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Luke Laird | Mike Loudermilk | David Cory Lee | Hillary Lindsey | Misty Loggins | Lauren Lucas | Jon Mabe | Willie Mack | Patrick Jason Matthews | Lila McCann | Jim McCormick | Vicki McGehee | Pat McLaughlin | Jimmy Melton | Wendell Mobley | Danny Myrick | Sally Mudd | Anna Owens | Melissa Peirce | Bobby Pinson | Hugh Prestwood | Suzi Ragsdale |
Will Rambeaux | Rhiannon | Kylie Sackley | Pete Sallis | Chas Sandford | Leslie Satcher | Don Schlitz | Jenn Schott | Levi Sims | James Slater | Southland | Jen Stegall | Keith Stegall | Jon Stone | Chris Tompkins | Billy Joe Walker, Jr | Bruce Wallace | Amber White | Phillip White | Fred Wilhelm | Dave Vincent Williams | Blake Wise | Kate York
Each of singer/songwriter Luke Laird’s songs displays their composer’s fondness for sly observations and gritty emotion. The Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania native had music in mind when he chose to attend Middle Tennessee State University. After graduation, he hit the road with Brooks & Dunn as their assistant tour manager, constantly writing songs in the midst of a touring schedule’s hurry up and wait world. When Laird found himself back in Nashville 2002, he signed with BMG Music Publishing, choosing to focus fulltime on his deep-rooted passion for songwriting. Artists including Lee Ann Womack, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Jedd Hughes and Emily West have recorded Laird’s work—all resounding affirmations of his choice in profession.
Today, Luke is still a staff writer for BMG and is represented by Oglesby Writer Management.
One way or another, Mike Loudermilk has been making music most of his
life. He was 15 when his first song, an instrumental, was recorded by guitar
legend Chet Atkins, who invited him to Nashville to play "those licks of
yours" on the session. Atkins offered then to sponsor him in Nashville, but
approved of Mike’s decision to return to Louisiana and finish 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 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 recent duet record, "Wildwood Flower," with
bluegrass fiddle 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. He has
worked with Crystal Gayle for many years and has recently co-produced
Crystal’s “Midnight In The Desert,” a song she and Mike wrote for the
international radio talk show “Coast to Coast AM.”
Since getting off the road Mike has been concentrating on songwriting and
producing at his studio "Nashville Sound Project House." There he has
recorded and arranged songs written by some of Nashville's biggest hit
Mike recently was invited to the prestigious "Country In The Rockies" fund
raiser for Aids and Cancer Research where he performed along side of
country music's most talented singer/songwriters. He has also been
involved musically with many benefits including the National MS Society.
Endorsements with Taylor guitars, Elixer Guitar Strings, Fishman
Transducers, Bill Lawrence, and KJL Amplifiers point to his reputation as a
"musician's musician," both onstage and through recording projects.
Mike can be reached through his email address: email@example.com Visit his website mikeloudermilk.com
David Cory Lee
David was born in Wichita Falls Texas in 1968, a third generation guitar player and singer. Through the years he had many musical influences, most of which were Texas singer songwriters and artists.
In 1993, he left his honky-tonk band, sold most of what he owned and took the 300 dollars and his wife of 30 days and moved to Nashville with a homemade trailer and a two-toned wreck resembling a truck. David took a job at the Budgetel Inn in Franklin, TN as a maintenance man and worked other odd jobs until 1997 when he met Sharon Archer. She introduced him to Estill Sowards of Hallmark Direction Co. and they signed him to an exclusive songwriting agreement.
David had his first cut with Terri Clark’s “This Old Heart” and over the next 2 years he had cuts by John Michael Montgomery, Clay Davidson, a the top ten single “Now You See Me Now You Don’t” recorded by Lee Ann Womack as well as a top 15 with “Before I Knew Better” recorded by Sony artist Brad Martin.
In 2001, Chris Ogelsby signed David to BMG Music Publishing and he had his first # 1 song “19 Somethin” recorded by Mark Wills, followed by his favorite song, “Letters From Home” recorded by John Michael Montgomery. Recently, David has had his songs recorded by Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Lee Ann Womack, George Strait, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and currently he has the new single “Lucky Man” by Montgomery Gentry.
David attributes all of his success to his wife Stacie for believing and waiting tables while waiting on the dream, his daughter Jessee, and God for his continued guidance and grace.
Growing up in the small town of Washington, GA, Hillary began writing songs at the age of 10. After moving to Nashville, attending Belmont University, and quickly being offered a publishing deal, she had 8 cuts in her first year as a songwriter. Today, artists such as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Jessica Andrews, and Lindsey Lohan perform Hillary’s songs.
In 2002 Hillary enjoyed her first No. 1 single, “Blessed,” which was recorded by Martina McBride and spent 2 weeks at number one. Now, Hillary can add Carrie Underwood’s debut single, “Jesus Take the Wheel,” to her list of hit songs. The song not only spent six weeks in 2006 at No.1, but it also received single of the year at the ACM Awards and ASCAP’s Song of the Year. “Jesus Take the Wheel also earned Hillary and her co-writers the 2006 CCMA/SOCAN award.
Other hit songs for Hillary include Sara Evan’s “Backseat of a Greyhound Bus” (top 15), Martina McBride’s “This One’s For the Girls” (top 5), and EMI Belgium recording artist Sarah’s “Very Last Moment” (No.1 on Pop Charts).
From the Ryman Auditorium to The Bluebird Café, audiences have just plain fallen in love with Misty Loggins. Averaging over 200 performances a year across the United States, this Hollywood, Georgia farm girl continues to entertain sold out crowds with her award winning musicianship and dynamic personality.
She has shared the stage with many of the Grand Ole Opry's
biggest stars while performing at Dollywood and has been featured in several nationwide television performances on ABC, PAX, CBS and FOX.
An honor graduate of Belmont University, Misty has recently signed her first publishing deal with Big Tractor Music Publishing.
"If I had to sum up my music, I'd call it country with deep Southern
soul," says Columbia, South Carolina native Lauren Lucas. Lucas has an
expressive voice, sweet and wise, innocent and earthy. It's a voice that can paint an affecting picture with forceful emotion or subtle, intimate whispers; a voice that makes every story she tells come to startling life.
Although only in her 20s, Lucas is a seasoned veteran. She appeared on
the Grand Ole' Opry when she was 11, and created her own charitable
foundation Kids ACT (Kids Accepting Challenges Today), an outreach
organization encouraging kids to get involved in their communities. – at age 12. She spent her teenage years fronting bands and playing countless clubs and county fairs and landed a major label production deal while still in high school. She was also nominated for a TONY AWARD for her contribution to the score of the Broadway version of "Urban Cowboy" and appeared in the Houston cast of "Take This Show And Shove It." Before signing with Warner Bros. Nashville, Lucas graduated from Belmont University's School of Music and started writing songs with Nashville vets like Chuck Jones, Dave Berg, Hillary Lindsey, and Vicky McGehee.
Lauren is currently working a new project and has just landed her first
country cut as a songwriter on Megan Mullin's upcoming album.
After graduating from Appalachian State in 1993, Jon Mabe moved to Nashville in pursuit of a career in the music business. He started working for EMI Music Publishing as the catalog manager but was soon elevated to creative director. In 2002, Mabe accepted a position as Senior Creative Director at Big Picture Entertainment, working for Keith Stegall and Alan Kates. He departed two years later in order to focus on his true calling as a songwriter. Signing with Stage Three Music in 2006, Jon Mabe has garnered cuts with Ronnie Milsap and new RCA recording artist, Chuck Wicks.
Singer/songwriter, Willie Mack is a true country boy, who's ridden the range, built fences and roped and branded cattle on a ranch two hours west of Dallas near the town of Chico--population 850. Says Willie: "It was an amazing place to grow up! Life is slow, true and you learn a lot of down to earth things growing up in the country that you just don't often get to experience in the city."
After high school, Willie moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University where he went to class by day and honed his songwriting craft and singing by night. Influenced by music artists such as Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Springsteen, Elvis and the Beatles, he began creating his own musical style. As he jokingly says, "I was making terrible grades in school, but I was starting to write some really good songs!"
Willie's songs have been published by Famous Music, Universal, Encore, Harlan Howard songs, and recorded by Sara Evans (title cut "Restless"), George Canyon, Collin Raye, Sons of the Desert. In January 2006, he joined ole as a full-time writer. He can frequently be found in the Nashville office, constantly writing with fellow writers Gerald O'Brien, Steve Mandile, Gilles Godard, and ole/Roots Three writer Bruce Wallace. Willie's most recent ole cuts include songs by Mark Wills, Megan Mullins, JR Vautour and Crossin' Dixon.
Patrick Jason Matthews
Great writers are born, not made, and once you hear Patrick Jason Matthews, you can hear in every note and word that he was born to write songs. Following in the footsteps of great southern writers, Jason emotes songs as harmonic conversations on life. “If Faulkner needed a soundtrack, he’d ask Jason Matthews to write it” says Max Hutchinson of Valhalla Music Group.
Jason Matthews was born in Harrells Store, North Carolina and started writing songs at age fifteen. The craft of writing songs became his obsession. For his parents, however, he put his songwriting on hold and took a full scholarship to East Carolina University and earned a degree in English.
During college he established a fan base in the college circuit, playing clubs up and down the coast of Carolina. Macon, a disk jockey for WRFX in Charlotte (home of the John Boy and Billy show), became one of Jason’s first fans and gave a demo tape to the legendary musical comedy team Pinkard and Bowden. After a call from Sandy Pinkard, he left Eastern North Carolina to be a roadie and songwriter for the comedy duo. After a year on the road he settled in Nashville to see how he might rank against the greatest writers in the world.
It turns out that he ranks right up there. Many now tout him as a future Hall Of Famer, due to the critical and chart success of his ten singles in the past two years. Kevin Denney's "That's Just Jesse", Tammy Cochran's "Life Happened , James Otto’s “The Ball”, Dusty Drake’s “One Last Time”, Roxie Dean’s “Remind Me,” Julie Roberts’ “Break Down Here,” and Billy Currington’s #1 smash “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” have made Jason Matthews the “go-to” songwriter for career songs.
At 25 years of age, Lila McCann has been around the National and Nashville music scene for over 10 years. After the release of her first 3 albums “LILA” (certified PLATINUM) and “SOMETHING IN THE AIR” (certified GOLD) and the critically acclaimed “COMPLETE”, Lila left her home town of Steilacoom, Washington and has made her way here to Nashville. Lila Has been a BMI writer for almost 10 years. She is currently writing for and recording a new album produced by Keith Stegall. Broken Bow Records is expecting to release the new project in late 2007.
Jim McCormick, born and raised in New Orleans, is a frequent performer at clubs and festivals throughout the South, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX. He is a staff songwriter for Warner Chappell Music in Nashville.
His songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Blue County, Ray Scott, Luke Bryan, Bobby Pinson, Laren Lucas, Anders Osborne and many others. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. His solo records are available at jimmccormickmusic.com.
Vicky McGeHee grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She moved to Nashville in 1989 to pursue her songwriting career. To make ends meat, Vicky worked in entertainment law, while honing her music skills at night. Seven years later, her hard work paid off when she was signed to Buddy Killen Publishing.
In 2000 she landed a deal with Sony Tree Music Publishing. There, she formed a lasting bond with John Rich. It was this friendship that, professionally, made Vicky a force to be reckoned with. John introduced Vicky to several members of Muzik Mafia, a group of musicians supporting one another in their love of music. Members such as Gretchen Wilson, James Otto and Big & Rich shared a common idea of where country music was heading. Vicky’s music fueled that passion.
It wasn’t long before Music Row took notice. Vicky’s songs were being heard. Cut’s such as Reba McEntire’s “Room to Breathe”, Big & Rich’s “Holy Water”, and Gretchen Wilson’s latest “When I Think About Cheatin’” catapulted Vicky into the songwriter spotlight. The country world started to notice, too.
EMI Music Publishing saw the potential and the talent in Vicky McGeHee, and soon, she was part of the team. Success quickly ensued. “Skoal Ring” and “All Jacked Up” were cut for Gretchen Wilson’s highly anticipated sophomore album. Newcomers Shannon Brown and Keith Anderson jumped at the chance to record Vicky’s songs, “Cornfed”, “Big Man”, and “Stick It”. Vicky’s music is sure to be a country music favorite.
"Four corners is a single point in America where the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico meet. Pat McLaughlin's music is similarly a convergence point where R&B, country, pop, and rock-n-roll conjoin." Michael Ross, No Depression Magazine
Pat McLaughlin may not be on the tip of the average consumer's tongue, but for a couple of decades,
Pat has been many a musician's favorite musician. He's even been called the greatest rhythm guitar player on the planet, playing on records by names like John Prine, Neil Diamond, Josh Turner, Don Williams, and Nanci Griffith just to name a few. Pat also had the honor of being the rhythm guitar player for the last round of American Recording Sessions with Johnny Cash.
Besides being a revered under-the-radar artist - an anonymity he almost escaped with a Capitol recording deal in the mid 80's - he's also a heralded songwriter with about 40 cuts. The artists who have recorded Pat's songs range in diversity almost as much as his talents.
Bonnie Raitt and Ben Harper recorded "Two Lights in the nighttime." Alan Jackson cut "It's Alright to be a Redneck," and Josh Turner and Tim O'Brien both recorded "Good Woman Bad." Al Kooper, Gary Allen, The Subdudes, Taj Majal, Steve Wariner, Delbert McLinton and countless others have also included McLaughlin's songs on their records.
Onstage, Pat has a mystical funk that captivates audiences of all ages. Whether he's in front of a crowd of thousands, or playing at a sparsely attended smoky dive, Pat puts his soul into his music and it oozes out among the crowd.
"Groove and Soul, slink and stutter, groove and soul, wisdom and pain, groove and soul." Peter Cooper, The Tennessean
Jimmy Melton began his career as a musician at the age of eight, learning the guitar from his father. Soon thereafter, he was invited to appear with guitar legend Chet Atkins on “Pop Goes The Country”, a popular country music television series. Jimmy was also fortunate enough to get the chance to perform with a few more of his heroes, bluegrass legends Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs.
By his late teens, Jimmy had already spent almost ten years touring the summer bluegrass festivals and fairs. In his early twenties, Jimmy left the bluegrass scene, formed a country band, bought a big p.a. system, and played the county fair/dance hall circuit in and around his native west Tennessee.
After dabbling in songwriting as far back as he can recall, Jimmy moved to Nashville to pursue his career and landed his first publishing deal in 1996 with Murrah Music, owned by Hall of Fame songwriter Roger Murrah. He then moved on to write for another Hall of Famer, the legendary Harlan Howard, giving him yet another chance to hone his craft with one of the greats.
Jimmy recently entered into a new publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing in Nashville, and is working on building a catalogue there. His original songs have been recorded by some of the following artists: Hank Williams, Jr., Mark Chesnutt, Blake Shelton, Gene Watson, Chely Wright, Amber Dotson, Kevin Denney, Brian Mccomas, Craig Morgan, Trent Willmon, Dierks Bentley, Neal McCoy and George Jones.
Upon meeting Warner-Chappell singer/songwriter, Wendell Mobley, one would never realize the magic he is capable of creating when he puts pen to paper. Reserved and unassuming.Mobley certainly recognizes the weight of his words as song after song reaches the hottest artists in country music and become chart-topping hits.
Mobley arrived in Nashville from his hometown of Celina, Ohio more than 15 years ago and immediately made his mark playing guitar with Grand Ole Opry legend Jack Green. As he honed his already refined skills as a picker, Wendell also developed his writing and discovered his voice, leading him to a lengthy tenure with country super group Alabama. In fact, Mobley is responsible for the haunting ballad "We Can't Love Like This Anymore, which appeared not only on Alabama's third greatest hits collection, but also on their compilation of love songs.
Wendell has gone on to help establish many of Nashville's biggest stars, including Montgomery-Gentry, Joe Nichols, Trisha Yearwood, Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney. Of course, he has also penned hits for Andy Griggs, Joe Diffie, Pat Green, Chris Cagle, Diamond Rio, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Chesnut, Tracy Byrd, the legendary Kenny Rogers, pop star - Edwin McCain and many others.
His talent extends well beyond his writing. Mobley has contributed his growly baritone to an array of diverse projects from Lynyrd Skynrd to Faith Hill. In fact, find Wendell performing at one of Nashville's many well-attended "Songwriter's Night's" and truly witness magic. As most of the format's producers and A&R staffers can attest to, no one can sell a song like the person who wrote it. However, Mobley not only sells his songs, he converts his audience to a new religion. Singing from the depths of his soul or the edge of his humor, he sings personally to everyone who hears his voice.and makes them a believer.
Believable as those songs are, Mobley doesn't limit himself to traditional music outlets. He also adds to his resume jingles for national enterprises such as Oscar Meyer, McDonald's, Bob Evans, Pro-Craft Boats and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
As modest as he is, the talent cannot be ignored. BMI refuses to ignore it as they place plaque after plaque for #1 hits into his modest possession. The Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and CMT: Country Music Television don't ignore it, recognizing Mobley's music with numerous nominations and awards to the artists honored to perform these compositions.
Whether it's the steamy sensuality of Rascal Flatts mega-hit, "I Melt," the hopeful bounce of Kenny Chesney's "How Forever Feels," - alternately Chesney's teary prayer, "There Goes My Life" the slightly edgy Andy Griggs smash, "How Cool Is That," or the multi-week number one smash "Fast Cars and Freedom" Wendell Mobley continues to prove himself one of Nashville's premiere and consummate songwriters.
Bio to come, please check back.
What would happen if Norah Jones and Wynonna Judd collaborated after Tuesday night Bunco? Perhaps, they'd roll out a song similar to those written by Sally Mudd.
Sally, a small town Kentucky girl, and mother of two, has an uncanny knack for capturing the opinions of strong women, while throwing soft punches at the men they love…or shouldn't. Her delivery is soft, sensual, and when the situation demands it, sarcastic.
Her writing abilities were affirmed in 2004, when legendary country music singer, Crystal Gayle, recorded and released "You Don't Even Know My Name," also known as "The Soldier Song." The song gained critical acclaim, and is still a part of Gayle's regular set list.
Determined that the song reach as many soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines as possible, Sally released her own version, packaged it in a Thank You card, and by request, sent thousands to the
armed forces all over the globe.
When asked about her dreams for the future, Sally will be quick to tell you that it is the present that is most important to her. A quiet life on her farm shared with her husband, kids, goats, horses, garden, guitar, and the occasional hit song are just about all she'll ever need.
To quote USA Today, "The world needs more Sally Mudds!"
Hi everyone, I'm from North Carolina and have been living in Nashville for 3 years now working with Warner Brothers and Famous Music Publishing. I've always wanted to do music professionally, so I'm really excited to be working on my first record. I grew up listening to pop music, but in college (at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC) I became really interested in singer/songwriters like Patti Griffin, Joni Mitchell and Mark Knopfler. That was about the time that I decided I really needed to pursue songwriting if I wanted to say something unique and personal through my music. I sent a demo out to Nashville during my freshman year at ASU and nothing really happened, but I got the chance to meet with Danny Kee at Warner Brothers. As I was about to graduate, I received a call from WB to meet with Paul Worley and we began working together. I moved to Nashville, and a few months later signed a publishing deal with Famous Music. I've gotten to work with so many great people including Charlie Peacock and John Levinthal, and I'm getting ready to record some sides with Marcus Hummond. I hope you guys will check out the music and come see a show!
Melissa is a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and writes for Crosstown Music Publishing and Dann Huff. Since Melissa has been writing professionally, she’s had cuts by several major recording artists including Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Cyndi Thompson, JoDee Messina, Katrina Elam, Lila McCann, Josh Gracin, Jimmy Wayne, Pinmonkey and Maia Sharp among others. She is a recipient of the 2004 ASCAP Country Music Awards for writing the country single “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain” for Reba McEntire, one of the year’s most played songs as well as a number one video hit on CMT that peaked at number 14 on the U.S. Billboard Country chart.
Melissa has penned two recent international hits. Doc Walker’s “I Am Ready” went top 10 in Canada in 2005. Bella’s “Tumbling Down” went top 10 in Australia in 2004, was a number one hit on Austar’s Country Music Channel (CMC), and helped earned the group the “Vocal Group of the Year” award at Australia’s Country Music Awards.
Recent songs Melissa has written include “Won’t Be Lonely Long” for LeAnn Rimes’ This Woman, “That’s Where It Is” for Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts, “Why Do I” for Faith Hill’s Greatest Hits and “If You Don’t I Will” for Josh Gracin’s forthcoming untitled album.
Bobby's the son of a high school football coach and an elementary school teacher who "grew up fifty miles past the middle of nowhere in the land of wind and dirt where football was life, Dad was boss, and Christ was King." Raised in a string of small Texas towns, the perennial new kid learned that you immediately had to find a connection with somebody, while at the same time having almost a blatant disregard for what they thought.
Bobby started writing songs the summer he graduated from high school, though he admits he got off to a rough start. "I sent one of my songs to one of those places I saw in a magazine just before I went into the Army. The only piece of mail I got during basic training was a letter from that magazine rejecting my song."
In 1999, Bobby signed with Sony/ATV Music as a staff songwriter. In 2000, he signed to what is now known as Stage Three Music. Over forty of Bobby's songs found their way onto albums by LeAnn Rimes, Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart, Van Zant, and more. Most recently, Bobby’s “Sugarland” co-written single,”Want To,’ climbed up the country charts to number one. He currently has Catherine Britt’s current single, “What I Did Last Night”.
In 2005 Pinson released his debut album on RCA records. Though their artist/label marriage was short lived, it spawned one of the most critically acclaimed records of year.
After his departure from RCA in 2006, Bobby regroups and delivers his independent release, Songs for Somebody on Cash Daddy records.
Emmy award winning songwriter Hugh Prestwood is a staff writer for Nashville's Skyline Music. Among his songwriting awards are BMI Song of the Year ("Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart", recorded by Randy Travis), and a Prime Time Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement In Music And Lyrics", ("The Song Remembers When" recorded by Trisha Yearwood).
"The Song Remembers When" was also voted Song of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association. He has additionally #1 songs for Collin Raye, Shenandoah, Michael Johnson, and Crystal Gayle. Three of Prestwood's songs have been nominated for Grammies in the "Best Performance" category. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Anne Murray, Conway Twitty, Judy Collins, Jimmy Buffett, Alison Krauss, and James Taylor.
In October of 2006 Prestwood was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
Suzi Ragsdale is one of the few artists to claim Nashville, Tennessee as her home town. Her father, singer, songwriter and recording artist, Ray Stevens, led a life that brought much excitement into their home. Surrounded by music, musicians and songs, Suzi spent a lot of time in recording studios and back stages. At home, when she wasn’t playing the piano or listening to her dad and his friends play music, she would sit for hours and sing along with an old Seeburg jukebox, filled with 45’s of the Everly Brothers, James Taylor, The Beatles, Ray Charles and all the hits of the day. Her influences also include Guy Clark, Van Morrison, John Hiatt and countless others.
At 11, she began singing publishing demos for Nashville songwriters. This was a good source of income for Suzi for the next 20 years or so. She’s also sung background vocals on other artists’ records, such as Guy Clark, Darrell Scott, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Randy Travis, Ian Tyson and many others.
At 15, she had an old upright piano moved into her bedroom and began writing songs. In 1991, after a few years working the reception desks for some of Nashville’s recording studios, Suzi secured a publishing contract and went to work full time, singing and writing. Her standards had been raised considerably by the company she’d been keeping, and she’d worked with the best – Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Darrell Scott and Verlon Thompson, to name a few.
Verlon and Suzi collaborated from 1990 to 1998, writing and recording independent albums for their own VnS Records. Their two duet CDs were very well received and many of the songs on them have been recorded by other artists such as Anne Murray, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Rodney Crowell, Lari White and Billy Dean.
From 1992 to the present, Suzi’s been collaborating with Darrell Scott, both on stage and in the studio. She’s sung on all of Darrell’s CDs, written with him and had him produce her first solo album, Future Past, to which he contributed his talents as an instrumentalist, along with Verlon and a host of other great musicians.
Suzi is currently writing and recording for her second solo album, to be released later in 2007.
Will Rambeaux started his musical career in Lafayette, Louisiana. While on a trip to Nashville in 1984, he managed to get a tape to Roy Orbison. Mr Orbison took note of his talent and soon offered to bring Will to Nashville where his career has taken off as a writer and producer.
Will fronted his own southern roots rock band for years but his paydirt with his first country cut in 1994. Recorded by Warner Brothers artist Faith Hill, “Wild One” went to #1 for four week and broke all records for a new female country artist. He followed that with a top 10 hit, “Nobody’s Gonna Rain on Our Parade”, recorded by Kathy Mattea and a #1 hit by John Michael with “How Was I To Know”, all receiving BMI “Most Performed Songs of the Year” and “Million Air” awards. One year later, John Michael Montgomery recorded “Hold On To Me” which also went #1. Shortly after, Patty Loveless recorded “Can’t Get Enough”, also a top 10 hit.
As of late, Will has been focusing his time on writer/artist Sherrie Austin, both co-writing and co-producing her first four CD’s: Words, Love In The Real World, Followin’ A Feelin’ and her latest ‘Streets Of Heaven’. This resulted in hit singles “Lucky in Love”, “Put Your Heart Into It”, and “Never Been Kissed”. “Never Been Kissed” staying in the #1 single sales position in Billboard for six weeks and was a #1 video on CMT.
Other artists that have cut Will’s song’s are: Trick Pony, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, Buddy Jewell, Dolly Parton, Lee Greenwood, Jolie Edwards, Tammy Cochran, Emilio, Evangeline, Zacka Creek, Rita Coolidge, Jules Shear and Jaime Kyle.
Rhiannon is Penny Dale, Andi Zack and Evie Nicole. Acclaimed singer/songwriters in their own right, singing in writer’s rounds together in Nashville, their peers and audience listeners approached the girls. “Ya’ll sound great together! Ever think about singing together professionally?”
“We all knew we had something special on stage.” So that’s exactly what they did! With Craig Boyd working with them in the studio, Rhiannon has a very promising and dynamic start.
Their music has infectious melodies, real lyrics, distinctive harmonies and each of their personalities comes across loud and clear on stage.
Check out this fresh new sound Friday the 4th at Hog’s Breath Saloon @ 3 pm. The girls will be showcasing their songwriting talents prior, along with Ken Johnson and Levi Sims from 1-3 pm.
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Think "outside the square" think "fresh, new, unique ". Add up these elements, weaved with velvet vocals, soulful sounds and youthful appeal, and you may encircle the surface of all this vivacious and talented 20yr old has to offer the music industry, both nationally and internationally.
The Country Music Association of Australia obviously agree's with the promise of this talented young artist, as 2002 saw Kylie take home "Best New Talent" at the "Country Music Awards of Australia", following the success of her debut single "Love's like a train" (ABC/Universal). Former winners of "Best New Talent" include the likes of Adam Brand, Sara Storer and Nashville based Aussies - Sherrie Austin and Keith Urban.
Kylie Sackley is undoubtably driven. "I grew up touring the country music circuit in Australia". "While most normal kids were playing sport, partying and sharing their youth, I was practicing, preparing, touring, writing charts, learning lyrics…". "I don't regret a moment of this, music gave me an outlet to express myself, my thoughts, and I've always felt heard because I've been given the opportunity and gift in life, to be the messenger for people". Years on the circuit saw kylie climb her way to the pinnacle of country music competitions, and awards including "Star Maker" allowed her avenues to persue a professional career in country music and furthermore hone her skills on the business side of the industry.
Part of the Star Maker prize package included a C.D single release through a ABC/Universal Music, various performances throughout Australia's largest music festivals and the sponsorship of a brand new Toyota Camry for the course of the Star Maker year. "Star Maker opened the doors to many great things for me". After working with Toyota for the year, impressed by Kylie's dedication to the company, Toyota decided to resign her as the 'youthful face' for Australia, targeting the younger demographic and featuring in a series of advertising campaigns and participating in various promotional events for motor corporation.
Back in Australia following 3 "life changing" months songwriting in Nashville, Tennessee, Kylie is currently juggling tours/shows with the likes of Adam Harvey, Brendan Walmsley, James Blundell, as well as her own solo performances, Toyota commitments, songwriting sessions, and hectic preparation for a return to music city, Nashville - for yet another 3 months of songwriting in September. "I made a lot of great friends within the industry and found writers and people I really click with over there", "the opportunity to go back means living and learning a whole lot more about the biz and writing in general". The coming months will see kylie getting together with Savage Garden's own Daniel Jones to pen some songs, along with a dance track produced by INXS's Kirk Pingilly also duo for release later in the year, and writing commitments with kirk also in the pipeline. "I'm super grateful to be given the chance to learn from these people, who have been there and done it all".
Its easy to forget Kylie Sackley is still just a teenager, although her personal maturity and positive attitude don't allow for compensating when this is brought to the attention of people.
"I am who I am, I work hard, I love what I do, I search for new paths and try to set the scene for my own thing".
Spoken like a true artist, and judging from Kylie's accomplishments it's apparent she's on the right path, indeed.
Pete Sallis, originally from Chicago, has been pounding away inNashville since 1994. As a drummer, he played for 7 years for many different christian and country artists til he signed his first publishing deal with Combustion Music. He's had cuts by Rodney Atkins, Jo Hikk, and George Canyon. He just garnered a 2006 CCMA Single of the Year award for his song "Somebody Wrote Love" by George Canyon. He just signed in January 2007 with Singing Honeytree Publishing, who's roster include Don Ellis, James Hudson, and artist Ty Williams.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Chas moved to Los Angeles at age 15. Within a month of moving there he met Ike Turner, which led to his first recording session later that night with Ike & Tina Turner and Delaney & Bonnie and Friends. This was the beginning of Chas’ professional career, which has included success as a session/live musician, producer, engineer, songwriter, recording artist, publisher and studio owner.
Chas has played on, arranged, engineered and produced many hit records and toured with some major acts. Live highlights include opening for The Eagles on their “Hotel California” European tour, appearing in and recording live in the Robert Altman film, “A Perfect Couple” two months on Broadway in “Divine Madness” with Bette Midler and playing with the late, great James Brown for a charity show in Augusta, Georgia.
As a hit songwriter and publisher, Sandford is the recipient of twelve ASCAP “Most Performed Songs” awards, including John Waite’s “Missing You,” Chicago’s “What Kind of Man Would I Be” and Stevie Nicks’ “Talk To Me.” Chas is now a BMI writer/publisher.
Chas owns Secret Sound, a world class recording studio which has had incarnations in Los Angeles, Kauai, Nashville and now Franklin, TN. Scores of artists from all genres have recorded at Secret Sound over the years.
Chas is currently working on the song “Gathered in the Name of Love” for Country in the Rockies and the T.J. Martell Foundation, which will be a multi-artist vocal event to benefit the charity. Chas is also working on a new Chas Sandford CD for a spring 2007 release.
Leslie Satcher is a fifth generation Texan. Born in 1962 where the Chisolm Trail and the Red River cross, Leslie grew up singing in the churches and schools of Paris, Texas along side her baby sister Jeannie Winn.
In 1989, during a short trip to Nashville, a friend prompted Leslie to record her voice over the tracks of country standards at The Barbara Mandrell Museum. That was all it took! Just four weeks later she was crossing her beloved Red River in a $1,000 Chevrolet dragging a U-Haul trailer with an ironing board strapped to the back. Leslie's talent as a songwriter was recognized by a friend from church, Guy Penrod of the Gaither Vocal Band, who encouraged her to show her work to friends Larry Strickland and Naomi Judd. It was Naomi who helped her hone her skills into a more commercial form and then introduced her to guitarist Don Potter who was starting a new publishing company. The company never came about, but the prospect of writing for a living blossomed for Leslie.
Seven years of cuts by artists such as Joe Diffie, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Wade Hayes, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, and Willie Nelson helped Leslie take the next step in her career. Leslie and her dear friend, producer Luke Wooten, turned in a critically acclaimed album that established her as one of the leading singer/songwriters in the country music industry today. Currently, Leslie is focusing on her second album as well as continuing to pen songs for other artists as a staff writer for Sony Tree ATV.
Meeting the people who find something of meaning in the songs Leslie Satcher believes is nothing short of gifts from God.
Don Schlitz was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He briefly attended Duke University before moving to Nashville in 1973.
His first recorded song, The Gambler, won a Grammy and the Country Music Association’s and the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year.
Don’s songs have played major roles in the careers of Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, The Judds, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tanya Tucker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Allison Kraus, and many other singers. His fifty Top Ten’s have included twenty-four Number One’s.
He also wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.
Schlitz was the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year for four consecutive years from 1988-91. He has won three CMA Song of the Year awards, two ACM Song of the Year awards, two Grammy’s, and many more nominations.
He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association’s Hall of Fame in 1993. Schlitz lives, writes, and performs in Nashville.
Born and raised in Pittsburg, Kansas, Jennifer was destined to have a career in music. It's in her genes. Her grandfather was the concert master violinist for the CBS orchestra on the Ed Sullivan show, her father is a retired college professor of woodwinds, and her mother is a flutist. So it isn't a surprise that from a very young age, Jennifer took an interest in musical performance. She studied piano for over ten years and performed in over 15 musical theater productions while she was growing up.
After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 1997, Jennifer moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter and singer. After a few years, a few odd jobs, and many writer's nights later, Jennifer landed her first publishing deal in 2000 and has been writing professionally ever since. Her talent has gotten the attention of a number of record labels and producers, and she's had songs recorded by artists including Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, Lila McCann, Faith Hill and most recently Lonestar.
Jennifer has also become a skilled acoustic guitar player in addition to recently taking up the mandolin. She has played on the road with Lila McCann and sung back-up on the road with Anthony Smith. In addition to performing in and around Nashville, Jennifer has also opened up shows for John Michael Montgomery, Lee Greenwood, and Brian McComas.
Levi Sims' passion for music runs deep. "It's all I ever wanted to do", he says. A Louisiana boy, Levi grew up in a musical family, his Grandfather and Mother both musicians. "I picked up my Grandpa's old Gibson guitar and my mom showed me some chords on it when I was seven, and after that I put it down only long enough to eat, sleep, and go to school", says Levi. As a boy he cut his teeth on the Opry shows around Dallas , TX. Soon to follow were appearances on the NBC Network's Star Search and two seasons on the Mel Tillis show in Branson, Mo. as a featured singer. When he was 18 Levi made the move to Nashville and started to develop more as a songwriter.
He credits influences like The Eagles, Ronnie Milsap and Skip Ewing for his unique brand of music. An accomplished lead guitarist, he also has many guitar heroes including Vince Gill and Brent Mason.
In June of 2005, he joined a trio called "Southland" along with Craig Boyd and Cole Lee. Writing most of their own material, this band is quickly up-and-coming with a harmony-rich vocal sound reminiscent of the Eagles. Levi contributes vocals and Lead guitar to the band. "I like the creative energy that being in this band brings. I've never been more excited about writing and playing music, and that's what it's all about."
James Slater is a piano-playing, bilingual singer-songwriter of Bolivian-American descent. Born in Durham, North Carolina to a mandolin loving psychiatrist and a Spanish speaking mother, he was raised in the tropics of the Panama Canal Zone in Central America.
After high school James returned to the U.S.A. and graduated from Florida’s distinguished University of Miami School of Music, after a brief move to Los Angeles he found himself living in Europe, Zurich Switzerland for six years touring, recording and writing. He wrote “don’t break my heart”, for Belgian supergroup Vaya con Dios, and then signed a solo contract with BMG, Switzerland, and penned the hit “Poco a Poco”. He has traveled the world from panama to Dublin, Ireland, from Spain to Havana, Cuba.
James and his grand piano now live in the songwriting mecca known as Nashville, Tennessee. He is signed to Byron Gallimore’s song garden/cal iv publishing company and his songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Lorrie Morgan, Jessica Andrews, Mark Wills, Shemekia Copeland, Billy Gilman among others. Martina’s recording of “in my daughter’s eyes” has become a modern day standard garnering James a BMI Country Award as well as a BMI pop award in 2006 in Los Angeles. “In my Daughter’s Eyes” was also nominated for a Grammy for best vocal performance.
James will be debuting his new c.d. “Key West Address” at the 2007 Key West Songwriting Festival May 2 through the 6th in Key West, Florida.
Never before has the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" been so true. At first glance, Southland may seem like a typical southern rock band, but take a closer look and listen, and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Band members Craig Boyd, Levi Sims and Cole Lee have a look and sound completely their own. With a blend of smooth Country harmonies, stand out rocking solos and blue grassy instrumentals, it's obvious, music is what they were meant for. "I can't think of anything else I could have done," says Lee, "I've never had any other job in my life. It's always been music." Boyd and Sims nod in agreement; singing and performing was their path from the start.
Growing up in Dallas , TX , Craig began playing and singing with his dad, who was a guitar and banjo player. 'Dad needed a bass player, so I learned bass. When it was time for me to sing, I sang,' says Boyd. Soon, he learned how to play the piano, mandolin, and eventually the guitar. Craig involved himself in any part of music he could get his hands on. He toured with and directed a 75 person voice choir and played bass for indie rock band Seven Channels. By 21, he was leading his own band, always singing and playing his own material. In 2005, just six months after Craig had made the move to Nashville , he had inked his first publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing.
For Cole Lee, things were a bit different. The grandson of Charlie Rich, Lee was immersed in music from the start. He and his parents lived the touring life. He started playing piano and banjo, at the age of nine and by 16 had guitar, steel, mandolin and dobro under his belt. For a while, he had touring gigs with his own bands and stints in Branson , Missouri . Cole's love of music finally took him from his home town of Harrison, Arkansas to Nashville, Tennessee, where it had always been his dream to fall in the footsteps of musical influences like, Randy Meisner, Graham Parsons and his grandfather.
A Louisiana boy, Levi Sims began honing his talents in school. At seven, he entered and won his first talent show. “My music teacher got me into singing. My mom played guitar and sang, but didn't want to push it on me. Once I got that first taste of spotlight though, that was it for me.” Levi started to get interested in playing the guitar like his idols Vince Gill, Steve Wariner and Ricky Skaggs. He went on to do the festival route and landed himself a returning spot on Star Search, finally losing out to LeAnn Rimes. By then, it was too late; Levi had the desire to perform. He went on to guest star on The Mel Tillis Show in Branson, eventually becoming a regular at only 13 years old. In 1995 he made the move to Nashville to pursue his dream full time.
It was fate that Craig and Levi ran into each other on the bus of a friend, after a show one night. As the guitar was passed around, they noticed how well their voices blended. After the two saw Cole playing for local band, Henry and the Seahawks, they knew it was time to get serious about the talents they all seemed to have in common, and Southland was formed. While listening to the band play, it's hard to believe that they've only been together for a short time, but it's easy to understand how they ended up in the same place. The talent, drive and determination they possess, is unparalleled. There's no doubt that Southland will be a band that stands the test of time.
Singer/songwriter Jen Stegall is a native Nashvillian with a familiar last name. She is indeed the daughter of singer/songwriter producer extraordinaire, Keith Stegall, and the grand-daughter of legendary Louisiana Hayride member Bobby Stegall. Though she has been raised around the business her entire life, she is fairly new to the business herself, currently writing at Big Picture. "I was a bit nervous about getting into it (the music business), but eventually my love of music, and especially my love of the 'song' won out."
Stegall's influences include Kris Kristofferson, Lori Mckenna, Kim Richey, the Beatles, Beth Hart, Loretta Lynn, and her father.
Jen has played piano for 22 years, and picked up a guitar 2 years ago, to expand her writing and performing. She is a classically trained singer and actor who studied at Belmont University and in New York City.
Currently, Jen joins her percussionist boyfriend Lucas Ketner every week at On the Rocks for Keaton Allen and Jill Kinsey's Rebel Revival.
Jen might have spent most of her life on stage; however, it was songwriting that truly captured her heart a few years ago. "When you find what it is that truly fills you, what it is that truly makes you complete, you don't want to let it go- I don't know that I COULD let it go, I'm still growing and learning so much about myself, the only thing I KNOW about myself, the only thing I am CERTAIN of- is the fact that I'm a writer, and in the crazy mixed up world of a creative individual, you have to hold tight to those certainties."
Although the average country music fan may not recognize the name Keith Stegall, chances are, they’ve probably listened to, bought and enjoyed a record with Keith Stegall’s name on it. And that is just fine with Keith. As a producer and a songwriter, Keith has consistently been providing listeners with some of the best music in the world for over the past 25 years. The bare numbers are staggering: Producer and/or songwriter of over forty number one hits including a number one song in each of the past 15 years. Producer of eighteen platinum and multi-platinum albums plus seven gold albums. Producer of over 45 million records sold. Four CMA awards. Ten ACM awards. Six Grammy nominations. The list goes on . . . and on . . .
In late summer of 2003, the Stegall produced, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett spent a staggering eight weeks at number one, making it the biggest hit of Alan Jackson’s career and Buffett’s first number one record. The song propelled Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume 2 album to go platinum in less than three weeks and earned Keith two ACM Awards in 2004. Currently, Keith is devoting his time to songwriting and new productions from Catherine Britt (RCA Records), Whitney Duncan (Capitol Records), Alan Jackson, George Jones and others.
Jon Stone was born in Philadelphia, the son of Philly’s slugging sensation #21 Ron Stone. There was also plenty of talent on his mother’s side of the family. At a young age, Jon’s Uncle Rock taught him how to play guitar. That was the beginning of a journey of rock and country bands that eventually landed Jon in Nashville, TN. While pursuing an artist deal, Jon landed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music. Jon penned songs recorded by such acts as Billy Gilman and Rett Akins. After his publishing contract was complete, Jon was signed as the flagship writer to the newly formed KMG Entertainment with Christy DiNapoli and Buddy Killen. Just two months into his new deal Jon co-wrote the title cut and second single for the #1 selling Country Album of 2006 and currently at 5 million sales, Rascal Flatts “Me And My Gang.”
Still an aspiring artist, Jon formed the band “Stone.” The band was signed to Sony Records and recorded with veteran record Producer Don Gehman (Mellencamp, Hootie, Pat Green, John Michael Carol, etc.) and Mark Wright. After the Sony/BMG merger the band parted ways with the label.
After the passing of Buddy Killen, Jon remained with Buddy’s partner veteran Publisher/Producer Christy DiNapoli and his new company The Music Group. Recently, Jon has had songs recorded by Montage Records Andy Griggs, two for Broken Bow’s Crossin’ Dixon and International Rock sensation Jonas just to name a few.
Hailing from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and influenced by the likes of Jackson Browne and Neil Young, Chris focused on developing himself as a professional songwriter, vocalist and piano player during his high school years in the marching band. Practice and hard work paid off, leading to full time keyboard work on demo sessions as well as co-writes with various writers in the Muscle Shoals area.
In the summer of 2000 at age 22, Chris made the move to Nashville and got his first publishing deal at Create Real Music. In 2004, Chris penned his first Top 20 hit single “Me and Emily”, co-written with friend and artist, Rachel Proctor. In 2005 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood recorded his song “Before He Cheats” and it maintained the #1 Spot on Country radio for 5 consecutive weeks landing him a 2007 ACM Nomination for “Song of the Year”. Some other recordings include Hank Williams Jr.’s “That’s How They Do It In Dixie”, featuring country superstars Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich and VanZant, and “Bama Breeze”, recorded by Jimmy Buffett. Chris is currently a staff songwriter for Big Loud Shirt Industries.
Billy Joe Walker, Jr
Billy Joe Walker, Jr. is one of the most prolific talents in Nashville. His musicianship keeps him in demand as a session player, even as he approaches superstar status as a producer.
It would be easier to list the people Walker hasn’t played with than to present a complete résumé. He’s done sessions with The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Dixie Chicks, Randy Travis and hundreds of others and seven albums of guitar jazz under his own name.
Walker was born in Midland, Texas and raised in West Texas. “We had a family radio. Late at night you could pick up the Opry, Wolfman Jack, [jazz guitarist] Howard Roberts, jazz, classical. I started guitar when I was 4, a cheap model that I could hardly mush the strings on. My mom got me a 3/4 size guitar electric guitar and some lessons, and I took it from there.”
Walker cut seven albums of guitar jazz for three labels including Painting Music, which contained two No. 1 NAC singles. “After producing seven albums of my own, I was tired of hearing me. I thought I’d try producing other people.
Walker’s currently working on Amber Dotson’s Capitol Records Nashville debut, due in early summer. “My goal is to make the best record I can make and hope it’s successful. I don’t worry about hits. If I fell into that trap, I wouldn’t have the passion I have for the music.”
Walker is currently the Vice President of A&R at Category 5 Records and is currently producing Jerrod Niemann, Donovan Chapman and Shauna Faegan on the Category 5 roster as well as writing for Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Ole is pleased to announce the signing of Bruce Wallace to an ole/Roots Three Music publishing deal – the first under the two organization’s unique co-venture.
Wallace has written with some of Nashville's top writers including Grammy-nominated Burton Collins, Gerald O’Brien, Joanna Cotten and Liz Rose and comes to ole/Roots Three with two cuts on the new Doc Walker record (produced by Justin Niebank), and two cuts on the Swedish double Gold CD “The Woman I’ve Become” from Swedish superstar Jill Johnson. The Oklahoma-born Wallace is also an accomplished musician, having performed with the likes of Wynnona, Shelby Lynne, Mindy Smith, and David Gates (of Bread).
Ron Kitchener, president of Roots Three Music Publishing and RGK Entertainment Group, couldn't be more pleased. "Bruce has an organic and emotional approach to songwriting that I just don't hear everyday," says Kitchener. "We are excited to have him on the R3 team and look forward to a thriving future."
At ole the goal is to be the home for the best songwriters, composers, management talent and the first choice music source for creators in all media.
Amber Leigh White is a former Dreamworks recording artist and has a very impressive resume as a writer herself. She co-wrote a grammy nominated lullabye not long after moving to Nashville, and has since landed several significant cuts on major label acts such as Chalee Tennison and new Capital Records artist Luke Bryan. Amber also stays busy as one of Nashville's top female demo singers and background vocalists.
Phillip originally from North Alabama and Amber Leigh a native Texan girl met up in Nashville, TN and became friends and co-writers. Soon after married and have become partners in their country music careers.
Phillip has written songs recorded by major artists such as Reba McEntire ("Survivor" & "He Gets That From Me") Rascal Flatts ("I'm Moving On"), Blake Shelton ("Nobody But Me"),and Neal McCoy ("Billy's Got His Beer Goggle's On"). His songs have been part of many national television appearances and live performances in the United States and other counties. Phillip has had the opportunity to write with many know artists such as Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. His song "I'm Moving On" was voted Song of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and Nashville Songwriters Association in 2002/2003. "Survivor" has become the theme song for the WB sitcom "Reba" starring of course Reba McEntire.
Fred Wilhelm is an award winning songwriter/singer now living in Nashville, Tennessee. His humorous and insightful songs appear on records by numerous country and pop artists including Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Big Town and American Idol's Josh Gracin.
Originally from New England, Fred started his musical career as part of the seminal New York pop/punk band "The Astorians". Regulars at CBGB's, they opened for and played with acts like The Replacements, Living Colour, The Psychedelic Furs and Soul Asylum. When the band disbanded, Wilhelm and guitarist Richard Pearce soldiered on as the acoustic duo "The Rails." They put out several well-received independent albums and eventually were signed to the major label, Elektra Records/NY. After recording half an album Elektra dropped the duo.
Ready for a fresh start, Wilhelm moved to Nashville. Shortly there after he put out his acclaimed solo album "amidlife" and got his first song recorded by the then unknown, unsigned country band Rascal Flatts. Rascal Flatts have gone on to sell over 9 million albums and Fred's songs have been recorded by numerous country and pop acts.
In concert Fred is engaging, funny and very personal. Southeast Performer describes his performance as "poignant and soul baring." He is the winner of a New York Music Award, Billboard Songwriting Award, BMI New Songwriter Award and Fifth Grade Fire Prevention Poster Award. He enjoys pinball. www.fredwilhelm.com
Dave Vincent Williams
In 1994 at the ripe old age of twenty-four years Texas native D. Vincent Williams moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a recording artist. After landing a recording deal with Columbia records in 1995 he began writing songs for his own project unaware at the time that his songwriting abilities would land his amazing talent on more than ten million albums over the course of eleven years. The first song of his he heard on the radio was Ty Herndon’s “Hands Of A Workin’ Man”. Since then he has had songs recorded by artist such as: John Michael Montgomery, Neal McCoy, Billy Gillman, Mark Wills, Kenny Rogers, Steve Wariner, James Otto, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, John Berry, The Kinleys, Jimmy Wayne, Michael Bolton, Diamond Rio, Ronnie Milsap, Jason Aldean, Craig Morgan, Chris Cagle, Steve Holy, and Lee Ann Womack just to name a few.
In 2002, D. Vincent won the prestigious Academy Of Country Music “Song Of The Year” award and the NSAI’s “Song I Wish I Would Have Written” award voted by hit songwriters across the nation for his song “I’m Movin’ On” recorded by Rascal Flatts.
Now twelve years later his dream of recording his own music has once again come true with a new recording contract offer with Broken Bow Records (Craig Morgan, Jason Aldean). Record producer Keith Stegall, best known for producing Alan Jackson and writing such hits as Alan’s “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” and George Straits “I Hate Everything”, will be at the helm as a primed and proven D. Vincent Williams steps into the studio to finish what was started in 1994.
At only 19, North Carolina native Blake Wise has a tour resume that rivals those of seasoned professionals. He?s been performing since the age of two following in the footsteps of his musician father.? From singing Southern Gospel hymns in church to impromptu jams around the house, Blake?s shows increased in size and stature to include opening dates for John Conlee, Josh Turner, Johnny Paycheck and Confederate Railroad to name just a few.? Blake studied guitar, piano, fiddle and mandolin? All of which he incorporates into his high-energy stage show. His good looks, approachable demeanor and ability to wow a crowd captured the attention of Equity Music Group (Little Big Town, Caroline Dawn Johnson) and Blake will begin work on his debut album later this year. Blake’s website is www.myspace.com/blakewisemusic.
If an artist is known by the company they keep, then Kate York is destined to be known as a great singer/songwriter. Her first album, Sadlylove, was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Strays Don't Sleep) and includes guest vocals from such luminaries as Mindy Smith, Matthew Ryan, Mack Starks and Neilson Hubbard.
Indeed, the musicians who contributed to the project read like a who's who of the Nashville underground: John Deaderick, Brian Bequette, Kenny Hutson, Jason Wilkins, Jeff Patterson, Clay Steakley, and Craig Krampf all lent their considerable talents to help Kate create her captivating and gorgeous debut.
After working in post-production in Hollywood, CA, for a year, York moved to Nashville in 1999 to pursue a career as a recording engineer. She landed a job working on Music Row, but soon decided she liked writing songs better than recording them. Then a year of writing and co-writing for other local artists convinced her that she should try her hand as a singer/songwriter rather than exclusively penning songs for others.
After seeing York perform at 12th and Porter in Nashville, Hubbard approached her and offered to produce some songs. Together they recorded six songs in the fall of 2003 and six more in the summer of 2004. Paste Records released four of those songs.
Sadlylove, was released in the summer of 2006. York recently signed a publishing deal with Bluewater Music and toured through the fall of 2006 opening for Jars of Clay. She is continuing to hone her craft as a songwriter and performer and has won fans with opening slots for renowned artists such as Patty Griffin, Kathleen Edwards, Shawn Colvin, Mindy Smith, Matthew Ryan and Griffin House. Good company indeed.
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