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.
It takes a lot of evolution to create a country music singer like Alison Nichols. As one of the first Asian-American artists in the country format (and 2nd cousin to the late great Joe Diffe), Alison likes to say she is “half Korean, half redneck and 100% American”.
Allison Clarke is a singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Her acoustic pop style and soulful vocals capture crowds wherever she plays—from festivals throughout the southeast to songwriter rounds in Nashville. She cites artists like Colbie Caillat, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran as some of her biggest influences.
Originally from Missouri, Bill Whyte is a songwriter, comedian, Hall of Fame radio announcer, performer, and more. He’s recorded two comedy song albums “Off the Wall” and
“Leave Em’ Laughin.”
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.
Brett is originally from Monticello, FL. His musical journey started with his band 19 South performing in Tallahassee and the Panhandle area. BK has been a regular performer at Monticello’s Southern Music Rising Festival. He is a familiar face to Port St Joe. He has performed at the Haughty Heron where he opened for Billy Dean, and at the Scallop Festival where he opened for Aaron Tippin. He was an emerging artist at a previous Blast.
Brian White is passionate about writing songs. With over 400 cuts to his credit, his work has earned him Sixteen #1’s , 2 Dove Awards, SESAC Song of The Year as well as ACM , CMA and Grammy Nominations. His songs have been recorded by such artist as Rascal Flatts , Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean ( Including Jason’s latest #1 “Blame It On You”) , Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins ( “Watching You” – Billboard Song of The Year) The Swon Brothers, Steve Holy, Earl Scruggs, Terri Clark, Kix Brooks, Blackhawk, as well as Canadian and Austrailan Country stars.
Texas born, with music in his blood, Brooks Huntley was made to play. Growing up in Austin, Texas, Brooks soaked in the bluesy culture of Stevie Ray Vaughan from his youth. A passion for playing the guitar, a small town childhood, and the musical legacy of his blues piano playing grandfather lead Brooks to discover his true love in songwriting and storytelling at at the age of 11; he never looked back.
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. Chip formed his first band at the age of 12 and has been on stage ever since playing in rock and country-rock groups from Maine to Miami.
The Grammy nominated singer songwriter, 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 by the time he turned 12. After graduating high school, he moved to Nashville, TN in pursuit of a career in the country music industry.
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.
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!
If country, pop and Americana were on a Venn diagram Grace Morrison would be squarely in the center. As a teen – she made a name for herself backing up pop/rock icons Eddie Money and Joey Molland (Badfinger). She’s toured listening rooms and honky-tonks from coast-to-coast gaining fans with her vivid storytelling and unforgettable melodies. Fast forward to 2022 and Grace is establishing herself as a confident, refreshing voice in country-pop.
At 19 years old, Jason Byrd fulfilled a lifelong dream when he became the third generation to serve as a firefighter at the Tallahassee Fire Department. But at this same time, a new and unexpected dream began to consume him. It was to write and perform Country music. Raised in Tallahassee, Jason grew up on hymns and Country music. Deep appreciation for the music genre turned to profound ambition as his undeniable talent for singing and songwriting became clear.
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.
Jimmy Miller was raised in the Florida panhandle playing the southeast Bluegrass circuit. His taste changed to Country music, and he purchased his first pedal steel guitar at age 21. He played steel in local bands. Then he formed his own very successful band, and performed throughout the south, opening for major country acts.
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.
John Wiggins was born on October 13, 1962 in Nashville, Tennessee, and his sister, Audrey, was born December 26, 1967 in Asheville, North Carolina. They had been singers since childhood, and their father, Johnny Wiggins, was the “Singing Bus Driver” on Ernest Tubb’s 1960s tours. John made his singing debut at age four, and for the next several years, they performed in their father’s band.
Country singer/songwriter and innovative entrepreneur Karen Waldrup has captivated audiences all over the world through her authenticity, charismatic live performances and her Country Soul music. Her Waldrup Worldwide fan base is 1,000,000 people strong and growing daily. Her online videos have been viewed over 400 million times & she has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, People, Fox News Live, Hallmark, Bravo & hundreds of other outlets worldwide.
Singer/Songwriter Keith Anderson’s latest song “I’ll Bring The Music” sums up Anderson to a T. That is one thing that you can always say about this academic athlete from Miami, OK, who has always excelled at anything he has put his mind to, is he WILL bring the Music. Although he has co-written hits for other artists, most notably “Lost In This Moment”, the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination, Anderson does not write with other artists in mind. “I think I’ll always write about what I know and feel–and typically with myself in mind.
Singer songwriter Lauren Spring is an Americana artist as well as a founding member of The Krickets, a folk group whom Paste Magazine calls a ‘truly stunning, one-of-a-kind sound.’ When covid pulled the band off the road in early 2020, Lauren dove into songwriting and production. By June of 2020 her first production effort, These Games, premiered in American Songwriter as a ‘Best New Music’ feature.
Few female Nashville singer-songwriters are more respected or more revered than the stunning talent that is Leslie Satcher. At the age of 26, the native Texan made the move to Nashville in pursuit of a singing career and was quickly recognized for her gift with lyric and melody. After being mentored at a smaller publisher by many of the music industry’s legendary songwriters, she made the move to Sony Music Publishing where she would stay for nearly 15 years. During this time, she was also signed
as an artist at Warner Brothers.
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.
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.
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.
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 the 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 1980s, Will managed to get a tape of 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.