Songwriters

Lineup

Aaron Barker | Alan Rhody | Austin Burke | Bat | Bill Whyte | Bo & Lauren Spring | Brett Jones | Brian Bowen | Brian White | Charlie & Dana Black | Donny LoweryChristina Taylor | Coley McCabe | Danny Wells | Earl Bud Lee | Erin Ashley | Jean Nolan | Jerry Salley | Jerusa van Lith | Jesse Rice | Jillia Jackson | Jimmy Stanley | Julia Cole | Karen Waldrup | Kim Paige | Kristen Kelly | Kylie Sackley | Liz SharpePete Sallis | Sam BrookerSherrie Austin | Steve Dean | Steve Williams | Thom Shepherd | Tim Buppert | Troy Jones | Tyler Reeve | Victoria Venier | Walt Aldridge | Wil Nance | Will Rambeaux 

Aaron Barker

Aaron Barker spent the better part of two decades in a band that performed at military bases and public events across the U.S. During long stretches on the bus he began experimenting with writing songs. His first attempt, “Baby Blue,” was recorded by George Strait and topped the country chart in Billboard. Aaron soon began performing his original material in small clubs and cafes. One night after a long father-son talk he wrote “Love Without End, Amen.” Once again his song was recorded by George Strait and topped the country chart. After that, more Strait hits followed: “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “I’d Like To Have That One Back,” “I Know She Still Loves Me” and “I Can Still Make Cheyenne.” Aaron’s hits with other artists include “Not Enough Hours In The Night” by Doug Supernaw, “Watch This” and “You’re Beginning To Get To Me” by Clay Walker and “What About Now” by Lonestar. Aaron is also the writer and singer of many radio and television commercials for the Blue Bell Ice Cream Company, including “Have Yourself A Blue Bell Country Day” and “The Good Ol’ Days.” In 2007 he was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Alan Rhody

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Alan Rhody has led a successful career, with songs recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys, Del McCoury, Toby Keith, Lorrie Morgan, Michael Martin Murphy, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Ricky Van Shelton, Suzie Boggus, Billy “Crash” Craddock, T.G.Sheppard, David Mallett, Kevin Welch, Murray McLauchlan, The Wright Bros., Lynn Anderson, Kieran Kane, Hoyt Axton, Barbara Fairchild, Jimmy C.Newman and The Atlanta Rhythm Section. His biggest hits include the #1 country classic, “I’ll Be True To You,” and chart hits, “Wild-Eyed Dream,” “Family Man,” “Trainwreck Of Emotion” and the multi-recorded “Christmas To Christmas.” Based in Nashville since 1977, Alan has also released ten solo albums of his own, the newest being “Farther On,” (April, 2017). Recorded in his home studio with simple production: acoustic guitars, harmonica and vocals, “Farther On” is a bare bones and intimate record, keeping the songs front and center. For more info please visit http://www.AlanRhody.com

Austin Burke

Austin Burke could write the book on being a millennial. Growing up in the 1990’s in Phoenix, Arizona, Austin was a huge country music fan and began singing as soon as he could walk. At the tender age of of 3 he sang the national anthem for both the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks and at a chance meeting with his hero Garth Brooks at a Padre’s spring training game his destiny was set. He soon won a coveted spot singing “Friends In Low Places” on the Rosie O’Donell show, not once but twice and when Rosie asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up he said a “singing baseball player”. Such are the early experiences that dreams are made of.

But like so many Americans his family was hit hard by the great recession of 2008. He had been on course to play baseball in college in Arizona but when his family moved to the west coast to try and make a new start Austin was thrown into a whole new world of eye-popping, fast lane, ethnically diverse San Diego culture. Suddenly surrounded by surfers, hippies and hip-hop music Austin made the most of his new life. When the culture shock wore off, he continued playing baseball and began combining the country music he was raised on with the new sounds in the air in southern California. But after a year of playing college ball he was side-lined with a rib injury and it was during his recuperation that he realized that his happiest days were those singing country music back in Arizona. So as soon as he was well he made a bee-line for Nashville to do the thing he was always meant to do.

Austin is currently making words rhyme and serving his time waiting on tables (and waiting on the tables to turn.) He’s singing at writer’s nights and tearing up the honky-tonks, paying his dues and livin’ the dream in Tennessee. To quote his grandmother and the title of one of his own songs, Austin says it’s his job these days to just “Suit Up Show Up Shut Up And Get The Job Done”.

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Bat

Amazing Guitar, Incredible Voice, Absolutely Delightful Music.  Bat’s songs range in style from one to another; he uses his knack for versatility generously, covering ground from Big Band Jazz to Country, Doo Wop to Rock. He does not like to have two songs of a similar style on a CD, and is always searching for a melody better than the one before it. The lyrics are intelligent and sometimes silly, but always poetic & thoughtful. The guitar arrangements, while obviously very difficult to compose and perform, flow beautifully from his fingers and paint a rich atmosphere of sound and impression.

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Bill Whyte

Bill is originally from the St Louis area and currently resides in Nashville, TN. Since he was sixteen, Bill has been writing songs, entertaining and making people laugh and hosting award winning morning radio shows. He has performed at corporate events, casinos, fairs, comedy clubs and more.  Bill’s song “Safe Haven” co-written with Jimmy Fortune, Syndi Perry and Hillary Scott is on the current “Love Remains” album by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family that just won a Grammy Award in 2017 for Best Contemporary Christian Album.  He also has the current title track on the new Joe Nichols CD “Crickets”…and his songs have been recorded by Linda Davis, Brady Seals, Ray Stevens, Cledus T. Judd, Karen Wheeler, Brooke and Darren Adlridge, Brent Burns and others.  Bill’s song “Cornhole The Song” was the featured piece of music in the recently released independent movie “Cornhole The Movie”…that features the popular Midwest bean bag game.  Through the years, Bill has performed with, Jeff Dunham, Heywood Banks, Larry the Cable Guy, Crystal Gayle, Little Big Town, Gary Morris and many others.  Bill has two comedy song CD’s available. “Off The Wall” recorded “live” at the Bluebird Café in Nashville and the recently released “Leave Em’ Laughing”.  Bill is an accomplished radio broadcaster hosting morning shows in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Nashville. He has been nominated three times for the CMA (Country Music Association) “Air Personality of the Year” and was honored to the CMA Award for Best Large Market Personality in 1991. Bill is also a winner of the Gavin “Large Market Broadcast Personality of The Year” as well as an AIR Award for “Best New Radio Show” in Nashville.  In 2012 Bill was awarded the highest honor for a Country Radio personality when he was inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  Currently Bill works on air for “The Legend” 650AM WSM in Nashville.  As a syndicated writer for both United Stations and Premiere in New York, Bill provides comedy bits for production and distribution to morning radio shows across the country. He has also been the most frequent guest host for the Bob Kingsley Top 40 Countdown Show. Just this year, the CMA Broadcast Hall of Fame has honored Bill with a nomination.  And he’s hosted a number of “live” syndicated performance shows hosting world premiers for Patty Loveless and Jo Dee Messina to name a couple. He has also guest hosted for Bob Kingsley on his national countdown show numerous times.  As far as a performer…whether he’s picking on pseudo celebrities in his song “CELEBUTARD” or wondering how much he could get away with in “IF I HAD BOOBS” he always leaves the crowd laughing. Bill’s song “I’M GOIN’ UGLY EARLY TONIGHT” which has been recorded by Cledus T. Judd, is the perfect howling climax for his stand-up/singing routine.  “I’m Going Ugly Early” written with Brent Burns finished number two a few years ago for “Novelty Song Of The Year” at the “Just Plain Folks Music Award Show” in Nashville over hundreds of entries worldwide.  Bill performs in two trios on the road. “Evening In The Round” with Grammy winner Linda Davis and her husband Lang Scott…who happen to be the proud parents of Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum.  And he also is a member of “Hits And Grins” with hit songwriter Steve Dean and Grammy nominated writer Victoria Venier.

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Bo & Lauren Spring

bospringsLauren and Bo Spring met while performing with an opening act for Mr. Willie Nelson himself in 2001. Marrying and moving to Port St Joe in 2005, they formed The Bo Spring Band with Randon Hicks and Tim Dutrow and now spend weekends performing regionally throughout the Southeast US supporting the band’s self-titled first full-length independent album, with 12 songs all penned by Bo. The album was released in April of 2017 at The Historic Port Theatre in Downtown Port Saint Joe.

Lauren has enjoyed writing with her all-female folk group, The Krickets, who released a full-length album, ‘Spanish Moss Sirens’ in 2016. Produced by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes, the music is what Paste Magazine describes as “a truly stunning, one-of-a-kind sound.” The Krickets recently received the 2016 Folk Song of the Year Award at The Independent Music Awards and were named the 2016 IMEA Folk Artist of the Year.

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Brett Jones

Brett Jones is a country music singer/songwriter originally from Warm Springs, GA.  His first professional staff writing position was with country star Ronnie Milsap in 1991. In 1993, he had his first top twenty single, and in 1996, his first #1 country single. Since his career began, he has notched seven #1 country singles, two #2 singles, 14 top tens, and over 150 major label recordings.
Some of his notable recordings are: “You Gotta Love That” by Neal McCoy. “Cover You In Kisses” by John Michael Montgomery. “A Little Past Little Rock” by Lee Ann Womack. “Better Man, Better Off” by Tracy Lawrence. “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely” by Andy Griggs. “What Do You Think About That” by Montgomery Gentry. “Don’t Ask Me How I Know” by Bobby Pinson. “Good Little Girls” by Blue County. “That’s How Country Boys Roll” by Billy Currington. ” Crazy Town” by Jason Aldean. And “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” by Justin Moore.

As a performer, Brett has been on play bills with: Little Texas, Tracy Byrd, Ricochet, Michael Martin Murphy, Joanna Smith, the Gatlin Brothers, Eddie Raven, Gary Morris, Michael McDonald, Big and Rich, Daryl Worley, Billy Currington, Phil Vassar, Shawn Camp, Rob Crosby, Andy Griggs, Randy Houser, Jason Jones, Jamie Johnson, Darryl Singletery, Bobby Pinson, Rhett Akins, Blue County, Mark Chesnut, Billy Ray Reynolds, Hank Cochran, and Kenny Chesney among others.

Brett has also been a successful publisher sine 1997,and has had a hand in the careers of Tony Lane, Joanna Smith, Jason Jones, and Dallas Davidson. Some of his copyrights are: “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Atkins. “Put A Girl In It” by Brooks & Dunn. And “Start A Band” by Brad Paisley.

For writing scheduling, contact Ben Strain at Ole` creative in Nashville
For performance booking, contact Claire Tri at clairebtri@gmail.com

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Brian Bowen

Brian Bowen has been making waves along the Forgotten Coast since 2009. From small venues to large festivals, he brings his salty Americana songs to life through matter-of-fact delivery. Humorous, vivid and oftentimes gritty, he weaves tales of love lost and found, the fragile ecosystem of the Apalachicola river and bay, and the people who make their living there.

While maintaining a full time performance schedule (more than 250 dates in 2016), he works to support the surrounding community through volunteering with local organizations for awareness and fundraising endeavors, including the Apalachicola RiverKeeper. Please visit http://www.apalachicolariverkeeper.org.

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Brian White

Touring Artist , #1 Song 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 Magazines “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 name 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 todays music. A man of Faith and conviction , White currently lives in Nashville with his wife , Christian Recording artist Karyn Williams and writes and produces for SB21 Music Publishing.

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Charlie & Dana Black

One of the most recorded Nashville songwriters ever, Charlie Black has been named Songwriter of The Year three times and was elected to the NSAI Songwriter Hall Of Fame in 1991.

Beginning with his first hit “I Don’t Know You Anymore”, recorded by Tommy Overstreet, Charlie has written 15 #1 songs including “Shadows In The Moonlight” by Anne Murray, “Right On The Money” by Alan Jackson”, “You Lie” by Reba McEntire, 100% Chance Of Rain by Gary Morris, and the Grammy nominated songs “A Little Good News” by Anne Murray and “Come Next Monday” by K.T.Oslin. Charlie Black songs have been recorded by such legendary artists as Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Don Williams, Paul Anka, Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker, Faron Young, Marty Robbins, and George Strait. His song “Goodbye Says It All” was Blackhawk’s first big hit, and he helped launch Phil Vassar’s amazing career with “Carlene”, and “Six-Pack Summer.”

A North Carolina native, Dana moved to Nashville in 1993. She signed her first publishing deal with Double J Music in 1994 and had her first Number One song in 1995 with GEORGE STRAIT’S “CHECK YES OR NO” which went on to win the SONG OF THE YEAR. While at Double J, Dana also landed cuts on CLAY WALKER, PERFECT STRANGER and JAMES BONAMY.

Upon signing with Neon Sky Music in 1996, Dana landed GARY ALLAN’S top five debut single “IT WOULD BE YOU” co-written with Kent Robbins and “YOU HAVEN’T LEFT ME YET” on GEORGE STRAIT’S “One Step At A Time” album. In 1999 her song “WRITE THIS DOWN” proved to be another big hit for George staying at Number One for four weeks and once again winning SONG OF THE YEAR. Some of her other cuts include “I KNOW WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS” and “SOMEWHERE DOWN IN TEXAS” by GEORGE STRAIT, two cuts on George’s self-titled album “WHICH SIDE OF THE GLASS” and “HOME IMPROVEMENT”, “GOODNIGHT” recorded by SUZY BOGGUS, “WHOLE NIGHT TONIGHT” cut by CLAY WALKER, “WHAT DO I DO NOW” recorded by TRACY BYRD and “THE THRILL IS BACK” cut by ALAN JACKSON.

Dana and her songwriter husband Charlie Black have recently released their new album “THE THING TO DO” on Double Dog Records. Check it out at charlieanddanahuntblack.com

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Donny Lowery

DonnyLowerypic (2)Donny, a songwriter and ichthyologist from Florence, Alabama has had more than 100 songs recorded by country artists including Alabama, Restless Heart, Reba McEntire, Dirt Band, Nanci Griffith, Randy Travis, Steel Drivers, Mac McAnally and Hank Williams, Jr.  “Old Flame” by Alabama has sold over 10 million copies and has also been covered by Rascal Flatts and Jason Isbell and John Paul White.  Three other Donny songs have reached the top of the country charts including two songs by Restless Heart – “Why Does It Have To Be Wrong Or Right” and “Say What’s In Your Heart” and “Stand A Little Rain” by The Dirt Band.  Donny’s latest release is on the Steel Driver’s Grammy award-winning album, “Too Much” co-written with Gary Nichols.  In addition to the above artists Donny has also collaborated with artists including Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, John Waite, New Grass Revival, Robert Earl Keen, Walt Wilkins and Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

Not everyone can say that their hobbies are synonymous with their vocation.  “Music and fishin’ have been my passions since my early teens and I’ve been blessed to be able to do both my whole life.  It’s like I really never had a job – doing the two things I loved (and getting paid for it!).”  Influenced by the Muscle Shoals music scene and the Tennessee River Donny molded his passions into successful dual careers.  Now retired from the fisheries ecology profession Donny and his wife, Karen reside in two places, Florence, Alabama, on beautiful Cypress Creek and Carrabelle, FL.  Retiring from songwriting is not in the offing.

Christina Taylor

Christina Taylor first understood the power of music when she saw the shocked and disturbed look on her Dads face as he walked in on her listening to her Aunt’s cd, “Beautiful People,” by Marilyn Manson at the tender age of four.

After that, it was Shania Twain and Destiny’s Child in the mini-van on the way to soccer practice and dance class. Listening to Pink made this blonde-haired, brown-eyed girl next door realize that it was ok to be different and quirky. But it was the lyrically rich call of country music in her early teens that set Christina’s heart on fire and put her on the yellow brick road to Nashville.

Singers like Tim McGraw and especially Eric Church helped her understand that it is artists who are the most raw and unapologetically real that most inspire her, and first led her to pick up a guitar and put pen to paper.

Part of the wave of new female country artists including Casey Musgraves and Maren Morris, she recently moved from Charlotte, North Carolina to Tennessee, writing songs like “That Girl” the title track to her brand new EP.

Joining forces with artist development specialists, Go Long Entertainment/Kobalt, she has recently completed work on her first single release and video for the song ‘Don’t Look Good In Your T-Shirt Anymore.”

Christina was recently selected as a CMT Discovery Artist and her video for “Don’t Look Good…” is on the active video playlist there. Both “Don’t Look Good..” and “That Girl” can be heard on Radio Disney Country currently, as well as multiple Spotify Playlists. If you want to catch her live, Christina is currently performing regularly at the famous Sutler Saloon in Nashville scoring a coveted residency there.

“Don’t Look Good In Your T-Shirt Anymore” was a top 60 song on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart and the “That Girl” EP has over 700,000 streams and counting.

These days around Nashville from the studio to the stage, anyone who witnesses this dynamic, powerhouse of a singer is sure to be stopped in their tracks and certain to never forget her . . .

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Coley McCabe

Coley McCabe is an award winning Singer/Songwriter based in Texas. She is currently touring both with her band and performing acoustic shows. Her engaging stage presence and seasoned songwriting set her apart from other female acts. She has opened up for many major artists like Toby Keith, Wynonna, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and more.  Her self-penned single “This Ain’t the 60’s” co-written with Wynn Varble was a top 15 hit on the Texas charts.  She co-wrote the Top 5 Country Billboard Single – “Lucky 4 You (Tonight I’m Just Me)” Recorded by the sister trio SHeDAISY.  Coley has also written songs recorded by the legendary Loretta Lynn, Kristy Lee Cook (American Idol), Rebecca Lynn Howard, Lila McCann, Bill Anderson, among others.  She wrote and performed songs in the movie ALABAMA LOVE STORY and Co-Wrote the song “IN TIME” for the film THE PUNISHER available on the soundtrack for the film.  Coley CO-STARRED in the Feature Film ALABAMA LOVE STORY which is available on Netflix and Amazon. Music from that movie can be obtained by emailing http://www.masonjarentertainment.com.  Two singles were released while a Recording Artist on RCA Records – the song “GROW YOUNG WITH YOU” with ANDY GRIGGS was on the soundtrack for the Film WHERE THE HEART IS starring Ashley Judd/Natalie Portman.  Her self-titled full length CD, Duet CD with Thom Shepherd are available on iTunes. Coley’s new EP is scheduled for release in November. Her career highlights: “Playing on the Grand Ole Opry, Loretta Lynn recording one of my songs, winning an ASCAP award, singing with Vince Gill and Kenny Chesney.”

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Danny Wells

Songwriter-artist Danny Wells is a CMA and an ACM award nominee. He is recognized for the #1 HITS, Check Yes or No recorded by George Strait, These Days recorded by Rascal Flatts and Couldn’t Last a Moment by Collin Raye.

Wells is from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina where he graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School. He then moved to Oklahoma City and earned his A.A. Music degree from Southwestern Christian University. Next he headed out to Music City where he attended Belmont University and received a B.M. in Commercial Music. Immediately after graduation, he began to concentrate on what he loved most—songwriting.

He wrote the George Strait hit, Check Yes Or No. The song would become a number one hit for four weeks for Strait. Some of the awards Check Yes Or No has received include CMA Single of the Year, ACM Single of the Year, Video of the Year, Entertainment Radio Network’s Song of the Year, Country Weekly Magazine’s Golden Pick Award for Song of the Year and Country Weekly magazine’s Golden Pick Award for Video of the Year. The song was also featured in an ad campaign for Wrangler Jeans. Check Yes Or No to date has received over 6 million spins on the radio making it George Strait’s top played song.

Some of Danny’s other hits include This Everyday Love and While You Loved Me, both recorded by Rascal Flatts, Craig Morgan’s Little Bit of Life and Hello L-O-V-E, a hit single for John Michael Montgomery. He has also had cuts by numerous other artists, including Chris Young, JoDee Messina, Joe Diffie, Scotty McCreery, Crystal Gayle, Sara Evans, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alabama, Trent Tomlinson, James Bonamy, Julie Roberts, Wade Hayes and Confederate Railroad.

Wells currently serves on the Executive Board for the Nashville Songwriters Association International as well as their Board of Directors. He was Belmont University’s 2014 Curtain Call Award recipient and also currently serves on the University’s FAB Board … Friends of the Arts at Belmont. His songs have received BMI’s certification for over 14 million radio airplays.

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Earl Bud Lee

Earl Bud Lee 0272Earl Bud Lee has been writing songs for over 30 years in Nashville. You know his songs!

“Friends in Low Places” was recorded by Garth Brooks (1991) and Co-written with Dewayne Blackwell. It was one of the top five country songs of all time! It is still enjoying regular radio play over twenty years later. “One Night at a Time” was also recorded by George Strait (1998) and Co-written with Roger Cook and Eddie Kilgallon. Both of these smashes were ASCAP Song of the Year award winners. “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” was recorded by Blake Shelton (2011) (co-written with John Wiggins) and became another Number One Hit in March of 2011. Numerous other cuts, beautiful story songs, and funny anecdotes. You will enjoy your time with Earl Bud as much as he will with you.

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Erin Ashley

Erin Ashley was born and raised in Madison, Mississippi. She made the move to Nashville in November 2014 to pursue an artist career in country music. She recently scored her first major label cut with “Lonely One” sung by breakout star Luke Combs on his #1 debut record “This One’s For You.” She has also written with the likes of Ray Fulcher, Wyatt Durrette, D. Vincent Williams, Benjy Davis, and Gary Stanton. A mix between the old country story telling of Trisha Yearwood and the modern day powerhouse vocals of Carrie Underwood, Erin Ashley plans to release her debut EP in early 2018.

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Jean Nolan

Did you ever wonder what a country artist from Austria,EU might sound like? Well… Jean Nolan from Austria, EU, is country musics newest face and his accent is nothing like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s.
“When Jean sings one starts guessing whether he is from Georgia or Texas“, his Nashville based hit producer Ray Barnette says half-­jokingly. The Austrian native moved to Nashville, TN in 2015, after releasing his critically acclaimed self-­written debut album Born Ready and 3 hit singles to mainstream radio and playing multiple tours in his home country.

“I’m very grateful for my success in Austria. Winning the Austrian Newcomer Award and having my songs played on radio stations around the country, as well as playing some of the most prestigious venues was truly a dream come true. But Nashville is really where I always wanted to be”, Jean says.

Jean started playing Nashville’s writers rounds on a regular basis soon after arriving in town, and his skills didn’t stay unnoticed by award winning hit writers like Will Rambeaux, Sherrie Austin, Gary Loyd, Dan Demay, Kris Bergsens, Sandy Ramos, George Cocchini and many others whom Jean writes with on a regular basis now.

Since arriving in Nashville in February of 2015, Jean has written close to 80 songs, played approximately 120 shows, has been selected as part of the starring cast for the new reality TV show Another Country, was a two time finalist at Nashville Rising Star (songwriting competition) is a 2016 Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival Songwriting Competition finalist (top 3 out of over 400 entries) and had 8 songs picked up by some of Nashville’s most prestigious song pluggers to be pitched to major artists.

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Jerry Salley

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths,” Jerry Salley has had an incredibly successful songwriting career. The 2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Jerry has had over 450 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career. To date Jerry’s songs have sold in excess of 15.5 million records worldwide and internationally he has penned no less than seven (7) #1 Country hits in Australia. Writing and singing in Nashville since 1982, he has written multiple hits in Country, Bluegrass and Gospel Music and may well be the most successful songwriter to have earned equal recognition from all three genres of music.

From Sir Elton John’s only chart single to appear on the Billboard Country Chart (“Where We Both Say Goodbye” – duet with Australian artist Catherine Britt) to a Gospel song so popular it has been included in Church Hymnals (“His Strength Is Perfect”) Jerry’s long list of accomplishments speaks for itself. Most recently, Jerry was honored to have a song on Chris Stapleton’s Traveller album (“Outlaw State Of Mind”) which is certified double platinum. Jerry’s songs have been recorded by country artists Chris Stapleton, Sara Evans, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Loretta Lynn, The Oak Ridge Boys, Sara Evans, Patty Loveless, Joe Nichols, Darryl Worley, Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy, Mark Chesnutt, John Anderson, Wade Hayes and many other country, bluegrass and gospel artists. Jerry is honored each and every time a song of his is recorded. Keep up with Jerry at http://www.jerrysalley.com.

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Jerusa van Lith

Jerusa van LithJerusa is a recording artist based in The Netherlands and a recent resident of Nashville, TN. She has written for and toured with some of the top Dutch acts including The Opposites and Ilse DeLange.  Jerusa wrote for Universal Publishing and more recently signed with a Nashville based publisher while she works on her solo album and on the self titled album “A Man and A Woman” as a duo with singer songwriter Sam Brooker.

Jesse Rice

Jesse Rice is a multi-platinum selling and award-winning singer-songwriter and producer in Nashville, TN. Originally from low-country South Carolina, Rice moved to Nashville in 2002, where he began working for EMI Music Publishing. From 2007 to 2014 Rice was a staff songwriter at Artist Revolution Publishing. In the winter of 2014 he then signed a worldwide publishing deal with Ole Music Publishing.

As a writer, Rice has won ACM, CMA, AMA, Billboard, BMI & SESAC Awards, including Awards for SESAC Song of The Year and ACM & CMA Single of the Year for Florida Georgia Line’s hit ” Cruise”

“Cruise” was his first #1 hit as a songwriter, and the song then went on to become the longest-running #1 country music song of all time, spending an unprecedented 25 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts. To date, “Cruise” has sold 10 million downloads, making it the largest selling single in country music history, and the only country song ever to receive a Diamond certification by the RIAA. In addition, “Cruise” was remixed and re-released on the pop charts by the rap artist Nelly, going on to spend a crossover -record 42 weeks in the Top-10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching a peak of #4 in August 2013.

Other songs written by Rice include the single “The High Life” by Colt Ford, the Kristian Bush of Sugarland single “Light Me Up”, “Whoa” by Chase Rice, “While He’s Still Around” from the current Florida Georgia Line Billboard #1 record Dig Your Roots, and Ashley McBryde’s debut single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” which recently warned the #1 spot on Sirius XM The Highway’s Top 30 Countdown.

As an artist Rice also tours promoting the act that is his passion- THE PIRATE SESSIONS, whose first 2 volumes of that record each debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes Country Album Charts. PIRATE SESSIONS III was released on January 27, 2017, and debuted in the Top 5 on the iTunes Country Album charts. His single “Hope Town” is currently in rotation on Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville. For the upcoming Trop Rock Awards in Key West in November, Rice has been nominated as Male Vocalist of The Year and for the Horizon Award.

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Jillia Jackson

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Jillia Jackson spends her days writing songs, recording, and performing live. Blending traditional country, bluegrass, and commercial songwriting with a modern eclectic edge, Jillia Jackson has quickly found her place in Nashville, TN. This stunning red headed country vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter consistently deliver the energy of a trained professional in her live show while managing to harness an organic creativity in the recording studio.

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Jimmy Stanley

Jimmy Stanley is an American country music singer/songwriter from Eustis, FL. Jimmy attended Florida State University where he began to visualize a path in music playing in small clubs around Tallahassee before making the move to Nashville in 2005. He immediately got a job at the world famous Bluebird Cafe, where he studied some of the greatest songwriters and learned how a song was crafted. Jimmy has shared the stage with artists such as Sam Hunt, Tony Arata, Ronnie Milsap and more. In 2012 he landed a featured role on ABC’s ‘Nashville’ which later turned into a speaking role. Shortly thereafter he was casted for the soft scripted reality show called ‘CrazyHearts Nashville’ on A&E. After the first season Jimmy returned to touring and released his debut single “Say You Want Me” on SiriusXM The Highway in 2015. His follow-up single “Like I Stole It” is available now.

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Julia Cole

Nashville recording artist, Julia Cole, has created fresh country music true to her Houston, TX roots. Hailed as”COUNTRY WITH A KICK” Cole’s signature country dance music combines acoustic country, pop, and electric patterns with compelling beats and soulful vocals. Now, this twenty-three year old, volleyball playing graduate from Vanderbilt University is on the road and opening for acts such as Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, The Eli Young Band, Love and Theft, Kevin Fowler, Kane Brown, Drake White, Michael Ray, Canaan Smith, Chris Lane, Clare Dunn, Brooke Eden, Jon Langston, and more. This rising star is signed with CAA, Holler Music Publishing, Martingale Entertainment Management, and BMI.

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Karen Waldrup

New Orleans native, Karen Waldrup, is a triple threat musician, songwriter and recording artist known for her thrilling performances and “in your face” style of country music.

She has spent the last few years touring the world performing thousands of shows everywhere from Memphis, TN to Dublin, Ireland and is now a true viral sensation with her social media videos gaining mass appeal and more than 100 million views.

Waldrup recently won 3 Nashville Independent Music Awards for Best Live Country Performer, Best Video and Best Solo Female Country Artist and she also landed an original song in the motion picture ‘Scales: Mermaids are Real’. The video for her 2016 Summer song “I Got That Kind of Time” spent 5 weeks at #1 and 12 weeks in the top 5 on CMT. Her “Trashy Crashed the Party” video stayed in the top 3 for 5 weeks straight.

Karen appeared on Bravo TV’s Platinum Hit with hosts Jewel & Kara Diaguardi, and had music featured on Bravo TV’s reality series My Fab 40. She was a Nashville Rising Star finalist in 2015 and was previously named a GAC Top 25 Songwriter. Karen has been featured on NASCAR ESPN LIVE, the NFL Experience Superbowl XLVII and hundreds of other outlets world wide.

Look for Karen’s new album, Justified, later this year!

“Every once in a while an artist and songwriter comes along that needs no coaching or advice, the world just needs to hear and see them. That is Karen.” – Bart Heribson, Executive Director, NSAI

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Kim Paige

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.

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Kristen Kelly

Kristen Kelly is a contemporary country singer/songwriter and one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. Kristen was born and raised in Texas, where she developed a healthy addiction to country, blues, and classic rock. A member of the high school choir and a student of poetry, Kelly pursued a degree in music at Waco’s McLennan Community College, where she began writing and recording with a friend, eventually releasing an album, Highway Is My Home, under the name Modern Day Drifters. After her collaborator moved on to pursue a solo career in 2008 she decided to record under her own name and released Placekeeper in 2010. The record caught the ear of Arista Nashville, who signed Kelly and brought in award-winning producer Tony Brown and Grammy-winning songwriter Paul Overstreet to oversee her major-label debut which included her first Billboard Top 30 single, “Ex-Old Man” and the steamy bluesy ballad “He Loves To Make Me Cry.” Kristen has spent the last few years writing, recording, playing the Grand Ole Opry all the while touring with some of country music’s biggest acts including Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen, Gary Allan, and more. Kristen independently released her FIRE ep in 2015, which includes the hits “Kiss By Kiss” and the title track “Fire”. You can expect new music from Kristen very soon as she is currently recording.

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Kylie Sackley

As a wunderkind performer in her birthplace of Australia, Kylie dazzled audiences with her authentic grasp of country, her gorgeously expressive vocals, and her electrifying stage presence. When she won Australia’s most prestigious country music talent search, Star Maker (Keith Urban was a previous winner), she made the fateful decision to go the route of being a professional songwriter, and she hasn’t looked back since.

Now living and writing in Nashville, Kylie is adept at all facets of songwriting, comfortable writing lyrics, melodies, music, and contributing production ideas. Kylie’s songs have been recorded by Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, Randy Houser, Alan Jackson, Danielle Bradberry, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and more; Including Walker Hayes’ single “You Broke Up With Me.”

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Liz Sharpe

Liz SharpeCountry singer-songwriter Liz Sharpe, a.k.a. “Little Feather”, literally has music in her blood. From the tiny Appalachian town of Pikeville, Kentucky, she was born into the fabled singing dynasty that includes Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless (distant cousins) and she has been making music practically since she emerged from the womb.

After years of living in Treasure Island, Florida and singing and playing organ in the church choir she ran off to college in Australia (she wanted to learn to surf) and studied classical piano and composition for film. But like most country musicians she eventually retraced her roots and found her way to Nashville, Tennessee. After a stint on keyboards with a variety of artists from Holly Williams (Hank Jr.’s daughter) and Danielle Peck to Michael Bolton (she wrote his title cut and single in 2005), Liz joined forces with her five best musical compadres and found her musical home with her own band Little Feather.

Little Feather just released their debut self titled album on September 29th along with their music video.  They have recently won two awards for their drive-thu music series on Facebook and are currently gearing up for their tour.

Liz is a staff writer at Curb Publishing and some of her co-writers include Matraca Berg, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, Phil Barton, Will Rambeaux, Sherrie Austin and many more.

She has written and co-produced a chamber-acoustic-pop solo album for tv/film in 2010 and in 2013 she wrote and produced Gabriella Caspi’s album, “Letters to London”-and is currently writing for her “Pyxis” UK project.  Liz is also writing a musical with world-renown UK writer Chris Eaton.

Liz has been told that she is like a well of endless melodies.  Music is her passion through and through and with Little Feather she has found her wings!

Pete Sallis

Pete, originally from Chicago, currently writes for Demolition Music/Shakes Spear Music. He is a Grammy nominated songwriter who’s had cuts across the genres. The pop of American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, Betty Who, and David Archuletta – the 3x Grammy winner Blues/Americana artist Keb Mo, and in country by Ronnie Dunn, Bucky Covington, and the single “Shut Up & Fish” by Maddie & Tae.

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Sam Brooker

Sam BrookerSam moved to Nashville, TN from Green Bay Wisconsin to pursue a career in music. After development deals with both  Dreamworks and RCA records, Sam teamed up with Ruby Amanfu to form the critically acclaimed duo “Sam & Ruby”.  They recorded one album under the Warner Music umbrella and had songs featured in major motion pictures and TV.  Sam also launched a Music Publishing company, Artist Revolution, and published the #1 song “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line.  Most recently he is performing in the Curb Recording Artist “Little Feather” Band and working on the first self titled release of “A Man and A Woman” With Dutch recording artist Jerusa van Lith.

Sherrie Austin

After being discovered at age 14 as Johnny Cash’s opening act on his Australian tour the diminutive brunette Sherrie Austin packed her bags and her entire family and moved to Hollywood California to join the cast of the hit series ‘The Facts Of Life’.

Country music soon came calling again and she signed a recording contract with Arista Nashville in 97’ releasing two albums and charting several singles including ‘Lucky In Love’, ’One Solitary Tear’ and ‘Never Been Kissed’. After the acquisition of Arista records by RCA, she went on to make two independent records and in 03’ had her first major chart hit with the title track from her record ‘Streets Of Heaven’.
In 2005 she stretched her theatrical wings in New York receiving critical acclaim in the NY Times for her portrayal of Bonnie Parker in the off Broadway ‘The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde’. Using this as a springboard to Broadway she joined the cast of ‘Ring Of Fire’ in 2006.

The last few years has been a focus more on songwriting. Tim McGraw along with special guest Faith Hill recorded her song ‘ShotGun Rider’ on his 2007 release ‘Let It Go’. Austin’s success continues with the title track to Blake Sheltons 2008 ‘Startin Fires’ and a hilarious duet recorded by Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton called ‘If I Was A Woman’. She can also boast a cut by the King of Country himself, George Strait called
‘Where’ve I Been All My Life’ on his Grammy nominated 2009 release, ‘Twang’.

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Steve Dean

Steve Dean has written seven #1 hits in his storied career including 2007’s most played song “Watching You” for Rodney Atkins. “Round About Way” for George Strait, “Walk On” for Reba McEntire, “Southern Star” for Alabama, “It Takes A Little Rain” for The Oak Ridge Boys, and “Hearts Aren’t Made To Break” for Lee Greenwood round out the other five. He was raised in Little Rock Arkansas on a steady diet of The Beatles, Byrds and Eagles, with early Buck Owens, Rodger Miller and Johnny Cash influences as well. After earning a degree in advertising, he moved to Nashville to pursue his songwriting dreams. He also spent several years as a touring artist in a duo called “James/Dean”. Steve has also written hit songs for Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, The Roys, LoCash Cowboys, Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery and LeAnn Womack. To date, he has earned 10 BMI songwriting awards.

Steve Williams

stevewilliamsSteve Williams’ songs are featured on 3 gold records. “Where Have I Been All My Life” recorded by George Strait has been heralded as one of the most poignant songs of Strait’s career and is featured on “Twang” (2009 release). “Redneck Yacht Club” (recorded by Craig Morgan), went to #1 in 2005 and became one of the most downloaded songs of the year. ASCAP called it “The summer song of the year.” It’s popularity spawned several businesses and the official website RedneckYachtClub.com. Buddy Jewell’s debut album also went gold and features Williams’ song, “O’Reilly Luck”. His Grammy nominated song, “I Get To” (Oak Ridge Boys 2012) flew to #1 on the Christian Music Charts years earlier for Blue County and has been recorded by several artists, including Jeff & Cherrie Easter. And on the opposite side of the songwriting spectrum, “I Didn’t”, recorded by Trick Pony, Kristin Chenoweth and numerous others, is a hilarious look into a dysfunctional rel tionship.

“A Fathers Love (the Only Way He Knew How)”, recorded by Bucky Covington, received rave reviews from country radio. And when recorded by Canadian artists High Valley a short time later, it was awarded “Song & Video of the Year” at the 2011 GMA Awards. The Oak Ridge Boys, released “What’cha Gonna Do” in 2011 as a single (It’s only Natural album) and the video is a popular hit on YouTube.com.

As a performer, Steve has worked with Kenny Chesney, Tanya Tucker. Visit SteveWilliamsSongs.com for more on his music and career.

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Thom Shepherd

CMA of Texas Songwriter of the Year Thom Shepherd is an Austin, Texas-based touring artist who spent many years as a songwriter in Nashville. He performs constantly with his band, as a solo acoustic performer, and as a duo with artist Coley McCabe.

Thom and Coley have recently launched their new YouTube channel, “American Dreamers On The Road,” which features videos about the couple moving from a three bedroom house into a 39′ Fleetwood American Dream motorcoach.

Thom, and his Radio Margaritaville hit “Always Saturday Night,” are featured in the upcoming documentary “Parrot Heads: The Movie,” and he won the Radio Show of the Year Award at the 2015 Trop Rock Music Awards for “Live From The Redneck Yacht Club.”

Along with his own radio singles in Texas, Thom is the writer of five #1 singles for other artists – “Redneck Yacht Club,” recorded by Craig Morgan, “Riding with Private Malone” recorded by David Ball, Kyle Park’s “The Night Is Young,” Josh Abbott and Pat Green’s single, “My Texas,” and Kevin Fowler’s “Beer Season.”

In total Thom has had over 10 singles and over 100 songs recorded by artists including Easton Corbin, Pam Tillis, John Anderson, Lorrie Morgan, Colt Ford, Bucky Covington, George Jones, Trailer Choir, Montgomery Gentry, Buddy Jewell, and Cledus T. Judd.

After years of living in Nashville, Thom relocated to Texas in 2011 to pursue a full time touring career. “I’ve always written songs so that I could perform them live on stage,” he says. “It’s always exciting when someone else records one of my songs, but there is no greater feeling than connecting with an audience.“

His music has taken him on 9 tours performing for our military in 17 different countries. “As songwriters, we have no idea how our songs are going to affect people,” says Thom, “I met a soldier in Qatar who was on leave from Baghdad, and he told me he joined the military because of Private Malone. He asked me how that made me felt and I said Responsible! Then when we went to get our picture taken, he showed me the shattered LCD screen of his digital camera – shattered because it was in his shirt pocket behind his flack jacket when he took a round from an AK47. That camera saved his life. That is powerful stuff.”

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent his high school years in Stephens City, Virginia. He graduated from George Mason University and one week later moved to Nashville. He has written for 5 different music publishers over the years and is constantly on the road performing. He is a two time cancer survivor, a father of two, and co-owner of RedneckYachtClub.com.

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Tim Buppert

timbuppertSince moving to Nashville in July 1991’ 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 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. As a songwriter Tim has had cuts by: Trisha Yearwood, The Wiggins, Continental Divide, Perfect Stranger and Doc Walker as well as the top 10 single by YANKEE GREY “ ANOTHER NINE MINUTES and a #1 single by Kevin Sharp “SHE’S SURE TAKING IT WELL” which is included in ASCAP’s top 50 songs of the 90’s. Tim currently writes for Saddle Blanket Music. Tim also plays drums and sings in 4 of Nashville’s most popular bands. “FAB” a tribute to the BEATLES, “The Consoulers” a premier soul/R&B group, “Vinyl Radio” and “Live From Ventura Blvd.” two great 70’s cover bands.

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Troy Jones

Troy Jones is a staff songwriter for Carnival Music in Nashville Tennessee. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Tim McGraw, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jake Owens, and others.

He received a Grammy Nomination in 2009 for his song “People are Crazy” which was number one on the billboard charts for two consecutive weeks and it was nominated for both C.M.A. and A.C.M “Song of the Year”. Troy also had a number one hit with “Pretty Good at Drinking Beer”. His song “Shiftwork” was a #2 song for Kenny Chesney and George Strait in 2008 and was preformed on the C.M.A. awards show by Chesney and Strait.

Troy’s song “Timing is Everything” was included as a major part of the movie “Country Strong” in 2010.

Troy was born in Port St. Joe, Florida in 1955 and graduated from Port St Joe High School in 1974. He and his wife Patsy now live in Fayetville, Alabama on Lay Lake. They have three children and four grandchildren.

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Tyler Reeve

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Tyler first cut his teeth performing on the college scene in Tallahassee, FL. Moving to Atlanta then Nashville, Tyler turned his focus to songwriting, quickly establishing himself as both a performer and one of Nashville’s most sought after co-writers.

Tyler’s catalogue includes numerous album cuts and singles, including Brett Young’s multi-week #1 and multi-platinum selling “In Case You Didn’t Know,” Love & Theft’s critically acclaimed single, “Whiskey On My Breath,” Luke Combs’ “I Got Away With You.” ABC’s “Hitting the Right Note,” which spotlighted Tyler as a songwriter and up and coming star, was nominated for an Emmy Award. Tyler is currently recording an EP set for a late 2017 release.

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Victoria Venier

While she is originally from historic Dixon, Illinois, Victoria now calls Nashville “home”. After graduating Millikin University in Commercial Music, she began further pursuing her dreams of becoming a singer/songwriter. In addition to touring the country with many different shows and bands, she has been a featured artist on the stages of many of Nashville’s hottest music clubs, including the world renowned Bluebird Café. She has been a guest on the Grand Ole Opry and has been a background vocalist for artists such as Sandi Patti, Loretta Lynn, Joe Diffie and Brenda Lee. She has three cuts on the critically acclaimed work “This Is My America” and some of her most recent work “Back To You” landed her on the Grammy-nominated album The Standard by Take 6.

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Walt Aldridge

Walt Aldridge, a songwriter, singer, musician, engineer and producer has exercised his musical skills in Muscle Shoals and Nashville for more than thirty years. During that time he has written more than 50 top 40 songs, 7 reaching the #1 spot. Additionally, he has appeared as engineer, musician, singer and producer on more than 500 recordings. He recently was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was honored with a bronze star in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

His work spans a wide spectrum of music, including artists as diverse as Lou Reed, Peter Cetera and Blessid Union of Souls while traditional country acts from Conway Twitty to Reba McEntire have also found success with Aldridge’s songs. He currently divides his time between writing for the Muscle Shoals and Nashville music markets, performing and teaching recording technology classes at the University of North Alabama.

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Wil Nance

Wil Nance hit the top of R&R and Billboard with his #1 BRAD PAISLEY smash “She’s Everything”, a song on Time Well Wasted, the Multi Platinum 2007 CMA Album of the Year.

In 1999, Wil received a BMI award for “Round About Way”, a #1 hit single for GEORGE STRAIT, a song on the Multi Platinum CMA Album Of The Year Carrying Your Love With Me. “Round About Way” is also on GEORGE STRAIT’S Latest Greatest Hits and GEORGE STRAIT’S 50 Number Ones … Over ten million sales and counting.

Wil has received “Million Air” Awards from BMI for GEORGE STRAIT’S “Round About Way” (Nance/ Dean) and BRAD PAISLEY’S “She’s Everything” (Nance/ Paisley).

He also landed on Troubadour, GEORGE STRAIT’S Platinum selling, Grammy Winning, 2008 CMA Album Of The Year with a song called “If Heartaches Were Horses (Nance/ Brock/ Dillon).”

In 2004, Wil received another BMI Award for his top ten JOE NICHOLS single “Cool To Be A Fool” (Nance/ Dean/ Nichols).

In 2009, GEORGE STRAIT cut another Wil Nance song; “Where Have I Been All My Life”( Nance/ Williams/ Austin), which is on the GEORGE STRAIT Cd Twang.
And in 2015, “It Take’s All Kinds” (Nance/ Regan/ Strait/ Strait) on the Cd Cold Beer Conversations.

Other singles include; BLUE COUNTY “I Get To” (also nominated for Dove Award – Easters version), JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY “You Are”, GENE WATSON “Next To Nothin”, CHAD BROCK “You Are”, & more.

Plus additional cuts on artists BRAD PAISLEY, TRACY LAWRENCE, JOE NICHOLS, NEAL MCCOY, CRAIG MORGAN, DIAMOND RIO, SAMMY KERSHAW, JEFF & SHERRI EASTER, OAKRIDGE BOYS, EASTON CORBIN, THE FARM, LOCASH COWBOYS, ETC

Wil is currently signed with CURB PUBLISHING & has 2 new cuts on Curb Record’s Artist MO PITNEY and new cut on TIM MCGRAW.

Will Rambeaux

will rambeauxWill Rambeaux was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in the heart of cajun country. He grew up listening to the classic pop, rock and country music of his day, as well as a healthy dose of the Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans R&B native to Louisiana. With a degree in Literature under his belt, Will left home on a musical odyssey that took him first to Austin, Texas and then to New York City. On a chance visit to Tennessee in the 1980’s Will managed to get a tape to his boyhood idol, Roy Orbison. Mr. Orbison took note of his talent and offered to bring Will to Nashville where his career as a writer and producer has blossomed. Will fronted his own original roots-rock band for years, but really hit paydirt with his first cut as a songwriter in 1993. Recorded by Warner Bros.artist Faith Hill, “Wild One” took the country charts by storm staying at 1 for four weeks and breaking all records for a new female artist. He then had a pair of back-to-back 1 songs for country crooner John Michael Montgomery, the first one, “How Was I To Know”, followed by “Hold On To Me”. He has also had several other Top 10 singles, including “Nobody Gonna’ Rain On Our Parade” (Kathy Mattea) and “Can’t Get Enough” (Patty Loveless) and his songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Jo Dee Messina, Trick Pony Tammy Cochran, Lee Greenwood, Danielle Peck and Ronnie Milsap. Will’s songs have also garned many BMI “Most Performed Songs of the Year” awards, as well as several BMI “Million-Air” awards. More recently, Will has been dividing his time between songwriting and record producing. He has recorded four albums for singer/songwriter Sherrie’ Austin, “Words”, “Love In The Real World”, “Following A Feeling” and “Streets Of Heaven” which have yielded many chart singles including “Lucky In Love”, “Put Your Heart Into It” and “Never Been Kissed”. He is also currently working on several new artist projects which should see the light of day in the coming months.

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