The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival celebrates the creators of the music! Music education is an important part of our Festival. One of our goals is to bring the songwriters into the classroom to provide instruction and mentoring about the art of music. 2017 brings great news! We are so excited to announce that The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival has joined hands with the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame which will be hosting a workshop in three of our local schools.
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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Charli Adams is a singer/songwriter currently living in Nashville, TN. She is originally from the beaches of Gulf Shores, AL. She has been writing songs since the age of 12 and realized then that it was her purpose. Her style of music is Alternative / Americana and she is currently working on a new full length record. Charleston's music is very vocal driven and the depth in her voice conveys a strong emotion and connection. She writes about her life as it has been for the twenty years she has been alive and is inspired by the experiences of the ones around her. Charleston credits her biggest influences to be Ryan Adams, Neil Young, Fiona Apple, Emmylou Harris, Fleetwood Mac, and a diverse collection of great artists. Charleston's intention is to create an audible translation of an honest existing emotion or experience. She plans to release her first record very soon and continue to communicate her art to as many open ears as possible.
Laura Ashley was voted Local Artist of the Year by KTTS, which is the CMA 2016 Small Market Station of the Year. She is a two-time CMA Fest performer and an On-Air radio personality for 105.1 the Bull. She originally started out in opera, unaware that she had a country voice tucked inside. Laura is an authentic country girl who's booming vocals captures her passion for her country and her desire to bring hope to those who hear her music. She's had the unique opportunity to sing along with the likes of Thomas Rhett, Lauren Alaina, Randy Houser and Phil Vasser. Her deput EP is forthcoming. Social Media Links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LauraAshleyCountry/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/3LauraAshley Instagram: https://www.instagram.com Website: http://www.lauraashleymusic.com
Ed Beaver has performed with some of the greatest songwriters around. His credits include shows with Thom Bresh, Jim Parker, Jim Pasquale, Rock Killough, Aaron Barker, Robert K. Wolf, Lisa Carver, and Bobby Keel to name a few. He is a Pensacola Beach Songwriter Festival discovery having played here first when he began his ascent into public performance after a hiatus. The first run of his album, “Working Tapes” sold out within weeks of release. He is a member of The 3 B's with Thom Bresh and Bobby Keel, a very popular songwriting triad. He has performed in Texas, New Mexico, California, New York, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. He was a featured writer at a recent Jim Parker Songwriter Series in Huntsville, Alabama. Ed loves this festival and considers it a homecoming performance.
Dana and Charlie Black first met when they were both staff songwriters in Nashville in the mid-90’s. They have been writing, recording, and performing together ever since. Dana has written a number of songs recorded by George Strait including two of his biggest hits – WRITE THIS DOWN and CHECK YES OR NO, both of which went to Number 1 and went on to become ASCAP Song of The Year. She also helped launch Gary Allan’s career writing his first giant hit IT WOULD BE YOU. Among the many artists who have recorded Dana’s songs are Alan Jackson and Suzy Bogguss. Charlie has had songs recorded by a long list of singers from Reba McEntire and Anne Murray to Phil Vassar and Alan Jackson. He has been nominated for two Grammys for A LITTLE GOOD NEWS recorded by Anne Murray and COME NEXT MONDAY by KT Oslin. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame. Between them, Dana and Charlie have had hundreds of their songs recorded, some 18 of which have reached Number 1. They even wrote a Christmas song for George Strait called I KNOW WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. Since 2004 Dana and Charlie have called Port Saint Joe, Florida their home. Their latest album is THE THING TO DO, and they have a new collection of songs in the works.
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..”
Based in the greater Los Angeles area, singer/songwriter Melissa Bret continues to captivate audiences. She released her second album, “Easy Way Out,” in late 2015, and has been out performing live shows every week. Bret grew up in Florida before spending a few years in Atlanta, GA, then relocating Southern California in 2014. She is classically trained on the piano and is a self-taught guitarist. Melissa also plays ukulele, although she most often accompanies herself with guitar. Melissa’s sultry, soulful voice has warm bluesy tones that draw the listener in. She is known for her unique acoustic arrangements of popular cover songs at her live shows. As a songwriter, having such a variety of musical influences has made it a challenge for Melissa to identify with any single genre. She considers her original music to fall somewhere between Singer/Songwriter and Folk/Pop, peppered with a little bit of Country. By the age of 21, Melissa was already performing on the Las Vegas ‘strip,’ and over the years has been on stages ranging from Orlando to Atlanta to Oklahoma City, plus Nashville and even exotic locales such as Hawaii and Thailand. She has also participated in multiple exclusive invitation-only songwriters festivals in the southeast. In addition to the House of Blues (inside Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas), she has performed on notable stages including, but not limited to, The Mint (Los Angeles) and Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta). Along the way, Melissa’s songwriting and performing has continued to evolve, and it has gotten the attention of audiences far and near. Her music has had airplay not only in cities around the U.S., but internationally, which mirrors the sales she has gotten from the States as well as countries in Europe and even Japan. She has dedicated fans from all five regions of the world (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania). The media have taken notice too, as Melissa has taken a strong foothold on major music platforms from iTunes to Google Play, Spotify, CD Baby, MTV.com, and other online streaming platforms and retailers.
Donna Britton Bukevicz is a multifaceted composer, singer/songwriter, studio vocalist and performance major whose talent spans the realm from being an Oscar contending vocalist in 2013 (song against Adele's Skyfall) for her work on the” Halloween Party” movie (which she also served as music supervisor, placing 27 songs in the film) to recently composing songs for the Short Film Passage, written and produced by award winning LA producer Linda Palmer and co-writing “Thank you” written for the documentary “From Grief to Gratitude” produced by Fast Lane Productions. In Nashville, she has performed at various venues including The Bluebird Cafe, The Commodore and Hotel Indigo. Donna’s music has been heard on HBO, Rock Band Network video games, Showtime, VH1, MTV, Canadian TVO Broadcast show Green Heroes. She as shared the stage with the likes of Al Jarreau, Don Henley, Billy Idol, Martha Reeves, The Four Seasons and The Bangles. She has worked with Kid Pan Alley Children’s project, along with notables like Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, & Amy Grant. Donna serves on the ”Songs of Love” advisory board and has written over 200 songs for ailing children. When not writing or performing, Donna is a creative development children’s composer and partner with Music as Message, LLC. composing music (script to screen content) for TV & multi-media broadcast.
When the Carter Family sang about a melancholy flower in the wildwood nearly one hundred years ago, little did they know that three generations later, another Carter songstress would personify its story. As a songwriter, Anne Buckle blends poignant lyrical themes with haunting melodies that channel her Appalachian roots. But who is she? A Harvard graduate, fluent in French; former diplomat at the US Embassy in Paris; classically trained violinist with a master’s degree in arts advocacy; self-taught on nearly a dozen other musical instruments; founder of a non-profit called 3 Chords that teaches refugee youth to write songs; a Georgia native who now calls Music City home, who spent three years creating the Tennessee Promise program with Governor Haslam. But, this daughter of two school teachers left that life behind, instead choosing to chase the dreams of her heart down an uncertain path - one full of doubt and heartbreak, freedom and possibility. In 2017, she started releasing new music under the name WILDWOOD, which has been called "a juxtaposition of haunting and hopeful" and "a refreshing take on a legendary family" by the Nashville Music Guide. Nashville's own Bluebird Cafe has described her as "honest, vulnerable, and completely original. Haunting and beyond category." She’s performed in festivals including Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Muletown Music Fest, and CMA Music Fest to name a few. She is signed to the indie label, South x Sea, which is administered by Kobalt. As a fiddle player, Anne has shared the stage with Charlie Daniels, toured with Augustana, and opened for the Dixie Chicks on their DCX MMXVI World Tour. When she isn't writing or performing music, traveling or working with refugees, Anne is a museum educator and teaching artist at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, helping K-12 students learn about country music history and songwriting. She also teaches private violin, piano, and guitar lessons and is a freelance writer, authoring the blog Life According to Annie B.
Since moving to Nashville in July of 91’ Tim has not only become a successful songwriter but he has become one of Nashville’s most sought after session singers. In addition to singing on over 8,000 songwriter demos Tim has sung on albums by: Trisha Yearwood, Michael Peterson, Kevin Sharp, Billy Ray Cyrus and Rodney Atkins to name a few and on jingles for: Pepsi, Luvs diapers, TNN and many many more.
Daryl Burgess is a Vancouver, Canada native who has called Nashville, Tennessee home since 1995. Prior to moving to Music City, Daryl landed his first number one hit (Just Came Back) - Colin James, which was awarded a Canadian Juno for single of the year in 1990. Right after arriving in Nashville, Daryl had several singles such as (This Heartache Never Sleeps) - Mark Chesnutt, (Never In A Million Tears) - T. Graham Brown, (I'm Diggin' It) - Alicia Elliot and (The Bride) - Trick Pony. During his years on Music Row, Daryl has penned songs for EMI Music Group, BMG Music Publishing, Stage Three and noted producer Mark Bright's Springfish Publishing.
Jeremy Bussey grew up in the small town of Sylvan Springs, Alabama just outside of Birmingham. 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, started writing his own songs and eventually made his way to Nashville, Tn. Jeremy has been working with Ron Stuve at Universal Music Publishing Group since 2010. Since that time he has had his songs cut by artist like Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice, Thompson Square, Josh Gallagher (The Voice), Lonestar, Ashley McBryde, Pop/Rhythm artist Nick Bennett, Tate Stevens (The X-Factor) and Mark Wills. He has also had his songs placed in TV/Film as well. During his time as a writer for Universal Music Publishing Group, Jeremy has worked with incredible Nashville songwriters like Jeffrey Steele, Chase McGill, Cole Taylor, Travis Denning, Wynn Varble, Marc Beeson to name a few. He continues to pour his life and passion into every song. “It’s an amazing thing when you get to do what you love for a living. I know not many people get that opportunity so I don’t take it for granted. I love this town, my friends, the people I get to work with every single day and I love great music!”
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.
Kim Carson, "The Honky Tonk Queen of New Orleans" Kim Carson, was born in Oklahoma, raised in Texas and lives in New Orleans. She has a lot of influences in her brand of Louisiana Tonkabilly music including Hank Williams, ?Merle Haggard?, ?Loretta Lynn?, ?Buck Owens?, ?Waylon Jennings? and ?Ray Price?. Kim performs her original songs with some Classic Twang. Kim Carson is surely a “one of a kind artist” and has been named “Best Country Artist” by the readers of the OffBeat Magazine eight times. She has performed 21 times at the most prestigious “Jazz & Heritage Festival” in New Orleans and many festivals across the south. Kim and her band "The Real Deal play Roadhouse's and Honky Tonks from Luckenbach, Texas to the Florabama. After building a name for herself as the undisputed “Queen of Louisiana Honky Tonk Music” she has distinguishing herself as a formidable Country & Honky Tonk Songwriter. Kim Carson has released 12 albums to date available on iTunes and cdbaby, Pandora and Spotify.
Tim was born in Birmingham Alabama, but a native of Pensacola Florida since he was two. In middle school Tim began writing poetry and winning awards for his writing. Tim took what he felt from his heart and put it on paper. December 1999 Tim joined the United States Marine Corps. Tim served sixteen years and was retired after injuries sustained in Iraq. Tim returned home and began to put his life back together. Three years ago Operation Song and Rusty Tabor out of Nashville reached out to Tim and other local Veterans with a desire to help. Helping Veterans write songs to tell their story is a great therapeutic method to recovery and healing. Tim wrote his first song Fight for me about his struggle coming from combat and fighting the family court to see his kids. Tim wrote the song 22 to bring awareness to the 22 Veterans a day that commit suicide. Tim’s heart is with our Veterans and he hopes somehow someway he can make a difference.
Ashton Clark is a 20 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" list last November. 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. You can find her playing in Nashville on any given night or around the country at large events. She is also an acclaimed songwriter and on the circuit just look for her at Bluebird, Commodore, Listening Room or any of the local spots for originals and showcases. She was recently compared to Bobbie Gentry by a major publisher while singing at Bluebird Cafe. Pearl has opened for many large artists, and performed at the CMA Fest for the last 4 years at places like Storme Warren's Nashville Navy and on the CMA Hard Rock Stage outdoors. Pearl headlined her own concert back home on Pensacola Beach before 4000 friends and fans and sings each year for the Pensacola Beach Songwriter's Festival as well as others. You've seen her on GAC TV in Storme Warren's Country on the Beach Key West Event with Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, and Darryl Worley. She also played at the World's largest Music Festival in Milwaukee at Summerfest as well as Bike Fest Daytona Beach. There is so much going on for Pearl, we certainly can't list it here but NASHVILLE HAS GONE CRAZY OVER HER !!! She has already been named one of the top unsigned artists in the country by CMT by placing in their Music City Madness singer/songwriter contest. In the industry and music competition world Pearl is considered a triple threat. She sings with an ethereal voice that has been called "enchanting" "angelic" and yet "sultry". She writes and is a spellbinding entertainer. The crowds love getting to know her! She just recorded her first EP and is being shopped to the major record labels. Pearl has been songwriting since the age of 12 when she wrote her first song with Macy Gray at an American Idol camp. She successfully entered the singer/songwriter world at the age of 14 started singing in Nashville to pursue her craft. In real life she is a full time Songwriting Major at Belmont University and she goes home to her tiny island on the Gulf of Mexico that she loves so much every chance she gets. Many of her songs are about the beach and Florida life like her signature song Alligator Walkin. Pearl is no doubt going to grow into one of the most beautiful country music stars the world has ever seen. Hold on to your hats, join her, its going to be an incredible ride!!
Sol Records recording artist Mudbone hails from a place in Northeast Arkansas where the swift streams of Ozark Mountain bluegrass meet the blues-filled basins of the mighty Mississippi Delta. Armed with a sound that incorporates many different forms of American roots music, his debut album, Rivers and Roads, Part I (Rivers) was released in January of 2017. It received critical acclaim, charted at #67 on the Americana (AMA) chart and earned him a spot on internationally syndicated songwriter showcases such as iHeart Radio’s Counterpoint: A Musician’s Tale, and the prestigious public television broadcast of Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Closely on the heels of Rivers & Roads Pt. 1 is the highly anticipated release of Rivers & Roads, Part II (Roads) with a scheduled international release date in January 2018. His writing reflects his philosophy that the craft is a responsibility rather than an entitlement. This perspective has earned him both the respect and acceptance among songwriting greats such as Dean Dillon, Buddy Cannon, and Rock Killough, as well as a place at the table with current hitmakers such as Rob Hatch, Jon Stone, and Dallas Davidson. Mudbone’s songsmithing is centered around his role as a music historian and highlights the intertwining of African and European music from their early roots as individual and separate art forms, through their progression into the modern common thread that binds together the culture of the American music experience. Mudbone’s Music is flat out powerful. He’ll reach into your soul, conjure your demons, and then release them for you. -Thom Bean Outlaw Magazine (2017)
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.
Saylor Davis is a young upcoming Singer/Songwriter in the country music industry. He picked up his first six string when he was 10 years old and hasn't stopped since. He says "After playing on a stage for the first time, I knew that's what I wanted to do for a living. Nothing beats the rush of warm spotlights and summer air." Quite determined as he may seem, his style really stands out. Saylor is strictly set on living his dream. He says "Dream big or don't dream at all, see you in Nashville ;)" http://www.saylordavis.com/ "Out On The Water" just hit online stores all across this great land. Y'all diggin' it? https://www.facebook.com/pg/saylordavismusic/about/?ref=page_internal
Roxie Dean is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism from Louisiana State University. After graduating, she moved to Nashville to pursue her music dreams. Her songwriting career includes a 2001 Nashville Songwriters Association International “Top 10 Songs That You Wish You’d Written” award for Lee Ann Womack’s single “Why They Call It Falling” (co-written with Don Schlitz), and a Grammy nomination for co-writing “When I Think About Angels, #1 single for Jamie O’Neal.” She has also had chart success with recordings by Reba McEntire, Tracy Lawrence, Lorrie Morgan, Faith Hill, and countless others. A 20-year veteran of Music Row, Roxie keeps busy writing and performing around the country. Her latest single, “My Momma Comes Out” is available on YouTube and other social media outlets. Dean has served on the board of NARAS and NSAI and is currently a staff writer for Harris Music Group. Roxie lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee with her firefighting husband of 17 years and their 10-year old daughter.
Dan Demay currently writes for Atlantic Bridge Music. He has written for EMI, Mosaic (Stage Three), Friday Records. He’s had songs recorded by Darryl Worley (If Something Should Happen, Doing What’s Right, Messed Up In Memphis), Martina McBride (Everybody Does), Tracy Lawrence (You Can’t Hide Red Neck), Joey+Rory (Heart Of The Wood), Tracy Byrd (Crazy Every Time), Cledus T Judd (Illegals), John Michael Montgomery (All In A Day), Bobby Pinson (Right To Be Wrong).
Daniel grew up in a songwriter’s household so he unwittingly picked up the art of song-crafting. Daniel played his music to soldiers and airmen throughout the middle east theater of operations while station there himself. Since his return to the states, he has been writing and catching the ears of successful songwriters throughout the industry. He is currently writing for Atlantic Bridge Music who are excited about his musical future.
Mike is a local singer songwriter and a student of traditional country and Honky Tonk music. Several of his original songs have appeared on the European charts and he has shared the stage and recorded with some of the best musicians in music, including Brent Mason, Doug Jernigan and Merle Haggard's Strangers. His band has opened shows for Don Williams, Gene Watson, The Charlie Daniels Band, Taylor Swift and many more. As a huge fan, one of his proudest accomplishments is taking first place and overall winner of the Hank Williams song writing contest in Georgianna, Alabama. Mike is a supporter of veterans programs and a member of American Legion, Post 340, where he and his band performs on a regular basis. Facebook.com/mikediamondband
Among his many accomplishments, Billy is a master songwriter. His songs have been recorded by Shenandoah, Darryl Worley, Marty Rabon, Billy Yates and the Isaacs, Flatt Lonesome and most recently, The Grascals to name a few. His career has earned him two #1 singles overseas on the European Hot Disc charts, gaining him countless fans in the US and abroad that anticipate all new music he delivers. He simply has a knack for entertaining a crowd and creating well-crafted songs that just seem to flow out and catch the listener’s ear, with his own unique brand of Country music.
Texas native, Jeffrey East, was raised in and around music his entire life. From a very young age, Jeffrey performed inhis family’s band and toured all over the Lone Star state. In 1993, he and his family pursued their musical dreams and relocated to Nashville, TN. It wasn’t until 2006, when his Dad and mentor succumbed to cancer, that Jeffrey began putting his emotions into songs. Writing became a passion for Jeffrey and that passion caught the attention of legendary writer, Harley Allen (Between The Devil & Me, Everything I Love (Alan Jackson), The Little Girl (John Michael Montgomery) . Harley knew he had found something special in Jeffrey and signed him to his first publishing deal. Jeffrey had never co-written and Harley wanted to keep it that way. For several years, Jeffrey wrote by him self and because a true craftsman writer. In 2010, Jeffrey began the world of co-writing. A prolific writer in any genre, Jeffrey has had songs recorded by artists like Dierks Bentley, Sister Hazel, The Farm, Rainey Qualley, Chuck Wicks, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, Allan Hall, Point Of Grace, and many more. Peer music signed Jeffrey East to their writer roster in 2015. Creative Director, Kim Wiggins’ says, “There is a lot of talent in young Jeffrey and we are excited to see what the future holds for him”.
Corey Evitts is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from Paducah, Kentucky. Evitts grew up across the river in Metropolis, Illinois, and has been playing several instruments and writing songs since childhood. Throughout high school and college, he primarily played lead electric guitar in rock bands. He began playing solo shows in 2014, and now performs more than 20 times each month at wineries, restaurants, bars, and private parties in Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois. Evitts has distinguished himself as a live performer by playing music from all popular genres, and eras, including 50's and 60's country, hip hop, hard rock, modern pop, and everything in between. “When you come to hear me play, you will hear everything from Conway to Bruno,” Evitts says with a smile. His songwriting influences are as diverse as his live set lists. He incorporates a variety of instruments into his live shows, and is known for his percussive approach to playing the acoustic guitar. He uses a kick drum to augment the rhythmic expressions of his guitar. “I could tell early on, when I began playing solo shows, that I would have to learn to fill out the sound by myself. People want to have the experience of hearing a full band, so they have something to groove to. I am constantly trying to find new ways to achieve that as a solo performer.” Evitts debuted at the Pensacola Beach Songwriter’s Festival in 2016, and is very excited to showcase his music again this year.
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.
Having been raised by Navy and music-loving parents, Dennis lived and breathed the music of his youth from the radio, 45’s and albums. The sixties found him in London with a Silvertone electric guitar as the Beatles reached their creative peek and the whole London scene was exploding with fantastic music. After moving from London to New Orleans, he gravitated into the world of acoustic guitars and harmonica. Pensacola became his home in 1971 where he began playing professionally in a number of popular bands like “Wildwood”, “Café Racer”, “RPM”, and “The Cadillacs”. He pursued the craft of songwriting with passion, and performed one of his original songs at the Opry on the “Star Search” television show. Dennis met acclaimed Songwriter/Publisher, Dennis Morgan, and was invited to Nashville to record a CD of his own songs. Produced by Morgan, the CD is entitled “GO.” He has performed for many of the annual “Frank Brown International Songwriters Festivals”, the “Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festivals and at Nashvilles’ “Bluebird.” He is a multi-instrumentalist playing the harmonica, guitars and bass. He is now playing in several excellent duos with Ricky Lee Phelps (former lead singer and writer for The Kentucky Headhunters).
It is this artistic abandonment that country music has fallen in love with and branded Ami Gussie Russ as an artist to watch as well as one of the newest country female contenders. Ami Gussie Russ’ highly anticipated self titled EP "Ami Gussie Russ" has received rave reviews. This EP yields something for everyone with songs of love, heartache, and back road freedom. It is the result of a collaboration with producer Daniel Martin of ReAmp Studios. Martin has produced and engineered for hundreds of artists including Morgan Leigh Band. “I have been blessed to perform and travel the world and have collected some of the most incredible stories. Stories that I know, when people hear them, will make them feel a little less alone. After all, that’s what music is all about.” Ami Gussie Russ is an artist whose refreshingly authentic sound will leave you wanting more. https://m.facebook.com/GussieRuss/ https://www.instagram.com/ami_gussie_russ/ https://mobile.twitter.com/GussieRuss https://open.spotify.com/album/4qZRqbf3W5afUa7AGHcsXd?si=s2y7XpOI
Jayce Hein moved to Nashville from Middlefield, Ohio in 2007. Three years later, Jason Aldean recorded Hein's song, "Country Boy's World" on his triple-platinum ACM album of the year, My Kinda Party. Since then Jayce has had songs recorded and performed by artists including Jordan Rager, Josh Gracin, Casey James, Jacob Bryant, David Fanning, Gretchen Wilson, Cold Creek County, George Canyon, Nine Days, Cledus T. Judd and most recently, Brantley Gilbert.
Rick Huckaby, or “Huck” as he is referred to, is a Nashville, TN singer, songwriter, and guitar player. His sound is like none other heard in country music today combining influences as rare as Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, and Keith Whitley. Huck was born in Baton Rouge, LA as the son of the legendary basketball coach, Rick Huckabay Sr, (Rick took the “a” out at the end of his last name as not to confuse the pronunciation). Rick played guitar in Tracey Lawrence’s band for 5 years and had 10 of his songs recorded by Lawrence. He, also, wrote the top 20, “Muddy Water”, recorded by Trace Adkins…and, another top 20, “Beer with Jesus” released by Thomas Rhett and co-written with Lance Miller.
Cody James has always had a passion for music. At age 15, the New Jersey native picked up a bass guitar, bonded instantly with it as a conduit to express both sorrow and joy–-and, of course, as a way to make new friends. He learned by ear. Invited to play with bands whose styles and lineups differed greatly, Cody began adding guitar, backup and lead vocals to his repertoire in a quest to establish his own “voice.” But soon another passion began to command his attention: his inherent love of discipline in the service of a purpose greater than one’s self. In 1992, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Cody’s subsequent training as an aircraft mechanic drew on his natural technical abilities. He was then encouraged to become an officer and Marine Corps helicopter pilot and, after the horrific events of 9/11, would participate as such in the initial invasion of Afghanistan. A helicopter crash on an Afghan mountain in the winter of 2002 nearly ended Cody’s life. Two fellow Marines died. Severely injured along with three other survivors, Cody waited on the remote mountain for many hours as complications of battle-stressed forces delayed rescue. Once returned to service, he would be medically retired two-and-a-half years later. A long descent into addiction then began within the VA system of opiate-based treatment, until Cody’s own core of determined discipline took over. After 10 years of prescribed overmedication, he successfully weaned himself from the VA and all pharmaceuticals. His Pensacola, Florida, flight-school experience had opened a special place in Cody’s heart for the Gulf Coast area. The region’s rich musical traditions and penchant for performers of all styles reignited his passion for music, and he relocated to its small town of Gulf Breeze. His love of songwriting intact, Cody set out to capture in his songs the visceral responses he’d had to addiction, isolation, anxiety, heartbreak, regret and, finally, to the beauty that had brought him back home to music. Release of his initial EP was unexpectedly halted when, after years of putting off writing about his near death on a faraway mountain, Cody James found himself writing that pivotal moment of his life into a hauntingly beautiful song. Soon more songs came, weaving threads of wartime experience into a musical tapestry of tragedy and ultimate redemption. A full-length album of these is due to be released in the late fall of 2017.
Faith Jess is a singer/songwriter native to Pensacola, Florida! She began her songwriting journey at the age of twelve. At this age she also started performing locally around Pensacola. She has performed at multiple places around town including; Vinyl Music Hall, Gallery Night and much more! Faith describes her music genre as country/pop with an indie twist to it. She has most recently released her debut single, "He Won't Even Say". It can be found on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Faith recorded her very first music video for this song as well, which is available to watch on YouTube. She's very passionate about songwriting and plans to pursue her dream. This has been a goal of hers for quite some time. Faith states that songwriting is a way she can express her true emotions but through a beautiful and artistic way.
Nicole Johnson Official charmed the hearts of America on the Fall 2012 season of THE VOICE on NBC-Team Blake. From Denham Springs, Louisiana now living in Nashville, this 22 year old singer/songwriter has a voice that is “sweet, yet powerful, always effortless in key, but never over the top.” Her work ethic and passion prove there is “no plan b” for this up and coming country star. She has co-written over 500+ songs and counting. Johnson's songs have been placed on National TV on Access Hollywood, The Outdoor Channel, Big Tips Texas(MTV) and Nascar Countdown(ESPN) to name a few. Nicole Johnson www.Soundcloud.com/NicoleJohnsonOfficial
Based out of Santa Rosa Beach Fl, or wherever the plane is flying, Melissa Joiner has been submersed in music since birth. Her diverse style, creative use of formal opera training and Delta blues influence has created a unique sound that makes her a standout among other vocalists. In her first summer of being a professional musician, she hosted the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout in the world famous Flora-Bama, and participated in many festivals including the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival, Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, and the 43rd International Shrimp Festival just to name a few. She is the co-founder and co-producer of the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout, and founder and executive producer of the Songs that Save concert series. In 2016, she took on the role of music coordinator for P&O cruise lines. Melissa has been featured on radio stations such as 92ZEW FM live concert series, opened for several national touring acts, and performed her live album on PBS's Studio Amped. After spending three months playing in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, Melissa spread her wings, and has been playing tours and sharing her music in new countries all over the world. When Melissa is not playing solo, you can catch her with her band The New Earth Army, who just released their new EP, Rebirth, which is available on iTunes now. For more info go to melissajoinermusic.com
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!
Country Pop Artist/Songwriter, Savannah Keyes, has been writing songs in Nashville since the age of thirteen after appearing on the Ellen DeGenerous Show. Her writing style influences range from the storytelling of Dolly Parton to the pop sensibility of Ryan Tedder. She has recently become a radio host and correspondent for Radio Disney Country. Savannah’s interviews can be found streaming through the Radio Disney Country App and their new FM station. This year, she has teamed up with Taylor Guitars and American Girl Doll as a spokesmodel for the new Taylor Guitar built for their singer/ songwriter doll, Tenney Grant. She is currently working on her first record in Nashville. You can follow her journey on: Twitter: @SavannahKeyes Instagram: @SavannahKeyesMusic Facebook: @SavannahKeyesOfficial
"If Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin had a child and that child was raised up in a Honky Tonk cutting her teeth on the likes of Loretta Lynn and Waylon Jennings that child would be named Jill Kinsey." Jeremy Don McCollough - Old York Farms “There are few artists in this world that have the ability to capture and hold an audience from the moment they walk on stage til their last note. Jill Kinsey is one of those chosen few. Her personality, presence, and most importantly, music, seduces you into trance that only the end of her show can break you out of.” Wayne Mills - Singer/Songwriter/Legend http://www.jillkinsey.com/ http://www.facebook.com/jillkinseymusic
Wikipedia defines an artist as “a person engaged in one or more of any of a broad spectrum of activities related to creating art, practicing the arts and/or demonstrating an art”. Jaryd Lane is an artist. As a singer, Jaryd has a distinctive vocal mix of Southern soul, blues and country that paves the way to a sense of honesty, integrity, richness and power that is evident every single time he takes the stage. Combine that with his song writing ability, and Jaryd Lane connects with his audience in a way that seems near effortless. Born and raised in South Louisiana. Jaryd Lane’s songs tap into everything that is good about the South. Family, God, love, hard work and good times, as well as, bad times, are all at the root of Jaryd’s songs. During his performances, whether it is an up-close and personal acoustic setting or a live stage production with his band, The Parish, Jaryd relates to ordinary hard-working people through lyrics that make a simple testament to not only his dreams, aspirations and hopes, but theirs as well. The raw emotion and conviction of these elements, intertwined with Jaryd Lane’s dedication to entertaining his fans, will take you down a musical path that is, by design, different from “the norm”.
Shelby Leeann is an Award Winning Singer/Songwriter from the Florida Panhandle. Shelby has been performing since the age of 8 and has performed in venues across the Southeast including: The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Famous Flora-Bama, and many more! Shelby’s style is primarily Indie-Folk. She has a smooth, sultry tone. Her melodies are captivating and her lyrics come from the heart. She has recently released her first EP, and is currently working on her first full album. Shelby is passionate about her music and wants to use her gift to help those living with Epilepsy. You can keep up with ShelbyLeeann at shelbyleeannmusic.com.
Although her name is not yet a household word, chances are if you've spent any time in the Sacramento area or Nashville, you have heard of COLLEEN LLOY. She has been performing for many years in all the local "hot spots". LLOY also has been recognized for her dynamic performance during the annual California State Fair. No matter where you may have heard this lady, you can bet she has a voice you will never forget. This native Sacramentan’s first recording was a song “Sooner or Later” which was the number 2 song on an album for a charity, “MADD” (Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers). Critic Mick Martin wrote: “The most impressive of these is Colleen Lloy whose “Sooner or Later” is an absolute knockout. If this fine singer isn’t signed by a major label, there’s no justice in the music world.” This recording brought attention to City Kidd’s manager who asked Lloy to join the Band City Kidd and played with the original members now known as Tesla. LLOY over her musical career has entered and won many music competitions one of which was the Jimmy Dean/True Value Hardware Music Competition where she won first place in Northern California which ultimately brought her to Tennessee. LLOY, an award-winning singer/songwriter fell in love with the musical city and decided to move to Nashville, TN to pursue her singing and songwriting career in 1999. Like many artists, she has a story of courage and stamina where she quit her job, sold everything she owned and on a wing and a prayer moved to Nashville. It did not take long for the industry to realize this lady has major chemistry and charisma on and off stage. Coined the “chameleon” by many, she proves she has an unusual style of singing able to cover any type of music with ease. She also has appearances on the popular television show “Nashville” as an extra until she can set more time aside for other roles. 2000 was a difficult year for LLOY who lost her brother. She went into the studio and recorded “Life Challenges” and released the song “Can You Hear” to radio. It charted 26 on the Christian Country Music Charts and is receiving great airplay in many countries. • Decatur Celebration- "The best description of Colleen Lloy is a chameleon." • Sacramento critic, Mick Martin writes: "The most impressive of these is Colleen Lloy whose "Sooner or Later" is an absolute knockout. If this fine singer isn’t signed by a major label, there’s no justice in the music world." • Nashville Music Guide Critic Brad Fisher gives Lloy’s "Life Challenges" CD a five star rating and writes: "This ten-song CD is an emotional roller coaster that runs the gambit of love. The tunes were either written or co-written by Lloy who has a beautiful set of pipes which she shows off on this album." LLOY has devoted her life in giving back to worthy causes that touch her soul. Some of those include the American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen for the Cure to name a few. She is also an advocate of our U.S Military and veterans and has written several military songs to share with the soldiers and their families. LLOY has literally played all over the U.S. and abroad and returned from two USO shows in Italy. She is a frequent guest at the nationally known Bluebird Café, has done television and radio broadcasts and has opened up for artists like Billy Dean, Paul Overstreet, John Berry, Lee Greenwood, George Jones, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tanya Tucker, John Anderson and many others. LLOY had the rare privilege of interviewing Mr. B.B. King for a proposed television show which she indicates is the highlight of her music career thus far. Lloy recently returned from Maui performing with Mick Fleetwood. In any event, whether you see her on a big stage or a small quiet room tucked away in her favorite clubs, we are quite sure you have not heard the last from COLLEEN LLOY.
Son of Dave Loggins, best known for the song "Please Come To Boston", and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Quinn Loggins is a second generation singer songwriter. Loggins has had his music featured on TV shows such as "CMT short cuts", "Heartland", and "Bones", as well as writing with and for artists such as Kingbilly, Little Texas, Kal Horde, Australian artists Amber Lawrence, Travis Collins, Victoria Avenue, Tori Darke, and the no 3 Australian single in 2017, "Rope" for Rachel Fahim. Loggins has also penned singles for Katie Armiger "Trail Of Lies" and recently "Want Me Too" for Charlie Worsham, as well as writing the theme song for the 2017/18 Tennessee Titans titled "Welcome To The South" with Trafton Harvey and new country artist, Adam Warner. Loggins writes for Dan Hodges Music. Www.facebook.com/quinnlogginsmusic https://m.soundcloud.com/quinn-loggins
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.
Mike Loudermilk has been making music most of his life. He started his musical career when his ?rst song, an instrumental, was recorded by guitar legend Chet Atkins, who invited him to Nashville to play on the session. Atkins offered then to sponsor him in Nashville, but approved of Mike’s decision to return to Louisiana and ?nish his education in music theory and guitar. Mike made his way back to Nashville where he began playing music full time. He has toured, recorded, and/or written songs with artists from John Schneider to Crystal Gayle, and from Tracy Lawrence to Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. As an artist, he has recorded several albums internationally...including a duet record, "Wildwood Flower," with bluegrass ?ddle legend Buddy Spicher. He has performed on numerous television shows and specials and has played on world stages from the London Palladium to the Crazy Horse Saloon, and from the casinos of Las Vegas to the White House. Mike worked with Crystal Gayle for many years and co-produced Crystal’s “Midnight In The Desert,” a song they wrote for the international radio talk show “Coast to Coast AM.” The song also won a NAMA (Native American Music Award) for “Song of the Year” in 2002. He is now concentrating on songwriting and producing at his studio "Nashville Sound Project House." There he has recorded, co-written, and arranged songs with some of Nashville's biggest hit songwriters. Mike has also performed at fund raisers for Aids and Cancer Research, National MS Society, and St. Jude Children Hospital (to name a few) along side of country music's most talented singer/songwriters. Endorsements with Taylor guitars, Elixir Guitar Strings, Fishman Transducers, Bill Lawrence, and KJL Ampli?ers point to his reputation as a "musician's musician," both onstage and through recording projects.
Makenna and Brock were 2011 Top 12 Finalists on The X-Factor, and performed to a National television audience. Have been featured in National publications, including Rolling Stone, People, Country Daily and the Washington Post. Featured on CBS.com, CNN.com and MTV.com. Have opened shows for Sheryl Crow, Parmalee, Uncle Kracker, Sam Riggs, Cowboy Troy, Jon Pardi, Reckless Kelly, and many others. Notable venues and performances: PBR events, St. Louis Rams, Texas Motor Speedway, Bass Pro Legends of Golf, Bluebird Cafe-Nashville, Blue Note-Columbia, MO, Ozark Empire Fair-Springfield, MO. Makenna and Brock have maintained a National touring schedule since 2009, and have performed in MO, OK, TX, KS, IL, TN, IA, KY, & FL, at Fairs, Conventions, Festivals, Corporate Events, Nightclubs and Casinos. Makenna and Brock released their debut national single “Burnin’ The Night Down on September 14, 2015. Contact: Clif Doyal, Clif Doyal Agency 615-319-1863 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hailing from the rolling hills of Tennessee, Briston Lee Maroney is a 19 year old singer songwriter who loves nothing more than to strum his 6 string in the early morning light. Writing songs since the age of 13, Maroney takes his every day experiences, the joy, the suffering, the tears, the smiles and channels them into song in a way that brings crowds close to his heart, as if they were lyrics in his one of his tunes. Maroney is anticipating the release of his first full band studio EP titled "Big Shot", recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, where he now resides to study music at Lipscomb University.
Jim McBride is a CMA Award Winning, Grammy nominated songwriter and former President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. His writing career spans over 30 years and includes over 100 album cuts, 18 top 40 singles, 10 top ten singles and 6 number ones.
Originally from Huntsville, AL, Jim grew up in a house filled with music from his mother’s radio. He absorbed every note of every country song he heard and began writing songs at an early age. At 21 he traded a pistol for his first guitar and took lessons from his uncle. He eventually contacted another songwriter from North Alabama, the legendary Curly Putman, to get advice and guidance. Curly encouraged Jim to continue to write and send his songs to Nashville. He had several cuts over the next few years but his big break had yet to come. He had been urged to move from Huntsville to Nashville to be part of the country music scene but was reluctant to give up his steady job at the United States Post Office to pursue his dream. Jim told himself that if he ever had a song to reach the top ten, he would move his family to Nashville and in 1981 that is exactly what happened when Conway Twitty’s release of A Bridge That Just Won’t Burn reached #2 on the Billboard charts. That was shortly followed by his first number one song, Johnny Lee’s You Can Bet Your Heart On Me.
The next ten years brought many album cuts by major artist ranging from Johnny Cash to Alabama. In 1987 Waylon Jennings reached number one for the last time in his long career with Rose In Paradise. In the early nineties, he met a young singer looking for a record deal named Alan Jackson and an instant writing friendship was born. The two collaborated on a number of hit songs including Chasing That Neon Rainbow, Someday and Who Says You Can’t Have It All all #1 songs. Their biggest hit came in 1993 with the smash hit Chattahoochee. The song received the honor of Song of the Year from The Country Music Association, ASCAP, American Songwriter Magazine, British Country Music Association, Canadian Country Music Association as well as Billboard Magazine’s most performed song of the year. The song was also nominated for a Grammy and Academy of Country Music Award.
Other notable achievements include his Creator Award from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the musical heritage of his home state as well as an Academy of Country Music Song of the Year nomination for Angels In Waiting by Tammy Cochran. Numerous ASCAP and other organizational awards have been bestowed upon Jim McBride throughout his career.
In all his songs have been recorded by more than 80 major label artist including George Jones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Johnny Paycheck, Randy Travis, Alabama, Trace Adkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Crystal Gayle, Diamond Rio, Lonestar and many others. His songs have been on over 80 million albums sold.
He continues to write and stay active in the songwriter community, serving several years on the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Board as well as the NSAI Board..
Billboard said, "It's an almost unheard-of feat in the country community for an Independent label act, much less a brand new artist, to go toe-to-toe with the majors and score a top 10 hit." Yet in 2001, Mark McGuinn did with his smash "Mrs. Steven Rudy;" the first time in over 40 years a new artist, on a independent label, had done. Three successful releases, the label ceased, removing Mark out of the public. "This was a blessing," states Mark, "It allowed my focus on family and songwriting." The initial result: his self-penned top 10 song, for Lonestar, "Unusually Unusual" and more songs for his last project, "One Man's Crazy" released in 2006. USA Today wrote, "It is hard not to root for an underdog who is this winningly optimistic.”
Chris has been playing music on stage for 35 years, touring the country with many artist and bands such as Ferlin Husky, Marty Stuart, Jack Greene, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Chris is a passionate songwriter. He has teamed up with many of Nashville’s brightest songwriters as well as seasoned veterans and has had curt by Ken Mellons, Flatt Lonesome and a Bluegrass today #1 Hit “I Know Better” recorded by the Grascals. Chris is the owner and producer of Stonewall Studios, located in Pensacola Florida. Helping clients make their dreams come true is more than a mission statement. “It’s Fun!” Chris enjoys sharing his passion with everything music and songwriting. He currently is coordinator for the Pensacola/Perdido Key Regional Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International helping fellow songwriters learn the music business as well as the art and craft of songwriting.
Ronny Miller is the founding member of The Southern Breeze Band, The Gulf Coast’s longest running band. Formed in 1980 they had 2 chart records “She’s A Lover” in 1983 and “Just An Imitation” in 1984. They have opened up for over 35 major artists since they formed. Ronny is the Songwriter for the “Breeze” having written over 139 songs he has had 2 number ones in the Indie’ World Charts worldwide “Kickin’ Back” which he wrote with Jay Brown of Nashville. He has a video of another song which he wrote with Jay called “Drive Fast, Turn Left” which is all over the internet on YouTube. Ronny has a total of 8 albums including 2 with Southern Breeze and a “self-titled” album and one called “Kickin” Back” . He recently recorded two more Christian albums one called” The Handy work Of God” and the other called “Unplugged Again.”
Alissa Moreno was born on a small Navajo reservation then grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She co-wrote the Grammy nominated hit "Every Day" for Rascal Flatts, she has a new song "Walking Blind" on The Voice winner, Javier Colon's new album and two on his previous "When" and "That's My Little Girl." Her song "Far From Here" was the show ID for the Lifetime series "Army Wives," and she co-wrote/co-performed ABC's "Hope and Faith" theme song. Her song "Next Time" is featured on the Interscope Records release "Laguna Beach: Summer Can Last Forever". Her music is featured in television and film with numerous songs licensed to "The Vineyard", "The Hills," "Laguna Beach," "How I Met Your Mother," "Guiding Light", "Will and Grace" "Criminal Minds", commercials such as Tide, Belk, and Central Way Numbers, and many others including the films "Daltry Calhoun" and Slamdance hit "Mall Cop". She was the vocal coach to Ben Affleck for his award winning role in "Hollywoodland". Alissa currently lives in Nashville, and has written with and been recorded by artists such as Colbie Cailat, Rascall Flatts, Alex Da Kidd, Kina Grannis, StreetRunner, JoJo, Chuck Wicks, Mallary Hope, Kate Voegelle, Javier Colon, Nikola Bedingfield, Lil' Eddie, Fast Ball, Big Al Anderson, Vince Gill, and Vertical Horizon.
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
Kylie Nicole's writing style can be best described as a mix of introspective themes combined with her own personal experience. Kylie’s heart felt passion and authenticity just seem to naturally show up in her songs, her playing and her vocals. Her new five song EP, “Stay” is an interesting mix of songs that exemplify her ability to write in different genres and styles. pop, rock, americana, and even reggae influences can be found in Kylie Nicole's new music. The songwriter/artist has poured her heart and soul into these songs, and although "Stay" is her second EP, she has only just begun to scratch the surface.
An award winning children's songwriter, Ross started his children’s songwriting career licensed by National Crime Prevention Council to write music for McGruff the Crime Dog. He followed that up by creating his own character, the Safety Ape. The Safety Ape was licensed by Liberty Mutual Insurance for a Radio Disney Tour to teach children important safety messages using music as the messenger. Ross produced a puppet production on reading and literacy for Coca-Cola and Reading is Fundamental (RIF) for their Story Traveler Tour featuring his original music. His current project is producing a children’s show with Eco the Butterfly and The Eco Team puppets as a partner in Music as Message. Ross serves on the Board of Directors of the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival and will be participating in the school visits during SongFest 2017.
Summer Overstreet is a singer songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. Daughter of NSAI Songwriter Hall of Fame member Paul Overstreet, Summer grew up in and around country music. At the age of 12 she learned the guitar, and with that, discovered her passion for songwriting. Since the age of 14, when she wrote her first song, Summer has been developing her unique style and sound. Today, Working as an up-and-coming songwriter on music row, Summer has had songs on the TV show “Nashville” as well as had songs recorded by several young artist; including singles by Lucy Angel and Endless Summer. She brings a fresh sound and perspective to the country music genre with striking lyrics and unique melodies;but you will also hear a touch of historic tradition in her songs. She will tell you right out that she loves country music. Always has and always will.
Since graduating from Belmont University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in songwriting, Nashville singer/songwriter Kim Paige has been honing her voice and sharpening her lyrics to fuse the gap between yesterday's classic country sound of Dolly Parton and today's contemporary sound of Miranda Lambert. Falling somewhere in the middle, Kim's smooth vocals and witty words will surely cause a smile and a laugh-out-loud at the same time. This unique and humorous style sets her apart from the masses of country singers and songwriters in Nashville today.
Chad Austin Parker is a local talent who stays quite busy along the Gulf Coast area. As a songwriter Chad takes part in several of the festivals and events from Nashville to Pensacola Beach. As a musician and solo artist Chad can be found consistently at venues along the Mississippi and Alabama gulf coast. Last year marked the release of "Time Machine", Chad's sophomore album and there is currently a third project in the works! You can keep in touch and up to date with Chad's musical efforts on Facebook at Chad Austin Parker Music.
• Creator/producer/host of Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series ® in Huntsville, AL • ASCAP award winner • As a performing artist, Jim had 6 albums and 10 single records • Co-writer of Chicken Truck recorded by John Anderson (1980) • Co-writer/co-publisher of Bigger Hands recorded by John Anderson (2009) • Songwriter advocate, teacher, mentor • Publisher, HenKid Music (BMI) • Professional, Life Member, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) & Global Songwriters Connection Within a year after getting his first guitar donated by his sister’s boyfriend, Jimmy Gilmer of Sugar Shack fame, Jim was playing in a band and later became a founding member of The Illusions that landed a record deal with Dot Records. In 1966 he and his buddies decided to leave their hometown of Amarillo, Texas, and head to Los Angeles. During that time, The Illusions became “The Kitchen Cinq” recording with Lee Hazelwood’s LHI label for three years. This later led to jobs with other recording bands like Armageddon and THEM (post Van Morrison) with some studio work with Sonny and Cher and various recording artists on the side. Fifty years later, on August 28, 2015, Ace Records of the UK and its affiliate US label Light in the Attic Records released “The Kitchen Cinq, When The Rainbow Disappears”, as an anthology box set complete with a booklet of photos and history of the band. Moving to Nashville in 1975 was the beginning of another serendipitous phase of Jim’s career where he met a young John Anderson and began writing successful chart songs. Then Jim branched out and has co-written with many #1, Hall of Fame and Grammy winning songwriters over the years and continues to do so today. Jim is the creator and host of a popular series at the Von Braun Center Playhouse in Huntsville, AL called Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series ® where he showcases the incredible talent of his hit songwriter friends from Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Canada and surrounding areas. The dinner-theater atmosphere has created a highly anticipated monthly event where people listen to great songs from the people who wrote them and here the stories behind their songs. Without the songwriter there would be no music because “it all begins with a song.”
Raised in Meridian, Ms during the 50's, the home of "The Jimmie Rodger Memorial" instilled the love of music that has lasted almost a life time. Playing lead guitar as a teen in a local group he became a professional before his 17th birthday. After completing his corporate business career in Fort Lauderdale, Fl at the age of 41, he turned his sight back to the one thing that always made him happy, music and playing guitar. This time moving to Nashville to pursue songwriting. Before his 43rd. birthday he had co-written 5 national charted songs, Ray Charles, Gene Watson, Ed Bruce, Eloise Laws and The Moody Brothers, plus opening a recording studio with his partner, world class jazz guitarist Mike Elliott, "Magic Tracks". Other artist recordings, Bobby Whitlock with Eric Clapton, Dorothy Moore, Darryl Vincent, Joe Firth to name a few. Recently a feature artist himself on Catbone Records "Belly Full Of Blues" and the co-writer of the theme song for the movie "Happy Log" Now semi retired and living in Evergreen, Al with his partner and love Reneda. Together, they are the proud owner, co-founders of "The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival". In May 2017, Jim was awarded the "Mississippi Dreamers Achievement Award - 2017" for his contribution to Mississippi Music.
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.....
After a fire destroyed his home in 2009, Lenny Pey moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in music. He gained internet fame when he and a friend recorded "The Girl Is Mine"; a video of which on YouTube went viral and led to his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2010. In 2011, Pey wrote "All of My Tomorrows" with Colt Ford, which was released on Ford's 2012 Declaration of Independence album. The song topped the charts and Lenny received a Billboard Number One Award. In 2012, Pey signed with Streamsound Records, a label founded by Grammy-award winning producer Byron Gallimore and Jim Wilkes. Pey's debut album was produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw. Pey's debut single, "Somethin' Like Somethin'", was released on May 14, 2013 and reached number 53 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. In August 2013, Pey toured with McGraw during the Two Lanes of Freedom Tour. Later that month he released an exclusive track, "Memory or Me", to Glamour.com. He also released a special track, "Wild Child", on SiriusXM The Highway in November 2013. Pey's second single, is called "Won't Be Young Forever" and was released in April 2014. Shortly after its release, Streamsound Records closed and Pey became an independent artist. Lenny Pey resides in Nashville, TN and is currently working on a unique pop/rock infused sound, true to his St. Louis roots and inspired by the blues. At present, he is promoting his music independently throughout the country.
Raised a ‘son of a preacher man’ in a family full of musicians, there are some things in life one can’t escape. Ricky Lee’s destiny was laid out long before he became aware of it. He realized his passion for music at an early age in church services where he found that he could pick out and sing different harmony parts during praise and worship time. Little did he know he was honing his craft in those backwoods churches. Through the years his musical interests grew in various directions, finally leading him to Music City-Nashville, Tennessee. Doug Phelps, Ricky Lee’s younger brother, was already in Nashville playing bass guitar for a noted country artist but spent his spare time jamming for fun with some good ol’ boys from Kentucky. The brothers soon saw an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing music together. Thus, The Kentucky HeadHunters were born. What started out as a fun sideline turned into success, fame and fortune, seemingly overnight. The six-year ride with the ‘Heads’ produced two albums, a Grammy, an American Music Award, 4 CMA Awards, 1 ACM and 2 Billboard Awards. Feeling the need to broaden their musical scope, Ricky Lee and Doug pulled away from the group to launch out on their own. The dynamic duo called Brother Phelps shot out of the gate with a Top 10 single, music video award success and nominations at most of the major award shows, including Duo of the Year from the TNN/Music City News Awards and the Country Music Association. After the release of two albums with Brother Phelps, Ricky Lee decided to leave the duo and pursue other personal life goals. On the family front, Ricky Lee and his wife Karen have two sons, Eli and Jeff, Daughter-in-law Margaret and two grandaughters, Willow and Mackensie. These days he calls the Gulf Coast his home. Far from the hustle and politics of the music industry and enjoying playing music more than ever. Collectively known as 'Lektric Mullet', Bill Dossey, David Glencoe, Randy Whitaker and Ricky Lee have been rockin' the gulf of late. They have gathered thousands of loyal 'Mulletheads' who never seem to tire of the party these boys provide when they take the stage. Along with performing, Ricky Lee has taken on his father's mantle as pastor of Word and Grace Ministries of Florida. Headquartered in Hendersonville, TN, Ricky Lee was ordained to pioneer the first branch of Word and Grace on the Gulf Coast. Aside from all that he keeps himself relaxed by a newly discovered hobby. Just recently he sort of stumbled into another form of artistic expression through the medium of paint and has been putting brush to canvas feverishly ever since. He tends toward portaiture, some of which can be seen at this website. So the summation of his life these days is, preachin', pickin' and paintin'. He says, "Life is good because God is good".
When North met South in 2014, Spencer Bartoletti and Presley Tucker became the creative core of REVERIE LANE. The earliest idea of forming what would become the band began when Presley and Spencer met in downtown Nashville at a place which subsequently now is the George Jones museum. Like some of the greatest country stories, theirs began in a bar. Both appreciating the other’s singing and songwriting talent, they decided to write together. Writing became singing together, and singing together led to forming their own group. They assembled a collection of players around them Reverie Lane was complete. Through the faith of Ginny Johnson, the two ladies were previously signed to Wolftracks Music Publishing company alongside the great, late Bill Hamm. Their equal belief in them has led them on to write with some of Nashville’s foremost writers including Matraca Berg, Marcus Hummon, Leslie Satcher, Rob Crosby, Brad Crisler, Lance Carpenter, Keesy Timmer and many more. In their most recent venture, they have signed with Dan Hodge’s Music Publishing. REVERIE LANE is now ready to introduce themselves and their music to the world. Incidentally, Presley Tucker is following in the footsteps of her mother, Tanya Tucker.
Up and coming songwriter, Nathan Robinson, grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and knew that he wanted to touch people’s hearts and minds with songs. He started playing at 13 with two cousins of Hank Williams and played many places that Hank himself had played. After many years of playing in different bands, feeling discouraged and going nowhere he stopped playing all together for about 15 years. He started back with a gospel group and began writing his own songs both gospel and country. He performed with a local variety band, The Lost Highway Travelers, at a monthly “Hootenanny” at the historic Georgiana Theater in Hank Williams hometown. He attended songwriters’ workshops with Bill Anderson, Jan Howard and others at the Hank Williams museum. He currently has a song co-written with good friend, songwriter Terry Faust, “One More Show’, featured in the 2015 Hank Williams collector's series calendar.
I am a Navy Veteran from central Minnesota. While serving in the US Navy I worked as an AM (Aviation Mechanic) on F/A 18's. Recently I wrote and posted "Hallelujah Veterans Version" I’ve been busy writing and in the Studio and released a new single on June 16th! It is available on the website, iTunes, and Google play. It is currently on the radio on BOB 106.1 FM in Minnesota! I love singing, and getting words on paper. I began performing for Veterans at the VA, and in different groups online where we meet to give each other support. They are 100% behind me. That is an amazing feeling. Music Therapy Although I’ve always loved to sing, I recently started to learn to play the guitar, and I post those messy unedited videos! I feel that music is therapeutic and everyone should learn to play. I hope that seeing my struggles to learn, and seeing the progress I’ve made will encourage others to take the time and spend the time and energy. Hallelujah Veterans Version The support and love for Hallelujah Veterans Version has been awesome and overwhelming. I couldn't have hoped or imagined what its become. With their permission I hope to put together a group of the messages I've received. Everyone asks me what is next... Where do I go, and what do I write? That put me under a lot of pressure until I realized the impact this song has had on veterans, and active duty. Mothers are listening and remembering their sons, wives connect better with their combat veterans because of this song, and daughters listen to it and remember their dads, and men and women who wear or have worn the uniform listen to it and remember people they have lost. I cannot top this. Nothing I can do will surpass this, not even 50 hits that reach #1 can top this. So the only pressure I have is wondering if I did them justice. So I'll keep writing and making music. As long as they want to listen, I’ll keep singing. Please contact me for more information on the music, having Sailor Jerri at an event or join the mailing list to be updated on anything new! I am a Navy Veteran from central Minnesota. While serving in the US Navy I worked as an AM (Aviation Mechanic) on F/A 18's. Recently I wrote and posted "Hallelujah Veterans Version" I’ve been busy writing and in the Studio and released a new single on June 16th! It is available on the website, iTunes, and Google play. It is currently on the radio on BOB 106.1 FM in Minnesota! I love singing, and getting words on paper. I began performing for Veterans at the VA, and in different groups online where we meet to give each other support. They are 100% behind me. That is an amazing feeling. Music Therapy Although I’ve always loved to sing, I recently started to learn to play the guitar, and I post those messy unedited videos! I feel that music is therapeutic and everyone should learn to play. I hope that seeing my struggles to learn, and seeing the progress Ive made will encourage others to take the time and spend the time and energy.
MARK D. SANDERS California native Mark Daniel Sanders was a literature major, a basketball player and a surfer who, at the age of twenty- nine, came to Nashville to try for the title of Songwriter. After ten years of “paying his dues” his career skyrocketed in the early 1990s thanks to hits by Diamond Rio ("Mirror, Mirror"), Tracy Lawrence ("Runnin’ Behind") and John Anderson ("Money In The Bank"), and a song on Garth Brooks’ “No Fences” (Victim of the Game). Sanders was NSAI Songwriter of the Year in 1995 and 1996 and ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year in 1997. He had five #1 songs in 1995 alone. His "No News" (by Lonestar) was ASCAP’s 1996 Country Song of the Year. He received four CMA Triple Play Awards, given for three #1 songs in a twelve month period. His "I Hope You Dance" (by Lee Ann Womack) was Song of the Year for NSAI, ASCAP, the ACM and the CMA, and earned a 2000 Grammy for Best Country Song. He and Tia Sillers wrote a book, inspired by the song, that has sold two million copies. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Among Sanders recorded songs are hits for artists such as George Strait ("Blue Clear Sky"), Ricochet ("Daddy’s Money"), Jo Dee Messina ("Heads Carolina, Tails California"), Trace Adkins ("No Thinkin’ Thing") and Faith Hill ("It Matters to Me").
Joel Shewmake, discovered his musical talents at the age of fourteen while growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee. He moved to Nashville in January 2001 and landed his first publishing deal with BMG in November 2001. Since he has written for Amylase Entertainment/Warner Chapel and now currently writes for BMG/Chrysalis/Amylase Entertainment & has been privileged to have had cuts by artists such as Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Craig Campbell & Jarrod Niemann.
A country artist with a sweet voice but a strong work ethic, Kalie Shorr took the hard road to stardom as she first made her name in Nashville as a teenager. Shorr was born and raised in Portland, Maine on July 11, 1994, where she was the youngest of seven children born to a single mother. Shorr soaked up a rich variety of influences from her siblings, and at the age of six she began writing songs. At 13, Shorr learned to play guitar, and before long she began posting videos of herself singing cover songs online. Shorr's interpretation of Rebecca Black's "Friday" earned her an unlikely celebrity fan in blogger Perez Hilton, and after extensive correspondence with her, he booked her to play his 34th birthday party, where she opened for the Backstreet Boys. By this time, Shorr had already gained experience playing in a rock band in Portland and winning a Maine's Got Talent competition in 2010. While she liked rock, R&B, and hip-hop, Shorr was certain that her future lay in country music. Determined to make her mark, Shorr took extra classes so she could graduate from high school early, and then held down two jobs at once so she could raise the money to move to Nashville. By the time she was 19, Shorr had settled in Music City, and she landed a job at a bar while she searched for an audience for her songs. Things began looking up for Shorr when she became part of a weekly songwriter's showcase, the Song Suffragettes, that highlighted the work of talented female singer/songwriters in Nashville. The Song Suffragettes helped raise Shorr's profile and they gained a loyal local following. With two of her fellow Suffragettes, Hailey Steele and Lena Stone, Shorr wrote a song about resilience titled "Fight Like a Girl." Shorr released an independent digital single of "Fight Like a Girl" in January 2016, and the tune quickly won positive press and airplay on digital radio and social media sources. March 2016 saw the release of an eight-song collection of demos from Shorr, The Y2K Mixtape, and a second single, "He's Just Not That into You," appeared the following September. The independent success of Shorr's two singles spread the news about her and her songs outside Nashville, and in March 2017 she dropped an EP, Slingshot, that included "Fight Like a Girl" and "He's Just Not That into You" along with three new tracks.
Jeff Silvey was born and raised on a farm in Indiana in a town of 6,000 people called Alexandria. ( The hometown of Bill and Gloria Gaither ) He was always around music from the time he can remember. His daddy was a great fiddle, guitar player and was the biggest musical influence in Jeff's life. Jeff learned to play the piano chording along with his daddy's bluegrass bands. When Jeff was 14 he joined his first Southern Gospel Quartet and was on the road every weekend during school and he continued on the road until he moved to Nashville, TN in 1986 to pursue his dream of music. ? During Jeff's 28 years in Nashville, he has made his mark in the Christian music industry having over 300 cuts that were recorded by acts from Gaither Vocal Band, Dallas Holm, 4 Him, Oak Ridge Boys, to DC Talk, and also co-wrote and co-produced the dove award nominated song "HE IS" for the father and son duo, AARON/JEOFFREY. He earned four RIAA certified Gold and two Platinum albums in the industry and: in 1997 won the Dove Award, as an artist, for Country Album of the year, "Little Bit of Faith". Jeff went on to co-write the song: “Oh What A Perfect Day” on George Strait’s “Somewhere Down In Texas” project. He has produced many artists throughout his career. Randy Travis, Gaither Vocal Band, ( on Gaither Homecoming Lullaby's) Aaron Jeoffrey, Ann Downing, just to name a few. In 2008 Jeff signed as a writer with Erv Woolsey and George Strait’s publishing company, Muy Bueno Music and writes for O-Tex Music/BMI. He is currently writing for and producing new act’s that will soon be releasing. Most recently Jeff co-produced and co-wrote several of the songs and was the music supervisor on the soundtrack for the Hank Williams SR. movie called The Last Ride, Jeff has a song on Easton Corbin's All Over The Road CD released on September 18th 2012 He co-wrote the song, I Think Of You with Thom Shepherd and he has co-written a brand new song called "When Love Comes Around Again" on George Strait's current Love Is Everything CD that released May 14th 2013. Jeff co-produced and mixed the latest single from Branch and Dean called The Dash!. Jeff is currently producing and wrote several of the songs on a new project for ICMA Entertainer of the year and ICMA Female vocalist of the year Kali Rose which will be released in the late fall to Early Spring of 2015 and will feature a duet with Kali and award winning artist Gary Chapman! Jeff is unique in the fact that he has been an Artist, is a Songwriter, Producer, and Mixing engineer. He understands what it's like to be on the road and communicate with audiences just as well as having a current perspective on the latest recording business in Nashville TN. His love for music and passion for artist development keeps him extremely busy working with new talent and writing with some of Nashville's biggest hit songwriters!
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Donna Slater embodies the same musical and cultural uniqueness as the riverfront city she once called home. Donna found the Gulf Coast while vacationing in Pensacola, Florida during the early 1980's. It was during this trip that her original music was discovered by Joe Gilchrist, owner of the world famous Flora-Bama Lounge. She soon found herself on the roster of regularly performing musicians at the Bama and she decided to make the Alabama coastline her new home. Donna performed at the first Frank Brown International Songwriter's Music Festival, and she was instrumental in the development of this talent showcasing event. Slater now performs weekly at The Tropical Isle in New Orleans and at the Florabama as the co-founder of Jezebel's Chill'n, which is the renound soulful house band at the Bama. She regularly performs at the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival, LA Songwriters Festival, Highway 80 Songwriters Festival, and the Last Honky Tonk Music Series. Donna is currently working on a new CD of original music "Heart Tattoos" which is being recorded at newly founded Juice Records in New Orleans, Louisiana. "I write songs to both heal and open myself to others in ways that I usually cannot express in one on one conversations. I have drawn strength from so many talented musicians, and I hope that listeners can do the same through my songs."
CJ Solar, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, is a graduate of Belmont University and writes for Sea Gayle Music in Nashville, TN. Since signing his publishing deal, CJ has had songs of his recorded by other country artists, such as Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore, including writer credits on Jerrod’s single “Blue Bandana”. CJ’s debut EP, “Hard One to Turn Down” was released spring 2016 on Sea Gayle Records. CJ co-wrote, co-produced and played on all 5 songs on the EP. He was named in the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” list by Rolling Stone magazine. His song “Tallboy” hit #1 in CMT’s fan-voted, 12-pack countdown and has garnered more than 2 million Spotify listens. “Just Another Day in the Country” from that EP was his debut single charting on country radio. New music coming fall 2017.
Bicycle Jones & Stover met one night on Bourbon Street when they were both hired for the same gig. They had a great time & quickly realized they had much in common. On a whim they decided to write a song together. It was an easy process so they decided to continue. The collaborations stretched each of their writing styles and resulted in songs that neither one of them would have written alone. Brian “Bicycle” Jones grew up in Arkansas but has lived in Southern Louisiana for the last 11 years. He has toured the northwest & southern states solo and with his old band Ozzy Cash. Bicycle has performed regularly at Margaritaville, country dive bars, Bourbon Street clubs and everyplace in between. He has co-written with Nashville songwriter Greg Barnhill and sung harmony on a Toby Keith song. Jones has performed at many festival including the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival & “Six String Music” Songwriters Invitational. Dave Stover is a Pensacola native who has lived in New Orleans for the past 20 years. Stover is a sideman with an obsession for writing songs. As a bass player he finds himself in a myriad of musical settings. Stover spent 16 years on Bourbon Street preforming primarily Cajun music. He has recorded 7 CDs under his own name and has writing, production and/or preforming credits on a plethora of other New Orleans releases. In addition to his gigging schedule, Stover has been the Business Manager for French Quarter Festivals, Inc. for the past 8 years.
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. It wasn't until the age of 15 that he decided to start writing songs! 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 Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, and most of all, Texas Country. With influences ranging from Robert Earl Keen, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Pat Green, Wade Bowen, and Randy Rogers. The list goes on. His travels in the Navy have taken him many places! In 2014 he moved to Pensacola, FL he is currently stationed at NAS Pensacola as a Diving Medical Technician. When he's not working with the Navy he 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.
Kentucky born singer/songwriter Rusty Tabor has been performing on stage since the ripe young age of 14. After a short lived college football career he packed up and moved to Nashville in 2001 to chase yet another dream… that of signing a record deal. Shortly after arriving in Music City Rusty found himself enamored by Nashville’s songwriting community. He says, “I’d always loved performing, but it wasn’t until I got here that I truly understood what “songs” are…they’re the most beautiful picture someone can paint without a brush. They’re the most basic thoughts, the deepest emotions, stories of skeletons in closets or lighthearted love. I HAD to figure out a way to do that for a living.” Within his first year in Nashville Rusty had landed his first publishing deal with Skidaddy Music. Billy Ray Cyrus quickly took a liking to Rusty’s songwriting style and recorded 2 songs out of that first catalog. “Back to Memphis”, a single off of Cyrus’ TIME FLIES album and soon after “Wouldn’t You Do This For Me” on his THE OTHER SIDE album. While performing at a private event one summer Rusty got a call to be the host of a nationally aired outdoors television program on the Outdoor Channel called W.F.O. Penning songs on the road while filming for the show was trying to say the least. After 3 years of television it was time to say goodbye to the camera and put all of his efforts back into the microphone. “I really hated parting with so many friends that I’d met through the show. However, I knew it was the right thing to do if I was ever going to get where I wanted to be musically.” says Tabor. He soon found another writing home with Plus Spins Music. From that catalog came “All I’ve Got Left” that was recorded by Russell Hitchcock (formerly of Air Supply) on his TENNESSEE:THE NASHVILLE SESSIONS double cd project and IBMA male vocalist of the year winner Bradley Walker recorded “One Paragraph” for his upcoming Rounder Records album. The future is brighter than bright for Rusty nowadays. In January of 2011 he was offered a chance to be a part of legendary songwriter Earl Bud Lee’s publishing company. “I JUMPED at that opportunity!”, he says, “Bud Lee is one of the most successful writers in the business with hits like ‘Friends in Low Places’, ‘One Night at a Time’ and ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking’. He’s not only a master at what he does, he’s one of my favorite people in this world.” Rusty is currently in the studio working on his own album with some of the best in the business. Tabor says “It took me a little time, some hills and valleys and a lot of living to figure out who I really am. Thanks to all of my friends and associates on Music Row I finally have the opportunity to record what I want to record, how I want to record it and with whom I want to record it with. Life isn’t good….. it’s GREAT!” Rusty Tabor came to Nashville to be a Singer… he’s grown into an Artist…….
It’s hard to deny the pure talent and passion for her craft that is clearly the driving force behind many of artist Bridgette Tatum’s high profile career milestones. In 2009, this native of Florence, South Carolina, co-wrote the Most Played Song on Country radio stations across the United States. A tremendous achievement for any songwriter, the song, “She’s Country” (recorded and released by Platinum-selling country superstar Jason Aldean), held the #1 position on the chart for two consecutive weeks, reached two million plays, and out sold every genres ringtones, all of which are rare accomplishments, as well. In 2010, Tatum’s song, “Loud” was selected as the Official Theme Song for ACC Football’s 2010 Season. This fast-paced anthem celebrates the excitement and energy of ACC Football, captured in a raucous music video that was seen in all ACC Markets, resulting in exposure for Bridgette totaling over 27 million households. Add to these accolades Tatum’s own Album released on itunes, her single releases (I like my Cowboy’s Dirty, That’s Love Y’all, Hillbilly Rockstar) and her 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
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.
BONNIE WARREN, SONGWRITER - Multi-genre and busy songwriter. Split time between Nashville & Philadelphia. Work with talent in both cities. MOST RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: - 2017 GRAND PRIZE in the PENSACOLA BEACH SONGWRITERS’ FESTIVAL Song Contest -Nominee: TSAI “2016 Female Songwriter of the Year”. - 2016 FIRST PLACE, Dallas Songwriters Assn. Song Contest, Singer Songwriter Category and Runner Up for entire contest. Have worn many hats over the years: Was Staff Writer on Artists and “Music Industry Events” for WHOA Magazine; Booked a venue; Coordinated a non-profit music organization; Organized showcases, networking, and educational events; Initiated and activated a Summer Concert Series in the Park; Volunteered at “Grammy In The Schools” events; Lead singer/guitarist in acoustic band; and more. Music has appeared in commercials, on indie releases, and in indie film. Also have single song pub deals and have won other awards. ALWAYS up for joining a new project or even just coffee Bonniewarrenmusic@gmail.com 615-636-3609 www.bonniewarrenmusic.com; www.soundcloud.com/bonniewarren
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
16 year-old singer/songwriter Tris Weeks 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. With roots in Chicago, the windy city’s mark on Tris’s sound is evident. 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.
Grammy nominated song writer, performer & music business professional, Amanda Colleen Williams, magna cum laude Music Business graduate of Berklee College of Music, has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Jones, Tyler Dickerson, Alecia Nugent, & Jessie James Decker. She is the daughter of legendary Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Kim Williams. Her philanthropic work in education with at risk youth has led her to perform for Ambassador Andrew Young, Pres. Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey. Amanda founded her own enhanced music publishing company called Hillbilly Culture LLC in 2010 to provide education & mentoring to aspiring songwriters of all ages. She currently resides in Nashville, TN with her 15 year old twins. Her co-write with Garth Brooks "She's Tired of Boys" is on his platinum selling album Man Against Machine, and the new Ultimate Collection box set.
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
My name is Xaris. I am a sixteen year old singer/songwriter who falls somewhere in the indie-folk spectrum of music. I've been writing music most of my life as a way of expressing my feelings. When I was eight, I picked up a guitar for the first time. Since then, I've added many different instruments to the list. My favorite to play is still guitar. I hope to one day be able to travel the world, spreading love and music everywhere I go.
The Pensacola Beach Songwriter's Festival is so excited to host a night to Honor our Veterans through Songs. We will celebrate our Nation's Military Veterans as they share their experiences and times of healing through songs that they have written. I'm just not sure how it could get more special than this. It is stated many times over that music is a healing experience and here we have living proof. The Beach Church has graciously opened up their doors to their beautiful Fellowship Hall in support of this event. A special thanks to Pastor Jim Coyl and the Beach Church! I could not think of a more appropriate place for this to happen.
Food and beverages will be available for donations and all donations will benefit our local Warrior Support Organizations. Mark your calendars OCTOBER 6th 2017!!!!!
Talk about Girl Power! Special Songwriter Edition of StudioAmped during the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival will feature Alissa Moreno, Amanda Colleen Williams and Bridgette Tatum. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6, taping begins at 7pm.
Just added this workshop on "Maximizing Your Potential as an Independent Artists" Great info for all songwriters!! It comes in 2 parts and you don't want to miss either part. Part 1 - "Keeping Your Power, Authenticiy & Integrity in the Music Business" starts at 11am Part 2 - "Authentic Marketing Tools & Social Media Workshop" starts at 12:30pm Make plans to attend. #PBSF.ROCKSTwo part Siminar/Workshop. Part 1 - "Keeping Your Power, Authenticiy & Integrity in the Music Business" starts at 11am ... cost $10 Part 2 - "Authentic Marketing Tools & Social Media Workshop" starts at 12:30pm ... cost $25 * $30 for both!
Moonlight and Music
Oct. 5, 2017 Seating begins at 6:15 Hemingway's Island Grill
Pensacola Beach Songwriters invites you to get your Greek on with a special edition of Supper and Song that is Greek inspired with Spyros' Gyros! A Great Greek night of food and music!
Seating starts at 6pm Seated Dinner served at 6:30 Show starts at 7pm
Starting at 11 am Sunday Oct. 8, 2017. Songwriters sharing their stories in songs! A Great Morning of Blessings! Please make plans to attend this beautiful show.
If you want to hear what an emotion sounds like, go to a concert, but if you want to know what it feels like, listen to the songwriter.