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Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame works to benefit, support and attract new talent to the songwriting profession, through an extensive array of programs, scholarships, promotional activities and publications for aspiring songwriters.
Club Songwriter
Welcome to the new social network for songwriters, artists, venues, producers, and music fans. At "Club Songwriter" you are able to build your own webpage, post videos and music, BLOG, send messages, make friends, and communicate with an incredible collection of professionals in the entertainment industry. We are also developing a nationwide “Deborah Allen Presents…” tour featuring Deborah with her talented songwriter and artist friends. We will have a nationwide songwriting contest voted on by the "Club Songwriter Community" with a local winner in each marketplace getting to perform with Deborah and her friends. Sponsors provide some great prizes for the winners. Club Songwriter, also invites producers, musicians, and fans to make themselves at home among the amazing talent they will discover here!
Deborah Allen - Songwriter
As a major recording artist, Deborah’s incredible string of successes as a songwriter have fast established her as one of the hottest young writers in town. Her first recording project for Giant Records, “Delta Dreamland”, in 1993, included the hit singles, “Rock Me”, and “If You’re Not Gonna Love Me”, making a welcomed re-emergence of Deborah Allen on the charts.
Lisa Aschmann - Songwriter
Lisa Aschmann writes and co-writes songs acapella, and sometimes performs them that way, along with The Evertones and The LoveLand Band. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee Several folk, jazz, R&B, and country artists have recorded her work. She calls her style "Americlectic."
Tony Arata - Songwriter
I was born in Savannah, GA, raised on nearby Tybee Island, and moved to Nashville in 1986 to pursue songwriting. I am fortunate to have written for some of my favorites in my time here including Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Bonnie Raitt, Lee Roy Parnell, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton, Reba McEntire, Suzy Bogguss, Don Williams and Hal Ketchum.
Marc Alan Barnette - Songwriter
After a move to Nashville in 1988, Marc-Alan scored a cut with Shelby Lynne his first night in town. He has had success in Nashville as a writer, several publishing deals, and cuts by John Berry and David Ball, including the current single “Too Much Blood in My Alcohol Level” on the Ball “Freewheeler” album. He has co-written with the best and along with his former back-up singers “The Kinleys,” he has opened shows for Charlie Daniels, Garth Brooks, Ricochet, and Patty Loveless.
Matraca Berg - Songwriter
Matraca Berg is a country music singer-songwriter who has written hits for artists like Martina McBride ("Wild Angels", "Cry On The Shoulder of The Road"), Suzy Bogguss ("Hey Cinderella"), Trisha Yearwood ("XXs And OOS", "Wrong Side Of Memphis", "Everybody Knows"), Pam Tillis ("Calico Plains"), Deana Carter ("We Danced Anyway"), and The Dixie Chicks ("If I Fall You're Going Down With Me"). Berg is most famous for writing the CMA Song of the Year, "Strawberry Wine" for Deana Carter. Berg has recorded several solo albums, as well, and continues to write for others, in between working on a brand new album.
Craig Bickhardt - Songwriter
Number one hits "In Between Dances" (Pam Tillis), co-written with Barry Alfonso, and "It Must Be Love" (Ty Herndon), co-written with Jack Sundrud. He also landed platinum album cuts with "Where I Used to Have a Heart" (Martina McBride), "All the Things We've Never Done" (Martina McBride), co-written with Jeff Pennig, and "Even a Cowboy Can Dream" (Trisha Yearwood), also co-written with long-time collaborator Barry Alfonso. Another movie theme followed when Craig's song "Where I Used To Have A Heart" was featured in the thriller "Switchback"
Jason Blume - Songwriter
JASON BLUME is one of the few songwriters to ever achieve the distinction of having his songs on Billboard’s Pop, R&B, and Country charts - - all at the same time. With his songs recorded by pop superstars Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, and Jesse McCartney as well as country stars including Collin Raye, the Oak Ridge Boys and John Berry, Blume’s songs are included on albums that have sold more than 50 million copies!
Bobby Braddock - Songwriter
Bobby Braddock is one of the most highly regarded & respected song- writers in Nashville & has been a mainstay of the country music industry for over 30 years. His songs have become classics, given stars their "career songs" & given country music fans decades of musical enjoyment.
John Braheny - songwriter
Combines inspirational craft tips with practical business lessons Features examples and career advice drawn from successful artists in a variety of genres, from country to hip-hop Perfect for beginners who want an overview of the business Writing great songs is only half the work of becoming a successful songwriter - you also have to manage your business. Perfect for beginners and working songwriters alike, The Craft & Business of Songwriting features dozens of exercises, examples, and anecdotes from successful songwriters including Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and Paul McCartney. With all this and more, readers will find the insider secrets they need to make them more competitive in a crowded marketplace."
Jackson Browne - Songwriter
Over the course of more than three decades, Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music. With classic albums including Late For The Sky, The Pretender, Running On Empty, and For Everyman, and songs like "Doctor My Eyes," "Rock Me On The Water," and "Lives In The Balance," he has defined a genre of songwriting that is charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. Along the way, he has touched the hearts and minds of countless fans worldwide. Jackson’s artistry was recognized with his 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also received in 2004 an honorary Doctorate of Music from Occidental College in Los Angeles, for "a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice." Browne’s latest album release is 2005’s Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Vol. 1, presenting twelve songs culled from his acclaimed solo acoustic concerts performed worldwide over the past few years. The disc also captures spirited and humorous exchanges between Jackson and his audience, making for an intimate listening experience
Gary Burr - Songwriter
Gary continues to write great music with great people: Desmond Child, Ringo Starr, Carole King, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Levanthal, Richard Marx, Michael Bolton, and Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies just to name a few. From producing to singing, Gary does it all, and is progressively getting to do it all more often, producing an album for Disney in 1995, and part of Olivia Newton John’s album “Back With A Heart” in 1997. He has vocals as well as multi-instrumental performance credits on dozens of albums. Gary has no intention of slowing down in the future, and plans to get his name on a lot more albums, and maybe not just writer’s credits.
Brian Burns - Songwriter
Brian Burns has, for many years, been regarded as one of Texas’ top performing songwriters, his work having been covered by a number of legendary artists. But over the past few years, Brian has emerged as one of his state's most powerful and engaging performers. His songs explore both the poignant and the humorous sides of humanity, drawing out the things we’ve all felt and wish we could have said. The warmth, wit, and eclecticism of his performances captivate audiences night after night.
Hal Bynum - Songwriter
Already a songwriter of great stature and popular appeal, having written songs like, “Lucille,” recorded by Kenny Rogers, “Chains,” by Patty Loveless, “Papa Was a Good Man,” by Johnny Cash, “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang,” by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, “Nobody’s Fool,” by Jim Reeves, and “The Old, Old House,” recorded by such varied artists as George Jones, Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, Hal Bynum made his mark on country music long ago. With the release of his fourth album as a solo artist, An American Prayer, Bynum extends his craft and solidifies his stature as a writer of remarkable talent and as a performer with unusual sensitivity and depth.
Marshall Chapman - Songwriter
Marshall Chapman was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. To date she has released ten critically acclaimed albums, and her songs have been recorded by a variety of artists including Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Wynonna, Joe Cocker, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Buffett, Jessi Colter, Dion, Tanya Tucker, Russ Taff, Olivia Newton-John, Sawyer Brown, Mindy McCready, Conway Twitty, Greg "Fingers" Taylor, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, and The Uppity Blues Women. She has toured extensively on her own and opened shows for everybody from John Prine and Jimmy Buffett to Jerry Lee Lewis and The Ramones.
Guy Clark - Songwriter
Songwriting legend Guy Clark doesn't merely compose songs; he projects images and characters with the kind of hands-on care and respect of a literary master. Clark works slowly and with strict attention to detail, and has produced an impressive collection of timeless gems, leaving very little waste behind. The emotional level of his work, as well as the admiration and esteem of his peers, consistently transcends sales figures and musical genres. Using everyday language to construct extraordinary songs for more than 35 years, Clark continues to be the type of songwriter whom young artists study and seasoned writers, as well discriminating listeners, revere.
Jack Clement - songwriter
Born in Whitehaven, Tennessee, alongside Highway 61 which brought a generation of bluesmen north from the Mississippi delta to Memphis, Jack Clement played a crucial part in bringing rock 'n' roll music to the rest of the world. During a career of treading thin lines between folk singers, polka bands, outlaw songwriters, and the commercial countrypolitan music industry, this visionary maverick combined song publishing, music and film production, a record company and recording studios decades before the current trend of international conglomeration. He still runs a pared-down empire from his house, The Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa.Gibson Southern Jumbo SJ-200 "I thought that a recording studio was the worst place in the world to make a record, so I built this studio at home 30 years ago," he says. "Now everyone wants one!"
Christopher Cross - Songwriter
Christopher Cross (born Christopher Geppert on May 3, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas) is an Oscar-winning, Golden Globe-winning, and five-time Grammy-winning American singer and songwriter. He is best known for composing "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" for the film Arthur starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli. The song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1981 (with co-composers Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen.) Cross first played with an Austin-based cover band named Flash before signing a solo contract with Warner Bros. Cross released his self-titled debut album Christopher Cross in 1979, which garnered him five Grammy Awards. He is, along with Norah Jones, the only artist to receive all of the "Big Four" Grammy Awards (Best Record, Song, Album, and New Artist) in the same year (it should be noted however that although Jones sang the song, she did not personally receive the Song of the Year Grammy because it is a songwriter's award). Hits from this album included "Sailing", "Ride Like the Wind" (featuring backing vocals by Michael McDonald) and "Never Be the Same."
Rodney Crowell - Songwriter
Rodney J. Crowell (born August 7, 1950) is a country music singer/songwriter. Crowell was born in Houston, Texas to James Walter Crowell and Addie Cauzette Willoughby. He is considered to be part of both the alternative country and the mainstream country music camps[citation needed]. He is a contemporary of Steve Earle and, like Earle, was also influenced by the songwriting greats Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Rodney played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band".
Hank Cochran - Songwriter
On any given day, in one of Nashville's myriad recording studios, there's likely to be an artist recording a song written by the legendary Hank Cochran. And that's been the case for the past six decades, as hundreds have mined the massive Hank Cochran catalog for award-winning gems such as "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You," "Make the World Go Away," "A Little Bitty Tear," "The Chair," "Don't Touch Me," and "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurtin' Me." Not bad for a man whose pre-hit-songwriter resume included job titles such as "roustabout" and "roughneck" in the oil fields of New Mexico, and whose early musical career included a stint with similarly-named (though unrelated) rockabilly star Eddie Cochran.
Helen Darling - Songwriter
Helen Darling is just coming off a crossover #1 hit song “Bring On The Rain” recorded by Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw. This song was subsequently nominated for a Grammy, an ACM and a CMA award. In October 2002, Darling was honored by NSAI members with a superior creativity award and by BMI with a citation of achievement award for “Bring On The Rain”. She has 2 more songs slated to be released to radio in 2003.
Brad Davis - Songwriter/Guitarist
Grammy award winning artist Brad Davis spent ten years (1992-2002) performing on stage as a member of Marty Stuart’s road band. For the past six years he has played lead acoustic guitar with Earl Scruggs and Friends, and for the past five years he has played lead electric and acoustic guitar with movie actor Billy Bob Thornton’s rock band. He spent two years (2003-2004) as the guitar player for the Sam Bush Band and also performed with John Jorgenson’s Gypsy jazz Quintet in 2005. He occasionally performs with an exciting new bluegrass band, calling themselves "Greenbroke," consisting of Brad Davis, John Cowan, John Moore, and Dennis Caplinger.
Bob Dipiero - Songwriter
For the past 20 years, Bob DiPiero has helped define the best that is Music Row. A legendarily funny and compelling performer, he is one of a handful setting the bar for present-day songwriter/entertainers. He is also a key part of the city's new leadership, a board member of the Country Music Association, a Leadership Nashville alumnus and former Nashville Songwriters Association, Inc., president who brings the creative and business communities together as few can.
Lee Domann - Songwriter
Lee Domann is an award-winning songwriter, storyteller, and modern-day troubadour. His music has been recorded by a variety of artists including Kathy Mattea, Jake Hess, The Gold City Quartet, The Peasall Sisters, Karen Peck, The Bishops, and Riders In the Sky. His songs have received extensive airplay and have appeared on the charts of Billboard Magazine.
Bob Dylan - Songwriter
Bob Dylan is one of the towering figures of late 20th century popular music, responsible for such songs as "All Along The Watchtower" (made into a hit by Jimi Hendrix), "Like a Rolling Stone," "Tangled Up in Blue," "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "Lay Lady Lay." Dylan has been recording and performing since 1962, mixing folk, country, blues and rock and sometimes startling his fans but almost always pleasing the critics. Although Dylan was an influential pop figure during the youth movement of the 1960s, his first number one hit, "Knocking on Heaven's Door," didn't come until 1973. During the '80s he toured extensively, and in the '90s his songs found a new audience and more acclaim from the music industry: in 1991 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy; his 1997 album Time Out of Mind won three Grammys; and in 2001 Dylan won an Oscar for "Things Have Changed," from the movie Wonder Boys (2000). In 2006 he released his first album in five years, Modern Times. It included the song "When the Deal Goes Down," which was made into a video directed by Bennett Miller and featuring Scarlett Johannson
Steve Earle - Songwriter
While struggling in the music industry, Steve paid the bills by taking on odd jobs. "I've never had a job longer than three months in my life. I've always led a bohemian lifestyle. I have framed houses, worked on oil rigs, worked on shrimp boats and in restaurants, but it was different for me because I knew I was always going to get out". Steve worked offshore for a month. "I came back with the most money I'd ever had in my life and I got in the most trouble I'd ever gotten into my life", he recalls.
Danny Flowers - Songwriter
Don Edwards - Songwriter
Stephen Foster - Songwriter
Bob Franke - Songwriter
Karen Taylor Good - Songwriter
Don Henley - Songwriter
Don Henry - Songwriter
John Hiatt - Songwriter
Sara Hickman - Songwriter
sara hickman likes to write about things that pop into her head, like bowls full of stars and kerosene and faithful hearts and cantaloupe and birdhouses. she likes to sing, too. she will whip out her guitar at parties and around campfires to get everyone singing along. she likes lots of voices singing. as she says,"it only takes one voice to start a choir." she feels sad when she sees homeless people, and stops to see what can be done. she likes to go in hospitals and sing for kids and cancer patients, and she wishes she could breakdance really well to raise funds for the children of uganda, but since she isn't much of a dancer, she joined a blogathon instead and wrote for 24 hours straight to raise money/awareness. her high score in bowling is 197. she rode in an elevator with pete townshend, sang a duet with george burns, wrote flamenco guitar music for a play that starred melissa gilbert, and charmed johnny carson twice on his late night show. she has recorded 14 albums to date, some for big people, some for small. she doodles, and will leave a chalk mark on your sidewalk if you're not home. she thinks austin is weirdly wonderful and encourages it to stay that way. if you want to start a dialogue, you can always email her at sara@sarahickman.com, and, dagnabit, if she won't answer you ASAP.
Harlan Howard's Tips to Songwriters
"I Fall To Pieces"..."Life Turned Her That Way"..."Above And Beyond"... "I've Got a Tiger By The Tail"... "Don't Tell Me What To Do"..."Somebody Should Leave"..."Somewhere Tonight"..."Too Many Rivers"... "Why Not Me"..."Busted" "Blame It on Your Heart"... Most people knew Harlan Howard by the songs he penned - more than 4,000 of them. In a career that spanned more than six decades, the "Dean of Nashville Songwriters" imbued himself as one of the greatest - and most prolific – songwriters of the Twentieth Century. One critic daringly dubbed him the "Irving Berlin of Country" because of the number of classics he added to the annals of country music. More than 100 of his self-penned tunes hit the top ten and his compositions became chart-toppers for artists as diverse as Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Buck Owens, Dean Martin, The Judds, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell, and Dolly Parton. But Harlan Howard's friends knew there was more to the man than song titles. Behind his enshrinements in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the CMA Hall of Fame, the National Academy of Popular Music Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame was a complex and unique man - a true interpreter of life well and fully lived.
Janis Ian - Songwriter
Jenai - Songwriter
Michael Johnson - Songwriter
Jai Josefs - Songwriter
Robert Earl Keen - Songwriter
Carole King - Songwriter
Fred Knobloch - Songwriter
Fred Koller - Songwriter
Jimmy LaFave - Songwriter
Lyle Lovett - Songwriter
Delbert McClinton - Songwriter
Roger Mcguinn - Songwriter
Hugh Moffatt - Songwriter
Nancy Moran - Singer/Songwriter
Dennis Morgan - Songwriter/Publisher
Willie Nelson - Songwriter
Mickey Newbury - Songwriter
Randy Newman - Songwriter
Gary Nicholson - Songwriter
Paul Overstreet - Songwriter
David Olney - Songwriter
Lee Roy Parnell - Songwriter
Lee Roy Parnell, the Texas-born and –bred country hitmaker with an ornery streak of southern rock ‘n’ soul ‘n’ blues in his system, has signed with Universal South Records and released his first new album in four years, tellingly titled Back To The Well. It is, in all respects, the sound of an artist reclaiming his natural turf by embracing who he is and using the strengths of his past to inform his present direction. Launched with a funky, shuffling backbeat that sets the stage for the entrance, seconds later, of signature, searing jabs of electric slide guitar, the album opening "Back to the Well” signals the end of the “long dry spell” Parnell laments in the lyrics.
Wayland Patton - Songwriter
From the London Palladium to Nashville's legendary Bluebird Café, Wayland Patton’s songs have been heard around the world. As a writer, he’s enjoyed sales of over 14 million records, and three decades of hits. Raised on a farm near Fort Worth, Texas, Patton paid his dues like many before him, singing in church, and at talent shows but he paid his bills by selling cars. He was named “Salesman of the Month” but soon lost his title, and his job, when he began leaving the lot to jot down song ideas.
Jim Peterik - Songwriter
Gretchen Peters - Songwriter
Since she released her last record, Gretchen Peters, a Nashville hit songwriter with a seemingly charmed and easy life has been through the wringer. Accused at one point of having a midlife crisis, she thought about it a little while and then, despite the negative connotation, said, “Hell yes, I’m having a midlife crisis. Midlife is when people should be reassessing. By the time you’ve reached that age you’ve realized that it ain’t endless. It’s going to end. And it’s going by faster and faster. So, by god, make the most of it!” “A midlife epiphany” is perhaps a better description of what Peters had one day in 2004 on a tour bus somewhere in the U.K., where she’s enjoyed a thriving, decade-long career as a performer on top of her American songwriting success. It was a realization that she needed to take control of her own life, and it would turn her world upside-down and inside-out before culminating in Burnt Toast & Offerings, a deeply personal coming-to-terms record that both reveals and transcends the specifics.
Jim Photoglo - Songwriter
Hugh Prestwood - Songwriter
Hugh Prestwood has been writing hits for two decades. He was discovered in 1978 by Judy Collins, who gave him his first hit (Hard Times For Lovers), and subsequently recorded five more of his songs. n 1991 Prestwood was honored at the annual BMI Awards with the 23rd Robert J. Burton Song Of The Year award for "Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart". He was also picked by Billboard Magazine as the #2 country songwriter of that year. Billboard currently lists "Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart" as the 5th biggest country hit of this decade.
John Prine - Songwriter
Prine went from being a local singer/songwriter to being an artist on a national label, lavished with praise from critics around the country. Throughout Prine's major label migrations, which would eventually cover eight albums and two companies, he continued refining his voice and attracting fans who closely identified with his emotional sharp shooting. "It's a great feeling when you put something in a song and other people say that's exactly how they feel. That's the most gratifying thing about songwriting for me: it's always been a real outlet for me-being able to put those feeling down. Among the songs that Prine wrote during this period were such classics as "Please Don't Bury Me," "Fish And Whistle," and "Souvenirs"; and there were also the more humorous offerings which proved that Prine could find the irony in it all: "Dear Abby", "Sabu Visits The Twin Cities", "Illegal Smile", even " Christmas In Prison." But John Prine's special visions and personal integrity -- something which attracted Bette Midler to cover "Hello In There", Bonnie Raitt to adopt "Angel From Montgomery" as her own, and the numerous country artists such as Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash to release their versions of "Unwed Fathers" -- wasn't best served by the big labels' way of doing business. He had his following, but there had to be something else to making records.. So he called it quits with the big companies and took some time to re-think what he was doing. Out of that soul searching, Prine decided to put on another hat -- record company executive.
Willis Alan Ramsey - Songwriter
Willis Alan Ramsey, a singer-songwriter with deep Texas roots, released his first and only album, called Willis Alan Ramsey, in 1972 on Leon Russell's Shelter Records label. The recording was a critical success that included "Boy From Oklahoma", a tribute to Woody Guthrie. Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Waker, among others, covered Ramsey's songs, but the song that became best known was a knockoff Ramsey called "Muskrat Candlelight". Released by the pop group America, it was later recorded and retitled "Muskrat Love" by The Captain and Tennille and reached the Billboard Top 10, becoming one of the most popular songs of our time. Ramsey eventually left both Shelter Records and the United States, moving to Great Britain in the 1980's to explore Celtic songwriting and instrumental traditions. When he returned to the United States, he was reintroduced to Lyle Lovett, who had run the University of Texas coffeehouse where Ramsey played in the early 1970's. He and Lovett wrote the song, "North Dakota", heard on Lovett's 1992 album, Joshua Judges Ruth. A few years later, Shawn Colvin recorded "Satin Sheets" which helped stimulate interest in a new Ramsey recording. Lovett, who called Willis Alan Ramsey "one of the greatest records of all time", has since covered a newer Ramsey song, "Sleepwalking". With a new album still in the works, Ramsey has begun touring for the first time in seven years, performing this year at the Smithsonian's Woody Guthrie Tribute in Washington DC, the Kerville Folk Festival, the annual Folk Alliance Convention in Cleveland, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and several shows around the Southwest. His self titled debut recording has been re-released by Koch Records and is creating a whole new generation of fans around the world.
Paul Reisler - Songwriter
“If I were free, I would answer any question With a brush stroke upon canvas, And my words would all fall out in poetry I would sing to you a sunset, draw your face inside a symphony If I were free” - from If I Were Free by Paul Reisler and Angela Kaset “If I were Free” is a manifesto for living the musical, the creative life. It’s a 30-year journey for Paul Reisler as he explores the musical life—a life where you respond to what’s going on around you in music. Through his own music as performer, writer and recording artist and through his songwriting teaching for adults and children, he inspires others to explore that creative landscape. He’s created a direct and emotional music that cuts across borders—combining folk roots, world music eclecticism, classical precision, and new age mysticism with the vitality of contemporary music. As the Washington Post says, his music "climbs up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up to the Himalayas. Goose bumps are a risk." He’s got a voracious musical appetite. Known for his many years as founder and leader of Trapezoid for over 25 years, he’s recently embarked on several new musical adventures: His new band Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy and Angela Kaset with their new album At Night the Roses Tango , his Kid Pan Alley children’s songwriting project, and his duo with Amy Speace. He also continues perform with the inter-disciplinary Ki Theatre and compose for film, theatre and orchestra. (link to aesop’s fables) He’s passionate about inspiring other people to live the musical life. He’s one of the most popular songwriting teachers in the country and he’s also the founder and artistic director of Kid Pan Alley.
Neely Reynolds - Songwriter
Neely Reynolds is a Singer/Songwriter who loves to play coffee houses. Neely's style is folk-country with a buttermilk smooth voice. Who performs Americana music Folk/Country cover tunes and original songs with imaginative lyrics. Neely is the Fort Worth NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association, International) Regional Workshop Coordinator and serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Songwriters Association. Is the Producer & Host for the Fort Worth Community Cable Television Show “THE SONG IN ALL OF US”. Also, Teaches Songwriting & Music Business for TCU Extended Learning Program. Neely Reynolds has appeared on ABC Wide World of Entertainment, Merv Griffin Show, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and was a recording artist for 20th Century Fox Records. Neely has performed at Colleges, Universities, Clubs, Concerts, Opryland U.S.A. and Six Flags Over Texas. Currently Neely Reynolds is an Independent Recording Artist, Producer and Publisher with Joseph Wyndell Productions and Neely Reynolds Music, BMI.
Dan Roberts - Songwriter
A solo artist in Texas for five years, Dan's previous 18 years were spent in Nashville Tennessee honing his craft as a songwriter. Dan has penned numerous billboard chart songs including serveral for mega superstar Garth Brooks. When Dan teamed up with Brooks and Bryan Kennedy to write the #1 smash "The Beaches of Cheyenne", Roberts was off and running. Garth signed Roberts and Kennedy to a two-year deal to open his world tour in 1996-97. The dou opened more Garth Brooks shows than any other opening act in Garth Brooks' career.
Tom Russell - Songwriter
Rivers Rutherford - Songwriter
Don Schlitz - Songwriter
Harriet Schock - songwriter
Thom Schuyler - Songwriter
Bob Seger - Songwriter
Steve Seskin - Songwriter
Allen Shamblin - Songwriter
Randy Sharp - Songwriter
Billy Joe Shaver - Songwriter
Victoria Shaw - songwriter
Paul Simon - Songwriter
Jeffrey Steele - Songwriter
Jack Sundrud - Songwriter
Fran Snyder - Songwriter
John Michael Talbot - Songwriter
Gary Talley -Songwriter Guitarist
James Talley - Songwriter
Bernie Taupin - Songwriter
James Taylor - Songwriter
Townes Van Zandt - Songwriter
Wherever the road led him on his brief fifty-two year tour of this sad and beautiful planet, Townes Van Zandt's reputation had a way of preceding him. He was a living legend albeit more often than not an unknown one. Van Zandt was a rambler, gambler, hell-bent drunk and arguably the greatest American songwriter of his day. The first time Emmylou Harris laid eyes on him in the late sixties, at Folk City in Greenwich Village, she swore Van Zandt was the re-incarnation of Hank Williams but with a twist. That twist to which Emmylou referred was Van Zandts incandescent lyrics, which he expressed with pristine imagery and harrowing honesty. John Townes Van Zandt came kickin and screamin into this life on March 7, 1944 in Fort Worth Texas. A true Texan, Townes kin were both oil barons and cattle rustlers. He wasn't born to money as much as history. Van Zandt County in west Texas had been christened in honor of his father's illustrious ancestors (Isaac, who was sent by Sam Houston to Washington cut the deal to annex Texas and Keebler, a General who built banks and brought the railroad to Fort Worth).
Jon Vezner - Songwriter
Grammy award-winning songwriter Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant “Where’ve You Been,” reflects his straight-to-the heart sensibility and sensitivity. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.
Cindy Walker - Songwriter
"I write...for people, for the artist and (they) all have different personalities. I just write what I think will suit them..sort of a tailor-made song. Some ideas come out of the blue, but not usually. I guess the more you write, the more you're likely to come up with ideas. It's just labor, that's all there is to it....The title tells the story. If you can get a real good title, you've got something. I always write from the title. I've never written a song without the title...The words and music come together. It just sort of comes to you. The songs just sing themselves to me. They kind of write themselves. I just stand back and listen..." "(Best tunes) are songs with a face. You recognize them. You know them. It's like a person. They have a face that's outstanding. Other songs don't have a face; you just hear them, that's all. The really good ones are few and far between."
Ron Walters - Songwriter
Ron has been in and out of professional music his entire life. Now he just likes to play, write music and have fun with it.
Ron C. Walters - Songwriter
Born to a musical family, Ron began performing at the age of four. His love of music has transcended into a timeless sound full of soul and passion. Ron skillfully represents his Texan roots of story telling through song, and his voice echoes the influences of his childhood growing up on the East side of San Antonio, TX.
Diane Warren - Songwriter
I’m sure, at some point in time, you have heard and liked Dianne Warren’s productions. You’ll be surprised of how many musicians collaborated with her. A 3-time Grammy winner, a five-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year winner, and a two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year winner. Her songs have appeared in over 50 movies, including Ghostbusters, Space Jam, Prince of Egypt, Up Close and Personal, The Preacher’s Wife, and White Men Can’t Jump.
Jimmy Webb - Songwriter
Clarifying himself as a romanticist, Webb’s use of vivid imagery simultaneously captures and involves his listeners’ emotions, which should come as no surprise to the songwriter who states, “I like words. I like the way they clash around together and bang up against each other, especially in songs.”
Bob Welch - Songwriter
Kevin Welch - Songwriter
Americana singer/songwriter Kevin Welch left his Oklahoma home at age 17 to pursue a life in music, settling in Nashville in 1978 after years of traveling. He soon signed on as a staff writer at Sony/Tree, over the decade to follow authoring songs for artists including Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Skaggs, and the Highwaymen; Welch's self-titled solo debut finally appeared on Reprise in 1990, followed two years later by the acclaimed Western Beat. Country radio remained resistant to his downbeat, acoustic style, however, and in 1995 he teamed with fellow Nashville renegades Kieran Kane, Tammy Rogers, and Harry Stinson to form his own independent label, Dead Reckoning. Welch's first album for the label, Life Down Here on Earth, followed soon after, and in 1999 he returned with Beneath My Wheels. Between 1999 and 2001, Welch recorded the Millionaire album with friends from Denmark called the Danes, and released it in the U.S. on Dead Reckoning. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide Written by Jason Ankeny
Andy Wilkinson - Songwriter
Andy Wilkinson is a writer and singer of contemporary western folk music. Through his poems and songs, he weaves images of people and places in telling the tales of the American West of yesterday and today. His material comes from true stories of the past and present, real events in the lives and times of the people of the West like his distant uncle Charlie Goodnight, pioneer trail-driver and cattleman, or Comanche chief Quanah Parker, or Billy the Kid. But most of his stories are taken from extraordinary happenings in the lives of ordinary people -- an angel on the running board of a Depression-era rancher's truck, a baby still-born to a young mother alone in a remote dugout on the Plains, the stirring epitaph burned by cowpunchers on a board marking the grave of their young comrade. More than drawing inspiration from these stories, Andy thoroughly researches each song or poem, making personal pilgrimages to the sites of the events and spending hours in libraries and museums and interviews. His solo acoustic performances are highlighted by his folksy, informative renditions of the stories behind the songs, leaving his audiences both entertained and educated. He is unique in a world of music written for the lowest common denominator.
Paul Williams - Songwriter
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