The Nashville Songwriters Festival is complemented by a group of knowledgeable, experienced and successful industry professionals who conduct classes where they share their craft. They are listed individually below. Attend all or parts!
The CEO of CMG Records Nashville Steven B Riley is a multi -talented industry professional experienced in recording, video production, television and live performance. His concentration on being in the forefront of the independent music scene in America is proving that his many years of experience and dedication to the music industry is creating a buzz in the developing music centers around The World.
Steve has seen it all starting with his own musical career which began at an early age as a musician, songwriter and entertainer. In 1976 he was signed as an artist to a major Independent label and achieved substantial success as a recording artist. Several of his songs gained regional hit status and this allowed him to tour the Midwest and South playing a variety of venues with such musical greats as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard and more.
BILLY ANDERSON- has 35 years of experience as a musician, writer, engineer and producer. As a keyboardist, he's performed nationally and internationally with artists such as Charlie Daniels, Stephen Stills, Papa John Creach, Mac Gayden, Jeannie C. Riley and countless other rock and country artists.
She could be called true ‘Country Music Royalty’. Born to a country music legend and growing up in Nashville during the heyday of the Grand Ole’ Opry, she truly is a living testimony to a family immersed in the tradition of creating and performing great American music. Her father is the late Ira Louvin, tenor half of Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Louvin Brothers. Her mom’s side of the family was not lacking in musical destiny either. Her uncle, Johnny Johnson, (mom’s brother) played rhythm guitar and sang backup for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs during the high point of their successful career. Another uncle and aunt, Kitty and Smiley Wilson, (her mom’s sister and her husband) had a very successful indie career performing for the Armed Services Network, and as backup artists such as Ferlin Husky, The Louvin Brothers, Martha Carson, and as the main attraction on Eddie Hill’s Country Junction, a live news/entertainment morning show on the WSM affiliate network in Nashville for several years. Smiley later opened one of the first booking agencies in Nashville, (Wil-Helm Agency) and handled artists such as Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, The Wilburn Brothers, Little Jimmy Dickens, and many of the veteran artists that have gone on to become legends themselves.
Marc-Alan Barnette is an original. A self-proclaimed “square peg in a round hole,” Barnette has emerged with a unique musical sound that is in his own words, “not totally country and not totally blues…too blues for country and too country for blues!” Aptly classified as “In-Your-Face-Country-Soul,” Marc-Alan’s music and Marc-Alan himself have created a huge buzz on the music scene. Barnette is the king of reinventing himself- a dichotomy of heartfelt and hilarious, crazy and down-to-earth. Because of the variety of hats Barnette dons for each of his shows, he certainly keeps every audience on its toes, thoroughly entertained and wanting more.
"Music City, USA's" oldest truly independent recording studio, Treasure Isle Recording celebrates 30 years in 2010. Over $300,000,000 (million) in combined music sales. Artist/Clients include: Rodney Crowell, Jason Aldean, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Alabama, the late Johnny Cash, John Denver, Isaac Hayes, Waylon Jennings (his final studio album), Rosanne Cash, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sandi Patty, Travis Tritt (his debut album), Duane Eddy, among others. Producer: B B King, CMHOF member Bill Anderson, Billy Preston.
SESAC Legacy Award Winner Stan not only works with other successful writers and artists, he also enjoys writing with new young writers and artists just getting started. He loves their enthusiasm and drive, Stan was also blessed with SESAC's "Legacy" award in 2003, only the third writer to receive it in 75 years.
Tonyhas written more songs for Hank Williams Jr than any other writer. Songs such as I like My Whiskey On Ice and Women On Fire, I've Been Down, American Offline, Woman On The Run. The Nashville Scene, Video of the year and Top Five funny song of the year in...
"How to Host a Successful Writers Night" From organizing to hosting a memorible writer's nite that players and fans will return to week after week. Also Debi will discuss Do's and Don'ts of performers should keep in mind when attending.
She also serves as hostess for songwriter showcases every Tues, Wed, and Thurs night at the Commodore Grill in Nashville. The Commodore has earned the reputation as a music industry listening room.
Award Wining Vocalist and Writer's Night Host. Mark Allen Critic's Choice Award for "Best Female Vocalist" and South Florida Music Award for "Best Rock/Pop/Blues Female Vocalist".