BMI Maui Songwriters Festival: November 30-December 3, 2017
Postcard-worthy beaches, hot pink sunsets, and live performances by the songwriters of your favorite hits: that’s the 3nd Annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival, slated for November 30-December 3, 2017. Intimate in-the-round acoustic concerts held at choice island venues, will feature the world’s best songwriters sharing songs and the stories behind them. The gathering benefits key organizations, including the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, the Dorvin and Betty Leis Charities, Inc., and the BMI Foundation, dedicated to encouraging the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions.
2017 Lineup Coming Soon!
2016 Festival Lineup
The two-time Country Music Association and five-time Academy of Country Music Award winner surprised everyone when he released Mr. Misunderstood on Nov. 4, 2015 with no prior announcement, and thrilled his fan club members when he mailed them physical copies of the album for free. Called "a love letter to his influences" by The New York Times and "the best album of his career" by The Guardian, Mr. Misunderstood made year-end "best-of" lists from Rolling Stone, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and more. The video for the title track has won the ACM Video of the Year. About the title track and first single, Rolling Stone wrote, "it shows just why the Chief is indeed leading a new charge in the country landscape" and that "it stands as the vital beginning of a brilliant story." Church finished the previous year as country music's top-selling artist, with 2014’s highest debut and sales of any release in the format as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reached Platinum status, marking more than one million albums sold. Debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, “The Outsiders” garnered GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and featured his No.1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega.” Prior to that project, Church’s Platinum-certified CHIEF was named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. The LP featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of 1 million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of 2 million singles). Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified. For more information or tickets, visit www.EricChurch.com.
Lee Ann Womack
Progressive traditionalist Lee Ann Womack has sung for Presidents, the Concert for the Nobel Prize and Maya Angelou’s Celebration of Joy Rising. More importantly, the Grammy-winner built a career seeking songs that slice life wide open to let the pain, the emptiness, the rage and the desire pour out. A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, she’s also won the prestigious Album of the Year for There’s More Where That Came From, plus a pair of Single of the Years for “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” and “I Hope You Dance.” I Hope You Dance sold over 6 million albums; the title track topped multiple charts in multiple formats around the globe.
The East Texan is a duet partner of choice for Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Dr. John, Ralph Stanley, Buddy Miller, George Strait, Jim Lauderdale and Willie Nelson. A featured vocalist on Miller’s Silver Strings project, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr’s Kin and music supervisor Randall Poster’s critically acclaimed Divided & United, Womack’s soprano has a purity that rivals Dolly Parton and an ache that suggests Emmylou Harris at her most haunted.
The Country Album of the Year Grammy nominee The Way I’m Livin’, produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Chris Knight, Pistol Annies), is an unvarnished distillation of Womack’s clear-eyed take on the real world. Drawing on songs from Julie Miller, Bruce Robison, Hayes Carll, Mindy Smith and Neil Young, USA Today has called it “irresistibly teasing” and The Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “she digs in as if she were making up for lost time.”
The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is the only artist in the world who can play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera—and not only get away with it, but leave everyone within earshot astonished. No less than Prince was a huge fan, calling Willie K a “funky mother#%@&er.”
Born William Kahaialii, it was the blues that Willie first learned from his dad, also a highly respected musician. As part of a family band—he is one of 13 children—Willie learned how to play everything from guitar and bass to the ukulele. Beloved for his Hawaiian music, no matter what kind of music he plays, it’s all Willie K music. Willie K’s reputation has spread far from Hawaii, as he’s toured Asia, Europe and the mainland. Willie’s newest venture is his Uncle Willie K’s BBQ Blues Fest, which just completed its 4th year.
Robert Earl Keen
Over time, Robert Earl Keen has recorded 19 albums and has thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight. He has blazed a trail that’s earned him living legend status in the Americana music world.
REK has led his road savvy band from coast to coast where they have carved out a place in the Americana pantheon. Keen has sold out performance halls from New York to Nashville to Austin to San Francisco.
In April of 2015, REK was part of the Grammy’s On The Hill Texas delegation to lobby music creator’s rights before Congress. In March 2015, he was presented the very first BMI Troubadour Songwriter’s Songwriter Award. In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame.
It isn’t always easy being Robert Earl Keen, but somebody’s got to do it. And he’s loving every minute of it.
“I prefer to create friction,” post-country chanteuse Aubrie Sellers offers. “Because if you’re not pushing buttons, you’re just making something pleasant, it’s probably been done before... and it’s not making anyone feel anything.”
In this world of pretty little girls who are seen and not heard and reality stars who are famous for nothing, the 24 year old songwriter ain’t buying in. Laughing, she continues, “I’d rather my music be polarizing than everyone like it, because they rarely do. I think passion is a lot deeper than that. I want to go deeper, and be honest that life isn’t just some party and going out. I mean, don’t people feel anything?”
Not that New City Blues is some kind of morbid, maudlin affair. From the cutlery in the blender indictment of surface beauty “Paper Doll” to the Lone Star drive of “Just To Be With You” and the tumbledown melody of “Sit Here and Cry,” this is a high energy box cutter of emotion: 14 songs marked by the bite and punch of smart girls who know there’s more to life than a cold beer and cut-offs.
“I tell people there’s not a lot of happy songs,” the Texas/Nashville hybrid cautions. “But they’re not unhappy songs, either. It’s life... the way it is, and what’s wrong with that?” There’s a definite viscerality to New City Blues. From the yearning title track to the slow-building “Loveless Rolling Stone,” the sense of displacement marking so many young people uncertain about the future tempers the pools of guitar lines, the way her voice has just the slightest ache when she finds a note’s center.
“My influences are all over the place: the Kinks, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Buddy and Julie Miller, Creedence, even Ricky Skaggs. Patty Griffin, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, some acoustic things. Led Zeppelin is my biggest rock influence – and that goes right straight, for me, to Ralph Stanley. That raw bluegrass, the banjo, that’s the same energy and intensity you get in punk.
Singer, songwriter, and guitarisSinger, songwriter, and guitarist Lukas Autry Nelson began his career in the early 2000s playing shows with his father, country music legend Willie Nelson. Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Maui, Hawaii, Lukas began playing guitar at a young age in an attempt to better connect with his hard-touring father. By the age of 13, he had joined his father's band, touring as his rhythm guitarist and learning the stagecraft that would eventually carry him into his own career. After moving to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University in 2007, he met drummer Anthony LoGerfo, with whom he formed the band Promise of the Real in 2008. Once again joining his father on tour, this time as the opening act, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real self-released their Brando's Paradise Sessions EP, which featured artwork by Lukas' brother Micah Nelson, in 2009. The band would become Lukas' primary musical outlet over the coming years, yielding a pair of full-length LPs in 2010 and 2012. Self-described as "cowboy hippie surf rock," the band's style pulled from two of Lukas' primary influences, Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young. While continuing to pursue his own career, Lukas remained closely intertwined with his father's music, often opening for him, then playing the next set in Willie's band. The two worked together on Willie's 2012 album, Heroes, which featured a number of father-and-son vocal-and-guitar duets. For his next project, Lukas, Micah, and Promise of the Real collaborated with Neil Young on the 2015 album, The Monsanto Years. Following its release, Promise of the Real joined Young as his touring band. By 2016, Lukas and his band had hit the road again on their own to promote their new album, Something Real.
Liz Rose is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, 2007 SESAC Nashville Songwriter of the Year, and founder of music publishing company Liz Rose Music. Most recently her song “Girl Crush” performed by Little Big Town won Song Of The Year at the Country Music Association awards and won the Grammy for Best Country Song.
Rose is a frequent collaborator of Taylor Swift’s, having co-penned 16 songs together, including the No. 1 crossover hits “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “You Belong With Me” (2010 BMI Award for Song of the Year), "Tim McGraw" and “White Horse” (2010 Grammy Award for Best Country Song). Rose was also the recipient of the 2012 ACM Award for “Song of the Year” in honor of Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl.”
In 2010, Rose launched Liz Rose Music with her son Scott Ponce as a home for burgeoning songwriter. The company’s roster now includes Phil Barton, Corey Crowder, Seth Ennis, Jeff Middleton, Emily Shackelton, and her daughter, Caitlin Rose.
Sean Douglas is a multi-platinum songwriter and producer from Los Angeles. His hits include "Talk Dirty" and “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo, "Hey Mama" by David Guetta, "Heart Attack" by Demi Lovato and "Die A Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett. He recently wrote three songs on Nick Jonas’ album Last Year Was Complicated, including the hit single “Champagne Problems.” In addition, he has written songs for Madonna, Fifth Harmony, Chris Brown, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jessie J and Jon Bellion. RedOne’s current single “Don’t You Need Somebody” was co-written by Douglas as was Thomas Rhett's most recent single "Vacation".
Marti Frederiksen, a native of Los Angeles, started his career as an artist playing drums, guitar and singing lead vocals in several signed alternative and rock bands in the 80s and 90s. Over those years in bands he stood out as a songwriter and producer, catching the attention of legendary A&R executive, John Kalodner, who introduced him to his now longtime collaborator, Aerosmith. He co-wrote and produced “Just Push Play” also giving him his first taste of worldwide songwriting success with “Jaded.” This paved the way for writing with Def Leppard and Mick Jagger, then producing “Cry” by Faith Hill, and working with Sheryl Crowe, Pink and Eminem. He’s now an award-winning songwriter/producer crossing all genres with hits such as: Ozzy Osbourne’s “Dreamer,” “Sorry” by Buckcherry, “Love Remains the Same” by Gavin Rossdale, Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” & “Mama’s Song,” and “Crawling Back to You” by Daughtry. Marti currently resides in Nashville where he continues to write and produce for others, as well as perform as the lead singer for The Loving Mary Band. He most recently produced and co-wrote “Mary Go Round” on Interscope’s The Struts’ current rock album.
Originally from Grenada, Mississippi, Charlie Worsham studied music at Berklee before moving to Nashville, where he wrote and produced the entire 11-track Rubberband (co-produced by Ryan Tyndell, executive produced by Arturo Buenahora) before releasing the album on Warner Bros. Records to rave reviews. Celebrating the release with performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Fox & Friends, the album impressively landed on several of 2013 Best Of lists; including Spin’s “Best Country Albums,” American Songwriter’s “Top 50 Albums,” and Billboard’s “Top 10 Country Albums.” iTunes also featured Rubberband as one if its “Best of 2013 Editor’s Choice and Top Sellers" as well as being featured in Rhapsody’s “Top 25 Albums of 2013.”
Worsham recently completed his sophomore album with producer Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Eli Young Band, Lee Ann Womack) and Eric Masse, with release dates being announced soon, and will join Kenny Rogers on his final world tour in Europe and the UK this fall.
During CMA Fest in June of 2016, Worsham revived country music’s original after party by hosting the first annual “Midnite Jamboree” at Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop on Broadway in downtown Nashville. As long as he can remember, Worsham has had a deep love and appreciation for the history and impact that Ernest Tubb has had on country music, specifically with the record store he opened in the ’40’s, as it was the first record shop in the US that carried country music. Additionally, the shop is famous for its Saturday night “Midnite Jamboree” radio show, which over the years developed a reputation for giving struggling young country artists the opportunity to shine.
During his own “Midnite Jamboree,” Worsham welcomed surprise guests to perform with him over the course of three nights, including Eric Church, Vince Gill, Kid Rock, Hunter Hayes, Brandy Clark, Aubrie Sellers, the Brothers Osborne, Brent Cobb, Margo Price and Lucie Silvas. For the first two nights, the event was held at Ernest Tubb’s, but relocated to a larger venue the third night in order to accommodate the massive number of fans who wanted to attend. Fans and media alike raved about the event, including Rolling Stone, who called it “the coolest event of the entire festival,” and CMT, who said “Charlie Worsham gets the unofficial award for best CMA Fest after-party.”
A gifted singer/songwriter, Maui-born Lily Meola has been impressing audiences since her teen years. Legendary musician friends like Willie Nelson has taken her on tour. And the country icon, Kris Kristofferson and Lukas Nelson all contributed to her highly acclaimed debut CD “They Say,” which Rolling Stone called “An excellent album”. A rising star, she’s not to be missed.
“You will be immediately addicted to the sound of her voice.” - Steven Tyler
“Lily Meola’s surprising voice – smoky, sultry, tender and strong, comes from somewhere timeless, yet somehow new. This voice springs from a place so deep in the country and jazz traditions that she will be heard as fresh and original by her generation, and deeply rooted in the greatest music of all time by mine.” - Jackson Browne
"Lily is a talented and beautiful young woman-inside & out. She has a great future ahead of her. I am proud to know her and glad to help her in any way I can" - Willie Nelson
Paul Doucette is a songwriter, multi instrumentalist and film composer best known for his work with the multi platinum band Matchbox Twenty. With the band, A radio staple for the past 20 years, the 2009 BMI Songwriter of The Year Doucette is responsible for co writing the hits “How Far We’ve Come”, “She’s So Mean”, and “Overjoyed” as well as writing or cowriting many other songs for the band’s albums. As an outside writer Paul has written with many up and coming artists such as The Summer Set and, most recently, American Idol winner Nick Fradiani. In 2016 he made the transition into composing for film by writing the scores for two up-coming releases, “Life At These Speeds” starring Billy Crudup and Tim Roth, and “The Archer” directed by Valerie Weiss.
Some careers can be described with a couple of words, but Shawn Camp's isn't one of them. A bold and distinctive singer, a songwriter who's provided material for artists ranging from Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs to Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Porter Wagoner, Loretta Lynn and Brooks & Dunn, with hits such as “Two Pina Coladas” (Garth Brooks), “Nobody But Me” (Blake Shelton), “Would You Go With Me” (Josh Turner), “River Of Love” (George Strait), and Billy Currington’s current single “Love Done Gone”.
Along with being a hit writer, he is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who's played as a touring/recording musician with everyone from Jerry Reed, Trisha Yearwood, Shelby Lynn, and Alan Jackson to the Osborne Brothers, Guy Clark and John Prine.
Camp also co-produced a compilation tribute album for his friend and hero Guy Clark, which was #1 on the Americana Charts for several weeks in the spring of 2012, and voted Americana Album Of The Year 2012. Guy Clark: This One's For Him was also Grammy nominated for Folk Album Of The Year 2012. It is a virtual who's who of Americana/Texas/Country music including everyone from Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Verlon Thompson, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Ray Wylie Hubbard, etc...
Then Shawn co-produced and won the Grammy for Folk Album Of The Year-2013, for Guy Clark's "My Favorite Picture Of You”. Camp's music sprawls across the lines that divide Country, Americana, Bluegrass and roots Rock. His solo records, The self titled SHAWN CAMP (Warner Bros), Lucky Silver Dollar, Fireball and 1994, further prove Camp to be one of Nashville's most unique talents. He also just finished recording a project with his new band The World Famous Headliners; an All Star Band made up of Camp and veteran writers Big Al Anderson and Pat McLaughlin, along with Michael Rhodes and Greg Morrow. The World Famous Headliners new album "Now Appearing", set for release in January 2016. He is also the lead singer for The Earls Of Leicester, an all acoustic band that consists of legendary Bluegrass musicians Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brian, Barry Bales, Charlie Cushman and Johnny Warren. The band performs and records only the music of Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. They capture the essence of the sounds and that period of time in an effort to bring the old style back into the psyche of the modern world.
The Earls Of Leicester won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album 2015 Then, The Earls Of Leicester made a huge sweep at The International Bluegrass Music Association’s IBMA Awards Show winning, Entertainer Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Instrumental Group Of The Year, Gospel Recorded Performance Of The Year, with Shawn Camp - Male Vocalist Of The Year & Jerry Douglas - Dobro Player Of The Year. October 1st 2016, THE EARLS OF LEICESTER were awarded IBMA’S ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 2016! Any time day or night, he is either writing songs, performing shows, or recording. His life's work, speaks for itself.
Hosted by Storme Warren
Storme Warren is the morning show host on SiriusXM’s “The Highway.” He also hosts the longest and most listened to weekly Country Music Countdown show, “The Highway Hot 45.” Along with running his own Television production company, hosting his TV and radio shows, Storme is also known as the “Dick Clark of Nashville” (Tennessean Newspaper 3-10) for his annual duties as host of Music City’s 4th of July Concert Spectacular and the city’s outdoor Downtown New Year’s Eve “Bash on Broadway.” During the summer months, Storme can be found emceeing music festivals from coast to coast and around the globe. With 32 years of broadcasting experience including twenty-four in Country Music, Storme has earned the title “Country Music’s Best Friend.”
Co-Hosted by Dallas Wayne
Dallas Wayne considers himself lucky to be able to make a living doing something he loves. Some people might say it has more to do with talent than luck.
A native of Springfield, Missouri, Dallas is a singer, songwriter, radio DJ, voice-over artist, actor and music producer who has performed throughout North America and Europe.
Dallas began performing professionally while in school before moving to Nashville, where he developed his vocal style singing demos for the top music publishing houses.
While touring Europe in the early 90s, Dallas signed a deal to record an album. One album soon became six, and he moved to Scandinavia where he was a staff songwriter for Warner/Chappell Music.
After four years living and touring in Europe, Dallas returned to the U.S. and signed a deal with HighTone Records. In addition to recording two albums of his own on the HighTone label, Dallas was part of the honky-tonk supergroup, the TwangBangers.
Dallas released his most recent album, Songs The Jukebox Taught Me, on the Heart of Texas Records label in May 2016, celebrating the release with two appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and a taping of Country’s Family Reunion. He currently lives just outside Austin, Texas, where he performs with the legendary band Heybale! in addition to his radio career, songwriting and touring.