Cassidy Lynn w/Jeffrey East, Jake Mitchell, Claire Wyndham & Trent BarenSinger-Songwriter
Nashville TN | Country
Singer/ songwriter Cassidy Lynn mixes the simplicity of classic country music and the honest lyrics of her own life stories into one sweet contemporary sound.
“Often described as having a ’girl next door’ image with a bit of an edge, I like to keep my roots of true country music played behind my guitar mixed into my contemporary country sound where the music takes hold and things can get a little crazy,” she says.
Born and raised among the dairy farms of Upstate New York, Cassidy began singing when she first began to talk. She began performing publicly at age nine singing classic country songs such as Loretta Lynn’s “Coalminer’s Daughter,” Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” and Patsy Montana’s “Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” She was quickly given the opportunity to open for Charley Pride at the famous Cortland Country Music Park in Cortland, New York. Soon after, she shared the stage with country music trio "Trick Pony." At sixteen, Cassidy Lynn landed herself a spot in a popular local band and soon began to teach herself to play the acoustic guitar. Together she and the band did some touring, playing state and county fairs, clubs, and casinos all over New York State.
It was then that Cassidy began to participate in live interviews on local radio stations including WBKT, WBEE, WSYR, WFRG, and WBGK and hosting her own "meet and greet" sessions. During this time, Cassidy Lynn opened for national recording artists Emerson Drive, Bucky Covington, Jason Michael Carroll, Tommy Cash, Josh Gracin, Showdog Nashville's Trailer Choir, Bryan White (their duet can be seen on MySpace), Ashton Shepherd, Sarah Johns, and John Michael Montgomery. Inspired by her family’s cottage on the lake and the bonfires they have during the summer nights, she co-wrote a song with Nashville songwriter Larry Wayne Clark called "Down by the Bonfire.” The song and its video were featured on both Great American Country (GAC) and on CMT in the summer of 2008. In her effort to turn her dreams into reality, Cassidy got the humbling opportunity to perform at the historic Ryman Auditorium in February 2009 and 2011. She closed down Riverfront Stage on the final night of CMA Fest 2010 in Nashville following artists such as Kid Rock, Joe Nichols and the list goes on. Most recently she made her fifth appearance at Nashville’s most esteemed songwriting venue, the Bluebird Cafe! Cassidy graduated from Belmont University in Nashville in May 2010. She continues to tour with her New York based band when she visits home and is actively playing, writing, and recording in Nashville.
Nashville TN | Country
In 2009, he was invited personally by well-known writer and recording artist, Skip Ewing to attend Skip’s Horse & Writer Invitational in Wyoming. And in September of that year, the Nashville Songwriters Association International selected Jeffrey for their coveted “Pitch to Publisher” meeting where he performed his original material for 12 major publishing companies. This event led to his being signed by Zavitson Music Group in May, 2010 as one of their staff writers. And it isn’t just his songwriting bringing much deserved attention his way, Curb Records recently invited him to take part in their writer’s retreat which typically has included only writers and artists associated with the label, making this a highlight in the career of this young talent. He’s fast becoming recognized as quite the vocalist and is currently working with The Rep Agency, focusing their efforts on an artist deal. These days you will find Jeffrey honing his craft by writing regularly with songwriting colleagues including Tony Haselden (“Mama Knows” - Shenandoah, “You Know Me Better Than That” - George Strait) and Anthony L. Smith (“What About Now” - Lonestar, “Watch This” - Clay Walker). And on any given evening, you can find Jeffrey at any of the Nashville’s regular songwriter’s haunts, performing his special style of music at The Bluebird or The Listening Room. One thing is certain, “life” has affected Jeffrey in a very profound and prolific way – and it is setting Nashville on its ear with anticipation of what’s next for this young talent.
Nashville TN | Pop
Described as a 'melodically gifted songstress with a big future,' Australian singer/songwriter Claire Wyndham has been turning heads since her first public performance in 2002. Within twelve months she had played showcases at Australia's premier music venue, "The Basement," performed with the likes of Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and Kasey Chambers at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, had a song included on the soundtrack of Aussie surf film, "Liquid Bridge," and professionally recorded five of her songs. Not bad - this is one young lady who doesn't muck around.
In 2004, one of her songs, "Perfect," reached the finals of the Jaxter Artist Awards, as well as charting on numerous music websites around the world. She also released a radio single in 2005, "Here was Blue," to Australian radio, which over 100 stations picked up and played on high rotation. Claire had two songs nominated for Female Singer/Songwriter of the year at the 2006 Los Angeles Music Awards, and she is receiving strong rotation on internet radio all over the world. Most recently, Claire's song "Lazy side of Crazy," came 3rd in the 2007 Unisong International Song Contest, beating out thousands of other entrants and her song, "Show Me" won a highly sought after spot on the 2008 internationally released "Females on Fire" compilation.
2006 was a busy year for Claire with the completion of her debut album, “Lazy Side of Crazy.” The album features a full production of 13 tracks, all written by Claire herself and a stellar cast of session musicians who have played with some of Australia's best artists. Claire released “Lazy Side of Crazy” to a sold out crowd at Sydney’s infamous music venue The Basement, in April 2007.
Claire spent much of 2007 focusing on the US market, having started off the year playing on the world's greatest floating music festival, "The Rock Boat," along with Sister Hazel, Emerson Hart, Collective Soul and Josh Kelley, where she was the first Australian artist ever to be placed on the bill (booked after the leader singer of Sister Hazel heard her play one song). She followed that up with a three month long tour in August-October 2007 to launch the album, playing 25 shows all over the country, including a 3 week support slot for fellow Rock Boat band, Scarlet Kings.
2008 began with the highlight of her career where she played alongside music legends Lyle Lovett, Emmy-lou Harris, Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Shawn Mullins, Brandie Carlile and many more onboard the inaugural “Cayamo” cruise – a collection of singer/songwriters performing for over 3000 music fans. She has since been co-writing for both herself and other artists with some brilliant songwriters in the US.
With her first official release, Claire has come a long way since that first performance. With an undeniable stage presence and incredibly comfortable in front of any audience, she's ready to do whatever it takes to follow her passion. Claire doesn't stand out because she's trying to be something she's not. She stands out because she's honest. She sings the trust and her listeners relate to that. As Claire sings in her song, "Here was Blue," 'There was hurt, there was pain, there was pleasure, there was rain, there was you' At times she's heartbroken, at times she's ecstatic, and aren't we all?
Nashville TN |
Trent Baren is a 20-year-old country artist-songwriter rocking the Nashville music scene. With a fire in his eyes and his heart on his sleeve, Trent is the paramount combination of powerful vocals, virtuosic instrumentals, and an innate passion for music. Known for his high-energy performances, this consummate showman combines soulful elements and traditional country with driving rock themes to establish a vibrant, young sound.
He began performing country music locally at nightclubs, bars, fairs, and festivals, and has expanded through the South, from Florida to Nashville. With a resume highlighted by venues including the Bluebird Café in Nashville, The Stage on Broadway, the “world famous” Round-Up in Davie, Florida, and Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Trent is remembered by those who watch his performances as a rising star. At the age of 16, Blake Shelton’s words of encouragement and mentorship cemented Trent’s vision to structure his future career in Nashville. In June 2008, Trent’s songwriting heroes Bob DiPiero, Tony Mullins, Jeffrey Steele, and Craig Wiseman selected him as the winner of the HitMen of Music Row’s National Vocal Competition, sponsored by GAC. In October 2008, Trent was chosen to open for Rodney Atkins, reaching a new level of achievement and respect within his local broadcast community.
Trent has spent his entire life honing his craft as a musician’s musician. His lifelong musical journey began in his hometown of Miami, Florida, when he began studying the violin at the age of 3. In addition to mastering the violin, he has conquered the double bass, and taught himself to play the acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, banjo, and keyboard, enhancing the sounds and methods by which he can express his creative thoughts and deep emotions.
Not only an experienced performer, Trent possesses the unique ability to draw musical ideas from a foundation of multiple, distinct genres. Having been selected to play under the direction of world-renowned conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Leon Fleisher, as well as being declared the winner of the All American Music Festival’s Classical Solo Competition, he is truly a diversified artist. Also an accomplished jazz musician, Trent has performed in national competitions and shows with big bands and smaller ensembles in Miami, Chicago, and New York City as a singer and a jazz bassist, and is the recipient of the Woody Herman Jazz Award.
He finds country music the ultimate form of expression. “It’s the unadulterated truth behind the lyrics,” says Trent, “the raw emotion in the stories of the songs…it can only come from the heart.”
With his humility, genuine spirit, strong work ethic, and a maturity far beyond his years, Trent continues to live out his dreams pursuing what is destined to be a successful career as a entertainer, musician, and singer.