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. 2018 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.
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.
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Joe Allen is a legendary bass player and songwriter born in Waco, TX. In the seventies and eighties, Joe was always in the music charts with number 1’s and top tens. When Joe arrived in Nashville, his unique jazz-inspired bass style set him apart as one of the most in-demand session players in town. Joe wrote for, recorded with, and played for Crystal Gale, Don Williams, Gene Watson, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loreta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Neil Young, Charley Pride, Ray Price, Andy Williams, Julie Andrews and countless others. After a long break, Joe continues to perform at festivals and listening rooms across the country and his new songs are, once again, in the charts. Joe is currently collaborating with Dan Auerbach and artists that he is producing. As of this writing, Joe has two of his songs on an album by Yola that is number 4 on the Americana charts. Yola has also been nominated for Americana album of the year, competing alongside Joe’s good friend, John Prine. How fun is that? Joe also has songs coming out by John Anderson and Gene Watson.
Alabama born and bred, Marc-Alan Barnette comes a long line of musical influences. In his “Birmingham rock days” of the 80’s, his band 24 KARAT, won the MILLER HIGH LIFE ROCK TO RICHES NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH in 1984 which included a record contract with MCA records. He shifted from rock to country in 1988 moving to Nashville and having one of his songs, “THAT’S WHERE IT HURTS,” recorded by future Grammy award winner, SHELBY LYNNE. Subsequent songs were recorded by country legends, JOHN BERRY, DAVID BALL and current hitmaker FRANKIE BALLARD. He is also a mentor/teaching/business consultant with clients including Ballard, THE VOICE’S MEGAN LINDSEY and “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, ALICIA MICHILI. He works with writers and artists around the world. As a singer/songwriter/artist, he is a musical force of nature, with his powerful Ray Charles voice his music is called “IN YOUR FACE COUNTRY SOUL”, and he is a consummate entertainer, with songs ranging from country, blues, soul, and comedy. His current CD is titled “A LIFE WELL LIVED” and features his best known song, “TABLES AND CHAIRS” a songwriter’s anthem, which features the line that sums up his life, “YOU DON’T CHOOSE MUSIC, MUSIC CHOOSES YOU.” www.marcalanbarnette.com www.musicchoosesyou.com
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.
Nick Biebricher, is the founder of the SandyRoots Songwriter Series and the owner of SandyRoots Productions. He has performed at numerous songwriters festivals in the southeast including the Black Warrior Songwriters, Mississippi songwriters, Ozone, songs on the bayou, and the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. Over the past few years nick had racked up numerous cuts on independent artist across the southeast. Nick recently opened a studio in Perdido Key Fl and he is currently producing various artist on the gulf coast. Nick and his wife Christina plan on releasing an all original duet album they penned together very soon.
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..”
Every once in awhile you run into a soul like Brooke Brown. A 26 year old songwriter from a dot on the map called Lenox, Alabama. She has a way of lighting up the room with her presence and has never met a stranger! Her infectious personality shines through her songs that come straight from the heart. She doesn't just call herself a songwriter, she is a natural born story teller. In October 2015, she lit a defected firework that took most of her right hand and damaged her hearing. This was life changing for Brooke. After 11 surgeries and a lot of determination, she decided to show the world that she was fireproof. She found a way to play the guitar again and was back playing shows within 11 months after her accident. She is filled with positive energy, never fails to always have a smile on her face, and is sure to put one on yours! She has played and sang her heart out in venues across the south from Georgia to Texas. Her goal in life as a songwriter is just to inspire others to never give up on their dreams. She has written with veterans as part of Operation Song, and has taken part in the Pensacola Songwriting Festival, Sandy Roots Songwriter Series and Songs on the Bayou music Festival! Her songs are a blend of country, blues and Americana. She has songs out now on every music platform!
With a master's degree from Harvard, Anne Buckle doesn't have your typical singer-songwriter story. But as the great, great niece of A.P. Carter and a cousin of June Carter Cash, she has music running through her blood. Anne is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. As an artist, she goes by WILDWOOD, and her songs have been streamed over a million times across digital platforms. She has been called "a refreshing take on a legendary family" by the Nashville Music Guide, and "one of the Bluebird's favorite guest artists - honest, vulnerable, and completely original - she captivates the audience every time," by the house emcee at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe. Anne has shared the stage with Charlie Daniels, toured with Augustana, opened for the Dixie Chicks on their 2016 world tour, appeared in music videos for Kip Moore, and performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. She has written over 200 songs with dozens of artists from three continents including American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, America's Got Talent's Marisa McKaye, the Steel Blossoms, Misty Rae Carson, TROVE, Alex DaCosta, Joe Martin, Danielle Celeste, Alexis Wilkins, Marie Hines, Anthony Snape, American Idol contestant Jacob Westfall, Tasha Amoroso, and Austin Tyler Jones from The Voice, to name a few. Anne is proud to be part of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s nationally acclaimed Words & Music and Songwriting 101 programs at the Taylor Swift Education Center, where she teaches songwriting to hundreds of K-12 students annually. She is also the founder of 3 Chords, a non-profit organization that teaches songwriting to Nashville’s refugee teens as a way to help them share their stories. You can find her on social media @sheiswildwood.
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.
Jeremy Bussey grew up in the small town of Sylvan Springs, Alabama just outside of Birmingham. Like most kids, he loved to fish, hunt and basically anything outdoors. At the age of 5 he found something else he loved. Music. He started taking piano lessons, then later started writing his own songs and eventually made his way to Nashville, Tn. Jeremy started playing songwriter nights all over Nashville. He continued to work at crafting his lyrical skills and ultimately caught the attention of Ron Stuve at UMPG in 2010. These days, he has become the “go to guy” for great lyrics and song ideas. Jeremy has had his songs recorded by artist like Jason Aldean (All Out Of Beer) Brantley Gilbert (Three Feet Of Water) Ashley McBryde – (Title track – Girl Goin’ Nowhere) Chase Rice (Single – Everybody We Know Does) Thompson Square (Single – You Make It Look So Good) Josh Gallagher – (Single – Pick Any Small Town) Lonestar (Single – Just The Rain, Boomerang, Twice, Oh Yeah) Pop/Rhythm artist Nick Bennett (Single – Hotter Than You) Tate Stevens – (Single – Power Of A Love Song, Holler If You’re With Me) Mark Wills (Single – Looking For America, As Much Like Jesus) and others. He has also had landed songs for sync with Pepsi, and recently Ram Trucks. “I have always loved the stories in songs. That’s why the lyric has always been my strongest suit. I enjoy playing the piano, guitar and singing, but I love writing a great lyric and idea. It’s like putting the last piece of the puzzle together…then starting another puzzle.”
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
Dani grew up in San Diego and began writing music at 9 years old. At age 18, Dani put some of her other talents to use and built her own acoustic guitar. She later found herself regularly performing with now pop star, Jason Mraz. “We played every Thursday night at a local coffee shop and sang on each other’s tunes,” she recalls. Dani made the move to Nashville in 2002 and began working with David Malloy, producer for Julianne Hough, Reba McIntyre and Andy Griggs. Within six months, she signed a deal with Famous Music Publishing and continues to write songs with some of Music Row’s top talent. In 2007, Chris LeDoux’s band Western Underground released Dani’s song ‘Unbridled’ as the title cut and single on their record. In 2011, her song ‘You Can Count on Me’ was featured in two time daytime Emmy winning web series Venice.
Chloe Channell has been performing over half her life. In 2013 at the age of 11, Chloe was a quarterfinalist on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent!! That same year she met and started working with 2 time Grammy Award winner, singer/songwriter, Billy Dean. Chloe wrote her first song at the age of 12!! She has been writing with some of the top writers in Nashville along with her mentor/manager Billy Dean. She is now 16 and has recently released her first EP and video featuring “Walls”! EP includes 5 original songs written by Chloe! She has a passion for writing and performing her own songs and loves to entertain.
Ruell Chappell grew up in the Springfield Missouri Music scene making his first recording at 7 years of age and working as a studio musician for Wayne Carson, and many other prolific writers in Springfield, Tulsa and Nashville. Ruell joined the Ozark Mountain Daredevils in 1976 and performs with the band today. Ruell found his writing voice in the early 2000s working on an album created around the story of The Young Brother’s Massacre of 1932, the largest law enforcement massacre previous to 9/11. In addition to performing with OMD, Ruell hosts Ozark Writers’ Night, a local songwriter’s group, and is Director of Play It Forward SWMO, his Not For Profit dedicated to putting instruments in the hands of children that cannot afford them.
Christina Christian is An American singer songwriter from Miflin, AL. For the past decade, you've probably seen her singing her favorite Sheryl Crow or Linda Ronstadt songs at a beach bar on the Gulf Coast. Since the early age of 17, Christina has performed over 1,500 shows. In 2017, she released her debut album entitled, Silent Sea, a collection of songs since the start of her music career. Her most recent world-wide release “Dolly, Would You Pardon Me” was nominated “Best Country Song” with the Independent Music Awards in 2018. Over the years Christina has worked with many organizations including the Miracle League of Coastal Alabama co-writing and performing the theme song "Little Miracles" Now settled in Perdido Key, Florida with her husband, Nick Biebricher, and son, Tucker, together they produce music events and record albums as Sandy Roots Productions. Christina has also shared the stage with Delta Rae, Reckless Kelly, David Nail, Cassadee Pope, Maggie Rose, Jana Kramer, Tyler Farr, The Infamous Stringdusters and the list goes on...Find more info at www.thechristinachristian.com
Ashton Clark is a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Fairhope, Alabama. She received her first guitar at age ten and has been writing songs ever since. Ashton has performed at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville along with multiple songwriters festivals such as Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival and the Frank Brown International Festival, where she received honorable mentions for her songs "Down South" and "Turn To Ash". She was included on the Nashville Songwriters' Association International (NSAI) E.A.R.S. "Ones To Watch". Along with performing at festivals, she has also appeared on local TV and radio stations. Ashton just graduated from Coastal Alabama Community College after two years on a vocal scholarship, and is now attending online classes at Troy University. She plans to move to Nashville after graduation.
This is another exciting year in the life of quickly rising and emerging country artist Pearl Clarkin. Look for her new single Girls of Summer, currently listed in the top 50 of the Country Breakout Charts as well as on all digital platforms. The rest of her EP will be released soon!! She is an acclaimed songwriter and on the circuit on any given night just look for her at Bluebird, Listening Room or any of the Nashville spots for originals and showcases. She was recently compared to Bobbie Gentry by a major publisher while singing at Bluebird Cafe. Pearl has opened for many big names, and performed at the CMA Fest for the last 5 years at places like Storme Warren's Nashville Navy and on the Hard Rock Stage outdoors. Big Machine Label Group recently named Pearl one of the top 10 unsigned artists in the country as she represented Pensacola in the Nash Next nation wide competition. She was also honored as one of the top unsigned artists in the country by CMT by placing in their Music City Madness singer/songwriter contest. Pearl has 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. 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 and the beautiful country side of Tennessee. Being a part of the south is something in her blood.
One of Britain's most prolific songwriting professionals, Roger Cook first came to prominence during the British Invasion, usually working in tandem with Roger Greenaway. After the pair hit big with the Fortunes' oldies-radio staple "You've Got Your Troubles," they continued to crank out hits for years to come, also writing numerous ad jingles (one of which, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," was a massive pop hit in its own right). By the late '70s, Cook had moved to Nashville to become a successful country-pop songwriter. Roger Cook was born in Bristol, England, on August 19, 1940. He first sang in church choir at age 11, and performed in vocal harmony groups for much of his youth. He wrote his first song in 1958, and that same year recorded a few sides with a vocal group called the Sapphires. The Sapphires disbanded the following year, and Cook next sang with a group called the Londons, splitting off with bandmate Jill Stevens to form Jon & Julie in 1962. The duo recorded a bit for Columbia, but broke up when Stevens became pregnant. Cook spent about a year away from music performing in theatrical productions as a mime, but returned to singing in early 1965 when Roger Greenaway invited him to join a harmony group called the Kestrels, which actively toured the British variety circuit. They also featured future studio vocalist extraordinaire Tony Burrows, who split for a solo career not long after Cook joined up. Cookand Greenaway stuck together, forming a songwriting partnership and working as session singers in the meantime. The two caught their big break when the Fortunes recorded their composition "You've Got Your Troubles." It was a Top Ten smash in both the U.S. and U.K., falling just one spot short of the top in the latter. In its wake, Cook and Greenaway teamed up to record as the soft pop duo David & Jonathan, scoring a transatlantic hit with their cover of the Beatles' "Michelle" in early 1966. Meanwhile, the Fortunes released their follow-up hit, "This Golden Ring," and Gary Lewis & the Playboys scored an American Top Ten hit with "Green Grass," both Greenaway-Cook creations. David & Jonathan landed their biggest U.K. hit that summer with the Top Ten "Lovers of the World Unite," and the two subsequently began writing advertising jingles, most notably for Coca-Cola. In late 1967, Gene Pitney scored a Top Five U.K. hit with "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart." Cook and Greenaway decided to end their David & Jonathanpartnership in early 1968, but kept writing songs together, including Cilla Black's U.K. Top Ten "Conversations" (1969). Meanwhile, Cook made a few solo recordings under the name Roger James Cooke (culminating in the 1970 album Study), and joined the pop band Blue Mink in 1969 as a featured vocalist. Blue Mink scored a succession of U.K. hits through 1973, including "Melting Pot," "Good Morning Freedom," "Banner Man," "Stay With Me," and "Randy." Meanwhile, Cookand Greenaway briefly re-teamed in the studio group Currant Kraze, and wrote a Top Ten U.S. and U.K. hit for White Plainsin 1970 with "My Baby Loves Lovin'"; their "Home Lovin' Man" was also a U.K. hit for crooner Andy Williams. In late 1971, Cook and Greenaway's most popular Coke jingle was adapted into the pop song "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" and became a hit for both the Hillside Singersand the New Seekers; the latter's version became the pair's first U.K. chart-topper. Naturally, demand for the pair's ad jingles skyrocketed during the next few years. In the meantime, Cook and Greenaway continued to collaborate on the occasional pop hit. The Congregation had a U.K. hit in 1971 with a cover of David & Jonathan's "Softly Whispering I Love You." "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)," written with Hollies lead singer Allan Clarke, became that group's biggest American hit in 1972; two years later, "Doctor's Orders" became a hit for R&B singer Carol Douglas. Meanwhile, Cook released two solo albums under his own name on Regal Zonophone, 1972's Meanwhile Back at the World and 1973's Minstrel in Flight. By late 1975, Cook had split amicably from Greenaway, and moved to the United States. He drifted through New York and Los Angeles before settling in Nashville, where he completed the solo album Alright in 1976. Moving into country territory, Cook scored a breakthrough with Crystal Gayle's 1978 chart-topper "Talking in Your Sleep," written with Bobby Wood. In 1980, he teamed with Sam Hogan to write another number-one country hit, Don Williams' "I Believe in You." 1981 brought two country Top Fives in Gayle's "Livin' in These Troubled Times" and Williams' "Miracles." Williams landed another number one in 1983 with "Love Is on a Roll," which Cook co-wrote with folkie John Prine; the two would continue to collaborate off and on in the years to come. Cook's writing activities tailed off as the '80s wore on, though 1989 found him back on top of the British charts thanks to Marc Almond's remake of "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart," which featured duet vocals from original artist Gene Pitney. In 1991, he teamed with ex-Strangler Hugh Cornwall and guitarist Andy West to form Cornwall, Cook & West, issuing the album CCW the following year. In 1997, Cook became the first Englishman to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame; later that year, he returned to writing, collaborating with Eddie Kilgallon on George Strait's number-one smash "One Night at a Time." In 1998, Strait landed another chart-topper with his cover of Cook and Prine's "I Just Want to Dance With You."
IT'S THE LIFE IN YOUR YEARS... Kensie began singing and performing early in life at the age of six years old. Already a country music lover, her first time on stage solidified her passion and fueled her drive for the next twenty years. Kensie's experience in the music industry runs deep in the heart of Texas dance halls, Oprys, and any stage they'd let her on. In her early teen years, after two serendipitous performances on the Grand Ole Opry and exposure to the inner workings of Music Row, she moved to Nashville with her parents, so she could embed herself in the creative side of the industry during her most formative years. She began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of fourteen with the good fortune of writing with the likes of Dale Dodson (multiple George Strait cuts) Wes Hightower (That ain’t gonna fly) and Bryan Wayne Galentine (What if she’s an Angel) and Curly Putnam (He Stopped Loving Her Today) just to name a few. Her experience in Nashville proved to be a hard but motivating awakening of what it would take to make her dreams in the music industry a reality. At nineteen, she left Nashville to go back to Texas and get real with her roots. Today, she is celebrating two top 40 songs on the Texas charts and multiple“Female Vocalist Of The Year” nominations along with being a finalist in many songwriting competitions. "Lie To Me" off of her self-titled debut EP was released after her first single "You Still Need Me" ft. William Clark Green rose to #35 on the Texas Charts. Kensie has moved back to Nashville to someday fill the shoes of her idols like Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert. She signed a publishing deal with Erv Woolsey who is to this day George Straits manager. She writes for a living and still tours Texas and beyond to keep her voice heard, and alive. Kensie continues to work as hard as possible to make a name for herself. She is in the process of recording a new EP thanks to the Heart Journey Local Music Foundation, which will be independently released before fall of 2018. She will be performing in the Pensacola Songwriters Festival in October of 2019 and many more exciting events in the next year. Keep and ear and an eye or for this artist who is bound and determined to bring traditional country music back to radio and the female category. You can find her music on any streaming outlet including Spotify, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook, Amazon Music, Apple Music and more. Website : www.Kensiecoppin.com Instagram : Kensiecoppin
Mississippi’s Taylor Craven has been recognized twice by American Songwriter Magazine and has over 20 cuts to his credit in the last four years, including recent cuts by Ray Stevens and Dallas Moore. He’s written with masters including Wild Bill Emerson, Bo Roberts and Mark Sherrill, among others. Taylor is a founding member of the Mississippi Songwriter Festival
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.
DARYL WAYNE DASHER: A Great Big Sky Holds Few Limitations Great Big Sky (2013) marks the Tennessee based crooner/songwriter Daryl Wayne Dashers sophomore installment as a solo artist. Released independently through his own label (Hike The Stone Music) with the help of a very successful Kickstarter ® fundraising campaign, the album is distributed by CdBaby®, Amazon®, iTunes®, and is available on CD as well as vinyl LP (with digital download card) in various independent record stores across the US and in Europe. Great Big Sky is the first known fully produced album recorded entirely on a small handheld 4-track recorder called the Zoom® H4n. Each instrument and vocal track was recorded one at a time either in Dasher’s home studio in Nashville, TN or on the road in various late night hotel rooms, host homes, and even a few backstage green rooms. Most instruments were played by Dasher, with help from his long time musical collaborator Rodney Russell on percussion and Karri Lee on fiddle. While trying to develop a new sound he likes to call Folk & Western Music, Dasher encouraged Russell to experiment with various exotic percussion instruments not at all common in the world of Country Music. Each individual track was then dumped into a music mixing program and pieced together as if it was a full band performance, and then the album as a whole was mastered by legendary Mastering engineer Randy Kling (Alabama, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, etc.). The end results is producing refreshing reviews from fans, bloggers, DJs, and magazine critics, including Outlaw Magazine, NashvilleGab.com, Urban Country News, Radio Memphis, and Country Radio Switzerland. Dasher’s creativity and subject matter comes from his raising in rural Northwest Ohio in a musical and artistic family. His parents and two sisters were also talented musicians and there was always music in the house. His Uncle Jon Post leads the area’s best known Bluegrass group and Daryl himself started playing in bands at a very young age. Dasher knew what he wanted to be by the age of four years old. By the time he turned 16 he was playing in small clubs, dance halls, lodges, school auditoriums, and wherever he and his musical cohort (now Nashville producer/songwriter/artist Andrew Adkins) could get their amps and folks to come listen. In college Dasher became enthralled with the storytelling and lonesome sounds of Classic Country Music. He began playing solo acoustic shows and found that his voice naturally lent itself to the style of Country Music. He moved to Nashville, TN in 1997 where he picked up work as a boot salesman and a security guard at the Grand Ole Opry. While in Nashville he reconnected with his ole band mate Andrew Adkins and they formed an Indie Rock trio with drummer Rodney Russell. The band would release two Independent albums, and a more critically accepted third album on the label Dual Tone Records. They spent most of twelve years in and out of their band van on the road – a real schooling for anyone who wants to be in the music business. In 2009 Dasher was involved in a musical movement spearheaded by Brigitte London called Spirit of the Outlaws in Nashville. The artists involved were recording tracks at Bridges studio in Golden, Mississippi for a supporting album of the same title. The doors did not open for the official release of that compilation album, which featured a band of legendary musicians (Richie Albright, Jerry Bridges, Fred Newell, and Eugene Moles). However the doors were open for Dasher and a few of the other artists to continue recording tracks until they had enough material to individually release full studio albums. For Dasher, this became his 2009 debut album, Long Road Now. The album featured 10 songs including 5 self-penned songs, a cover of the late Marty Robbins “Devil Woman”, and a Bluegrass/Gospel tune (Saw the Master) he recorded with members of his family at Sweetwater Sound in Ft. Wayne, IN. When Mellow Down Easy disbanded in 2011, Dasher continued to tour solo, and worked as a musician for a few artists to help make ends meet. During this time Dasher turned his focus more towards his abilities as a writer and also began co-writing with other artists like Brigitte London, Brook Faulk, and Jeff Keith (of Tesla fame). He attributes the change to attending Larry Jon Wilson concert and the discovery of the songs of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. It was then he began working on the songs for Great Big Sky. He made demo recordings of the songs on the handheld 4-track recorder and started to build on them with the intention of having a well mapped out plan to take into the studio. Over the course of two years those demos became the actual album. It proved to be a painstakingly slow process, but one that felt very homespun and natural for Dasher. Rodney Russell’s percussive contributions to the album were refreshing and the two began touring with the exotic drums instead of a drum kit despite a few major complications with sound engineers at some venues. Eventually Dasher added an upright bass player to the live mix (mostly either Folk/Americana bassist Daniel Seymour, or Daryl’s father Verl Dasher). Thanks to bloggers, social networks, and independent radio stations Dashers music is now being heard all around the world. His Folk & Western sound has ignited excitement in regions not always common in a Country Music artist’s tour route, such as the Adirondack Mountains of New York, and New Eagle, Pennsylvania. The tour for Great Big Sky kicked off at the Hard Rock Café in Memphis, TN and took him to places like Tombstone, AZ, Marble Falls, TX, Cleveland, OH, and even to several villages in the Swiss Alps. Daryl Wayne Dasher is an artist who sincerely cares about his craft and about the people who listen to it. His passion for music and for humanity sweats out of him during every single performance. In a new world where people have virtually limitless choices of music, art, and entertainment, it is important to find a way to stand out. In a statement from Outlaw Magazine.com, music critic Richard Deihn wrote that "Daryl [Wayne] Dasher's unique rolling baritone slides into the listener's soul and takes up residence. A dynamic, commanding and uninhibited performer, Dasher's star power lies in his ability to truly connect."
Under the stage name of Darlene's Diva, Shelby Sanders is a native Floridian indie folk artist. Her sultry tone and heartfelt lyrics have drawn comparisons to Stevie Nicks, Mazzy Star, and Phoebe Bridgers. Shelby fell under music's spell at the age of 8. Shortly after, she started taking voice lessons and began performing all over the southeast. While Shelby loved singing and performing, she also possessed an immense passion for songwriting. She taught herself to play guitar at the age of fourteen, which further inspired her to realize her identity as an artist. Shelby is an advocate for epilepsy awareness, a neurological disorder she deals with on a daily basis. With the help of her music, she hopes to use her platform to inform others and spread the word about the illness. An album is currently in the works and will be released early next year. Be sure to visit darlenesdiva.com and join the email list to be the first to hear the new album, keep up with shows and events, and receive exclusive content.
A departure from the more established sound of BeauSoliel (now celebrating their 44th year), La^cher Prise is is an eclectic exploration of Louisiana music. Elements funk, R& B, jazz, and Caribbean music breathe new life into Michel Doucet’s timeless songwriting. Doucet seamlessly weaves together tradition and innovation, continuing to push the boundaries of Louisiana music, in his most creative endeavor to date. “I am cajun, so if I write it . . .it is a cajun song!” The La^cher Prise Band spotlights Louisiana’s next generation of roots music and features New Orleans native and internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, Sarah Quintana on guitar and vocals.
"Mike Doussan’s story is intrinsic to the human condition. There’s pain and pleasure, grit and grace, but much like the city of New Orleans and music itself, true beauty rises from chaos. His songs are proof." -(Brett Hutchins www.liveandlisten.com) Mike Doussan, a New Orleans native, started playing guitar at the age 8 and made his way into the New Orleans club scenes in 2004 at the age of 24. With guitar in hand he walked into different clubs with the intent of playing a couple of tunes with whomever was on stage. He then became a regular at The Apple Barrel playing blues with Mike Hood and the Frenchmen St. Delegation, at Banks St. Bar playing funk with New Orleans Juice, and anywhere Eric Lindell was taking stage with his blue-eyed soul ensemble. It wasn't long before he fronted his own band, Westbank Mike and the Fisher Project. Rooted in New Orleans funk and blues, the Fisher Project would go on to win Best Blues Band at the 2006 Sonny Boy Blues Society’s “Battle of the Bands.” Muse in the Kitchen, Doussan’s first album was recorded at Word Of Mouth Studios in historic Algiers Point in 2005. The last note being recorded just two days before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Luckily, the music was saved and the album was released in 2006. Doussan then recorded Sin or Salvation at the Living Room Studio on the New Orleans West Bank. Each track draws on varying influences of rock, funk, country, but all comes together to be an unmistakingly New Orleans sound. Five weeks before its release in March 2014 the Doussan family experienced a tragedy that fundamentally changed Mike’s perspective. His brother, Brett Doussan, died by suicide. The song “Spend the Night” was co-written by Mike and Brett along with Dave Jordan and the late Jamie Galloway. Since his brother’s death Doussan has been working in advocacy and fundraising for both suicide prevention and mental health awareness. His mother, Lisa, along with friends and family, started up a non-profit as well called the Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation. In August 2017, Mike Doussan teamed up with Roxy Bergeron of CSB Roxy Music and Bassist/Producer Charlie Wooton to record a collection of all new original songs that were recorded in Music Shed Studios in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. Grammy-winning engineer Eric Heigle (Arcade Fire, Lost Bayou Ramblers) was then brought in to mix the record along with Grammy-nominated engineer Pete Lyman (Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Prine) for the final task of mastering at Infrasonic Sound out of Nashville. Yesterday's Troubles was released May 2019.
Billy Droze has acquired the title of “hit songwriter” over the years co-writing such songs as; “Kentucky Blue” (#1 for two weeks on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) – Billy Droze, I Know Better” (#1 on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) – The Grascals, “Her Memory Again” (#5 on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) – Flatt Lonesome, “Bottle Was a Bible” – Junior Sisk, ”Big Pain” – Marty Raybon, “Free Again” –Shenandoah, “Sunday Clothes” – Randy Kohrs, “That’s Why I Run” – Billy Yates (#1 in Europe),“You Never Know” – Darryl Worley, “Like I Do” – Jamie O’Neil. To date as an artist Billy has had an unprecedented 5 consecutive # 1's from his debut Blugrass record "To Whom It May Concern" which also made it to the 2nd round ballot nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, the 10th of 12 children, Billy Ryan Droze grew up in Alabama knowing that music was his life as far back as he can remember. “It’s as if I was inserted with a computer chip that made my life revolve around music.” But the reason is just as likely the influence of his father, Bob “Red” Droze, a dedicated country, gospel, and bluegrass musician, who in 1962 released an album on Rural Rhythm Records making father and son label mates. Billy was on stage with his dad by the time he was 4 years old, and spent his childhood singing with him everywhere from churches to bluegrass festivals to honky-tonks, developing a passion for traditional country, gospel, and roots music that has influenced him ever since. He learned to play guitar when he was 12, and as a teenager would perform anywhere, anytime, for anyone who would listen, sometimes walking miles down country roads, carrying his guitar, just for the chance to play a few songs. By the time he was 16, Billy’s dad had moved on to Texas, so he followed him there and spent a year or so playing with his band. Then after rambling around Texas for a while, he decided it was time to move to Nashville, where he’s lived ever since. Continuing to play anywhere he could, and constantly honing his skills as a song smith and musician, Billy steadily expanded his ever-growing fan base, dramatically increased by several tours singing lead for the Grammy-winning group Shenandoah (using the name Billy Ryan). Billy Droze has been touring and making music non-stop for more than a decade. This truly unique artist and hit songwriter, with lyrics that dig deep into the heart of life, melodies and a guitar style that combine his traditional roots with a modern twist that’s all his own, and a voice so soulful, earthy and sincere that every song draws you in to enjoy his signature sound experience. More information is at Billydroze.com
Lance Dubroc - With a powerful vocal gift, Lance Dubroc plays music for all the right reasons and gives credence to every song he touches. The soul-slinger/songwriter recently wrapped up his 7-week nationwide #wanderluv tour and has a fresh set of material specifically designed to provide a space to allow you to feel. Catch a show. You'll be flying high for weeks on the wings of his music.
Adrienne Follese’ was raised in a musical family. Her mother, Jerrie Anger was a singer with her own radio show on KFRC in San Francisco. Her father, Maurice Anger was an accomplished jazz pianist and a leader of his own orchestra. Adrienne has been playing and singing music as long as she can remember. Her parents used to hold her up to a microphone to sing when she was too small to reach it. Adrienne said,” I have always been lucky enough to write in both the country and pop genre. I appreciate all kinds of music”. She has written with Katy Perry, John Oats, Hot Chelle Rae, Jo Dee Messina, Kenny Chesney and Timothy Schmit of the Eagles. She said,” I was lucky enough to sing with Timothy, and I think that was the only time in my life I was a little star struck. She also co-wrote and sang all the background vocals on the BMLG release of Ryan Follese’.She has had cuts on Martina McBride “I Love You” (Runaway Bride)(5 weeks #1),Jo Dee Messina “Dare to Dream”, Lady Antebellum “Long Gone”, John Pardi “Borrowed Time”, Johnny Reid “It Started With a Child” and Hush “Used to be You”. Adrienne started writing when she was 13. She plays both guitar and piano. She said “I love writing songs, I never grow tired of it. From the beginning notes and ideas, to the work tapes , to the building of the tracks. Then the vocals, harmonies and the final mix. I love bouncing lines and ideas off other writers. One word or a few chords can turn into a song. I love all of it”. She now spends most of her time writing and developing new artists, both in country and pop. She is currently working with Beamer Wigley, an up and coming country artist and has been working with a couple of pop artists from the voice UK.
Keith Follese grew up in the music rich scene of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has spent most of his music career dividing time between Los Angeles and Nashville. Keith’s relentless drive and songwriting talent has rewarded him with many top songwriting honors. Keith has been named both ASCAP and BILLBOARD magazine’s SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR as well as being Grammy nominated. Since moving to Nashville, Keith’s chart action speaks volumes. Starting in 1994 Keith had #1 singles with Randy Travis’ “Before You Kill Us All” and Little Texas’ “Life Goes On”. Since then, Keith has held the #1 Single chart position for a record 15 weeks: Faith Hill’s “The Way You Love Me” (4 Weeks #1), Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” (5 weeks #1), Martina McBride’s “I Love You” (Runaway Bride) (5 weeks #1), Lonestar’s “Smile” (1 week - #1). In 2002, “The Way You Love Me” from Faith Hill’s 8x’s Platinum “Breathe” CD was awarded ASCAP’s Country “Song of the Year”. “The Way You Love Me” went on to become a POP/AC hit in the United States and all over Europe. He also wrote “Peace” with Jim Brickman which became a top 10 AC hit. Keith was also the CEO of Midas Music. In June 2007, when Midas Records scored a top ten single with “He was a good man” by Emerson Drive written and produced by Keith and followed it up with #1 Country Single “Moments”. He co-wrote two songs on the debut Lady Antebellum record including the hit single “Looking for a good time”.Keith has written songs with artists as diverse as Katy Perry, John Oates, Hot Chelle Rae, Timothy Schmit, Jamie Johnson and Jo Dee Messina to name a few. He co produced and wrote three songs on the first Hot Chelle Rae record and was instrumental in getting them signed to a major label. Just finished co producing the Leiber/Stoller Legend record with Jed Leiber. Keith remains active writing, developing and producing artists today “The thing I love about producing and writing songs is that you wake up with nothing, but by the end of the day, you have a baby,” says Grammy-nominee Keith Follesé. The Nashville, Tennessee-based producer and songwriter has had success in the pop, country, pop-rock, and pop-punk formats, writing timeless but contemporary-feeling hits for a diverse array of artists. He’s had #1s with Randy Travis (“Before You Kill Us All”), Little Texas (“Life Goes On”), Faith Hill (“The Way You Love Me”), Tim McGraw (“Something Like That”), Martina McBride’s (“I Love You”), and Lonestar (“Smile”). He’s also garnered acclaim for his work with Emerson Drive, Lady Antebellum (“Looking For A Good Time”), Katy Perry, the Summer Set, John Oates, Hot Chelle Rae, Timothy Schmit, Jamie Johnson and Jo Dee Messina, among others. And, in addition to his Grammy nod, Follesé has been named both ASCAP and Billboard magazine’s “Songwriter Of The Year.” Follesé started writing songs when he was 13, and by age 16 had his first single as an artist. “My mother said I was always collecting songs. I always had melodies in my head,” he recalls. Follesé grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and played in bands regionally, before relocating to Los Angeles where he met his wife with whom he partnered with in a short-lived duo. When the duo’s debut failed to be mass released, the two packed up and settled down in Nashville, Tennessee where Follesé focused his talents on songwriting and producing. Five years after that fateful move to Music City, Follesé emerged with #1 singles for Randy Travis (“Before You Kill Us All”) and Little Texas (“Life Goes On”). In session, Follesé is sensitive to the creative and interpersonal dynamics in the room, and can fluidly shift his contributions. He’s accomplished at playing piano and guitar, and versatile as a writer, capable of turning in completed songs, or just providing la carte contributions like topline, or just vocal melodies or lyrics. “Every situation working with an artist is different,” he says. “I’ve learned when to take control, and when to quietly sit back and gently guide the session. I’m good at figuring out what’s needed in a room and fulfilling that role.” Follesé’s artistic palette is refreshingly diverse, but what ties his music together is an elegant simplicity that makes his songs instantly familiar. “I have a commercial head, I was raised on radio and I just love it,” Follesé says. In addition to spanning genres, his songwriting transcends generational divides. His sons are in the acclaimed pop rock band Hot Chell Rae, and he’s co-written with them. “I’m close with my kids, I listen to what they love, and when their friends come over, we do the same thing—we talk about music all night. Music is music, it doesn’t know age boundaries, and I just love all of it,” Follesé says.
As a songwriter, a storyteller, and the original Nashville outlaw of the 60's, Chris Gantry has written over 1,000 songs. Some of those stories were collaborations with Nashville's best - including Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Shel Silverstein, and Eddie Rabbit. Over 100 of his songs have been recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, KD Lang, Robert Goulet, Wayne Newton and others. Gantry penned the american classic, Dreams of the Everyday Housewife by Glen Campbell, which won three bBMI honors including the millionaire's award for over two million performances. Gantry has written for Sony music, Warner Chapel music, Faverett music group. in addition to songwriting, Chris is a prolific writer of prose, novels, and poetry. He won the Tennessee Williams play writing contest with a collection of one-act plays entitled Teeth and Nails. Gantry has written several books including Father Duck Tales, a collection of short stories. His recent autobiography, Gypsy Dreamers in the Alley, explores his life in the Nashville music business from his arrival to modern day. The book received glowing reviews from both the Tennessean and USA Today. Gantry currently writes for Cool Vibe Publishing. Chris Gantry plays a significant part in the Outlaws and Armadillos: country’s roaring 70’s exhibit on display now at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville,Tn. Chris Gantry continues writing music with some of today's brightest stars and living the life of a gypsy dreamer. he performs regularly and will be touring this fall.
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, Delta Rae, Clay Walker, Delta Rae, Brett Young and others. She also serves as the Creative Manager of Curb Publishing. 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.
Angela Hacker was born and raised in LaGrange Alabama. The 4 th of 5 children born to Harty and Susan Hacker. She started singing when she was a little girl, using a hairbrush for a microphone. "Growing up in the country, there wasn't much to do, but there were always instruments lying around." Her father Harty was a professional singer and guitar player and her older sisters played and sang as well . Fast forward to 2007 when she auditioned for the tv show "Nashville Star ". She won the talent show and released a record that year on Warner Bros. Records. Since then she has continued to write, play and sing anywhere and everywhere she can. "I love to perform live! I feel like its what i was born to do! "
Mark is a former Sergeant in the U.S Marie Corps. He spent 8 years including a deployment to Iraq. When Mark made it back from Iraq all he had left was his guitar. Writing music and playing guitar gave him hope and a chance for life! Mark is a huge supporter of Guitars 4 Vets. A guitar was his saving grace and if he can help others by his support for Guitars 4 Vets, it makes him happy. He plays guitar at church on Sunday and extends support to other local artist.
Hailing from a small town in midwest missouri, Dillon is a songwriter that started his career from the young age of fifteen. He has been apart of multiple bands such as Makenna and Brock, Liz Moriondo, Ryan Collins, and others that have opened up for acts such as Craig Morgan, Hunter Hayes, Keith Anderson, and toured the United States and Western Europe. Being apart of many writes, Dillon has a unique writing style that paints a story of his hometown, the tale of a broken heart, and about finding that silver lining. Dillon is working on his first EP that will be released summer of 2020.
Robbie Holder has always been drawn to music. It is his passion and his portion in life. Robbie started writing music as a teenager and has worked at honing his craft for many years. He studied Guitar Vocals and Performing with Greg Moore, who played lead Guitar for Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Doc Severenson and The Diamonds. Robbie has played in Spain, England and Puerto Rico as well as touring the United States from Texas to Illinois. Robbie has written well over 100 Songs and is currently a member of Last Honky-Tonk Music Series. A Professional Series based in Morgan City Louisiana. He continues to pursue his passion..always living for the next song.
Abigail Ingram was born and raised in the Hill Country of Texas. Abigail is currently 20 years old and attends the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, studying to be an occupational therapist. At 11 years, old, she started singing on stage and continued to sing on stage every week throughout her teens. She has been writing songs for as long as she can remember and started recording her original music when she was 16 years old. Her first recording was a Western Swing song inspired by her hometown, San Saba, Texas. She wrote this song with legendary songwriter and bass player, Joe Allen. Since then, Abigail has traveled to Tennessee to record country and inspirational music with Joe Allen and Josh Swift. Joe introduced Abigail to some friends in Nashville, and she sang harmony on tour with Dee White and his band opening for Tracy Lawrence. This will be her first Pensacola Beach Songwriter’s Festival.
Jason Justice is a Southern songwriter who was baptized in the music of Honky Tonk legends such as Waylon, Merle, Hank, Billy Jo and Guy Clark, from a time when Country was still Country. After 4 years in the Navy, he came to port in Pensacola and never left. He’s been a fixture at Florabama and other venues in the area for over 25 years, performing with his band The Hung Jury. Jason has had the opportunity to open for some of his heroes including Alan Jackson, David Allan Coe, and Confederate Railroad. He’s also been privileged enough to perform with his All Time Honky Tonk Hero, Billy Jo Shaver. A few years ago, his song No Wake Zone was picked up in Nashville and put on hold to record. Jason was so excited by this news that he bounced checks all the way down I-65 on his way back to the beach. That song, and others, can be found on his new album, PAWN SHOP SIDE OF TOWN, which is getting radio play across the country and is available on iTunes!
Jill Kinsey’s music is an explosion of Truth, Passion and Healing frequencies that affect your very soul. She epitomizes the very concept of being an Artist, what it means to contribute to humanity through creation. She does it with raw honesty and integrity, and captures the listener with her voice and the meaning behind her lyrics. Jill Kinsey has been playing music all of her life. Born and raised in Athens, TX, a young beauty queen turned guitar slinger and songstress, she began writing songs in her teens. Influenced by the likes of Waylon Jennings and Janis Joplin, Jill’s music evolved as a very unique sound. One part traditional country, one part rock and roll. One part indescribable. Her latest album, Just Jill, was recorded by The Tallent Brothers in Missouri, and released in 2016. This album is human and authentic to its core, one half country and the other half southern rock ’n roll, and a ride through heartbreak, sensual expression, and redemption in getting sober. One of the tracks, a love ballad “With You”, has been covered by multiple artists in live shows across the country. “It’s been so amazing to see how this song reaches people. It’s traveled places I couldn’t have imagined, “says Jill. Whether featured as a solo singer/songwriter performance or tearing up the stage with a face rockin’ band, Jill Kinsey is a powerhouse of energy and her music will open your soul, if you let it. http://www.jillkinsey.com/ http://www.facebook.com/jillkinseymusic
Goldie Lahr is a Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who grew up near Ft. Worth Texas and now resides in Pensacola Florida where she is a full-time musician and songwriter. Goldie’s first album came out May 2017 and has had the opportunity to perform her songs at many songwriters, music and art festivals across the US. She also enjoys contributing vocals and violin work for film scores, as well as creating instrumental compositions herself. When Goldie is not singing, she loves mountain biking, backpacking, and camping with her husband Robert, her chocolate lab Gunner, and cat Dolly Purrton. Her second album is in the works and is set to come out Fall 2018.
Tony Mac Lane comes from the small town of Comanche, Texas. He played the bars in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Colorado for many years before relocating to Nashville. He signed with Famous Music (later acquired by Sony ATV) in 1997 and quickly had his first number one song, Lee Ann Womack’s “A Little Past Little Rock.” He continued this run with George Strait’s “Run,” John Michael Montgomery”s “Letters From Home,” and the Grammy-nominated “I Need You” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. He has had cuts by Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Randy Travis, Sara Evans, Tracy Lawrence and many others. Tony is a highly respected songwriter and has successfully managed to blend critical acclaim with commercial success. His recent hits include Easton Corbin’s “Roll with It”, Trace Adkin’s “This Ain’t No Love Song”, and Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World”. He currently writes for BMG Music Nashville.
Singer-songwriter James LeBlanc was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. James picked up the guitar at age seven, inspired by his father James Sr. By the time James was 18, he knew he wanted to make a life and living in the music business. After many years of struggles, trials and tribulations, James finally got an opportunity when he was “discovered” by Rick and Rodney Hall. They were and still are the proprietors of FAME Enterprises in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. James signed a production agreement and a publishing contract with FAME. Soon thereafter, he began getting songs recorded by the likes of Martina McBride, Bryan White, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Thompson Square and more. James co-wrote the hit song “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” for Travis Tritt. He also co-wrote the hits “Relentless” for Jason Aldean and “Learning How to Bend” for and with Gary Allan. James’ songs have been on records which have sold over 25 million copies. “I’m ready for what comes next! I’m so excited to be a part of the Dreamlined Entertainment team!” JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR THE LATEST NEWS
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.
Throughout her career, Brigitte London has been called a renegade, gypsy, outlaw, highwaywoman. Her songwriting and powerhouse vocals have attracted an A -List lineup of backing musicians live and on record that have included legends. She's worked on recording projects with the likes of the late great Jerry Reed & Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart, Bobby Keys of the Rolling Stones, Dale Watson and many more. She's released seven albums and traveled the world with her songs. But despite urgings from Industry heavyweights, Brigitte London has remained Independent, determined to stay in creative control of her music. Brigitte was recently featured on the Discovery Channel's Killing Fields Season Two premiere performing her song, "She's In The Bayou". She is currently working on her eighth album, a collection of Billy Joe Shaver and Kris Kristofferson songs. An advocate for independent music, Brigitte is a founding member and producer of the Last Honky Tonk Music Series, producer and host of The Highwaywoman Radio Show (2008-current), Honky Tonk Hometown Radio Show (2016-current) and a new show, Last Honky Tonk Music Series Radio Show. She also produces multiple festivals and live music events and is Co-Founder and Editor of Outlaw Magazine.
The title of Shane Martin’s latest album “Keepin’ The Night Alive” sums up how he keeps his music alive and loves what he does: “Livin’ every moment, hangin’ on for life” and play his powerhouse brand of country rock. A Top 5 Finalist in the 2012 Texaco Country Showdown where he competed for “Best New Act in Country Music” at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium (hosted by LeAnn Rimes), the Minnesota based singer/songwriter is now up to a breakneck pace of over 175 regional shows per year performing as a solo “One Man Band” and with his full band. Fronting his full ensemble, Martin has shared the stage with numerous national acts and performed at some of the top music festivals in the country. With over eighteen years of stage experience, Martin has recorded and self-released two EP’s and four album’s. His latest single “Hankerin’ and Jonesin” was selected as a Finalist in the 2017 Session-II John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the country category. Shane Martin’s unique country rock vibe is perfectly described by his longtime producer, Emmy Award winning engineer/producer Kenny Royster: “Shane is a great singer/songwriter on the teetering edge of country, pop and rock where it’s just dangerous enough to be fun!” www.shanemartin.com
Troy Martin is an important adviser and coach to many new songwriters. He has already written songs that have been recorded by a dozen major recording artists including three #1 hits: George Strait’s “BABY’S GOTTEN GOOD AT GOODBYE”, Rick Trevino’s “SHE CAN’T SAY I DIDN’T CRY”, and Jeff Carson’s “NOT ON YOUR LOVE”. Troy’s brother Tony is also a highly-accomplished songwriter with songs recorded by Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, Billy Currington, Sara Evans, George Strait, Tim McGraw, and many others. It’s all in the family because Troy and Tony's father Glenn Martin wrote the classic hits “IF WE'RE NOT BACK IN LOVE BY MONDAY” for Merle Haggard, “STATUE OF A FOOL” for Jack Greene, “IS ANYBODY GOIN' TO SAN ANTONE” for Charley Pride, and “IT'S NOT LOVE BUT IT'S NOT BAD” for Merle Haggard, among others. Troy is currently a staff writer for Melody Roundup Music LLC based out of Nashville, TN. He is very active writing and performing in Nashville and on the Gulf Coast on a regular basis. For More Information Contact: Kayron "Tinker" Creasy Melody Roundup Music, LLC 118 16th Ave. South, Suite 210 Nashville, TN 37203 903-458-5820 email@example.com www.melodyroundupmusic.com
Jim McCormick is a staff songwriter at BMG Music in Nashville. McCormick has earned two #1 songs on the Billboard country charts: Jason Aldean's “Take A Little Ride,” which spent 3 weeks in the #1 position, and Brantley Gilbert's "You Don’t Know Her Like I Do." Current releases written by McCormick include Kelly Clarkson’s “Minute,” Luke Bryan’s “All My Dreaming There,” Jason Aldean’s “Lights Go Out,” Harry Connick Jr’s “I Do Like We Do, ”Jon Pardi’s “Lucky Tonight,” Charlie Pride’s “Standing In My Way,” Shenandoah’s “Noise,” and Trace Adkins’ “Jesus and Jones.” His songs also have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Cody Johnson, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Smash Mouth, Kristin Chenowith and many others. He has served as a board governor and vice-president for the Recording Academy and on the board of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. He is also an alumnus of Nashville’s Leadership Music. McCormick is a faculty member in the film and music industry studies program of Loyola University where he teaches the craft and business of songwriting. He’s also a member of the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville. He has lectured extensively on the craft of songwriting at Berkelee College of Music, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, and Tulane University, as well as GrammyPro and NSAI events. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of New Orleans.
Anna McElroy is a Country singer/songwriter, born and raised in Mobile, AL. She has had a passionate love for music since she was around 4 years old. She was a member of her church’s choir for the majority of her life and has been performing live gig’s for around 3-4 years now. In October 2018, Anna attended the Pensacola Songwriters Fest and had the privilege of meeting two of Nashville’s most prominent songwriters, Keith and Adrienne Follese. She now travels to Nashville, Tennessee 1-2 times out of the week where she writes and produces original music with Keith and Adrienne. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to open for Country music artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Joe Diffie, Jon Langston, Clay Walker, Josh Phillips, and Carlton Anderson. Anna has also been featured as one of radio station 95KSJ’s, Home Grown Country Music artists and was chosen to perform at the iHeart Radio/95KSJ concert series for the USA vs Troy football game last Fall. Anna McElroy continuously has big doors opening for her and her career in Country music.
Michael was born and raised in Glasgow Scotland. His first instrument at the age of 12 was bagpipes. He says that the definition of a Scottish gentleman is “someone who can play bagpipes….but doesn’t!” He still plays bagpipes. He ran away from home at the age of 16 to London and played drums with many famous and infamous artists and bands of that era. He returned to Glasgow and was a Police Officer for many years before becoming an addictions counselor working with drug addicts and alcoholics in homeless settings and in prisons. He still does this work. Michael continued to write, record and play his own music and has released 5 solo albums. His music has taken him all over the world playing in the UK and USA, and especially in New York’s Greenwich Village where he also launched his first book “In His Eyes” His last album “Cross Country” has received extensive interest and radio play worldwide. The 14 songs on this album are based around his extensive trip across the USA, the people he met along the way and their life stories. Several of the songs from that album have charted in various countries and one song “Scars and Stripes” has been nominated for single of the year by UK Country Music Radio. Michael was invited to play a 30 minute set at their awards ceremony last September. Michael has just released his 5th solo album “Missing Person” and once again this is filled with songs and stories “From the heart of the streets and the streets of you heart” Michael has a wealth of experience in life and in performing and he has played in large concert halls, small intimate venues, house concerts, prisons and churches, and he is comfortable in them all. He creates a “family feeling” when he plays and likes to engage his audiences immediately with his charming humor and stories of life. “His songs are like individual mini movies and the listener is immediately transported right there to that place and time.” If you like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and The Eagles, then you will love Michael’s music.
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.
Josh Miller is a Singer/Songwriter living in Gulf Breeze Florida enjoying the music scene the nature scene and people in the panhandle. Josh was born and raised in Bowling Green Ky an hour North of Nashville where he farmed as a child and loved to crank Country music in the old Ford farm truck and found the gift of music at a dusty riverside bonfire when a few friends broke out some guitars as he sang along. He was encouraged by a family member in the music business to start writing his own songs. Josh has been a past member of the Nashville Songwriters Association and was glad to get some good meetings with a creative director of a major label and continues to attempt to foster those relationships if possible. He played in multiple writers rounds while in Nashville including Debi Champions rounds at the Commadore and The Music Row Freakshow at Winners Bar in Midtown and The Local on West End and many more. He is now enjoying his new adventures getting around the Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama music scene and has had a blast playing at the Flora Bama open mic sessions and joined in with a local band some at The Point restaurant in Perdido Key. He is finally getting back in the studio and still working on new songs. His main goal is to keep the love of music the focus and to most of all be a giver to those that are in any live crowds or anyone listening to his songs.
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.”
Selena Neal is a singer-songwriter from Milton, Florida. I started writing songs when I was twelve years old, and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. I have written over forty songs, most of which are Contemporary Christian, and my music style is influenced by multiple genres including Folk, Pop, and Jazz. Currently, I am a Sophomore studying Music and Creative Writing at the University of West Florida. I am honored to learn from both my professors and classmates and am constantly integrating what I learn into my songwriting. Writing music has been therapeutic for me, and I hope my songs are able to offer the same effect to its listeners.
Like new strings on a well-traveled guitar, Bernie Nelson is both timely and timeless. Bernie’s rich, country vocals and well-crafted lyrics comfortably draw you in at his sellout shows. With his roots seated deep in the truest form of country music, Bernie attributes his selection and conviction with his songs to his closeness with country’s best like Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Townes Van Zant and the more modern Garth Brooks and Chris LeDoux. A favorite at the world famous Bluebird Cafe, Bernie has also graced the stages alongside his legendary friends like Darryl Worley, Tracy Lawrence, Lee Roy Parnell and many others. Bernie is both a talented singer but also well loved for his connection with his audiences drawing them in with his stories of life both in his early years on Music Row and of his endless encounters on Life’s highway. His stories are just as much a part of his shows as his award winning songs. Bernie has been blessed with a successful career both as a songwriter and entertainer. His songs have sold over 25 million copies with multi-platinum cuts on the works of major artists such as Conway Twitty, Ricky Van Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna, Colin Raye, Confederate Railroad, Chris Ledoux, Kris Kristofferson, John Anderson and many more. Bernie achieved ‘Million-Airplay’ status on his # 1 hit, ‘Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind’ with Confederate Railroad. Most recently he’s enjoyed success with cuts on Mark Wills’ ‘Looking For America; Montgomery Gentry’s ‘Damn Baby’ and Tracy Lawrence’s ‘The Ride’ and ‘Heaven For A While.’ Try the new Yahoo Mail
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. The pilot episode aired on WSRE/PBS on Earth Day 2018. Ross has written over 250 songs for the non-profit Songs of Love and co-wrote a song with Donna Britton Bukevicz for the upcoming movie, Turnover. Ross serves on the Board of Directors of the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival and will be participating in the school visits during SongFest 2019.
Jim has 5 national and international charted recordings to his credit, Ray Charles "Slip Away", Gene Watson "Bottle of Tears”, Dorothy Moore "I Found Someone', Ed Bruce "Someone Who Would Care", Eric Clapton with Bobby Whitlock "Southern Gentleman" and Country and Western 1959-1986 CD Box Set, Ray Charles. Jim is a feature artist with "The Original Flares", on Catbone Records, "Belly Full of Blues". In 2015 he co-wrote the theme song to the Movie, “Happy Log" which also featured 5 other recordings of Jim’s songs. He was awarded the Mississippi Dreamers Achievement Award in 2017 for his continuing contribution to Mississippi Music. In 2019, the upcoming movie "Turnover” features “Blue Memories”, a song written by Jim and co-writer Jack Bond. Now semi-retired, he lives in Alabama with his wife and partner Reneda. Together they are the 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 you’re missing. Go get you some. I promise you won’t 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. These days you can catch me somewhere between the Gulf Coast and Nashville. Write on.....
MICHAEL PETERSON BIO With over 2500 concert performances and keynotes in 19 countries during a unique performance career that spans over 30 years, Michael Peterson has had the good fortune to be: • A million selling, Grammy nominated, country music star with seven #1 hits including the wedding standard “From Here To Eternity” and the iconic “Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie” • A songwriter with the unusual good fortune to have had his songs recorded by Country, Rock, Pop and Gospel Hall of Famers Travis Tritt, Timothy B Schmit (The Eagles), Deniece Williams and The Classic Imperials. • A contributing author for 8 books, including his latest “Little IsGood” and the New York Times best selling "Chicken Soup For The Soul" series. • The recipient of numerous distinguished public service awards including the prestigious Bob Hope “Spirit of Hope” medal from the USO following his 11 tours and over 150 performances for Service men and women deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea He and his wife, COL Jill Chambers U.S. Army (Ret) currently live in Las Vegas, have 3 daughters and a dream life.
Elaine Petty is a singer/songwriter/ guitarist with a rock a billy style. She was "country when country wasn't cool”! The "encyclopettya” of music is one nick name she has been given (by Cathy Pace) for knowing just about every request she gets. Some of her most requested originals are "Nannies House” “I Must've Been A Jukebox" "Paradise" "Wildlife" "The Bridge" "Off The Hook" Born in Mobile, Al, Elaine has toured the country but makes the Gulf Coast her home. She is "lovin life in Paradise!" Visit me on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/Elaine-Petty
Jonathan Puzan was born and raised on the island of Guam. Since graduating high school 10 years ago Jonathan has spent the better have of that performing live traveling the mainland United States of America, learning his craft. His music can be best described as Americana; a little bit of blues, a little bit of Rock, some island, some folk, but definitely his own sound. Jonathan is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and is also the Live Sound Engineer of Sandy Roots Songwriter Series?
Music has always been an innate catalyst for Laura Rabell. From singing at the top of her lungs in her ’96 Chevy Cavalier to the first time she recorded at Blackbird Studios, Rabell knew that music was meant to be part of her life. Although her 9-5 life in Charlotte, NC, was devoted to a career in marketing, Rabell’s desire and love for music didn’t go away. So she took a leap that so many others wish they could, ditching corporate America for Americana. Since relocating to music city, Rabell’s proven herself worthy as one of Nashville’s rising songwriters – she’s got a song to sing, but more importantly, a story to tell. Rabell doesn’t shy away from exploring the dark side of life and love in her music and is currently working on her first full-length album. Set for release in 2019, the album combines her literary depth and Southern Gothic perspective with the complex sounds of Alternative Country. After hearing a song she wrote, titled “Old Rag,” the unrelenting, unapologetic romp of a woman scorned, one of Laura’s songwriting mentors quipped that the song was “…like Loretta Lynn singing a Johnny Cash song on acid,” …which she takes as a compliment. “…like Loretta Lynn singing a Johnny Cash song on acid.” “I’ve always loved to sing as long as I can remember,” Laura says. “And I was drawn to the piano as a little kid, even before I knew how to play. My parents decided that I should take piano lessons – probably for their own sanity. It wasn’t a very pleasant noise,” she recalls with a laugh. Growing up in the Florida panhandle, she was influenced by a little bit of anything and everything on the radio or that could be scrounged up from her older brother’s CD collection. From a young age, she showed interest in music; experimenting with everything from the living room piano, the violin, flute, and percussion. As she matured, she took on an active role in Pensacola’s arts community, performed regularly with a local choir, and landed roles in multiple theatrical productions. In school, Laura always gravitated towards poetry and loved reading Shakespeare and mining all of the many metaphors and other poetic devices buried in the text like hidden treasures. She nursed her love of literature throughout college and graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Humanities, concentrated on English & the Arts. But it wasn’t until her move to Charlotte that she got the spark needed to galvanize her latent musical drive, “I went several years without doing anything musical except singing in my car. It really felt like a void in my life that needed to be filled, but I had no idea what to do about it. Until I discovered the guitar. The guitar changed everything for me,” she says. Learning to play the guitar and pen original songs opened up a whole new world of possibilities by fusing all of her seemingly disparate passions – music, writing, performing and poetry – into one. “The guitar changed everything for me.” She’s always had the will, now she’s finding her way. Ten years after moving to Charlotte, Rabell packed up – with guitar, husband E.J., and dog Rusty in tow – and headed to Nashville. On any given week, when she’s not traveling, you can find Rabell playing music venues and dive bars all around Nashville. She feels most alive when performing her own songs for an engaged audience and most at home swimming in the poetic lyrics of other songwriters that she admires. “As a songwriter who is just getting started in my career, trying to figure out what makes a song good or even great, it’s inspiring to be surrounded by such incredible role models and to feel like I’m not alone on the journey.” For Rabell, that journey is paved with songs full of meaning. “I believe that songs are powerful. Songwriting can solve problems. Through the gift of song, I can choose to add levity and hope to a tough situation. Even if it’s only for three fleeting minutes, a song can balance the scales of justice and give a voice to the voiceless,” she says. In addition to working towards her debut album for 2019, Rabell chronicles her adventures in a monthly email newsletter. You can follow along by subscribing at www.laurarabell.com/mail.
Luis Rey is a man on a mission. After several years of pursuing other business and life endeavors, Luis came to a place where he realized that all he ever wanted in life came through writing, creating, and performing. “Music isn’t just a dream, it’s a lifeline.” In 2015, the native Texan quit his job, sold his house in Texas, and moved to Nashville with a laser-focused plan to live his dream of writing songs and performing again --- essentially starting over in life. While he could have pursued his dream in Texas, “I wanted to be around the top songwriters in the world, and they are in Nashville.” Since moving to Nashville, Luis has written with some of the industry’s top writers and has had 5 of his songs recorded by other artists, no small feat for the independent writer and artist. Rey’s debut EP released in 2017, was well-received by his growing fan-base, and continues to generate demand for him to perform live. Indeed, it is his exceptional ability to connect with a live audience through great songs, powerhouse vocals, and high energy that sets him apart from other artists who are pursuing their musical dreams. Luis is currently writing, performing, and preparing music for his next commercial release. Luis’ calling card is FREEDOM. It is because of his authentic passion to inspire others to pursue the life they want to live and to use his music as the gateway to fulfilling that mission that drives him. Johnny Cash once said, “In my opinion, Luis Rey is a cut far above average.” As a singer, songwriter, and performer, Rey is out to prove Johnny right.
American songwriter and artist, Alan Rhody, wrote or co-wrote the hits: "I'll Be True To You" (#1 Oak Ridge Boys, 4xPlatinum); "Trainwreck Of Emotion" (Lorrie Morgan, Top 20, Platinum); "Trainwreck Of Emotion" (Del McCoury #1 Bluegrass); "Wild-Eyed" Dream" (Ricky Van Shelton) Top 30, Platinum); "Love Busted" (Billy Crash Craddock, Top 20); "Christmas To Christmas" (Toby Keith / Tanya Tucker / Lee Greenwood); "Family Man" (Wright Bros.,Top 40). Others who've recorded Rhody originals, include: George Jones; Tanya Tucker; Suzy Bogguss; Hoyt Axton; Michael Martin Murphy; Kevin Welch; Kieran Kane and T.G. Sheppard. Alan Rhody released his 10th solo album, “Farther On” in 2017 - a more intimate record, with him playing and singing everything, revealing a more personal and evocative side of the artist, Stand-out tracks include "Painting Floors", "Sinking Ships And Rainy Afternoons", a stirring cover of Mickey Newbury's gem, “Wish I Was," and a co-write with the late great Guy Clark, "Just Like Them." www.alanrhody.com / facebook.com/alanrhody46
“Jessie is just so darn likable! Incredibly refreshing and in a complete lane of her own.” — Jimmy Harnen, VP at Big Machine Label Group Jessie Ritter, a Southeast Missouri born and bred singer/songwriter grew up listening to country radio on her family’s farm. Love of story and song eventually brought her to Nashville where she spent several years at Belmont University before launching into a full-time music career. Now based between Northwest Florida and Nashville Tennessee, the budding artist plays music all along the coast, including the Pensacola Beach and 30A Songwriter Festivals. After winning NashFM 105.5’s regional Nash Next competition, she represented the panhandle in the national finals, where she beat out over 800 contestants to be named the 2018 Nash Next winner and signed her first record deal with Big Machine. Jessie Ritter released her first full length album, Coffee Every Morning, July 2018. Ritter penned every track on the album with one exception—a folksy cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” that she has beautifully made her own. You can hear more of Jessie’s music on her 2015 EP, Stories Told. Jessie continues to grow as a writer and performer, recently opening up for touring acts like Easton Corbin, Eli Young Band, and Hunter Hayes while gathering international radio airplay for her first major label release, "Nothing But You."
Growing up in the rural community of Old Texas, AL (Monroe Co.), Nathan Robinson enjoyed listening to The Grand Ole Opry and watching his cousin play that left handed guitar on Hee Haw. He knew early in life he wanted to play music and entertain people. At 13, he was playing drums in a country band with 2 of Hank Williams’ cousins, playing many of the same places Hank himself had played. Playing and traveling with several bands over the years, Nathan took a break from music and started trucking, traveled cross country, then bought his own truck. After a 15 year break, Nathan got back into music and writing his own songs. Meeting his friend, Terry Faust, aka The Grave Tender, then Beth and Jeff Petty at The Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, was a huge break for exposure. He has participated in workshops at the Museum with Aaron Bolin of Curb Records and many #1 hit songwriters such as Bill Anderson, Jan Howard, Sylvia, Mark Narmore, Steve Dean, Bobby Tomberlin,and Bill LaBounty. Nathan owns “The Hideout” recording studio in Evergreen, AL and currently is working on his first album, Whiskey and Women”. You can listen to his music on Reverbnation and Youtube. Nathan is still trucking, but enjoys writing and playing music all he can! Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karli is a 17 year old singer/songwriters from Milton, FL. She grew up singing in Church. At 10 years old, I joined a group called Dare to Dream and would sing at different venues locally and in Nashville. Karli wrote her first song when she was 15 years old and released her EP Wildflower this year! Karli was on American Idol 2019 on ABC. She is currently working on new music and playing festivals.
Pete writes for Demolition Music/Shakes Spear Music. He is a Grammy nominated songwriter who's had cuts across the genres. The pop of American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, Betty Who, and David Archuleta - the 3x Grammy winner Blues/Americana artist Keb Mo, and in country by Ronnie Dunn, Bucky Covington, and the hit single "Shut Up & Fish" by Maddie & Tae.
If you don’t already know who Johnny Sansone is, it’s high time you found out about him. Long known for his instrumental prowess, particularly on harmonica and accordion, Sansone has been growing steadily as a songwriter and bandleader since surviving the events of 2005. His performances of the anthem Poor Man’s Paradise on his own and with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars vaulted him into the pantheon of New Orleans songwriters. A legendary series of acoustic sessions with guitarists Anders Osborne and John Fohl at Chickie Wah Wah after the flood elevated all three to another level of songwriting genius that is still playing out today. Osborne joins Sansone for these sessions with help from the Mississippi Hill Country world boogie of the Dickinson Brothers—Luther on lead, slide and bass; and Cody on drums. This is the swamp rockin’–est band sound Sansone has ever come up with and he brings the material to match. Sansone’s big, growling voice soars over the relentless pummeling of the rhythm driven by the Dickinson brothers. Luther and Anders have a formidable two-guitar attack. Anders frames these songs like a master builder while Luther darts and glides around his lines with sharp slide textures and dense cross-rhythms. The sound is Sansone’s vision, and he gives it a name as he honks and moans harmonica blasts like a freight train sounding its air horn deep in the night. “They call it the blues, they call it country, they call it rock ’n’ roll,” he sings. “It’s all just soul with a ‘Delta coating’” The world boogie comes in right at the top with the irrepressible choogle of “Can’t Get There From Here.” “Derelict Junction” rides a deep-fried harmonica riff into a maelstrom of hard-driving frenzy that keeps building the intensity through the song. The title track is a medium tempo ballad that gives Sansone a chance to mythologize the trials of loving and losing, hitting the road and missing your roots. Luther’s slide offers appropriate sympathy. Things heat up again on the anthemic “Johnny Longshot,” which rides out on some more high-intensity slide work from Luther. “One Star Joint” is a slow-burn shuffle with Anders and Luther playing unison parts along with Sansone’s harp for a thick, raunchy sound. Johnny knows it’s a dive but he likes it as is. Things get even grittier on the hardscrabble “Plywood Floor.” Sansone pulls out his accordion to wrap up the record on the classic ballad “The Rescue,” offering an elegiac touch that recalls the timeless “Save the Last Dance for Me.” The record is a great performance from all involved—supercharged, passionate music broken up halfway through, then again at the end by ruminative turns. The energy level peaks so hard it could easily fly off the rails, but the perfectly balanced production from Osborne, and the finishing touches from Trina Shoemaker’s superb mixing, keep the buzz and distortion from turning into a train wreck. That’s how you catch lightning in a bottle.
Donna Slaters’ soulful voice captures audiences wherever she plays, whether it’s listening rooms or biker bars. Her mesmerizing vocal style can best be described as purest Americana, ranging from blues to country with hints of her Ozark background thrown in for good measure. But it’s her original songs where her spirit shines strongest. Slater bypasses the standard love or love gone wrong themes and ventures into reflections on domestic violence, the meth addiction crisis in the rural areas, Alzheimers and others about navigating lifes temptations and challenges. “I’ve always played a rather eclectic mix of songs in my live shows and that has carried over into my songwriting. Some of mine are country but I have others that are straight-up blues, alt-country and bluegrass..just whatever I’m feeling at the moment” Slater has performed at the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival, 3rd Street Songwriters Festival ( Baton Rouge),Hwy 80 Songwriters, Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, Road to 3rd Street ~Songs On the Bayou and with the Last Honky Tonk Music Series.
"I write songs. I like pie. I play Larrivee Guitars. I really like pie." - That's his version of a bio...lazy jacknut! Originally hailing from the great Pacific Northwest, Scott is an award winning Nashville based performing singer/songwriter, a 3 time Top 30 charting recording artist in Europe and the creator/co-host of Radio/TV's "The Music Row Show". As a writer, Scott has had over 70 Independent Cuts and was recently named Country Music People Magazine's "Indie Songwriter of the Year for 2018". Singles from his most recent two CD's; "The Last Honky Tonk In Town" and "Hey Hillbilly Singer" have seen chart success across Europe and radio play across the USA as well. He is a 3 time AWA nominee for Male Vocalist of the Year and Pure Country Album of the Year. March of 2019 Scott was awarded the "Pure Country Album of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists and the "Horizon Award for Country Album" by the NACMAI (North American Country Music Association International).. Scott is proud to be an endorsed Larrivee Guitar artist and an endorsed Schertler Pickups artist.
Karen Staley was born in Weirton, WV and raised in nearby rural Hookstown, PA in the Tri-State area of WV, PA and OH. She is a 30 year veteran of the Nashville music industry and has been involved in virtually every facet of the business from songwriting and performing to touring, recording and producing. As a recording artist, Karen had two, critically acclaimed, major label albums: Wildest Dreams on MCA and Fearless on Warner Bros, as well as several indie gospel and soul albums. Karen’s timeless #1 songs (“Take Me As I Am” and “Hey Baby, Let’s Go to Vegas” by Faith Hill, “Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd, “On A Night Like This” by Trick Pony and more) have been played on radio over 12 million times & counting. Those songs have collectively sold more than 20 million albums, singles, and downloads. Karen is one of the original mainstays at the Bluebird Café, the now iconic listening room popularized by the ABC TV show Nashville. She is also one of the pioneers of the “In the Round” format for shows. Her songs have not only been recorded by modern stars like Faith Hill, Reba, Trick Pony, Terri Clark and Tracy Byrd but also by icons and legends such as George Jones, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Brenda Lee. As a guitar player and background singer Karen toured with Faith, Reba, Patty Loveless, Terri Clark & Russ Taft. Karen is also a sought after studio session singer as well as demo producer. Many of Karen’s songs have been nominated for Dove, Grammy, and International Bluegrass Awards. Karen won the Academy of Country Music Song of The Year award with Tracy Byrd's classic “Keeper of the Stars,” a wedding classic, which was also featured on “CMT's 100 Greatest Country Love Songs of All Time” TV special. She was recently chosen to be on the roster of the elite organization The Nashville Music Masters. For the past decade, Karen has also been very active in the art of corporate/group team building through songwriting. She engages the client in co-writing, performing and recording a song about their business, school or organization, all within an hour! Karen’s unique blend of qualities including people skills, empathy, humor, ease and adaptability to any circumstance is what makes her events so successful. Her immense talent for songwriting, on the spot, while keeping the participants engaged, entertained and having fun is the reason organizations look to her time and again to create new memories, solidifying the message that teamwork, indeed, makes the dream work! The reason Karen was drawn to music in the first place was to reach people in some meaningful way. She continues to quite naturally strive for that intimate connection no matter the setting she presents in. Karen says she feels humbled and blessed to share her talents with so many diverse groups of people from all over the world and looks forward to every new opportunity to share the gift of music and human connection every time.
Born in Texas, raised in Va. Beach, Virginia. A guitar student since the age of eight, performing professionally since age 12. Shows large and small-- restaurants, lounges, gambling boats and ski resorts, coast to coast. Currently living & working in Nashville, Tennessee. Songs recorded by numerous artists including Tennessee Ernie Ford and John Schneider. Work in Musical Advertising as guitarist, vocalist, writer and producer. Local, regional and nationwide radio and television ads for clients such as McDonalds, 7-UP, Mountain Dew, and Ford Trucks. Television and stage work includes The Nashville Network, featured artist with The Virginia Pops Symphony, and the Grand Ole Opry. Honored to be a part of Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival.
Sugarcane Jane is the husband and wife duo of Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford. Both came to Sugarcane Jane with a lifetime of experience. Savana was a successful Nashville songwriter and studio executive. Anthony is one of rock and roll's most experienced sidemen logging decades on stage beside Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Vince Gill. His songwriting credits run the gamut from Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, Lee Greenwood, and Sawyer Brown. Musically they bring all of the diverse influences of their South Alabama home to bear blending gospel, country, folk, and Southern rock. The duo are also members of the Gulf Coast Americana supergroup Willie Sugarcapps. Their latest release Southern State of Mind may be Sugarcane Jane’s best album yet. The ten songs continue to capture the couple’s lighthearted and playful nature with Cabin on the Hill and Campfire, but also channel their deep southern roots with the timeless Southern State of Mind and We Can Dream. Cowritten and coproduced by the legendary Buzz Cason, released October 19, 2018 via ArenA Recordings.
Like many singer/songwriters that came before him, Kevin Swanson was born and raised in the state of Texas. He grew up in Humble Texas, a town just North East of Houston. It was here that his love for music came to light. As fate would have it, just before his 8th birthday he received his first guitar and has been playing ever since. Upon graduating High School, Kevin decided to join the United States Navy and is still currently on Active Duty. During his time in the Navy, he has been able to hone his craft into what it is today. Kevin enjoys several types of music. His passion for music covers many genres including Country, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, and most of all, Texas Country. With influences ranging from Garth Brooks, George Strait, Robert Earl Keen, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Pat Green, Wade Bowen, and Randy Rogers. The list goes on. When he's not working with the Navy Kevin can be found spending time with his 2 children, writing songs, playing music and meeting local musicians and songwriters... Basically just enjoying life along the way! If you're interested to hear more about Kevin be sure to check out one of his live performances or you can send him a message on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KevinSwansonMusicTX.
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 current Gretchen Wilson single (Summertime Town from “Ready to get Rowdy”), her recent Randy Houser (Fired Up 2016), Kristy Lee Cook (Lookin’ for a Cowgirl), The Farm, and George Clinton cuts, you have the makings of a woman building a sustainable music career for a lifetime of success. Bridgette has also produced “The Lockets”, a new fresh duo sound for country music, and currently is in production as well as a member of Uncle Si & The Sicotics. 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 www.facebook.com/unclesi&thesicotics Media Contacts and Booking: email@example.com
Payton Taylor. A steadfast and soulful young lady, she lets her heart do the writing and her voice tell the story. She's country steeped in soul, in the spirit of the female pioneers of those genres. But don't etch those labels in stone anywhere. Her music education started with her grandfather's record collection, relics of a time past in the modern world, but captivating to her musical “old soul.” At 15, Payton made the move to Nashville with a few bandmates and a dream. Writing by day and performing in the honky tonks of lower broadway to pay rent, Payton received a smoky bar first hand education into how to be an entertainer. A year later, Payton’s family decided to follow their daughter to Music City, where she’s continued to develop her soulful sound as a country music singer-songwriter. Payton has spent the past six years learning from some of the best songwriters and producers in the industry, including Wade Kirby (George Strait’s No. 1 “I Saw God Today,” Blake Shelton’s No. 1 “Doin’ What She Likes”) and Phil O’Donnell (George Strait’s No. 1 “Give It All We Got Tonight,” Clay Walker’s “She Won’t Be Lonely Long”). She has also opened for Charlie Daniels and was invited to the Grand Ole Opry stage by William Michael Morgan. Grounded in the strong familial bond she has and the music heritage she was raised on, she brings a refreshing voice to her music that is resolute, both on and off stage. With her smart and soulful take on the music that moves her, she is poised to make an indelible impression on the city she loves. Music City has it's next game changer in this young lady.
The Wilson Brothers Band are a Nashville-based brother duo from Alexander City, AL. Their debut single “It All Looks Good From Here” debuted at #1 on the CMT 12 Pack Countdown and their music has been streamed by the millions. They are currently touring and promoting their second single “Loving You, Loving On Me”. Their music is truthful, emotional, and delivers a positive message easily recognizable by their sibling harmonies.
“Townsend has been in the music game for a long time now, however, ran across recent heartache and tragedy when her drummer and buddy passed. The artist took a break from the scene but soon woke up to realize words are healing, and she was ready to find her way back 'home'. Pouring her heart and emotions on paper, Townsend got back in the studio, determined to serve her drummer well and complete the CD they always planned on making. Two years later, touching on heartache and renewal, this project has it all. The songs are unimaginably relatable and honest. Whether you like hardrock or some country-twang, there's a song for you on "Show Me Home.’”
Richard Thomas Uzdevenes aka Saltwater Rick, born February 27,1960 in Madrid Spain. A Navy brat moved to Gulf Breeze Fla at the age of 3. Grew up listening to the A.M. Radio and playing air guitar and singing everything poorly. Mom was a piano player and tried to teach the kids to play , but, I was to wild to sit and learn much at one time. Seeing my air guitar talents mom bought me and acoustic at ten years old. This birthday gift changed my world. The next years were takin up with sports but all the guys on the baseball team played music too. Some are still making it on the local scene today. I started writing my own stuff at fifteen when a teacher told me what a great job I did on a paper I wrote on Santa Rosa Island. Late songs from my catalog came from life's treasures or pains and when I was working for American Airlines as a mechanic in Tulsa Ok. I had the blues so bad being away from home that I wrote. "Saltwater Blues" when I started preforming it when on the island at the open Mics at The Sun Ray Taco Shop the other players Mark Ellis to be specific nailed me with the name Saltwater Rick and it just stuck. Soon I formed the Saltwater Blues Band and we were off and playing everywhere original songs. I wrote up a storm in those years about life and love on the gulf coast of west Florida. "Readin the water, Sunset Shuffle, Chasin the Moon, Gulfside Ride, RipTide, My Baby,Don't Want Me No More, Change your Blues, Waitin to Play, Inside the Box. and many other formed a local blues form, The Saltwater Blues. Later, seeing the need for music at the elementary level I put on a charity Texas Holdem For Fun game and raised $4800 and gave it to the beach school. They did not have a music department I was told by Mr. C the school boss, I said you do now and he hired Mary Holway and the program took off. That was in 2006. In 2017 I was chosen as the winner of the 2017 Escambia County's Champion of the arts award and 2016 & 2017 community volunteer of the year from PB Elementary school?????? We are doing the 12 annual charity event on September 29 2018 3pm along with the local songwriters preforming at The Paradise bar and grill. I also have run sound for the festival for years with Reneda at the Sandbar and worked the Frank festival at Characters on the key pre-Ivan. Along with 8 years as a Fishin report writer for the Island times. I have 49 songs copy written in the library of congress under Saltwater Rick volume 1 and have a notebook full for vol 2. Looking forward to the 10 annual PBSF. Come on down to the Deep South and breath in the Saltwater-air and take ride on the "Gulfside". SWR
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.
Stephen Lee Veal's musical journey began just outside Tulsa Oklahoma with a mother who was a lay preacher and a father singing old yodeling cowboy songs, playing a 1939 0-15 Martin that was passed down later to Stephen. The music was broadened by the family's move to the Gulf Coast where Blues and Swamp Roots were added to the Gospel, County, Cowboy mix. His turn to writing soon brought Stephen Lee to Nashville where he has written with a number of regular hit writers and there hosted an "All Alabama" songwriter's round at Broken Spoke for three years running. He has also played the Bluebird Cafe there twenty four times. On the Gulf Coast Stephen played a number of the "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" songwriters series at the NOLA House of Blues - Parish Room, hosted the "Songwriters Saturday Showcase" for six years back when it was the only regularly scheduled songwriters' night on the central Gulf Coast. He has performed in the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival every year since 1998. He has cuts on Gospel and Independent country records with a 1st place overall award for his "Feels Like Alabama" at the Hanks Williams Festival 2001.
Amanda Walker is a lifelong musician and songwriter. She was born and raised in Dexter, MO. Her mother taught piano and played in various bands and in church, giving Amanda the opportunity to learn music from an extremely young age. After years of piano lessons, Amanda shelved music for a few years while she took on Division I tennis at Southeast Missouri State University, where she completed undergraduate school before New Orleans drew her south to acquire her Juris doctorate Degree from Tulane Law School. The first week of her last year of law school, Hurricane Katrina blasted New Orleans and the surrounding area, rendering the area nearly uninhabitable for months. Amanda relocated to Columbia, Missouri, where she attended University of Missouri School of Law that semester. The impact of this experience threw her back into songwriting, mostly as catharsis, but the spark caught fire. Almost immediately upon her return to New Orleans, it became apparent that there was no escaping the music. After a celebratory dinner with a lifelong friend, she ended up behind the piano of a French Quarter restaurant, was immediately offered a residency, and the rest is history. Amanda landed at Rabadash Records for her first album, and as the gigs built and the songs kept flowing, she was able to completely relinquish practicing law and focus completely on her musical craft. Currently she has independently released a second album, Long Way Down, featuring the single Haunt Me in 2018. She subsequently reached #2 on ReverbNation's global indie chart and performed Haunt Me on NCIS New Orleans. Amanda is currently thrilled to be part of the Last Honky Tonk Music Series and hopes to release a third album within the next year. Amanda J. Walker, Esq. firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Warren was born in Nashville, TN. He is a graduate of Gallatin Senior High & has a BS degree in Education from Middle Tennessee State University. He first debuted into the Nashville music scene as an artist in 1996 when he & his band, 40 East, signed a deal with the Nashville booking agency Crescent Moon Talent & began a fall tour of the southeast region. The band broke up before they could make a record. His next endeavor as an artist was with his band Papa Joe in 2001. They released their debut record, "Storybook Ending", on Warren's own independent record label Stonewall Music. In many more ways than one, Matt Warren is a rarity amongst all of the transplants working & writing on the Row that he calls co-writers, comrades, musical peers & partners in crime, more specifically, in that he is 1 of maybe 10 current artists & writers who are true locals & Tennessee natives, born & raised in Nashville. In 2002, Warren made his professional staff writer debut onto Music Row's elite published songwriter scene when he signed his first deal with House of Fame & the Muscle Shoals, Alabama music icon & legendary Fame Studios founder, record producer, Grammy winner & Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Rick Hall & his two sons Mark & Rodney. Matt's first cut as a House of Fame writer was “Puttin’ Memories Away”, co-written with Gary Allan & featured on the Oprah Winfrey show when Gary was her guest. That song was the beginning to a brutal yet beautiful journey down a long & treacherous road to the amazing place he is now. Twelve years later, Warren has securely established himself firmly into the music scene as an extremely energetic & talented artist & a successful, well known & well respected award winning hit songwriter. He has had one song recorded by Americana music icon Jim Lauderdale & one song recorded by Pittsburgh blue collar rock legend & Bruce Springsteen co-writer & band mate, Joe Grushecky. Matt has had 15 songs recorded by country star Gary Allan. 5 of which are on Gary's brand new record for Universal Music Group, due out in the fall of 2014. Warren is the recipient of 2 ASCAP Awards for most spins in a year (2009, 2013). In 2009, he won the ASCAP award for the top 10 hit "Learning How to Bend". In 2013, he co-wrote the ASCAP award winning #1 smash hit & all-time biggest selling Gary Allan single ever, "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)", which was also nominated for the 2014 ACM song of the year award. He has 6 songs on the brand new Gary Allan record soon to be released. He also co-wrote the lead single for Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s 2017 hit single “Love Let It Do What It Do” with Robert Randolph, Chris Gelbuda & Patrick Davis, which was a 2018 Grammy nominated record for Robert in the “Blues record of the year” nominee. Warren continues to work on his own artistry & is chomping at the bit to hit the road & tour to support his brand new, critically acclaimed record "Self- titled". Released in the Spring of 2014 on his own independent record label United We Jam Records with his business partners Daniel Loper & Alan Bradshaw. "Self-titled" is produced by Grammy, CMA & ACM multi-award winning musician & artist Tom Bukovac. It was tracked by Grammy Award winning engineer/producer Justin Niebank & mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer/producer Mills Logan. Matt’s band features Steve Gorman on drums (The Black Crowes, Trigger Hippy), Audley Freed on guitar (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow), Tom Bukovac on guitar, slide guitar & keys (John Fogerty, Trigger Hippy), Michael Rhodes on bass (Ray Charles, Willie Nelson), John Lancaster on piano, Rhodes & Nord (Gary Allan, Will Hoge), Johnny Neel on Hammond B-3 & piano (Allman Brothers, Blue Floyd), Nick Buda on drums (Col. Bruce Hampton & The Code Talkers, Hank Williams Jr.), Jedd Hughes on guitar & beer (Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris) & Pat McLaughlin on guitar (Johnny Cash, The Subdudes). The record features vocalists Hillary Lindsey, Sarah Buxton, Pat McLaughlin, Carey Ott & Bonnie Bishop on back-up vocals. "Self-titled" is out now & available for purchase. Currently, as of January 2017, he signed with Mucho Love Publishing in Nashville, TN and he currently has the Robert Randolph & The Family Band single featuring Darius Rucker. www.mattwarrenmusic.com www.uwjmusic.com
Hey everyone! For a local, The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival is the most anticipated event of the year. We are so thankful for the talented songwriters to come to our beach and share their beautiful and fun songs. I'm excited and honored to be apart of the lineup and I can't wait to meet everyone and share a few of my songs too. See ya' at the beach! Robert Wayne
Wayward Jones is a singer/songwriter duo with deep southern roots. Bicycle Jones and Amanda Jones met at a package show in 2016 and have been writing and touring ever since, often playing up to 150 shows a year. With ties to Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, and South Louisiana, they bring an eclectic flavor to their music, heavy with elements of blues, country, folk, and rock. They recently won Boswell Media’s 2019 Mississippi Songwriter of the Year Contest, and last year placed 3rd. They have been featured in multiple songwriter festivals, including Ozone, Black Warrior, Pensacola Beach, Third Street, and Mississippi Songwriter Fest. You can contact them via Facebook- @waywardjonesmusic, or email, email@example.com
Singer/songwriter Tris has had a deep love of music since birth. Having her first performance at the age of three, her flaming passion has continued to grow. Starting in musical theatre, Tris has spent the majority of her years in and out of rehearsals and private lessons. She studied rock vocals and songwriting at Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan over the past year. Playing guitar, piano, and classically trained in voice, she is influenced primarily by 60s/70s classic rock and modern alternative. Her songs are soul-searching, and poetically explore the wonders of love, self-empowerment, society, and the power in selflessness. Performing at open mics, Gallery Nights, and organizing benefit concerts to raise money for pediatric cancer charities, Tris is a prolific writer gearing up to release her debut EP.
Touring Artist, #1Song Writer, Producer, Recording Artist, Award Winner. These are just a few of the words that describe Brian White. One of Nashville’s most sought after hit makers; White has been on every side of the microphone during his career. White’s songs have been recorded by Christian acts such as Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Kutless, Avalon, Point of Grace, Larnelle Harris, 7th Time Down, Karyn Williams, Jaci Velasquez and many more, earning him Fourteen #1 Songs and 2 Dove Awards. His successes in the Country market have landed him songs recorded by hit makers Jason Aldean, trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Gary Alan, Neal McCoy, The Swon Brothers, Kix Brooks, Charley Pride, Blackhawk, to name a few as well as the Five-week #1 Smash, “Watching You” for Rodney Atkins which was named SESAC Country Song of the Year and Billboard Magazine’s “Most Played Country Song of 2007” as well as being nominated for SONG OF THE YEAR honors at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards. Recently “Watching You” was named the “Most Played Country Song of the Decade” and landed at # 37 in the “Top 100 Country Songs of All Time”. Brian continues to be a writer whose songs cross the lines that so many tend to draw in today’s music. A man of Faith and Conviction, White currently lives in Nashville with his wife, Christian Recording artist Karyn Williams and writers and produces for SB21 Music Publishing.
Matt Williams is a Singer/ Songwriter who lives with chronic pain and endures the effects of PTSD. Matt is a medically Retired Army Chaplain. After several years of attempting to treat his physical pain and PTSD with pills Matt found a holistic approach to healing. This approach includes: connection with others, singing, songwriting, prayer, meditation, counseling, yoga and a healthy diet. Matt stresses, “Avoiding maladaptive practices is a key component to wholesome living and you also have to be dedicated to getting back up and starting again, this isn’t easy.” PTSD and chronic pain are a part of life for the Retired Army Chaplain. Matt travels the country playing music and extending hope and encouragement to the caregivers and those living with PTSD, Moral Injury, and Chronic Pain. He can be reached through his website at
Xaris is a eighteen year old folksinger born in the panhandle of FL. She picked up a guitar for the first time at the age of 8 and started writing songs not long after that. She is now writing songs on the daily. Her love for folk music began in middle school and has grown; looking up to folk groups from the 1960s and traditional old time music. Xaris's biggest dream is to travel, sharing love through music; meeting as many people as she can along the way. She now travels and plays small venues and festivals around the USA.