Silverton OR | Country
My name is Ben Rue. I am a 24 years old and was born and raised in Silverton, OR. I've worked on a family grass seed farm since I was 11 with my dad and two older brothers. Recently, I had the unbelievable opportunity to be a part of the first season of X-Factor making it into the top 80. I now live in Nashville continuing my dream of being a country music singer! Thank you very much to all who support me:) God Bless
2011 was a breakout year for Brinn. She recorded her first EP which will be released in the first quarter of 2012, performed the Hard Rock CMA Fest stage, and rocked the crowd at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, along with being the only unsigned artist to be featured on CBS's
syndicated radio show for the last quarter of 2011, "Country's Cutting Edge" with a song she co-wrote, "Hit The Stage"!
From Virginia, to her new home in Nashville, Brinn is quickly establishing herself as one of the hottest new artists in Nashville and brings marketing appeal that taps into another whole market of fan and consumer viability. 2012 is going to be an exciting year for her as she supports the release of her debut EP and continues to make new music for country music fans around the world.
Lucas Hoge a rising country artist and star of Animal Planet's 8 part series "Last Chance Highway". Lucas also penned and performs the shows theme song, now available on iTunes.
Lucas is up for his second nomination as "Best Male Vocalist" in the 18th Annual ICM Awards. His song "Have I Done Something" is currently at Christian Country radio and debuted at # 55 in August. Lucas release his sophomore single to Country radio on August 6th, 2012. His first week landed him in the TOP 20 most added artists on the entire Music Row Chart. "Do What Makes You Feel Good" debuted at # 77.
Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
In March of 2013, Elise signed her first publishing deal with Horipro Entertainment in Nashville, TN. “Where most artists wear their heart on their sleeve, Elise Davis wears hers in her emotionally-packed voice. The Little Rock native is making waves in Nashville’s music scene after winning American Songwriter’s “The Pub Contest” — a hefty publishing deal with HoriPro Entertainment — which was judged by artists like Holly Williams and Hunter Hayes earlier this month. The year-long deal will be the first venture into co-writing for the solo-singer, who has written all of her previous efforts, and was honored to have been selected for the opportunity. Often drawing comparisons to the likes of Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, Davis’ music has captured the attention of more than just those invested in the contest.” -NASHVILLE LIFESTYLES 5/30/13
Elise Davis began writing songs at the age of 12 in her hometown of Little Rock, AR. Her first song was inspired by a typical tween debacle in which she begged her parents to let her go to a grungy rock band concert in downtown Little Rock. After they denied her of this freedom, she ran away. “I got all the way down the street and sat on the corner, feeling vengeful, knowing they were at home frantically worrying about where I’d run off to,” she admitted.
After a few hours and no sign of a rescue, Davis moped home to find her parents exactly how she left them: her father sitting reading and her mother fixing things up around the house. Furious, she stomped past them and headed straight to her room. With a handful of guitar lessons and five chords in her pocket, she had enough musical ammunition to write her first song. Davis remembered: “I didn’t even think about it at the time. I hadn’t planned on writing a song and I never thought about being a songwriter before… it just happened.” And she was hooked.
In the following years, Davis worked on developing her songs and playing them out for audiences. Her high school band, The Sandbox Lizards, performed in local clubs and festivals in and around Little Rock. Of its 2006 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, that paper wrote: “Elise Davis was the star attraction …. (her) acoustic guitar songs especially made an impression on the judges.”
Davis then decided to embark on a solo career and released her first solo album as a senior in High School and continued to release an album a year throughout college.
In an Arkansas Times review of her third release they wrote, “Judged only by her rich voice and breezy, open-road arrangements …… Davis sounds mature well beyond her years. And judged even by her resume — two albums already under her belt and a third, Another Lonesome Romance, — she’s farther down the road to Sheryl Crow-dom than virtually all her 19-year-old peers.” ARKANSAS TIMES, 7/31/08.
Her song “Trouble” off her fourth album, “The Same Vein”, was dubbed by The Arkansas Times as its “favorite song to come out of Little Rock” in 2010:
“With “The Same Vein,” she’s taking a step beyond the organic folk-pop of her teenage years, into a richer, brighter world of confident indie-pop.” ARKANSAS TIMES 8/19/10.
“What the tunes reveal is maturity. This is the fourth release for Davis, and she’s grown comfortable as a songwriter.” SYNC MAGAZINE 8/17/10.
Inspired by alt-country, Americana, and rock & pop artists such as Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Shelby Lynne, John Prine, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Fleetwood Mac, and others, Davis brings a mature-beyond-her-years knowingness and a modern sensibility to her passionate songwriting and beautiful melodies. Following the release of “The Same Vein”, and after graduating college with a degree in English, Elise hit the road with her band touring throughout the country, bringing her music to new fans in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Florida, and of course to her hometown supporters in Little Rock; performing both with her band and as a solo performer.
In July 2011 during a flight home after touring in LA, Davis decided the next best move for her musical career was going to be to get out of Arkansas. That night she looked up apartments and applied for waitressing jobs then made the move to Nashville a month later where she is currently still located. Upon her move she recorded her fifth album, “Cheap Date”, at Beech House Recording with producer Mark Nevers. Several notable Nashville musicans are featured on the album, (Chris Scruggs, Caitlin Rose), and album was released in November 2011.
A review in SYNC Magazine writes that the album “proves disorderly emotions can be beautiful. Cheap Date is a powerful album filled with emotion, and Davis wears it all in her voice, singing beyond her 23 years.” SYNC 11/23/12.
Her most recent release came out on May 7th of 2013, a 5 song EP entitled “Big Ol’ Dreams”. The tunes were tracked in various studios around Nashville, mixed and mastered by Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, ect.) It is available everywhere.
Ella Mae Bowen
SC | Country
I was born, raised, and still live in South Carolina… Not near the beach, but almost in the mountains in a small town called Walhalla.
In my first home, I banged on our 80’s Yamaha keyboard, and was sung to CONSTANTLY by both my parents. I don’t know when they slept! Daddy worked 2nd or 3rd shift at a plant and made music on the side, and Mama worked from home and stayed with me every waking hour. Not sure how we made it through those years, but they taught me how to be a fighter. A lot of times we didn’t have the extra things in life and just getting by was hard, but I’m starting to think that was a blessing in disguise.
We had a rough start as a family. But I’d like to think that all the curveballs life has sent our way have taught me a lot about who I am and who I want to be. I am a first child (an only child for almost 9 years until my brother Jed came along). I was born prematurely with lungs that weren’t developed. God must have a good sense of humor because no one has been able to keep me from singing all the time, and loudly I might add, since before I could talk. I truly believe that from day one, my family has never left my cheering section.
When I was three, I put my own lyrics to the “Brush Your Teeth” song I learned at school and wrote a song for my Grandad called “I’m With You.” I recorded it at the Mall of Georgia in a portable sound booth. We still have the recording. Grandad was a huge influence on me as a person, as well as on my music. He is most responsible for my love of Bluegrass and my infatuation with Tom T. Hall songs…and for showing me what a good joke is really all about. I still play the guitar he left to me when he passed away. I want to keep it always, and pass it down one day, too.
By age 7, with my family’s support, I was performing out and about in local talent shows. I found that I could yodel. That’s fun to do and all, but I still haven’t lost the “little-girl-who-yodeled-at-the-barn-dance” reputation in Oconee County. By 11, I was writing more seriously. I had a long way to go, but I knew it was something I loved and wouldn’t ever want to let go of.
At age 11, I met Seth Bolt, who has since become my producer, co-writer and close friend. Seth is the bassist of the band NEEDTOBREATHE, and one of my biggest influences. He is also a Walhalla native.
Seth produced my first-ever studio recording, an original song called "Cinderella Story”, for a Country singing and songwriting competition. He was very encouraging from the start, and while I was going to middle school and singing locally, I continued sending songs to him while he was on the road. This opened the floodgates to an incredible new season of learning and growing for me as an artist.
After a lot of hard work, we had demos that we hoped would eventually lead to our dream of a record deal. During this time, we were also asked to submit a version of the song “Holding Out for a Hero” for the remake of Footloose. I’ll never forget how excited I felt when I found out that our version was making the movie! This started a chain reaction of great things to come.
In March 2011, I was offered a record deal by Big Machine. I still wake up every morning pinching myself in disbelief that I really have a record deal and a chance to make music I love.
As for right now I’m singing Dolly Parton’s “The Grass is Blue” record around the house. Now that’s a challenge! I don’t just love country music fans, but I am one. I understand what it’s like to love music so much that you cry, or put your hand over your heart to feel a bass line in a rowdy room… to be willing to stay up all night, or wait in line to see someone in bad weather. I love live music, my church, NASCAR, Clemson Tiger football, riding up in the Blue Ridge mountains in our Jeep Wrangler…I still swim in the lake I was baptized in and I still eat Ramen Noodles. I want to change the world, by first listening to it. I love hard work, and pray I can work at this until I can’t anymore.
Well, I’d say this is my life, but there’s many more blessings and many more rough edges than any computer could hold. But those are in my heart. And if you’ve read this, or listened to the songs, or supported or believed in anyone or anything that I do…You have already got my heart, and I can’t tell you what you mean to me. Thank you.
THERE ARE SO MANY EXCITING THINGS I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE WITH YOU, especially the new songs I’m working on. PLEASE SAY HELLO!
More blessings than you can imagine,
Nashville TN |
From the moment you hear the voice, you know it: powerful and distinct, soulful and passionate, a voice that could belong to no one else. Stephen Salyers was born on January 24, 1983 in the small town of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, which sits directly on the US 23 Country Music Highway. Salyers began performing at the young age of 12, playing the fair & festival circuit, civic league events and talent competitions. He is a past winner of the West Virginia State Colgate Country Showdown and has opened for elite artists like Ronnie Milsap, The Doobie Brothers and Wynonna. The singer/songwriter moved to Nashville, Tennessee in January 2005 and landed a spot in the cast of Tanya Tucker’s TLC series “Tuckerville” in August 2005. As a songwriter and entertainer, his ability to stretch out musically, and connect with his audience continues. Stephen has performed for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Inaugural Ball, the Cincinnati Reds and entertained the US Army Rangers Mountain Ranger Open House in Dahlonega, Georgia. The US Army Reserve tapped Salyers from a list of 40 candidates to serve as an Honorary member of the Golden Knights. He joined the the Golden Knights Parachute Team in May 2009 for his skydive at Fort Knox, Kentucky. As a philanthropist, Salyers remains devoted to giving back to a number of charitable organizations including: Stephen Salyers Charities Foundation, CASA, River Cities Food Harvest Drive, Ronald McDonald House, Muscular Dystrophy Aossciation and Musicians On Call. Through his charitable endeavors,Salyers has raised more than $250,000 and has been honored as a Hometown VIP by The Independent newspaper; a Kentucky Admiral by past Governor of Kentucky, Paul Patton; the Key to the City of Ashland, Kentucky by past Mayor, Steve Gilmore and with a special citation presented by the Kentucky State House of Representatives. Stephen’s achievements and his commitment to stretch his artistic boundaries will continue to shine with the support of his fans and the music industry. Stephen will appear in the “LISTEN UP!” section of Country Weekly Magazine, out November 2009. Music Videos / Commercials “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”, Joe Nichols, Universal South Records “Proud Of The House We Built”, Brooks & Dunn, Sony BMG “Good Time”, Alan Jackson, Arista Nashville “Why Don’t We Just Dance”, Josh Turner, Universal (Promo Video) 2008-09 Country Music Hall of Fame, Tennessee Dept. of Tourism Campaign Television / Film “Tuckerville”, The Learning Channel (August 2005) “Hannah Montana, The Movie” (May 2009)
Nashville TN | Rock
Danny Flowers’s album Tools for the Soul is a folk-inflected, roots rock journey of redemption by one of Nashville’s premier guitarists and songwriters. In crisp response to the musical question “O Brother Where Art Thou?”, Danny Flowers delivers the resounding response “Here I Art” through his stunning Brash Music label debut. Southern musical styles in particular have always included an element that mingled freely and seemed to defy the ability to be described in a single word. And that’s what we have with this. Danny Flowers’s record–it’s partly gospel, and the blues, and folk, and country. If you need to sum it up in a neater package, it’s essentially an “American Music” record. Which means a melting pot of styles but with an unabashedly Spiritual message. Calling it a Gospel record doesn’t quite do it justice because of the musical cubbyhole that this implies in some circles. Calling it a blues record is not quite right either–and yet the personal pain and suffering that gave birth to the blues sits right in the middle of the songwriting, and Danny plays one of the finest slide guitars this side of heaven. Maybe it’s an updated brand of traditional American folk music. While it might avoid a neat description, we think its appeal is unavoidable. We’ll leave it to the listener to decide.
Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Rick moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music, and it didn't take long before he was drawing attention from all the major record labels in town. He soon signed a deal with Steven Spielberg’s company “Dreamworks “ TM and began recording a solo album with legendary record producer James Stroud. Having 2 singles "The Girls Got It Going On" and "Different Point Of View" from Ferrell's debut album "Different Point Of View" chart on Billboards country music chart.
In 2005 Ferrell formed the duo "Bluefield" with fellow singer/songwriter Jennifer Hicks and recorded and album with grammy award winning Gary Pascoza (the Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss) which also featured the talented Chris Thile playing mandolin on every track. In 2008-09 Bluefield would have 3 songs "Butterfly", "Drive Away" and "Ready To Love You Now" chart on the Billboard country music chart.
As a song writer Rick has been equally successful in his endeavors. Superstar Tim McGraw struck gold when he chose to record Rick’s song titled “Something Like That” (aka The BBQ Stain Song) and took it to #1 on the Billboard chart for 5 weeks in a row. The song continues to be a main stay on radio stations world wide. In fact, at the end of 2009 "Something Like That" would emerge as the most played song of the decade in any genre of music. Soon after Martina McBride flew up the charts with Rick’s power ballad “Where Would You Be?” Because of his versatility, Rick has had his songs recorded by a wide range of artists…from classic country artist like Earl Thomas Conley and Eddie Raven to contemporary artist such as Montgomery/Gentry, Julianne Hough, Jason Michael Carroll, and others. When asked about his inspiration Rick replies, “Most of my influences have been singer/songwriters and I feel my style as a singer and performer has always been best defined through my songwriting".