Welcome and thanks for taking the journey with us! Let the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival introduce you to the songwriters who create the songs that inspire our daily lives.
Songs create moods that can put smiles on your faces or tears in your eyes. There are so many emotions that live within us each and every day that a song sometimes has a way of healing.
Hear the stories that inspired the birth of these songs. You will be surprised to learn that the artist on the radio might not be the songwriter. The variety of songwriters is as different as the grains of sand that cover our beautiful pristine beaches. Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival is your chance to meet the writers and hear the stories behind the songs.
Like the marriage between the lyrics and the melody of a song, the marriage between the beautiful white sands of Pensacola Beach and the songwriters make this the perfect combination to kick back and enjoy Pensacola Beach October 4th - 8th! The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival appeals to all ages and encourages participation in our songwriting programs.
The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival celebrates the creators of the music! Music education is an important part of our Festival. One of our goals is to bring the songwriters into the classroom to provide instruction and mentoring about the art of music.
2017 brings great news! We are so excited to announce that The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival has joined hands with the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame which will be hosting a workshop in three of our local schools. The program will include elementary and middle school students whose interest is in creative writing or music. Children will be encouraged to participate in the process of creating their own songs as well as taking the stage to perform their creations. This will give young students a chance to have a hands on experience with a professional writer in the art of songwriting.
Another goal we strive to achieve is to bring awareness to the general public. These few days will give you opportunities to not only hear the songs that you've danced to and fallen in love to, but also to meet and greet the songwriters that made it all possible. We appeal to all genres of music and endorse both professional and amateur songwriters.
Smith Ahnquist grew up in Danville, KY. After moving to Nashville in 2006 and earning a music business degree from Belmont University, he signed his first publishing deal with Sea Gayle music. In Smith’s short time at Sea Gayle music he has garnered major label cuts by some of the biggest artists in the genre. Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery and Florida-Georgia Line have all recently recorded songs by Smith. Those who know Smith, will tell you that this is just the beginning of a long, successful career as a songwriter in music city.
Brent Anderson is described by his co-writers as a “creative force”- a songwriter that can play anything, sing anything, and write anything – and he’s just getting started. A Pascagoula, Mississippi native, Anderson’s love for performing and writing songs developed early and by age 13, he had already started his own band. With the support of his parents, Anderson relocated to Nashville and landed his first publishing deal when he was only 15-years-old. Then, in 2009, he signed with Sea Gayle Music Publishing and has since had cuts with Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Tylar Farr, Randy Houser, Bucky Covington and Elliot Yamin. His credits also include the #1 hit “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe and other singles, “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” (Josh Thompson) and “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” (Sheryl Crow). Brent has also recently been in the studio co-producing the new Chris Jansen album for Warner Brothers including the breakthrough hit “Buy Me A Boat”.
Ed Beaver has performed with some of the greatest songwriters around. His credits include shows with Thom Bresh, Jim Parker, Jim Pasquale, Rock Killough, Aaron Barker, Robert K. Wolf, Lisa Carver, and Bobby Keel to name a few. He is a Pensacola Beach Songwriter Festival discovery having played here first when he began his ascent into public performance after a hiatus. The first run of his album, “Working Tapes” sold out within weeks of release. He is a member of The 3 B's with Thom Bresh and Bobby Keel, a very popular songwriting triad. He has performed in Texas, New Mexico, California, New York, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. He was a featured writer at a recent Jim Parker Songwriter Series in Huntsville, Alabama. Ed loves this festival and considers it a homecoming performance.
My name is Blaec Bejarano, I am twenty-one years old, and I am currently attending the University of West Florida as a senior undergraduate in both History and Mathematics. I was born in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up there until I was about 9 when I moved to Gulf Breeze, Florida with my mother and step-father. I recall first playing the guitar when I was in sixth grade at Woodlawn Beach Middle School, and once I finally picked up that bright orange acoustic guitar I didn't set it down until my first electric guitar undoubtedly took up its place. I began writing songs and singing publicly around the time that I went into 9th grade. Throughout my time at Woodlawn Beach and Gulf Breeze High School, I competed in three talent competitions and one battle of the bands, placing 1st during each for the musical category. Over the past several years, I have been working on developing my own style and voice, and my repertoire has become increasingly more difficult to classify as belonging to a particular genre, however, I am highly influenced by the bands of the late Sixties and early Seventies. Moreover, as of November last year I have formed my own group, the Outer Bands, a trio consisting of myself, Don Shepherd (Bass), and Kevin Hogan (Drums). I would like to record my material and I am hopeful that will come to fruition within the next year. For now, I am just excited to have this great opportunity to share my material, and play my heart out this year at Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival! Thank you!
Born and raised in Orange County, California. I'm a fan of all styles and genres of music. I've been playing since I was nine years old. Passionate about people and doing the Lords work. Transferred w/ my previous company, Guitar Center, to run The Pensacola Store from Memphis, Tn. Stepped out of MIR (musical instrument retail,) after seven years to raise my now three-year-old son. Happily married with two children and am currently a licensed real estate agent, localized in the Gulfbreeze and Pensacola Beach area.
Dana and Charlie Black first met when they were both staff songwriters in Nashville in the mid-90’s. They have been writing, recording, and performing together ever since. Dana has written a number of songs recorded by George Strait including two of his biggest hits – WRITE THIS DOWN and CHECK YES OR NO, both of which went to Number 1 and went on to become ASCAP Song of The Year. She also helped launch Gary Allan’s career writing his first giant hit IT WOULD BE YOU. Among the many artists who have recorded Dana’s songs are Alan Jackson and Suzy Bogguss. Charlie has had songs recorded by a long list of singers from Reba McEntire and Anne Murray to Phil Vassar and Alan Jackson. He has been nominated for two Grammys for A LITTLE GOOD NEWS recorded by Anne Murray and COME NEXT MONDAY by KT Oslin. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame. Between them, Dana and Charlie have had hundreds of their songs recorded, some 18 of which have reached Number 1. They even wrote a Christmas song for George Strait called I KNOW WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. Since 2004 Dana and Charlie have called Port Saint Joe, Florida their home. Their latest album is THE THING TO DO, and they have a new collection of songs in the works.
Singer/Songwriter Jack Bond is a performing musician living in Maryland. His voice and guitar playing echo the years he spent in Nashville as a songwriter/performer/studio musician. Jack’s songwriting career includes the title cut on Roy Buchanan’s album, “That’s What I Am Here For.” He has also played many times at the famous “Bluebird Café” in Nashville. Recently, he was selected out of many applicants to attend the Play for Publishers workshop in Nashville hosted by Barbara Cloyd of the Bluebird.
He plays on, records and produces his own demos. He currently has a new album out of original material. He also does covers of classic rock and country when he plays out solo or with the popular band, “The River.”
Alt-Country and blues. Faith and experience shape a man and his music. Shawn Bowling's songwriting and musical style is heavily influenced by bluegrass & gospel from his childhood in the Ozark's and by traditional blues from his years in the Mississippi Delta. A well-spring of inspiring stories is drawn from his work in ministry, medicine, and the military, as well as his always entertaining family and friends. Love and devotion to God, his family, and friends provide meaning to everything he does. Shawn grew up in a family of musicians and has been active in music all his life. He has served as band member, band leader, and worship leader for several bands including Solid Rock in the Sand Band (Worship on the Water at the Flora-Bama) and "Blessing" (Perdido Bay UMC). He has also been an active member of gulf coast area songwriter’s groups and has participated in songwriter events and festivals since 2001. He released his LP "A Song in Every Life" in the Spring of 2015: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/shawnbowling
From a Southern California stage at the age of three, with a loosely strung ukulele, to one of the many great concert halls in the world today, armed with his two sided Langejans “Super Dualette” guitar (he refers to it as “My Band”), Thom Bresh, the 2001 inductee into the “Thumbpickers Hall of Fame” and his six string friends have been entertaining people for a lifetime. Whether he is leaning against a wall telling you how his day went or shaking the walls of a concert hall with that famous hard driving thumb, first and foremost, you will be entertained. He is equally at home on stage in a stadium or on a couch in someone’s living room. Add to this scenario a deep, witty and gritty singing voice set in the middle of that relentless, powerful groove and you have a genuine force to deal with. The Breshman was born in Hollywood, California and raised in the middle of guitar royalty. Roy Lanham, Thumbs Carlisle, Jimmy Bryant, Curly Chalker, Joe Maphis and Leo Fender. Not to mention the members of this elite guitar court who, in life, would become his close friends and peers. Chet Atkins, Ernie Ball, James Burton, Marcel Dadi, Nokie Edwards, Scotty Moore, Les Paul and Jerry Reed. The list keeps going and growing. Now let’s put in part three of this equation; the genes. His father, Merle Travis, was the most influential American guitarist of the 20th Century. With this sort of heritage and upbringing, what do you have? As Chet Atkins put it, “Thom Bresh is a guitarist that deserves to be heard.” On every performance Bresh pays tribute to his father when he straps on his custom D’Angelico “Thom Bresh Special”. When he lays into his father’s thumbpickin’ classics, he and that guitar will leave the Travis style pickers hungry and the rest of us breathless. Buster B. Jones sums it up like this.. “Bresh is a drop-top version of his daddy with a souped up engine and a whole lot more chrome.” But there is even more in the Bresh entertainment arsenal than singing and playing a guitar. His quick comedic timing and sharp ear has made him an incredible impressionist. That led to two HBO Specials. Thom hosted his own TV show and has guest starred on numerous others. Behind the scenes, as a producer, he has received two Grammy nominations and one for an Academy Award. In his own words.. “The guitar is my first love, my partner in life. We grew up together and we’ll most likely die together. Everything I’ve accomplished was with it. Every great moment in my career was because of it. Remember my heritage. To me, playing the guitar is not about licks and speed. That’s only for the insiders. Playing it makes music and music is an emotion. Emotions are stimulated by feelings and sounds.. That works on everybody. When the sound and feel are right... Wow.. I never really learned how to play the guitar.. I was born with it.. I’m an entertainer... Who happens to play the guitar..”
Currently living in and performing around the greater Los Angeles area, Melissa Brethauer makes her sixth Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival appearance in 2016. Her latest album, “Easy Way Out,” has gotten airplay around the U.S. and internationally. She has performed in cities including, but not limited to, Nashville, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Orlando, and Oklahoma City, as well as at other songwriters festivals. Originally from the Florida panhandle, Brethauer (pronounced BRETT-how-er) also plays piano and, with “Easy Way Out,” introduced ukulele into some of her music. Visit her official website at www.MelissaBrethauer.com, which also has links to her social media channels.
Jay Brown's songs come from the same place all great songs begin: in the real world. They tell the story of hard work and simple pleasures, of love and loss, and of deep mysteries we all struggle to understand. Despite his eventual success owning a chain of auto repair shops, Jay's working-class upbringing gives him a keen ability to identify with those on every rung of the ladder, from the factory worker to the factory owner and everyone in between. This sense of personal connection endows his songs with a special humanity that really resonates with listeners from all walks of life. His winding path began in Pittsburgh, led through Georgia and Florida, and finally brought him to Nashville, where he enjoys the opportunity to co-write with some of the city's top tunesmiths.
JIM “MOOSE” BROWN FACTS Jim “Moose” Brown has had a very diverse career, playing on over 20 #1 singles and recording with a wide range of artists as a session musician. He was nominated for Keyboard Player Of The Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2005, 2006, 2011 and won the award in 2016. Moose tours and records with Bob Seger and is a member of the Silver Bullet Band. As a songwriter Moose won the Grammy award for Best Country Song for co-writing "It's Five O'clock Somewhere". As a record producer Moose co-produced Daryl Worley’s top 10 single "Sounds Like Life To Me” as well as the critically acclaimed album by Jamey Johnson "That Lonesome Song" which features the ACM and CMA Song of the Year "In Color". The Platinum selling album was nominated at the Grammys, ACMs and CMAs for Album of the Year. Moose also co-produced Jamey's certified Gold double album "The Guitar Song", which was also grammy nominated for best country album. Moose played on the movie soundtracks of "Varsity Blues" "Cars", "Country Strong”, ”Cars, and Cars 2”. Jim "Moose" Brown was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainer's Hall of Fame in 2010
Since moving to Nashville in July of 91’ Tim has not only become a successful songwriter but he has become one of Nashville’s most sought after session singers. In addition to singing on over 8,000 songwriter demos Tim has sung on albums by: Trisha Yearwood, Michael Peterson, Kevin Sharp, Billy Ray Cyrus and Rodney Atkins to name a few and on jingles for: Pepsi, Luvs diapers, TNN and many many more.
Daryl Burgess is a Vancouver, Canada native who has called Nashville, Tennessee home since 1995. Prior to moving to Music City, Daryl landed his first number one hit (Just Came Back) - Colin James, which was awarded a Canadian Juno for single of the year in 1990. Right after arriving in Nashville, Daryl had several singles such as (This Heartache Never Sleeps) - Mark Chesnutt, (Never In A Million Tears) - T. Graham Brown, (I'm Diggin' It) - Alicia Elliot and (The Bride) - Trick Pony. During his years on Music Row, Daryl has penned songs for EMI Music Group, BMG Music Publishing, Stage Three and noted producer Mark Bright's Springfish Publishing.
Jeremy Bussey grew up in the small town of Sylvan Springs, Alabama just outside of Birmingham. At the age of 5 his grandparents offered to pay for his piano lessons. It was the beginning of what would become a lifelong passion. In November of 2009, Jeremy and his wife, Christy moved to Nashville. He began working with Ron Stuve at Universal Music Publishing Group in 2010. Since that time he has had his songs cut by artist like Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Thompson Square, Chase Rice, Mark Wills, Lonestar, Nine Days and Tate Stevens. He has also had his songs placed in TV/Film as well. Thompson Square’s current single “You Make It Look So Good” was released in June 2016. Jeremy also has the current single with Chase Rice “Everybody We Know Does” released in June of 2016, which is also the name of Chase’s fall tour. During his time as a writer for Universal Music Publishing Group, Jeremy has worked with incredible Nashville songwriters like Rivers Rutherford, Travis Denning, Jordan Rager, Chase McGill, Cole Taylor and Ryan Hurd to name a few. He continues to pour his life and passion into every song. “Having the opportunity to work with so many talented writers, producers and programmers has really helped to stretch me personally as a songwriter. I’m enjoying the challenge of learning, growing and evolving as a writer. It’s an incredible journey and I’m blessed to get to do what I love. I couldn’t ask for much more than that.”
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 currently writes for Parallel Music Publishing and plans to continue writing music that inspires, memorializes and captures his own zest for life. Lance Carpenter www.lancecarpentermusic.com 479-264-4774
Kim Carson's motto is "Don't Fear the Twang!" Kim Carson was born in Southeastern Oklahoma in the Chickasaw Nation and grew up in Canyon, Texas near Palo Duro Canyon. She got a taste for Red River Honky Tonk music early on. Her favorites being Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens and of course, Waylon and Willie. Kim began playing music when she moved to New Orleans and is known as "The Honky Tonk Queen of New Orleans". “I enjoy playing Classic Country songs” says Carson, “but I love WRITING songs that sound classic.” Kim Carson has eleven CDs including a live solo cd and her music can be found on iTunes and cdbaby.com. Kim Carson is a popular artist in Europe and has been bringing her Louisiana flavored Honky Tonk music to crowds there since 2000. She just returned from her 21st European tour in September. “I take pride in being an ambassador of Honky Tonk music in other parts of the world.” Carson’s CDs and videos are well known in Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. “It’s an incredible honor for me to bring authentic and original Honky Tonk music to the European audiences and have the fine musicians there record and perform my songs.” “Kim Carson is as fine a roots/country singer as someone like Rosie Flores. Her brand of high Octane Twang is traditional without being retro.” -AlexRawls (OffbeatMagazine) “Carson’s combination of Honky Tonk and Rockabilly, “Tonkabilly” if you will, is as unique as her always enthusiastic stage show.” -Fran Thompson (Mullet Wrapper) Kim Carson is the Real Deal.
Ashton Clark is an 19 year old singer/songwriter from Fairhope, Alabama. She got her first guitar at ten, and has been writing songs ever since. Self taught on piano and ukulele, she played various percussion instruments in her high school marching band. Ashton has performed at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville along with multiple songwriter's festivals such as, Pensacola Beach and the Frank Brown International, where she received an honorable mention for her song "Down South". Along with performing at festivals, she has also appeared on local TV and radio stations. Although Ashton is attending college right now on a vocal scholarship, she plans to move to Nashville in the near future.
Pearl is a 6th generation Floridian born and raised on the white crystal sand of Pensacola Beach FL and has recently moved to attend college in Nashville. She is at home in both the gulf waters of the Redneck Riviera to the beautiful country side of Tennessee. This is another exciting year in the life of quickly rising and emerging country artist Pearl Clarkin. In 2016 ReverbNation named her #2 out of 7000 bands based on lyrical composition, performance history, fan support, musicianship and live performance in their Hard Rock Rising contest. You can find her playing in downtown Nashville if you are in the mood for honky tonk. She is also an acclaimed songwriter and on the circuit, just look for her at Bluebird, Commodore or any of the local spots for originals and showcases. She was recently compared to Bobbie Gentry by a major publisher while singing at Bluebird Cafe. Pearl has performed at the CMA Fest for the last 3 years at places like Storme Warren's Nashville Navy and on the CMA Hard Rock Stage outdoors. Pearl headlined her own concert back home on Pensacola Beach before 4000 friends and fans and sings each year for the Pensacola Beach Songwriter's Festival. You've seen her on GAC TV in Storme Warren's Country on the Beach Key West Event. She also played at the World's largest Music Festival in Milwaukee at Summerfest. She has already been named one of the top unsigned artists in the country by CMT by placing in their Music City Madness singer/songwriter contest. Being a part of the south is something in her blood. Pearl considers herself the typical southern belle bombshell. Many of her songs have lyrical content about the south especially images of North Florida like in her original “Alligator Walkin.”
Raised in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Greg Crowe brings a compelling blend of blues, rock and country to Music City. Crowe is a BMI award winning songwriter whose credits include artists such as Montgomery Gentry, Sammy Kershaw, Adam Gregory, Will Hoge, Chuck Mead, Lonestar and many more. He also wrote, sang, and produced the official song for The Tennessee Titans Radio Network, “We’re Fired Up,” and production credits include a nomination for European country music album of the year, 2008. In addition, his skills have been put to use in many television commercials. Crowe works out of Nashville and is signed with SWAT Music Group and is happy to announce His current affiliation with SESAC, He writes with top artists and songwriters in the rock and country genre, for more info please visit GregCrowe.com.
Hailing from southern Mississippi, George Cumbest is not your typical singer-songwriter but a rather a philanthropic individual, with a unique vision for the art of creating music. In 2009 George and a few others established the Mississippi Songwriters Festival to aid in the awareness, development and education for the art of songwriting. The festival is now in it’s 6th year, created a strong local songwriting community along the Mississippi gulf coast and attracted some of the industries most renowned songwriters as participants. In 2013, George landed his first song cut by Music Row’s Independent Artists of the Year, Taylor Made. The song entitled “Somewhere Between”, co-written with Sean Gasaway and Taylor Made. The well-versed musician/songwriter is currently working on his debut album that will incorporate folk, country and Americana elements with vulnerable lyric content. George is the owner of Man Cave recording studios located in Moss Point, Mississippi, where he writes, records and develops new artists. George’s distinct vision, perseverance and effort to aid others who share the dream of songwriting has now lead to success not only for George, but the entire local songwriting community of the Mississippi gulf coast.
Saylor Davis is an upcoming Singer/Songwriter in the country music industry. He picked up his first six string when he was 10 years old and hasn't stopped since. He says "After playing on a stage for the first time, I knew that's what I wanted to do for a living. Nothing beats the rush of warm spotlights and summer air." Quite determined as he may seem, his style really stands out. Saylor is strictly set on living his dream. He says "Dream big or don't dream at all!"
Daniel grew up in a songwriter’s household so he unwittingly picked up the art of song-crafting. Daniel played his music to soldiers and airmen throughout the middle east theater of operations while station there himself. Since his return to the states, he has been writing and catching the ears of successful songwriters throughout the industry. He is currently writing for Atlantic Bridge Music who are excited about his musical future.
Marti Lynn Dodson is a BMI award winning singer/songwriter from Franklin Furnace, Ohio. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work at The Ohio State University, where she founded pop/rock band Saving Jane in 2000. Saving Jane went on to become one of the highest charting indie bands of the last decade, with over 100,000 Mediabase spins at CHR radio. Marti penned and performed 2 RIAA Certified Gold Singles in Saving Jane, and her music has been featured in shows and commercials on NBC, ABC, MTV USA, MTV Italy, the WE network, and TLC. Her music was also used as theme music for TV personality/chef Rachael Ray, NASCAR and Indy race car driver Danica Patrick, and Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin, who went on to found a clothing line with Warner Brothers based on Marti’s song “Supergirl”. Country star Julie Roberts covered Marti’s song “Girl Next Door” in 2006, and sensing a potential career in songwriting, Marti began to branch out and write songs for other artists soon after. In late 2009, she signed a deal as a staff writer with New York based publishing house Shapiro-Bernstein. Her song “Last Man Standing” was the theme and the first single for the winners of the 2009 season of German tv show “Popstars”, and Marti achieved 2 more gold records, one in Canada in 2009 with artist Suzie McNeil’s version of “Supergirl”, and one in Belgium in 2011 with artist Kevin’s song “She’s Got Moves”. She also scored a hit on the Contemporary Christian charts in 2011 with “The Only Song” by Blessid Union of Souls, along with 3 other tracks she co-penned on their 2011 release “The Mission Field”. Marti’s song “Better Day” was featured in the Fox movie “Truth Be Told” in 2012. In 2013, Marti scored a top 10 Christian single with "My Hallelujah" by artist Brandy Allison. 2014 cuts include "Here Comes Crazy" by Terri Clark and "Quarterback" by Kira Isabella, which made NPR's Best Songs of 2014 end of the year list, and was voted the #1 country song of 2014 by Spin Magazine and the #25 song of 2014 regardless of genre. Marti signed with BMG Chrysalis in August of 2014, and penned the summer 2016 single "You Make It Look So Good" for Thompson Square.
From New York City, to the bayous of Louisiana, this singer/songwriter captures the essence of a life on the road. Her strong blues voice, peppered with country and Cajun inflections captures the imagination as her lyrics tell stories of love, loss, longing, and celebration. Heather began signing professionally at 17 with the rock band Filter, and performing jazz standards with the John Pike Trio in Denver, CO. For the past 7 years, Heather has been an active musician writing and performing her songs primarily in New York City and Boston. In 2013, she discovered the Cajun/Creole roots on her mother’s side of the family, and has been learning traditional songs on fiddle and guitar. On her debut album (2015), "Darlin' Stay," she plays guitar and fiddle, singing all original songs (in French & English), except for "Dans Le Grand Brouillard" (Written by Michael Doucet). Her music has the deep strength of Bonnie Raitt, the silky smoothness of Norah Jones, and the sassy no-nonsense story-telling of Michelle Shocked. Heather lives in Lafayette, Louisiana with her husband Michael Doucet. Michael Doucet Michael Doucet, fiddler, composer, and bandleader, is perhaps the single most important figure in the revitalization of Cajun music in the United States. Cajun is the shorthand name for the French settlers of southwest Louisiana who were expelled from the Acadian region of Canada in the 18th century. During the first half of the 20th century, both the language and music of French Louisiana seemed to be in decline. Doucet, who grew up surrounded by traditional musicians and storytellers in southwest Louisiana, was more interested in popular music during his teenage years. He studied literature in school, but while playing music at a festival in France in 1974, was exposed to musical antecedents of his own heritage and this inspired him to return to Louisiana on a mission to learn everything he could about Cajun music and history. In 1975, he applied to the National Endowment for the Arts for an apprenticeship grant to study with and document the master fiddlers of his region. As a result of this project, he was able to learn first-hand from the great masters of Cajun and Creole music with links to an earlier era. Eventually, he formed his own band, BeauSoleil, which is today recognized as the premiere traditional Cajun musical ensemble. With numerous nominations, BeauSoleil's L'Amour Ou La Folie received the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Cajun music, thanks to artists such as Michael Doucet, is known the world over, and young people of the region are following in his footsteps. He says: "To me, Cajun music really is the heart of our culture. It's not the stomach – we know that's the food. It's music that's the heart. Everybody sings in their own way down here, and that's what keeps us going."
Among his many accomplishments, Billy is a master songwriter. His songs have been recorded by Shenandoah, Darryl Worley, Marty Rabon, Billy Yates and the Isaacs, Flatt Lonesome and most recently, The Grascals to name a few. His career has earned him two #1 singles overseas on the European Hot Disc charts, gaining him countless fans in the US and abroad that anticipate all new music he delivers. He simply has a knack for entertaining a crowd and creating well-crafted songs that just seem to flow out and catch the listener’s ear, with his own unique brand of Country music.
Lynn Drury has been an integral part of the New Orleans music scene for over 15 years. She was recently nominated "Songwriter of the Year" from Offbeat Magazine (2015), Best Female Performer by Gambit Weekly(2015), and has been featured at the Jazz & Heritage Festival for over 10 years. She plays a style called "Mississippi Grit/New Orleans Groove." Her song "City Life" was also featured and used for ESPN's 10 year Hurricane Katrina Anniversary video. Her most recent album, "Come to My House" was produced by John Porter, who has produced 13 Grammy-winning albums.
Raised performing in his family's band, Jeffery East and his family entertained many crowds across the state of Texas. In 1993, the East family made the decision to move to Nashville to continue their passion for music. It wasn't until January of 2006, when he lost his father to cancer, that Jeffery began taking his emotions and writing them on paper. Writing became a passion for Jeffery and because of that, he caught the attention of legendary writer, Harley Allen. Harley knew he had found the real deal in Jeffery and signed him to his first publishing deal. Jeffery had never co-written and Harley wanted to keep it that way. For the next two years, Harley asked Jeffery to write by himself which enabled Jeffery to become a true craftsman. In 2010, Jeffery signed to ZMG and thus began the world of co writing. A prolific writer in any genre, Jeffrey has had songs recorded by artists like Dierks Bentley, Sister Hazel, The Farm, Rainey Qualley, Chuck Wicks, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, Allan Hall, Point Of Grace, and Selah, just to name a few. In April of 2015, he met with Kim Wiggins from Peer Music Nashville and after sharing his work with her, Kim knew he was exactly what they were looking for. Kim says, "I meet with a lot of writers but after hearing Jeffery's songs and the way he delivered them, I knew he was our guy. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for him". As an artist himself, Jeffrey has played stages across America, and was recently featured on CMT's "Redneck Island". He is now in the beginning stages of recording his first full-length independent record.
Corey Evitts is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter from Paducah, Kentucky. Evitts grew up across the river in Metropolis, Illinois, and has been playing several instruments and writing songs since childhood. After playing in bands since high school, Evitts began focusing on playing solo shows in 2014, and now performs every weekend in restaurants, clubs, and wineries in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky. His musical influences include a vast range of styles, from 50's and 60's country, to hard rock, and modern pop. After writing songs for rock bands for many years, he has recently turned his focus to writing pop songs that incorporate acoustic stylings similar to artists like John Mayer and Ed Sheeran, mixed with groove-based percussive hooks. Evitts also teaches private lessons and coordinates rock bands comprised of young people from the Paducah, KY, area, at Allen Music in Paducah.
Kylie Nicole (Feltenberger) is probably the most unlikely of singer/songwriters to ever show up in the Nashville area. She was born in Orange County, California and spent her formative years moving around the country in a Marine Corps family. At last count she attended six different schools and eventually graduated from high school in Gulf Breeze, FL (a suburb of Pensacola) where her Mom and Dad settled after twenty years of service in the Marine Corps. During all of her family’s transitions to different states, she played the violin, but at the age of twelve she discovered the guitar and that’s when everything changed. Her Uncle Jeff, a founding member of the Pennsylvania based band “The Badlees”, let her borrow a beautiful old Gibson acoustic “Star” guitar and she began teaching herself how to play. She learned songs off the internet and finally received some actual lessons from an amazing Pensacola based guitarist named Tami Gordon. Tami challenged Kylie to develop her playing style and technique and at one point commented that some day “Kylie would be writing songs”. Since the fall of her Senior year of high school Kylie has become a prolific songwriter. Additionally, she continued to develop as a guitar player, vocalist and a performer. After graduation, she applied to and was accepted at the prestigious Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She began her Freshmen year in the fall of 2014 and was subsequently accepted into the University’s Songwriting Program. While completing her Freshmen semester at Belmont she also found time to record her debut EP called “Spin Cycle”. The five song, original CD was recorded at Full Tilt Productions in Mechanicsburg, PA and was completed entirely over her 2014 Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Her Uncle, Jeff Feltenberger, produced the project where she was blessed to work with some of Central Pennsylvania’s best musicians…to include Ron Simasek, Ronnie Rhoads, and Nyke Van Wyk. Jason Shaffer, of Full Tilt Productions, engineered, mixed and mastered the record. After having such an amazing experience with “Spin Cycle,” Kylie will be recording another EP in the fall and winter of 2016. As Kylie completed her sophomore year of college, she absorbed so much from her classes at Belmont, especially her commercial songwriting class. From song structure to assonance rhymes, Kylie learned everything there was to know about commercial songwriting. With the new arsenal of knowledge and information she gained from James Tealy, her professor, her writing style has strengthened and progressed. With her busy schedule at school, Kylie has also carved out the time to explore the musical opportunities within Nashville. She has played at a handful of bars, restaurants, and venues including Puckett’s Grocery, the Douglas Corner Café, the Commodore Grille, Party Fowl, and the Curb Café on Belmont’s campus. In addition to getting out there and performing in Nashville, Kylie also spent her summer playing in a duo called The Non-Revs. The Non-Revs played all over Pensacola, including places like the Vineyard on 12th, Paddy O’Leary’s, Hemingway’s, Third Base Pub, and the Bridge Bar and Lounge. The duo also managed to get a couple gigs in Upstate New York near Schroon Lake, and also played a three-week stint in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her writing style can best be described as a mix of introspective themes mixed with her own personal experience. Kylie’s heart felt passion and authenticity just seem to naturally show up in her songs, her playing and her vocals. Her lyrics are insightful and mature, for an artist of her young age.
Jim Femino is a Grammy-Nominated Country & Americana singer/songwriter and storyteller who has been to the top of the Music Business mountain, lived the life that most only dream of and is now out performing in the most intimate of settings singing songs and telling "behind-the-scenes" stories from a lifetime of traveling, writing and performing with some of the biggest names in Country and Rock music. A night with "Femino" is an experience that fans and friends say is like no other show they've ever witnessed because of the way he talks to the audience. He's one of them and he's just there to hang out, have a few beers, share some laughs and have a genuine good time with them. Or as Jamey Reilly of Jamey's House Of Music in Philly, after a recent "Femino show" there put it: “JIM FEMINO IS AT THE SAME TIME A BREATH OF FRESH AIR AND A THROWBACK TO THE DAYS WHEN ENTERTAINERS HAD REAL TALENT. HE IS AN ABSOLUTE MUSICAL GENIUS WITH A VOICE THAT JUST COMES OUT OF NOWHERE AND LAYS YOU OUT FLAT. TO TOP IT OFF, HE CAN TELL STORIES WITH THE EASE OF A GARRISON KEILLOR, THAT PULL YOU RIGHT IN AND WILL HAVE YOU FALLING OUT OF YOUR SEAT. IF YOU GET THE CHANCE TO SEE THIS MAN PERFORM, CANCEL WHATEVER PLANS YOU HAD, AND BUY A FRONT ROW TICKET… YOU’LL THANK ME!” So call 615-319-4665 NOW to check availabilities to book Jim in your venue or home and learn for yourself why they say, "Jim Femino is the real deal and one of, if not THE greatest entertainer out there today!"
Amanda Flynn is a Kentucky girl that in her own lyrics “was born a month too early and twenty years too late.” Named after the Bob McDill classic, Amanda has been passionate about all things country music, since day one.Since moving to Nashville, Amanda has created a reputation that’s as honest as the lyrics in her songs and it’s her grit and grace approach that continues to launch her into what’s looking to be a very successful career on Music Row. She's had cuts with artists such as Chase Rice ("Jack Daniels and Jesus"), Katie Armiger (including singles “Best Song Ever” and “So Long”), Levi Lowrey and Rodney Atkins.
Gifted singer and songwriter, skillful on both guitar and piano, John Frinzi has built an audience through craft and originality. An early demo caught the ear of legendary steel guitarist and long time Coral Reefer band member Doyle Grisham, and their working relationship led to John's first CD, “Into The Dawn.” Since that release Frinzi has toured nationally playing over 200 dates a year. John's latest release, “Shoreline,” showcases Frinzi's versatility as a songwriter and vocalist. Many of these songs were co-written with Tom Corcoran, co-writer of the Jimmy Buffett classics, “Fins,” and “Cuban Crime of Passion.” Both CDs remain in regular rotation on Sirius/XM’s Radio Margaritaville. Frinzi has been featured at major festivals including The Keith Sykes Songwriter’s Celebration, Key West Songwriter’s Fest, Pensacola Beach Songwriter’s Fest and has shared the stage with acclaimed artists including Jesse Winchester, Mac McAnally, Peter Mayer, Will Kimbrough, Todd Snider, Maria Muldaur and Jim “Moose” Brown. www.JohnFrinzi.com
Tiffany Goss was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and attended Troy University where she earned a degree in PR / Journalism. She moved to Nashville in 1997 where she began her career in the music industry working at the front desk of Warner Brothers Records. After being a staff writer at EMI Music Publishing and Buddy Killen Publishing, Tiffany signed with Curb Music Publishing where she has been a staff writer since 2007. She had cuts by artists including Brooks and Dunn, Chris Janson, Morgan Frazier, Clay Walker, Ashley Gearing, Brett Young and others. Tiffany writes on guitar, is an accomplished vocalist and collaborates with many of the industry’s finest writers and artists including Lee Brice, Hal Ketchum, and Larry Gatlin. Tiffany’s songs have been featured on The Bachelor, Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray, Fox News, Hart Of Dixie, ABC and NBC. She has also toured with Loretta Lynn and Clay Walker.
Having been raised by Navy and music-loving parents, Dennis lived and breathed the music of his youth from the radio, 45’s and albums. The sixties found him in London with a Silvertone electric guitar as the Beatles reached their creative peek and the whole London scene was exploding with fantastic music. After moving from London to New Orleans, he gravitated into the world of acoustic guitars and harmonica. Pensacola became his home in 1971 where he began playing professionally in a number of popular bands like “Wildwood”, “Café Racer”, “RPM”, and “The Cadillacs”. He pursued the craft of songwriting with passion, and performed one of his original songs at the Opry on the “Star Search” television show. Dennis met acclaimed Songwriter/Publisher, Dennis Morgan, and was invited to Nashville to record a CD of his own songs. Produced by Morgan, the CD is entitled “GO.” He has performed for many of the annual “Frank Brown International Songwriters Festivals”, the “Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festivals and at Nashvilles’ “Bluebird.” He is a multi-instrumentalist playing the harmonica, guitars and bass. He is now playing in several excellent duos with Ricky Lee Phelps (former lead singer and writer for The Kentucky Headhunters).
Jimmy started into music at an early age by playing the drums, and performed with a band during his high school years. In the late 70’s he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he has performed with such great artists as: Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Tanya Tucker, Ray Sawyer (of Dr. Hook), Keith Steagall, Deborah Allen, Marie Osmond, Dan Seals, Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, Tom Wopat, Tommy Rowe, Sonny Throckmorton, Kieran Kane, Dobie Gray, Bruce Channel, Delbert McClinton, Steve Winwood, David Ball, Bobby Keys from the Rolling Stones… Jimmy was the original drummer for Brooks & Dunn, touring extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia. In Addition to Touring, Jimmy has several movies and made for TV movie soundtracks credits and appearance to his name. Most notably is “Scandal in A Small Town” starring Rachel Welch, “Hank Jr., Living Proof”, “Running Mates” and “Ruckus”. While working with Brooks & Dunn, Jimmy has appeared on several Music Award Shows, and has made commercials for Miller Beer Company, and appeared in the movie “8 Seconds”. Jimmy has appeared on several issues of “Country Song Roundup Magazine” for Pearl Drum Company, And Modern Drummer for Pro Mark Sticks… The composition “Is It All A Illusion” and “Where’d You Come From” were co-written by Jimmy for the movie “Running Mates”. Jimmy has recently had an R & B cut on Donny Kees CD which he co-wrote with Donny titled “You Can’t Stop Me From Loving You” His varied career has also included a publisher’s assistant, song plugger, writer and musician for Don Gant Enterprise, and over the last few years Jimmy has owned and operated a company with Don Gant’s widow, Lynda Gant, named G & G Music Group, where they have had cuts by George Straight, Garth Brooks & other. Jimmy & Steve Busch Co-Produced a project on Jimmy a few years ago and over the last few years Jimmy has been teamed up with partner Pat Robinson from The Byrds in California where they’ve become a great writing & production team. Jimmy is currently playing drums in his own group project called Vinyl Connection Band, that consist of great players that have played on records with or toured with artist such as: Brooks n Dunn, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Foreigner, White Snake, Three Dog Night, Spencer Davis Group, John Hyatt, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, & Poco. Playing the hits of all the groups they've been involved in... Worldwide Performances: Brooks & Dunn Tanya Tucker Leon Russell Edgar Winter Previous Major Endorsements: Pearl Drums Zildjion Cymbals Pro Mark Drum Sticks Remo Heads Performed with: Deborah Allen David Ball Brooks & Dunn Bruce Channel Hank Cochran Earl Thomas Conley Dobie Gray Kieran Kane Delbert McClinton Willie Nelson Marie Osmond Tommy Rowe Leon Russell Ray Sawyer Dan Seals Keith Steagall Sonny Throckmorton Tanya Tucker Keith Whitley Steve Winwood Edgar Winter Kimberly Dahame Rick Seratte Todd Sharp Ricky Ray Rector Bobby Keys Billy Earl McClelland Writer or Co-Writer or For: Deborah Allen Susi Beatty Rocky Burnette Kix Brooks Wayne Carson Bruce Channel Terry Choate Steve Clark Ronnie Dunn Billy Graham Michael Huffman Tommy Lee James Donny Kees Red Lane Alan Laney Troy Martin Billy Earl McClelland Johnny Neel Ricky Ray Rector Pat Robinson Sonny Throckmorton Rafe Van Hoy Rick Seratte On Camera Appearance/Soundtracks: Country Music Awards American Music Awards Academy of Country Music Blockbuster Music Awards TNN Hot Country Nights Tonight Show Arsino Hall Show Ralph Emery Show Dick Clark “Rockin New Years Eve” Hee Haw The Best of Country Church Street Station The Road Scandal in a Small Town Living Proof 8 Seconds Ruckus Running Mates B & D “Boot Scoot” Video Miller Beer Commercial Magazines: Country Song Roundup (Pearl Drums) Modern Drummer (Pro Mark Sticks)
Faith Jess, seventeen year old singer/songwriter is a native of Pensacola Florida. This is Faith's 2nd year to play at Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. She has also been a part of the Frank Brown Festival as well. She has been a regular performer for Pensacola Gallery Night and plays locally in the Pensacola area. She frequently travels to Nashville to perform and co-write. Her writing style is Pop/Country. She just released a single and a music video for a song she wrote called, He Won't Even Say. Which is available on iTunes.
Native of Baldwin County, Alabama, Melissa Joiner has been submersed in music since birth. Her diverse style and creative use of formal opera training and Delta blues influence has created a unique sound that makes her a standout among other gulf coast female vocalists. In her first summer of being a professional musician, she hosted the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout in the world famous Florabama, and participated in many festivals which include the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival, Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, and the 43rd International Shrimp Festival just to name a few. She is the co-founder and co-producer of the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout, and founder and executive producer of the Songs that Save concert series. In 2016, she took on the role of music coordinator for P&O cruise lines. Melissa has been featured on 92ZEW FM live concert series, and has opened up for several national touring acts. Melissa has recently performed on PBS's Studio Amped with her band, and just finished her first EP. Recently Melissa had played in Belize,Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and other countries in the Pacific Islands and looks forward to playing in an area near you! For information, check out melissajoinermusic.com
Rock Killough is a son of Alabama, hailing from a small rural community in the Deep South where the summers are hot and the work was hard. He began playing guitar at age 8, and by the time he graduated high school he knew the road down which his future would lead. He honed his songwriting skills during a stint in the Army, another in college, and even more years in the 9 – 5 workday environment. In 1976 he found himself in Nashville, a protégé of legendary songwriter Hank Cochran (“I Fall To Pieces”; “Make The World Go Away”), and signed to one the largest publishing houses in country music. Rock’s success includes singles by Randy Travis and Brenda Lee, two gold albums by the Oak Ridge Boys, and gold and platinum albums by Hank Williams, Jr. and Sammy Kershaw. He has a song on Hank Williams, Jr.’s infamous ‘Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound’ album, as well as cuts by Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed, Carole King, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mickey Newbury, Johnny Rodriguez, and numerous others. Rock also appeared on the first “Austin City Limits” Songwriter’s Special, and has opened concerts for Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt, to name a few. In 1985, Rock came home to south Alabama. He continues to perform, write, record, and tell his amazing story with a poignant humor that is sure to make him a favorite of all who are fortunate enough to encounter him on life’s road. We hope you enjoy his stories and songs that relate to the journey of the heart and soul.
Goldie Lahr is a singer/songwriter based out of Oklahoma City. She plays a variety of instruments that include guitar, piano, and violin. At age 5, Goldie began singing at her church, and since has performed at countless places including The Arlington Music Hall in Texas, The Rodeo Opry in OKC, and many art and music festivals across the country. Though Goldie has been writing songs for as long as she can remember, her first single, “Cherokee,” was released this fall and her very first album is set to release in the spring of 2017!
Shannon Lawson grew up on a tobacco farm in rural Kentucky, where the musical heritage in his family ran deep. Not only playing, but songwriting as well. On stage from the age of three, Lawson says he had no doubts from a very early age that music was his calling. A professional musician by the age of 19, Lawson moved to Louisville Kentucky and worked the local music scene to hone his craft. At times working with as many as 5 different musical projects and often playing 6 nights a week for several years, he quickly became a well known fixture on Louisville’s music scene. His two most formidable was a blues band he had put together under his own name, and a bluegrass/jam band that was regionally very popular, known as the Galoots. Lawson moved to Nashville in 1998 and signed with MCA in 2000. His single release, “Goodbye on a bad day” written by Lawson and Peters, went up to 28 on the charts, then Mercury took over MCA and most of the staff was fired. Lawson Left and signed with Equity music where their first release was “Smoking Grass”, a tongue and cheek nod to his roots. A member of the now disbanded “MUZIK MAFIA”, Lawson’s experience with the music life are difficult to put neatly into a bio. He’s toured the nation many times over with various acts, in various venues. He now has a studio just outside of Nashville called “The Compound” where he produces his “El Camino” band project, consisting of himself and Jon Nicholson as well as other artists. Lawson has cuts by John Anderson, James Otto, Gretchen Wilson, Diamond Rio, Jamie Johnson, and most recently, wrote “Look at You” with John Rich for Big & Rich, which topped out at 6 on the country chart in 2014. He can be found on the web at shannonlawsonmusic.com
When Mark Leach moved to Nashville last summer, it was the start of a new chapter in an already accomplished career. Although just 25, Mark has always had an innate sense of who he is musically. Growing up in Barberton, Ohio, just outside of Akron, he got his first taste of performing in high school, playing with various bands. In 2008, while still in college, Mark took that valuable experience and began fronting his own band. Playing clubs and festivals in the Ohio area, he quickly established himself as an audience favorite across the region. In the past few years, Mark has released three projects, “With Love From Tennessee” in 2012, “Let’s Get Lost” in 2014, which reached #23 on iTunes country music charts, and his most recent EP "Homemade" debuted at #11 on the iTunes country music charts. In addition to his own shows, Mark has had the opportunity to open for hit artists including Eric Church, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, Randy Houser, Trace Adkins, Granger Smith, Scotty McCreery, Easton Corbin, Will Hoge, Drake White, Chris Janson, and many more. While his home, heart, and so many supportive fans are in Ohio, Mark knew he needed to make that move to Nashville to continue building his career as an artist and songwriter. In the past several months, he has spent much of his time writing with prominent songwriters around town, penning nearly 75 new songs. "Where are the great country baritones – guys like Jones, Frizzell, Whitley? Have no fear, if the question is, where are the true country singers, the answer is, wherever Mark Leach is.” - Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio guitarist/Grand Ole Opry member)
Barry Ledere hails from the town of Heath in Ohio. His fascination with music began early in life while sitting next to his Mother while she played the piano. Little did he know it would lead to a lifelong journey into the world…and music! Music is truly a universal art and language that can sometimes only be defined as a feeling or experience that words can only begin to describe. His fascination with music has lead Barry to play with many musicians and bands, including his high school bandmate Ronn Price when he met and toured with Paul Davis who released many memorable vinyl recordings on Bang Records. It was a very unique moment in recording history. Vinyl was as good in the 70‘s as it is now. While at Bang in Atlanta, Barry worked with musicians and writers such, as Nigel Olsen, Peabo Bryson, Andrew Gold, Paul Shaeffer and so many others. Hook line and sinker, music would be his love, destiny and chosen career. Barry’s interest in music led him to the Recording Workshop where he studied and worked as an instructor. His Love for music would eventually place him at companies such as, Roland USA and MAudio/Avid world leaders in music technology. Moving to Nashville in 1988 turned out to be the place Barry needed to be recording with John Denver and the late great engineer Roger Nichols his vocal and keyboard talents would contribute hugely to acts such as, Brooks and Dunn, Rosanne Cash and John Hiatt. You might have seen him in various music videos, award shows and even movies like 8 Seconds and Don’t Tell. Barry’s unique talent and skill set make him a valuable asset in the studio and any live performance situation. We are excited to have such a consummate musician of his expertise to be a part of what we call the Vinyl Connection Band.
Earl Bud Lee has been writing songs for over 28 years in Nashville. You know his songs! He co-wrote with Dwayne Blackwell “Friends In Low Places” – Garth Brooks(1991) – one of the top five country songs of all time! It is still enjoying regular radio play almost twenty years later. Bud had another huge smash with George Strait in 1998 (co-written with Roger Cook and Eddie Collagen) with his Number One song – “One Night At A Time”. Both of these smashes were ASCAP Song of the Year award winners. He has had his songs recorded by Loretta Lynn, Joe Nichols, Holly Dunn, Mark Chestnut, TG Sheppard, The Kendalls, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Charlie Louvin featuring Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss and many more. In 2005 Bud started his own publishing company Work With Me Music and began extensively developing his young signed writers. He co-produced a record for Don Pedigo “What I Was Running From” for Tight-Knit Records and just this March of 2011 Bud enjoyed another Number One record with Blake Shelton’s version of “Who are You When I’m Not Looking” on Blake’s EP All About Tonight. Look for Earl Bud Lee as he performs around the world this year performing your old favorites and new treasures.
Shelby Leeann is an Award Winning Singer/Songwriter from the Florida Panhandle. Shelby has been performing since the age of 8 and has performed in venues across the Southeast including: The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Famous Flora-Bama, and many more! Shelby’s style is primarily Indie-Folk. She has a smooth, sultry tone. Her melodies are captivating and her lyrics come from the heart. She has recently released her first EP, and is currently working on her first full album. Shelby is passionate about her music and wants to use her gift to help those living with Epilepsy. You can keep up with ShelbyLeeann at shelbyleeannmusic.com.
Although her name is not yet a household word, chances are if you've spent any time in the Sacramento area or Nashville, you have heard of COLLEEN LLOY. She has been performing for many years in all the local "hot spots". LLOY also has been recognized for her dynamic performance during the annual California State Fair. No matter where you may have heard this lady, you can bet she has a voice you will never forget. This native Sacramentan’s first recording was a song “Sooner or Later” which was the number 2 song on an album for a charity, “MADD” (Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers). Critic Mick Martin wrote: “The most impressive of these is Colleen Lloy whose “Sooner or Later” is an absolute knockout. If this fine singer isn’t signed by a major label, there’s no justice in the music world.” This recording brought attention to City Kidd’s manager who asked Lloy to join the Band City Kidd and played with the original members now known as Tesla. LLOY over her musical career has entered and won many music competitions one of which was the Jimmy Dean/True Value Hardware Music Competition where she won first place in Northern California which ultimately brought her to Tennessee. LLOY, an award-winning singer/songwriter fell in love with the musical city and decided to move to Nashville, TN to pursue her singing and songwriting career in 1999. Like many artists, she has a story of courage and stamina where she quit her job, sold everything she owned and on a wing and a prayer moved to Nashville. It did not take long for the industry to realize this lady has major chemistry and charisma on and off stage. Coined the “chameleon” by many, she proves she has an unusual style of singing able to cover any type of music with ease. She also has appearances on the popular television show “Nashville” as an extra until she can set more time aside for other roles. 2000 was a difficult year for LLOY who lost her brother. She went into the studio and recorded “Life Challenges” and released the song “Can You Hear” to radio. It charted 26 on the Christian Country Music Charts and is receiving great airplay in many countries. • Decatur Celebration- "The best description of Colleen Lloy is a chameleon." • Sacramento critic, Mick Martin writes: "The most impressive of these is Colleen Lloy whose "Sooner or Later" is an absolute knockout. If this fine singer isn’t signed by a major label, there’s no justice in the music world." • Nashville Music Guide Critic Brad Fisher gives Lloy’s "Life Challenges" CD a five star rating and writes: "This ten-song CD is an emotional roller coaster that runs the gambit of love. The tunes were either written or co-written by Lloy who has a beautiful set of pipes which she shows off on this album." LLOY has devoted her life in giving back to worthy causes that touch her soul. Some of those include the American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen for the Cure to name a few. She is also an advocate of our U.S Military and veterans and has written several military songs to share with the soldiers and their families. LLOY has literally played all over the U.S. and abroad and returned from two USO shows in Italy. She is a frequent guest at the nationally known Bluebird Café, has done television and radio broadcasts and has opened up for artists like Billy Dean, Paul Overstreet, John Berry, Lee Greenwood, George Jones, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tanya Tucker, John Anderson and many others. LLOY had the rare privilege of interviewing Mr. B.B. King for a proposed television show which she indicates is the highlight of her music career thus far. Lloy recently returned from Maui performing with Mick Fleetwood. In any event, whether you see her on a big stage or a small quiet room tucked away in her favorite clubs, we are quite sure you have not heard the last from COLLEEN LLOY.
Mike Loudermilk has been making music most of his life. He started his musical career when his ?rst song, an instrumental, was recorded by guitar legend Chet Atkins, who invited him to Nashville to play on the session. Atkins offered then to sponsor him in Nashville, but approved of Mike’s decision to return to Louisiana and ?nish his education in music theory and guitar. Mike made his way back to Nashville where he began playing music full time. He has toured, recorded, and/or written songs with artists from John Schneider to Crystal Gayle, and from Tracy Lawrence to Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. As an artist, he has recorded several albums internationally...including a duet record, "Wildwood Flower," with bluegrass ?ddle legend Buddy Spicher. He has performed on numerous television shows and specials and has played on world stages from the London Palladium to the Crazy Horse Saloon, and from the casinos of Las Vegas to the White House. Mike worked with Crystal Gayle for many years and co-produced Crystal’s “Midnight In The Desert,” a song they wrote for the international radio talk show “Coast to Coast AM.” The song also won a NAMA (Native American Music Award) for “Song of the Year” in 2002. He is now concentrating on songwriting and producing at his studio "Nashville Sound Project House." There he has recorded, co-written, and arranged songs with some of Nashville's biggest hit songwriters. Mike has also performed at fund raisers for Aids and Cancer Research, National MS Society, and St. Jude Children Hospital (to name a few) along side of country music's most talented singer/songwriters. Endorsements with Taylor guitars, Elixir Guitar Strings, Fishman Transducers, Bill Lawrence, and KJL Ampli?ers point to his reputation as a "musician's musician," both onstage and through recording projects.
Makenna and Brock were 2011 Top 12 Finalists on The X-Factor, and performed to a National television audience. Have been featured in National publications, including Rolling Stone, People, Country Daily and the Washington Post. Featured on CBS.com, CNN.com and MTV.com. Have opened shows for Sheryl Crow, Parmalee, Uncle Kracker, Sam Riggs, Cowboy Troy, Jon Pardi, Reckless Kelly, and many others. Notable venues and performances: PBR events, St. Louis Rams, Texas Motor Speedway, Bass Pro Legends of Golf, Bluebird Cafe-Nashville, Blue Note-Columbia, MO, Ozark Empire Fair-Springfield, MO. Makenna and Brock have maintained a National touring schedule since 2009, and have performed in MO, OK, TX, KS, IL, TN, IA, KY, & FL, at Fairs, Conventions, Festivals, Corporate Events, Nightclubs and Casinos. Makenna and Brock released their debut national single “Burnin’ The Night Down on September 14, 2015. Contact: Clif Doyal, Clif Doyal Agency 615-319-1863 email@example.com
Jim McBride is a CMA Award Winning, Grammy nominated songwriter and former President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. His writing career spans over 30 years and includes over 100 album cuts, 18 top 40 singles, 10 top ten singles and 6 number ones.
Originally from Huntsville, AL, Jim grew up in a house filled with music from his mother’s radio. He absorbed every note of every country song he heard and began writing songs at an early age. At 21 he traded a pistol for his first guitar and took lessons from his uncle. He eventually contacted another songwriter from North Alabama, the legendary Curly Putman, to get advice and guidance. Curly encouraged Jim to continue to write and send his songs to Nashville. He had several cuts over the next few years but his big break had yet to come. He had been urged to move from Huntsville to Nashville to be part of the country music scene but was reluctant to give up his steady job at the United States Post Office to pursue his dream. Jim told himself that if he ever had a song to reach the top ten, he would move his family to Nashville and in 1981 that is exactly what happened when Conway Twitty’s release of A Bridge That Just Won’t Burn reached #2 on the Billboard charts. That was shortly followed by his first number one song, Johnny Lee’s You Can Bet Your Heart On Me.
The next ten years brought many album cuts by major artist ranging from Johnny Cash to Alabama. In 1987 Waylon Jennings reached number one for the last time in his long career with Rose In Paradise. In the early nineties, he met a young singer looking for a record deal named Alan Jackson and an instant writing friendship was born. The two collaborated on a number of hit songs including Chasing That Neon Rainbow, Someday and Who Says You Can’t Have It All all #1 songs. Their biggest hit came in 1993 with the smash hit Chattahoochee. The song received the honor of Song of the Year from The Country Music Association, ASCAP, American Songwriter Magazine, British Country Music Association, Canadian Country Music Association as well as Billboard Magazine’s most performed song of the year. The song was also nominated for a Grammy and Academy of Country Music Award.
Other notable achievements include his Creator Award from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the musical heritage of his home state as well as an Academy of Country Music Song of the Year nomination for Angels In Waiting by Tammy Cochran. Numerous ASCAP and other organizational awards have been bestowed upon Jim McBride throughout his career.
In all his songs have been recorded by more than 80 major label artist including George Jones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Johnny Paycheck, Randy Travis, Alabama, Trace Adkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Crystal Gayle, Diamond Rio, Lonestar and many others. His songs have been on over 80 million albums sold.
He continues to write and stay active in the songwriter community, serving several years on the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Board as well as the NSAI Board..
Jim McCormick recently celebrated two #1 songs on the Billboard country charts: Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride,” which spent 3 weeks in the top position, and Brantley Gilbert’s “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” the second most-played song of 2012 at country radio, according to Bilboard. McCormick’s songs also have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood, Rodney Atkins, Julianne Hough, and many others. His new 2013 album, the Middle of the River, is available on iTunes or at jimmcormicksongs.com He is a staff songwriter at BMG Chrysalis, Nashville and a sought after lyricist for many projects. Previously he’s worked as a staff writer at Warner Chappell Music and at James Stroud’s Generator Music. He travels frequently to Los Angeles, London and Scandinavia to collaborate. He has performed his songs at clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX; the Key West Songwriters Festival; Tin Pan South in Nashville; as well as the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival in Mexico. His songs have been used film and TV as well as video games, including Tim McGraw’s NBC Special, EA Sports’ NHL, and the USA Network’s The Big Easy. He is an adjunt professor in the music business programs of both Belmont University in Nashville and Loyola University New Orleans and has taught classes on songwriting and the music business at Berkelee College of Music, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, and Denmark’s Englesholm Jazz Conservatory. He founded the New Orleans chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association International and frequently visits schools to encourage young people in their writing. With his band in the early ‘90s, The Bingemen, he was one of the first musicians in Louisiana on the Internet. McCormick is a partner in McConnell and Associates Consulting, which offers customized business and economic development services with a focus in the entertainment and creative industries, and has served as a consultant to the State of Louisiana’s Office of Entertainment Industry Development. He sits on the board of governors for the Recording Academy and is a member of Leadership Music’s class of 2013. He holds a BA in English from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and an MFA in poetry from the University of New Orleans. His poetry and scholarship have been published in journals around the United States, and he a recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize.
Jim McCormick recently celebrated two #1 songs on the Billboard country charts: Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride,” which spent 3 weeks in the top position, and Brantley Gilbert’s “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” the second most-played song of 2012 at country radio, according to Bilboard. McCormick’s songs also have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood, Rodney Atkins, Julianne Hough, and many others. His new 2013 album, the Middle of the River, is available on iTunes or at jimmcormicksongs.com He is a staff songwriter at BMG Chrysalis, Nashville and a sought after lyricist for many projects. Previously he’s worked as a staff writer at Warner Chappell Music and at James Stroud’s Generator Music. He travels frequently to Los Angeles, London and Scandinavia to collaborate.
Chase McGill grew up in the small town of Columbus, MS. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and picked up a guitar at age 12. "I always hated the actual lessons and having to learn other people's songs," McGill says. "So, to make my mom think I was practicing, I'd have the sheet music in-front of me, but I'd sit for hours and write until I thought I had something that could fool her into thinking a 'real' composer must have done it. It never fooled my teacher..." Chase has written "Kill The Lights" by Luke Bryan, "The Big Revival" by Kenny Chesney, and many more.
Billboard said, "It's an almost unheard-of feat in the country community for an Independent label act, much less a brand new artist, to go toe-to-toe with the majors and score a top 10 hit." Yet in 2001, Mark McGuinn did with his smash "Mrs. Steven Rudy;" the first time in over 40 years a new artist, on a independent label, had done. Three successful releases, the label ceased, removing Mark out of the public. "This was a blessing," states Mark, "It allowed my focus on family and songwriting." The initial result: his self-penned top 10 song, for Lonestar, "Unusually Unusual" and more songs for his last project, "One Man's Crazy" released in 2006. USA Today wrote, "It is hard not to root for an underdog who is this winningly optimistic.”
Chris has been playing music on stage for 35 years, touring the country with many artist and bands such as Ferlin Husky, Marty Stuart, Jack Greene, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Chris is a passionate songwriter. He has teamed up with many of Nashville’s brightest songwriters as well as seasoned veterans and has had curt by Ken Mellons, Flatt Lonesome and a Bluegrass today #1 Hit “I Know Better” recorded by the Grascals. Chris is the owner and producer of Stonewall Studios, located in Pensacola Florida. Helping clients make their dreams come true is more than a mission statement. “It’s Fun!” Chris enjoys sharing his passion with everything music and songwriting. He currently is coordinator for the Pensacola/Perdido Key Regional Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International helping fellow songwriters learn the music business as well as the art and craft of songwriting.
Ronny Miller is the founding member of The Southern Breeze Band, The Gulf Coast’s longest running band. Formed in 1980 they had 2 chart records “She’s A Lover” in 1983 and “Just An Imitation” in 1984. They have opened up for over 35 major artists since they formed. Ronny is the Songwriter for the “Breeze” having written over 139 songs he has had 2 number ones in the Indie’ World Charts worldwide “Kickin’ Back” which he wrote with Jay Brown of Nashville. He has a video of another song which he wrote with Jay called “Drive Fast, Turn Left” which is all over the internet on YouTube. Ronny has a total of 8 albums including 2 with Southern Breeze and a “self-titled” album and one called “Kickin” Back” . He recently recorded two more Christian albums one called” The Handy work Of God” and the other called “Unplugged Again.”
Jake Mitchell grew up in Modesto, California in a family rich with music. The great grandson of a honky-tonk fiddler and the son and grandson of guitar players and writers, some of it was bound to rub off on Jake. Music was always around. He began writing at age 15 and playing shows throughout California before he moved to Nashville in 2010. In 2012 he signed with Pat Higdon at Patrick Joseph Music and SONGS music publishing.
Alissa Moreno was born on a small Navajo reservation then grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She co-wrote the Grammy nominated hit "Every Day" for Rascal Flatts, she has a new song "Walking Blind" on The Voice winner, Javier Colon's new album and two on his previous "When" and "That's My Little Girl." Her song "Far From Here" was the show ID for the Lifetime series "Army Wives," and she co-wrote/co-performed ABC's "Hope and Faith" theme song. Her song "Next Time" is featured on the Interscope Records release "Laguna Beach: Summer Can Last Forever". Her music is featured in television and film with numerous songs licensed to "The Vineyard", "The Hills," "Laguna Beach," "How I Met Your Mother," "Guiding Light", "Will and Grace" "Criminal Minds", commercials such as Tide, Belk, and Central Way Numbers, and many others including the films "Daltry Calhoun" and Slamdance hit "Mall Cop". She was the vocal coach to Ben Affleck for his award winning role in "Hollywoodland". Alissa currently lives in Nashville, and has written with and been recorded by artists such as Colbie Cailat, Rascall Flatts, Alex Da Kidd, Kina Grannis, StreetRunner, JoJo, Chuck Wicks, Mallary Hope, Kate Voegelle, Javier Colon, Nikola Bedingfield, Lil' Eddie, Fast Ball, Big Al Anderson, Vince Gill, and Vertical Horizon.
Seth Mosley stands as the mastermind behind some of the biggest hits in the CCM industry, helming No. 1 singles from for KING & COUNTRY (“Fix My Eyes”), Francesca Battistelli (“He Knows My Name”), Jeremy Camp (“He Knows”), and more in one year alone. In October, he walked away from the Dove Awards as the evening’s biggest honoree, winning four of the five categories for which he was nominated, including the prestigious awards for Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist) and Producer of the Year. Altogether, Mosley’s full-service production company, Full Circle Music, has contributed to over 20 No. 1 chart-topping songs and worked with artists, both signed and independent, including Mat Kearney, TobyMac, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Newsboys and country acts like High Valley, Ricky Skaggs and more. The team writes and produces an average of 150 songs each year in their Franklin, Tenn.-based studio. Focusing on crafting music for the future, Full Circle Music Podcast sits down with industry icons such as Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy) and Tom Douglas (Lady Antebellum). Most recently the group unveiled the music production school Full Circle Music Academy and Songs for FCM Publishing.
For many touring bands, the road is their home away from home, an ever-rolling muse that runs beneath their tires and works its way into every aspect of their lives, including their songwriting. For hard- traveling Americana duo The Nouveaux Honkies, the road is literally their home, as the two live out of a creatively rebuilt RV that they use to tour throughout the year in the American South. Rolling along in their high tech, solar powered, self-sufficient chariot, equipped with its own espresso bar, mini studio, and more comforts than most studio apartments in NYC, Tim O’Donnell and Rebecca Dawkins worked out a great formula to tie their travels to their music. They set up in a key American city for a couple months at a time, soaking up inspiration and making friends, before moving on. In this way, their new album Blues For Country, draws its sounds from the musical influences of New Orleans, Nashville, Florida, Austin, and the Texas hill country where they recorded it. “As far as genres are concerned, I don’t think it is an intentional thing for us to be bouncing around the map,” confesses Tim O’Donnell, The Nouveaux Honkies’ songwriter and lead singer. “It is just my personality. I love lots of stuff. To me there is good music and bad music and I really have no formula on what it is. I just know when I like it. Jimmy Webb, Jimmy Reed, and Jimi Hendrix all give me this crazy feeling when I listen to them.” With all these regional flavors, it’s no wonder The Nouveaux Honkies’ music jumps so easily and happily between genres, mixing up a bubbling Americana gumbo of blues, country, roots, R&B, Texas swing, honky-tonk and old-fashioned songwriting. To record Blues for Country, The Nouveaux Honkies pulled their RV into the peaceful hill country town of Dripping Springs, Texas, a tiny town 30 minutes West of Austin. “We had our dogs, our espresso machine, our bed, our kitchen and the whole thing was super relaxed,” remembers Dawkins. “I think it reflects in the recording. It doesn’t feel frantic or rushed even though we were in and out in 8 days.” On Blues for Country, O’Donnell’s whiskey-tinged vocals are a perfect match for Rebecca Dawkins’ glorious harmonies and soaring fiddling; the two of them can sound as charming as an old-school country duet like Parton and Wagoner, or as bittersweet as that old recording of Townes Van Zandt and Emmylou Harris. In fact, the two cover Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” on the new album, though most of the songs are originals from O’Donnell’s pen. O’Donnell’s songs track the road-rambling ways of The Nouveaux Honkies, from “Life Ain’t Easy,” an unvarnished look at the touring life of musicians, to “I Know Things You Read About,” a funny song that speaks to the hard-won life skills learned on the road, or “Hours Into Days,” which sadly chronicles the distance that can well up between two people. O’Donnell’s the best kind of songwriter–able to swing between bitingly funny and touchingly honest–and he showcases this on stellar songs like the opening track “Blues for Country,” which perfectly mixes R&B vocal swagger with Dawkin’s country fiddle. On Blues for Country, The Nouveaux Honkies roll hard through songs that have soaked up the fresh air of the American backroads this duo drive through every day, informed by all the great cities of the South, and beholden only to the open road. - See more at: http://tnhband.com/bio#sthash.2bujCCDW.dpuf http://tnhband.com/ https://www.facebook.com/tnhband
An award winning children's songwriter, Ross started his children’s songwriting career licensed by National Crime Prevention Council to write music for McGruff the Crime Dog. He followed that up by creating his own character, the Safety Ape. The Safety Ape was licensed by Liberty Mutual Insurance for a Radio Disney Tour to teach children important safety messages using music as the messenger. Ross produced a puppet production on reading and literacy for Coca-Cola and Reading is Fundamental (RIF) for their Story Traveler Tour featuring his original music. His current project is producing a children’s show with Eco the Butterfly and The Eco Team puppets as a partner in Music as Message. Ross serves on the Board of Directors of the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival and will be participating in the school visits during SongFest 2016.
Chad Austin Parker is a local talent who stays quite busy along the Gulf Coast area. As a songwriter Chad takes part in several of the festivals and events from Nashville to Pensacola Beach. As a musician and solo artist Chad can be found consistently at venues along the Mississippi and Alabama gulf coast. Last year marked the release of "Time Machine", Chad's sophomore album and there is currently a third project in the works! You can keep in touch and up to date with Chad's musical efforts on Facebook at Chad Austin Parker Music.
Raised in Meridian, Ms during the 50's, the home of "The Jimmie Rodger Memorial" instilled the love of music that has lasted almost a life time. Playing lead guitar as a teen in a local group he became a professional before his 17th birthday. After completing his corporate business career in Fort Lauderdale ,Fl at the age of 41, he turned his sight back to the one thing that always made him happy, music and playing guitar. This time moving to Nashville to pursue songwriting. Before his 43rd. birthday he had co-written 5 national charted songs, Ray Charles, Gene Watson, Ed Bruce, Eloise Laws and The Moody Brothers, plus opening a recording studio with his partner, world class jazz guitarist Mike Elliott, "Magic Tracks". Other artist recordings, Bobby Whitlock with Eric Clapton, Dorthy Moore, Darryl Vincent, Joe Firth to name a few. Recently a feature artist himself on Catbone Records "Belly Full Of Blues" and the co-writer of the theme song for the movie "Happy Log" Now semi retired and living in Evergreen,Al with his partner and love Reneda. Together, they are the proud owner, co-founders of "The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival".
There is a very small town located in the northwest panhandle of Florida called McDavid. That's where I'm from. I guess you can say that my roots ran so deep that I never moved away. My love of music reared its head early life. When asked what I wanted for Christmas in kindergarten I quickly said a guitar. I grew up in the 80's and 90's so of course I was influenced by the prominent music of those eras. But my love of music goes far beyond that. I love the old stuff. All kinds of the old stuff. Classic Country,Classic Rock, Soul music, and Gospel. One of my most favorite artists of all time is Sam Cooke. If you have never heard his music you don't know what your missing. Go get you some. I promise you wont be sorry you did. I'm a regular guy with a regular job and a regular family. I write because God put it in my soul to create. As long as he allows me to I'm going to keep on creating music.
Raised a ‘son of a preacher man’ in a family full of musicians, there are some things in life one can’t escape. Ricky Lee’s destiny was laid out long before he became aware of it. He realized his passion for music at an early age in church services where he found that he could pick out and sing different harmony parts during praise and worship time. Little did he know he was honing his craft in those backwoods churches. Through the years his musical interests grew in various directions, finally leading him to Music City-Nashville, Tennessee. Doug Phelps, Ricky Lee’s younger brother, was already in Nashville playing bass guitar for a noted country artist but spent his spare time jamming for fun with some good ol’ boys from Kentucky. The brothers soon saw an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing music together. Thus, The Kentucky HeadHunters were born. What started out as a fun sideline turned into success, fame and fortune, seemingly overnight. The six-year ride with the ‘Heads’ produced two albums, a Grammy, an American Music Award, 4 CMA Awards, 1 ACM and 2 Billboard Awards. Feeling the need to broaden their musical scope, Ricky Lee and Doug pulled away from the group to launch out on their own. The dynamic duo called Brother Phelps shot out of the gate with a Top 10 single, music video award success and nominations at most of the major award shows, including Duo of the Year from the TNN/Music City News Awards and the Country Music Association. After the release of two albums with Brother Phelps, Ricky Lee decided to leave the duo and pursue other personal life goals. On the family front, Ricky Lee and his wife Karen have two sons, Eli and Jeff, Daughter-in-law Margaret and two grandaughters, Willow and Mackensie. These days he calls the Gulf Coast his home. Far from the hustle and politics of the music industry and enjoying playing music more than ever. Collectively known as 'Lektric Mullet', Bill Dossey, David Glencoe, Randy Whitaker and Ricky Lee have been rockin' the gulf of late. They have gathered thousands of loyal 'Mulletheads' who never seem to tire of the party these boys provide when they take the stage. Along with performing, Ricky Lee has taken on his father's mantle as pastor of Word and Grace Ministries of Florida. Headquartered in Hendersonville, TN, Ricky Lee was ordained to pioneer the first branch of Word and Grace on the Gulf Coast. Aside from all that he keeps himself relaxed by a newly discovered hobby. Just recently he sort of stumbled into another form of artistic expression through the medium of paint and has been putting brush to canvas feverishly ever since. He tends toward portaiture, some of which can be seen at this website. So the summation of his life these days is, preachin', pickin' and paintin'. He says, "Life is good because God is good".
Don Poythress is originally from Clinton, Ms., But at the age of 18 he moved to Nashville, Tn to pursue a career in music. Since then his songs have been recorded by such artist as Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Cheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Karie Jobe, Philips Craig and Dean, Kellie Pickler and others including the # song from Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That” As well as his success in country music, he has garned 3 Dove Awards and has released his own worship project entitled “Wash Away” with collaborations with Ricky Skaggs and Paul Baloche. As a performer he has had the privilege to perform on such stages as The Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry and The Bluebird Café among many others.
Hailing from Whitby, Ontario, The Stellas have been together since they were 20 years old and released their first record in September of 2011. In 2013 The Stellas were named Group/Duo of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. This honored duo has performed for millions of American viewers on the CMT hit show Can You Duet. Besides writing songs together for their own albums, they have each written songs for other artists including Brad’s co-write of “Let It Rain” with Zac Brown for Zac’s EP The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 (released in 2013). Brad and Marylynne currently reside in Nashville, TN and expect to release a new project in Fall of 2014.
Up and coming songwriter, Nathan Robinson, grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and knew that he wanted to touch people’s hearts and minds with songs. He started playing at 13 with two cousins of Hank Williams and played many places that Hank himself had played. After many years of playing in different bands, feeling discouraged and going nowhere he stopped playing all together for about 15 years. He started back with a gospel group and began writing his own songs both gospel and country. He performed with a local variety band, The Lost Highway Travelers, at a monthly “Hootenanny” at the historic Georgiana Theater in Hank Williams hometown. He attended songwriters’ workshops with Bill Anderson, Jan Howard and others at the Hank Williams museum. He currently has a song co-written with good friend, songwriter Terry Faust, “One More Show’, featured in the 2015 Hank Williams collector's series calendar.
It is this artistic abandonment that country music has fallen in love with and branded Ami Gussie Russ as an artist to watch as well as one of the newest country female contenders. Ami Gussie Russ’ highly anticipated self titled EP "Ami Gussie Russ" has received rave reviews. This EP yields something for everyone with songs of love, heartache, and back road freedom. It is the result of a collaboration with producer Daniel Martin of ReAmp Studios. Martin has produced and engineered for hundreds of artists including Morgan Leigh Band. “I have been blessed to perform and travel the world and have collected some of the most incredible stories. Stories that I know, when people hear them, will make them feel a little less alone. After all, that’s what music is all about.” Ami Gussie Russ is an artist whose refreshingly authentic sound will leave you wanting more.
Don Sampson was born in Washington,D.C. and grew up in Falls Church,VA. When Don was 22 years old, he moved to Nashville from San Antonio,TX, where he had been playing guitar in the honkytonks. Don signed his first publishing deal in 1985 with New Clarion Music. After various successful publishing deals, Don signed with Sea Gayle Music in 2000. His songwriting credits include the #1 singles Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ On A Woman,” Gary Allan’s “Tough Little Boys,” Alan Jackson’s “Midnight in Montgomery,” and Bryan White’s “Rebecca Lynn.” “Waitin’ On A Woman” also received the NSAI Song Of The Year honor in 2009. Don has won numerous ASCAP awards, seven NSAI awards, and the TNN Music City News Songwriters Award.
Chas Sandford is an acclaimed artist/songwriter/producer/engineer/guitarist and world-class studio owner.As a hit songwriter and publisher, Sandford is the recipient of 12 ASCAP "Most Performed Songs" awards, including the multi-platinum hits"Missing You"by John Waite, "What Kind of Man Would I Be"by Chicago and "Talk To Me"by Stevie Nicks. Most recently Chas wrote & produced the title track and single from Billy Ray Cyrus’ latest release “The Distance”. His songs have been recorded by: Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Melanie, Roger Daltrey, Berlin, Millie Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Alison Krauss, Rick Springfield, Sammy Hagar, Jimmy Barnes, Don Johnson, David Wilcox, Tyler Hilton, Sheila B. Devotion and many others.Chas is now a BMI writer/publisher. The most recent check of airplay for "Missing You"alone hasover8,000,000 documented plays, making it one of the most played songs of all time. As a producer, Chas has worked with Chicago, Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Roger Daltrey, Berlin, Willie Nelson, Ron Wood, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gene Loves Jezebel, Jimmy Barnes, Dan Hill, Gina Schock, Don Johnson and others. Live highlights include opening for The Eagles on their "Hotel California" European tour, appearing in and recording live in the Robert Altman film, "A Perfect Couple" (including a show at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic); two months on Broadway in "Divine Madness" with Bette Midler (appearing in the film of the same name); and playing with the late, great James Brown for a charity concert at The James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. Sandford also owns Secret Sound a world-class recording facility. A partialalphabetical list of artists who have worked at Secret Soundwould include: Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Berlin, Belinda Carlisle, Tracy Chapman, Chicago, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltrey, Bo Diddly, Celine Dion, DefLeppard, DC Talk, Divinyls, Deep Purple, Melissa Etheridge, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Jars of Clay, KISS, K.D. Lang, Madonna, Richard Marx, Michael McDonald, Tim McGraw, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Harry Nilsson, Jeffrey Osbourne, Dolly Parton, Queen, Restless Heart, Rod Stewart, Take 6, Tina Turner, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Ron Wood&Wynonna. Chas latest CD, “Wag More, Bark Less” has received rave reviews from the L.A. Examiner Entertainment Section, Music Connection Magazine, Music Row Magazine, Artist Direct and many others. “Wag More, Bark Less”as well as Chas’ 1st record, “Parallax View”, are available from all major digital outlets. www.chassandford.com www.secretsound.co
Melanie Sandford is an up and coming Boston-born singer/songwriter/recording artist. She is currently working on her first full-length record as a follow up to her critically acclaimed EP: "Could it Be?"In February 2014 Melanie was listed as one of the top "Kick-Ass Women You Should Know" in Boston's HOWL Magazine. She was also a top three finalist in the 92.5 River's Rising Stars Contest, in Boston as well. Melanie moved to Nashville in March 2014 and is excited to be part of The Pensacola Songwriter's Festival this year.
Originally from Houston, Aaron Scherz follows in a long line of talented Texans who have made Nashville their adopted home. With a distinct style of phrasing and commercial instinct, Aaron quickly came to the attention of Music City’s publishing community. "Girl In A Country Song” by Maddie & Tae, which he co-wrote and co-produce with Dann Huff is currently climbing the charts. His songs have been recorded by various major label artists as well as featured in the hit ABC television show, “Nashville”. Additionally, Aaron’s song, “The Rock” is the title cut to Tracy Lawrence’s 2009 Grammy-nominated album. He has also composed national advertising jingles for both Dodge and Coca-Cola. A seasoned rum drinker with a music problem, his song “ItAllStartsToRumTogether” has received airplay nationally and in the Virgin Islands.
Joel Shewmake, discovered his musical talents at the age of fourteen while growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee. He moved to Nashville in January 2001 and landed his first publishing deal with BMG in November 2001. Since he has written for Amylase Entertainment/Warner Chapel and now currently writes for BMG/Chrysalis/Amylase Entertainment & has been privileged to have had cuts by artists such as Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Craig Campbell & Jarrod Niemann.
Jeff Silvey was born and raised on a farm in Indiana in a town of 6,000 people called Alexandria. ( The hometown of Bill and Gloria Gaither ) He was always around music from the time he can remember. His daddy was a great fiddle, guitar player and was the biggest musical influence in Jeff's life. Jeff learned to play the piano chording along with his daddy's bluegrass bands. When Jeff was 14 he joined his first Southern Gospel Quartet and was on the road every weekend during school and he continued on the road until he moved to Nashville, TN in 1986 to pursue his dream of music. ? During Jeff's 28 years in Nashville, he has made his mark in the Christian music industry having over 300 cuts that were recorded by acts from Gaither Vocal Band, Dallas Holm, 4 Him, Oak Ridge Boys, to DC Talk, and also co-wrote and co-produced the dove award nominated song "HE IS" for the father and son duo, AARON/JEOFFREY. He earned four RIAA certified Gold and two Platinum albums in the industry and: in 1997 won the Dove Award, as an artist, for Country Album of the year, "Little Bit of Faith". Jeff went on to co-write the song: “Oh What A Perfect Day” on George Strait’s “Somewhere Down In Texas” project. He has produced many artists throughout his career. Randy Travis, Gaither Vocal Band, ( on Gaither Homecoming Lullaby's) Aaron Jeoffrey, Ann Downing, just to name a few. In 2008 Jeff signed as a writer with Erv Woolsey and George Strait’s publishing company, Muy Bueno Music and writes for O-Tex Music/BMI. He is currently writing for and producing new act’s that will soon be releasing. Most recently Jeff co-produced and co-wrote several of the songs and was the music supervisor on the soundtrack for the Hank Williams SR. movie called The Last Ride, Jeff has a song on Easton Corbin's All Over The Road CD released on September 18th 2012 He co-wrote the song, I Think Of You with Thom Shepherd and he has co-written a brand new song called "When Love Comes Around Again" on George Strait's current Love Is Everything CD that released May 14th 2013. Jeff co-produced and mixed the latest single from Branch and Dean called The Dash!. Jeff is currently producing and wrote several of the songs on a new project for ICMA Entertainer of the year and ICMA Female vocalist of the year Kali Rose which will be released in the late fall to Early Spring of 2015 and will feature a duet with Kali and award winning artist Gary Chapman! Jeff is unique in the fact that he has been an Artist, is a Songwriter, Producer, and Mixing engineer. He understands what it's like to be on the road and communicate with audiences just as well as having a current perspective on the latest recording business in Nashville TN. His love for music and passion for artist development keeps him extremely busy working with new talent and writing with some of Nashville's biggest hit songwriters!
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Donna Slater embodies the same musical and cultural uniqueness as the riverfront city she once called home. Donna found the Gulf Coast while vacationing in Pensacola, Florida during the early 1980's. It was during this trip that her original music was discovered by Joe Gilchrist, owner of the world famous Flora-Bama Lounge. She soon found herself on the roster of regularly performing musicians at the Bama and she decided to make the Alabama coastline her new home. Donna performed at the first Frank Brown International Songwriter's Music Festival, and she was instrumental in the development of this talent showcasing event. Slater now performs weekly at The Tropical Isle in New Orleans and at the Florabama as the co-founder of Jezebel's Chill'n, which is the renound soulful house band at the Bama. She regularly performs at the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival, LA Songwriters Festival, Highway 80 Songwriters Festival, and the Last Honky Tonk Music Series. Donna is currently working on a new CD of original music "Heart Tattoos" which is being recorded at newly founded Juice Records in New Orleans, Louisiana. "I write songs to both heal and open myself to others in ways that I usually cannot express in one on one conversations. I have drawn strength from so many talented musicians, and I hope that listeners can do the same through my songs."
Bicycle Jones & Stover met one night on Bourbon Street when they were both hired for the same gig. They had a great time & quickly realized they had much in common. On a whim they decided to write a song together. It was an easy process so they decided to continue. The collaborations stretched each of their writing styles and resulted in songs that neither one of them would have written alone. Brian “Bicycle” Jones grew up in Arkansas but has lived in Southern Louisiana for the last 11 years. He has toured the northwest & southern states solo and with his old band Ozzy Cash. Bicycle has performed regularly at Margaritaville, country dive bars, Bourbon Street clubs and everyplace in between. He has co-written with Nashville songwriter Greg Barnhill and sung harmony on a Toby Keith song. Jones has performed at many festival including the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival & “Six String Music” Songwriters Invitational. Dave Stover is a Pensacola native who has lived in New Orleans for the past 20 years. Stover is a sideman with an obsession for writing songs. As a bass player he finds himself in a myriad of musical settings averaging 120 gigs a year. Stover spent 16 years on Bourbon Street preforming primarily Cajun music. Currently he is backing up blues legend Little Freddie King among other local performers. Stover has recorded 7 CDs under his own name and has writing, production and/or preforming credits on a plethora of other New Orleans releases. In addition to his gigging schedule, Stover has been the Business Manager for French Quarter Festivals, Inc. for the past 7 years.
Kentucky born singer/songwriter Rusty Tabor has been performing on stage since the ripe young age of 14. After a short lived college football career he packed up and moved to Nashville in 2001 to chase yet another dream… that of signing a record deal. Shortly after arriving in Music City Rusty found himself enamored by Nashville’s songwriting community. He says, “I’d always loved performing, but it wasn’t until I got here that I truly understood what “songs” are…they’re the most beautiful picture someone can paint without a brush. They’re the most basic thoughts, the deepest emotions, stories of skeletons in closets or lighthearted love. I HAD to figure out a way to do that for a living.” Within his first year in Nashville Rusty had landed his first publishing deal with Skidaddy Music. Billy Ray Cyrus quickly took a liking to Rusty’s songwriting style and recorded 2 songs out of that first catalog. “Back to Memphis”, a single off of Cyrus’ TIME FLIES album and soon after “Wouldn’t You Do This For Me” on his THE OTHER SIDE album. While performing at a private event one summer Rusty got a call to be the host of a nationally aired outdoors television program on the Outdoor Channel called W.F.O. Penning songs on the road while filming for the show was trying to say the least. After 3 years of television it was time to say goodbye to the camera and put all of his efforts back into the microphone. “I really hated parting with so many friends that I’d met through the show. However, I knew it was the right thing to do if I was ever going to get where I wanted to be musically.” says Tabor. He soon found another writing home with Plus Spins Music. From that catalog came “All I’ve Got Left” that was recorded by Russell Hitchcock (formerly of Air Supply) on his TENNESSEE:THE NASHVILLE SESSIONS double cd project and IBMA male vocalist of the year winner Bradley Walker recorded “One Paragraph” for his upcoming Rounder Records album. The future is brighter than bright for Rusty nowadays. In January of 2011 he was offered a chance to be a part of legendary songwriter Earl Bud Lee’s publishing company. “I JUMPED at that opportunity!”, he says, “Bud Lee is one of the most successful writers in the business with hits like ‘Friends in Low Places’, ‘One Night at a Time’ and ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking’. He’s not only a master at what he does, he’s one of my favorite people in this world.” Rusty is currently in the studio working on his own album with some of the best in the business. Tabor says “It took me a little time, some hills and valleys and a lot of living to figure out who I really am. Thanks to all of my friends and associates on Music Row I finally have the opportunity to record what I want to record, how I want to record it and with whom I want to record it with. Life isn’t good….. it’s GREAT!” Rusty Tabor came to Nashville to be a Singer… he’s grown into an Artist…….
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. Add to these accolades Tatum’s own Album released on itunes, her single releases (I like my (Cowboy’s Dirty, That’s Love Y’all, Hillbilly Rockstar) and her recent Randy Houser, Kristy Lee Cook,The Farm and George Clinton cuts, (Back, Good Timin, Lookin’ for a cowgirl, Farm Party etc..) and you have the makings of a woman building a sustainable music career for a lifetime of success. Bridgette is also in production with “The Lockets”, creating a new fresh duo sound for country music. While Bridgette continues to create music, she balances it with her charitable work within The Charley Foundation (www.charleyfoundation.org), and donating her time and talents to various charities around the Middle Tennessee area. “If it's real and you are making it honest, that's what people want to hear.” With unfailing honesty and a penchant for risk-taking, Bridgette Tatum is storming the scene on her own terms and winning fans at every turn. www.bridgettetatum.com. www.facebook.com/bridgettetatum www.twitter.com/bridgettetatum www.instagram.com/bridgettetatum Media Contacts and Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hailing from Whitby, Ontario, The Stellas have been together since they were 20 years old and released their first record in September of 2011. In 2013 The Stellas were named Group/Duo of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. This honored duo has performed for millions of American viewers on the CMT hit show Can You Duet. Besides writing songs together for their own albums, they have each written songs for other artists including Brad’s co-write of “Let It Rain” with Zac Brown for Zac’s EP The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 (released in 2013). Brad and Marylynne currently reside in Nashville, TN and expect to release a new project in Fall of 2014.
Rafe has received a Grammy Nomination, 11 BMI One Million Airplay Awards, 3 BMI Two million Airplay Awards and beyond, and songs recorded by George Jones and Tammy Wynette (including the classic “Golden Ring”), Oak Ridge Boys, Mishael Martin Murphy’s “What’s Forever For”, John Conlee, Patti Loveless, Brooks and Dunn, Reba McEntire, Leann Rimes, Fleetwood Mac, Diana Ross, Issac Hayes, Paul Carrack,and a long list of others.
Chasing the Dream With an armload of songs and a heart full of songwriting dreams, Jerry made the move from his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri to Nashville, Tennessee in the fall of 1984. While attending the School of Hard Knocks on Nashville’s Music Row, Jerry has been an exclusive staff songwriter for Dick James Music, Little Big Town Music, Malaco Music, and Talbot Music. Jerry’s first major label cut, Don’t Waste It On The Blues, recorded by Gene Watson, reached #5 on the country charts in 1990, winning him an ASCAP award. In 1990, Wild Rose climbed the charts to #13 with Vandiver’s penned hit, Go Down Swingin’. Since then, he had had two songs recorded by Tim McGraw, It Doesn’t Get Any Countrier Than This, featured on McGraw’s platinum 6 CD “Not A Moment Too Soon,” and For a Little While, (reaching #2 on the country charts) on the quadruple platinum 1998 CMA Album of the Year, “Everywhere,” winning Jerry a BMI Award. For A Little While was also included on McGraw’s platinum 5 Greatest Hits CD and Special Edition Box Set. Other artists recording Jerry’s songs include Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, The Oak Ridge Boys, Phil Vassar, Dusty Drake, Lonestar and David Lee Garza. Thanks to these artists, Jerry has songs on over 15 million records and two of his titles are hanging on the wall in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Singer/ songwriter/ piano demon Amanda Walker has performed for over a decade in the New Orleans area, broadening her musical vocabulary and building a reputation for well crafted songs that she brings to life onstage while engaging a growing audience. She grew up in the small town of Dexter, Mo, under the musical influences of family and friends. After undergraduate studies, she found her way to New Orleans via Tulane Law School in 2003. After a stint as an attorney, she has returned to her roots and dedicated her career to the music that continues to flow from this burgeoning artist.
Robert Wayne is an emerging Nashville recording artist, songwriter and entertainer who performs to enthusiastic fans on the Gulf Coast and across the US. His parents instilled strong values and taught him a love of God, family, hard work and country music. At a young age, his mom also taught him to sing and play guitar. He grew up listening to the greats such as Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty, Gene Watson, and George Strait just to name a few. At the age of 20, Robert followed his dream and moved to Nashville with "half a song and a wild eyed dream”. Quickly learning that the music business is tough and requires more than a pretty voice; he began writing songs and honing his craft while keeping his “day” job to support his wife and newborn son. After six years of “close but no cigar”, he moved back home to Florida to start his own custom woodworking business and soon became respected as one of the best. Robert loved the home building business so much he earned his Building Contractor’s license. His company is building beautiful custom homes to this day. The true heart of Robert Wayne is a love of God, his family, country music, hard work and dedication. To listen to just one song from Robert Wayne & The Boys is to know authentic country music at it’s finest; a variety of classic country songs mixed with original favorites. Robert Wayne is prepared to “hit the road” and has recently released his latest album, “I’m All In”, produced by Nashville’s very own, Ted Hewitt. With rave reviews, the album has created a “buzz” within the country music industry. Robert is excited to share his music and passion with you in 2016. Country On!
My name is Xaris. I am a sixteen year old singer/songwriter who falls somewhere in the indie-folk spectrum of music. I've been writing music most of my life as a way of expressing my feelings. When I was eight, I picked up a guitar for the first time. Since then, I've added many different instruments to the list. My favorite to play is still guitar. I hope to one day be able to travel the world, spreading love and music everywhere I go.