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.
Averaging a grinding 10-15 shows a month year-round, Angie K has played over 1000+ live high energy shows all over the US and Central America. She has opened for country greats Tanya Tucker, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, Sammy Kershaw, Jake Owen and more! In 2016, she landed a spot on Blake Shelton’s team on NBC’s The Voice after an audition that had him exclaiming “There is something so undisciplined about the way you perform…you are WILD!” Since then, the Latin American country singer has already independently released two original albums, both of which landed top five on iTunes. Her last single, collaboration with pop artist Jordan Fisher for Walt Disney World, has already surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify alone. Named an “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone Country and fresh off of Jake Owens’ “LIfe’s Watcha Make It” tour, Angie is excited to be working on new music to be released later this year!
At just 22 years old, Ava Suppelsa has had a songwriting career that sets her in line with writers twice her age. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois and growing up in a musically divided household, she was exposed to music ranging from old-school country to jazz and modern pop, and those influences are evident in her diverse writing styles. Knowing from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in music, Ava attended the prestigious boarding school Interlochen Arts Academy at 16 to study in their songwriting program.
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.
Brandon Kinney’s journey as a songwriter has garnered him cuts with artists like Jason Aldean (“Drowns The Whiskey,” “Set It Off”), Cole Swindell (“No Can Left Behind,” “Reason To Drink,” “Love You Too Late,” “Should’ve Ran After You”), Luke Bryan (“Beer In The Headlights”), Jon Pardi, Justin Moore (“I’d Want It To Be Yours,” “Off The Beaten Path”), Chase Rice (“Dirt Road Communication”), Chris Janson (“Right In The Middle”), Willie Nelson (“Ain’t Goin’ Down On Brokeback Mountain”), Craig Campbell (“Outta My Head”) and Randy Houser, whose single “Boots On” went to #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
It’s hard to deny the pure talent and passion for her craft that is clearly the driving force behind many of artist Bridgette Tatum’s high profile career milestones. In 2009, this native of Florence, South Carolina, co-wrote the Most Played Song on Country radio stations across the United States. A tremendous achievement for any songwriter, the song, “She’s Country” (recorded and released by Platinum-selling country superstar Jason Aldean), held the #1 position on the chart for two consecutive weeks, reached two million plays, and out sold every genres ringtones, all of which are rare accomplishments, as well. In 2010, Tatum’s song, “Loud” was selected as the Official Theme Song for ACC Football’s 2010 Season. This fast-paced anthem celebrates the excitement and energy of ACC Football, captured in a raucous music video that was seen in all ACC Markets, resulting in exposure for Bridgette totaling over 27 million households.
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!
A native of Hope Mills, North Carolina, songwriter/producer Daniel Ross made the move to Music City in 2015. His talents quickly led him to the attention, and eventually to signing a songwriting agreement in a joint venture with two of Nashville’s leading independent music publishers Big Machine Music and Tree Vibez Music, co-owned by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly. Ross has since become a breakout, creative force in the Nashville music community. His current and upcoming singles include “Break It In” recorded by platinum-selling, Grammy®-nominated, Big Machine Label Group recording artists, Eli Young Band, and “Love That”, the debut single by RCA Nashville duo Seaforth. Ross’s songs have also been recorded by Country Music stars such as Jake Owen, Morgan Wallen, and Chase Rice, as well as Sony Nashville newcomer Robert Counts and Warner Brothers Nashville artist, Troy Cartwright. Ross is also in the studio writing and producing a debut release by Sony Nashville artist, Joey Hendricks.
David "Dave" Pahanish is an American singer-songwriter. He co-wrote the No. 1 Billboard country music singles "Do You Believe Me Now” by Jimmy Wayne, "American Ride" by Toby Keith, and "Without You" by Keith Urban. Pahanish has also had songs recorded by Tim McGraw. A native of southwestern Pennsylvania, Pahanish regularly performed folk rock on the stages of Pittsburgh for over 15 years. His songs appeared in television series and he collaborated with Nashville-based songwriter Michael Garvin. Pahanish relocated from California, Pennsylvania to Nashville in late 2006. Within weeks, he was offered three music publishing deals, and signed with 3 River Publishing, owned by songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Dallas Davidson, and Cole Wright. Pahanish wrote the majority of songs on Moon Township country singer Sarah Marince's debut CD, Somebody Like You. He also co-wrote and co-produced the Top 40 Billboard Hot Country Songs charting single, "I Will", by Jimmy Wayne. Pahanish co-wrote the single, "Without You", with Joe West, recorded by Keith Urban on his 2010 album, Get Closer. Urban chose the song because of how closely the lyrics and message fit in with his own life, stating: "it's the most autobiographical song I never wrote." Pahanish wrote the song after meeting his wife’s family for the first time, without realizing any similarities to Urban’s life. The song became Urban's 12th No. 1 single and Pahanish and West's third No. 1 song. Two of Pahanish's songs were recorded by Tim McGraw for his 2012 album, Emotional Traffic.
Originally from the great state of New Jersey, Dylan has been writing songs and performing in Nashville for 18 years. He has had three #1 songs: Tim McGraw’s “Watch The Wind Blow By,” Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and most recently Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride.” Other artists who have recorded Dylan’s songs include Trace Adkins, Will Hoge and Gabe Dixon. He is an avid supporter and volunteer for Musicians On Call, an organization that provides live music for patients in area hospitals, and he co-hosts an annual benefit for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) with good friend and frequent collaborator EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay. His proudest accomplishment is his beautiful daughter Isabella, who serves as his greatest inspiration.
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.
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!
If you’ve ever heard the title track off Heidi Raye’s “Blame It On The Radio” 2018 sophomore EP, you’ll know that this Canadian born songstress’ upbringings are straight out of a country song. “I was born and raised on AM waves, rolling down gravel roads, the way I walk and talk ain’t my fault, blame it on the radio.” Raye unapologetically describes the country “cliche” life growing up in a small town in British Columbia perfectly in her sorry, not sorry tune. To date, Raye, (a Harlan Howard Records’ artist) has garnered over 250,000 streams on Spotify on that latest EP as well as has been featured on Spotify’s Wild Country and New Boots playlist. Her debut EP, “Worth A Shot” (2017), was produced by Grammy award-winning producer Chuck Ainlay, and the title track and debut single reached the Top 45 on the Music Row charts. Over the years this songstress has shared the stage with country legends Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride. Currently Raye is touring with singer/songwriter husband, Johnny Bulford throughout North America. Bulford and Raye started “Johnny and Heidi’s Writers Round”; a tour with multiple guest artists and songwriters that takes the Nashville “Listening Room” experience beyond the confines of Music Row.
James Slater wrote the Grammy-nominated songs “High Cost of Living,” (Jamey Johnson) and “In My Daughter’s Eyes” (Martina McBride). His writing credits also include “Can’t Shake You” (Gloriana); “Lookin’ for That Girl” (Tim McGraw); “There’s More to Me Than You” (Jessica Andrews); “Unstoppable” (Rascal Flatts); and songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Julio Iglesias, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Young.
A now rare breed of modern entertainer who writes, sings, produces and plays lead guitar, Jamie Lee doesn't just perform music; he literally lives every word, note and riff. Sometimes mellow, often rollicking and always raw and real, he has been enthralling audiences around the world ever since he took the stage with his Dad at the age of 3. "My music is what I am, what I want and all I can ever imagine - coming together in a studio or on a stage," says Jamie Lee. "Fortunately for me, there's an audience out there that has taken the ride all these years. It's a lucky man who gets to live in pursuit of his dreams every day of his life."
Jared has built a reputation for bringing big ideas and writing timeless lyrics, penning songs for major artists including Jake Owen, Granger Smith, Justin Moore, Parmalee, Runaway June and Jon Langston. He also wrote Kane Brown’s GOLD-certified single “Found You,” which hit #1 on Billboard’s Country Digital Song Sales chart. In 2018, Florida Georgia Line frontmen Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley signed Jared as the newest member to their publishing company, Tree Vibez Music. He has several songs slated for release this year, including Jake Owens latest single, “Homemade”. It is clear that Jared Mullins is just beginning to make his mark on country music.
In 2000, Jason White released his seminal album, Shades of Gray, which earned him both critical acclaim and commercial success, and went on to influence a generation of Nashville songwriters. Fifteen years and three genre-defying albums later, White is poised to release his newest work, a double-LP set entitled Sundown on Sweeney Bluff. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, by a small-town Yankee father and a Louisiana-bred Southern belle mother, White is a man who defies typecasting, a restless artistic spirit who refuses to be pigeonholed. If pressed to describe his music, he calls it “American Hash,” a hodgepodge of the styles spawned in the U.S. that forever changed the world’s listening habits: the blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. The songs that make up White’s American Hash have been recorded by a fittingly eclectic group of artists: country legends Tim McGraw and Diamond Rio; alternative stylists Swan Dive and Liam Titcomb; soft-rock crooner Russell Hitchcock; string-band icons Old Crow Medicine Show; and pop/rock divas the Muddy Magnolias, to name a few. As guitarist and lead singer for the Ohio-based band the Janglers, White toured relentlessly through his 20s, learning the joys and heartaches of the road. Inking a deal with Universal Records in 1996, White moved to Nashville to launch his solo career. Since then there have been many deals: with record labels, music publishers, managers, booking agents, publicists, et al. There have been successes and letdowns. But through it all, he has been driven by a love of melody and harmony, joy in the turn of a lyrical phrase, savoring the complexity behind a simple song arrangement, and harboring an unquenchable need for self-expression.
The west is where desire meets adventure. It’s endless skies. It’s freedom and hard work. It’s lying on a blanket underneath the stars. It’s a man with calloused hands loving a woman and a long history of women rising to the occasion. Jenna Paulette is the embodiment of all of the above, as she blazes a trail with her “New West” style of country. She throws out conventions for a pedal steel-rooted sensibility that marries the traditional with the contemporary. She’s upending the industry one song at a time, so there’s no wonder why everyone's watching to see what she’ll do next. From opening gigs with Zac Brown Band, Joe Nichols, Russell Dickerson and High Valley to remaining a staple of Song Suffragettes, a weekly woman-only singer-songwriter showcase at Nashville’s Listening Room Cafe, Paulette is becoming an unstoppable force. She has also been added to Apple Music’s Breaking Country Playlist and Google Play’s Country’s New Crop Playlist, as well as named a CMT Discovery Artist. She also continues her work with Step Up Women’s Network. As a result, she’s already earned considerable airplay on Radio Disney and its country affiliate and notched more than 200,000 streams on Spotify.
Jim McCormick is a three-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum lyricist who has twice seen his work reach the #1 position on the Billboard country charts. His songs have been recorded by Jason Aldean , Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Harry Connick Jr, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Cody Johnson, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, and many others. McCormick is staff songwriter at BMG Music Publishing and a faculty member in the film and music industry studies program of Loyola University where he teaches the craft and business of songwriting. He’s also a member of the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and three sons.
Johnny Bulford, the name behind a man that has gained notoriety in and around Music City over the last 10+ years. Bulford, a native Floridian who grew up in a family surrounded by rich music history and influence, was able to naturally hone his craft from a young age. One of the first signs he was going to turn his love of music into a career happened after Bulford attended a Garth Brooks concert at the tender age of 12 and told his mom, “That is what I want to do with my life”. Putting that statement into action, Bulford performed all throughout high school and college, opening for the likes of artists Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson; garnering a win at Colgate Country Showdown, a national singing competition, which landed him a publishing contract at Warner Chappell Music soon after. After many years and countless songs penned under the Warner label, in 2018 Johnny branched out on his own as an independent songwriter. After some months as an independent, Johnny joined forces with and started writing songs for long time friend Chris Young. Since 2011 Bulford has earned multiple achievements; obtained his first album cut “Flashlight”, co-written with Chris Young, that landed on the RCA recording artist’s 2011 album “Neon”, secured his first #1 hit with Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You” (2011), “Lonely Eyes” a single cut by Young topped the charts at #2 (2014), invited to play “Lonely Eyes” on the famed Ryman Stage with Young during the 5th Annual YPO Southern 7 “Evening At The Ryman” (2015), “What If I Stayed” another album cut by Young (2015), garnered title track on Young’s “It Must Be Christmas” (2016) and wrote “Holiday” which Young co-wrote and cut on his 2017 “Losing Sleep” album. In early 2019, after a year of dating singer/songwriter Heidi Raye, Bulford and Raye tied the knot in a small ceremony in Bulford’s home town of North Florida. The pair have spearheaded a new project, “Johnny and Heidi’s Writer’s Round” which takes the Nashville “Listening Room” experience beyond the confines of Music Row. The newlyweds continue to pen hits as well as perform at writers rounds in and around Nashville in addition to writers festivals and events worldwide.
Joshua grew up in and around Jackson, TN. When he was old enough to get in, he was playing venues in Memphis and Nashville, and he was on a national tour by the age of 21. Joshua began touring throughout Europe in 2001, performing Blues and Americana music. Upon returning to the US in 2005, Singleton lived and played in Asheville, NC, until 2017, when he moved to Nashville to focus on writing. In 2018 Joshua signed a joint publishing contract with Combustion Music and KingPen Music. His unique voice and commercial writing style are sure to make a big impact.
With seven Detroit Music Awards, including the 2019 award for Outstanding Country Artist/Group, Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years. To date, she has released 3 albums and 4 singles with her sophomore album “Vivid” garnering the 2012 DMA for Outstanding Country Recording. Her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane” was used nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special. From her debut solo album, “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless. Julianne performed her song “Christmas In Your Heart” for the 2016 nationally televised “America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade." She’s currently working on her 4th album. Julianne's 2019 single release "Why" and video are out now in digital formats like Apple Music, and more. As a songwriter, Julianne has written with Platinum and number one hit songwriters, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson and Amanda Williams. She has performed at many songwriter shows alongside hit writers including Aaron Barker Sr., Chas Sandford, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson, Heidi Newfield, Kristen Kelly, Byron Hill, Bernie Nelson, and Barbara Cloyd. She's been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafe, Tootsie’s, and more.
Kristian Bush is one half of the multi-platinum selling country duo Sugarland and has been leaving his mark on music for more than 2 decades. He is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, playwright, podcaster, and instrumentalist who started his career with folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim. To date, Kristian has won six BMI Awards for his songwriting abilities, and in 2011 founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect. In 2015, he released his solo debut album, Southern Gravity, which featured the Top 20 single “Trailer Hitch”. Currently, Kristian sits on the board of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is a frequent performer on the Grand Ole Opry, continues to tour with Sugarland, and released an EP called Summertime Six Pack in May of 2019. *Tickets for Kristian Bush's performance will be available soon to purchase.
Nashville recording artist and professional songwriter Lance Carpenter pens hits of contemporary country radio, while still staying true to his traditional background. Growing up on a farm in Ozark, Arkansas, Lance taught himself how to play guitar while attending Arkansas Tech University where he was a member of the 1999 Conference Championship Wonderboy football team. The footballer turned lyricist moved to Nashville, TN in 2011 and in 18 short months signed his first publishing deal and secured 2 major cuts. Lance, however, remains true to his laid-back country boy persona and has continued to astound with the work ethic and humbleness that determined his early successes. He says, “The more success I have in this business the more significant I can be in the lives of others.” He released his debut self titled debut album “Lance Carpenter” in 2013 and has performed with Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Randy Rogers Band and more. Lance is signed to Mandolin Entertainment for management and writes for Parallel Music Publishing.
A songwriter since age eight, Stone picked up the guitar at 14 and began performing at school and church. Shortly after, she attended a Grammy songwriting camp in Los Angeles and met hit songwriter Darrell Brown (Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill) who told her she belonged in Nashville. At 18, the Carlisle, Massachusetts native made the move to Music City to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist. She began writing with folks around town and interned at a publishing company to learn the ins and outs of the industry. In the midst of the magic, she found herself a founding of Song Suffragettes, a weekly, sold-out showcase of female artists in Nashville. Since her arrival in Nashville, Stone has penned 600 songs, including several hits for fellow rising female artists. She released her first single, “Nervous” in 2017 followed by “Can’t Think Straight," “Running Out of Red Lights” and "October" in 2018. Stone released her self-titled debut EP in May of 2018 and shortly after, Rolling Stone Country named Stone as one of their “10 New Artists You Need To Know” while Taste of Country claims Stone is "flat out easy to listen to.” In June 2019, Stone premiered her new single “Kids These Days” exclusively with Billboard, and plans to release more music off a new EP throughout 2019.
Rustbelt native Madeline Finn is a singer and songwriter blending powerful vocals, introspective lyrics, and emotional melodies. Finn was voted Cleveland Ohio’s best female vocalist (2018) and achieved top 70 on ABC’s American Idol in 2018. Currently she is focusing on her solo career and in the process of recording her sophomore release.
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.
Robert Counts is a born craftsman. It seems to be the family trade as his father is a woodworker and builder himself. But where others work in brick and mortar, the dedicated student of Seger, Springsteen, Petty, and Mayer uses human experience as his building blocks, laying foundations deeply rooted in honesty, real experience, and raw emotion. Growing up in Franklin, Tenn., just miles from Nashville’s robust songwriting community, Counts first got a taste of musicality in church. The church’s proximity to Music City meant a house band filled with session players and road warriors, giving Counts a front-row seat to learn from some of the most talented working musicians around.
With ornery tuning keys and rattling fret boards, Roscoe and Etta are a pair of aged arch top guitars possessing wills of their own. Maia Sharp and Anna Schulze are two singer-songwriter-producers who play these instruments and claim title to their names as Roscoe & Etta, on their eponymous debut. Anna and Maia, who met in Los Angeles at the fabled Hotel Café, knew that they were on to something from their first songwriting session, but they had to keep writing to figure out what. Both artists maintain vibrant careers as artists and songwriters. Anna, originally from Minnesota, has released five well-regarded solo projects, placed songs in the Oscar-winning documentary Icarus and the MTV series Awkward, and been featured in the digital magazine This is Melo. She learned her studio craft under the auspices of producers Glen Ballard and Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Maia Sharp, acknowledged as “a songwriter’s songwriter”(The Chicago Tribune) has writing credits for a roster of platinum artists that includes The Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Lisa Loeb and Trisha Yearwood, and has produced projects with Edwin McCain and Art Garfunkel, with whom she collaborated as a featured artist. In addition, she tours extensively behind her seven solo releases, and performs on bills with artists like Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin and Keb Mo. Exploring their songwriting chemistry, their disparate influences, and acknowledging their double-digit age difference: the concept of recording a full collection of songs as an artist duo dubbed Roscoe & Etta came into focus. The harmonies of Roscoe & Etta pair Anna’s bright tonalities against Maia’s darker alto. “When both of us are singing, it feels like each voice is the melody,” says Anna. Adds Maia, “If you find the right person to sing with, you’re working half as hard and getting twice the power. It’s a resonance that lifts you both up.”
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.
21 year old Tennessee native Sam Williams is the spitting image of his grandfather, Hank. Sam writes a wide range of music and signed a development and publishing deal with Kobalt Music in 2018. Growing up on his family’s catalog, as well as 21st century mainstream music, his lyricism and style makes one pay attention to how a lineage of music grows over time. Songs like his next single, “Happy All The Time” leave the listener wondering how history has a way of repeating itself. Some of Sam’s co-writers include Lori McKenna, Dan Tyminski and Daniel Tashian.
19 year old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family's farm in central New York State, is fast establishing himself as an authentic original, Americana artist with an old soul. His deep, beyond-his-years lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances have attracted an ever growing number of devoted fans of all ages, selling out shows throughout the US. As a folk/blues singer-songwriter, who cut his teeth at local farmers markets, open mics, and iconic New York venues like Caffe Lena, the Towne Crier Cafe, and The Bitter End, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality tv, but quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going on to win season 8 of NBC's The Voice. Fresh from that whirlwind, Sawyer went forward with the release of his major label debut, A Good Storm, with Republic Records, an impressive blend of soulful Folk, blues, and rock, entirely written or co-written by Sawyer. His 2016 A Good Storm Tour included 62 shows across the US. For 2018, Sawyer has once again gone independent; the highly-anticipated Hide Your Ghost, entirely written and produced by Fredericks, sheds the high gloss major label treatment, and stays true to Fredericks’s honest and elegantly stripped down style, a self-described “free range folk”, incorporating elements of blues, roots rock, and jazz with live instrumental arrangements throughout. Considered one of the top ten Americana Albums of 2018 so far, Chris Griffy of AXS magazine calls Hide Your Ghost “a bluesy folk rocker with a no-frills production that relies on Fredericks' raw voice to carry the emotional weight.” Beginning in June, Fredericks embarks on an extensive tour throughout the US and Canada, in support of Hide Your Ghost.
“We met in guitar class” is not a thing many people can say...but Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis performed together for the first time on the very same day they met...in guitar class. Fast forward, following the international success of Striking Matches’ album “Nothing But The Silence”, produced by T-Bone Burnett, and 9 songs on TV’s “Nashville”, Davis and Zimmermann continually prove to be the band that cannot be defined by old school music row boundaries. For their upcoming 2019 EP release, they have settled in a style all their own that they’ve coined as “blues-pop” - an amalgamation of their blues and roots based guitar riffs, combined with pop melodies. Striking Matches are gearing up for an international tour with dates in the US and UK and are releasing new music this Spring.
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.