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.
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.”
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
The best songs come from life's own experiences. Shane Minor has a lot to pull from. On the road that led him to hit songwriting he grew up as a working cowboys’ son. He learned to ride horses and started riding in the rodeo at a very young age. After a bad rodeo injury Shane lived with his grandparents who pastored at a church in Northern California. This is where Shane began singing for the first time at 4 years old prior to his injury. Shane credits his tenacity and God fearing spirit to his grandparents. Especially his grandmother Elsie Earp who is the great niece of legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp. Shane minor's record was released in 1999. "Slave to the Habit” his first single went top 10 on the country billboard charts. He was Shania Twain’s opening act on the 1 1/2 year stadium tour. His video for “Slave to the Habit” won him VH1 awards which were some of the first given to country artists. After his journey with Mercury Records, Shane turned down making another record to pursue his love, writing songs. Shane knows his way around the billboard charts. He has spent time there with his own songs as an artist and a writer. Shane is currently one of Sony Nashville's most prestigious writers. He not only writes, but mentors newly signed artists. He is also an award winning member of BMI.
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.
Stephen Dorff appeared as disillusioned Hollywood actor and single father Johnny Marco in Sofia Coppola's SOMEWHERE, which won a Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. In 2009, Dorff teamed with SOMEWHERE producer G. Mac Brown on Michael Mann's gangster drama PUBLIC ENEMIES, starring opposite Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. The Atlanta native has been acting in movies for over two decades. In 1990, Dorff was one of 2,000 actors who auditioned for the lead role in John G. Avildsen's THE POWER OF ONE. He got the part, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay Masterson. Dorff also appeared as the "fifth Beatle," playing musician Stuart Sutcliffe in Iain Softley's BACKBEAT, and as cross-dressing underground movie star Candy Darling in Mary Harron's I SHOT ANDY WARHOL. Other highlights in Dorff's career include appearances in Bob Rafelson's BLOOD AND WINE, opposite Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine; Stephen Norrington's BLADE (for which Dorff won the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain), John Waters' CECIL B. DEMENTED, Lee Daniels' SHADOWBOXER, Oliver Stone's WORLD TRADE CENTER, Mike Figgis' COLD CREEK MANOR, Eran Riklis' ZAYTOUN, Gabe and Alan Polsky's THE MOTE LIFE, OLIVER'S DEAL, and he recently-wrapped Nick Love’s AMERICAN HERO. Dorff was cast in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel LEATHERFACE. Most recently he stars and co-wrote, WHEELER, the story of an aspiring musician from Kaufman, Texas, who travels to Nashville with the lifelong dream of trying his hand at country music; out February 3, 2017. Dorff co-wrote and performed the film’s original music and score, which was released by Varese Sarabande Records on February 3, 2017.
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.
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.
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.