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Aaron Bowlin is the Director Of Studio Operations and A&R Administration at Curb Records in Nashville, Tennessee. He has worked for Curb Records for sixteen years in various positions. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Recording Industry Management in 1994. During this time he was working at various radio stations in the Nashville and Knoxville areas. From there he worked for BMI in the television department. After his stint at BMI, he then went on the road to tour with an RCA artist for three years as a merchandise manager. When he came off the road in 1997 he started working at Curb Music Publishing. In July of 1998 he was offered a job in Curb Studios handling all of the video and audio masters of the Curb Recording artists. Aaron currently works in the studio doing audio and video editing and A&R Administration for Curb Records and is a writer for Curb Music Publishing.
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Billy Montana has achieved four Number 1 Country singles, which include “Hard To Love” by Lee Brice (2013), “More Than A Memory” by Garth Brooks (2007), "Suds In The Bucket" by Sara Evans (2004), and "Bring On The Rain" by Jo Dee Messina (2002). "Bring On The Rain" was nominated for awards by both NARAS (Grammys) and the Country Music Association and reached Number 6 on the A/C chart. It appeared on the Country and A/C Charts for a combined total of 66 weeks! "Suds In The Bucket" was the most played female country song of 2004 and “More Than A Memory” is the fastest rising single in the history of Country music.
Billy Montana was first inspired to pick up a guitar as a teenager in rural upstate New York by his musician father and soon after formed a country/rock band with his brother. In college Billy decided to try music full time and traded studying agriculture at Cornell University for a record deal on Warner Brothers. His 1996 Warner Brothers release No Yesterday was critically acclaimed by such publications as USA Today, Music Row, and Billboard.
Billy’s songs have recurring themes of faith, love, and rural life. Many prominent artists including Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks , Pat Green, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Blake Shelton, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Sister Hazel, Steve Holy, Lee Brice, Jon Pardi, Kenny Rogers and Lee Ann Womack have recorded his songs. Billy writes on guitar, is an accomplished vocalist and some of his co-writers include Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Steve Dean, Brian White, and Rodney Clawson.
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2002 Grammy, CMA, and ACM nominee Bobby Tomberlin hails from Luverne, AL. At 12 years of age he began working in country radio and began to develop a love for its music.
In 1990 Bobby moved to Nashville to focus on a career as a writer and has had great success including singles by Diamond Rio, Daryl Worley, Chely Wright, Ty Herndon, and Lee Greenwood.
Bobby’s songs have received 5 BMI awards and he wrote the #1 single and CMA, ACM, and Grammy nominated “One More Day” and also co-authored the inspirational book by the same name.
Other artists whom have cut his songs include Faith Hill, Terri Clark, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Joe Diffie, Eddy Arnold, Billy Dean, Rodney Atkins, and Deana Carter. His songs have been on four Diamond Rio albums.
Bobby Tomberlin writes with such diverse writers as Mac Davis, Rivers Rutherford, Casey Bethard, Steve Dorff, Bill Anderson, Paul Overstreet, and Steven Dale Jones. Bobby writes on guitar.
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Award-winning singer-songwriter Christa Wells writes deep-reaching, piano-driven alt-pop songs about family, home, grief, and hope. Feed Your Soul, released in 2013, was recorded at Zodlounge Music in Nashville and represents a departure from her past records. From the title track’s horn lines to the driving kick drum and rhythmic hits on “The Way That You Love Me,” it’s bigger & sassier, even as it maintains Wells’ recognizable introspective lyricism.
Feed Your Soul explores a sub-theme of giving and receiving love, especially relevant, since for this project, Christa received plenty of love from her fans: a successful Kickstarter campaign raised over $15,000 to cover recording expenses. Despite the outpouring of support, Christa found the process terrifying. “You feel so vulnerable and exposed and indebted and needy,” she wrote. The experience is reflected in some of the album’s lyrics. “Being Loved,” for example, sings: Being loved is a hard thing to take / It’s a hard thing to take/I will try, I will try, while the song’s cinematic bridge conveys vulnerability: We are born unclothed / As we came, we will go.
Prior to Feed Your Soul, Christa recorded one solo album and two EPs (Frame the Clouds, Before the Tree Comes Down, How Emptiness Sings) and collaborated on several other projects. In spring of 2013, Christa and fellow songwriter Nicole Witt released an album of folk-inspired music under the band name More Than Rubies. Christa’s 2011 EP How Emptiness Sings received excellent reviews, with Kevin Davis of New Release Tuesday calling it “one of the most captivating albums I’ve ever heard.”
The path to her Christa’s present success was non-traditional. Instead of spending her twenties networking and performing at showcases, Christa married early, started a family, and moved away from Nashville to Raleigh, North Carolina. Motherhood, performance anxiety, and advice from veteran songwriter Dwight Liles led Christa to focus on her writing rather than performance. In 2006, Christa was named Songwriter of the Year by the Gospel Music Association for Natalie Grant’s recording of “Held.” In this heartbreaking and inspirational song inspired by the death of her friend’s infant son, Christa writes: This is what it is to be loved and to know / That the promise was that when everything fell / We’d be held.
In 2009, Christa returned to the stage, overcoming her performance anxiety along the way. Since then, she has performed 30-50 dates a year (varying by season), frequently with collaborator Nicole Witt, while continuing to write for other artists. Christa has written for and with a number of recording artists, such as Plumb, Selah, Sara Groves, Nicol Sponberg, and Point of Grace.
Christa currently lives with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Curt Gibbs hails from Mt. Vernon, IL and made the move to Nashville to attend school at Belmont University. He signed with Curb Music Publishing in 2014.
Last year Curt teamed with Curb recording artist, Ruthie Collins, to produce her self titled EP, including her single “Ramblin’ Man”. This year Curt has produced several sides for Ruthie’s upcoming album as well as co-producing 2 sides for Curb artist, Dylan Scott, which he also had a hand in writing.
Curt stays busy collaborating with some of the industry’s top writers, including Kyle Jacobs, Billy Montana, Bobby Tomberlin, Liz Rose, and Marty Dodson,
Curt has also been writing with top notch artists, including Eli Young Band, Thompson Square, Seth Ennis, Brett Young, Brooke Eden, David Fanning, Ashley Gearing, Ben Gallaher, Little Feather, Natalie Stovall and many others.
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A native of the small northeastern Louisiana town of Bastrop, Dylan Scott grew up with a passion for music in general, and country music in particular, and a deep and profound love and respect for the outdoors. More than anything else, those two traits define who Dylan Scott is and what gives him direction and purpose in life. Dylan's father, a former guitar player for country legends Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart, taught Dylan at an early age the basics of singing and playing guitar and thus introduced him to the world of music.
Growing up, Dylan ran with his buddies, played ball, went hunting and fishing, and in general had a normal rural upbringing... with one exception. While his friends were looking forward to going to college, joining the military, or trying to figure out what they were going to do with their lives, Dylan was focused on only one thing... going to Nashville to become a country music singer. He was constantly honing the skills necessary to be successful by mastering the guitar, learning to play piano, dabbling with songwriting, and working on his vocal skills. While still in school, he performed as a solo act at such prestigious venues as the Louisiana Hayride and also toured the southeast as a member of a teenage gospel trio, performing at small festivals, fairs, and churches.
At the age of 17 on a trip to Nashville, Dylan met songwriter Charlie Craig and recorded four songs with Craig as producer. One of those tunes, "Between an Old Memory and Me" was written by Craig and had been a huge hit for a singer that Dylan had idolized since childhood, Keith Whitley. Dylan's stellar version of the song soon caught the attention of record company executives and he signed a long term recording contract with Curb Records. With famed producer and music label icon Jim Ed Norman at the helm, Dylan recorded numerous songs, one of which "Making This Boy go Crazy" went on to establish Dylan as an emerging country artist with a bright future. To date, the song has sold in excess of 130,000 units with well over 2.5 millions views of the accompanying music video. Always being appreciative of music in other genres, Dylan recently recorded a cover of the massive Ed Sheeran pop hit "Thinking Out Loud" and filmed a hip black and white music video which he posted to Face Book. Within the first hour, 29,000 people had viewed the video and the numbers started growing exponentially until reaching well over 1.5 million views in less than two weeks. Curb Records quickly made the song available on I-Tunes and in excess of 20,000 were sold within a short period of time, clearly demonstrating that Dylan has cross over potential to people of other genres of music. Even more impressive was that this was accomplished without the benefit of any radio airplay whatsoever.
With his career in full swing, Dylan is quickly establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with in country music. His social media stats are exploding and his live show is proving that Dylan is an exceptional entertainer as well as being a world-class vocalist. Booked by the world renown William Morris Endeavor, he is busy traveling the country performing in venues of every type and working hard to establish the fan base that will be necessary to propel him to the next level.
Dylan is currently in the studio working on new music and is scheduled to have his next single released to radio sometime during the summer of 2015. When not recording, writing, or touring with his band, he normally leaves his home in Nashville and heads back to Louisiana see family and friends and to hit the woods in his four wheeler, go hunting, or doing any number of outdoor activities that he loves so much.
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Jackson Michelson is a American Country singer/songwriter from Corvallis, Oregon. He has always been drawn to entertaining performances inspiring him to place his focus on creating an intimate, entertaining live performance for fans. Raised on country, rock, reggae, & soul music, Jackson will make you smile with his raw country jams like "The Good Life" and melt your heart with the heartfelt "Fire Burns For You". "I tried to learn the trombone at age 12, but quickly learned I couldn't play & sing at the same time, which gravitated me toward the guitar," says Michelson, "Writing songs came naturally after just a few days." Touring with some of the biggest names in country music, this up-and-comer will wow you with personality and passionate music.
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Jennifer Denmark is a San Diego, California native who moved to Nashville in 2008 to pursue a career in country music. She has had cuts with artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Hunter Hayes/Jason Mraz, and Aaron Carter, and had a song featured on Point of Grace's Dove Award-winning Christmas album in 2011.
Her sound is influenced by everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Patsy Cline. Her West coast upbringing is evident in her pop-inspired country melodies, but lyrically, she has a diversity that allows her to tackle any genre with a natural ease.
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Josh was born in Minden, LA and was raised in the small town of Magnolia, AR where he graduated from Magnolia High School in 2001. Josh was born into a family of bluegrass musicians; his mom and uncle toured with their bluegrass band from about 1978 thru 1984. His mom sang, played bass and guitar; his uncle played dobro. He began to grace the stage with them at shows around the age of 3 singing and playing (strumming) mandolin. Josh started seriously learning to play guitar and sing at age 7 entering talent shows and playing festivals all around the TX, OK, LA, AR area. He began dobro and lap steel at age 12 and hasn't looked back since. Josh had his own bluegrass band from age 15 until he moved to Nashville in the Summer of 2001 to begin Belmont University. He then started playing with the Whites - Grand Ole Opry members - during his time off from school.
Josh was a member of the acclaimed Nashville based band KingBilly who had their own show on GAC and traveled the world on tour with many country artists from 2006 to 2011. Josh has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Meghan Trainor, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Kacey Musgraves, Lucy Hale, Earl Scruggs, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Lynryd Skynyrd, Richard Marx, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Emmylou Harris, and Jerry Douglas… He performs at the Grand Ole Opry on a regular basis and travels overseas with country and bluegrass artists. Josh graduated from Belmont in the summer of 2005 with degree in Music Business Management/Marketing. He's currently a staff writer for Curb Music Publishing and an in demand dobro/steel session player in Nashville.
Writing, singing, recording and performing keeps him running day to day and he wouldn't have it any other way. It's been a part of his life since day one and continues to get more and more exciting everyday! If Josh couldn't play or sing music he would be flying planes ---he's also a pilot--- started learning to fly at age 14. He also loves to hunt/fish/ride 4wheelers/chill at the lake and all of the other normal redneck activities!!
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Kyle Jacobs moved to Nashville from Minneapolis, MN in 2000 and achieved his first significant success as a writer in 2003 with Kimberly Locke's Top 10 AC single "8th World Wonder." In 2007 Kyle wrote what became the fastest rising single in the history of country music,Garth Brooks' “More Than A Memory”, which debuted at #1 in R&R on 09/04/2007. Kyle also co-wrote the Top 10 singles “Still” by Tim McGraw and “Dust” by Eli Young Band. He has also had two songs featured in the ABC series, NASHVILLE. Kyle has also produced three #1 singles for Lee Brice, “Hard To Love”, “I Drive Your Truck”, and “Drinking Class”.
A staff writer for Curb Music since 2003, Kyle’s songs have been recorded by George Strait, Tim McGraw, Lee Brice, Eli Young Band,Kellie Pickler, Thompson Square, Gary Allan, Scotty McCreery, Trace Adkins, Clay Walker, Kelly Clarkson, Randy Travis, Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Kelley, James Wesley, Craig Morgan, and Jo Dee Messina. Kyle collaborates with many of the industry's top songwriters and artists including Joe Leathers, Phillip Lammonds, Vicky McGehee, Rachel Thibodeau, Billy Montana, Darius Rucker,David Nail, and Wynonna. He writes on piano and guitar and is an accomplished vocalist.
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Larry started performing and singing at the tender age four. He made his debut performing the songs Wonderful World and I Feel Good on a beautiful summer night in the principality of Monaco. The audience included the late Prince Rainier, Prince Albert and a host of guests from around the world. He was so entertaining that he was asked to sing at the world famous Jimmy'z, which landed him on the front cover of the local newspaper with Prince Albert, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr. People were wondering, "Who is this kid?"
Over the years, Larry appeared in Showboats International, Selecta, and "D" magazines; the Nice-Matin and Dallas Morning News newspapers; featured on such shows as Good Morning Texas, Vive l'ete Show - Television Monte Carlo, Good Day Dallas, Insights, Positively Texas, and It's Showtime At The Apollo - Apollo Kids; and he was a guest performer at the Grammy After Party. Additionally, he performs frequently with his father's band known as the Dr. Larry T-Byrd Gordon Orchestra/Show band where he has been featured since the age of four. At Temple Christian School he graduated Valedictorian (4.0 GPA), served as captain of the Blazers Varsity Basketball Team, Senior Class President, Homecoming King, and was actively involved in various community service projects.
After high school he attended Baylor University where he received academic scholarships and during the beginning of his junior year transferred to meet the demands of performing, songwriting, producing, and continuing his education. With this entire going on, he "made the grades" necessary to be recognized for his academics amongst a select few with a 3.5 or above GPA. Larry completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University. Apparently, there's more to Larry than meets the eye.
His influences range from Michael Jackson to Usher to Justin Timberlake. He is a student of today's music. Larry is creating music that comes from his heart. He has spent all of his life waiting for this moment - and he's not going to waste it.
He came to the attention of Mike Curb, Chairman of Curb Records, who immediately signed him to a record and publishing deal. When asked about Larry, Curb replied, "I'm interested in an artist that has a commitment and passion for what they do. Larry is all of that and more."
He's got music inside of him - and his time is now. Get ready for Larry. He has worked all of his life to get ready for you.
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Liz Sharpe / Little Feather
Country singer-songwriter Liz Sharpe, a.k.a. Little Feather, literally has music in her blood. From the tiny Appalachian town of Pikeville, Kentucky, she was born into the fabled singing dynasty that includes Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless (her second cousins) and she has been making music practically since she emerged from the womb. At age three she announced to her unsuspecting parents “Mama, I am music”, and her daddy promptly went out and sold his guitar and accordion to buy his daughter her first piano.
After years of singing and playing organ in the church choir she ran off to college in Australia (she wanted to learn to surf) and studied classical piano and composition for film. But like most country musicians she eventually retraced her roots and found her way to Nashville, Tennessee. She joined forces with her two best musical compadres and has found her musical home with her own band Little Feather.
Evoking the ghosts of her Appalachian/Cherokee past, the modern-vintage yodel and stomp of Little Feather is the sound of Allison Krause sitting in with Mumford and Sons in Fleetwood Mac’s basement. Country as cornbread but fresh as tomorrow’s twitter feed, Little Feather is creating quite a buzz in the Nashville music community and beyond. Liz Sharpe, the little girl from Pikeville, Kentucky, has come into her own as a singer, writer and performer and with Little Feather she has found her wings.
Marie Miller is a Curb records artist triple threat: singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. Signed to the label since 2005, Miller’s original songs “You’re Not Alone,”“6’2” and “Fall Alone” resonate with listeners in every format from Triple A, Americana, front porch folk to nuegrass to country and classic pop.
Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, the third of ten children, Miller began singing at the age of seven. At twelve she joined her family band, playing festivals and churches, with her sister Justina. The bluegrass duo was billed as the Miller Sisters.
In 2005 Miller moved on from the family band to sign a recording contract and publishing deal with Curb Records. Since that time she has released two EP’s, Marie Miller (2006), and You’re Not Alone (2013), toured the country, and risen significantly in radio charts. Miller’s 2013 single “You’re Not Alone” charted at #1 on Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR Charts with the music video premiering on VH1 and CMT. The single also reached 115,000 downloads on Amazon’s Rising Star Program. Miller’s current single “6’2” charted at #26 on Billboard AC and the music video premiered on vh1.com. Marie was a finalist in the 2014 Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Competition, with her single “6’2” played in Macy’s stores around the country. “6’2” was also featured on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars in May 2014. Miller’s singles “You’re Not Alone” and “6’2”receive significant airplay on SiriusXM stations The Blend, The Pulse, and 20 on 20.
In December 2013 Marie opened for the Backstreet Boys, Colbie Caillat, and the Plain White Tees at the House of Blues in Orlando. In June 2014 Marie played at KYKY’s Uncorked festival alongside MAGIC! and Andy Grammer. Marie also opened for Sara Evans at “Rock the South” festival in Alabama in June 2014.
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Matt Alderman hails from Chicago, IL and graduated from the University of Miami (FL). In 2012 he made the big move to Nashville to pursue a career in songwriting and in 2013 he signed his first publishing deal with Curb Music Publishing. Since then Matt has been putting in overtime developing his skills as a writer and producer.
Matt has teamed up with Curb recording artist, Dylan Scott, and has produced several sides for Dylan's upcoming project, including his current single, "Crazy Over Me", which Matt also had a hand in writing.
Matt stays busy collaborating with some of the industry's top writers, including Kyle Jacobs, Billy Montana, Liz Rose, Vicky McGehee, Justin Wilson, Jimmy Yeary, Brian Davis, and Cole Taylor.
Matt has also been writing with top notch artists, including Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, Dustin Lynch, Tyler Farr, Thompson Square, Rodney Atkins and David Nail, as well as some new, up and comers such as Brooke Eden, Jordan Rager, Adam Craig, Levi Hummon, Brett Young, Runaway June, The Railers, Seth Ally, Lindsay Ell, Ryan Griffin and many others.
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When Mo Pitney sings "let me tell you about country" in his debut single, he's doing more than telling. He's showing. Appropriately titled, the song "Country" is as much positioning statement as introduction. In three minutes and 16 seconds, it is almost precisely who he is in word and deed. The vocal delivery, storytelling, musicianship and reflections of his outdoor lifestyle – as well as faith, family and patriotism – offer a spot-on portrayal. Joined by early fan favorites "Clean Up On Aisle Five" and "Come Do A Little Life," the song carves an unmistakably country yet completely fresh groove for the genre. In short, it sounds like nothing else, but absolutely belongs.
To paraphrase the song, a life in music isn't a place on a map; it's a place in Mo Pitney's heart. "I just love music," Pitney says, exhibiting atypical maturity for someone still in their early twenties. "It has never been about praise. Playing the Grand Ole Opry was an amazing experience, but I have just as much fun sitting on my bed playing along to an old record. It's always been that way."
That music-centered outlook is already generating the unsought acclaim of which he speaks. Perhaps the best example is the aforementioned Opry performance. "Everybody asked me if I was nervous, but I don’t think I was," he says. "I definitely thought about it a lot more than I normally do. My respect for that stage and the circle is great.
For his first song, he selected "Clean Up On Aisle Five" and eyed one goal: to sing his heart out. "I didn't feel like anybody was sucked into the song at all, but when it was over I stepped back from the microphone and people erupted," he says. A standing ovation approaching a full minute ensued. "After about 30 seconds, I stepped forward to say something because I thought I heard them dying down, but they just got louder. I lost it. It took me about a week to come off that feeling."
That pivotal moment capped a journey that started in the red brick town of Cherry Valley, IL, where Mo grew up loving the outdoors. "Right out my back door was a lake about a mile away," he says. "I'd ride my bike there with a fishing pole on each handlebar, like two tridents sticking out in front of me."
Music was a family affair, and Pitney picked up the drums at six and guitar at 12. "I learned how to play with a cast on my arm by laying a rag over my dad's guitar so it wouldn't get scratched," he says. "Johnny Cash At San Quentin was my introduction to playing music. I learned the whole album."
Two weeks later, he played two Cash songs at an open mic night – his first public performance. "After I played, I saw a guy backstage playing a banjo, so I picked that up for a couple of years. By age 15, I grabbed the guitar again playing lead acoustic, my brother played bass and we had a friend who played mandolin." His affection for bluegrass led him to Keith Whitley. "When I heard him sing it helped me bridge over into country music. I started hearing great country songs, songwriters and singers ... and I just fell in love."
Encouraged to move to Nashville by a songwriting friend, Pitney was the uncommon arrival who receives early interest from record labels. He signed with Curb and began working on bringing his songs and sound into alignment with his musical vision. One of the lynchpins was connecting with his producer, Tony Brown (George Strait).
"Instead of trying to put some songs together to come out of my mouth and create an artist with my face, Tony said, 'I want to find out who you are, pull it out of you and put it on tape.' It wasn’t just the way he said it, it was in everything he did. Realizing I can create a record the way I want to and use the musicians I want was an eye-opening experience. We recorded my vocals while I was sitting on a stool and playing guitar at the same time, so it’s a live record in a lot of ways. My hands were untied."
As music lovers become exposed to his music, rousing receptions may be something he'll become accustomed to seeing. But they won't change Mo's core motivation. "Even if this thing doesn’t go huge, I believe that I can make a decent living playing music," he says. "And I always knew that I could do that. When I was younger, my plan was bluegrass. I used to buy and sell cars, I did body work and I trained bird dogs. I figured I would just kind of piddle around, doing different things around the music.
"People who have done this for a long time think there's a place for my music, and I hope that's the case. My eyes are set on being successful, but success is not number one for me. If I can make a comfortable living and have a career making music and keep my head on straight, that’s my goal. And I think that I have a great opportunity to do that if I don’t get ahead of myself."
And that kind of seasoned perspective isn't often heard from someone of his generation. "I’m a God-fearing man," he says. "I love simple things. I love simplicity in songs because I love simplicity in life. But I’m also very deep, which is weird. I’m a thinker. And I go so deep, a lot of times I just confuse myself and get frustrated, but when I come home and my dog runs and jumps up on my lap, that does something to my spirit. I love to hunt and fish. I love the outdoors. I love my family. I try to live pretty morally square. Pretty clean guy. I’ve got my problems, but I try to stay pretty straight."
Perhaps the best expression of how Mo Pitney has created his own definition of country music success is found in "Behind This Guitar," a song by Don Sampson and Phil O'Donnell that may not even make the album. "People tell me I can’t cut it because the chorus says, 'Behind this guitar there’s just a boy who had a dream in his heart, behind this guitar there’s just a guy that can’t believe he got this far.' And they point out that I haven't gotten anywhere yet, so save it for the second album. But I remember sitting on my bed with the dream of just making music the rest of my life. It wasn’t that I had to be on radio or even make a living doing it. I just loved music. Now I’m on the Opry. I have a record deal. And I’m loving the music that I’m making. I can't believe I got this far!
"I’m probably just going to cut the song."
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Playing to arenas packed with screaming fans, seeing your first EP make an impressive chart debut and getting to perform on national television seems like the stuff dreams are made of. For the Oswald brothers, who play under the moniker OBB, these professional feats have already become reality—and all before their 22nd birthdays. The trio’s infectious songs, infused with hope amidst a backdrop of colorful pop, are connecting with young fans desiring to sing along to something that matters.
Zach (21), Jacob (19) and Nich (18) share a room, a homeschool history, and even an iTunes account. Luckily, the three siblings from Atlanta seem fairly agreeable. Lovers of all-things music, the brothers have been sharpening their musical abilities for as long as they can remember.
After being encouraged by their grandmother to enter the CBS Early Show’s “Singing Family Face-Off” in 2009, the talented Oswald Brothers Band placed third in the competition garnering national notoriety. The boys began honing their chops, mowing lawns and teaching music lessons in their spare time to finance their music addiction, until Curb Records took notice and signed them to a record deal in 2012.
The hard-working band released a self-titled EP, containing five songs all written or co-written by the siblings, in early 2013 just in time for the beginning of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular where the brothers scored a high-profile performance slot opening for some of their musical heroes.
“I grew up singing Matthew West and TobyMac songs,” Zach shares. “These are the people who got us interested in Christian music, and here I am standing next to them.” Ironically, the brothers’ first-ever concert was actually a Winter Jam date in Atlanta, making the experience a
dream come true.
“We voted for Jason Castro on ‘American Idol,’ and now we’re touring with him. We’re doing 44 shows; every concert is in an arena, and we’re on a bus every night,” Nich adds. “It’s craziness to be part of something this big. It’s unbelievable, and it’s been super fun getting to hang out with all the other artists.”
OBB is launching their career at lightning speed, thanks to Winter Jam, and their insatiable work ethic, introducing audiences to their energetic pop/rock delivery every night. The high-profile tour is the biggest of its kind in Christian music and was ranked the #1 first-quarter tour in the world for the past two years, providing a catalyst for the success of countless artists’ careers. It’s a platform that undoubtedly turns dreams into reality at a furious pace and is providing OBB a place to shine. The band of brothers give a high-octane performance every night that resonates with fans, showing youth that worship can be an enjoyable experience. “I believe we serve a fun God, and I’m not afraid to stand on stage and jump around and run and raise my hands and give everything I have to worshipping God,” says Jacob.
The Oswald brothers are currently working on their first full-length album. In the meantime, their EP is making waves. OBB debuted at #23 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and #39 on the Billboard Christian albums chart, a rarity for an EP bowing from a brand-new artist. In addition to sharing their music with as many people as possible, OBB is passionate about church ministry. The trio serves on the worship team at Atlanta’s Passion City Church, the congregation founded by Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin.
On the road, the brothers prefer longboarding at venues or playing board games on the bus during any rare downtime they may enjoy. However, band practice consumes much of their free time, something the guys are committed to in a quest to continually improve their craft. “We’ll spend about 10 hours a day practicing and working to be the best we can be out there for God, because that’s what He calls us to do, to perfect the talents He gives us,” Zach explains. “You don’t have to wait until you get older. Once you start realizing what that gift is that God has given you, start multiplying it. Start making that something you can use to reach
Zach Oswald (21, lead vocals/keys/guitars) As the eldest sibling, Zach is
every bit the charismatic frontman of OBB. Smart and friendly, Zach smiles a lot. He doesn’t do mornings, but he’s in charge of the band’s scheduling. Ironically, his brothers claim they are always waiting on him. He’s the tech guy of the band, taking after his father who works for HP. He creates all their tracks, and thanks to his years of formal classical piano training, he’s been dubbed the “musical director” of the group. Nich and Jacob say they are constantly keeping their smiling sibling on track.
Jacob Oswald (19, lead guitars) The conscientious one, Jacob is the first to
get up in the mornings. He’s always prepared, and his outgoing personality keeps him busy during any downtime at venues. His brothers readily admit he’s the most social of the three. An avid fan of John Mayer and NEEDTOBREATHE, Jacob is a master at his craft, often emulating his musical icons by learning to play their entire albums, song by song, chord by chord. He’s also colorblind and often suffers from the “middle child syndrome.” Jacob’s the one mowing the lawn while Zach and Nich goof off. His brothers contend he’s the “eye candy” of the group.
Nich Oswald (18, drums) The youngest of the three, Nich is always
tinkering on a project. He much prefers work to socializing and can always be found building or re-wiring something, for better or for worse. He builds all of the band’s road cases by hand, and his latest invention includes making tasers out of Altoids cans, which he tests on his brothers, much to their chagrin. The quietest of the trio, he says he’s content staying in the background, though his sly humor would say otherwise. With a knack for sound and video production, he knows the ins and outs of every aspect of their performance. Jacob says Nich is the best cook of the three, as evidenced by his recent victory in a family cook-off. Zach begs to differ.
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Phillip Lammonds is a songwriter. And like the very best in the business, he has a way of elevating life’s ordinary moments into soulful, poetic perfection, full of grit and authenticity with the turn of a phrase and the lift of a just-right melody. He’s earned the reputation for being just that good through years of honing his craft. “I don’t like to waste words,” Lammonds says, and when you listen to his songs, you know he’s telling the truth.
Raised in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina, Lammonds was immersed in music. As a boy, he listened to his father sing gospel songs on his grandfather’s Sunday morning radio show and spent hours stretched out alongside the upright piano while his aunts practiced for the Pentecostal Baptist service. “There’s a lonesome tone and a lot of emotion that bleeds through the sound of shape note style piano playing,” Lammonds says, and it’s that subtle warmth and longing that continues to inform his guitar technique today. Not that he just plays guitar. Lammonds is a musical virtuoso of sorts, equally gifted at playing mandolin, xx, xx, and xx.
Lammonds began writing songs just after college when he formed The Blue Dogs, along with his buddies Hank Futch and Bobby Houck. As The Blue Dogs rose in popularity, performing across the country, Lammonds began to notice the types of songs that moved audiences, and continued to sharpen his skills. He was soon approached by his hero, legendary songwriter and publisher, Paul Craft, who quickly recognized Lammonds’ unique talent and became his songwriting mentor. Lammonds attributes much of his success to Craft’s tutelage, “Paul taught me the fundamentals of technique and a lot about the business of songwriting.”
Now, some fifteen years later, after fifty or so trips to Nashville and five hundred songs penned, Lammonds’ star is rising and promises to burn bright well into the future. He recently signed a publishing deal with Curb Records in Nashville and has written songs with or for artists like Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Edwin McCain, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Josh Turner and Hootie and the Blowfish, among others.
Lammonds lives with his family in Pawley’s Island, SC, where he owns the successful Sotheby’s International Realty and enjoys all the benefits of Lowcountry sporting life—from flounder gigging and deep-sea fishing to every kind of bird hunting. Fellow songwriters and hunting buddies agree: Lammonds hits the mark just about every time.
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Although she is just at the beginning of her recording career, gifted singer Rachel Holder is already winning many fans, including fellow artists like Miranda Lambert. Lambert tweeted that Rachel “gave me chills. What a great singer.” And Billboard Magazine proclaimed her as one of the 615 Ones to Watch in 2012, extolling “her stunning range” and calling her single “In Your Arms” one of the best of the year.
Now, Curb Records artist Holder has a new single, “Lord Help Me,” penned by Carrie Underwood, Katrina Elam and Ashley Monroe, that is receiving raves as well.
“I discovered ‘Lord Help Me’ through a friend about 4 years ago. I actually put the song aside, and revisited it two years later after being signed with Curb,” Rachel said. “I’m a huge Katrina Elam fan and I was really excited to be cutting something she had written. A year ago, I met Carrie Underwood at the CMA City Of Hope softball game, and was telling her about my new record and some of the songs on it. I mentioned ‘Lord Help Me’ and she said, ‘I wrote that with Ashley Monroe and Katrina Elam!’ I had no idea! I thought it was so cool to find out that way!”
Rachel’s drive and desire manifested themselves at an early age.
Since she was young, Rachel loved singing and performing. Her biggest musical influence is Dolly Parton and in her early teens, she split time between attending school in her hometown of Chattanooga and performing theater shows in Pigeon Forge, one of Tennessee’s most popular tourist destinations.
“I worked in Pigeon Forge at a theatre at 13 and 14 for two consecutive years and did about 800 shows,” Rachel says. “I basically grew up around where Dolly Parton was from. I not only respect her for her music ability, but for giving back to the community. She’s a true businesswoman. Acting, Broadway shows, entrepreneur, you name it! She’s the real deal, and that’s what I aspire to be.”
It’s not surprising that one of the words used to describe Rachel is “fearless.” At age 14, she successfully booked herself to sing the national anthem at a Los Angeles Lakers game. When she was only 15, she attended an intimate Vince Gill concert in Chattanooga with her parents. In between songs, the aspiring singer raised her hand and boldly (yet politely) asked to join the Gill onstage to sing a duet. Vince, surprised and somewhat amused, agreed, and only moments later the two were bringing down the house with a version of “Oklahoma Swing.”
As a teenager, Rachel signed to an independent label with noted producer Chuck Howard (Eddy Arnold, LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams, Jr., Trick Pony), who introduced her to Wilbur Rimes. Howard and Rimes nurtured Rachel’s talent, developing ideas and material and bringing her to Curb Records.
“I first meet Rachel when she was 17,” Rimes recalls. “As soon as Rachel began to sing, I knew she had ‘it.’ I was so impressed I was eager for Mike Curb to hear her. I took her to Texas to record 5 songs at Rosewood Studios and upon hearing those songs Mike Curb was ready to sign Rachel.
“I had not thought a lot about working with any one until I met Rachel,” Rimes continued. “She is very special. Most young singers have great voices but lack entertaining skills. Rachel has stage presence that is so seasoned.”
Rachel released her first single, “Chocolate,” in 2011 and since then her career has been growing. At only 20, with chops and stage presence, she is in the early stages of a journey that should take her a long way.
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Rodney Atkins knows the value of taking the long way home, of veering off the beaten path onto that road less traveled once in a while. You can hear it in his music, in the lyrics of his smash single, "Take A Back Road," a song that celebrates that feeling of getting away from the noise of everyday life, really living in the moment, and getting right with your soul. Rodney always remains true to himself and constantly strives to evolve and find unique ways of expressing himself through the music he puts out into the world. It's a philosophy he tries to employ throughout his life, and it has led him to some amazing places.
"What does it mean to follow your own path? I try to think about that a lot when I'm making an album," explains Rodney, describing the journey he took in making his fourth album, TAKE A BACK ROAD. "To me, it's going somewhere you've never been, because when you do that, you wind up seeing things that no one has seen before, which means you can paint the picture differently."
The hardworking artist gathered up a whole new set of colors when he set about creating his latest masterpiece and he cranked the whole recording process up a notch in intensity -- which is saying something for a guy who is pretty darned intense to begin with. Rodney wanted this project, his first in nearly three years, to convey and express some emotions and feelings in an authentic yet different way. Simply put -- Rodney had a lot to say musically, and he wanted to say it in exactly the right way.
The east Tennessee native has an impressive track record with hitting on sentiments that strike a chord with the country listener: he's had six number one hits from his first three albums, from "Watching You" and "These Are My People" to his most recent smashes, "Take A Back Road," and "Farmer's Daughter," (which quickly skyrocketed to platinum,) and he's sold over four million singles in the past five years alone. The lead single and title track, "Take A Back Road," has propelled him to even bigger heights with its irresistibly catchy chorus and easygoing, windows down, breezy summer vibe. Rodney knew he had to record the Rhett Akins and Luke Laird song from the beginning. "It's one of those songs that the first time I heard it I thought, 'Boy, that feels good.' It's catchy and something you want to just crank up, but then, the more you hear it, you realize it's not just a ditty - it's about life. If you want it to be just summer ear candy, it can just be that, but also it's about getting right with your soul, coming down to earth." The public obviously agreed, as the tune reached platinum status just weeks after its release.
To capture just the right vibe for his new CD, TAKE A BACK ROAD, Rodney teamed up once again with producer Ted Hewitt, who co-produced both the platinum IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL (which featured the title track hit and 2006's most-played song of the year) and IT'S AMERICA. The two spent hours in Rodney's home studio painstakingly crafting each vocal and track, with Rodney paying attention to every minute detail on song after song. It's a process he cherishes almost as much as being onstage and one he takes extremely seriously.
"The biggest challenge is finding the kind of songs that really set you apart. Ted and I have talked about the accountability for the music - what works and what doesn't. You have to figure out what it is you came here to say and stick to that. I think you live and learn. I want to record songs that won't just be around for a little while. I look for stories people relate to - you don't want to be thinking about listening to a song, you want to be inside of it. It's like watching a movie."
The songs on TAKE A BACK ROAD are undeniably relatable --- from the sweetly honest battling couple who've drawn the lines down the middle of the bed in "Feet," to the fiercely parental pride-even-through-the-tough-times in "He's Mine." the tunes are chock full of emotions that any couple or family in modern-day America can identify with and find themselves experiencing and for Rodney, that real emotion is what he strives for in each and every note.
"With any successful song, you've got to sit back and ask yourself, why did this song connect? With a lot of songs, the approach is about how perfect things are or how messed up things are - it's one or the other. For me, real life is the ups and downs, and if I can, I like to get both sides of that in a song." Rodney also covers some new ground musically on the project with several tender love songs. Reluctant in the past to record them because many tend to express the same sentiments in the same predictable way, he found several songs for this record that capture the romance between a woman and a man in a unique, genuine way, without the sugar-coating. Tunes like "She's A Girl," about the mystery and power a female can wield over a male, and "Cabin In The Woods," about the beauty of stealing away to a remote place, approach the age-old subject in ways he could not only relate to, but felt fans would gravitate towards as well.
"I've never recorded love songs before. My love songs have been 'These Are My People' and 'Watching You' and 'Cleaning This Gun.' I've never gone down that road, because I wanted to find or write the type of song that was about something I can really relate to. Love is not all blue skies and no bills, it's gutters leaking and the cat messed in the fireplace. It's not convenient at all and you've got to make time for it - that's the toughest part of it."
Rodney also takes on subject of parenting in the tune "He's Mine." "While talking to my boy Elijah, who's nine, I started thinking about my teenage years and what all I put my parents through and what Elijah's gonna be like. I started thinking, 'Well it doesn't matter...I'm gonna be there for him and I'm gonna try my best.' "He's Mine is about unconditional love and it's one of the most diverse songs - it's kind of a "Watching You" for the teenage years, but completely different."
Although he can be soft-spoken and serious, Rodney demonstrates his appreciation for the funnier side of life through tunes like the warm and witty, "Family," about a quirky clan of characters gathered at a family reunion, and the laugh-out-loud, "She'd Rather Fight." The CD definitely features glimpses into Rodney's wild side, a side most often seen onstage during his energetic live shows where he jokes he "lets his shadow come out to play." Rodney took pains to ensure he captured that raw, live energy this time around. "This album is different in that it's got more edge on it; it's got a lot more dive-bombs. We recorded with a smaller band, so songs like 'Back Road' feel like they're right up in your face. Overall, it's a more soulful album."
Though his new crop of songs has some edge and the vocal energy may be amped up a notch, Rodney is still the same, hard-working, patriotic, rock-solid country boy that fans have grown to know and love since his debut with 2003's HONESTY. Rodney always makes time for volunteer opportunities amidst his touring schedule, as well as for visits to the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, TN, where he was adopted as a small child. After all, the road back to the tiny hometown where he got his start may be a long one, but for Rodney, nothing could ever beat the power returning home to your roots.
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On a grape farm in rural Fredonia, New York, Ruth Collins was raised the youngest of four daughters by a musically inclined mother and a father who is an educator. Seeing a creative spark in Ruth, her mother first introduced her to music at the age of three and throughout her childhood she studied violin and classical piano. In high school Ruthie stayed musically active in every way possible, performing in musicals and in all-county and all-state orchestras. Her dad turned her on to James Taylor, and Ruth’s love of writing songs quickly grew.
After high school she was accepted into the songwriting program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where she learned to play guitar and honed her skills as a writer. Throughout her years at Berklee, Ruthie felt a constant yearning for adventure. Just a semester shy of graduation, a fellow singer/songwriter that she had been performing with turned her on to an opportunity to be the Contemporary Vocal Director at the largest Lutheran church in the country located in San Antonio, Texas. Ruthie seized the opportunity and landed the job where she directed the choir, sang, and wrote and produced worship albums.
After a few years in San Antonio, Ruthie was ready once again for a change and another challenge. In 2007, at the beckoning of a few of her Berklee peers, she packed up and moved to the songwriter’s Mecca of Nashville where she quickly began making friends in the creative community. While waiting tables at a popular Nashville restaurant she met Victoria Gibson, who had recently been a finalist on the popular television show Nashville Star. Victoria had been invited to audition for a new show called Can You Duet, and invited Ruthie to join her in the duo they eventually called, Wild Honey. Although they made it to the top six, Wild Honey disbanded soon after the show was over and Ruthie began working on a solo career.
It wasn’t long before Ruthie’s voice and songs attracted the attention of Music Row’s tastemakers. She signed on with Curb Records and Curb Music Publishing, where she is currently working on her upcoming project for the label.
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Ryan Corn might not identify himself as a craftsman, even though he’s recently taken up the hobby of woodworking, but the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, native approaches everything he does—performing,
production, audio engineering, and especially songwriting—with the same care and attention to detail as a master carpenter.
“Growing up, radio had a big influence on me,” explains the 30-year old singer-songwriter, who also self-produced Wonderful Things, his Curb Records debut. “I remember being enamored with various aspects of the many different musical genres that radio had to offer. I developed an appreciation for lots of musical styles and I think that appreciation manifests itself in how I write songs.”
Not surprising then, Wonderful Things is jam-packed with such offerings. Tracks such as R&B infused, “It’ll Be Alright,” burst with soul and emotion, a homage to one of the many genres Corn has been influenced by. Such original tunes as “Burst,” “The Only Good,” and “Always You” will surely find listeners in every format.
“Another Try,” one of the album’s standout tracks, examines the thorny subjects of love, marriage, and divorce, and “why society as a whole seems to be failing in that area.” And then “Wonderful Things,” an utterly infectious and joyous song about change and redemption: “I’ve done terrible things, and I’ve done unspeakable things/But you’ve done wonderful things to save me/My heart’s been harder than rocks, and my mind’s been darker than dark/ But you’ve done wonderful things to change me.”
Growing up in rural Missouri, Ryan Corn‘s career began,unsurprisingly, in a church. There he learned how melodies, harmonies, and rhythms come together; but more so, how music can powerfully unite and captivate people. Performing in church with his father and older sister, Corn reminisces, “It was a little cheesy at times,” he says with a laugh, “but we thought it was fun to be a family band.”
At 15, Corn picked up his first guitar. Shortly thereafter, he started writing songs. “Songwriting felt natural. Music felt natural” says Corn. Quitting basketball after freshmen year, and even skipping the prom, Corn put music above other extracurricular activities in high school.
After college, his Ryan Corn Band knocked around the region in an ‘80s RV before splitting up, and Corn pursued a career in audio engineering and production. But he had also grown into a thoughtful
and reflective songwriter (“Doing all three helps keep it fresh for me”), and in 2010 recorded a self-named EP of five songs with Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane.
In the kind of “discovery” tale that sounds like fiction, Corn got his break when a friend entered his song “Wonderful Things” into a radio contest. That led to representation by Artist Garden Entertainment and to signing his contract with Curb Records.
It took him eight months to produce and record the album, applying the craftsman’s discipline that he brings to any project. Corn admits, “It was a lot of pressure, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. I hope that it’s very telling about who I am as an artist, and that the music honestly connects with folks. When people hear my songs and say ‘Yeah, I’ve felt that feeling. I know that emotion.’ That’s BIG!”
Slated for release in 2014, Ryan Corn’s debut album, aptly titled Wonderful Things, is a self-fulfilling prophecy, as this artist, indeed, is bound to do wonderful things.
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Alabama native & NASCAR enthusiast, Tim Dugger, is full of musical talent, southern charm, and a little bit of wit. Coming from a family deeply rooted in country values, Tim sings about people he knows and writes about things people can relate to. His songs always tell a story whether they put a smile on your face or bring a tear to your eye.
As a teen, the diehard NASCAR fan knew country music was in his blood and began performing anywhere he could. Eventually he found himself playing bars and clubs near race tracks. At the request of his fans, he began recording his songs and selling homemade CDs at his shows. In a few short years, he developed a large following and a stellar reputation, giving him the opportunity to stay on the road performing to sell-out crowds in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Frequenting the clubs around the racing circuit, Tim developed not only a loyal following of race fans; he also became a favorite of several NASCAR drivers and their crews. These friendships and connections eventually led him to Nashville where he signed a record deal with Curb Records.
Tim was featured on the television reality show “Highway to Fame” and over the past few years, he has performed with a wide variety of popular country artists including Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Diamond Rio, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Craig Morgan and many more. He also enjoys participating in benefit concerts for organizations helping people in need, including Clay Walker’s Chords of Hope.
Tim’s music reflects his passion for both country music and great songwriting. When he's not on the road, you can find him in Nashville writing with some of the greatest writers including Jim Beavers, Billy Montana, Keith Stegall, Frank Myers, and Bob Dipero. His single "Beer on a Boat" was released to Sirius XM's The Highway Fall 2015 and quickly added to regular rotation on Hot 45 countdown. Tim has been in the studio working on his debut album for Curb Records with famed producer Keith Stegall, as well as acclaimed producer Jim Ed Norman.
Be sure to catch Tim out on the road. Chances are he’ll be at a club or a racetrack near you.
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Wil Nance hit the top of R&R and Billboard with his #1 BRAD PAISLEY smash “She’s Everything”, a song on Time Well Wasted, the Multi Platinum 2007 CMA Album of the Year.
He also landed on Troubadour, GEORGE STRAIT’S Platinum selling, Grammy Winning, 2008 CMA Album Of The Year with a song called “If Heartaches Were Horses.”
In 2009, GEORGE STRAIT cut another Wil Nance song; “Where Have I Been All My Life”, which is on the GEORGE STRAIT Cd Twang.
In 1999, Wil received a BMI award for “Round About Way”, a #1 hit single for GEORGE STRAIT, a song on the Multi Platinum CMA Album Of The Year Carrying Your Love With Me. “Round About Way” is also on GEORGE STRAIT’S Latest Greatest Hits and GEORGE STRAIT’S 50 Number Ones … Over ten million sales and counting.
Wil has received “Million Air” Awards from BMI for GEORGE STRAIT’S “Round About Way” and BRAD PAISLEY’S “She’s Everything”.
In 2004, Wil received another BMI Award for his top ten JOE NICHOLS single “Cool To Be A Fool”.
Other singles include; BLUE COUNTY “I Get To”, JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY “You Are”, GENE WATSON “Next To Nothin”, CHAD BROCK “You Are”, & more.
Plus additional cuts on artists BRAD PAISLEY, TRACY LAWRENCE, JOE NICHOLS, NEAL MCCOY, CRAIG MORGAN, DIAMOND RIO, SAMMY KERSHAW, JEFF & SHEREI EASTER, OAKRIDGE BOYS, and many many others. Wil recently landed cuts on Universal’s EASTON CORBIN (“Only A Girl”), Warner Record’s THE FARM (“Little Boat”), & two new cuts in Curb Record’s Artist MO PITNEY (“Clean Up On Aisle Five” & “Come Do A Little Life”). Mo recently sang their song “Clean Up On Aisle Five” at his Grand Ol’ Opry debut & the audience responded with a standing ovation!