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MEET OUR SONGWRITERS FROM THE 2017 FESTIVAL
Ameal Cameron Jr. is from New Orleans but after Hurricane Katrina, moved to Baton Rouge. Ameal’s music is heavily soulful, with influences from pop. He writes songs based on how I feel and my experiences and writes songs to express himself, ultimately.
Since moving to Nashville in 2009, Annie Kennedy has shared the stage and the page with some of Nashville’s best new artists and writers. She has secured cuts on multiple independent recording projects, in addition to releasing 2 albums of her own, including her latest release “Limitless: The ShowRoom Sessions”, which focuses on Kennedy’s greatest passion: the songs themselves. Kennedy was recently chosen as a “Trailblazer” by the Marlboro Brand, and was featured in the 2016 Rockin Boots Campaign. She was honored to be chosen among other female entrepreneurs and creatives, and will continue to blaze trails as she tours the country in 2017, sharing stories and songs along the way.
Avery Landrum grew up across a swamp in Lettsworth Louisiana and is currently living in St.Francisville Louisiana
Avery’s style is an Alternative/Indies with a R&B influence.
Other musical influences include, Amy Winehouse,Lana Del Rey,The Mama’s and The Papa’s,and Nirvana.
Avery writes music because it helps her get through the day. If she having a hard time or going through something, music is always there to help her deal with her emotions.
Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Barry began writing songs shortly after joining his first band in the early 1980’s. The Basin Brothers Band developed a strong regional following and included several of his original songs into their set list. The band, which began as a country band, shifted their musical focus to their Cajun heritage and they began performing traditional Cajun music. The band began to tour extensively playing festivals, colleges, and clubs across the U.S. and Canada, along with performing at major venues with nationally recognized acts. The band signed with Flying Fish Records and released an album of traditional and original Cajun music that was nominated for a Grammy award in the “Best Traditional Folk Recording” category. Following a move to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Barry began playing in several local bands and soon met other musicians who shared his interest in songwriting and he began to focus more on developing new original material. He released his first solo album in 2011 titled “Worn Wooden Floors” which includes ten of his original compositions. Barry continues to write and perform locally and in Texas where his music has been well received. In addition to performing, Barry has become a strong advocate for songwriters and original music in south Louisiana. He started a Regional Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, co-host an annual songwriter retreat, and coordinates a weekly songwriter showcase featuring established and up and coming songwriters.
I am Singer-songwriter from Monroe, La and freshman at LSU. I have had a love for music since I was 8 years on when i received my first drum set. I began writing songs when I was 16 years old and developed a passion that grows every day. I write from personal experiences and want people to use my songs in any way they can.
Ben Labat & The Happy Devil are an Alternative Folk Rock band who have released 3 studio albums (A Face for Radio 2010, Soapbox Anthems 2012 and The Revival 2014) over the last 6 years.
The band has recently announced their newest studio album ‘Homeward’ due for release in Winter 2016.
On any one of the songs on their debut album, A Face for Radio, and their sophomore effort, Soapbox Anthems, there are musical elements ranging from reggae to country, pop to folk. This is a direct reflection of both Ben and the band’s appreciation and love for all modes of music. Their fourth album, The Revival, is an upbeat and powerful collective work reflecting the roller coaster ride.
The band’s live shows are also something to witness, an eclectic mix of finely arranged upbeat originals as well as those cover songs everyone wants to hear, but most bands don’t have the stones to play.
From early on it became evident that Ben Labat’s talent could not be ignored. As the lead singer/songwriter of the band, The Terms, Ben worked with iconic rock producer and Grammy winner Greg Ladanyi (Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, Don Henley) on their debut album.
Over the last several years, Ben has performed all over the US in the some of the most prestigious venues including The House of Blues and Tipitina’s in New Orleans, New York City’s Cutting Room, Los Angeles’ Viper Room, The Exit in Nashville and has opened for Anders Osborne, Better than Ezra, Pat Green, Blue Traveler and The Iguanas among others.
As a songwriter, several of Ben’s songs have been featured on CBS’s “The Ghost Whisperer”, MTV’s “The Real World” and “Jersey Shore”, the Kevin Spacey produced film “Mini’s First Time”, and “Middle of Nowhere” starring Susan Sarandon.
Brent Anderson, a native of Pascagoula, MS, moved to Nashville and signed his first publishing deal at the age of 15. He currently writes for Sea Gayle Music and, since, has had cuts with Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Bucky Covington and Brad Paisley. His credits also include the #1 hit “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe and other singles, “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” (Josh Thompson) and “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” (Sheryl Crow). Brent also co-produced Chris Jansen’s new album for Warner Brothers, including the breakthrough hit “Buy Me A Boat”, and co-produced CJ Solar’s debut EP.
Born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, Brinley Addington’s passion for Country music began well before the small town singer can even remember. At age three, Brinley began climbing on top of his parent’s coffee table pretending he was performing on the Grand Ole Opry. Brinley was influenced early on by the hymns he heard on Sunday morning and the traditional country voices of Randy Travis, Vince Gill, and Alan Jackson. As time went by, Brinley gained inspiration from modern country artists like Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw as well as his parents’ love of bluegrass music. In the fourth grade, a reluctant Brinley was encouraged to enter the school talent show where he performed in front of a crowd for the very first time. At age 12, Brinley began singing at Church where he realized, what he feels to be, God’s plan for his life: making music. Since 2007, Brinley has had the honor of opening shows for several major artists such as Florida-Georgia Line, Chris Young, Josh Turner, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Eli Young Band, Gavin DeGraw, Marty Stuart, Ronnie Milsap, as well as Texas favorites Jack Ingram, the Josh Abbott Band, and the Casey Donahew Band, and has served as headliner at numerous fairs, festivals, and college events in the southeast. Brinley’s first full-length album Homegrown debuted in May of 2011, peaking at #53 on the iTunes country album charts independently. Homegrown produced two music videos (Hang on a Farm and As Long As You Love Me) that have already gained over 100,000 views. Addington released his second record Middle Of Nowhere in August 2014, which garnered outstanding reviews from peers and music industry professionals alike. When asked about his recent accomplishments, Addington says, “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been blessed with. So many cool things are happening, it’s just unreal. I get to live in Nashville, TN, write with some of my songwriting heroes, and get to travel to so many cool places to play shows with artists I’ve looked up to for a long time. It’s awesome. I just want to keep writing and recording good, relatable, country music that honors tradition and still speaks to my generation. So far, I’m having a blast.”
Carter is a 17 yr. old blues guitarist from Port Allen, LA. He is a
junior at Catholic High School. Carter has been playing guitar since the age of 10 and been performing in different bands since the age of 12. Carter performs with his band, “The Riverside Blues Band” which is heavily influenced by many of the traditional blues legends. Carter was a recipient of the 2016 Generation Blues Youth Scholarship and his band Riverside played this year at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis. Carter is the 2016 winner of the Junior Guitar Showcase at the T-Bone Walker Festival in Longview, TX.
Carter will return to the festival this year as a performer and a judge for the youth showcase.
Chad Parker is a local talent who stays quite busy along the Gulf Coast area. As a songwriter Chad takes part in several of the festivals and events from Nashville to Pensacola Beach. As a musician and solo artist Chad can be found consistently at venues along the Mississippi and Alabama gulf coast. 2015 marked the release of “Time Machine”, Chad’s sophomore album and there is currently a third project in the works! You can keep in touch and up to date with Chad’s musical efforts on Facebook at Chad Parker Music.
Charlie and Dana Hunt Black
Dana and Charlie Black first met when they were both staff songwriters
in Nashville in the mid-90’s. They have been writing, recording, and performing together ever since.
Dana has written a number of songs recorded by George Strait
including two of his biggest hits – WRITE THIS DOWN and CHECK YES OR NO,
both of which went to Number 1 and went on to become ASCAP Song of The Year. She also helped launch Gary Allan’s career writing his first giant hit IT WOULD BE YOU. Among the many artists who have recorded Dana’s songs are Alan Jackson and Suzy Bogguss.
Charlie has had songs recorded by a long list of singers from Reba McEntire and Anne Murray to Phil Vassar and Alan Jackson. He has been nominated for two Grammys for A LITTLE GOOD NEWS recorded by Anne Murray and COME NEXT MONDAY by KT Oslin. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame.
Between them, Dana and Charlie have had hundreds of their songs recorded, some 18 of which have reached Number 1. They even wrote a Christmas song for George Strait called I KNOW WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS.
Since 2004 Dana and Charlie have called Port Saint Joe, Florida their home. Their latest album is THE THING TO DO, and they have a new collection of songs in the works.
Charlie Hager from The Captain Legendary Band, describes himself as ready and willing to take modern day music on a hayride through the thorny nettles of the American southern-rock-roots music underbelly and he means it, folks. Charlie and his four-piece combo came together in 2006, and since then they have opened up shows for some of the greats, including Mickey Gilley, Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker Band, and Jack Ingram – bringing diverse personalities into a familial unit that stirs up a batch of funky, rocking, danceable, in-your-face music like nobodies business that everybody can enjoy. With active audience participation, random musical guests and a never ending set list, Charlie and the band do their thing, and they do it well. They regularly log in over 1000 miles on the road each week, while knocking out some 150-200 shows annually – playing big, little, and in-betweenfestivals, bars, nightclubs, daybreaks and anywhere they can burrow into some beer and music. The band became a huge draw all over Texas and Louisiana, with no antidote in sight, bringing on the party atmosphere to every show played.
Chenoa Farrell and Bryan McVicker
Chenoa Farrell has been “Rocking Out and Living Clean in the Dirty South” since cutting her teeth in the Houston art scene. A classically trained violinist, Chenoa weaves passionately honest, heart-string lyrical content throughout her melody-driven folk-rock-forward guitar style, creating a dynamic set that leaves audiences thoughtful and thirsting for more.
Chris has been a solo acoustic performer since the early 70’s. Traveling and playing extended gigs in resort locations of Vail, Colorado and Hilton Head Island, S.C, numerous small towns throughout the south west as well as locally in Baton Rouge before taking time out to raise a family. Returning to the stage 5 years ago, to play local venues and share the soulful sounds of her original and oftentimes humerus songs.
CJ Solar, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, is a graduate of Belmont University and writes for Sea Gayle Music in Nashville, TN. Since signing his publishing deal, CJ has had songs of his recorded by other country artists, such as Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore, including writer credits on Jerrod’s single “Blue Bandana”. CJ’s debut EP, “Hard One to Turn Down” was released spring 2016 on Sea Gayle Records. CJ co-wrote, co-produced and played on all 5 songs on the EP. He was named in the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” list by Rolling Stone magazine. His song “Tallboy” hit #1 in CMT’s fan-voted, 12-pack countdown and garnered more than 1 million Spotify listens. “Just Another Day in the Country” will be the first single released to country radio.
Clay Parker and Jodi James
Clay Parker and Jodi James, both already established artists in their own right, have been fostering a new and assured voice as a duo. This new direction combines elements of traditional roots music and soulful harmonies delivered with the sincerity found in the early folk singer-songwriter movement. Independently, Parker and James have been solid staples in the Baton Rouge music scene, but their musical collaboration didn’t begin until the fall of 2014 when they wrote their first twelve songs together over the course of two weeks while located in different states. They’ve since worked relentlessly refining themselves as a duo and continue to tour the U. S. in support of their debut EP Clay Parker and Jodi James.
Connor LaCour releases his music under the name The Nocturnal Broadcast. Hailing from a small town nestled in a river valley of West Virginia, his music is a blend of americana and alternative influences. Sufjan Stevens, Paul Simon, and Fleet Foxes are among the most prevalent of those influences. Likely due to idolizing artists like these, music exists for him as a voice for sentiments otherwise inexpressible.
Crystal is a wife, mother, former teacher and new grandmother. She has been writing and performing original songs in the Baton Rouge area songwriter venues for about four years. She has two CD’s ‘Love Lessons’ debuted in 2015 and more recently ‘Simple ‘Things’. In 2016 she started HoneySuckle Sweet, a girl group of singers who enjoy singing harmonies together. She plans to record her newest material with the group for 2017. Her songs are a blend of folk, country, America, Cajun and intimate acoustic.
Singer songwriter Daniel Patterson is a Baton Rouge native who has been sharing his raw, emotional music locally for the last ten years. Influenced lyrically by the honesty and imagery of artists like Mason Jennings and John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, Daniel combines his soulful voice and pop sensibilities into heartfelt songs of love, time and wondering.
I have been playing music most of my life and country music has influenced my style of play along with fun beach songs.
Grew up in Gonzales, LA playing many musical instruments. Acoustical guitar became my passion along with songwriting. My songs are country based songs with beach songs for fun.
Several songs written and recorded at Studio in the Country. Raised in Gonzales, LA. Playing music for 25 years. Sounds can be found on Soundcloud – David A Gautreau or ReverbNation – David Gautreau.
Denton Hatcher/ singer-songwriters/producer. Hatcher’s music is familiar but diverse from the many influences that have helped him cultivate an eclectic yet deeply personal sound. Hatcher draws inspiration from many styles, but his music stands together like a strong foundation, one that quickly reaches the audience, opens their eyes a little wider.
Dorothy began her musical journey in 2003, after a pesky run-in with breast cancer. A prolific songwriter, she writes from the perspective of a 59-year-old wife, mother, daughter and friend. Jazzy, bluesy, folky…Quirky and playful, introspective…Just a few words to describe her style. Dorothy works as a music therapy facilitator for Alzheimer’s patients and senior citizens in and around the Baton Rouge, LA area.
Texas born and bred, raised in Lafayette, LA, Eileen was influenced by her musician family in the Hill Country of Texas. She hails from a long line of pickers and grinners.
A newcomer to the songwriter scene, Eileen is having the time of her life making new friends while writing and singing of family and friends, fun times and not so fun times, and life as it goes.
Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Eric DiSanto now divides his time between Baton Rouge, LA and Nashville TN. A session player, touring guitarist, songwriter and part time audio engineer, Eric’s versatility on guitar can be heard on some of the biggest stages in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, multiple recordings and TV appearances with various rock bands, country bands, songwriter collections and blues bands, including his own three piece band (with Baton Rouge veteran musician Jim George and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame member Cletus Robinson.)
In 2007 Eric released his first CD of original music. “I’ll Sail My Ship From Here” that earned radio play for the songs Filling Up My Soul, Driving with the Top Down and April Rain. In August of 2016, Eric released his second CD “Two” to rave reviews and has led to international recognition. (Both available at cdbaby.com/ericdisanto)
His current project is with fellow Pennsylvania native and songwriter Kristin Courville. They are currently in the studio working on their debut CD and touring extensively throughout the Gulf Coast.
Eric Schmitt is a singer/songwriter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As the lead songwriter and performer for the Baton Rouge group Flatbed Honeymoon, he toured the U.S. and performed for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. His much anticipated second solo project will be released in June of 2017. Eric performs frequently in the region and in Baton Rouge, where he teaches English at Louisiana State University.
Been playing and singing since I was a kid love country music and writing real music play all over missouri Illinois and Tennessee music is my passion and dream.
Jake Mitchell grew up in Modesto, California. He writes for Patrick Joseph Music, owned and operated by Pat Higden, who is one of the most well-respected song pluggers of all time in Nashville and, currently, Sea Gayle Music. Jake has had many independent cuts, as well as Drew Baldridge’s radio single, “Dance With Ya”.
Baton Rouge native musician, songwriter, producer.
7 records out on own label Softhouse Records.
Acoustic guitar music, electronic, pop, country, blues, rock, new wave, punk rock and everything in between.
There is a sense of honesty, integrity, richness and power that speaks true through the sounds of Jaryd Lane allowing him to reach his audience in a way that seems near effortless. He connects to ordinary working people through lyrics that make a simple testament to their dreams, aspirations and hopes. Primarily based off of southern roots, this rootsy rocker has earned and gained the respect of music lovers ranging from rock to country to blues. Hailing from the Gulf coast of south Louisiana, Lanes songs speak of high lonesome stories tapping into God, sin, love, family, hardships and highs n lows in a Skynyrd grit and Segers drift sort of way. The characters in the songs, more times than none biographical, always tend to be relatable allowing his reputation as an artist/songwriter to grow in turn giving the listener a sense of wealth. As the old saying goes: ‘You can’t fake it if you’re gonna make it, you gotta live it’. The long road to Lane as we know has been all but eventful at times. With deals gone sour Lane has proved that you could take ones innocence and attempt to leave like a kinlen for the coal, but the harder the life the sweeter the song. With a raw, rough-edged and emotional voice Lane has refused to be captured or tamed hitting the scene eager to build an even greater legion of fans. With such authenticity, Lane words are not only believable but you get a glimpse through his own eyes of his own frustrations, hopes and dreams that he has felt. Some may call that lost, but he calls it freedom. Having had the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as Bad Company, Aaron Lewis, Darius Rucker, Travis Tritt, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and Edwin McCain has helped this southerner turn more than a few heads and is sure to keep em turning. With a determination and hunger to be heard, Lane is proof that if you do something long enough people will hear. With an acoustic based rootsy rockin southern sound, Lane is coming off his 5th independent studio released album titled ’78’, featuring 13 all new original tracks. Alongside his full band shows with (The Parish), Lane is also stringing up a number of solo acoustic shows called ‘The Living Room Sessions’ featuring Lane in a no smoke, no lights, just a guitar and a pile of songs enviroment. We invite you to listen to the sounds of Jaryd Lane. Ride Easy!!
From Clayton, GA…one of the newest songwriters signed to Sea Gayle Music Publishing.
“Jim McCormick’s songs have sold more records than any New Orleans artist in a generation,” reported John Swenson, Offbeat Magazine. Jim has had his songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Jamey Johnson, Craig Campbell, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins, and Ronnie Milsap. He has had 2 songs hit #1 on the billboard country charts, “Take a Little Ride” recorded by Jason Aldean and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” recorded by Brantley Gilbert. Jim is a staff writer at BMG-Chrysalis and splits his time between Nashville and New Orleans. Jim is, also, a member of The Wright Brothers along with Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray, and Spencer Bohren.
Jim Pasquale is a 34-year Nashville songwriter veteran with cuts by Ray Charles, Gene Watson, Ed Bruce, Dorothy Moore, Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock to name a few. He has also had both national and international film and TV credits.
Jim Standley was raised in the small village of Oak Ridge, Louisiana. His mother and grandmother played piano and organ in the local church. Jim’s father, though not a musician, was a music lover, owning a large selection of classic country records. The exposure to diverse musical styles had a profound impact on Jim.
After several years of playing the trumpet and trombone, at twelve Jim picked up the guitar. After seeing the local blues duo Po’ Henry & Tookie perform, Jim became obsessed with blues music.
In 2010, Jim played local open mic events around Baton Rouge. Eventually, he began performing his own blues/Americana/country originals and recorded two all original rock albums as a member of The VOID. Presently, Jim performs as a part of the blues/rock power trio Odd Men Out (with bassist Cletus Robinson and drummer Jay O’Neal).
Jordan Brooker grew up in a small town of Spencerville, Indiana with 4 siblings, 2 being his older brothers. Jordan and his brothers would spend hours playing music in their basement after school. Naturally, this played a huge role in his early discovery of music.
Between records his brothers and friends were listening to, along the ones he discovered himself, Jordan began to develop a taste for music that inspired him to create something of his own.
Shortly after dropping out of college, he was discovered by Grammy award winning producer Luke Wooten. Those next two years were spent playing bars, writing songs and eventually signing his first publishing deal with Sea Gayle and Station West. Currently Jordan has been working tirelessly on creating a unique sound as well as writing songs that possess his own signature style. Known for sporting a great fitting 3rd Street Songwriters Festival t-shirt around music city.
Jordan James Whittington
Jordan James is an up and coming country artist and singer/songwriter from West Monroe, LA. In 2016 Jordan was nominated for three NELA music awards including upcoming artist, singer/songwriter, and country artist of the year. In 2015 after auditioning for the Voice in New York City, Jordan signed his first recording contract with a local studio, however the label soon closed its doors. Currently he is writing new songs with his band and getting ready to record a debut ep later this year.
On any given day in his adolescence, a cane-field raised Joshua Gourgues could be found “pickin’ crops from the family garden” after school or “helping dad fix somethin’ in the shed”. These types of scenes exemplify the roots of his heart felt lyrics and soulful melodies. As a self-taught pianist at age 9, he was well on his way to “finding himself” musically by the age of 14, when he first embarked on the road as a touring keyboardist. Though the beginning years were predominantly spent writing and playing Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), exposure to the world market has germinated a love for folk and country music. His love for the craft compelled him to begin spending more and more time in Nashville, culminating relationships, and learning more about the art of songwriting. Making his own way, we think you’ll agree that his current offerings of bone/marrow, wins/losses, loves/heartbreaks connect at the very core.
Kaycee Kersch was born and raised in Lake Charles, LA but moved around quite a bit. Her style of music is singer/songwriter though she is influenced by many different artists. Some of them are Maggie Koerner, David Ramirez, Daughter, Angus & Julia Stone, and Ben Howard. She writes because it’s the only way she knows how to get what she feels out of her soul and into someone else’s. She wants to connect with those listening and make them feel something inside, while they realize there is someone else who understands.
Kd Amond is originally from the small town of Livingston, Louisiana. Kd is first and foremost a storyteller. Her background is in film and television, which is what first brought her to Nashville when she produced a docu-series on songwriters. Kd currently spends her time songwriting under her first publishing deal and studying audio engineering in Nashville where she now resides. Kd was raised on Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, and John Prine, (and of course Fleetwood Mac). She’s an active member of both Nashville’s independent film and songwriting communities, and is currently writing the soundtrack for an indie film she has in development. Kd recently produced and directed the music video for Jeff Bates single “That Thing We Do,” which can be seen on video media outlets nationwide including CMT. Jeff Bates and Kd continue to write together frequently. Kd now lives with fellow songwriters in Nashville, But will always call Louisiana home.
Writing songs since the 70’s, Keith has played in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas before moving to Louisiana in ’82. Soulful, sad , and sometimes silly, Keith continues to write and play in the Baton Rouge area.
Kelly Maples realized she loved to sing as a young girl while listening to some of her favorite childhood artists, such as Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple. As she grew older, she became more inspired by folk and country roots, which is evident in her songwriting today. Today, you may find her playing music with her friends, drinking whiskey around a campfire, or at one of Baton Rouge’s excellent listening rooms.
Kenzie Loren Chapman, a self taught entertainer that has amazed crowds across the Gulf Coast for the past 6 years. She first discovered guitar playing from her youth music instructor at church. After learning a few chords on the guitar she went on to develop her own skill as a young musician. At 12 years old she began playing on stage with her youth band at church and as a solo artist at local venues. Kenzie plays her own original music and some of everyone’s favorite covers at the Gulf Coast hotspots. For several years she has played in various of venues and festivals such as the Annual Crawfish and summer festival of the coast, Deep-sea Fishing Rodeo, County Line Country Music Fest and over hundreds of other venues. She just currently moved back to the coast after a year of touring in Central New York! She will be kicking off in the Mississippi Songwriters festival for the 4th year! Her music and steady delivery of melodic songs reach far beyond her years. Kenzie improves her craft with every performance. Don’t miss this exciting talent and follow her music page for more exciting news.
Kristin Courville is from Allentown, Pennsylvania. She describes her style as Americana. Kristin’s Influences include Edwin McCain, Jewel, and Kenny Loggins. For Kristin, being a songwriter is about making people feel something; an emotion, a memory, a place or time. She wants to touch people’s lives with her music the way other’s music has touched her.
Maci Samson grew up in brusly Louisiana, just across the river from Baton Rouge. She strives to write indie folk songs that are meaningful to her and have the potential to be meaningful to others. She’s had countless musical influences due to her liking of many genres, but the ones that have influenced her the most are Lord Huron, Angus and Julia Stone, Band of Horses and Blind Pilot. Song writing has always come naturally for her. From ages 10 to 13, she had written many childish songs with an old friend of hers. At age 15 she found a group of musically talented friends that influenced her to take her writing seriously. Since then, she has never stopped. Writing for her became a compulsion. She wrote to create beauty from her emotions With words that disguised the events that caused the feelings, She would try to project the emotions rather than the situation. She wanted her songs to be something people could feel and understand in their own way.
Martin Flanagan, “The Illegitimate Son of a Legend” is a singer/songwriter/storyteller who produced his first album in 2012 after retiring at the age of 61. Recently, only five years latter, one of the songs on Martin’s album was re-released by Recording Artist: Dennis Ledbetter. Dennis’s performance/production on the song “Open A Vein” took Martin’s song to Number #1 on the Internet Country Chart, Number #1 on the Internet Indie Top Thirty Chart and landed it a nomination for Best Country Song, to be presented, this March 16, 2017, by the AWA (Academy of Western Artist). Which means, by the time I see you, the crying will be over, or the party will still be going on. Either way, it’s a sure bet! Hope to see you.
People are born with a specific journey and destiny to undertake in life. Mary Elissa found her destiny while performing at the young age of three years old. She was meant to sing. Like many artists, Mary Elissa followed her passion, singing at family reunions, church, and local talent shows. She was inspired to use her creativity to impact the world, with her vision and dream driving her to work unendingly toward her goal of being a renowned country recording artist.
Mary Elissa has been developing her craft as a singer/songwriter since receiving her first guitar when at thirteen. She started to write songs and play them for her close family and friends. Determined to take her entertainment career to the next level, she started to perform locally, write songs, and take piano and guitar lessons.
Mary Elissa attended Loyola University in New Orleans obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Industry Studies under the direction of John Snyder, distinguished producer for legends such as the late, Etta James. While in college, she released an independent three song E.P., along with three music videos. She continues to pursue her career as an entertainer between Louisiana and Nashville, Tennessee while learning all she can about her craft and growing her audience locally and online.
This unique and fun artist has taken the opportunity to perform on many stages showcasing her engaging vocals. Mary Elissa has performed at world-renowned venues, including Universal Studios, House of Blues, Louisiana Strawberry Festival, and Tipitina’s New Orleans. Likewise, she has dominated many mic nights and talent competitions across the United States.
Mary Elissa’s sound is rooted in country with elements of pop, blues, and dance. Her influences in the industry today include the songwriting of Maren Morris, the power vocals of Carrie Underwood, and the fun upbeat hits of Little Big Town. Mary states, “I truly believe that God has given me the gift of music to heal.” She dedicates her time to her audience and community, so that she can inspire others to enjoy the precious gift of life.
While many young singers aspire to become recording artists, very few have the determination to reach their goal. Mary Elissa has that determination, consistently pushing herself daily to turn this vision into a reality. Her passion and drive have proven her worthy of future success, all while enjoying the journey to her destiny in becoming an innovative recording artist.
Matt is a songwriter from New Orleans, LA. He has written and produced music all over the genre spectrum, including rock, rap, and country. His latest writing accomplishments have been with his band Vidalia. Matt has co-written several songs on both of their iTunes Country Top 25 Eps including “Swamp Assassin”, “Bottle In My Hand,” and “One More Shot”.
Michael Hardy, a native of Philadelphia, MS, is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and writes for Watsky/Kobalt Music in Nashville, TN. He has had multiple song placements on CMT, CBS and A&E.
Michael Rayburn, local to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a powerful singer/songwriter with a wide variety of styles. With years of singing and performing, his voice has culminated into a combination of rock and soul. Being from the south, a touch of southern rock completes the make up of Michael’s style. At 21 years of age, this performer is sure to capture any audience with his ability to carry an amazing melody and hit high notes that many rock singers dream of. Michael has performed many big venues locally and plans to perform outside of his region. Michael is a rare find in that he is a lead singer/bassist. His voice has always been his main focus but he works to be the best at every instrument he plays. “Being a musician has always been one of the most important things in my life. I have dreamed of playing music professionally since I was a child, and now I am getting to live out that dream. I have a passion for performing, along with a passion for connecting with an audience. Whether it’s my own material or music from others that inspire me, I just truly love the art.” Michael adds, “I appreciate and understand what I have become, but I’m always looking for what I can do to better myself and achieve bigger goals in the future. I am hungry for success and will do what needs to be done to reach it.” With his band BURNHOUSE releasing their debut, all-original, self-titled album, Michael and his band mates have generated a lot of buzz. The album was written solely by Michael and his band mates. The three-piece band is planning to release a twenty-song album within the next year with all new, original material. “I plan on playing and writing music for the rest of my life. I can only keep working hard in hope that one day I will become a huge success. I believe that with the over whelming support from my band, family, friends, and fans, I can make a huge impact in the industry.”
Born in Lafayette and raised in Baton Rouge, Mike began playing guitar when he was 12. He has played in numerous cover bands over the years as a lead guitarist and vocalist. Currently he performs in the band Blu Rouge. Two of the members of Blu Rouge are singer-songwriters. Their passion for writing their own music peaked Mike’s curiosity and he began writing his own songs. Mike performed in last year’s festival is very proud to have been invited to play again this year. It is an honor and a treat to share the bill with so many talented artists.
Louisiana native Mike Dean’s songs continue to give us a glimpse into the places and people around him. In the years of playing their brand of Americana Country music at festivals and bars up and down the Gulf Coast, Mike Dean and his band have released 4 studio albums, a couple of singles, and most recently a live album. Dean and his band have been regulars on the Acadiana music scene for over 10 years putting on spirited and energetic shows fans have come to expect. Upon the completion of the bands’ album “Woods,” Dean spent time in Nashville writing and performing before returning home to his roots to record the band’s fourth studio album, “Middle Ground.”
His original songs have become trademarks, bringing a host of fans locally and across the globe. Live shows feature mostly Dean’s works, with the occasional influential cover. Dean’s smoky vocals, distinct phrasing, honesty, and authenticity are the common thread that Louisiana locals have come to expect from his projects. Fellow Lafayette troubadour Dege Legg once described Mike Dean and the gang as “George Jones meets Crazy Horse.”
2016 included the release of their new album “Live in Louisiana,” featuring the single Cool Weather. The band is currently touring in support of their latest project. Be on the lookout for a Mike Dean show near you.
A member of the The Delta Drifters Blues Band, Nancy Bryant Ropollo performs regularly as a solo acoustic act. She and husband Joe Ropollo own and operate a nursery/garden center in St. Francisville.
Nicholas Di Cerbo
I have been in bands in Los Angeles since 1991. I began writing music on piano much earlier. I was lead singer in a reggae fusion band in L.A. Called the “Curbfeelers” we played the Reggae Sunsplash in 1992 in Long Beach, CA. alongside “Sublime” and “The Wailers”. Recently I have been writing mainly on acoustic guitar and have around 25 original songs on guitar and piano.
Originally from Oak Hill, Ohio, Nick discovered his love for music at a young age. Heavily influenced by CCR, Guy Clark and Gary Allan, Nick picked up the guitar at the age of 17. He was always intrigued by the storytelling that country music provides, and thus began his songwriting career. Nick grew up playing sports and played basketball at Shawnee State University, where he graduated with a degree in English. Shortly after graduating, Nick began his career at Clear Channel Communications in Columbus, Ohio, writing commercials for radio. After receiving much recognition for his musical ability, Nick decided to make the move to Nashville in 2006 to continue to pursue a career in music. He signed a publishing deal with MV2 Entertainment recently. You may recognize him from CJ Solar’s “Tallboy” video!
She charmed the hearts of America on the Fall 2012 season of The Voice on NBC, with Team Blake. From Denham Springs, Louisiana, and now living in Nashville,TN, this 22-year old singer/songwriter has a voice that is “sweet, yet powerful, always effortless in key, but never over the top”. Her work ethic and passion prove there is “no plan B” for this up and coming country star. She has co-written over 500+ songs and counting. Johnson’s songs have been placed on national TV, including Access Hollywood, The Outdoor Channel, Big Tips Texas (MTV) and Nascar Countdown(ESPN) to name a few.
Pam began playing guitar when she was seven years old and she wrote her first song at age nine. She performs at venues and festivals in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. When she isn’t busy performing and writing songs, she enjoys attending shows featuring local singer songwriters. Pam also enjoys teaching piano and guitar lessons from her home in Prairieville.
Patrick Sylvest was born and raised in deep south Louisiana on the Mighty Mississippi where he began his music career playing and singing in the choir and with garage bands. He has settled in Thibodaux, Louisiana where he enjoys his family life and career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Award Winning Singer Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist.
Patrick was a finalist in the 2008 13th Annual USA Songwriting Contest with his song, ‘A Little Less Louisiana’ and a second place finisher in the Rockygrass Dobro Contest that same year.
He has opened shows for Jim Lauderdale, Guy Clark, Jack Williams, Spencer Bohren, Eric Taylor, Sarah Pierce , The Claire Lynch Band, and Irene Kelley. He’s performed at many Louisiana Festivals including The Yellow Leaf Arts Festival, The Bonfire Festival and The Voice of the Wetlands.
Patrick Sylvest’s discography features the contributions of Instrumental virtuosos like Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, and Lloyd Maines, and Vocalists Carolyn Martin and Jodi James. His Songwriting is lush with homespun phrasing and stories relating to his South Louisiana roots and drawing from the many genres of music that thrive there from Country and Bluegrass to Cajun and Jazz.
He has played in several groups serving as dobro and mandolinist for the Lafayette, LA based ‘Folklure’ and Thibodaux, LA based ‘Moss Pickers’ String Bands and more recently in the Gypsy Jazz duo, ‘Le Hot Club de Lune’. He’s also served as dobro instructor for the Songbird Music School in St. Francisville, LA.
Now performing primarily as a solo artist, Patrick can be heard performing at a variety of venues and events. He is available for private engagements and concerts, solo or with a full band. Contact through website.
Just trying to improve and write a few interesting songs for about the last 6 or 7 years.
Ray is a singer songwriter by passion and a residential remolding guy by profession.
He began singing and playing guitar at an early age. Creating his own tunes and style followed naturally. His songwriting is rooted in his desire to pass along his experiences in love and life to all who would lend an ear. His soulful voice, with it’s influences of R&B, Motown, Rock and Classic Country will warm your heart and leave you wanting more !! He and his wife Meta and daughter Taylor Rae call Port Allen their home.
Reece Sullivan Is an Arkansas songwriter living here in Louisiana. He describes his style as Tragicomic Modern Folk.
He has had many influences, including, J.J. Cale, John Lennon, andBob Dylan. He’s a man that has never really considered not writing songs. Songs, to him, are things that, hopefully, want to be born. He has had songs surface then forgotten them, only to have them resurface years later. In his mind, songs just want to be written, so He plus the pen to paper when they want to be exposed.
Rick Huckaby, or “Huck” as he is referred to, is a Nashville, TN singer, songwriter, and guitar player. His sound is like none other heard in country music today combining influences as rare as Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, and Keith Whitley.
Huck was born in Baton Rouge, LA as the son of the legendary basketball coach, Rick Huckabay Sr, (Rick took the “a” out at the end of his last name as not to confuse the pronunciation).
Rick played guitar in Tracey Lawrence’s band for 5 years and had 10 of his songs recorded by Lawrence. He, also, wrote the top 20, “Muddy Water”, recorded by Trace Adkins…and, another top 20, “Beer with Jesus” released by Thomas Rhett and co-written with Lance Miller.
Ronnie Calhoun is a songwriter from Vidalia, LA. He started writing country music back in 2003 at the age of 25. He wrote his first song ever on the beach in South Padre Island, TX late one night after having some beers and deciding he wanted to write music. Calhoun told himself he was going to sit there as long as it took to write a song…about 20 minutes later, he had a full song written and that was the begin inning for him. He has since formed his band Vidalia and he writes/co-produces all of their music including “Louisianne” which has turned into an anthem for many and plays in the LSU’s Tiger Stadium on Saturday nights during the fall. Calhoun’s style of writing has been described as “somewhere between Nashville and Texas” which makes sense because he has spent a lot of time in both places and has musical influences from both. His favorite songwriter of all time is Merle haggard and some of his musical influences are Willie Nelson, Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, and Randy Rogers Band.
Very few young music artists can boast of seeing their careers kick off with a performance at Carnegie Hall but such is the case for country music recording artist, Sara Collins. The Louisiana teenager was invited to take the legendary stage as part of the Honors Performance Series and she has since gone on to perform throughout her home state and at venues like Nashville’s Opry Mills Mall as well as the iconic Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, TN.
Sara, a vocalist and multi-talented instrumentalist, is currently preparing for the release of her debut EP, entitled Lovesick Cinderella. The EP was produced by Michael Lattanzi and was recorded at Lattitude Studio South, which has recorded major artists like Jessica Simpson and Paula Abdul. She filmed a music video for the EP’s title track, which was directed by award-winning videographer, Carl Diebold (Rascal Flatts, Gavin DeGraw). The EP and video are both scheduled to drop in January 2017.
Sara is also working hard to learn everything she can about the music industry. She is an alumni at PCG Nashville, an artist development program headed up by long-time music industry veteran, Bernard Porter. she is a former member of Louisiana Kids, which provides live entertainment for fairs and festivals throughout the state of Louisiana.
Away from working on her own music, Sara enjoys singing in choirs at both her church and her high school. She is a member of Central High School’s gifted and talented music and theater program. She is also an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying shooting, fishing, and riding ATV’s.
Scott H. Olson is a singer-songwriter with a memorable voice and an original style. A South Dakota son now hailing from Thibodaux, LA, he blends traditional and regional genres into what he calls ‘feel good’ music.
The second of four children, he inherited his passion for singing from his mother, Joan Olson. She and her brother, Jim Lovett, a concertina virtuoso and inductee into the South Dakota Music Hall of Fame, entertained old-time music lovers in the upper midwest for decades. Growing up, Scott was always in tune with the music that permeated his childhood. One of his fondest memories is sitting at an old upright piano with his Grandmother as her hands glided over the keys and she sang ‘How Great Thou Art.’ The piano lessons didn’t take however, and by junior high the coronet was back in its case for good, but while in high school Scott borrowed an acoustic guitar from his harmonizing Grandparents so that he could enroll in a one-week mini-course. He’s been playing, off and on, ever since.
Over the years Scott sang in school, church, and community choirs, but he was never in a band and rarely performed his own music in public. Though writing was a natural progression for him, it wasn’t until the late 1990’s while living in West Virginia that he got serious about it. At that time a groundswell of independent creativity was moving through the music industry and hit-songwriters were often found hosting weekend workshops for aspiring writers. Motivated by the positive feedback from heavyweights like Tom Paxton, Steve Seskin, and Beth Nielsen-Chapman, Scott started sharing his music with a wider audience.
From country ballads like ‘One Of Those Days’ to ‘Get The Mail’ with its island vibe to the cajun waltz ‘Joie De Vivre (Joy of Life)’ Scott’s songs are bound to the people and places that inspire them.
Scott Lee Tully has run a marathon, appeared in a movie with Susan Sarandon, Jack Black and Sean Penn and won a State Championship in Soccer.
He has played music with Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Chubby Carrier, Vince Vance, opened for The Kinks in New York City and has seen Def Leppard on youtube.
He writes country and rock songs that literally everyone who hears them loves. Enjoy!
Shawn was born and bred from Chicago, Illinois.
His influences include My Morning Jacket, Band Of Horses, and Ray LaMontagne. Shawn writes songs because it is a form of meditation and he is always grateful to share and communicate that with others.
Smith Ahnquist grew up in Danville, KY. After moving to Nashville in 2006 and earning a music business degree from Belmont University, he signed his first publishing deal with Sea Gayle music. In Smith’s short time at Sea Gayle music he has garnered major label cuts by some of the biggest artists in the genre. Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery, Florida-Georgia Line, and Brad Paisley have all recently recorded songs by Smith. Those who know Smith, will tell you that this is just the beginning of a long, successful career as a songwriter in music city.
Steve Judice is a Baton Rouge songwriter. In 2016, he released his fourth full length album of original songs.
Three of his songs were selected for the soundtrack for the movie “Race to Win,” starring Luke Perry.
He has opened shows for songwriting legends, Guy Clark and Billy Joe Shaver.
His music is available on I-Tunes and at Cd Baby.com.
Thelda Adams, a retired math teacher, is in the process of reinventing her life by developing her creative interests. Many of those interests are reflected in her songs, “My Retirement Plan,” “The Trade In,” and, “My Own Backyard.”
Country Music singer/songwriter Todd O’Neill has been perfecting his self-described “pure Louisiana soul” sound in countless honky-tonks and dance halls for more than a decade. Todd’s whiskey-soaked vocals recently earned him the reigning Champion title of the Nash Next Challenge, further cementing his place in Music City. Hailing from Hammond, Louisiana, Todd applied the homegrown creative philosophy he was raised on when crafting his unique musical recipe: blending Cajun zydeco and New Orleans R&B with Nashville’s reflective lyricism. Undertaking over 150 live performances last year, he has previously joined the bill with notable artists such as Jason Aldean, Frankie Ballard, Billy Currington, and more. Todd will release his debut single in April, produced by Jay DeMarcus of Country supergroup, Rascal Flatts on Nash Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella. For the latest updates, like Todd on Facebook and visit ToddOneillMusic.com.
Tommy Crawford is a Jackson County native who has been writing songs for over thirty years. He has had several of his songs recorded by local artists along the coast as well as a song recorded by world famous icon Ray Stevens. He co-wrote all of the songs on Ty Taylor’s latest album “Living The Wildlife”. Rachael Hallack, an American Idol finalist from Baton Rouge, has completed an album that includes six songs that Crawford either wrote or co-wrote. One of those songs, “Get Gone”, was released as a dance video.
Tommy’s song, “Claws (A Cat’s Letter to Santa)”, was recorded and released in 2016 by Ray Stevens. Co-written with good friend Taylor Craven, the song is on Stevens’ new Christmas album, “Mary and Joseph and the Baby and Me”.
Tommy has written with several excellent writers over the years, one being his good friend the late great Red Lane.
Tommy’s writing style pretty much covers the spectrum, but he’ll admit that humorous story telling is probably his favorite. He says whatever it takes to get the listener’s attention is what he will always shoot for.
THOMAS IKE HAILEY
This Ponchatoula songwriter has been called “a storyteller in song” by some listeners. He was influenced early on by Jim Croce and James Taylor and later by Texas musicians Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith and Robert Earl Keen. He sings of love and loss, of joy and sorrow, of family, friends and the folks you see on the street, with the voice of experience, observation and compassion.
Originally from Kentucky, Tony Cobb has found his niche in the wonderful songwriting community in Baton Rouge, LA.
His songs are simple, the lyrics are subtly clever. As a common man, he writes for the common man.
‘ve recently moved to Louisiana from London and would absolutely love to do a solo acoustic set at your festival. This is what i sound like acoustic :-
my debut album Silent Temper is on Spotify, itunes etc
The bio from my website is below :- Thanks Westley
A singer-songwriter fast creating his own style of Americana. He comes with stage presence, killer songs and a voice filled with richness, subtlety and vulnerability. His music has that rare quality of sounding classic from the get-go. Westley enjoys a deep connection with his surroundings and this is a reoccurring theme throughout his songwriting. Recording his music in New Orleans he has managed to capture his hypnotising live sound. Working with Crescent City musicians has enabled him to enjoy the quality and feel for which they are so renowned and incorporate it into his music. This mix of New Orleans Mojo and London viewpoint has resulted in the individual sound that is Westley Horner.
Written and recorded over the past two years in New Orleans, Louisiana; Horner’s debut album ‘Silent Temper’ is now ready for release. Working alongside the brilliant producer/engineer Lu Rojas and some of the finest musicians in the city, the result is something quite unique.
Silent Temper – Out Now
William (Bill) Grass
From the backwoods of rural Louisiana to the nightlife of New York City to the charming old villages of Belgium, Bill has been performing music for over 30 years. He began playing the fiddle at the age of nine in 1984, and his love for music has only intensified over the decades. The fiddle remains one of his primary instruments, along with the bass guitar. But he’s learned to play several other instruments through the years, such as guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and the diatonic accordion (the “Cajun accordion”). He’s dabbled a little in piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and several other instruments, but his focus remains on fiddle and bass guitar.
In 1994, Bill was honored to win the Louisiana State Fiddlers’ Championship in Marthaville, Louisiana, one of his proudest moments. He has extensive gigging experience. He has performed in almost every major venue in Baton Rouge. Other notable appearances include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the House of Blues, the Kennedy Center, the Montana Folk Festival, gigs in France and Belgium, and many other gigs across the United States from coast to coast. The recording studio is also no stranger to Bill as he’s appeared on over a dozen albums, and he’s even performed and appeared in some documentaries and commercials.
From his Baton Rouge home base, Bill continues to gig regularly with four bands, and he frequently freelances with several others. He has written many instrumental songs for the fiddle and recently began writing songs with lyrics.
Music is in Bill’s blood and will always be a major part of his life. He will be a dedicated musician for as long as he lives.
Growing up in Georgia Wynn became a huge fan of country music at an early age.
By age 15 he was strumming an old silvertone guitar and writing songs.
By the time he had finished high school he’d already formed a couple of country and bluegrass bands. They played local VFW clubs and hotel lounges.
In the early 80’s he ventured to Nashville for a summer where he met several songwriters including Dave Gibson with whom he became friends with and did his first co-writing with. Wynn left that next fall to work a horse show circuit with some buddies . He soon got back into music though playing clubs from Florida to Texas.
Finally making the move to Nashville permanently in 92′ he landed a publishing deal with Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Music, where he had his first songwriting success with Sammy Kershaw’s recording of ” Fit To Be Tied Down”.
Since then his songs have been recorded by Darryl Worley,Montgomery Gentry,
Lee Ann Womack,Gary Allen, Easton Corbin, Kelly Pickler , Jon Pardi ,William Michael Morgan, Brad Paisley , Garth Brooks and many others. In 2009 he was named Nashville Songwriter’s Association’s “Songwriter of the Year”.
His songs “Waitin’ On A Woman” , “Have You Forgotten” and “A Little More Country Than That” were all nominated for Song Of The Year by either the ACMs or CMAs.
Wynn appeared for four seasons on “The Joey and Rory Show” and now writes for BMG music and tours regularly.
Zak Ocmand is from Brusly/Addis area in West Baton Rouge Parish.
He describes his style as Jazz-ish, Folk-ish, Blues-ish, Comedy-ish, Ambient-ish (if I have everything, including the keyboards and pedals set up). A lot of ish. His long list of influences include, Fats Waller, Charlie Patton, Slowdive, Louis Armstrong, Alvvays, The Hives, The Pillows, Beck, Ennio Morricone, Pete Seeger, and Billie Holiday.
His desire for songwriting comes from the desire for entertainment. He says that he is unsure what to do with my time, so He write of songs that he finds appealing and plays them for people.
Zak does not fall short of entertaining and will leave you wanting more. He is known for his theatrics and never disappoints.