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.
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.
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.
Bo Spring is a local Americana singer songwriter originally from Chattanooga, TN. His band, The Bo Spring Band, released their debut self-titled album in April 2017. Bo earned his guitar and vocal chops playing in Atlanta with blues legends and hosting the infamous Northside Tavern’s Monday night jams. He also enjoys songwriting for other genres and is currently working on a gospel project with Port St. Joe Methodist Pastor, Dr. Geoffrey Lentz, to be released sometime next year.
With his skewed images, offbeat personalities, unpredictable phrasing, songwriter Brandon Kinney doesn’t take himself, or the world around him, too seriously. “Seriousness is not in my personality,” he admits. “I have been able to get in the room with some of the best craftsmen in the business; I have been able to share my sense of easy going with their seriousness.” This is what drew peermusic to sign him to a publishing deal in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
Guitarist, vocalist, drummer, bassist, engineer, producer, Chip Martin wears many hats well.
He cut his teeth on the classic pop sounds of the 60’s- the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and other British invasion bands as well as American performers like the great Motown acts. Later it was the sounds of bands like the Eagles, Crosby Stills and Nash, and America that caught the attention of the already traveling singer-songwriter.
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.
Coley McCabe Shepherd
Coley McCabe is a platinum-selling songwriter who hails from West Virginia. She has performed numerous times on the Grand Ole Opry.
Dana Hunt Black
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.
Daniel S. Terry
Daniel S. Terry started writing guitar music when he was 11 years old in Kewanne, Illinois after his sister gave him a discarded guitar. He bought a tuning fork, a Beatles’ chord book, and taught himself how to play. He started writing songs with a friend, and at 13 wrote his first solo song, “She is Gone,” after his mother died.
Danny Myrick grew up in the gulf coast town of Pascagoula, Mississippi the son of a Baptist Minister father and church pianist mother. From an early age he hewned his skills as a musician playing bass and singing in his family’s gospel band, which recorded their first album when Danny was 7 years old.
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.
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.
Earl Bud Lee
Earl 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!
Jean Nolan is country music’s newest face and he is making waves everywhere he goes. The Austrian native moved to Nashville,TN in 2015, after releasing his critically acclaimed debut album Born Ready and 3 hit singles to radio and playing multiple nationwide tours.
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.
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.
When you meet Johnny this year at Blast on the Bay, you will come away saying what mostly everyone says….”Man, he is fun!” Johnny Day is an upcoming Nashville Artist and Songwriter. He’s an uplifting spirit that will top off your night with authentic songs backed by charismatic energy.
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.
Already an award-winning songwriter, having written hits for Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Jamey Johnson and Jake Owen, Kendell Marvel makes his solo debut with Lowdown & Lonesome, a concept album that blends his musical down home country and rock & roll roots.
Kent Blazy, growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, became musically inspired when he heard Roger McGuinn playing his Rickenbacker guitar on “Mr. Tamborine Man”. This created a new choice and Kent traded in his baseball glove for a guitar.
Kerry began his professional musical career in 1967 when he and his friend, Gary Puckett, formed the pop-rock band Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, and for the next four years Kerry was the group’s bass player and arranger for live performances. He also wrote for the group, and many of his songs can be heard on their albums.
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.
Lauren Spring is a singer songwriter and member of the award winning folk group, The Krickets, and Americana group, The Bo Spring Band. When on break from touring with the two groups, she enjoying writing for TV/Film syncing as a featured collaborator with L.A. based Darkbloom Productions.
Levi Lowrey is a singer-songwriter from Dacula, Georgia. He has performed extensively as a solo artist, headliner, and as the supporting act for well known names including Mumford and Sons, Blackberry Smoke, Kid Rock, Alabama and Zac Brown Band.
Megan surely is living proof of that old adage, ”the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree”, as she has found her path following in the footsteps of her late grandfather, who made his living crafting songs for many of Nashville’s notables.
Michael Garvin is a guitarist on a mission to bring back the instrumental hit to the forefront of popular music . What makes Michael unique among other instrumental artists even more than his signature playing style, are his composition skills.
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.
Arriving in Nashville in 1987, Ron fast became one of Music Row’s most recognizable and sought after voices. His ability to sell a song has earned him a spot on the “A” List of Nashville session singers.
Ronnie has shared the stage with many superstars like Huey Lewis, Greg Khin, The Knack, Elvin Bishop, and Tommy Tutone, to name a few. He was lead vocalist/front man with his AOR recording act, WORKFORCE on Scotti Bro./CBS Records. During his stint with WORKFORCE, Ronnie had a song he cowrote and sang with the band featured in an episode of the popular TV series, “Baywatch.”
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’.
I was about five when Mom and I took a little road trip to visit some relatives in Yates Center Kansas. We lived in Kansas City then, where I took piano lessons at the conservatory and loved listening to Mom’s old Sinatra and big band records. That dusty summer day we were on my great-aunt’s front porch when my cousin Marvin roared up in his souped-up hot rod and grabbed a guitar out of the back seat, no case. He sat down on the steps and plunked and sang Marty Robbins’ “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation.” I was mesmerized.
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.
Steve has had a professional songwriting career spanning more than twenty-five years with songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Mark Chesnutt, George Strait, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Neal McCoy, Ricky Skaggs, Darius Rucker, and more.
Steve 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.
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.”
Since 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.
Troy Jones was born and raised in Port St. Joe Florida.
His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Bill Currington, Tim McGraw, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jake Owens, and others.
An Alabama native, Tyler Reeve has had years of songwriting success. Tyler’s catalogue includes numerous album cuts and singles, including Brett Young’s #1 hit “In Case You Didn’t Know”, “I Got A Way With You” off Luke Comb’s #1 Country Album This One’s For You, and Love and Theft’s “Whiskey On My Breath”.
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.
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.
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.
Will 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.