Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
From Reidsville, North Carolina, Debi Champion began singing with cousins and friends in her home state, then as a solo performer and later with duo's and bands all over NC, SC, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland. She then moved to South Florida in 1976. Debi's unique blend of country, rock, and jazz made her one of the area's favorite entertainers. In 1978 she won the Mark Allen Critic's Choice Award for "Best Female Vocalist" and in 1985 she won the South Florida Music Award for "Best Rock/Pop/Blues Female Vocalist". Debi has appeared in concert with such diverse artists as Spyro Gyra, Bob James, Leon Russell, Dan Seals, The Dirt Band, Gary Morris, Kris Kristopherson, Restless Heart, Suzi Boggus, Dave Mason, Marshall Tucker Band, Ronnie Milsap, Three Dog Night, The Bama Band, and Mark O'Conner. She also toured as a back-up vocalist with Miami Dolphin, Tim Foley, and sang with the Miami Symphony.
Debi now lives in Kingston Springs, outside of Nashville, where she does demo session work, back-up vocals for different artists, and writes songs, some of which you may have heard on HBO or Showtime. She also serves as hostess for songwriter showcases every Tues, Wed, and Thurs night at the Commodore Grill in Nashville. She currently performs at the Commodore, the Bluebird, and at special events.
Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
Singer songwriter Travis Meadows is an artist to the core, but his is not a story about music. It is a story about life; a story about religion and family; a story about addiction; a story about survival, sobriety and freedom, with music as the narrator.
His song “I’m A Riser”, recently recorded by country superstar Dierks Bentley, says it all… “I’m a riser… I’m a get up off the ground, don’t run and hide-er, Pushing comes to shove, hey I’m a fighter, When darkness comes to town, I’m a lighter, A get out alive-er, Of the fire… Survivor.”
Growing up in Jackson, Mississippi where “Hell ain’t half that hot… you could fry eggs on the parking lot”… he remembers his life as being filled with loss very early on. His first memory was of his brother drowning… then his parents divorced… At fourteen he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in his ankle that ultimately cost him his leg, “It was really sexy going through puberty and chemo at the same time,” but that was the least of his hurdles. Travis laid the foundation for his music career while making the rounds at local bars and clubs, performing with legendary Blues players such as Sam Myers (Anson Funderburg and the Rockets) and Fingers Taylor (Jimmy Buffett). He also laid the foundation for a drug and alcohol problem that would haunt him for years… His original high came at 11 from stealing his grandmother’s Valium… then at 24 with a “God experience” that led him to the world of Christian music, trading one addiction for another, “When I was getting high, I wanted everybody to get high too…on drugs, on alcohol, on Jesus…” He went on to tour the world as a Christian rock artist, spreading “The Word” across the globe the only way he knew how, through music. However, he found that “the truth will set you free, but eventually it’ll piss you off.” He arrived in Nashville and learned the hard way about fame and fortune… “I came to town to make a difference, I had a story to tell, I told it loud, but my opinion didn’t go over so well, waiting for offers, they never came, the Davidson County Police know my name… if dumb makes you famous, then I can’t complain, the Davidson Country Police know my name.”
Even in the midst of his self-destruction, his talent prevailed. He received a 2001 ASCAP Christian Music Award, had eight Top 20 singles in the Contemporary Christian genre and landed a staff writer deal with Scott Gunter at Universal Music Publishing Group in 2005, writing with celebrated writers and artists from Nashville to London and garnering cuts by Lynard Skynyrd, Lee Ann Womack and Jake Owen as well as numerous #1 singles and five RIAA Gold Records with Australian artist Adam Brand; however, the spiral of addiction continued.
In 2010 his old ghosts and unfinished business caught up with him… “I can’t go back and I can’t go around the devils that live on that side of town, I believe in things that I can’t see, in my blood and in my bones, these old ghosts they all belong to me, they hurt me and they heal me, they hide and they reveal me, remind me what I will be when I’m gone… Old Ghosts sometimes in the dark they hold me close…” Somewhere between jail and rehab something in him began to reach out and up again as he returned to the one constant in his life, writing. What started out as a journal for his counselor at Cumberland Heights, a treatment center outside of Nashville, mysteriously turned into a manifesto of survival on vinyl. “Killin’ Uncle Buzzy” was a resurrection of sorts… When asked what changed, Travis simply says, “Everything.” Well-known among songwriter circles in Nashville, Travis is an unforgettable performer… He is an open wound, the rawness of his words and his vocals pulling you into his world… a Mississippi childhood learning to drink his coffee black in dives off the highway, his battles with cancer, alcohol, drugs, God and demons, and all the characters along the way… “We got prize-winning fried chicken from a run-down shack, Uncle Daddy cookin’ meth in a tub out back, Rachel drinks liquor from a coffee cup so the neighbors don’t know that she drinks too much, Gretchen’s got a Camel burning from her lip, nobody knows whose baby’s ridin’ on her hip…” “Old Ghosts & Unfinished Business” is the continuation of his journey of recovery and survival that began almost three years ago.
“If you want to listen to Travis songs be prepared for them to resonate with raw emotion. They have honesty, a viewpoint you wouldn't have expected and every once in a while a bit of humor. If you want to hear the same things over and over turn on the radio. If you want to listen to songs that will be food for your soul, that cause you to have to hit repeat then you should listen to “Old Ghosts & Unfinished Business”. Joe Galante, former Chairman, Sony Music Nashville.
Now signed to Kobalt Music Publishing, his songs have recently been recorded by Ronnie Dunn, Dierks Bentley, Levi Lowery, Blackberry Smoke, Carly Pearce and Peter Fox of Go West among others. The debut single off his new EP, “Unfinished Business”, launches April 23rd as an ITunes Exclusive, followed by the record, “Old Ghosts & Unfinished Business” later this summer. Travis describes his life as “one big exhale” now… no big plans… just glad to be alive… “Breathe, breathe, fill your lungs with better air… reach, reach cause you know it’s waiting there… I’ve found letting go of what you’re holdin’, leaves your heart and arms a little more wide open”… Travis Meadows is wide open.
Nashville TN |
Nashville TN |
Paul Wilmet is an independent Pop artist based out of Nashville, TN. A multi-talented musician, Paul has worked primarily as a session/live performance drummer and singer/songwriter. His vast experience in all genres of music bring a unique songwriting style to the table and his vocal tone has been described as "memorable" and "identifiable" by many notable producers and recording industry professionals.
Green Bay WI | Country
Manditori (pronounced “mandatory”) is a duo consisting of Mandi (Sagal) and Tori (Occhino), Green Bay, Wisconsin’s most beloved pair. Known as the two voices that blend like no others, they have been referred to as having “voices of angels”. They were born to play music together, no doubt. It all began as a friendship on the first day of 3rd grade. Tori was new to the school and sitting alone in the classroom. Mandi approached her and said “Hi, my name is Mandi. Wanna play at recess”? Tori accepted, and from that recess on, they were inseparable. Attached. From that point forward, they were referred to as “Mandi and Tori”, rarely individually (which is how they eventually earned their name “Manditori”). Did they really dress alike all through grade school? Oh yes they did, wearing matching outfits in different colors; Mandi in blue and Tori in pink. They’re a bit embarrassed about this by the way. At age 11, they decided to write each other letters about how much their friendship meant to one another, not to be opened until years later. They put them in a zip lock bag, inside of a box, and buried them in Mandi’s back yard. They dug them up 7 years later and found they had written the exact same thing!
Nashville TN | Pop
Anisa Hayes' music has been called Joni Mitchell meets Sara McLachlan... melodic, upbeat acoustic folk/ pop. In a haunting voice that ranges from sultry to a breathy soprano, she captivates audiences with her intimate, story-telling lyrics, with topics that range from childhood memories to overcoming grief to life's lessons learned. Sometimes they're playful and sometimes they're heart-wrenching. Her fans know well that listening to her songs might cause a misty eye, a bout of nostalgia, or make one inclined to deep personal reflection.
Born into a musical family, Anisa began her journey as a child who loved to write poetry and sing. She started piano lessons at age nine and by age twelve she was strumming guitar chords her father taught her and writing her first songs. After high school and a few rounds of college classes she started performing in coffee houses, clubs, festivals, and eventually worked her way into opening for national acts such as Kansas, Mindi Abair, and REO Speedwagon.
Anisa has self released two CD's. She currently resides in Nashville, TN where she writes and performs in local venues.
Palm Beach Gardens FL | Rock
It all started when a 7 year old boy in Florida saw a movie called “La Bamba.” The music and life of Ritchie Valens spoke to him. It was more than admiration…Ryan saw himself and his future in this film. He didn’t know how he was going to get there, but he knew this was his calling…at the tender age of 7.He got his first guitar from a pawn shop, and soon learned how to play it at a local music store. Talent shows, bands in high school, a college career focused on music…all led him to Nashville with $500 and a dream in 2005.
In Nashville Ryan found everything – and everyone - he was looking for to take him to the next level as a new country artist. He has recorded with legendary Nashville musicians Brent Mason, Paul Franklin, Eddie Bayers and the legendary Bruce Bouton - to name a few - who are known in the Nashville music scene as the “A Team” on music row for their contributions on multiple #1 country hits.
In spite of being in Nashville for just a few years, Ryan has already connected with an amazing collection of top country artists. He has opened up for Carrie Underwood, and played multiple concerts with the legendary Ronnie Milsap, as well as with talented hit-maker Lorrie Morgan.
Ryan, is currently self produced, and open to new possibliities. He has worked in the past with producer Jimmy Hyatt, and the memorable Earl Sinks who played for the classic pioneer band “The Crickets” (known prior as “Buddy Holly and The Crickets - he played on and sang the hit “ I Fought The Law”.) Ryan has even shared a stage with Tommy Tutone (famous for the #1 hit “867-5309”). Most recently he has been focusing on solo performances around Nashville, writing and rehearsing with notable Nashville artist and producers, and also touring with various popular gospel artists. Of course, Ryan’s focus is the creation of his own music. A prolific artist with 18 fully produced recordings (recorded with the Nashville “A” Team) to date under his belt, he still spends the majority of his days and evenings perfecting his melodies, songwriting and arrangements. He’s just as comfortable at home recording on his computer as he is in a recording studio with a full band.
Everything has led up to the next big step for Ryan and his music career…
shopping his brand new, six song EP to the major labels. This EP is the culmination of all of his hard work in music and in life…rising from the ashes of addiction and a rough past, to a place of clarity and truth. It’s time for Ryan to get on the big stage with his guitar and share his heart through his music with the world:
Ryan’s Mission: “I really want to make a difference in the world, and in people’s lives and hearts. Offer some warmth in a world that at times can be so cold. Love where there’s fear, healing where there’s hurt, hope where there is none, and faith where there’s doubt.
I believe the power of change is in the medium of music - the universal language that all hearts understand. It says what we alone in our imperfections cannot. My dream is to share this point of view of hope and love with the world…to leave behind something that matters, and will forever live on long after I’m gone.”