July 7: Charlie Worsham, Luke Dick, Travis Meadows
Charlie Worsham was born and raised in Mississippi, starting his music career in his teens. He was a part of the band KingBilly until 2010 when he began his solo career. Charlie has toured with Taylor Swift and opened for performers such as Miranda Lambert and Wade Bowen and will be opening during Kenny Roger’s final world tour. His first album, “Rubberband” was released in 2010, and his second, “Beginning of Things,” was released in April of this year.
Described by Rolling Stone as “something of an anomaly in the Nashville Songwriting community,” Luke Dick is a former philosophy professor with a unique twist on the genre. Striving to take lyrics in unconventional directions, Luke has written such hits as Miranda Lambert’s “Highway Vagabond,” Eric Church’s “Kill a Word,” and Dierk’s Bently’s “Roses and a Time Machine.” In addition to writing for artists, he’s also had success with musical productions for HBO and Hilton. Luke currently resides in New York City.
A Mississippi native, Travis Meadows is known for performances that evoke raw emotion and a narrative on religion, family, addiction, and freedom. After a long battle with cancer, drugs and alcohol abuse, he moved to Tennessee, gaining sobriety and traction in his music career. Travis has written songs performed by Dierks Bentley, Levi Lowrey, Eric Church and Lee Ann Womack and has received a 2001 ASCAP Christian Music Award, numerous #1 singles and five RIAA Gold Records. He is currently preparing for the release of his new album this year.
July 14: Rivers Rutherford, Dave Berg, Danny Myrick
One of Nashville’s most accomplished singer-songwriters, Rivers Rutherford has been writing and performing since 1996. Among his accomplishments are eight #1 hits, multiple Grammys, CMA and ACM nominations, and over 20 ASCAP Awards, including Country Song Of The Year. River’s name is on #1 songs by Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Dolly Parton and Lady Antebellum. Rivers also enjoys a successful solo career, touring over 50 dates a year. His gritty southern style and impassioned storytelling skills make Rivers a powerful performer and valuable voice in country music.
Dave Berg is a native of Portland, Oregon and moved to Tennessee in the early 90s, landing his first Top Ten hit with “I Want My Goodbye Back” sung by Ty Herndon. Dave has enjoyed success with many Number One and Top Ten hits, including “If You’re Going Through Hell” and “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins, “Somebody” by Reba McEntire and “Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban. He’s also written and co-written songs for a wide variety of artists such as Carrie Underwood, Maggie Rose, Chris Cagle and Jimmy Buffett, among others. Dave was named both Billboard and NSAI Songwriter of the Year in 2007 and was ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year in 2008.
Danny Myrick has been an artist from a young age, singing and writing for his family gospel band and achieving a #1 gospel song as a writer at 17. After moving to Nashville, he spent the 90’s singing lead in the country rock band, Western Flyer. After the band, Danny sang demos and performed background vocals for performers like Blake Shelton and Montgomery Gentry. As a writer, he’s had songs performed by Tim McGraw and Joe Cocker and has had numerous hits, including 2009’s most played country song, “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean. Danny is currently enjoying success with Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Maddie & Tae, Gloriana and Dean Alexander.
August 18: Kim Carnes, Suzy Bogguss, Greg Barnhill
Since her songwriting and recording debut, writer-performer Kim Carnes has been an extraordinarily distinctive and in-demand voice in popular music. Born in LA, Kim wrote her first song at the age of four and hasn’t stopped since. Her career has spanned decades and includes collaboration and credits with Don Henley, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges. Her work has topped charts across the world, and her critically-acclaimed albums have earned Grammy Nominations. She continues to write and perform in Nashville.
Suzy has been a singer-songwriter for decades, with her major label debut in 1989. She is known as one of the key artists in the “golden days’ of 90s country, with numerous Top 10 singles like “Outbound Plane,” Drive South” and “Aces.” Her 1991 album was certified platinum, and three other albums were all gold. She recalls her first song on the radio being performed by Merle Haggard, and Suzy’s latest album “Lucky” is a recording of Haggard’s song with a band of other talented musicians.
Originally from New Orleans, Greg Barnhill has been writing and performing his entire life. His songwriting credits include work by Etta James, Martina McBride, Chicago, Leona Lewis and many more. While his songs have topped charts, he’s also known for extensive work in TV production, sports teams and businesses, including “The Today Show.” The Tennessee Titans, NASCAR themes and HBO series. Greg has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and continues to perform around the world.
August 25: Seth Ennis, Caitlyn Smith, Gordie Sampson
A proud Georgia boy, Seth is a seasoned traveler and singer-songwriter with an eclectic brand of country music inspired by artists like Vince Gill and Usher. As the son of a military colonel, he honed his craft traveling base to base with his family around the country. He began piano at the age of five and by 13 was playing drums, guitar and writing his own material. He spent his teens and early twenties touring before landing a deal with Sony Music Nashville. Seth then broke onto the scene with his 2016 single “Woke Up in Nashville,” which has drawn comparison to artists like Lee Brice and Hunter Hayes.
Caitlyn Smith was raised in a small town in Minnesota and grew up singing at church and country fairs. She wrote her first song at eight years old and released two records before high school, firmly establishing her path as an artist. After a stint in Minneapolis, Caitlyn become one of Nashville’s most prized writers, composing songs for years for everyone from Dolly Parton to Garth Brooks. In addition to an extensive songwriting catalog, Caitlyn has also toured with Eric Church, Cheryl Crow and Dierks Bentley. Her latest album, “Starfire,” is available now.
Gordie Sampson is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter who has been performing since his teens. His unique style brings together a fusion of traditional Celtic music, rock’n’roll and country. After winning three East Coast Music Awards, Gordie and his family moved to Nashville where he co-wrote the hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” performed by Carrie Underwood. He has since written for Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride and Willie Nelson. In addition to this impressive list, he has also recorded three more solo albums since his 1998 debut, which have been nominated for numerous awards.