ALL SONGWRITERS ON THIS PAGE HAVE PERFORMED OR WILL PERFORM IN THE SANDY ROOTS SONGWRITER SERIES.

CHECK OUT EACH SONGWRITERS JOURNEY! THE FIRST 5 SONGWRITERS WILL BE PERFORMING ON AUGUST 16TH!

TRAVIS MEADOWS

Living comfortably under the radar, Travis Meadows is overwhelmingly recognized by top recording artists as a true songwriter. His long list of cuts include country music icons and rockers alike... Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Blackberry Smoke, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Wynonna Judd and recently Randy Houser. He is without a doubt, an artist to the core. However, his story is not one about music, it is a story about life – a narrative on religion, family, addiction, survival, sobriety and freedom with music as the narrator. Watch Carbon TV's feature episode of "American Elements" https://t.co/myQDXTRiks

Living comfortably under the radar, Travis Meadows is overwhelmingly recognized by top recording artists as a true songwriter. His long list of cuts include country music icons and rockers alike... Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Blackberry Smoke, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Wynonna Judd and recently Randy Houser.
He is without a doubt, an artist to the core. However, his story is not one about music, it is a story about life – a narrative on religion, family, addiction, survival, sobriety and freedom with music as the narrator.

Watch Carbon TV's feature episode of "American Elements" https://t.co/myQDXTRiks

DEREK NORSWORTHY

Proudly hailing from southern Mississippi, Derek Norsworthy is not your typical singer/songwriter, but rather an original modern artist with a high-energy show, outstanding songs, and memorable image. Derek has toured the southeastern region of the US playing college towns, renowned venues/festivals and opened for number of national acts such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Dustin Lynch, Brantley Gilbert, Charlie Daniels, 3 Doors Down and Alabama to name a few. Derek’s lyrical vulnerability, magnetic personality and vocally stellar live performances provide songs that are clean, real and connect with fans of all ages.  In 2014, Derek’s EP debuted at 165 on iTunes for total country sells within the first 8 hours of release, out selling artist such as Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, Eli Young Band and Will Hoge. Not only has Derek displayed competitive album sales and shared the stage with some of the industries prominent artists. In July of 2014, Derek celebrated his third song licensing contract, writing the official fight song for a 3-time National Champion college football team. The well-versed writer has also pinned the title cut “A Story To Tell” for film set to be released in late 2015. Derek’s success has earned notable features on CMT, American Songwriter Magazine, solidified a USO Ambassador Representative position, endorsements with McPherson Guitars. Derek is also the founder of Roots Foundation, a philanthropic group that focuses on providing assistance to charity organizations and promoting music education to schools. The Mississippi native has been validated as one of country music’s Rising Stars by some of the industries toughest critics, through developing an all ages, global fan base.

Proudly hailing from southern Mississippi, Derek Norsworthy is not your typical singer/songwriter, but rather an original modern artist with a high-energy show, outstanding songs, and memorable image. Derek has toured the southeastern region of the US playing college towns, renowned venues/festivals and opened for number of national acts such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Dustin Lynch, Brantley Gilbert, Charlie Daniels, 3 Doors Down and Alabama to name a few. Derek’s lyrical vulnerability, magnetic personality and vocally stellar live performances provide songs that are clean, real and connect with fans of all ages. 


In 2014, Derek’s EP debuted at 165 on iTunes for total country sells within the first 8 hours of release, out selling artist such as Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, Eli Young Band and Will Hoge. Not only has Derek displayed competitive album sales and shared the stage with some of the industries prominent artists. In July of 2014, Derek celebrated his third song licensing contract, writing the official fight song for a 3-time National Champion college football team. The well-versed writer has also pinned the title cut “A Story To Tell” for film set to be released in late 2015. Derek’s success has earned notable features on CMT, American Songwriter Magazine, solidified a USO Ambassador Representative position, endorsements with McPherson Guitars. Derek is also the founder of Roots Foundation, a philanthropic group that focuses on providing assistance to charity organizations and promoting music education to schools. The Mississippi native has been validated as one of country music’s Rising Stars by some of the industries toughest critics, through developing an all ages, global fan base.

CHAD PARKER

Chad Austin Parker is country music singer / songwriter from Grand Bay Alabama. Chad plays venues from Pensacola Beach to Biloxi Mississippi. You can follow Chad on Reverbnation for show schedules, videos and original music.

Chad Austin Parker is country music singer / songwriter from Grand Bay Alabama. Chad plays venues from Pensacola Beach to Biloxi Mississippi. You can follow Chad on Reverbnation for show schedules, videos and original music.

ROCK KILLOUGH

As a songwriter, Rock has songs on 2 gold albums by The Oak Ridge Boys, 1 with Hank, Jr., and 3 with Sammy Kershaw. Rock has platinum albums by Hank, Jr. and Sammy Kershaw. Other artists who have recorded his songs are: Johnny Rodriguez (top 10 single), Brenda Lee (top 20 single), Jerry Jeff Walker, Jeannie Seeley, Mickey Newbury, Carole King, Waylon, Jeannie Pruett, Marty Raybon, 4-Runner and Randy Travis, who released Rock's "Where Can I Surrender" as a single in January, 2000.  Rock doesn't speak much of his musicianshhip but he has played guitar, harmonica or done background vocals with Hank, Jr., Merle Haggard, Mickey Newbury, Whitey Shafer, Jeannie Pruett, Hank Snow, Jack Green, and Jeannie Seely and numerous others. He also put a band together for his friend and mentor, Hank Cochran. Together they opened shows for Willie Nelson's summer and fall tour of 1980. During this time Rock appeared on the precedent settting first Songwriter's Special on "Austin City Limits". Actually, two episodes were made from this appearance which featured songwriters: Floyd Tillman, Sonny Throckmorton, Hank Cochran, Red Lane, Willie Nelson and Whitey Shafer, all of whom are now in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. As a result of these experiences he produced an album on Hank which was released through Elektra Records. He also produced the musical soundtrack for the movie "Rukus" which was a forerunner of and covered somewhat the same subject matter as the first Rambo movie. The soundtrack featured Rock's friend Janie Frickie singing Hank and Willie songs.

As a songwriter, Rock has songs on 2 gold albums by The Oak Ridge Boys, 1 with Hank, Jr., and 3 with Sammy Kershaw. Rock has platinum albums by Hank, Jr. and Sammy Kershaw. Other artists who have recorded his songs are: Johnny Rodriguez (top 10 single), Brenda Lee (top 20 single), Jerry Jeff Walker, Jeannie Seeley, Mickey Newbury, Carole King, Waylon, Jeannie Pruett, Marty Raybon, 4-Runner and Randy Travis, who released Rock's "Where Can I Surrender" as a single in January, 2000. 

Rock doesn't speak much of his musicianshhip but he has played guitar, harmonica or done background vocals with Hank, Jr., Merle Haggard, Mickey Newbury, Whitey Shafer, Jeannie Pruett, Hank Snow, Jack Green, and Jeannie Seely and numerous others. He also put a band together for his friend and mentor, Hank Cochran. Together they opened shows for Willie Nelson's summer and fall tour of 1980. During this time Rock appeared on the precedent settting first Songwriter's Special on "Austin City Limits". Actually, two episodes were made from this appearance which featured songwriters: Floyd Tillman, Sonny Throckmorton, Hank Cochran, Red Lane, Willie Nelson and Whitey Shafer, all of whom are now in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. As a result of these experiences he produced an album on Hank which was released through Elektra Records. He also produced the musical soundtrack for the movie "Rukus" which was a forerunner of and covered somewhat the same subject matter as the first Rambo movie. The soundtrack featured Rock's friend Janie Frickie singing Hank and Willie songs.

NICK BRANCH

NICK BRANCH is a musician, songwriter, producer, t-shirt designer, and the list goes on. He currently lives in Perdido Key, FL performing various shows throughout the area. Branch is a multi-talented individual that could make any song sound amazing. 

NICK BRANCH is a musician, songwriter, producer, t-shirt designer, and the list goes on. He currently lives in Perdido Key, FL performing various shows throughout the area. Branch is a multi-talented individual that could make any song sound amazing. 


MICHAEL GARVIN

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. As a songwriter he’s written 33 top ten hits 22 of which were Number One, including the global number one ‘Waiting for Tonight” for Jennifer Lopez, and the worldwide multiplatinum “Never Give Up On A Good Thing” for George Benson.       His 3 singles as a Jazz Artist , have been not only radio hits in Smooth Jazz and Groove Jazz, but have crossed over into other formats as well. Michael recently performed a 2 week tour in the Netherlands.     “Waiting For Tonight” , Michael’s instrumental spin on the worldwide #1 he wrote for Jennifer Lopez was among Billboards most added records, as have his other 2 singles records, as have his subsequent 2 singles “Sunkiss" ,  Michael’s2nd single was top 10 on 94.7 The Wave - KTWV - FM 94.7 - Los Angeles, CA , and is played even now on Comcast Music Choice  94.7 The Wave - KTWV - FM 94.7 - Los Angeles, CA            “Call Me Mike” his most recent single went to #12 on the Groove Jazz Chart in the United States , and was #1 in Taiwan , attaining the most paid downloads in that region of any record in any genre, and is currently playlisted on the Comcast Music Choice   Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione - Title Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out Jo-Jo - Miles Davis - Amandla Get Here - Eric Marienthal - It's Love Star Of The Story - Rahni Song f/Chatel Hamilton - Breakin' The Rules Waiting For Tonight - Michael Garvin - String Theory  

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. As a songwriter he’s written 33 top ten hits 22 of which were Number One, including the global number one ‘Waiting for Tonight” for Jennifer Lopez, and the worldwide multiplatinum “Never Give Up On A Good Thing” for George Benson.

      His 3 singles as a Jazz Artist , have been not only radio hits in Smooth Jazz and Groove Jazz, but have crossed over into other formats as well. Michael recently performed a 2 week tour in the Netherlands.

    “Waiting For Tonight” , Michael’s instrumental spin on the worldwide #1 he wrote for Jennifer Lopez was among Billboards most added records, as have his other 2 singles records, as have

his subsequent 2 singles

“Sunkiss" ,  Michael’s2nd single was top 10 on 94.7 The Wave - KTWV - FM 94.7 - Los Angeles, CA , and is played even now on Comcast Music Choice  94.7 The Wave - KTWV - FM 94.7 - Los Angeles, CA  

         “Call Me Mike” his most recent single went to #12 on the Groove Jazz Chart in the United States , and was #1 in Taiwan , attaining the most paid downloads in that region of any record in any genre, and is currently playlisted on the Comcast Music Choice  

Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione - Title

Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out

Jo-Jo - Miles Davis - Amandla

Get Here - Eric Marienthal - It's Love

Star Of The Story - Rahni Song f/Chatel Hamilton - Breakin' The Rules

Waiting For Tonight - Michael Garvin - String Theory  

BUZZ KIEFER

 Buzz Kiefer was born into a family of hillbilly gypsies who traveled the southern United States. His mother was a medium and an astrologer, his father, a redneck mystic hypnotist who provided for his family as a salesman and as a mortician. Kiefer's songs are alternately hilarious and heartbreaking. He can quiet a noise crowd with a whisper of melody and never fails to win over an audience. His rapport is showy but natural, both goody and suave, confident yet vulnerable. "I thrive on intimacy whether it be a one on one conversation with a friend or lover, or getting it on with ten thousand people at a show". Kiefer's songs are alternately hilarious and heartbreaking. He can quiet a noise crowd with a whisper of melody and never fails to win over an audience. His rapport is showy but natural, both goody and suave, confident yet vulnerable. "I thrive on intimacy whether it be a one on one conversation with a friend or lover, or getting it on with ten thousand people at a show".  - His earliest influences were southern gospel, and [artist]Tchaikovsky[/artist]. Primarily self-taught, he also apprenticed with South Carolina blues master, [artist]Black Mike[/artist] and underground folk-rocker, [artist]Bill Thorne[/artist]. Later he continued his studies at the University of Tennessee and was mentored in music composition and creative writing by classical composer John Anthony Lennon and poets Art Smith and Frank Robinson. These broad studies of word, melody and life have forged a style that is unmistakable and undeniably original. + His earliest influences were southern gospel, and [artist]Tchaikovsky[/artist]. Primarily self-taught, he also apprenticed with South Carolina blues master, Black Mike and underground folk-rocker, [artist]Bill Thorne[/artist]. Later he continued his studies at the University of Tennessee and was mentored in music composition and creative writing by classical composer John Anthony Lennon and poets Art Smith and Frank Robinson. These broad studies of word, melody and life have forged a style that is unmistakable and undeniably original.  Kiefer shares his perspective on songwriting and performing with others, teaching universities and various other organizations. "Growing a garden taught me as much about songwriting as any of my formal studies", says Kiefer. "The patience, attention and timing of caring for a growing thing that you're gonna eat is much the same as creating music. That 'Eureka!' moment when the seed first bursts through the soil, to the waiting, weeding and watering as the plans grow to lean under the weight of their ripening fruit." Kiefer shares his perspective on songwriting and performing with others, teaching universities and various other organizations. "Growing a garden taught me as much about songwriting as any of my formal studies", says Kiefer. "The patience, attention and timing of caring for a growing thing that you're gonna eat is much the same as creating music. That 'Eureka!' moment when the seed first bursts through the soil, to the waiting, weeding and watering as the plans grow to lean under the weight of their ripening fruit."  This intimacy permeates every song Buzz Kiefer sings as he continues to carve out his unique place in the history of music. "I have walked through the heart of this country and I dwell in the hearts of her people. The vastness of our deserts and mountain ranges are equaled by the generosity of love and laughter that people share when I do my thang. I return that love and laughter by facilitating the dreams and good hopes of everyone I meet on my journey. This is me. I am an American gypsy."

 Buzz Kiefer was born into a family of hillbilly gypsies who traveled the southern United States. His mother was a medium and an astrologer, his father, a redneck mystic hypnotist who provided for his family as a salesman and as a mortician.

Kiefer's songs are alternately hilarious and heartbreaking. He can quiet a noise crowd with a whisper of melody and never fails to win over an audience. His rapport is showy but natural, both goody and suave, confident yet vulnerable. "I thrive on intimacy whether it be a one on one conversation with a friend or lover, or getting it on with ten thousand people at a show". Kiefer's songs are alternately hilarious and heartbreaking. He can quiet a noise crowd with a whisper of melody and never fails to win over an audience. His rapport is showy but natural, both goody and suave, confident yet vulnerable. "I thrive on intimacy whether it be a one on one conversation with a friend or lover, or getting it on with ten thousand people at a show". 
- His earliest influences were southern gospel, and [artist]Tchaikovsky[/artist]. Primarily self-taught, he also apprenticed with South Carolina blues master, [artist]Black Mike[/artist] and underground folk-rocker, [artist]Bill Thorne[/artist]. Later he continued his studies at the University of Tennessee and was mentored in music composition and creative writing by classical composer John Anthony Lennon and poets Art Smith and Frank Robinson. These broad studies of word, melody and life have forged a style that is unmistakable and undeniably original. + His earliest influences were southern gospel, and [artist]Tchaikovsky[/artist]. Primarily self-taught, he also apprenticed with South Carolina blues master, Black Mike and underground folk-rocker, [artist]Bill Thorne[/artist]. Later he continued his studies at the University of Tennessee and was mentored in music composition and creative writing by classical composer John Anthony Lennon and poets Art Smith and Frank Robinson. These broad studies of word, melody and life have forged a style that is unmistakable and undeniably original. 
Kiefer shares his perspective on songwriting and performing with others, teaching universities and various other organizations. "Growing a garden taught me as much about songwriting as any of my formal studies", says Kiefer. "The patience, attention and timing of caring for a growing thing that you're gonna eat is much the same as creating music. That 'Eureka!' moment when the seed first bursts through the soil, to the waiting, weeding and watering as the plans grow to lean under the weight of their ripening fruit." Kiefer shares his perspective on songwriting and performing with others, teaching universities and various other organizations. "Growing a garden taught me as much about songwriting as any of my formal studies", says Kiefer. "The patience, attention and timing of caring for a growing thing that you're gonna eat is much the same as creating music. That 'Eureka!' moment when the seed first bursts through the soil, to the waiting, weeding and watering as the plans grow to lean under the weight of their ripening fruit." 
This intimacy permeates every song Buzz Kiefer sings as he continues to carve out his unique place in the history of music. "I have walked through the heart of this country and I dwell in the hearts of her people. The vastness of our deserts and mountain ranges are equaled by the generosity of love and laughter that people share when I do my thang. I return that love and laughter by facilitating the dreams and good hopes of everyone I meet on my journey. This is me. I am an American gypsy."

DOUBLE DEE

[Darwin & Dana Nelson]

The musical collaboration of husband and wife singer-songwriters, Darwin and Dana Nelson known as "Double Dee" has taken them far from coastal Gulfport and their small town roots of Lucedale, Mississippi and carried them across the country where they have created a name for themselves at numerous songwriting festivals, house concerts,and top flight venues.  Darwin and Dana have released six albums since 2006 and continue to be regular Margaritaville performers from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach as well as entertained audiences ages 2-92 at other venues from Texas to Florida.             They are founding members of the Mississippi Songwriters' Festival and perform at numerous other festivals including the "Frank Brown International Songwriting Festival, the "Smoky Mountain Songwriters' Festival" in Gatlinburg, "Juke Joint Festival" in Clarksdale, "Sixth String Festival" in New Orleans, and the "Cotton Picking Songwriter's Series" in Monroeville, Alabama.              The acoustic duo has been described by others as Americana/Folk/Gulf Western/Country blending harmonic originals with a Mississippi accent.  These two have opened up for such recording artists as Keith Sykes, Mac McAnally, Ronnie McDowell, Jeff Bates, and Darrell Worley among others.  They have entertained for Parrotheads at pre and post  Jimmy Buffett concerts, festivals and events from Pensacola Beach, and New Orleans to Galveston, Austin and Illinois.              Currently, the Nelsons (along with co-writers Taylor Craven and Mailboat Records recording artist Matt Hoggatt) have their song "Workaholic in Recovery" featured on Sirius XM Margaritaville Radio.  It is the title cut on Matt's album produced by legendary singer- songwriter Keith Sykes from Memphis, Tn. who is also the producer of the Nelson's next CD, early 2016.             Darwin and Dana were finalists in the 2012 "thesongwriters.biz contest with their song "Justice Served".  They received an" honorable mention" in 2013 "American Songwriter's Magazine" for their collaboration, "Doin' For Daddy" with co-writer Taylor Craven. "Call It Gumbo", the title cut off of their latest CD won the "Director's Award" in the 2013 "Paramount.com Songwriting Contest".  Their song "Mississippi Sound" was recently selected to be on a Mississippi compilation album produced by "Silver Creek Records" out of Nashville. "Music City Roots Show " will feature a "Vietti Chili" jingle written by the Nelsons, Hoggatt and Craven in December 2015 in Franklin, Tn.             Darwin and Dana are both recently retired Mississippi Public School teachers:  Darwin: Dr. Ed./Social Studies/Coaching and Dana: Performing Arts.  Additionally, Darwin and Dana have served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies with Darwin having extensive experience emceeing and hosting public, private and civic events.  The two are now traveling and performing full-time with their original sounds of "Double Dee".

The musical collaboration of husband and wife singer-songwriters, Darwin and Dana Nelson known as "Double Dee" has taken them far from coastal Gulfport and their small town roots of Lucedale, Mississippi and carried them across the country where they have created a name for themselves at numerous songwriting festivals, house concerts,and top flight venues.  Darwin and Dana have released six albums since 2006 and continue to be regular Margaritaville performers from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach as well as entertained audiences ages 2-92 at other venues from Texas to Florida.
            They are founding members of the Mississippi Songwriters' Festival and perform at numerous other festivals including the "Frank Brown International Songwriting Festival, the "Smoky Mountain Songwriters' Festival" in Gatlinburg, "Juke Joint Festival" in Clarksdale, "Sixth String Festival" in New Orleans, and the "Cotton Picking Songwriter's Series" in Monroeville, Alabama.
             The acoustic duo has been described by others as Americana/Folk/Gulf Western/Country blending harmonic originals with a Mississippi accent.  These two have opened up for such recording artists as Keith Sykes, Mac McAnally, Ronnie McDowell, Jeff Bates, and Darrell Worley among others.  They have entertained for Parrotheads at pre and post  Jimmy Buffett concerts, festivals and events from Pensacola Beach, and New Orleans to Galveston, Austin and Illinois.
             Currently, the Nelsons (along with co-writers Taylor Craven and Mailboat Records recording artist Matt Hoggatt) have their song "Workaholic in Recovery" featured on Sirius XM Margaritaville Radio.  It is the title cut on Matt's album produced by legendary singer- songwriter Keith Sykes from Memphis, Tn. who is also the producer of the Nelson's next CD, early 2016.
            Darwin and Dana were finalists in the 2012 "thesongwriters.biz contest with their song "Justice Served".  They received an" honorable mention" in 2013 "American Songwriter's Magazine" for their collaboration, "Doin' For Daddy" with co-writer Taylor Craven. "Call It Gumbo", the title cut off of their latest CD won the "Director's Award" in the 2013 "Paramount.com Songwriting Contest".  Their song "Mississippi Sound" was recently selected to be on a Mississippi compilation album produced by "Silver Creek Records" out of Nashville. "Music City Roots Show " will feature a "Vietti Chili" jingle written by the Nelsons, Hoggatt and Craven in December 2015 in Franklin, Tn.
            Darwin and Dana are both recently retired Mississippi Public School teachers:  Darwin: Dr. Ed./Social Studies/Coaching and Dana: Performing Arts.  Additionally, Darwin and Dana have served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies with Darwin having extensive experience emceeing and hosting public, private and civic events.  The two are now traveling and performing full-time with their original sounds of "Double Dee".

SEAN GASAWAY

  Sean Gasaway is an American Award Winning singer/songwriter, born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and now resides in Nashville, TN. Sean has been in the music business for over 25 years writing, producing, and touring with bands including 3 Doors Down, Cowboy Troy, Deborah Allen, Jason Mitchell, and Marianne Allison.  Following a recent stint in Spain, Sean’s incredible popularity and high demand led to staff writing and record deals in the US and the UK, garnering over 50 songs cut within the last three years, three #1 songs on the Americana and Independent charts, five Top 40 on Billboard and Independent Charts, as well as his highly acclaimed 2016 album release "Mississippi Vol. 1". Singer/Songwriter/Producer Sean Gasaway, Mississippi boy, has become a hurricane-like force to be reckoned with. Credits: Writer: "Love Is" 2012 NSAI/CMT Honorable Mention Song Of The Year Winner Writer: “Stomp” (recorded by Jason Mitchell) 2013 Billboard Charts and Pittsburgh Steelers NFL theme song Writer/Producer: “Till It Breaks My Heart” (recorded by Marianne Allison) 26 weeks on Billboard Charts, #1 Independent Song in the Nation, theme song for the movie “Category 5” starring Burt Reynolds and C.  Thomas Howell Writer: “Somewhere Between” (recorded by Taylor Made) Top 40 Country Charts and #1 Independent Song in the Nation. Writer: “Take My People With Me” (recorded by Marianne Allison) #1 New Music Weekly Chart and #1 Independent Song in the Nation. Writer: "Moody Bluesy Christmas" (recorded by Deborah Allen on her 2015 Christmas Album "Rockin' Little Christmas") Writer: "Party Up" (Recorded by Cowboy Troy and Jason Mitchell) 2016 Summer Radio Release, Coming soon! Writer/Artist/Producer: "She Blew Me Away" 2016 Radio release currently impacting UK/BBC Radio Sean is married to his childhood sweetheart Melissa, and they have two daughters, Samantha and Haley. Sean Gasaway is currently touring and writing with some of the industries top writers and artists including; Cowboy Troy (Chicken With The Train- Cowboy Troy/ Big & Rich), Dan Mitchell (If You’re Gonna Play In Texas, You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band - Alabama), Michael Garvin (Waiting For Tonight- Jennifer Lopez), Deborah Allen (Baby I Lied- Deborah Allen), among a list of others with #1 records.

 

Sean Gasaway is an American Award Winning singer/songwriter, born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and now resides in Nashville, TN. Sean has been in the music business for over 25 years writing, producing, and touring with bands including 3 Doors Down, Cowboy Troy, Deborah Allen, Jason Mitchell, and Marianne Allison. 

Following a recent stint in Spain, Sean’s incredible popularity and high demand led to staff writing and record deals in the US and the UK, garnering over 50 songs cut within the last three years, three #1 songs on the Americana and Independent charts, five Top 40 on Billboard and Independent Charts, as well as his highly acclaimed 2016 album release "Mississippi Vol. 1".

Singer/Songwriter/Producer Sean Gasaway, Mississippi boy, has become a hurricane-like force to be reckoned with.

Credits:

Writer: "Love Is" 2012 NSAI/CMT Honorable Mention Song Of The Year Winner

Writer: “Stomp” (recorded by Jason Mitchell) 2013 Billboard Charts and Pittsburgh Steelers NFL theme song

Writer/Producer: “Till It Breaks My Heart” (recorded by Marianne Allison) 26 weeks on Billboard Charts, #1 Independent Song in the Nation, theme song for the movie “Category 5” starring Burt Reynolds and C.  Thomas Howell

Writer: “Somewhere Between” (recorded by Taylor Made) Top 40 Country Charts and #1 Independent Song in the Nation.

Writer: “Take My People With Me” (recorded by Marianne Allison) #1 New Music Weekly Chart and #1 Independent Song in the Nation.

Writer: "Moody Bluesy Christmas" (recorded by Deborah Allen on her 2015 Christmas Album "Rockin' Little Christmas")

Writer: "Party Up" (Recorded by Cowboy Troy and Jason Mitchell) 2016 Summer Radio Release, Coming soon!

Writer/Artist/Producer: "She Blew Me Away" 2016 Radio release currently impacting UK/BBC Radio

Sean is married to his childhood sweetheart Melissa, and they have two daughters, Samantha and Haley.

Sean Gasaway is currently touring and writing with some of the industries top writers and artists including; Cowboy Troy (Chicken With The Train- Cowboy Troy/ Big & Rich), Dan Mitchell (If You’re Gonna Play In Texas, You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band - Alabama), Michael Garvin (Waiting For Tonight- Jennifer Lopez), Deborah Allen (Baby I Lied- Deborah Allen), among a list of others with #1 records.

ROBERT JOSEPH

I'm a singer/songwriter/performer/actor and cartoonist. I also design and build bamboo microphone stands. "Bobby Bamboo" mic stands. I started out a drummer. In the fifth grade I got a three piece kit for Christmas. I taught myself by playing over my dads' bop records. Then in ninth grade, a friend GAVE me a Silvertone acoustic/electric guitar, FOR FREE!! So I started writing songs.     

I'm a singer/songwriter/performer/actor and cartoonist. I also design and build bamboo microphone stands. "Bobby Bamboo" mic stands.

I started out a drummer. In the fifth grade I got a three piece kit for Christmas. I taught myself by playing over my dads' bop records. Then in ninth grade, a friend GAVE me a Silvertone acoustic/electric guitar, FOR FREE!! So I started writing songs. 

 

 

GEORGE CUMBEST

Hailing from southern Mississippi, George Cumbest is not your typical singer-songwriter but a rather well versed philanthropic individual, with a unique vision for the art of creating music.  Following high school, George moved to LA and began to expand his musical venture by touring with friends in an up and coming rock band. Although the success of the band was never heightened to a commercial level, knowledge gained from his involvement would later prove beneficial in his career. Succeeding the time spent in LA, George moved back home and began to play bass guitar with longtime friend/MCA recording artist Richie Jones. During the time spent in the band, George had the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as Neil McCoy, Tracy Lawrence and Hank Williams Jr. and began to focus on his true passion of songwriting. George’s towering aspiration began to develop effortlessly, as he found himself immersed in the freedom offered in songwriting. However, George quickly began to realize that lack of local resources for aspirant songwriters was creating a barrier for his indigenous songwriting community. With this issue constricting the local songwriting community, George began to make substantial efforts to overcome this obstacle. In 2009 George and a few others established the Mississippi Songwriters Festival to aid in the awareness, development and education for the art of songwriting. The festival has now created a strong local songwriting community along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and attracted some of the industries most renowned songwriters as participants. In 2013, George landed his first song cut by Music Row’s Independent Artists of the Year, Taylor Made. The song entitled “Somewhere Between”, co-written with Sean Gasaway and Taylor Made, climbed the music charts in 2013. George has also co-written songs recorded by Marianne Allison, Lisa Lee, Derek Norsworthy, Brandon Green and Mail Boat Recording Artist Matt Hoggatt. In 2014, he teamed with Brett Jones, Daryl Worley and Pete Coors (Coors Beer Family) where he serves as an A&R representative for artist development company Crazytown Productions.  George also helps to develop new artists and writers, often pitching them to the industry.  A distinct vision and effort to aid others who share the dream of songwriting has now led to success not only for George, but the entire local songwriting community of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Hailing from southern Mississippi, George Cumbest is not your typical singer-songwriter but a rather

well versed philanthropic individual, with a unique vision for the art of creating music.  Following high

school, George moved to LA and began to expand his musical venture by touring with friends in an up

and coming rock band. Although the success of the band was never heightened to a commercial level,

knowledge gained from his involvement would later prove beneficial in his career. Succeeding the time

spent in LA, George moved back home and began to play bass guitar with longtime friend/MCA

recording artist Richie Jones. During the time spent in the band, George had the opportunity to share

the stage with acts such as Neil McCoy, Tracy Lawrence and Hank Williams Jr. and began to focus on his

true passion of songwriting. George’s towering aspiration began to develop effortlessly, as he found

himself immersed in the freedom offered in songwriting. However, George quickly began to realize that

lack of local resources for aspirant songwriters was creating a barrier for his indigenous songwriting

community. With this issue constricting the local songwriting community, George began to make

substantial efforts to overcome this obstacle. In 2009 George and a few others established the

Mississippi Songwriters Festival to aid in the awareness, development and education for the art of

songwriting. The festival has now created a strong local songwriting community along the Mississippi

Gulf Coast and attracted some of the industries most renowned songwriters as participants. In 2013,

George landed his first song cut by Music Row’s Independent Artists of the Year, Taylor Made. The song

entitled “Somewhere Between”, co-written with Sean Gasaway and Taylor Made, climbed the music

charts in 2013. George has also co-written songs recorded by Marianne Allison, Lisa Lee, Derek

Norsworthy, Brandon Green and Mail Boat Recording Artist Matt Hoggatt. In 2014, he teamed with Brett

Jones, Daryl Worley and Pete Coors (Coors Beer Family) where he serves as an A&R representative for

artist development company Crazytown Productions.  George also helps to develop new artists and

writers, often pitching them to the industry.  A distinct vision and effort to aid others who share the

dream of songwriting has now led to success not only for George, but the entire local songwriting

community of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

PAST SONGWRITERS

JOHNNY BABATO - Gulf Shores, AL JOHNNY WAS BORN AND RAISED NEW ORLEANS LA. , WITH  A TASTE OF COON ASS BOOGIE FROM BIRTH , OF WHICH HE HAS SPREAD AROUND THE GULF COAST AND COUNTRY FOR DECADES.A SEASONED SONGWRITER , A GUTSY SINGER , AND AN ACCOMPLISHED MUSICIAN , JOHNNY HAS GIVEN BIRTH TO TWO GOOD RECORDS .  LOUISIANA BOOGIE , WHICH IS A  RECORD OF SOUNDS AND GROVES OF THE FRENCH QUATER THAT REMAIN SO CLOSE TO JOHNNY'S BEING . THE SONGS ARE ALL VERY BLUES BASED , COLORED WITH GREAT MUSICIANSHIP NO PAIN NO GAIN , WAS A REFLECTION OF THE OUTLAW YEARS , VERY AUTOBIOGRAPICAL , THE OVERTONES ARE SOUTHERN ROCK , AND AGAIN SOMEWHAT BLUES BASED. ALTHOUGH NOT REALLY BEING A MUSICIAN FIRST , JOHNNY'S LIFE BEGAN WITH GOLF & FOOTBALL WHICH BOTH PLAYED THEIR PERSPECTIVE ROLES IN LATER LIFE AS WELL . PASSION AND PERSISTENCE ARE THE KEY INGREDEINTS IN JOHNNY S MUSIC AND ARE EASILY IDENTIFIED ALONG WITH PAIN AND PLEASURE! JOHNNY BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A SONGWRITER, SINGING OF HIS LIFE AND BAD DECISIONS . HIS EARLY HEROS WERE KEN LAMBERT , JAY HAWKINS AND JIMMY LOUIS ALL VERY ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST THAT JOHNNY WOULD LATER CALL FRIEND.  THIS ALL TOOK PLACE IN THE INFANT STAGES OFFLORABAMA, LONG BEFORE IT BECAME THE ICON IT IS TODAY THERE JOHNNY CUT HIS TEETH ON SONGWRITING SURROUNDED BY A HOST OF GREAT WRITERS. THEN CAME THE LUCKY DOGGS  AN ACT THAT WOULD ALLOW JOHNNY MUSCLE WHILE STILL PURSUING SONGWRITING . THE BAND HAS NOW SPANNED SOME 30 YEARS. A THREE TIME WINNER OF MOBILE BLUES SOCIETY'S IBC BLUES CHALLENGE . JOHNNY HAS CERTAINLY COMPETED ON THE WORLDS BLUES STAGES AND HAS FAIRED  WELL.. JOHNNY HAS HAD SEVERAL LABELS AND A GREAT CAREER BY MOST STANDARDS AND IS POISED AND READY TO RELEASE A NEW RECORDS , AND WITH A HOST OF NEW SONGS ALL IN MORE OF THE AMERICANA RANGE DUSTED WITH A LITTLE FLARE OF SOUTHERN SOUL.

JOHNNY BABATO - Gulf Shores, AL

JOHNNY WAS BORN AND RAISED NEW ORLEANS LA. , WITH  A TASTE OF COON ASS BOOGIE FROM BIRTH , OF WHICH HE HAS SPREAD AROUND THE GULF COAST AND COUNTRY FOR DECADES.A SEASONED SONGWRITER , A GUTSY SINGER , AND AN ACCOMPLISHED MUSICIAN , JOHNNY HAS GIVEN BIRTH TO TWO GOOD RECORDS .
 LOUISIANA BOOGIE , WHICH IS A  RECORD OF SOUNDS AND GROVES OF THE FRENCH QUATER THAT REMAIN SO CLOSE TO JOHNNY'S BEING . THE SONGS ARE ALL VERY BLUES BASED , COLORED WITH GREAT MUSICIANSHIP NO PAIN NO GAIN , WAS A REFLECTION OF THE OUTLAW YEARS , VERY AUTOBIOGRAPICAL , THE OVERTONES ARE SOUTHERN ROCK , AND AGAIN SOMEWHAT BLUES BASED. ALTHOUGH NOT REALLY BEING A MUSICIAN FIRST , JOHNNY'S LIFE BEGAN WITH GOLF & FOOTBALL WHICH BOTH PLAYED THEIR PERSPECTIVE ROLES IN LATER LIFE AS WELL .
PASSION AND PERSISTENCE ARE THE KEY INGREDEINTS IN JOHNNY S MUSIC AND ARE EASILY IDENTIFIED ALONG WITH PAIN AND PLEASURE!
JOHNNY BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A SONGWRITER, SINGING OF HIS LIFE AND BAD DECISIONS .
HIS EARLY HEROS WERE KEN LAMBERT , JAY HAWKINS AND JIMMY LOUIS ALL VERY ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST THAT JOHNNY WOULD LATER CALL FRIEND. 
THIS ALL TOOK PLACE IN THE INFANT STAGES OFFLORABAMA, LONG BEFORE IT BECAME THE ICON IT IS TODAY
THERE JOHNNY CUT HIS TEETH ON SONGWRITING SURROUNDED BY A HOST OF GREAT WRITERS.
THEN CAME THE LUCKY DOGGS  AN ACT THAT WOULD ALLOW JOHNNY MUSCLE WHILE STILL PURSUING SONGWRITING .
THE BAND HAS NOW SPANNED SOME 30 YEARS.
A THREE TIME WINNER OF MOBILE BLUES SOCIETY'S IBC BLUES CHALLENGE . JOHNNY HAS CERTAINLY COMPETED ON THE WORLDS BLUES STAGES AND HAS FAIRED  WELL.. JOHNNY HAS HAD SEVERAL LABELS AND A GREAT CAREER BY MOST STANDARDS AND IS POISED AND READY TO RELEASE A NEW RECORDS , AND WITH A HOST OF NEW SONGS ALL IN MORE OF THE AMERICANA RANGE DUSTED WITH A LITTLE FLARE OF SOUTHERN SOUL.

Gove Scrivenor is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Scrivenor is an autoharp player, and includes the instrument in many of his songs. He plays predominantly country and folk music. Gove moved to Nashville in the early 70s after a four-year stint as a submarine sonar technician in the Navy. This move proved to be a wise one, as he was signed by the largest music publishing company in the world, Acuff-Rose. Wesley Rose saw in Gove the qualities that his struggling TRX record label needed, and Gove was soon signed to a recording contract as well as a songwriter agreement. Things began to happen. Scrivenor signed a management and booking deal with the Don Light Talent Agency in Nashville. During his years with Don Light, Gove toured with fellow agency artists Delbert McClinton,  Jimmy Buffet and the Original Coral Reefer Band. These successes opened many doors and he was soon performing two years in succession on the popular PBS series "Austin City Limits" with Doc Watson and The Amazing Rhythm Aces. He played the character of Daniel Boone on the National Geographic Recording written by Billy Ed Wheeler titled "Cumberland Gap". Gove was often called for jingle work as well, including the early Opryland campaigns for TV and Busch Beer. When looking for expressive and uncommon sounds, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Dan Seals, Hank Williams, Jr., Iris Dement and Glen Campbell all turned to the evocative sound of Gove Scrivenor's autoharp. When Gove released early albums on Flying Fish Records, his friends Doc Watson, John Hartford, Marty Stuart, Buddy Emmons, Ben Keith (Neil Young), and Dave "Please Come To Boston" Loggins all lined up to contribute to his recordings. These two albums were re-issued by Rounder Records (Flying Fish) in 1999 as a compilation titled Solid Gove. He was joined by John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Lari White, and Guthrie Trapp for his first Compass Records release Shine On, a collection of five self-penned and selected favorites by fellow artists. His latest CD, Made Of Sand, features guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Guthrie Trapp, and Nanci Griffith, along with some the best of the best pickers in Nashville.[who?] It was recorded at Jack Clements' "Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa" and John Prines' studio "The Butcher Shop" and produced by Pat McInerney and Gove. Gove's music has been described as "high energy folk blues", with inventive slide work and powerful vocals, tempered with singular work on the autoharp and beautiful ballads of his own writing

Gove Scrivenor is an American singersongwriter, and musician. Scrivenor is an autoharp player, and includes the instrument in many of his songs. He plays predominantly country and folk music.

Gove moved to Nashville in the early 70s after a four-year stint as a submarine sonar technician in the Navy. This move proved to be a wise one, as he was signed by the largest music publishing company in the world, Acuff-Rose. Wesley Rose saw in Gove the qualities that his struggling TRX record label needed, and Gove was soon signed to a recording contract as well as a songwriter agreement. Things began to happen. Scrivenor signed a management and booking deal with the Don Light Talent Agency in Nashville. During his years with Don Light, Gove toured with fellow agency artists Delbert McClinton,  Jimmy Buffet and the Original Coral Reefer Band.

These successes opened many doors and he was soon performing two years in succession on the popular PBS series "Austin City Limits" with Doc Watson and The Amazing Rhythm Aces. He played the character of Daniel Boone on the National Geographic Recording written by Billy Ed Wheeler titled "Cumberland Gap". Gove was often called for jingle work as well, including the early Opryland campaigns for TV and Busch Beer. When looking for expressive and uncommon sounds, Dolly PartonNeil YoungDan SealsHank Williams, Jr.Iris Dement and Glen Campbell all turned to the evocative sound of Gove Scrivenor's autoharp.

When Gove released early albums on Flying Fish Records, his friends Doc Watson, John Hartford, Marty Stuart, Buddy Emmons, Ben Keith (Neil Young), and Dave "Please Come To Boston" Loggins all lined up to contribute to his recordings. These two albums were re-issued by Rounder Records (Flying Fish) in 1999 as a compilation titled Solid Gove. He was joined by John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Lari White, and Guthrie Trapp for his first Compass Records release Shine On, a collection of five self-penned and selected favorites by fellow artists.

His latest CD, Made Of Sand, features guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Guthrie Trapp, and Nanci Griffith, along with some the best of the best pickers in Nashville.[who?] It was recorded at Jack Clements' "Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa" and John Prines' studio "The Butcher Shop" and produced by Pat McInerney and Gove. Gove's music has been described as "high energy folk blues", with inventive slide work and powerful vocals, tempered with singular work on the autoharp and beautiful ballads of his own writing

JOHNATHAN PUZAN - PERDIDO KEY, FL This music was born in 2004 with a guitar and a voice both of which I knew nothing about. The music inside Jonathan Puzan was born on September 11th, 1990 on the beautiful island of Guam. With the combination of life and what I've learned, this is the byproduct. Thank you for your time and enjoy what I have to offer your ears. 

JOHNATHAN PUZAN - PERDIDO KEY, FL

This music was born in 2004 with a guitar and a voice both of which I knew nothing about. The music inside Jonathan Puzan was born on September 11th, 1990 on the beautiful island of Guam. With the combination of life and what I've learned, this is the byproduct. Thank you for your time and enjoy what I have to offer your ears. 

STEPHEN LEE VEAL - MOBILE, AL  

STEPHEN LEE VEAL - MOBILE, AL

 

WEBB DALTON - PERDIDO KEY< FL

WEBB DALTON - PERDIDO KEY< FL

SHAWN BYRNE, NASHVILLE, TN Shawn Byrne. Born in 1973. Middletown, Ct. Middlesex Hospital. The umbilical cord was cut and a new one was soon attached. This new cord plugged straight into a wooden Zenith record player where the future musician was nourished via headphones with the music from his fathers eclectic record collection. Cash, Willie, and Waylon played nicely alongside The Stones, The Beatles, and The Who. Shawn's father, a full time lineman and part-time musician kept his coveted Gibson Les Paul Goldtop under his bed. Not a very good hiding spot. The classic guitar found it's way onto a school bus and to the stage of a 3rd grade talent contest where the young Shawn horrified his music teacher as he wrestled the weighty guitar while rocking out to Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane". Dad never knew of his son's secret liaisons with the guitar until at a gig he found that all the picks were missing from the case and had to use a bread bag clip to get through the night. It wasn't long until Shawn had his very own $150 Fender Squire Strat and the Les Paul stayed under the bed... but only for a time. The journey that brought Shawn from Connecticut to Nashville led him through Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music where the self taught musician learned that formal instruction wasn't in the cards. Several garage bands, a near death experience and a stretch living and working with special needs kids at the Perkins School for the Blind brought Shawn to the conclusion that if he was to make music his life then he would need to take the plunge and go where music and creativity can permeate an aspiring artist's life. A place where living masters of their trade share songs and licks in famed clubs such as the Douglas Corner and the Bluebird Cafe. In fact it was in 2003 that the Bluebird Cafe found their new dishwasher. Shawn scrubbed lightly as to not drown out the songs being shared just beyond the kitchen wall by some of Nashville's most successful songwriters. During this time Shawn honed his writing and playing skills and not only became one the town's most sought out guitar slingers (touring with Rodney Atkins, Mark Collie, Ashton Shepherd and Kelleigh Bannen to name just a few) but also became an in demand demo singer working on sessions for Mark Knopfler, Mary Gauthier, Gary Louris and Kristen Hall under the guidance of Grammy winning producer Nathan Chapman. In time it was Shawn's talents as a writer that got the attention from publishers and major artists alike garnering Shawn a SESAC writer's award and around 20 cuts to his name. Shawn's second self produced record "Pine Trees, Cheap Wine, and the Moon" released in 2012 contains 15 masterfully crafted songs that showcase his talents not only as a singer/songwriter but also as a guitarist, producer and mixing engineer. An eclectic mix of country infused styles like rockers "The Hardest Fall" and "Boots" to the bluegrass romp "The High Notes" recorded with Grammy nominated and multi IBMA award winners The Grascals. Then there's the yearning "A Woman Will" and the heartbreaking "Simply Slip Away". Take a listen a learn why the Nashville Scene calls Shawn Byrne "Nashville's Best Kept Secret". Now the year is 2016. Nashville, TN. Shawn straps on his Dad's old and now road-worn Goldtop Les Paul and takes the stage.

SHAWN BYRNE, NASHVILLE, TN

Shawn Byrne. Born in 1973. Middletown, Ct. Middlesex Hospital. The umbilical cord was cut and a new one was soon attached. This new cord plugged straight into a wooden Zenith record player where the future musician was nourished via headphones with the music from his fathers eclectic record collection. Cash, Willie, and Waylon played nicely alongside The Stones, The Beatles, and The Who.

Shawn's father, a full time lineman and part-time musician kept his coveted Gibson Les Paul Goldtop under his bed. Not a very good hiding spot. The classic guitar found it's way onto a school bus and to the stage of a 3rd grade talent contest where the young Shawn horrified his music teacher as he wrestled the weighty guitar while rocking out to Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane".

Dad never knew of his son's secret liaisons with the guitar until at a gig he found that all the picks were missing from the case and had to use a bread bag clip to get through the night. It wasn't long until Shawn had his very own $150 Fender Squire Strat and the Les Paul stayed under the bed... but only for a time.

The journey that brought Shawn from Connecticut to Nashville led him through Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music where the self taught musician learned that formal instruction wasn't in the cards. Several garage bands, a near death experience and a stretch living and working with special needs kids at the Perkins School for the Blind brought Shawn to the conclusion that if he was to make music his life then he would need to take the plunge and go where music and creativity can permeate an aspiring artist's life. A place where living masters of their trade share songs and licks in famed clubs such as the Douglas Corner and the Bluebird Cafe. In fact it was in 2003 that the Bluebird Cafe found their new dishwasher. Shawn scrubbed lightly as to not drown out the songs being shared just beyond the kitchen wall by some of Nashville's most successful songwriters. During this time Shawn honed his writing and playing skills and not only became one the town's most sought out guitar slingers (touring with Rodney Atkins, Mark Collie, Ashton Shepherd and Kelleigh Bannen to name just a few) but also became an in demand demo singer working on sessions for Mark Knopfler, Mary Gauthier, Gary Louris and Kristen Hall under the guidance of Grammy winning producer Nathan Chapman. In time it was Shawn's talents as a writer that got the attention from publishers and major artists alike garnering Shawn a SESAC writer's award and around 20 cuts to his name.

Shawn's second self produced record "Pine Trees, Cheap Wine, and the Moon" released in 2012 contains 15 masterfully crafted songs that showcase his talents not only as a singer/songwriter but also as a guitarist, producer and mixing engineer. An eclectic mix of country infused styles like rockers "The Hardest Fall" and "Boots" to the bluegrass romp "The High Notes" recorded with Grammy nominated and multi IBMA award winners The Grascals. Then there's the yearning "A Woman Will" and the heartbreaking "Simply Slip Away". Take a listen a learn why the Nashville Scene calls Shawn Byrne "Nashville's Best Kept Secret".

Now the year is 2016. Nashville, TN. Shawn straps on his Dad's old and now road-worn Goldtop Les Paul and takes the stage.

CHRISTINA CHRISTIAN PERDIDO KEY, FL Born and raised in South Alabama, Americana/Country Singer-Songwriter, Christina Christian is in it for the long haul. For the past 5 years, Christina has traveled the Southeast, mainly Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida to perform her music. The 22 year old currently lives in Perdido Key, Florida entertaining her home base along the the Gulf Coast. Christina Christian got her foot in the door with music at young age, 8 years old to be exact. Her Father was a classic rock kind of guy, who always played guitar, and her Mother listened to Country. Christian was influenced tremendously by all sorts of music, which led to being creative with words and the first three chords on her decorated Johnson guitar. In Middle school, she wrote poetry, and kept writing all the way into high school until her independent studies class gave her the freedom to learn more about Songwriting. She picked up guitar at the age of 16, after taking a shot at her high school talent show her sophomore year. Originally, Christina wanted the college life. She had the dream of becoming a Sports Medicine Trainer for Football (Roll Tide) But, there are some things you can't deny, and that was her love for music. So, taking a few steps forward, Christina ended up with 6 scholarships to pay her way through college at Troy University. She decided a Music Industry degree was the path for her. Christina's first day in college was a day that changed her life forever. Her professor was the real deal, who worked with Michael Jackson back in the day, MICHAEL JACKSON. She will never forget the first words that came out of Mr. Smith's mouth. "You do not need a degree to be in the music industry." Christina took those words to heart and within the year, she withdrew from college to work in the real world. Since moving back from college at the age of 19, Christina has been a waitress, a pizza slinger, a zip-line guide, and first and foremost, a musician. Between her day jobs in 2013, Christian shared the stage with country stars such as, Maggie Rose, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope, Tyler Farr, and The Henningsens with the help of her good friends at 95KSJ. The following year was turning point. Christina began being recognized for her songwriting craft, which led to performing in the Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival, the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, and the Hwy. 80 Songwriters Festival in Meridian, MS. With the festivals being a major influence on Christina, she took her songwriting to a new level, so she moved to Nashville in the hopes of becoming a big star. Well, scratch that, she actually went Nashville to gain experience in the city. As Christina see's it, Nashville is a great learning tool for co-writing, playing shows for free, and how to cook Ramen Noodles right way. So now, she performs regularly at the World Famous Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Happy Harbor, Moe's Original BBQ, Bella Luna and many more venues on the Gulf Coast.   Christina Christian got her foot in the door with music at young age, 8 years old to be exact. Her Father was a classic rock kind of guy, who always played guitar, and her Mother listened to Country. Christian was influenced tremendously by all sorts of music, which led to being creative with words and the first three chords on her decorated Johnson guitar. In Middle school, she wrote poetry, and kept writing all the way into high school until her independent studies class gave her the freedom to learn more about Songwriting. She picked up guitar at the age of 16, after taking a shot at her high school talent show her sophomore year. Originally, Christina wanted the college life. She had the dream of becoming a Sports Medicine Trainer for Football (Roll Tide) But, there are some things you can't deny, and that was her love for music. So, taking a few steps forward, Christina ended up with 6 scholarships to pay her way through college at Troy University. She decided a Music Industry degree was the path for her. Christina's first day in college was a day that changed her life forever. Her professor was the real deal, who worked with Michael Jackson back in the day, MICHAEL JACKSON. She will never forget the first words that came out of Mr. Smith's mouth. "You do not need a degree to be in the music industry." Christina took those words to heart and within the year, she withdrew from college to work in the real world. Since moving back from college at the age of 19, Christina has been a waitress, a pizza slinger, a zip-line guide, and first and foremost, a musician. Between her day jobs in 2013, Christian shared the stage with country stars such as, Maggie Rose, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope, Tyler Farr, and The Henningsens with the help of her good friends at 95KSJ. The following year was turning point. Christina began being recognized for her songwriting craft, which led to performing in the Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival, the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, and the Hwy. 80 Songwriters Festival in Meridian, MS. With the festivals being a major influence on Christina, she took her songwriting to a new level, so she moved to Nashville in the hopes of becoming a big star. Well, scratch that, she actually went Nashville to gain experience in the city. As Christina see's it, Nashville is a great learning tool for co-writing, playing shows for free, and how to cook Ramen Noodles right way. So now, she performs regularly at the World Famous Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Happy Harbor, Moe's Original BBQ, Bella Luna and many more venues on the Gulf Coast.

CHRISTINA CHRISTIAN PERDIDO KEY, FL

Born and raised in South Alabama, Americana/Country Singer-Songwriter, Christina Christian is in it for the long haul. For the past 5 years, Christina has traveled the Southeast, mainly Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida to perform her music. The 22 year old currently lives in Perdido Key, Florida entertaining her home base along the the Gulf Coast.

Christina Christian got her foot in the door with music at young age, 8 years old to be exact. Her Father was a classic rock kind of guy, who always played guitar, and her Mother listened to Country. Christian was influenced tremendously by all sorts of music, which led to being creative with words and the first three chords on her decorated Johnson guitar. In Middle school, she wrote poetry, and kept writing all the way into high school until her independent studies class gave her the freedom to learn more about Songwriting. She picked up guitar at the age of 16, after taking a shot at her high school talent show her sophomore year.

Originally, Christina wanted the college life. She had the dream of becoming a Sports Medicine Trainer for Football (Roll Tide) But, there are some things you can't deny, and that was her love for music. So, taking a few steps forward, Christina ended up with 6 scholarships to pay her way through college at Troy University. She decided a Music Industry degree was the path for her. Christina's first day in college was a day that changed her life forever. Her professor was the real deal, who worked with Michael Jackson back in the day, MICHAEL JACKSON. She will never forget the first words that came out of Mr. Smith's mouth. "You do not need a degree to be in the music industry." Christina took those words to heart and within the year, she withdrew from college to work in the real world.

Since moving back from college at the age of 19, Christina has been a waitress, a pizza slinger, a zip-line guide, and first and foremost, a musician. Between her day jobs in 2013, Christian shared the stage with country stars such as, Maggie Rose, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope, Tyler Farr, and The Henningsens with the help of her good friends at 95KSJ. The following year was turning point. Christina began being recognized for her songwriting craft, which led to performing in the Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival, the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, and the Hwy. 80 Songwriters Festival in Meridian, MS. With the festivals being a major influence on Christina, she took her songwriting to a new level, so she moved to Nashville in the hopes of becoming a big star. Well, scratch that, she actually went Nashville to gain experience in the city. As Christina see's it, Nashville is a great learning tool for co-writing, playing shows for free, and how to cook Ramen Noodles right way. So now, she performs regularly at the World Famous Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Happy Harbor, Moe's Original BBQ, Bella Luna and many more venues on the Gulf Coast.

 

Christina Christian got her foot in the door with music at young age, 8 years old to be exact. Her Father was a classic rock kind of guy, who always played guitar, and her Mother listened to Country. Christian was influenced tremendously by all sorts of music, which led to being creative with words and the first three chords on her decorated Johnson guitar. In Middle school, she wrote poetry, and kept writing all the way into high school until her independent studies class gave her the freedom to learn more about Songwriting. She picked up guitar at the age of 16, after taking a shot at her high school talent show her sophomore year.

Originally, Christina wanted the college life. She had the dream of becoming a Sports Medicine Trainer for Football (Roll Tide) But, there are some things you can't deny, and that was her love for music. So, taking a few steps forward, Christina ended up with 6 scholarships to pay her way through college at Troy University. She decided a Music Industry degree was the path for her. Christina's first day in college was a day that changed her life forever. Her professor was the real deal, who worked with Michael Jackson back in the day, MICHAEL JACKSON. She will never forget the first words that came out of Mr. Smith's mouth. "You do not need a degree to be in the music industry." Christina took those words to heart and within the year, she withdrew from college to work in the real world.

Since moving back from college at the age of 19, Christina has been a waitress, a pizza slinger, a zip-line guide, and first and foremost, a musician. Between her day jobs in 2013, Christian shared the stage with country stars such as, Maggie Rose, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope, Tyler Farr, and The Henningsens with the help of her good friends at 95KSJ. The following year was turning point. Christina began being recognized for her songwriting craft, which led to performing in the Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival, the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, and the Hwy. 80 Songwriters Festival in Meridian, MS. With the festivals being a major influence on Christina, she took her songwriting to a new level, so she moved to Nashville in the hopes of becoming a big star. Well, scratch that, she actually went Nashville to gain experience in the city. As Christina see's it, Nashville is a great learning tool for co-writing, playing shows for free, and how to cook Ramen Noodles right way. So now, she performs regularly at the World Famous Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Happy Harbor, Moe's Original BBQ, Bella Luna and many more venues on the Gulf Coast.

MEGAN McMILLAN - CENTREVILLE, AL Megan McMillan is a folk/country singer-songwriter from the small community of Pinetucky, Alabama. Her hometown paper, the Centreville Press, states "Her ability to closely examine her own life and emotions, and to deeply contemplate the lives of others, has given rise to a talent for poetry and storytelling - both marks of a great songwriter". 30a Songwriter Radio comments, "Megan McMillan - why we do what we do". Balancing a steady touring schedule along with homeschooling her two children, Megan displays the perseverance it takes to make a living in this difficult business. Her debut EP, "Potter's Field" was released in October 2015 and can be found on all major music outlets and via meganmcmillan.net. 

MEGAN McMILLAN - CENTREVILLE, AL

Megan McMillan is a folk/country singer-songwriter from the small community of Pinetucky, Alabama. Her hometown paper, the Centreville Press, states "Her ability to closely examine her own life and emotions, and to deeply contemplate the lives of others, has given rise to a talent for poetry and storytelling - both marks of a great songwriter". 30a Songwriter Radio comments, "Megan McMillan - why we do what we do". Balancing a steady touring schedule along with homeschooling her two children, Megan displays the perseverance it takes to make a living in this difficult business. Her debut EP, "Potter's Field" was released in October 2015 and can be found on all major music outlets and via meganmcmillan.net

RYAN BALTHROP MOBILE, AL "From the day to day to across the way".... Ryan Balthrop has been rocking the Bay area since 1994. He calls his musical style “Southern neo-folk with an island flavor” and credits local greats, such as Wet Willie, as profound influences. The 37-year-old Mobilian has played with many bands along the Gulf Coast, including the newly formed Ryan B.’s Bowling Buddies. His self-titled debut solo album is also scheduled for release this month. The project features an impressive laundry list of local and regional guests. His debut album, out 7-10-2011, presents a sophisticated blend of Americana, folk, blues, and a taste of the islands. He has performed 200+ shows a year with various southeastern bands since 1994, and is finally coming into his own with this long awaited solo effort. The album spans several genres, and represents Balthrop's powerful songwriting capabilities. His soulful, sometimes delicate vocals, drive home the themes that intertwine to create an atmosphere of inner reflection and emotion. Ryan Balthrop has been performing over 200 shows a year since 1994. The debut solo album is up for download on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and other servers under "Ryan Balthrop" or you can order a physical copy from www.ryanbalthrop.com  Balthrop also covers artists including: J.J. Cale, Bob Marley, Paul Simon, The Band Stevie Wonder, Grateful Dead, Allman Bros., Pink Floyd, among others.   

RYAN BALTHROP MOBILE, AL

"From the day to day to across the way"....

Ryan Balthrop has been rocking the Bay area since 1994. He calls his musical style “Southern neo-folk with an island flavor” and credits local greats, such as Wet Willie, as profound influences. The 37-year-old Mobilian has played with many bands along the Gulf Coast, including the newly formed Ryan B.’s Bowling Buddies. His self-titled debut solo album is also scheduled for release this month. The project features an impressive laundry list of local and regional guests. His debut album, out 7-10-2011, presents a sophisticated blend of Americana, folk, blues, and a taste of the islands. He has performed 200+ shows a year with various southeastern bands since 1994, and is finally coming into his own with this long awaited solo effort. The album spans several genres, and represents Balthrop's powerful songwriting capabilities. His soulful, sometimes delicate vocals, drive home the themes that intertwine to create an atmosphere of inner reflection and emotion. Ryan Balthrop has been performing over 200 shows a year since 1994. The debut solo album is up for download on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and other servers under "Ryan Balthrop" or you can order a physical copy from www.ryanbalthrop.com  Balthrop also covers artists including: J.J. Cale, Bob Marley, Paul Simon, The Band Stevie Wonder, Grateful Dead, Allman Bros., Pink Floyd, among others. 

 

OLIVIA WEST NASHVILLE, TN Olivia West is a singer-songwriter and super-mommy in Nashville, TN. "If it weren't for music, I'd be a soccer-mom, but my kids don't like to play soccer. Good thing there's music." A brand new album, in fact. "It's all love songs. Nothing but love songs. Lately I've been setting higher standards for love and romance. I set the bar higher than I find at the bars I sing at and this album is about that. It's a return to love, the way I always imagined it when I was a girl. It's about the kind of love we all grow up wanting to find, the kind of kisses we dream of as girls." Kiss Me Like A Girl is full of all of Olivia's various musical influences. It includes songs in almost every genre, sometimes all in one song. "Fun with genres! That's what I call it. Why do we have to pick a genre anyway? Can't we just love to make great music and forget where it fits if everyone likes to listen?"  Spoken like a true lover of music. "I listen to it all and I'm influenced by it all. I don't think in genres and I don't sing in them either." Olivia West has been influenced by everyone and everything. "But I mostly write about life. Mine and everyone else I know. It's kinda dangerous to know me if you don't wanna hear someone sing about you." Or blog.  Olivia's blog about raising her children while pursuing her career, "Livi's Life Story - A Single Mommy's Adventures In Becoming An Overnight Success," at http://liviwest.com is an intimate, interactive and humorous look at the way her mind and life work. Olivia earned her first paycheck singing Country music at the Truman Lake Opry in Tightwad MO.  Since then she's waited tables, torn off roofs, cleaned houses and ended up "begging from stages with my tip-bucket and my guitar" in Nashville's competitive and underpaid music scene.  She's played everywhere from the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Inductions at Lexington Center in KY, Wicked Willy's on Bleeker St in NY NY, the Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival in Alabama, the Hard Rock & Tootsie's (in Nashville and Florida) to the Bluebird Cafe and shared a bill with John Rich, Lady Antebellum, Jerrod Neimann, The Henningsens, Lee Brice, Steve Wariner, Lorrie Morgan, Exile, The KY Headhunters and even Casting Crowns, Pillar and Reliant K. No one in Nashville is working harder at climbing that ladder to the top of the charts. Olivia writes that music “with my heroes & friends! I’m the luckiest girl in the world to get to make songs with the people who influenced me!” Her cowriters include: Greg Barnhill (House of Love, Walkaway Joe, That Kind of Day,)  Mark Oliverius (She’s A Whole Lotta Gone, Dos Divas,) Reese Wilson (You Take Me Places I’ve Never Been, Not On Your Love,) Stan Webb (I’m From the Country,) Rodney Janzen (Free and Easy Down The Road,) The Henningsens (You Lie, The Only Girl You Love All Your Life,) Mary Francis (Whiskey if You Were a Woman, Tonight the Heartache’s on Me,) Jon Nite (Save Water Drink Beer, Glass,) Amanda Williams (B-E-E-R Run.) If you love what you hear, help Olivia kiss the world with her songs! Share it with your friends, join the email list and the street team, help Olivia get heard!!!

OLIVIA WEST NASHVILLE, TN

Olivia West is a singer-songwriter and super-mommy in Nashville, TN. "If it weren't for music, I'd be a soccer-mom, but my kids don't like to play soccer. Good thing there's music."


A brand new album, in fact.

"It's all love songs. Nothing but love songs. Lately I've been setting higher standards for love and romance. I set the bar higher than I find at the bars I sing at and this album is about that. It's a return to love, the way I always imagined it when I was a girl. It's about the kind of love we all grow up wanting to find, the kind of kisses we dream of as girls."

Kiss Me Like A Girl is full of all of Olivia's various musical influences. It includes songs in almost every genre, sometimes all in one song.

"Fun with genres! That's what I call it. Why do we have to pick a genre anyway? Can't we just love to make great music and forget where it fits if everyone likes to listen?"  Spoken like a true lover of music. "I listen to it all and I'm influenced by it all. I don't think in genres and I don't sing in them either."

Olivia West has been influenced by everyone and everything. "But I mostly write about life. Mine and everyone else I know. It's kinda dangerous to know me if you don't wanna hear someone sing about you."

Or blog.  Olivia's blog about raising her children while pursuing her career, "Livi's Life Story - A Single Mommy's Adventures In Becoming An Overnight Success," at http://liviwest.com is an intimate, interactive and humorous look at the way her mind and life work.

Olivia earned her first paycheck singing Country music at the Truman Lake Opry in Tightwad MO.  Since then she's waited tables, torn off roofs, cleaned houses and ended up "begging from stages with my tip-bucket and my guitar" in Nashville's competitive and underpaid music scene. 

She's played everywhere from the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Inductions at Lexington Center in KY, Wicked Willy's on Bleeker St in NY NY, the Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival in Alabama, the Hard Rock & Tootsie's (in Nashville and Florida) to the Bluebird Cafe and shared a bill with John Rich, Lady Antebellum, Jerrod Neimann, The Henningsens, Lee Brice, Steve Wariner, Lorrie Morgan, Exile, The KY Headhunters and even Casting Crowns, Pillar and Reliant K. No one in Nashville is working harder at climbing that ladder to the top of the charts.

Olivia writes that music “with my heroes & friends! I’m the luckiest girl in the world to get to make songs with the people who influenced me!”

Her cowriters include: Greg Barnhill (House of Love, Walkaway Joe, That Kind of Day,)  Mark Oliverius (She’s A Whole Lotta Gone, Dos Divas,) Reese Wilson (You Take Me Places I’ve Never Been, Not On Your Love,) Stan Webb (I’m From the Country,) Rodney Janzen (Free and Easy Down The Road,) The Henningsens (You Lie, The Only Girl You Love All Your Life,) Mary Francis (Whiskey if You Were a Woman, Tonight the Heartache’s on Me,) Jon Nite (Save Water Drink Beer, Glass,) Amanda Williams (B-E-E-R Run.)

If you love what you hear, help Olivia kiss the world with her songs! Share it with your friends, join the email list and the street team, help Olivia get heard!!!

JUSTIN FOBES MOBILE, AL /// PERDIDO KEY, FL If you are looking for someone with the raw talent, energy, and charisma to command even the toughest crowd, then you are looking for Justin Fobes. Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Justin has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old. While other kids were learning the popular songs of the day, Justin was already crafting his own. By the age of 15, he had written over 30 songs, and by 18, he was playing at restaurants and events all along the Gulf Coast. After eight years of touring the southeastern United States and the Virgin Islands opening for such acts as the Counting Crows, Live, Silverchair, and Don Henley, performing thousands of shows and logging up to 80,000 miles a year, Justin Fobes now resides back in Mobile, AL playing several nights a week in the many eateries and drinkeries there. While he’s not busy with his duties as a Rockstar, Justin usually divides his time working on his recording projects and spending quality family time. To put a label on his music would be unfair. He is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who blends folk with rock and blues with pop. To date, Justin has released three albums and is currently working on a fourth project, due to be released in 2008. He has written, or co-written, over a hundred songs and knows by heart hundreds of covers. His impressive guitar playing and powerful vocals merge to create a truly unique sound that McDaniel Wyatt of Skyscraper Magazine said “[has] echoes of Jeff Buckley’s ambience, Rufus Wainwright’s sincerity, and Peter Yorn’s powerful delivery”. Offering uniquely crafted songs that blend the sounds of folk, rock, blues and pop, Justin Fobes is truly an original.    

JUSTIN FOBES MOBILE, AL /// PERDIDO KEY, FL

If you are looking for someone with the raw talent, energy, and charisma to command even the toughest crowd, then you are looking for Justin Fobes. Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Justin has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old. While other kids were learning the popular songs of the day, Justin was already crafting his own. By the age of 15, he had written over 30 songs, and by 18, he was playing at restaurants and events all along the Gulf Coast. After eight years of touring the southeastern United States and the Virgin Islands opening for such acts as the Counting Crows, Live, Silverchair, and Don Henley, performing thousands of shows and logging up to 80,000 miles a year, Justin Fobes now resides back in Mobile, AL playing several nights a week in the many eateries and drinkeries there. While he’s not busy with his duties as a Rockstar, Justin usually divides his time working on his recording projects and spending quality family time. To put a label on his music would be unfair. He is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who blends folk with rock and blues with pop. To date, Justin has released three albums and is currently working on a fourth project, due to be released in 2008. He has written, or co-written, over a hundred songs and knows by heart hundreds of covers. His impressive guitar playing and powerful vocals merge to create a truly unique sound that McDaniel Wyatt of Skyscraper Magazine said “[has] echoes of Jeff Buckley’s ambience, Rufus Wainwright’s sincerity, and Peter Yorn’s powerful delivery”. Offering uniquely crafted songs that blend the sounds of folk, rock, blues and pop, Justin Fobes is truly an original.

 

 


PAST PERFORMERS

ANTHONY CRAWFORD - LOXLEY, AL

Anthony Crawford (born May 5, 1957, Birmingham, Alabama, United States) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, who has worked with many well-known musicians in the studio, onstage and as a songwriter. Crawford has also released several solo albums in addition to two albums and a DVD with his wife, Savana Lee, as Sugarcane Jane.

Crawford has recently opened, Admiral Bean Studio, to the public and is already working on several veteran artist's forthcoming albums.

Although born in Birmingham, Nashville became Anthony's home, where he performed live at Opryland, toured with the Sonny James Band, and appeared on television’s Hee Haw and The Ralph Emery Show. He caught the eye of many in Nashville including Rounder Records and Little Dog Records.

After traveling throughout the Southeast playing various string instruments, his opportunities expanded to include tours with Neil Young. In between tours with Young backing bands The Shocking Pinks, International Harvesters, and Electric Band, Anthony also toured with Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, the Pegi Young Band, Nicolette Larson and Blackhawk.

A prolific songwriter, Crawford has over four hundred songs to his credit, many recorded by artists including Steve Winwood, Pegi Young, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sawyer Brown, Billy Burnett, and Lorrie Morgan.Anthony’s solo career has been productive as well, recording several albums. His solo efforts include a self-titled debut album, Radio Cafe, and his latest, Five Is Red—his strongest solo accomplishment to date. The collaborative album was recorded with Everest and Bo Koster from My Morning Jacket.

Anthony’s known in the industry as both a multi-instrumental musical prodigy, gifted photographer, and talented videographer. His photo is on the cover of Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II, and his photography has been shown at various museums throughout California. Anthony’s recent rockumentary On the Road with a Rock Star captures day-to-day life with Neil Young and the gang as well as internal thoughts and views while on the road.

Living on Alabama’s Gulf Coast with wife/singing partner Savana Lee, they created Sugarcane Jane in 2009 and tour the southeast. Anthony opened his recording studio Admiral Bean in 2010, and has been busy recording artists from around the country. Crawfword says south Alabama is “a great place to land,” as he looks out over pasture and into the woods of his backyard.

CARY LAINE - MOBILE, AL

Cary Laine, the blue eyed beauty from the beaches of Alabama may be the biggest thing to enter the Alt Country and Americana music scene since Dolly Parton. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a powerhouse voice, her tone can put it's listener at immediate attention as she delivers her message with no apologies. Since her national introduction on NBC's The Voice (and turning all four chairs) in 2014, Cary has been touring the country and writing new material for her first ever full length album, Miss Alabama. The Voice was a catalyst to Laine's career, growing her fan base to hundreds of thousands within days. After parting with the show, it was only natural to get back to writing and begin recording her debut album. Laine has something to prove, something to say. She is more than the girl on The Voice with the red cowboy boots.

TAYLOR CRAVEN - OCEAN SPRINGS, MS

From the Mississippi Delta to its coast, Taylor Craven's upbringing helped forge his path as a songwriter early in life. Growing from seeds of inspiration from songwriting masters such as Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker and John Prine, and genres including gospel, country and blues, Craven began writing songs as a hobby and soon was performing in songwriting festivals across the south including the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival and winning contests, including recently both a 3rd place and honorable mention award in American Songwriters Magazine. He was selected to play in the first ever Gulf Coast Songwriters Shootout.

He’s a 2014 top ten contestant in the Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic, judged and selected by Ray Wylie Hubbard. With an expanding catalog of songs, Taylor has found himself in high demand as a writer, sharing the pen with numerous artists, from the legendary Wild Bill Emerson and Bo Roberts, to local singer/songwriters looking to improve their craft. Taylor is also a co-founder and current member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, which was established in 2010.

MELISSA JOINER - GULF SHORES, AL

Native of Baldwin County, Alabama, Melissa Joiner has been submersed in music since birth.
Her diverse style and creative use of formal opera training, has created a unique sound that
makes her a standout among other gulf coast female vocalists. In her first summer of being a
professional musician, she hosted the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout in the
world famous Florabama, and participated in many festivals which include the Frank Brown
International Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival,Pensacola Beach
Songwriters Festival,and the 43rd International Shrimp Festival just to name a few. She is the
co-founder and co-producer of the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout, and founder and executive
producer of the Songs that Save concert series. Melissa has been featured on 92ZEW fm radio
live concert series, and has opened up for a few national touring acts. Melissa has recently
performed on PBS's Studio Amped with her band, and will be releasing her first EP this summer.
Melissa has spent the last three months playing in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and other countries
in the Pacific Islands and looks forward to playing in an area near you!

MARK SHERILL - PERDIDO KEY, FL

MARK SHERILL - PERDIDO KEY, FL

Born in Alexander City, Alabama in 1954
Went to Nashvlle in 1970 to try to get a job playing bass guitar....didn't work out. Met a publisher from New Yorlk through cousin Billy Sherrill. Got a job running tapes and workin in the office for gallico surrounded by sonwriters like Billy Sherrill, Nora Wilson, Glen Sutton, and Carmal Taylor. You could'nt help but learn something!
I had my frirst two songs recorded at age 17 by George Jones and Tammy Wynette...(One Country).. Love Is All We Need, and (One Gospel)...When Jesus Comes To Take His Children Home.
Both were written with Duke Goff. Through the next 15 to 20 years, I had songs recorded by Tanya Tucker, Charlie Rich, Joe Stampley, Brenda Lee, David Allen Coe, T.G. Shepard, Lacy J. Dalton, Don Hunley, Paul Anka, John Anderson, Marlo Smith and many more.

ABE PARTRIDGE - MOBILE, AL

ABE PARTRIDGE - MOBILE, AL

Abe Partridge is a songwriter from Mobile, Alabama. Over the last 15 years, he has been everything from a landscaper in South Alabama, to a roofer in East Tennessee, a day-laborer in northwest Georgia, to a pastor in Appalachian Kentucky. He has been broke, bent, cheated, damaged, and nearly died on at least two occasions. He has witnessed births, deaths, homecomings, baptisms, marriages, and funerals. Through all these experiences, he has carried a guitar all along the way, writing songs at every turn.

He has only just begun sharing these songs with the world. His first album, White Trash Lipstick, is due to be released in March of 2016.