Caitlyn Smith is an artist/songwriter from Minnesota. Her songs have been recorded by a number of music’s biggest stars such as Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks. She also co-wrote Meghan Trainor’s current hit featuring John Legend, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”. She's traveled the country with American icon Willie Nelson, and toured the US opening for Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley and Eric Church. Her undeniable ability to grab someone by the heartstrings with only a guitar and her astounding voice proves to be an experience one does not forget.
Growing up in Forsyth, Georgia, Justin Weaver played in bands throughout high school and toured most of the southeast playing with Jason Aldean as a teenager. He stopped touring for a few years to go to college, graduating from Gordon College with an AS in Business and then graduating Cum Laude from Georgia College & State University with a BA in Business Administration. Weaver moved to Nashville in the summer of 2002 and signed his first publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing in 2003. He has had cuts by Jason Aldean, Gary Allan, Brantley Gilbert, Meghan Trainor, Meatloaf, Chris Cagle, Kristy Lee Cook, Dustin Lynch, Greg Bates, Eli Young Band and many others. Top 20 singles include “Get Off On The Pain,” recorded by Gary Allan and “Got My Country On,” recorded by Chris Cagle. He has also had hits in Canada and Australia. Justin hit the top of the charts with Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” and Meghan Trainor’s duet with John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”.
Erik Dylan has a story to tell. It’s one of the qualities that drew Kip Moore, who discovered Dylan at an open mic night in 2011, to write with him and to bring him to his publisher Brett James, and attracted artists including Kip himself, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Chad Brownlee, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Brent Cobb and even Hinder to record his songs.
He writes with many of Nashville's brightest songwriters, but Erik will gladly tell anyone that his happiest moments in songwriting occur every other Friday at his hero Guy Clark's workshop over black coffee.
It’s not just his country colleagues that own a room with his sounds. The fifth generation Kansas farmer has shared stages with some of the biggest names in music, from Lynyrd Sknynrd to Reckless Kelly.
“If I drive ten hours in one direction to play a show and drive ten hours back that night to get to my family, those forty-five minutes have to matter,” he says.
It’s a show you won’t want to miss. Dylan’s songs will be stuck in your head long after the Saturday speaker buzz fades, with words that, come Monday morning are there through hard times or heavy lifting.
Singer-songwriter Kip Moore explored his own experiences of growing up in a small Georgia town and working diligently for years to achieve his musical dreams to create his MCA Nashville debut album, Up All Night. The album poetically captures those unforgettable coming-of-age moments, especially for those longing for a life beyond a small town's borders, as well as the roller coaster of love and heartbreak at any age. He delivers these honest and deeply personal lyrics with a gravelly voice weathered by life's detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and unyielding determination. Up All Night, which includes the hit "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," is infused with relentless intensity, both of passion and frustration, that is earning rave reviews from critics. His energetic live shows, including a spring tour with Billy Currington and David Nail, are quickly drawing a large and enthusiastic fan base."For years, I have been searching for the missing link between blue-collar rock and country music," says noted journalist/historian Robert K. Oermann, who writes for Music Row magazine. "This year, I think I have heard it. His name is Kip Moore. There is fiery, urgent intensity in his voice. His lyrics vibrate with conviction and true grit. The melodies have gripping, heart-in-throat passion."
Nick Brophy is a professional mixer, music producer and songwriter whose work appears on over 12 million albums worldwide. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Avril Lavigne, Hootie & the Blowfish, Carly Simon, Taylor Swift, Kip Moore, Big & Rich, Garbage, Everclear and many more. Nick is accomplished in all aspects of creating music. Not only is he comfortable working in different genres but is also considered to be one of the leading ProTools engineers. Nick is a multi-instrumentalist who blends songwriting skill with world-class production expertise. Originally from Los Angeles, Nick was co-founder of the rock band Riverdogs which included noted guitarist, Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), Rob Lamothe and Marc Danzeisen. In 1994 Herb Alpert chose Nick to be head engineer for his flagship Rondor Music Publishing Studios in West LA. In 1998, Nick signed with EMI Music Publishing as a writer/producer and since has had numerous cuts on albums worldwide, as well as songs placed in film and television. Currently based in Nashville, Nick has rapidly become one of it's busiest mixers. He has mixed albums and singles for Big & Rich, JaneDear Girls, Kip Moore, Phil Vassar, Jennifer Hanson, Danielle Bradbury and many others.
Nick recently signed with Cornman/Warner Chappell and has been actively working with Nashville’s top songwriters.
Nick has rapidly become one of it's busiest mixers. He has mixed albums and singles for Big & Rich, JaneDear Girls, Kip Moore, Phil Vassar, Jennifer Hanson, The Farm and many others.
Josh Mirenda was born and raised in Music City. The middle Tennessee native grew up listening to music ranging from Dwight Yoakam to Justin Timberlake. While studying at Belmont University, he began writing and singing songs as an escape from his classes. Soon his chemistry binder began to have more song lyrics than notes and his music started to gain not only the attention of his peers, but also Music Row. Six months after graduating from college Josh signed his first publishing deal with Warner Chappell and Cornman Music. Since then he has taken off as a songwriter with songs recorded by Granger Smith, Jason Aldean and the Dierks Bentley hit "Somewhere On A Beach" among others. Josh’s music as an artist has a heavy pop/rock/hip hop influence, but stays true to his roots with country lyrics and catchy melodies.
Steven Lee Olsen
“Lost…. in the right direction,” is how Steven Lee Olsen would describe himself and the leap of faith that led the native Canadian singer/songwriter to Nashville more than ten years ago. “I moved around a lot with my family as a kid and went to five different high schools, but, growing up, music was the one thing that was a constant.”
Exposed to music at an early age, Steven’s first memory performing came at age 6 during a show headlined by his mom, also a singer, who played daytime gigs in Toronto. “I sang I’m a Little Teapot. No joke.” After that, he was hooked. “In middle school, I made a deal with my teacher that if I stopped tapping the desk and disrupting class, I would get to play on the drum set during lunch and recess. It got me through graduation.” After mastering the drums, he followed it up by teaching himself guitar and piano, a talent that would later inspire a pivotal and his “most-surreal” songwriting cut to date. “I ended up buying myself this amazing blue piano off of Craigslist a few years ago, canceled my TV service, and just fully immersed myself in playing it. After a while this melody kept coming to me, and it ended up being the beginning chorus of ‘Cold Like That,’” a cut on Garth Brooks’ 2014 Man Against Machine album.
Not long after making the initial trek to Music City, Steven signed a publishing deal with Roots Three Music/Ole and began writing with hit makers like Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird, co-penning hits including Craig Morgan’s "Ordinary Angels,” The Judds’ “I Will Stand By You,” and Emerson Drive’s “Let Your Love Speak.” He also found an audience internationally, writing extensively in Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Germany which led to cuts by British sensation Westlife, Swedish Idol Kevin Borg, and world renowned DJ Armin Van Buuren.
“As a songwriter, I felt that, in a way, every song on the planet has already been written. The trick for me, as an artist, was saying what I wanted to say, but saying it in my own way.”
Steven currently writes for Corman Music/Warner Chappel where he will have a song, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, on Keith Urban’s upcoming album. He is also hard at work writing for his debut album.
Born and raised in Jackson, TN, Josh Miller lived in the country but went to inner city schools. He explains, “I was listening to Bob Seger, Aerosmith, or Travis Tritt in Mom or Dad's car but was hearing Boyz II Men, Usher, or Master P in the halls at school.”
After quitting the baseball team at Union University, Josh discovered Garageband on his Macbook, and began writing/recording songs with his fraternity brothers for parties or friends to enjoy. “Those were some rough sounding tunes.” Josh recalls, “I had a buddy who would build tracks and send them to me so I could top line the track and sing it into my computer’s microphone. That’s how it all started.”
With his appreciation for country storytelling, pop melodies, and r&b phrasing, Josh loves the challenge of blending the three together to create a unique song. “I come from a mixtape generation. I used to burn cd's with playlists made up of every genre from every era. Good music is good music."
While living in Nashville and working in corporate software sales, Josh's songs eventually found their way to Brett James and the Cornman Music/Warner Chappell team, earning Josh his first publishing deal.