Since his first #1 in 1983, Hall of Fame Songwriter Bob DiPiero has been responsible for an uninterrupted string of country music hits. One of Nashville’s most prolific and consistent songwriters, Bob possesses a humble drive to keep learning and stay relevant. He has had over 1,000 songs recorded by other artists, countless hit singles, and an astounding 15 #1 hits. His songs have been featured in TV shows, commercials and movies. In 2011 his song “Coming Home” from the Country Strong movie soundtrack was nominated for both an Oscar and Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.” Among his other countless awards are 50 BMI Million-Air honors, multiple Songwriter of the Year awards and 2 consecutive Triple Play awards for 3 #1 songs within a 12 month period. Bob is the originator of the CMA Songwriters Series and has served as its Host for 10 years, bringing Nashville’s finest songwriters and artists throughout the United States and overseas to Belfast, Dublin, London and Paris. In 2007, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame
and Nashville’s Walk of Fame where his star is located between Jimi Hendrix and Barbara Mandrell. Bob quotes, “The location of my star pretty much says it all!” In 2014 Bob was invited by The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to perform at the prestigious, “Poets and Prophets Series” as a “Salute to Bob DiPiero.” Most recently the CMA presented Bob with their CMA Chairman’s Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the music industry and songwriting community.
Songwriter Brandon Kinney is a Texas native and seasoned pro on Nashville’s Music Row who’s doing his part to keep the radio filled with great country songs. The proof lies in his growing list of hits including “Boots On" recorded by Randy Houser and named BMI’s 2nd Most Performed Song of 2009, "You're Like Coming Home" by Lonestar, Kix Brooks' "There's the Sun" and, yes, even “Ain’t Going Down (on Brokeback Mountain)” recorded by legend Willie Nelson...to name a few.
Brandon’s latest contribution to the country charts, Craig Campbell's "Outta My Head," spent 54 weeks on the charts and became the 2nd longest charting song in Billboard history. Brandon’s songs have also recently been recorded by Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Justin Moore, Parmalee and Cole Swindell.
At age 9 Greylan got his first guitar and immediately played it until his fingers bled. His passion for music and home school environment led him to master the Dobro, Bass, Mandolin and Drums. By 13 years of age, “The Brotherhood of the Guitar” ranked Greylan in their Top #20 in the USA with major endorsements to follow. Performances at The Bluebird Café led to over 150 shows booked per year with crowds up to 10,000. By the age of 17 Greylan had penned, produced and performed 50 solo-written compositions. His father Jeff decided to put one of those compositions online hoping to catch the ear of an executive on Music Row. Publisher Leslie T. DiPiero heard the song and played it for her Hall of Fame songwriting Husband, Bob DiPiero. Greylan signed his first publishing deal with Tom-Leis Music and Love Monkey Music in 2014.
Jake Shimabukuro is, quite simply, the best ukulele player in the world -- maybe even the best ukulele player of all time. Certainly, the most charismatic and versatile, with a repertoire that includes popular music, Hawaiian standards, jazz and classical compositions.
His career exploded in 2006 when his inspired rendition of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” became one of YouTube’s first viral videos.
Rolling Stone dubbed him a musical “hero,” calling him “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.”
Even Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has voiced his admiration exclaiming, “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.”
Viewed by his peers as a musician’s musician, Jake’s discography includes collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, and Bette Midler – with whom he performed for the Queen of England in 2009.
In recent years, Jake’s sizzling live performances have made him a hot commodity on national TV, guesting on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Good Morning America and the Today show. He’s wowed audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Playboy Jazz Festival and the cutting-edge TED conference.
In June, Jake showcased his classical chops in Campanella, a three-part concerto composed especially for him to perform with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra. Nicknamed Concerto for Jake, it marked the first time in history that an orchestral composition was built around the ukulele.
Jake resides in Hawaii with his wife and their two young children.
Among his many accolades over the past few years, Jeffrey Steele has been named to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (2013), awarded BMI Songwriter of the Year (2007 and 2003) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Songwriter of the Year (2006, 2005 and 2003). CMA has twice awarded him the coveted “Triple Play Award” for three No. 1 songs in a year (2010 & 2007). His country and A/C mega-hits include a string of chart toppers including: “Knee Deep”, “Here,” “My Wish,” “The Cowboy In Me,” “These Days”, “Everyday” and the groundbreaking “What Hurts The Most,” nominated for Best Country Song at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Additionally, he has won numerous BMI Country and Pop awards, was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award for Best Original Song “I Thought I Lost You” for the Disney/Pixar animated feature BOLT, performed by Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, been named one of Billboard Magazine’s top 5 writer’s 8 years in a row, as well as Music Row Magazine’s 2006 Songwriter of the Year Award. Steele was featured as an artist and writer on Colt Ford’s song it’s all off his latest Billboard no. 1 Country Album declaration of independence. BMI has recognized Jeffrey for 63 million airplays for hits he penned for a multitude of artists including Montgomery Gentry, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Steve Holy, Phil Vassar, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts and Van Zant. Jeffrey’s compositions can be found on recent and up and coming releases by Keith Urban, Cher, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and more!
Texas-native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves released her Mercury Records Nashville debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, in the spring of 2013 to massive critical acclaim and recognition. The album, which she co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart making her the first solo female in five years to open at No. 1 with a rookie release, and just seventh in the 22-year Nielson SoundScan era. The gold-certified album includes her top 10, platinum-selling single "Merry Go 'Round" and gold-certified hit “Follow Your Arrow.” Musgraves has taken home the award for "New Artist of the Year" at 2013's CMA Awards and also won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), the ACM Award for Album of the Year (Same Trailer Different Park), and most recently the 2014 CMA Award for Song of the Year (“Follow Your Arrow”).
Musgraves released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Pageant Material, on June 23rd where it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart and No.3 on the Billboard 200. Kacey co-wrote all tracks on the album and also co-produced teaming up again with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird. Pageant Material includes debut single “Biscuits” and latest release, “Dime Store Cowgirl” available now at country radio. The album has been met with massive critical acclaim and recognition from press outlets all over the world.
Kimberly June is an old soul with a new sound. Born in Southern Maine and raised in the Dominican Republic, her unique and cultured outlook on life gives her plenty to write and sing about. At age 16, she began playing guitar and writing songs while attending a summer program at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Soon after, she became a regular at open-mic nights in her hometown, conquering stage fright while sharing her self-penned songs with audiences.
Her pursuit of songwriting and performing led her to return to Berklee College of Music as a university student. During her sophomore year, Kimberly made a trip to Nashville, quickly fell in love with the city and transferred to Belmont University to complete her Music Business degree. While still in school, she landed a part-time job as the Catalog/Office Manager at a publishing company on Music Row and continued to pursue songwriting and performance opportunities.
Those pursuits quickly began to pay off. In 2009, Kimberly was featured in an ASCAP writers night series, and soon after, her original song “Blue Skies” was chosen for the BMI Song Search. In short order, this momentum caught the attention of her boss, Tom-Leis Music’s Creative Partner Leslie “Tomasina” DiPiero. DiPiero signed Kimberly to her first publishing deal in 2011.
Currently based in Honolulu, KJ is up-and-coming in Hawaii's music scene. She played over 200 shows on the Big Island in 2014 and now performs on Oahu and Maui as well.
Kimberly June's first EP, titled "Boys & Girls", was released on August 12, 2014 and is available on iTunes, CDbaby, Spotify, Amazon and more!
Maui girl Lily Meola found her love of singing at a young age, her velvety, soulful sound has taken her to many distinguished places and her career continues to blossom. In 2013 she recorded a duet with Willie Nelson for his record "To All The Girls". The last couple of years Lily has been touring off and on with Willie. During her time home, Lily enjoys spending time with family including her brother, professional surfer Matt Meola and friends, surfing and designing jewelry.
When you lock four accomplished songwriters in a room magic tends to happen. Born one night out of that magic was the band Loving Mary. Rebecca Lynn Howard, Suzie McNeil, Elisha Hoffman and Marti Frederiksen fuse their talents and experiences together into four-part harmonies that dip from Americana to Country with a spin of Rock-n-Roll. Add Sarah Tomek on drums and Andrew MacTaggart on lead guitar and Loving Mary is the coming together of six respected artists who have paved their way through the music industry, behind the scenes and on stage.
They have written songs recorded by Carrie Underwood, Aerosmith, Martina McBride, Ozzy Osbourne, The Dixie Chicks, Mick Jagger, Buckcherry, Sheryl Crowe, Trisha Yearwood, Rascal Flatts, and Motley Crue.
Ask Dallas Davidson to describe Maggie Rose and affectionately he'll say, “Oh my God, she’s a freak," because of the Emmy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer’s triple-threat abilities. After meeting Davidson and working with him on a project with pop producer Brian Kennedy, Maggie signed with Play It Again where she has been diversifying and honing her songwriting skills. Maggie is exploring new sounds, writing partners and opportunities. She and Davidson have a forthcoming cut on Selena Gomez’s next album and she’s been writing for country, pop, Americana and even electronic dance music voices in LA and Nashville since joining the company.
Maggie, a native of the Maryland-Washington, D.C., area, moved to Nashville when she was 19 and released her critically-acclaimed debut album, “Cut to Impress,” in 2013, landing two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. She won a 2013 Emmy for writing, producing and performing the theme song “Get Ya Game On,” used by Comcast SportsNet during NFL coverage. She's also contributed songs to a handful of Disney Channel shows. Maggie is excited about her continued evolution and her next project will be unlike anything she’s done before. This summer, she is releasing a free, new song every Tuesday saying, "Some songs could be a perfect fit on Country radio while some may pair better with Pop radio. A few are straight up dance tunes. Others are too scandalous and might not be meant for radio at all. I just want to work in the craft I love. I want to be heard.”
Mark is a multi-instrumentalist who started learning the piano at the age of four and studied jazz and classical piano for many years including at the Berklee College of Music. He specializes in jazz standards and the Great American Songbook but is also accomplished in funk, blues, soul, Latin, and rock. He is a member of the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band and has toured the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand with Mick Fleetwood. He was the keyboardist on Fleetwood’s 2009 album, Blue Again, which received a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional Blues Album category. Mark is an avid windsurfer and enjoys the laid back lifestyle on the island of Maui.
Nicolle Galyon made her way to Nashville from Sterling, Kansas in 2002 to attend Belmont University where she first discovered her passion for songwriting. Upon graduation in 2006, she signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Publishing in 2007. She has had songs recorded by artists such as Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, and Thomas Rhett, including the number one hits "We Were Us" by Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert and "Automatic" by Lambert. In 2014 Galyon was named Music Row Magazine's Breathrough Songwriter of the Year and was most recently honored with Song of The Year for "Automatic" at the 2014 NSAI Awards & 2015 ACM Awards.
Music has always been in Rhett Akins' blood. The Valdosta, GA. native grew up in a close-knit family that supported his musical interests and his desire to pursue music as a career.
One of Rhett's song demo tapes found its way to the reactivated Decca Records label. Impressed by what they heard, they quickly signed Rhett to a recording contract. In 1995 his first album, A Thousand Memories was released to critical acclaim and spawned his first # 1 single and a song he co-wrote "That Ain't My Truck". That success was duplicated the following year with his second #1 single, "Don't Get Me Started", from his follow up album "Somebody New".
Rhett has an impressive 20 career number one singles, including: “All Over Me” by Josh Turner, “Gimmie That Girl” by Joe Nichols, “Put A Girl In It” by Brooks & Dunn, “Take a Back Road” by Rodney Atkins, “I Don’t What This Night To End” by Luke Bryan, “I Can Take It From There” by Chris Young, “All About Tonight”, “Honey Bee”, which was an impressive 4 weeks at the top and “Boys Round Here”, all three by Blake Shelton, “Point At You” by Justin Moore, “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington, “When She Says Baby” (3 Week #1)and “Just Getting Started” and “Tonight Looks Good On You” by Jason Aldean, “Get Me Some Of That” and “It Goes Like This” (3 week #1) by Thomas Rhett among others. Other cuts include; “Bait A Hook” by Justin Moore, “Chicken and Biscuits” and “Country Thang” by Colt Ford, “Farmer’s Daughter” by Rodney Atkins and “The Shape I’m In” by Joe Nichols. Brooks & Dunn, Jack Ingram, Brantley Gilbert, Frankie Ballard, Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, Kix Brooks, and Lee Brice have also cut Rhett’s songs. All of these hits led to Rhett being named BMI’s songwriter of the year in 2011. Rhett was named the #4 Billboard Country Songwriter for 2010. “Honey Bee” became the highest selling digital debut by a country male solo artist. He received the Triple Play Award in October 2010, January 2012 and February 2014 for having three number one singles in a twelve month period. In November 2014 he received the award for BMI Songwriter of The Year. In February 2015, Rhett received his 4th Triple Play award from the CMA.
Rodney Clawson took a huge career leap from farmer to songwriter when he began to make trips from his home in Grover, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2003, he earned his first top 20 song with ‘I Can’t Be Your Friend’, cut by the band Rushlow. After this success, Rodney made the decision to leave his farming career behind and move to Nashville to be a full-time songwriter.
In the summer of 2006, he landed his first #1 song with ‘Why’, recorded by Jason Aldean and followed by another #1 song, ‘Lost In This Moment’, recorded by Big and Rich.
In 2008, Rodney signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Big Loud Shirt, a company owned and operated by Grammy award-winning songwriter, Craig Wiseman. In February of 2008, country music legend George Strait released Rodney’s song, “I Saw God Today”, as the first single off of his Troubadour album. ‘I Saw God Today’ became Strait’s highest debuting single of all time and his record breaking 56th #1 song. The song won CMA Single of the Year and was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Rodney took on the role of producer when he recorded some songs on the Jake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night album and songs on James Wesley’s upcoming release with Broken Bow Records.
In 2012, Rodney earned himself three #1 songs on country radio, with Blake Shelton’s ‘Drink On It,’ Luke Bryan’s ‘Drunk On You’ and Jason Aldean’s ‘Take A Little Ride’. He co-wrote the groundbreaking Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw duet, ‘Feel Like A Rockstar’, which won the 2012 CMA Vocal Event of the Year, Rodney was also awarded BMI Songwriter of the Year as well as having six songs land at the #1 spot.
2014 has been another banner year in Rodney’s career; six of his songs reached the #1 spot, His song, ‘American Kids’, was nominated for Country Song of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Rodney was nominated for the ACM Songwriter of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. To date, Rodney has had twenty songs peak at #1, with Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Sippin’ On Fire’ as his most recent accomplishment.
In his downtime, Rodney likes to participate in fishing tournaments throughout the United States.
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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 24 in Country Music, Storme has earned the title “Country Music’s Best Friend”.