2021 Artist Bios

Michael Gungor
American singer-songwriter, producer, music editor, author, and podcast host. He led the musical collective Gungor, which received multiple Grammy nominations. Aside from his work with the band, Gungor has written and produced music for several other artists, and is a co-founder of the art collective The Liturgists with Mike "Science Mike" McHargue.
Charlie Mars
Mississippi-born singer/songwriter Charlie Mars is a country- and folk-inflected pop artist blessed with a warm vocal croon and a knack for crafting poignant, earthy songs. Born in 1974 in Laurel, Mississippi, Mars grew up listening to various styles of pop/rock, from Michael Jackson to the Violent Femmes. Just prior to his senior year of high school, Mars moved with his family to Jackson, Mississippi, where he attended Jackson Preparatory School and played in the band Adley Madidafus.
Jenny Tolman
Irreverent, quirky and wildly entertaining, country newcomer Jenny Tolman is poised to take over Music City. With a razor-sharp wit and throwback sound, Tolman is on deck to become her generation’s Roger Miller—a comedic troubadour with a decidedly feminine perspective, offering savvy wordplay and wisdom far beyond her years.
Texas Hill
Texas Hill is a gritty amalgam of overlapping tastes and distinct voices that meet in the middle as a bold harmonic trio. Craig Wayne Boyd offers a voice full of gospel-tinged country smoke, Adam Wakefield blends a rootsy bluegrass-and-Americana rasp, and Casey James wraps it with a blue-eyed soul quality and deft blues guitar chops.
Monty Powell
An American country music songwriter best known for collaborating with Keith Urban, and for producing albums by Diamond Rio. Powell's first songwriting credit was a jingle for an Allstate commercial. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1990s, Powell wrote several songs for Diamond Rio, whose lead singer Marty Roe was a roommate of his while they were in college at Lipscomb University. Other artists who recorded Powell's songs include Tracy Byrd, Chris Cagle, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tim McGraw, Collin Raye, and Restless Heart. One of his first collaborations with Urban was his debut single, "It's a Love Thing", which reached Top 20 in 1999.
Anna Wilson
Wilson is a critically acclaimed artist with a voice that Jazz Times likens to “crème de cocoa.” Her numerous albums have been released to rave reviews and she has been hailed as the queen of the country-jazz duet with her critically acclaimed Countrypolitan Duets project. She has recorded and performed with Grammy award-winning and legendary artists Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Larry Carlton, Ray Price, Connie Smith and more, and she is an award-winning ASCAP songwriter, whose works appear on over 7 million RIAA certified records, for artists like Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus and more.
Chris and Gileah Taylor
Chris and Gileah Taylor will be performing at the 3rd Annual Panama City Songwriters Festival, November 5-6, 2021!
Abe Partridge
People have said that Abe Partridge sounds older than his chronological age, and there’s a very good reason for that – he’s packed a lot of living into his 37 years. Those experiences, ranging from the earthy to the surreal, the spiritual light to the depths of depression, come together with gripping intensity on Partridge’s first official full-length album, Cotton Fields and Blood for Days. Over the course of ten songs, this troubadour draws listeners in with a combination of southern gothic storytelling and a dark humor reminiscent of the late Townes Van Zandt – delivered in a gravelly tone that conjures up images of Tom Waits in his barstool warming days.
Dave Brainard
After his service to the military, Dave’s natural ear for music, love of country music, combined with a Midwestern, hard-work ethic, landed him in Nashville to pursue a songwriting career. Within a couple years of arriving in Music City, he was signed to his first publishing deal with Balmur Corus. A few cuts later, Dave went on to sign with Big Picture Entertainment where he wrote for producer, Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson/ Zac Brown Band). Dave's songwriting credits include cuts by Brooks & Dunn, Neal McCoy, Sammy Kershaw, Ricochet, Hunter Hayes, Jeff Bridges (the Dude), to name a few.
Shawn Byrne
Shawn Byrne. Born in 1973. Middletown, Ct. Middlesex Hospital. The umbilical cord was cut and a new one was soon attached. This new cord plugged straight into a wooden Zenith record player where the future musician was nourished via headphones with the music from his fathers eclectic record collection. Cash, Willie, and Waylon played nicely alongside The Stones, The Beatles, and The Who. Shawn's father, a full time lineman and part-time musician kept his coveted Gibson Les Paul Goldtop under his bed. Not a very good hiding spot. The classic guitar found it's way onto a school bus and to the stage of a 3rd grade talent contest where the young Shawn horrified his music teacher as he wrestled the weighty guitar while rocking out to Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane".
Brandon Coleman
Brandon is the lead singer of Mobile, Alabama based band, the Red Clay Strays. #HBYCO
Nathan Evans Fox
Nathan Evans Fox is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Nashville, TN. Originally trained as a hospital chaplain, Fox’s songs draw on his proximity to grief, struggles with religion, love of place, and resilient wit, emerging with a subtle sense of politics and fast commitment to reflective work. Born and raised in western NC, Fox first began playing violin at four years old, and continues his multi-instrumental labors in his frequent touring throughout Texas, the East Coast, and the South. Fox’s songs have been featured in publications such as Mother Church Pew, Americana Highways, The Bluegrass Situation, and more. Initially debuting as a songwriter in a number of Texas-based songwriter contests, Fox’s first performances earned him finalist honors, and in 2018 Fox won first-place at the Eddie Owens Presents Songwriter Shootout in Duluth, GA.
Chris Alverado
Chris Alvarado is an award winning singer/songwriter and recording artist who is currently based out of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. For the past two years, Chris has been named as a finalist in the Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition. His song “This I Need You To Know” was a finalist in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards and a Semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition that same year. In May of 2013, Chris competed in the Wildflower Music Festival's Songwriting Competition Finals and walked away with top honors as the 2013 Michael Terry People's Choice award winner. He also placed 3rd in the prestigious 2013 Telluride Troubadour Competition at the 40th annual
Hugh Mitchell
Born in California, raised in Alabama, Hugh Mitchell has developed a style that bridges a lot of gaps. American Songwriter Magazine refers to him as “...the golden-throated troubadour...”. He attributes growing up in Birmingham, AL with his wide array of influences and interests. “My first real good paying gig was playing guitar in Pentecostal Black Gospel Choirs and churches.” The influence comes through. Hugh released his self-produced ep, Heartbreak Radio, in 2010. He has just recorded his next record with former Wilco drummer, Ken Coomer. Hugh plays solo, as well as with his trio made up of New Orleans musicians.
Harrison McInnis
Over the past 20 years, Harrison McInnis has performed in the very recognizable music scene of Mobile, Alabama. As lead singer of the Harrison McInnis Trio, he has had the opportunity to focus on songwriting, which offers listeners a raw and unapologetic depiction of love and life as he's experienced it.Harrison’s original music pairs his soulful rasp with his signature guitar and harmonica riffs that create a sound listeners immediately recognize as his own. He has played solo and with his Trio in locations all along the Gulf Coast. Local fans know this bluesy balladeer from his outdoor performances at The Blues and Grooves Festival, Bayfest, 1065, and The National Shrimp Festival, amongst others. He has also played landmark venues around the Gulf Coast such as The Saenger Theater in Mobile, and Tipitinas in New Orleans. McInnis is currently touring the Southeast to promote his new album “Love Remedy” which was released in December 2017 by Baldwin County Public Records. “Love Remedy” is officially available on Spotify and iTunes for his dedicated listeners near and far.
Amick Cutler
Amick Cutler is an American Artist, Composer and Songwriter. The depth of his work is drawn from a well of risk, trial and overcoming. Every note and lyric tells a personal story of his own wild surrender inviting you into the mystery of what could be. Amick has dedicated his life to his God and his family. Although he has spent over 20 years developing his craft, it is only matched by the time and discipline he has chosen to lay his life down for those he loves and out of that experience let everything else flow. It may seem honorable; but it's simply the only way he knows how to live and out of that intimate place of personal revival we reap the stories and the songs.
Lindsey Thompson
Lindsey Thompson is a singer/songwriter/musician located in the gulf coast of Florida. She recently recorded her first album entitled "Inside Out".
Few Miles South
Opposite south sides converge in this unlikely crew created by South GA raised, Blake English, and Los Angeles native, Tori Lund. The two met in 2014 singing and playing in a LA church and bonded over a shared a love of country music. They began writing with intentions to shop songs to other artists, but after a couple years putting together a catalog, they decided to wrangle up some local musicians and form a band.
Laurie Anne Armour
Drew Nix
Joshua Lindsey
Ashe Watson
Symone French
Anthony Peebles
Lauren Spring
Eric Ramsey
Weston Hine
Juju Rossi
Joe Sims
Dean Johanesen
Nathan Worthy
Matthew Coleman
Jake Burford
Will Thompson
Garret Brown
Scott Rockwood & Shawn Hartung
Gary Nichols
Chuck Foster