Adam Wakefield is a singer-songwriter who has secured his place in Nashville, TN, but is far from the typical artist one may expect to find in the Country Music Capital of the World.
Growing up in New Hampshire, Adam didn’t intend to become an artist. In fact, his original goal was to become a musician. He began to play piano when he was younger and in search of a hobby, especially one at which he believed he could excel. Adam’s intuitions were correct, and he continued to play piano until it was time to make a musical choice and hone in on a certain genre as a pianist. Rather than choosing the predictable classical route, the man who has become celebrated for his uniqueness in his artistry opted for jazz.
The desire to continue his piano-playing in the jazz circuit lasted about one year into college, and that was when Adam realized he wanted to make a larger contribution to music than the one he was destined to at that point. Striving for something more, he decided to join his brother, who was in Baltimore, and put together a band. While juggling a full-time job in construction during the day and band practice at night, Adam was also carving out some time to sharpen his skills as a songwriter. Channeling an eclectic group of artists from Stevie Wonder to John Prine to Willie Nelson, Adam would allow whatever phase he was in musically to drive him to create pieces reflective of his revolving interests.
Eventually Adam’s personal life would send him on a one-way trip to Nashville, where he decided to explore what the local music scene had to offer. He parted ways with his Baltimore band and entered Music City with no expectations, other than to enjoy playing music in a town that envelops the culture. As the old saying goes, when you stop looking for it, it will come, and that is exactly what happened with Adam’s career.
He put together a bluegrass band, started playing around town, and occasionally went out on the road with artists. While playing a gig downtown one night, somebody from NBC’s The Voice approached him and asked him to audition for the show. The audition led to a successful run, and his newfound name recognition was the catalyst for him to pursue a solo career.
Adam is now digging into his personal songwriting catalog, introducing his original material to the fan base he quickly built, and is taking his music out on the road as support for major headlining acts. He released his debut self-titled EP in July 2017, and is currently working on a Singer/Songwriter project set for release in 2018.
What certainly can be said about Adam Wakefield when it comes to the music industry is that he approached it uniquely, he entered it humbly, and he thrives in it confidently. It is those qualities that make Adam a standout, influential performer in a town that celebrates musicality and yearns for the type of atypical twist he brings to the country music format.
Clint Daniels was born August 24, 1974 in Panama City, Florida, but raised in the Panama City suburb of Lynn Haven. Daniels first gained an interest in music as a child singing with his family in church. Inspired by bluegrass music, Daniels taught himself to play guitar at age 12. After graduating high school, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in pursuit of a career in country music. In 2000, he signed with Acuff Rose Music Publishing. He is currently a writer for Sony/ATV Publishing.
Daniels has co-written songs for dozen of country artists including the hit “Brokenheartsville” by Joe Nichols, “Ready For The End Of The World” by George Strait and “Roll With Me” by Montgomery Gentry, as well as Brooks & Dunn’s 2008 “God Must Be Busy” and Easton Corbin’s current single, “I Can’t Love You Back“.
Sugarcane Jane is AnthonyCrawford and Savana Lee —Americana’s husband-wife duo from Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Between them, they have decades of rich musical experience: Anthony’s an in-demand multi-instrumentalist and producer who has worked with such notables as Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam. The music they make together is simple and direct, rooted in country and rock, and anchored by their sweet and soulful harmonies.
Sugarcane Jane’s latest release and seventh studio album, Southern State of Mind – conceived and co-produced with legendary Americana/Roots singer-songwriter Buzz Cason is some of their finest work to date. The album was released via Cason’s ArenA Recordings / eOne Entertainment on October 19, 2018 and has remained at the top of the Alabama charts for an astonishing 23 weeks (Roots Music Report). Recorded at Crawford’s Admiral Bean Studio, and mixed at Buzz Cason’s Creative Workshop in Nashville, this fast-paced, high-energy album traverses a range of moods and stories.
“An album that deserves to be at the top of critics’ lists” and “One of the best duos since Johnny and June” – The Washington Times
Savana met Anthony while he was recording his own tracks at Deepfield Studio. He recruited her to sing a few demos for him and they began an everlasting friendship and brotherhood. “I was an immediate fan of Anthony’s writing and musicianship. I fell in love with him as an artist and then as a human being. He is an amazing person and my soul mate.” Creating harmonies typically heard only from siblings the two decided to record their first album together, Redbird.
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 second full-length album, Cotton Fields and Blood for Days. Over the course of nine 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.
If it’s true that an artist’s job is to captivate us for however long they have asked for our attention no one has looked away from Eric Erdman since he first took the stage to front a band. Maybe that is because there is nothing between Eric and his audience, between Eric and the world. He lets it all in and what comes back is a poet’s soul in a troubadour’s voice. Face to face with the crowds, singing of the challenges facing the youth, the country, and the heartbroken have fueled four albums, constant gigging that included three international USO tours, and only seared in Eric’s need to write about what he sees, what he feels. He’s penned a theme song for a nationally televised show, produced every genre from big band to country because you can’t pigeonhole a true artist. You can’t slow them down. He hears what a song should sound like before it’s really a song. Actor Bruce Greenwood speaks of Eric’s inspiration that makes the musicians on his projects “as emotionally involved” as he is, his guitar work,
“stunning and specific” pulling the listener “inside the song”.
His new record gives us something to think about and something to feel. While that’s not unusual from an Eric Erdman project it does seem to have brought together everything he does and knows well, offering us even deeper insight into ourselves and others and Eric.
It’s not like we don’t know him.
Shawn made the move to Nashville in 2003 and got his start in music city as a dishwasher at the world famous Bluebird Cafe. Byrne has a seemingly endless list of accomplishments since scrubbing dishes at the Bluebird. He has shared the stage with some of Country Music’s finest including Rodney Atkins, James Otto, Ashton Shepherd, Kelleigh Bannen, Mark Collie and many others; he has played legendary venues like the Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman, Nissan Stadium during CMA Music Festival; performed in front of former president George W. Bush for his homecoming celebration in Midland, TX and has been a part of countless songwriters festivals. In 2017 he was named a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist and WSM Radio Roadshow Finalist.
Shawn’s latest full-length album “Slow Bullet” consists of twelve masterfully written original songs that showcase the talents of some of Nashville’s finest players. “Slow Bullet” proves that this hopeful dishwasher from Connecticut has found his spot in Music City and isn’t giving it up any time soon.
Nathan Evans Fox
Nathan Evans Fox is an Americana songwriter and musician born in Glen Alpine, NC. Growing up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass, and hymns, Fox synthesizes his musical roots to produce a sound all his own. He has been writing music, playing fiddle and guitar, and collaborating with other musicians for over ten years. Recently his song-crafting prowess has been recognized by the Songwriter Serenade and Wildflower! songwriting competitions.
Fox’s lyrics confront the difficulties of his cultural and religious heritage with quiet grief, incisive anger, and an unexpected wit. Above all, he is a storyteller whose narrative landscapes are at once familiar and strange. He has written, produced, and performed two full-length albums: Home (2017) and most recently Texas Dust, which was released in April 2018. Reviewing the title track of his recent album, MotherChurchPew.com writes that Fox punches out a song “with carefully-hewn lyrical insight delivered in his velvety twang.” Currently, he lives in Atlanta with his best friend/wife Elizabeth and their dog Maisie.
Originally from Long Island, NY Dean currently resides in the Tampa Bay area of FL. He is a full time musician performing regionally as well as teaching a music class for preschool aged children at multiple centers between Bradenton and Sarasota, FL.
Johanesen is inspired by artists such as Django Reinhardt, Louis Jordan and Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys.
This blend of Gypsy Jazz, American Roots & Texas Swing provides the soundtrack for Dean’s original songs. The lyrics to those songs pass down stories of Circus and Sideshow performers intertwined with the true and often overlooked history of the1920’s and 30’s.
Johanesen has opened shows for Donovan Frankenreiter – Mason Jennings – Craig Kinney (Drivin’ N Cryin’) – Howard Jones – John Waite – Steve Forbert – Robbie Krieger (The Doors) and Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket.)
Mobile, Alabama based Ryan Balthrop has been writing and performing along the Gulf Coast and beyond for 25 years. Accompanied by guitar, and sometimes harmonica, Ryan’s dynamic voice shares his curiosities into the spiritual realm, and love for and critiques of humanity, and society. Balthrop’s lyrics are weighted in questioning, spun with satire, and often give a humorous perspective on life, love, loss, redemption, death, and rebirth into the one constant energy of the expanding universe.
He is blessed to have shared the stage with many of his heroes including
Wet Willie, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter, Jason Isbell, Donovan Frankenreiter, Bonerama, Will Kimbrough and many more. While not gigging, he spends time recycling old wood windows, creating beautiful works of art by painting and etching them.
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.
Laurie Anne Armour
Laurie Anne Armour, nicknamed LA by her friends, was raised on the shores of Mobile (Alabama) Bay in the Hollinger’s Island community. She grew up learning piano, fiddle, and woodwinds and realized her love for the guitar as a young teen. She performed in the praise band at her church, in concert and marching band at school, and as a solo artist on occasions.
LA began writing songs, performing at open mic nights, and playing gigs at coffee houses and restaurants around Mobile before she was 20. She does a wide variety of cover songs as she continues to write and perform her own originals.
Musical influences range from The Beatles to Lauren Daigle, Bonnie Raitt to Sara Bareilles, and Otis Redding to Lisa Mills.
Her solo style might be described as Contemporary Folk, with her songs drawn from and influenced by her life experiences. She sings about hope, love, passion, loss, sadness, and the strength and will to overcome, with all of it, shaded by faith.
She regularly performs with the praise band at her church and has been a Nappie Awards finalist in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Her first EP is entitled Ebb and Flow.
For more information, visit her website at www.laurieannemusic.com
Chris Alvarado is a Florida native who is currently located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 he was invited to perform at the 30A Songwriter’s Festival, an event that draws some of the nations most accomplished Singer/Songwriters. In 2012, the National Recording Academy selected Chris to perform at the Florida Grammy Showcase in Orlando, Florida where a panel of industry judges and executives selected him as the winner out of the six acts that were selected from the entire state of Florida. Chris was also invited by BMI to headline at the BMI Acoustic Brunch during the 2012 Florida Music Festival in front of leading music industry professionals.
He regularly shares the stage with Grammy nominated artist and songwriter, Suzi Ragsdale. He also recently toured with former Vanguard Records artist Daphne Willis. In the summer of 2012 his song “Find My Way” won 3rd place in the Dallas Songwriters Association’s “DSA Songwriting competition.” In 2011, he won the prestigious award of “Best Singer/Songwriter” on the Emerald Coast, in the 3rd annual Beachcomber Music Awards, and was nominated for the same again in 2012 along with “Best Male Vocalist”. This year he has been nominated for ” Best Solo Artist”, ” Best Singer/Songwriter”, and “Musician of the Year”.
His self titled album was released in 2012 to much acclaim and is available on iTunes and other major online retailers. Songs from ” Chris Alvarado” are featured on Pandora Radio and have seen airplay on national web radio programs such as Indie Castle Radio and The Songwriters Network. His newest release, “Home” will be out in early April 2013 on iTunes and will be available in a limited edition Vinyl pressing. This album includes a collaboration with Angel Snow, who was named one of “Nashville’s top 12 Music Makers” and wrote several of the songs on Alison Krauss’ Grammy winning album “Paper Airplane”
– Winner, 2012 Florida GRAMMY showcase
– Winner, 2011 Beachcomber Music Awards “Best Singer/Songwriter”
– 3rd Place in the Dallas Songwriters Association’s “2012 DSA songwriting competition”
– Performed, 2012 BMI Acoustic Brunch at the 2012 Florida Music Festival
– Performed, 2012 Florida Music Festival
– Performed, 2011, 2012, & 2013 30A Songwriters Festival
Every now and then, a song, a voice, a lyric, splits your soul right in two and then proceeds to feed both sides. Raw yet refined, mournful yet optimistic, heartbroken yet inspiring… such is the dichotomy, the paradox, and the musical delivery of Joshua Reilly. Born, raised, and marinated on the cornfield-lined country roads of central Illinois, and then cultivated, ripened, and baked on the beaches and concrete swamps of Florida, Reilly understands hard times, he knows redemption, and this unfiltered honesty pours out through his music. It’s a slice of life served clever and real.
Reilly has performed around the country, including a national tour in support of his 2017 album Mercy on the Strange. He has opened for acts such as Billy Joe Shaver, Robbie Fulks, and Slaid Cleaves. And while deepening his roots as a family man in Florida, Reilly has become one of the most respected and beloved musical acts in the Tampa Bay area. Maybe it’s just Joshua and his guitar, or perhaps he is playing with any number of friends he refers to as “Corn-Fed Locals”… either way, his real, genuine, heartfelt energy is admired by young and old.
Reilly’s style and message are all his own. “What I want people to get from listening to my music is, yes… there is hope in these hard times,” says Reilly. His lyrics and music convey the poignant truth that life can be brutal or grand as we navigate the road ahead and face up to the road behind. As New York Times best selling author Tom Robbins wrote, “Vocally and instrumentally, Joshua Reilly has a delivery like the last train out of Real Town before the android invasion. Clear the tracks!”
Lance Brackett is the front man and lead singer for Lucky Valley. His music bears sounds influenced by his southern roots, charmingly enticing the listener into a truly memorable sound, echoing melodies from vintage musical giants. Clashing classics with flavors of modern rock, hit you with a Petty-like spirit, while guitar-heavy fat sounds suspend your ear in the present, giving you notions of artists like Kings of Leon. Authentic and honest, you will find yourself surprisingly uplifted. Spending the majority of his life roaming the triangular territory between the small coastal town of Panama City, FL, Macon and Atlanta, Georgia, you can feel a prominent soul rising from the culturally rich region of America where these songs were birthed. Deep-heavy roots digging into your rib cage make it difficult not to enjoy these youthful, reflective, and seasoned tunes.
Wild Harbors is comprised of husband and wife singer-songwriters Chris and Jenna Badeker. Formed in late 2017, the alternative pop outfit creates gutsy, lyric-driven songs laced with intricate vocal harmonies. Confronted with the knowledge that each person is given one short life to live, they put their previous careers aside to step into the adventure of music and invite other people to live their own adventures. Their debut EP, Monument Part 1, was produced by Andrew Osenga in Nashville, TN and features songs from their upcoming full-length set to release in late 2018.
Chuck Foster is a local singer songwriter who’s repertoire consists of an eclectic mix of Country, Rock, and Americana covers and original music. Chuck started playing guitar at the age of 14 and played in in bands throughout high school. He started playing music professionally as his sole source of income at the age of 25 in1978. He lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and played clubs in that area for a couple years and then worked with recording artist Bobby Borchers out of Nashville for a year. In 1980 he formed the country rock band Cheyenne out of Cincinnati and recorded two albums independently and worked regionally for sixteen years. In that time he opened for many country artists including Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Merle Haggard and others. In 1996 he retired from performing and bought a farm in Indiana. During that time he developed an interest in acoustic music and songwriting. Chuck is now retired and spends his time writing and recording in his home studio and performs regularly around the Florida panhandle. His new CD will be released this fall.
Spend 5 minutes with Brian White and you’ll quickly figure out, he’s a passionate man. Whether it’s about his home town Cincinnati Reds baseball team, his wife, his music, or his relationship with God, there’s no denying he’s all in. A veteran of the music industry, Brian has had the success that’s rewarded by such passion. As a touring artist signed with a major record deal, he fronted the Christian rock band “Brian White & Justice” for 15 years, recording 5 projects. As a writer his songs have earned him Sixteen #1 songs, 2 Dove Awards for Song of The Year (Michael English –”Holding Out Hope To You” & The Martins– “The Promise”), SESAC Country Song of The Year & Billboard’s Most Played Song of The Year (Rodney Atkins– “Watching You”) as well as ACM and CMA nominations. Recently “Watching You” was listed at #37 in Billboard Magazines “100 Greatest Country Songs Of All Time” and also topped the chart as “The Most Played Country Song of The Decade”.
With over 300 cuts to his credit, his songs have been recorded by such Christian artists as Danny Gokey , Kutless, 7eventh Time Down, Avalon, Point of Grace , Mandisa, 4 Him, Larnelle Harris, Karyn Williams, Selah, All Star United, 33 Miles, Pure NRG, Jaci Velasquez, Cliff Richard, and many more. Brian has also experienced success in the Country and Pop market with his songs being recorded by such artist as Rascal Flatts , Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, The Swon Brothers, Steve Holy, Earl Scruggs, Terri Clark, Kix Brooks, Blackhawk, Canadian Country stars Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, The Lovelocks, Livy Jeanne as well as Russian Pop Star Avraam Russo and many others.
Brian is a frequent speaker / worship leader for conferences around the country as well as a featured clinician at songwriting seminars. When he’s off the road, he can be found playing a Songwriter Round, or in the studio behind the console producing records.
Brian makes his home in Nashville, TN with award winning Christian Recording Artist Karyn Williams. and writes for SB21 Music Publishing.
Casey Kearney is a fresh take on the country music scene. Her personal songs effortlessly convey both the sweetness of a Southern belle and the steel backbone of a strong country woman with a little touch of rock and grit. Her music ranges from slow heartfelt ballads to upbeat crowd favorites and playful melodies. Her sound is a great representation of vibrant women everywhere. In 2017 she was a Top 6 Finalist in the Pepsi Southern Original Contest for the Gulf Coast Jam and a Top 5 NASH Next Finalist for NASH 105.5. Casey was recently named 2018 “Best Country Artist” by Beachcomber Magazine at the Beachcomber Music Awards X. Casey released her debut EP, recorded in Nashville with an award winning producer and top musicians. Her music was featured on several mainstream stations and is currently played on indie stations all over the country. A new full album of Casey’s original music is in the works and set to be released soon.
Anthony Peebles, a native of the northwest Florida panhandle, was born in 1991 and raised in Lynn Haven, FL. He began to fall in love with music at an early age when his father showed him how to play a homemade mountain dulcimer. With years of experience with drum and vocal lessons, he picked up a guitar in high school and began to write and collaborate with other artists. Anthony formed his first band, The Dukes of Appleton, in 2009, and with them recorded his first four-song EP.
After nearly ten years of networking with area bands and musicians and building a strong solo career, Anthony signed with First Note Entertainment in 2015 and began recording with Grammy-nominated producer David Brainard in Nashville, Tennessee. His first full-length alternative album, The Road, is set to be released in early 2016.
Anthony currently works with First Note in beautiful 30a and resides in Bay County, FL with Krista, his wife of four years.
Growing up in the hills of Arkansas, Forrest picked up the guitar when he was 14 years old and has been playing ever since. He grew up listening to Rock, Blues, Country, and Folk music from the 60’s up to present day, which has influenced his songwriting. His style covers a variety of music, incorporating the acoustic guitar and the harmonica.
Forrest released his second all original studio album “Gonna Take Love” in October 2012. His first album self titled was released in 2007 and he is currently working on his third studio album, which will take him back to his roots of good ole Country music. With enough original songs for a following 2 CD’s, the future is looking bright!
Pete writes for Shakes Spear Music. He is a Grammy nominated songwriter who’s had songs in film and TV and cuts across the genres…the Pop of American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, Betty Who, and David Archuleta – the 3x Grammy winner Blues/Americana artist, Keb Mo, and in Country by Ronnie Dunn, Bucky Covington, and the hit single “Shut Up & Fish” by Maddie & Tae.
Ken Johnson’s songs have been recorded by many artists including Harry Connick Jr, Uncle Kracker, Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP with Tim Montana, Chris Janson, Craig Morgan, Joey and Rory, Clare Bowen and Buddy Miller, Tyler Farr, Josh Thompson, Wayne Newton, Kree Harrison, Joey and Rory, The Farm, Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider and others…
Past hits include Josh Thompson’s “Beer On The Table” and Craig Morgan’s “Still A Little Chicken Left On That Bone” and more recently, “You Dream I’ll Drive”, ”Summer and 16” and “White Van” all of three of which reached the #1 spot with popular Texas artist Josh Grider. Ken has written for television shows like ABC’s ”Nashville”, CMT’s “I Love Kellie Pickler” and CW’s hit show “Hart of Dixie“. New music includes the theme song to major motion picture “American Dresser” with Tim Montana and Billy Gibbons as well as Cliff Cody’s new single “On A Boat Somewhere” featured on No Shirt No Shoes radio. Ken and his wife, Andi Zack-Johnson are known as the popular children’s music duo Huck and Lilly and have released 2 albums which have produced 7 hit singles on Sirius XM “Kid’s Place Live”. Ken and Andi are also cast members of the hit television show and Ryan Seacrest production, “I Love Kellie Pickler” which has now aired for 3 seasons on CMT.
From British Columbia, Canada, Singer/Songwriter Andi Zack-Johnson has written songs recorded by artists such as Brothers Osborne, Josh Thompson, Danielle Peck, Etta Britt, Drew Gregory and others… Vince Gill recorded two of Andi’s songs with his daughter Jenny Gill for her debut album released in late 2016. She also co-wrote Josh Thompson’s smash hit, “Beer On The Table” and long time Delbert McClinton band vocalist Etta Britt’s “Make It Fast”, which was featured on Good Morning America. Look for Andi’s song “Heart Shaped Locket”on Capital recording artist, Brothers Osborne’s grammy winning debut album,Pawn Shop. Andi has also released her own CD called “Love Party”. The unique new CD features 11 songs all written on the ukelele. The project was produced by 2 time Grammy winning producer Skidd Mills along with Aerosmith keyboardist, Buck Johnson. Andi and her husband Ken Johnson are also known as the popular children’s music duo Huck and Lilly and have released 2 albums which have produced 7 hit singles on Sirius XM “Kid’s Place Live”. Ken and Andi are also cast members of the hit television show and Ryan Seacrest production, “I Love Kellie Pickler” which has now aired for 3 seasons on CMT!
Growing up in the hills of Arkansas, Forrest picked up the guitar when he was 14 years old and has been playing ever since. He grew up listening to Rock, Blues, Country, and Folks music from the 60’s up to present day, which has influenced his songwriting. His style covers a variety of music, incorporating the acoustic guitar, electric guitar and the harmonica.
Now living on the Gulf Coast for the last 15 years, the culture & the nature of the area have helped shaped his playing and writing style as well.
Forrest released his third all Original studio album “Monday To A Saturday” in May of 2019. He has two more all Original CD’s, “Gonna Take Love” and his self-titled album.