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MEET OUR SONGWRITERS FROM THE 2018 FESTIVAL
Aaron Hamilton is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter playing original music with a sound reminiscent of early 90’s alternative rock. Being one of the only outlets for release in times of both joy and despair, Aaron puts an emotion to each of his songs that most everyone can relate to. He is currently the lead singer and guitarist for the power-pop trio A Waste of Electricity (aka AWOE) and serves as the bassist for the punk band Broke45.
Singer/songwriter for over 30yrs now. I used to write and perform “Saints” songs as “Abdul D Tentmakur” for WWL radio and the Saints, and perform these songs each week at Saint’s home games. I am now playing all over the country with my duo “Birdie’s Boyz”, and focusing on writing and performing some of my original music. Birdie’s Boyz has performed at FloraBama, Smokin Tuna/Irish Kevins (Key West), Tipitinas, Belieze, as well as dozens of other venues across the Gulf Coast. I’ve recently entered some songwriters contest in and around the Gulf Coast, and have won in several of these competitions, recently taking second place in the Ocean Springs songwriter showcase.
Singer/songwriter Amanda Jones is a Mississippi native. She fronts the Amanda Jones Band and is one half of the duo, Wayward Jones. (with Bicycle Jones) She is a Gulf Coast favorite and plays music all over the south. She also sang the National Anthem for the President of the United States twice. She is a regular at the Mississippi Songwriter Festival, and last year the Pensacola Songwriter Fest. You can follow her career and schedule on Facebook, @waywardjones @amandajonesbandpage.
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.
Amelia Ryland is a singer-songwriter hailing from Alexandria, Louisiana. She has been performing professionally for the past 5 years, predominately in the Central Louisiana region. Amelia began nurturing her musical interests through her church choir at a young age. She began writing songs after her father began teaching her how to play guitar. She takes inspiration from gospel, folk, and country music.
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.
Barry Chauvin grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in the small town of Edgard in St. John parish. Along with the sugarcane farming, the hunting/fishing came a deep love for music and life’s stories as told through the songs sung by friends and family who got together every Sunday under the oak tree in the front yard. Barry’s songs are based on his observations of the human spirit over the last 50 years and run along the genre lines of folk, blues and country.
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.
Bex Hill is a singer songwriter from Baton Rouge Louisiana and has been writing her own music since she was 11 years old. She plays various instruments but her go to is always guitar. She hopes to spread peace and love with her music and to connect with her audience through her lyrics. Her music ranges from folk to indie and if you would like to see more information make sure to check out her Facebook page Bex Hill Music.
Singer/songwriter Bicycle Jones was born in East Texas and raised in Arkansas. He began his songwriting career in the early 90’s. He eventually moved to New Orleans, and soon made a name for himself as one of the only country music artists in the French Qaurter. He also began touring, often playing up to 300 shows a year. His original music has earned him invitations to many festivals, including SXSW, Frank Brown, Six String Music, Pensacola Beach, and Mississippi Songwriters Fest. His current projects include the duo Wayward Jones (with Amanda Jones) as well as fronting his own band alongside upright bass player/co-writer Dave Stover. Their music is available on iTunes and Pandora.
Play locally in Baton Rouge. Activist for local songwriters. Play a 3 string nylon guitar and write full poems before setting them to music.
Bill Romano, fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter From Prairieville, LA started playing guitar in early 1974 and started writing lyrics a few years later but discovered a passion for writing instrumentals using altered tunings. Returning to writing lyrics in 2012 he recorded a CD of all original material titled “One Man-One Guitar”. The songs on the CD are a mix of deep, meaningful love songs, Spiritual songs and comical character songs, played with a solid sincere delivery. Bill has played South by Southwest in Austin, TX 2016, the Natchitoches Folk Festival 2016 and many other festivals in South LA and Texas, and can be found regularly playing local venues in Baton Rouge including many Red Dragon Listening Room shows.
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.
With acoustic guitar in hand and a heart full of devotion, the Louisiana based, singer/songwriter Bruce Boyet has been busy carving out his unique brand of Christian folk-rock. His music is uplifting, yet real – as it focuses on themes of freedom and redemption. His music serves as a conduit, guiding us back to the right path as he delivers his message of positivity.
Bruce’s single entitled “Live Again” encapsulates this perfectly, as it directs its message towards those who have ever felt at a point of their life where they were in a place of no hope or felt stuck in a rut. The strength is present in both his lyrics and singing capabilities.
Music has been a part of Bruce’s life for as long as he can remember, growing up listening to and learning a variety of styles including rock, blues, jazz and folk with certain aspects making its way into his music. These last few years have seen him focus on writing and recording songs and the release of his CD ‘Live The Life’.
Carly is a 20 year old LSU student from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has had a love for music her entire life, but it was not until her sophomore year of high school that she started vocal and guitar lessons at Baton Rouge Music Studios. Through her experience there, she has had several opportunities to perform around Louisiana with multiple bands as well as a solo act. Currently, she is finishing up a recording at the Studio while also working on some new originals. Her sound is influenced by some of her favorites including Amy Winehouse, The Lumineers, and Ingrid Michaelson.
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.
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.
My name is Chris Cassaday, I am a singer-songwriter from Washington, DC.
My music has been called a mix of folk-rock, funk, and blues, but I think the best way to refer to it is folk-funk. I have an extensive original music catalog, with two albums and an EP released independently.
I have been performing extensively around Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and all up and down the east coast for 5 years now. In addition to my hometown, I have played shows in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, and even Ireland. In the past year I have played upwards of 100 shows at some of the most notable venues Washington DC has to offer (e.g. The Bullpen at Nationalss Park, Gypsy Sally’s, Jammin’ Java, IOTA, Songbyrd Cafe (opening for Wild River and the Steel Woods) in addition to many prominent venues up and down the east coast.
I have independently released two albums of original music available on all digital music outlets. My independently released album The Savannah Sessions is available on itunes, spotify, google play, napster, apple music and youtube. And on April 10th, 2017 I released my new album Stranger Places! Both albums were produced and mixed by Ted Bowne from the award winning rock-reggae band Passafire, and have received positive reviews from fans and critics alike on digital outlets.
My song “My Oh My” from my album The Savannah Sessions was sought out by Sirius XM radio, and has been added to the rotation “The Coffee House” (Channel 14). The song has been recieving global airplay for the past year. I also performed a live session for SiriusXM’s The Coffee House that aired this past year! “My Oh My” was also given honorable mention at the 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Folk Festival in Lyons, Colorado this past August.
I was featured in “American Songwriter Magazine” in their daily discovery section back in 2016. In addition to recieving airplay on Washington DC’s 88.5 WAMU FM station, I have been featured on Washington DC’s 96.7 FM on the “Voices From The DMV” and “DC Music Rocks” radio shows showcasing local DC artists and their music, myself included. I also made a guest appearance on CBS Radio’s Weekend Round-Up podcast where I played a few songs and was interviewed. The performance/interview aired on several CBS radio stations around the country.
I have attached a link to the youtube audio for “My Oh My”, as well as both of my albums. My facebook page and website are also attached with more info on upcoming shows and new releases.
My stage set up is me, a microphone, an acoustic guitar, and a pedal board for interesting effects and a one-man-band type feel. But I am also available with a backing bassist and drummer if you would prefer for me to play with a band. I think I would be a perfect fit for the Third Street singer-songwriter festival as I am gaining traction in Virginia and the surrounding states. I truly hope you will give me an opportunity to grace the stage at the festival.
Please let me know if there is any other info that you need from me.
Thank you for your time, and I really hope to hear from you soon.
My Oh My: https://youtu.be/3Ed3kcU6geo
The Savannah Sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ed3kcU6geo&list=PL4E4QKAVnW0qcoJYd2hZNWepJr85qXZyX
(NEW) Stranger Places: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktp12Xrc7n4
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.
“Clean, uncluttered country, drawing on the likes of Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens. Serpas’ lyrics are riddled with the kind of wordplays that mark the most memorable country compositions. He is in tune with country songwriting convention, churning out the clever word plays that Nashville adores.”
– Keith Spera, New Orleans Times Picayune – Lagniappe
“Serpas is lyrically deft and clever, with the kind of wordplay that makes truly memorable country songs, achieving that excellent balance of heartwrenching and funny lyrics.”
– Alison Fensterstock, Gambit weekly
“The songs have a subtle cleverness phrased in lines that sound like common speech. They have a story, but the story takes a backseat to the simple pleasure of three good, musical minutes.”
– Alex Rawls, Offbeat magazine
“Serpas has a lyrical way about him that appeals to everyone. His songs are slice of life in nature, and remind me of conversations that we’ve all had at some point.”
– Tambalaya Magazine
Christian Serpas is the singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist for Christian Serpas & Ghost Town.
For over 15 years Ghost Town has been earning their reputation as one of the Gulf South’s best live acts, making true believers out of audiences every time they hit a stage with their boot-stomping, hip-shaking, high energy performances.
Armed with seven CDs worth of their own catchy, memorable songs, plus their rip-roaring interpretations of country and rock classics, Ghost Town have performed well over a thousand shows, raising roofs from Austin to Nashville and every town in between. They’ve done it all: clubs, fairs, festivals, casinos and concert halls, along with dozens of TV and radio show appearances. They’ve landed songs on Country Radio charts, and received awards honors and accolades from respected Louisiana music magazines, including Album of the Year, Musician of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Top Louisiana CDs of the Year.
Along the way they’ve shared stages with everyone who’s anyone in country music (Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Blake Shelton, Pat Green, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band and over 80 others), earning fans everywhere they go.
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.
Clayton Lee Rayborn is a singer/songwriter from Livingston, Louisiana. Has been the lead singer and one of the founding members of the band Southern Stitched for over four years and continues to write and perform all over the state.
Originally from Panama City, FL, Clint is a staff writer for Sea Gayle Music in Nashville. As a songwriter, he has charted two #1 songs for Joe Nichols & Montgomery Gentry and has had his songs recorded by George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Easton Corbin, Jon Pardi, and more.
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.
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.
“Fixin’ fence and cuttin’ hay, workin’ in the sun all day, pray to God that it won’t rain ’til the bailin’ through. That old cow with the crumpled horn, has gotten down behind the barn, go get the truck, pull her out like I asked you to.” -from Workin in the Sun That’s how it started for Dean Ferrell, making up songs to keep his mind off the Texas heat and the dust and the bugs and the deafening rumble of the tractor. Dean’s grandfather never finished the third grade, but he was a smart man who knew all there was about cattle and working a ranch. Having not needed a formal education , he didn’t think much of it. Dean’s dad though thought differently. He sent Dean off to be the first in his family line to get a College Degree, with the advice, “Don’t tell your granddaddy that you’re studying animal science down there, he won’t understand.” They say you should write about what you know, and that’s what Dean writes. He’s seen the good times and felt the bad. He’s met crazy people and got a little crazy too. He’s partied too hard and also just sat and watched the world. He’s seen pilot whales and icebergs on Baffin bay, joined into a neighborhood parade during Carnival in Rio, milked cows and hauled hay, spun vinyl records while tending bar and hoping he didn’t have to be the bouncer too if the drinking went too far, spent a month on a frozen mountain top not far from the DMZ, lost best friends and maybe saved some too, seen Philippinas dancing behind the protection of chicken wire while police with M-16s looked on, eaten street vendor food cooked over a coal burning hubcap, been away from land and family for way too long and tried to write it down along the way. Its funny how life meanders along and takes you places you never thought you’d go. Dean, a fifth generation Texan, really never intended to leave the family Dairy farm and definitely not leave Texas, but with a kid on the way a man starts to think a little more about his future. Day man bartender at the Dixie Chicken in College Station was not that future and besides this was his second time to be asked to leave Texas A&M for spending more time on Northgate than in class. He joined the US Air Force to do his patriotic duty and with an assignment wish list full of Texas bases of course they sent him to Okinawa, Japan. You can’t get decent bbq or chicken fried steak over there, but he was able to live off fried rice and Kirin beer at Mickey’s Billiards just off base, usually about 2:00 am. You could say he was still living the college life despite the young family. Temporary duty in Korea, Thailand, the Philippines for months at a time didn’t help the relationship either, then again there’s three sides to every story: his side, her side and the truth. With his military commitment up, Dean headed back to school for the third time. He eventually earned his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, this time studying wildlife in the classroom more than the bars. He found a job with a research drill ship and was gone again, off to Rio de Janeirio – Guam – Ecuador – Chile – Panama – Germany – Japan – Galveston, Mobile, San Diego, … you get the point. The two month stretches at sea must have been either the breaking point or just a good opportunity for her to move on, because Dean found out the day after his return from an expedition out of Hawaii that his wife had filed for divorced days earlier. Having your world turned upside down can have a good side, firstly, heartbreak is good for songwriting and secondly, eventually you may realize the life you had wasn’t all that great anyway. Dean says,”I’m a firm believer that God has a plan and it will work out for the better in the end.” Today he has a new life, a new loving wife and life is good. These experiences can’t help but give birth to soulful , moving songs, songs that make you think and songs that make you laugh. Dean’s songs are mostly stories about life. And there’s a little truth in all of them, but as the saying goes, he never lets the truth get in the way of a good story. After going all over the place he ended up back in Texas, and back on Northgate spending a lot of time just a beer tab’s throw from Bottle Cap Alley, next door to the Dixie Chicken, in front of the wooden Indian at Duddley’s Draw. He’s still making up songs, and it’s still hot.
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.
Born in the heart of Louisiana, singer/songwriter Elizabeth Wolf fuses a fifties sound with a bluegrass feel; her songs embrace various genres for every listener.
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.
My name is Gabe Broussard and I am 16 year old Junior in high school from Lafayette, LA. I am currently homeschooling so that I can dedicate as much time as possible to songwriting, performing and recording.
Most recently, I was a contestant on NBC’s THE VOICE. As the youngest member of Blake Sheldon’s team (15), I made it to the knockout rounds. This experience only solidified what I already knew, that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I have been with the band, STRANGE THEORIES, since I was 13 years old. This is where I began learning to perform and to write music. We have released one Self written EP and are in the process of releasing our second. Our band plays only on weekends due to all the members being 17&18 and in school. This allows me weekdays to write and perform my solo music.
I am currently in the studio recording my first self-written solo EP, which I would categorize as soul/pop. I am very excited about this project.
I would love the opportunity to have my work heard and critiqued by leaders in the industry. I hope that you will give me this opportunity.
Gary Nicholson is an American singer-songwriter and record producer, known mainly for his work in country music and blues. He is a two-time Grammy winning producer and was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Nicholson has more than 500 recordings and is best known for his work with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Ringo Starr, BB King, Fleetwood Mac and Billy Joe Shaver. Be sure to click this link and be amazed…his songwriting discography is impressive to say the least. http:// www.garynicholson.com/songwriting-discography/
Gary, also, enjoys performing with his alter ego blues band as Whitey Johnson.
Grace Marie Russell is a 16-year-old singer-songwriter from Mandeville, Louisiana. She began her musical journey with piano lessons at the age of 7 that quickly grew into writing songs by the age of 9. From singing Kelly Clarkson’s pop anthem “Since You Been Gone” at a cruise ship talent show at the age of three; before she could even eloquently speak, it has always been clear that music would be her home. Her debut of original music was in the 4th grade talent show, her love of performing has only grown since.
Described as a sensitive old soul, Grace writes in great depth well beyond her years. Writing has always been a creative outlet for her to release everything inside. When words alone can’t seem to describe what she is feeling, music is her go-to. Her music is heartfelt and gut wrenching at times, and often leaves listeners wondering where the inspiration comes from. Her happy place is sitting in front of the piano which is her oldest and most trusted confidant; truly a best friend. Writing music is a large piece of her identity, a piece of her heart and soul to share with all.
Grace is a lead singer in the St. Timothy’s Methodist Church Praise Band, which allows her to bond and serve her community through her two loves: worship and music. A student of St. Tammany Parish School’s talent music program for the last 8 years and a student of piano and guitar, Grace hopes to continue her training by attending Belmont University in Nashville to pursue a career in music.
All of Grace’s music was written for a specific reason and were inspired by real life experiences. Grace believes that music truly is healing for the soul and can help mend hearts. Her dream is for her music to help people and bring them together.
Originally from New Orleans, Barnhill has been writing and performing his entire life. Artists from Etta James, Martina McBride, and Jessica Simpson to Chicago, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack, Leona Lewis and many in between have embraced his songs. “Walkaway Joe,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley, was a significant milestone to his career. The song went on to earn him a Grammy nomination. Barnhill also had a crossover smash with “House of Love” for Amy Grant and Vince Gill and garnered critical claim with the 2014 single, Gary Allan’s” It Ain’t The Whiskey” which got rave reviews. While Barnhill’s chart successes are impressive, he has also recorded, written, and produced a number of TV themes including the theme song for “The Today Show”,the emmy nominated “Its a New Day”. You can also hear his work on “CNN”, “Fox and Friends,” “The View,” “Baywatch,” “Growing Pains,” “Murphy Brown,” Crown Royal, Tennessee Titans (NFL), Nashville Predators (NHL), Atlanta Braves (MLB) and other national and regional sports teams, businesses and television programs.
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.
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!!
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).
Folk singer and songwriter since 1969 and founding member of Bleecker Street.
It was Duke Ellington who famously said “there are two kinds of music, good and the other kind.” Not only was it a terrific observation about music, but it also contained an implied challenge. For an artist to stay on the “good” side of that choice, not only should he possess the natural gifts and emotional awareness to connect with listeners, but he should also be able to utilize a musical vocabulary that embraces the many musical traditions that came before. One such artist is singer and songwriter, John Korbel.
John Korbel’s songwriting combines the accessibility of contemporary pop and country with a decidedly Jazz song structure and phrasing technique. He also incorporates bossa nova and Latin influences into much of his work. The result is something unique and engaging.
After graduating from a university in western Pennsylvania, John returned to his home near Philadelphia and began performing his songs in bars, coffeehouses, and college campuses. While working as a solo performer, he eventually was given the opportunity to open for some major national acts including Jay Leno, and Blood Sweat and Tears.
When the time came to expand his musical vision, John brought together a group of local Philadelphia musicians to work on his songs. It was intended to be limited to a recording project. But when the recordings came to the attention of the influential Philadelphia radio giant WMMR, one of John’s tracks was included on an all Philadelphia compilation album and promoted on air by the station. This opened up more opportunities for John, along with what was now his band, to perform at clubs and events throughout the Philadelphia area, including a festival performance at the base of the famous “Rocky steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Next came a new opportunity for John’s musical expression. He was offered the lead vocalist gig with a newly formed eight piece horn band called Jellyroll. The big “horn band” sound and driving rhythm section allowed John to explore a more Rock and R&B side to his music. He began writing new songs designed to capture the energy of this new band. Jellyroll performed regionally from New York, to Philadelphia, to Washington DC, and was a summertime mainstay of beach towns in New Jersey and Delaware.
John Korbel continues to perform and record. Now in partnership with Art Ward of the Century Music Group in Nashville, the team has produced two EP length projects. The first entitled “Bourbon Street Taps” includes Jazz piano trio arranged tracks, along with expanded productions. The newest project was a labor of love entitled “Earthlight”. This new EP explores John’s bossa nova and Latin influences, and showcases the power and emotion of his signature vocal delivery.
I am sure you will agree that John Korbel only makes one kind of music, the good kind!
John is originally from England but has lived in Covington, LA for almost 14 years. He started writing songs in 2012 after being introduced to the Northshore Songwriters Circle, hosted by Buzz Jackson. John is inspired by music of all kinds (“if it comes from the heart, I usually like it”) and is an enthusiastic supporter of the local songwriting scene. He is strongly influenced by alternative rock bands such as Radiohead and Muse. John’s lyrics and music are a form of self examination and expression.
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.
Georgia born songwriter living in Starkville, MS. JB Smith draws on personal experiences and observations as well reading for inspiration.
Katie Knight “Be different, stand out, and work your tail off,” are the words Katie Knight lives by; a quote made famous by one of her idol’s, Reba McEntire, for which she not only shares her vivacious spirit but signature red hair. “I love singing, playing the guitar and writing music,” shares Katie. This comes as no surprise to anyone. The tenacious teen has been entertaining most of her life. In fact, she began singing solos at her church when she was just 4 years old! Katie’s performances are marked by her youthful vigor and raw talent. She takes her audiences on a musical journey with heartfelt Patty Loveless covers including “Chains” and “Blame it on Your Heart” to catchy originals like “Sad Song” and “No End in Sight.” Katie who sounds like a mixture of Miranda Lambert meets Lee Ann Womack, grew up in Farmerville, Louisiana, a small town north of Monroe, listening and singing along to artists like Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn, The Commodores, KC & The Sunshine Band, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Hall & Oates, Elvis Presley, Los Lonely Boys, Merle Haggard and of course Reba. Katie has recorded two full length albums “Girl Like That.” It is packed with 14 exciting new songs that are sure to be a hit with country music fans. Both of her albums “Girl Like That” and “Color Outside The Lines” are available on I-Tunes for download! Katie has performed several concerts alongside multi-platinum artist, Sammy Kershaw. When Katie was asked about her hopes for the long term, “Singing on the Grand Ole Opry stage would be the ultimate dream for me.”
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.
Rising Superstar Lacy Cavalier has mastered the art of staying true to your roots while following your dreams. With a voice that is soulful and sultry well beyond her years, she has burst onto the scene and is taking Country Music by storm.
Born with natural talent and hailing from a small town in Louisiana, Lacy fell in love with performing at a very early age. By time she turned 9, she had already landed a coveted role on the hit children’s TV series, “Barney and Friends.” After spending two seasons on the show, Lacy decided that she wanted to focus on her music and soon began performing at every fair and pageant around her hometown of Minden, LA. But Lacy dreamed bigger, and in January 2013, at the ripe age of 15, she packed her bags and decided to follow those dreams all the way to Nashville, Tennessee.
Within a few weeks of moving to town, Lacy caught the attention of award winning songwriter/producer, Victoria Shaw, who quickly signed the talented new artist. Aiming to breathe a little creole into the hearts of everyone who hears her music, Lacy effortlessly infuses Louisiana soul into her organic country sound.
In April of 2016 she released an EP titled “Savin Pennies, Payin Dues”. Two of the singles from the EP, “Put You Down” and “Flat Bill”, both play on Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country and both videos were also premiered and continuously aired on CMT. In the Spring of 2016, Lacy toured with Country Music star Chase Rice on his Back To College Tour, and then again in Fall 2016 for his Everybody We Know Does Tour. Since then, Lacy has spent time in the studio writing and recording and released her latest single “Every Time It Rains” in October of 2017. New music is to come from Lacy in 2018.
“Lainey’s zealous appetite for songwriting and performing planted its roots at an age when she had more fingers on one hand than years under her belt. Year after year, song after song, her enthusiasm and fervor for music never let up. As the daughter of a farmer, she was no stranger to hard work and making the most of every discovered opportunity. Throughout high school, Lainey capitalized on her musical talents by offering her services as entertainment for birthday parties with her impressive impersonation of teen idol Hannah Montana…sometimes opening the show with a special appearance by Lainey Wilson herself.
Lainey never had to deal with the hassle of packing her life away in boxes when she decided it was time to make the move to Nashville, TN. She simply hitched up her camper trailer and made the 7.5 hour trek from her hometown of Baskin, LA to Music City, where her mobile residence remained anchored in the back of a friend’s studio parking lot for the next two years.
Lainey Wilson’s career as a songwriter has fostered hundreds of songs, including her most recent album and title track “Tougher”, as well as cuts by fellow rising artists, Luke Combs and Kasey Tyndall. She recently signed a publishing deal with Sony Music Nashville. Her North Louisiana accent lays the foundation for her retro-classic country tone that’s hard to come by on today’s modern country scene. Opening for acts such as Joe Nichols, Andy Griggs, Josh Thompson, Dylan Scott, Kevin Sharp, Deana Carter, Tracey Lawrence, William Michael Morgan, and Jamie Lynn Spears, her authentic rural twang is performed with the energy of your favorite Southern Rock band and boldness of female country paradigms like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.”
Lotus Baudier & Jake Wojcik
Lotus Baudier – I was born and raised in New Olreans , la .. I have been performing music and playing since I was 12 years old I have been song writing since I was 14 years old ,, I love writing and performing music and the joy it brings to my heart . I love making people happy . My wish is that my music can bring joy to the world and light to many things we could do better in our lives . I am looking forward to becoming a better artist and a better performer , and being able to share my music with world . Together with Jake Wojcik, they make up the duo Lotus In Stereo.
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.
Mark has entertained and confused audiences for forty years. Stops along the way include Innerview in San Diego, Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, Anderson Fair in Houston, Dwaze Zaken in Amsterdam and Der Weinerschnitzel in Corpus Christi. He has opened for or shared bills with The Dixie Chicks, Jewel, Merle Travis, Buzz Andrews, Trout Fishing in America and Buddy Case. Okay, The Chicks and Jewel were before they were famous, but it’s still pretty cool, right? With original songs, fingerpicking and a little shtick, Mark! brings audiences to the verge of tears before hitting them laughter, sometimes in the same song. He’s ready for another forty. Are you?
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”.
Singer, Songwriter, Guitar Player, Author. Born and raised on The South Shore just 20 miles south of Boston. Father from Boston, Mother from Hammond Louisiana and have been coming to the deep south off and on all my life. Have been in Louisiana for the past 23 years. Drop by my Facebook page and check out my music video celebrating The French Quarter.
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.
“MEET NEON MOON, WHOSE MUSIC WILL SCRATCH ALL YOUR TWANGY COUNTRY ITCHES.” – MOTHER CHURCH PEW
Neon Moon formed from a love of songwriting. Josh and Noelle dedicated one year of their life to writing a new song every week and posting it on YouTube, which they titled Our52Songs. From this immersion into the crafting process, they discovered their deep love for the sounds of yesteryear’s country music.
After choosing their 5 favorite tracks from Our52Songs, the duo headed to Forty-One-Fifteen in historic East Nashville’s Inglewood neighborhood and started laying them down. This long process paid off with the birth of Neon Moon’s 6 song album, 6:53– named after the 52 song project plus 1 more they wrote and recorded later on to make 6 songs out of 53. Upon listening to the album you’ll hear a combination of sounds (Loretta Lynn, Fleetwood Mac and a sprinkle of early Dolly) creating this melting pot of modern-vintage twang.
Since recording their debut record-
CMChat exclusively premiered music video for “If I Knew” which was shared over 390 times and currently has 51k+ YouTube views.
Played WestHaven’s Porchfest on Lightning 100‘s sponsored stage
Packed the house at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge for the 6:53 release show
This twangy Americana pair continues to nurture their love of songwriting by making sure to write constantly while preparing for weekend warrior road gigs in the fall.
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.
Paul Wilson was born and raised in New Orleans. He is a business owner (Wilson Marsh Equipment), inventor and musician. He is a long time member of the North Shore Songwriter Circle.
I’m 16 years old and have been singing since I was 10. I play at various venues and festivals locally with my band Temporary Fix and Acoustic sets. I’ve sang with many local artists as Jamie Bergeron, Travis Matte, the Chee Weez.and Gabe Broussard. I opened for Jarryd Lane. I feel music is what defines me as a person. This is what I was meant to do in life and want to continue growing and learning as a musician.
I have been interested in songwriting for about 8-9 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.
Originally from Arkansas, I now live in Lafayette, LA and play the surrounding states regularly. Over the course of the years, I’ve reinvented myself musically many times, sometimes against my will: piano to guitar, classical to art rock, art rock to folk, flat picking to finger-picking, solely songwriting to performing. My latest incarnation has me playing out often, sometimes touring, and writing and recording consistently. I have a full album titled, WORDSMITH, coming out February 18, 2018, and a single titled, Lamentations, coming out Summer or Fall. Thanks for checking me out and listening to me!
RJ Comer started out singing in church and around the campfire, but ended up in a lot of bad places at wrong times. He now lives peacefully in the Tennessee woods with his wife of 22 years and a dog that loves to chase deer, but never bites them.
RJ has toured as a solo artist from Canada to Florida and throughout the U.S., including official appearances at the Canadian Music Week Festival 2016 and the Key Largo Original Music Fest 2017. He’s also toured with Steve Forbert in California and A.J. Croce in Oklahoma and Texas. His captivating and emotional live performances have garnered fans in biker bars, on Bourbon Street, in coffee houses and concert halls. After a show in Albuquerque, representatives from the New Mexico Americana Music Society described RJ as “refreshingly manly.”
RJ’s 2016 release “Nightly Suicide” debuted on the AMA radio chart the week it was released and stayed on the chart for five months. Skope magazine described “Nightly Suicide” as an “absorbing and thought provoking album of six perfectly produced songs, which impress you to the marrow of your bones and leave you replaying them and reflecting . . . .” His forthcoming LP “One Last Kiss” is due for release in April 2018.
Robert Joseph (Ragno)
I’m a singer/ songwriter from Moss Point MS. I play a coastal country style and I write about what I know about.
Rod John Vedros
Rod John Vedros – filled with a passion for music since his early teens, Rod has evolved from a seasoned bass player and vocalist to guitar playing, which ultimately led to songwriting.Having played in local bands throughout the years, Rod’s musical direction changed and became focused upon ministry. Rod is currently active in worship ministry at Vineyard Church of New Orleans in Kenner, Louisiana and also a member of an original band-”Righteous Rain”.
Rod’s musical influences range from Arena Rock, such as Journey, Rush and Led Zeppelin, to the more modern sounds of Tonic, Three Doors Down and U2. On a ministry level, Rod is influenced by Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me, Lincoln Brewster and Chris Tomlin.
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.
R T Hall is a traveler with a music problem. The music he creates reflects the life observed as he travels full time on the road playing music in festivals and doing volunteer work. The ability to play in festivals and venues from Alaska to Florida and Maine to Arizona has been expressed in songs about relationships, work and recreation. R T was a finalist in the 2017 Carnaval et Fete de Rue and in the 2016 Summer Soiree Singer/Songwriter Contests. He has played festival stages at the Tucson Folk, the Roswell Film and Music, Roscoe Singer/Songwriter and others. R T is a member of the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance and performs in songwriting festivals and other venues along the Gulf Coast during the cooler seasons and everywhere else during the summer. His latest EP, Windshield Time, chronicles his lifestyle. R T Hall music can be found on CDBaby.com/RTHall and other digital outlets.
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.
I’m a songwriter from Picayune, MS and I’ve been writing for the past ten years. I’m incredibly grateful for all of the friends I’ve made through the Northshore Songwriters Circle that meets in Mandeville, LA. While I live in Mississippi I’ve found Louisiana to be my musical home. A few of my musical influences would be George Harrison, Mac Demarco and Jeff Lynne.
Susan Aysen is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Thibodaux, LA. As a clarinetist, her main influences are from jazz and swing; however, early influences cannot be discounted. They range far and wide from Merle Haggard to Linda Ronstadt, from Pete Fountain to Fats Domino, and from Sting to Cajun music artistry. Susan would like to see her music evolve into a multi-genre vibe, a jambalaya of rich Louisiana culture. She plays guitar, keys, and mandolin, and has played various music festivals in and around Southeast Louisiana.
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.”
Thibault was born in Paris (France), and grew between mother nurse and a saxophonist father. Family musical preferences are more oriented towards jazz, blues, rock’n’roll, even a few French singers like Leo Ferre or Barbara.
Young, Thibault practiced the piano and drums, then guitar when he began composing his first songs.
For ten years, he performed with various pop-rock bands as a drummer with COX, PRIVATE JOKE, MUMBLY- distributed by the Marsh Marigold Label (Germany), and SEASON (S).
He then created his first band A.D.M. who plays his own compositions.
He thus acquired a solid stage experience and become familiar with the arts by performing in various Parisian venues: The Reservoir, Le Baiser Salé, La Fleche d’Or, and at festivals in France and abroad (SOS Racism, Promotion of Francophone Song of MANS, Hamburg, Brussels and New Orleans). This allows him to become familiar with the art world.
Always looking for new musical experiences, he composed and also wrote for different universe of artists like Julia Martin, backing voice of Menelik, or Taly of The Heavy Blues Band, composed film scores (“Melting pop” and ” School of Heroes “of Darside Ossey) and launched more recently in the production of albums (FOUX,” The dance of the men, “2011; Jon Roniger, New Orleans, 2013). These collaborations allow it to soak up the artist’s sensibility to create an original musical universe.
In 2011, he designed and produced the first album of BREMEN, a duo he formed with his wife, Coralie. Their first album, “Ephémère” (Ephemeral), is more intimate, full of sensuality and electro sounds. It is also an album of maturity with more personal lyrics.
Also, always looking for new and now expatriated in New Orleans, he now wants to trace a path towards new horizons…
From the bayou to the Mississippi River, the banks of Cergy to Paris, Thibault reflects the wanderings of a heart divided between France and Louisiana. Texts written in the language of Molière underlined by the southern sound, a bridge between the old continent and the new world, witnessing the commitment brought to the Francophony …
Thibault is a songwriter and arranger always looking for new experiences, because music is meant to be an exchange of emotions, culture and wealth lies in sharing it with others…
I stopped in Baton Rouge to visit a friend in 1971 and I’m still here. Had a few songs then. Have a lot more now. Some are pretty good too. My song is a life boat that gets me through the storms. I can\\\’t imagine life without music. Look forward to putting a little of it out there for you. So much talent in Baton Rouge. Honored to participate.
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.
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.
Zach Stephens is a singer songwriter from Denham Springs Louisiana. He had a love for music from an early age. He always knew he wanted to perform. And that’s just what happened. He is the singer frontman for the Baron Rouge based rock band Wolfbrain. He also plays the Pedal Steel guitar for Baton Rouge based country band Parish County Line. But when he isn’t playing with his bands he enjoys writing and singing songs. He has an old country feel to him.
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.