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Hit songwriters Thom and Coley travel the world telling their stories, and singing their songs that make people laugh and cry.
They were both writing for Nashville publishing companies in the same building when they met. Their first date was a Deryl Dodd show at the Blue Bar in Nashville on April Fool’s Day, 2011. They relocated to Texas later that year and were married by Elvis in Las Vegas on October 23rd, 2015.
Coley McCabe is a platinum-selling songwriter who hails from West Virginia. She has performed numerous times on the Grand Ole Opry. While on RCA Records her song “Grow Young With You” was featured in the Natalie Portman / Ashley Judd film, “Where The Heart Is,” Her writing credits include the award winning group SheDaisy and legendary Loretta Lynn. She also starred in the feature film “Alabama Love Story.”
CMA of Texas Songwriter of the Year Thom Shepherd is originally from St. Louis, MO, is the writer of two number one country songs, “Riding with Private Malone” and “Redneck Yacht Club,” three Texas Music number ones, “Beer Season,” “My Texas,” and “The Night Is Young,” has had over 100 songs recorded by other artists, two songs on Grammy nominated albums, and multiple top ten hits nationwide and in Texas. He appears in “The Parrot Heads Documentary” with Jimmy Buffett.
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Emerging singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist, Ryan Montgomery, released his debut single, “Drop a Tailgate”, on June 3rd and his self-titled debut EP on June 29th, 2018.
“I’m so excited to share these songs with you all...I chose these 6 songs to include on my debut EP because not only are they some of my favorites, but they are also the types of songs I want to listen to and be identified with artistically.”
Born and raised in South Florida, 20 year old Montgomery has been traveling back and forth from Florida to Nashville recording his debut EP at Castle Recording Studios in Nashville, TN with some of Nashville’s top session players.
Montgomery’s debut EP featuring 6 songs written exclusively on his own, has a country / pop rock flavor with his debut single “Drop A Tailgate” leading the charge. Fans are calling "Drop a Tailgate" the "Song of the Summer" and are already choosing their favorites from Montgomery's recently released self-titled EP.
“Writing and recording “Drop a Tailgate” has been such a fun experience that has allowed me to express and share some of the things I enjoyed while growing up in South Florida, specifically tailgating with family and good friends before the country concerts at our local amphitheater.”
Besides songwriting, Montgomery loves performing and has the ability to entertain whether acoustically or “rocking out” on stage with his full 6-piece band. He has an avid following with a large fan base and social media following who are packing shows and streaming / downloading his debut Single and EP...500,000+ streams and rising daily!
Montgomery's 2018-19 "Drop a Tailgate" Tour kicked off with a bang packing numerous shows near his South Florida hometown and will continue throughout venues in FL, GA, AL, MS, LA, TX and Nashville.
Montgomery has plans to be back at Castle Recording Studios by year end 2018 recording new music.
ABOUT RYAN MONTGOMERY
From an early age it was apparent to Ryan’s family and friends how drawn he was to music: drumming with any item that remotely resembled a drumstick, playing his guitar non-stop, listening to every genre of music available, and sitting in the front row at church just to be close to the band.
"Music has always been my passion for as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid I used to sit absolutely transfixed whenever there was any kind of live music available to watch knowing that I wanted to perform like that one day."
Although music was always at the forefront, Ryan had other interests as a youth as well. Growing up in South Florida allowed Ryan to participate in numerous sports and his athleticism enabled him to excel in many including travel ice hockey, basketball, competitive waterskiing, surfing and bodybuilding.
Ryan was able to successfully balance school, sports and music throughout his elementary, middle and high school years and as he entered college made a decision to focus primarily on both his college education and music.
“My family has always supported me and encouraged me to set goals and work hard to achieve them...I am thankful for the gifts I have been given and am extremely blessed to be able to do what I love.”
Born and raised in South Florida, 20-year-old Montgomery travels back and forth from Florida to Nashville writing, recording and playing live venues while also enrolled full-time at Florida Atlantic University in the BBA program. https://ryanmontgomerymusic.net/home
New England born and raised, Rae Marks has been deeply rooted in music from a young age. Ever since she began belting out show tunes into a vacuum cleaner hose, Rae's parents have supported her passion for music.
At the age of 14, Rae trained vocally under Broadway performer and Opera singer, Gary William Harger. In high school, she trained under Broadway performer and producer, Kristin Huffman.
Rae went on to pursue a career in music
education at Central Connecticut State University. In 2008 she graduated with degree in Communications and Journalism, but continues pursuing music and songwriting on the side. In 2013, she joined a band, which would later become the country group, Shotgun Siren.
In 2015, Rae moved to Texas where she joined the classic rock band, The Poor Dogs.
In 2017, Rae decided to break away and pave her own path as Rae Marks, successfully launching a Kickstarter campaign for her EP, which would later be recorded at Beaird Music Group, INC. in Nashville. The 6-song EP, Super Girl, was produced by Larry Beaird (Dolly Parton, Kix Brooks, Billy Dean, Robin Meade, Joey and Rory)
Rae is kicking off 2018 with a bang! She signed with Nashville Entertainment Weekly Records, working with TJ Cates and Jill Santibanez on artist and brand development, as well as radio play. Her catchy single "Blood In My Whiskey Stream" is being promoted nationwide to various radio stations.
If you love a little country, rock and blues, with some serious attitude and grit, then you will dig Rae's tunes!
Her EP Super Girl is available for purchase on all digital platforms NOW!
Cori is the preschool director at Forest Park United Methodist Church in Panama City, Fl. Kelly teaches Marketing & TV Production at Bay High School, also in Panama City, Fl. Both ladies began singing at the age of 5 years old and have enjoyed writing and arranging their own original songs. What makes Cori and Kelly unique, is that they often share harmony and lead vocal responsibilities on various tracks due to the versatility of their voices. Their sound is comparable to Lady Antebellum and Hillary Scott & the Scott Family. As a duo, they are excited to see where their partnership and lifelong love of music takes them.
T.J. Sparks (aka Anthony Barletta) is a fast rising country music singer-composers in New York. TJ recently released his debut song “Back to you”. His first song has gained much success by charting on the New Music Weekly and Grassroots hot Country charts. The exciting, newfangled track continues to gain interest from country music enthusiasts all over the world.
TJ Sparks is no stranger to music. He has always had a passion for it and, in the past has played violin, trombone and bass guitar. He was a member of many bands growing up in the 70's and 80's. In the 90's he formed his own group, unfortunately their efforts only went so far as the reality of life set it as most of the members had lives and families of their own, which did not fit into the world of music.
Fast forward to 2015. By Chance, TJ began listening to NASH FM and fell in love with Country Muisc. He thought to himself, how come country music is not getting the kind of attention it deserves here on Staten Island. Through research, he found out that there were many country music fans on Staten Island. He decided to start Sparks Country Entertainment and host events where country music fans could come and listen to the music, line dance or sing along, if they wanted to. He developed a country music following of sorts in Staten Island. Backtracking to the 90's, TJ stumbled upon the original music from his past musical adventures last fall while cleaning out his shed and thought to himself, we can countrified this awesome music and sent the tracks to various studios in Nashville who agreed that there was potential there. And so, here it all begins.
Alan Jackson is my idol, from Chattahoochee to Don't rock the jukebox, I just love his songs to sing and to listen too. My next is George Strait, Toby Keith, Josh Turner and Zac Brown
Prior to joining Rhythm -n- Roses, lead singer Jennifer Marler opened for Charlie Daniels, Ray Price, the Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Willis, Neil McCoy and others. She trained with legendary gospel music Hall of Fame member Jim Wesson and Jayne Librand of the Image Factory. She began writing songs and singing at local opry’s when she was just a teen. In 2010 she wrote “He Was A Soldier” in remembrance of her brother, U.S. Army Spc Jonathan Emard, who was killed in Iraq in 2008. She has performed the song at Ft. Sill, Ft. Hood and the Rockwall Memorial Day Concert.
Her husband, Justin Marler, started learning to play the guitar as a young teen from respected musicians, including Scotty Ray, who plays with Miranda Lambert and is also Collin Ray's brother. Justin’s raspy Texas country voice has earned him jobs performing all over Texas, Nashville and New York, to name a few.
Sharing lead vocals, Jennifer and Justin can perform with their full band or acoustically. They are based in Terrell TX and always put on a fun, energized show full of covers and originals. To book Rhythm -n-Roses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can visit their website at: http://www.reverbnation.com/rhythmnroses.
With his new album Lifers, Jinks reaffirms his commitment to creating music with purpose and passion, all while turning out songs overflowing with indelible hooks and unbridled energy. The follow-up to I’m Not the Devil—a 2016 release that hit #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart—Lifers also deepens the spirit of solidarity that’s long guided his every endeavor. Rooted in a relentlessly vital, rock-and-roll-steeped country sound, Lifers takes its name from those portrayed in the title track as “the struggling strifers working long after the day is done…It seems they still dream.” With his powerful yet nuanced baritone voice and lyrics that instill so much truth into one single line, Jinks attests to the work of self-preservation in an often unbending world, and ultimately leaves the listener with a profound sense of courage
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Flat Head Ford introduces a unique style of Country/Blues reminiscent of, JJ Cale, John Prine and Jerry Reed; mixed with authentic Chicago Blues.
With an unparalleled passion for country music, it comes as no surprise that Skytone Entertainment artist Matt Farris's career has gotten off to a promising start. A heart for helping those in need paired with an incredible talent and positive energy has allowed for the early and natural growth of a significant fan base. All of these characteristics have given Farris a strong foundation on which to build his career – one that, at the hands of another, was almost instantaneously taken away.
Entertaining family and friends from the moment he spoke his first word, Farris's passion for entertainment has always been apparent. With an early exchange of lullabies for classic country tunes sung by his mother Sandra, the Lake Havasu City, Arizona native has ever since gravitated toward the genre.
After graduating high school, Farris moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University and later to Phoenix where he became an emergency medical technician and certified fire fighter through The Glendale Community College Fire Academy – all the while continuing to work on his music. His plight for country music stardom, however, nearly came to a tragic end when an altercation with two strangers trying to steal his father's truck left both Farris and his father shot. "There were a few men looking to steal my dad's truck. We tried to stop them... At one point, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot. My dad stepped in front of me and the bullet went through him and into me. We were both extremely fortunate our injuries weren't more serious."
The incident put the importance of family and music into perspective for Farris, who formed a band with his father and grandfather – both musicians themselves. Eager to get back to his music, Farris began playing out around Phoenix, continuing to build his career and fan base. In 2010, he surprised the band by entering the Colgate Country Showdown, making it into the Arizona State Finals. Encouraged by his success, Farris made the move to Nashville to further his career in 2010.
In late 2011, Farris came to the attention of Skytone Entertainment owner and veteran producer Frank Green. His first single, Redneck Radio, saw placement in both the Billboard Indicator (peak #56) and Music Row (peak #38) charts, as well as holding a position at #1 on the Indie World Country chart four weeks in a row in 2012 going into 2013. His 2nd single, Resident Redneck, continued to ascend the charts and was nominated for industry trade New Music Weekly's New Music Country Single of the Year Award. Radio and industry trades aren't the only ones that have taken notice – on February 1st, 2014 the cast of Country Music Television's (CMT) My Big Redneck Family sported Matt Farris shirts on an all new episode.
Farris continues to play live as much as possible, sharing the stage with Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, Trailer Choir, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lonestar, Dwight Yoakam, Darryl Worley, Trent Tomlinson, Adam Gregory, Keith Anderson, Colt Ford, Jason Aldean, Tyler Farr, Joe Diffie, Gord Bamford, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Neimann, Chris Janson, Brett Eldredge and more. Despite a full schedule, Farris still finds time to give back, supporting both the Make a Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness. After losing friend Denise to the disease, he started Denise's Day – an annual benefit in his hometown of Lake Havasu City, AZ.
"Giving back is extremely important to me. I love everything about what I do. But, more than anything, I love that it allows me a platform to better help those that need it. My music gives others a voice... I love my job."
If you know Amy, you've most definitely heard her say, "bigger than any dream we can dream, is the one God dreams for us." She feels she is living true to His dream and purpose for her and is having the time of her life, cherishing every single part of the journey.
Amy's album title 'Building Reasons And Dreams' honors the memory of her brother Brad. It features songs from the heart, that offer healing for the soul. Through her songwriting and music, particularly songs 'My Angel,' and 'Borrowed Angels,' Amy brings healing to those who have lost loved ones. With songs 'Shoot For The Moon,' ‘Building Reasons And Dreams,’ and ‘Dance Baby Girl,’ Amy inspires us to never give up, even as the tides of depression rise. She shows us hope, and belief in our dreams. Her music brings healing to the many hurting souls around the world and is the perfect gift for anyone who struggles with depression, thoughts of suicide, or in need of encouragement to live their biggest dreams. The lyrics are powerful, written for all ages and walks of life, showing that Amy’s true dream is to see everyone reach their biggest dreams while shining like the star they were born to be.
Upon the completion of her first album, Amy shows us she never stops, and became a host on the most-listened-to radio show in Southern Utah, as well as hosting ‘The DJ and Amy’ radio show. Then, television found her and she became a host on “The Edge of Southern Utah”. Amy loves to inspire others through radio and television so much, don't be surprised if you see her on a major network one day.
Given her dedication to "paying it forward," Amy reaches out whenever and wherever possible, making a difference worldwide, by supporting many philanthropic causes and charities.
One of her favorites, is honoring those who make the ultimate sacrifice. Performing for the Wall That Heals Opening Ceremonies, Amy will never forget the feeling of her hero Veteran's in uniform rising to their feet, rocking out, and singing along to "Let Freedom Rock", the song she wrote to honor them. Her hit song “Shoot for the Moon” was the theme song used at the “Embracing Our Heroes National Guard send off” to honor the military wives and children.
Amy is also passionate about spreading awareness and raising money for autism. She opened for Jefferson Starship, as well as Hall and Oates at the The Rock For Autism with recording artist Mark Leland.
Last year Amy was honored to pay tribute to the legendary Dr Ralph Stanley by singing his version of 'This Little Light of Mine' on the Grand Ole Opry stage. She will tell you it is one of the most spiritual experiences of her career as she felt the presence of many angels in the wings that night.
Amy still feels as though she is dreaming when she talks about performing her hit song 'My Angel' in honor of her brother Brad, at the 2018 Josie Music Awards in Dollywood. She is in awe at how the small girl who prayed to "bless the world just like Dolly someday" was standing on Dolly's own Celebrity Theater Stage being honored with the first ever Josie Music Award for 'Inspirational Song of the Year.'
2019 is already full of blessings for Amy with the launch of her non-profit ‘Building Reasons And Dreams’, producing her second album, and becoming a spokes-model for Confidently Ready by Josie Passantino. 'You Don't Have To Walk On Water' is currently moving up the Christian Music Charts and 'Shoot for the Moon’ already at top ten on Power Source Music Charts will be released into mainstream country radio.
Amy is on her way to the 2019 Josie Music Awards and can hardly wait for all the magical things happening on September 21st in Dollywood. She is honored to be coming together with other incredible artists and musicians to honor our Veterans at the award show that evening. So many fun and exciting things happening for the JMA's this year! Stay tuned to hear more!
On February 21st, Amy will be the featured artist on the Josie Show. Make sure to listen! There will be some exciting announcements made during the show!
Amy is also over the moon to be on the journey to The 2019 Inspirational Country Music Awards, held at The Grand Ole Opry on April 4th. She wishes to thank you for your love and support. This is her first year to be nominated and she is beyond grateful and honored to be a top 10 nominee for ‘Female Vocalist Of The Year.’
At first glance, some may think, as you enter your later years, the dreams you had in your youth would simply fade away. Not so for Donavon Lee Carpenter. In fact, he is setting out to become the next greatest Country Music Nashville Recording Artist of the century!
With his first album set to release December 1, 2018, Donavon is just getting started fulfilling his dream and his promise to his mother that he would someday give her an album of his own. As a young child his Mother returned home one day with a new album from Country Music Great Don Williams. When the music on that old turntable began to play Donavon and his Mother danced to every tune. It was there and then he promised he would one day become a Nashville Recording Artist.
Born and raised in rural East Fort Worth, Texas, Donavon rode horseback, played baseball and swam in Mary’s Creek. With hopes of pursuing his dream, he sang in his Church choir and local nursing homes that his grandmother worked at. He was very active, enjoying gymnastics, swimming, volley ball and even competing in rodeos.
As life happened, Donavon became a husband and a father at a young age which led him to following in the footsteps of his Father and Grandfather and placing that dream on a shelf for a tour of duty with the United States Navy. It was important to him to follow his heritage of his fathers. After leaving the Navy and becoming a single Dad to three children, Donavon pursued a career in Nursing and later a Nuclear Power Plant traveler to support his family. It was there he found the love of his life and the support he needed to begin to dusting off that dream.
The connection with Crystal and her three children was more love than Donavon could have ever imagined. In fact one of his soon to be hits, “You’re All I Need”, was written by Donavon and Crystal from a story they told their children on a chilly night when the power went out and they all gathered around the fireplace to keep warm.
Never giving up on his dream, Donavon began to learn the delicate art of entertaining through his new found company he and Crystal developed, Live Wire Entertainment in Southwest Michigan. He gave his listeners what they wanted to experience and soon became known as “Donavon, the dancing cowboy” by the local radio station 97.5 Y country.
When the radio station and local distributor Dean the Beer Man, ran a singing contest at the large Summer Jam Festival , Donavon went on to win with an overwhelming response and opened for the famous Blake Shelton, Phil Vassar and Billy Dean! After that performance, Donavon got the “bug” and continued to refine his guitar skills, collaborate with other songwriters and share that connection with his fans.
A year ago, Donavon collaborated with a fellow kulaBrands member for a “gift” to the CEO. After hearing the song, the CEO of kulaBrands sent Donavon to Nashville to record the new found “kulaBrands Anthem” which allowed him the opportunity to also record an additional five of his originals. To never forget this opportunity that was given to him, he included this on his new album.
This opportunity jump started a kickstarter campaign and he pursued finalizing the recording of his full album. After 24 hours, the campaign was fully funded! In order to raise more awareness and share his message with the world, he decided to go on a “backyard” tour. With wife in tow, they loaded up the motorhome and utilized social media to spread the word of their route. If you were within 2 hours of their route, you could book a show at your favorite local venue or even in your own back yard for FREE! Donavon played for tips to finance his tour and share his music. The tour started in Michigan and very soon turned into a 12,000 mile cross-country adventure including 29 cities in 9 weeks. One of those locations was Chicamauga, GA where he met up with songwriter Casey Carpenter and wrote “Another Beach Song”.
Mental health and suicide awareness is a topic that is important to Donavon which led him to connect with singer / songwriter Shanda Hopkins from Newfoundland who wrote “Lonely Road”. Another great song with a message, debuting on his new album and taking a stand to “listen” to those cries for help.
“The self-talk and the self-doubt that we put ourselves in a box, limits our dreams daily. I always thought that I was the only one going through whatever it was I was going through so through music and lyrics of songs, it makes a connection to people that they can find hope, a connection, they aren’t alone” says Donavon. “My wish for my children and grandchildren is to truly chase that dream and chase it with all you have. Because of the help of others and through the collaboration of others, all things are possible. I could never get anything done when I tried to do it myself. It’s through understanding that the good Lord is running the show and following his direction. When others see what’s happening to me, hopefully they will realize it can happen for them too. Living in service to others takes us out of ourselves in order to see the opportunity afforded to us.”
Describing his new album, the diversity and excitement is overwhelming with gratitude to everyone who has made this dream possible. Sharing messages that he believes have an impact on others, to encourage to dream and to believe.
See you on the flip side, stay in the groove, and Dreams really do come true!