz Wright, Paul Carrack, Lisa Loeb and many more. She produced Edwin McCain's last album Mercy Bound (429 Records) and most recently two songs for Art Garfunkel's retrospective double album The Singer (Sony). And through it all, Maia has continued to record her own albums. She has six solo releases and one collaborative project with Art Garfunkel and Buddy Mondlock that have all been critically acclaimed and enthusiastically embraced by press and radio. Each release has led to extensive touring throughout the US and UK and appearances on Mountain Stage, Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, NPR's "All Things Considered," CBS Early Morning and the Today Show to name just a few. Her latest album The Dash Between the Dates (eOne) is available now everywhere including Amazon and iTunes.
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.
“You know when you hear a song and it takes you back to a memory? That’s what I want. I want to give people moments to remember.” It’s evident that Natalie Hemby is doing just that – making a mark through her music that has a style and intensity that is uniquely hers. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Hemby signed her first publishing deal in 1997 and has since written songs recorded by artists Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Rosi Golan, Chris Isaak, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack, Johnnyswim, Maren Morris and more. Hemby has garnered six No. 1 country singles – Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and “Tornado,” Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar” and “Automatic” and Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need A Drink.” Among her impressive discography is co-writing hits such as Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim” (#3 Billboard single), “Only Prettier” (#12 Billboard single), Toby Keith’s “Drinks After Work” (#17 Billboard single) and Kelly Clarkson’s “Don’t Rush” feat. Vince Gill (#27 Billboard single). Her song, “A Little More Love” (Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice) is currently climbing on the country charts.
Three years ago, after a highly publicized divorce and the break-up of his former band, Paul left his life in LA in search of familiarity and solace. The Alabama-born artist found himself in East Nashville, feeling like a stranger in a region he once called home. That all changed when he picked up his guitar and began the process of what would become Modern Hearts. “I had to take my life back and figure out who I was again,” he shares. “It took me a few years and a few hundred songs to get to that point.” Paul story’s is the triumphant Modern Hearts, an album bursting with anthemic hooks, majestically textured alt-rock, tinges of Southern soul, literate introspection, and profound redemption. Previously, Paul’s broadly resonant musicality garnered him international acclaim and coverage from the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV, etc., and enabled him to share the stage with a diverse array of classic and current icons. Select performance highlights include sharing the stage with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Zac Brown, Father John Misty, Emmylou Harris, and appearing at festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Hangout Festival and performing on nationally televised shows like “Good Morning America” and “The Tonight Show.”
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.
Phillip is notable for co-writing such songs as “I’m a Survivor,” the omni-present theme song of the TV sit com Reba, and “I’m Movin’ On,” the Rascal Flatts smash that was named Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2002. Phillip’s songs have also been recorded by such stars as George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina and Blake Shelton. Most recently, Phillip landed two songs on Scotty McCreery’s platinum album “Clear As Day” including the hit single “The Trouble With Girls”. Phillip also had two of his songs featured on the soundtrack for the film Act of Valor. In addition, Darius Rucker recently recorded the song “Lost In You” that he penned with Phillip.
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.
James, a contestant on season three of The Voice, is an American original, deeply committed to expressing stories of his life through the power of lyrics. He openly articulates that following repeated trial and error, he has found himself and is keenly aware that determination yielded a true sense of originality. His surroundings, and life as a hometown boy from Worcester, MA has shaped him as a man. The industrial economy, and its hard working local populace, have had an impact on his drive to leave it all out on the stage during every live performance, with his intent to stage great concerts that inspire those in attendance to relate to the lyrics and emotion of the work.
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.
Skye Claire’s love for music started at an early age. Born and raised in NYC, but heavily influenced by her family’s Texas roots, her edgy rock viewpoint on country music started to form when she wrote her first song at only twelve years old. She cut her teeth fronting rock bands and playing songwriter nights in her native New York, playing her first full band gig at NYC’s famous Bitter End at just sixteen. Once she graduated from the prestigious Wesleyan University, Skye’s passion for music took a front seat when she threw her guitar in her Jeep and headed for Nashville. Since making the move 5 years ago, Skye’s unique blend of swampy southern rock and bluesy pop have found a permanent home. She wrote every song on her first Nashville release, “For Better or For Worse”, and gained her first cut as a songwriter on Texas artist, John Slaughter, with “Kiss Like Whiskey”. After just a year in Music City, she signed a management deal with Mandolin Entertainment. Skye went on to found duo project, Whiskey Rose, and has toured nationally for the past two years, sharing the bill with such names as Jennifer Nettles, Big and Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Randy Houser and Brad Paisley. She gained the opportunity to play on major BMI songwriting Festivals (Key West, Island Hopper). Now poised to release a new solo project, Skye Claire is a force to be reckoned with on stage. Her feisty rock and roll energy and sassy sense of humor bring an edgy kick to country music. Look out for this exciting new talent on stages around the country!
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.
Taylor Alexander is a Georgia-raised, Nashville-based singer and songwriter. He's a four-time Georgia Country Music awards nominee, and has garnered praise for bringing "a refreshing note of genuineness to his songs thanks in large part to his very distinctive and rich vocals." (Ear To The Ground) He spent the last five years touring the United States in bands, and in 2015 embarked on a career as a solo artist. He may have been deemed "too country for country" by a music row executive in late 2015, but it was his country flip of Cher's "Believe" on season 12 of The Voice that won over coach Adam Levine, and Rolling Stone—which called his interpretation a "honky-tonk crowd-pleaser." He's currently touring in support of his AMA-charting 2016 EP "Real Good at Saying Goodbye," which was lauded by Country Music Minds as "an album that deserves your attention." Wide Open Country agrees, saying Alexander will be "be the next country singer to find success after leaving The Voice."
Newcomer Taylor Loren has already gotten the nod from Nashville Songwriters' Association International receiving the accolade "One to Watch." She's working hard at honing her songwriting craft and was recently invited to the Play for Publishers three day workshop at the Bluebird Cafe. "It's an honor to be included with such talented up and coming songwriters," she says. Loren first and foremost aspires to be a successful songwriter. However, she enjoys performing and playing whether it be acoustically or with her band. She's been playing guitar and singing since the age of ten when she got her first guitar for Christmas. She grew up on a healthy dose of Patsy Cline, Dixie Chicks and Johnny Cash. Loren loves playing the oldies and is excited by country music's return to a more traditional sound. She's inspired by Chris Stapleton, Aubrie Sellers, Hailey Whitters and Maren Morris. "It's refreshing to see country music going back to its roots," says Loren.
Florida native TerryLynn Melody released her debut CD "Counting Daydreams" in 2016 on the heals of winning an online music contest netting her $10,000 to record her first album. The album was produced and recorded in Fort Myers and it features many talented local artists as well as tracks contributed by Nashville Country Hall of Fame legend Charlie McCoy. TerryLynn continues to write new songs and plans to record her new album in the coming year. She regularly plays around South Florida and hosts a weekly songwriter showcase followed by an original music open mic. She loves calling Fort Myers home.
The Regulars are a uniquely talented musical group consisting of 3 members: lead singer, CJ Caman, guitarist, Sean Martin and percussionist, Michael Nunnink. While each plays their respective instrument, it isn't at all uncommon to catch them changing it up and experimenting with different percussive sounds, vocal stylings and guitar techniques. These boys are all about pushing boundaries when it comes to what they can accomplish musically and instrumentally. In comparison to most established acts in the SWFL area, The Regulars have been together for a very short time. 4 months to be exact. However, they have not allowed the newness of the band to hold them back. In the 4 months they have been together, CJ, Sean and Michael have written over 30 songs, a majority of which have been met with accolade. The Regulars' recurring theme throughout their music is one of positivity. It is their goal above all else to inspire love and happiness through their music, which is why one will find that most of their songs are about love, personal strengthening experiences and motivation. It is their belief that we can always, every single one of us, use a little bit more encouragement in our daily lives. Another welcome addition to The Regulars' repertoire has been their recent winning of the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center's Singer/Songwriter Competition, a very selective award which gained them their esteemed spot in this year's Island Hopper Festival. It has been commonly said that these boys have that certain something that sets them apart from the rest. The "it factor", if you will. Don't miss your opportunity to witness their one of a kind act!
Grammy nominated songwriter Tim James is the co-writer of the 5 week #1 “My List” by Toby Keith, the Bucky Covington Top 10 “It’s Good To Be Us”, and the smash debut from the Lost Trailers “Holler Back”. James has had over 50 major label cuts by artists such as Alabama, Darius Rucker, Craig Morgan, Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry, LeeAnn Womack, Joe Nichols, Buddy Jewel, Josh Turner and contemporary Christian artist Point of Grace. James penned the Trace Adkins single “All I Ask For Anymore”, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song of 2009, and the 2010 Billboard song of the year and #1 “Love Like Crazy”, by Lee Brice. “Love Like Crazy” was nominated for ACM song of the year in 2010 and broke a record for consecutive weeks on the charts. James also wrote the Rodney Atkins single “He’s Mine”, the George Strait #1 single “Give It All We Got Tonight”, and the title track and single from the Darius Rucker album “Southern Style”. James also has the upcoming single, “Either Way”, from the new Chris Stapleton album entitled “From A Room, Volume 1”.
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.
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.
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.