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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Clint Daniels was born and raised in the Florida panhandle. He gained an interest in music as a child, singing with his sister in church. Inspired by bluegrass, Daniels taught himself to play guitar at age 12. After graduating high school, he moved to Nashville, TN in pursuit of a career in country music. By 1998, he was discovered by an A&R staff member from the Artista label, and was signed that year. He’s continued working with various labels and artists since then.
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.
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 an award-winning writer and artist whose work has taken home ACM, AMA, CMA, Billboard, BMI, SESAC and Trop Rock Music Awards. Most recently, this Billboard Top 40 charting artist was honored to see his co-penned song A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega featured on Ashley McBryde’s Grammy nominated album Girl Going Nowhere.
Jesse, reared in the historic river town of Conway, SC about 15 minutes northwest of Myrtle Beach, moved to Music City in 2002 and began honing his songwriting skills while working at EMI Music Publishing. He would quickly network with rising artists and writers and secured his first publishing agreement in 2007 with Artist Revolution.
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.
James Michael Stanley, (born February 18, 1982) is an American country music singer from Eustis, Florida. He grew up there on rural road CR. 44a. He spent most of his childhood training horses on his parents horse farm. Jimmy attended Florida State University where he began to visualize a path in music playing; small clubs around Tallahassee before making the move to Nashville in 2005.
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.
People believe in Kristen Kelly. Candid and down to earth, with a room-filling smile and a voice that echoes the heart of what she sings, Kristen laughs as she describes her music as having “a little more grease than polish.” And that grease is an exciting mix, distilled from her country, blues, and classic rock influences into a passionate, playful, often sexy, and always heartfelt reflection of real life as she knows it.
Lauren Spring is a folk/Americana songwriter and member of the award-winning folk group, The Krickets and Americana group, The Bo Spring Band. The Krickets have released two studio albums and have what Paste magazine describes as “….a stunning, truly one-of-a-kind sound.” Official 2018 SXSW showcasing artists, The Krickets just took home ‘Alt Country Song of the Year’ at the 2019 Independent Music Awards for their song ‘Redbird’ co-written by Lauren and bandmates, Emily Stuckey and Katrina Kolb.
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’.
Nashville singer/songwriter Steve Dean has co-written six number one Billboard country hits, including the most played song on Country Radio in 2007 and Country AirCheck’s Song of the Decade in 2017, “Watching You” for Rodney Atkins, the Grammy nominated “It Takes A Little Rain” for The Oak Ridge Boys, “Southern Star” for Alabama, “Round About Way” for George Strait, “Hearts Aren’t Made To Break” for Lee Greenwood, “Walk On” for Reba McEntire, two number one bluegrass hits, “New Day Dawning” and “No More Lonely” for The Roys and one number one Top Independent Country Chart hit, “3935 West End Avenue” for Mason Dixon, as well as two Billboard top 10 hits, two Billboard top 20 hits and four Billboard top 40 hits.
Reba: Greatest Hits Volume 2, won a Grammy at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.
Known for his unique style of music that combines classic rock ‘n’ roll with an unmistakable southern flair, Nashville-based artist Stevie Monce is setting the music scene on fire with the release of his new EP, Stay On Fire. Originally from Ohio, Monce moved around several times before venturing to Music City in 2012. Through performing countless sold out shows and music festivals with country music superstars such as Cole Swindell, Love and Theft, Michael Ray, and Zac Brown, Monce captivates his listeners with his distinct sound and undeniable stage presence.
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. 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.
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.