TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE 2017 PARTICIPANTS!
LIZ ROSE | SONGWRITER AND PUBLISHER
Rose began writing songs with Taylor Swift on Swift's 2006 self-titled debut album, on which Rose had seven co-writer's credits. Among those cuts were the album's first two singles, "Tim McGraw" and "Teardrops on My Guitar," which helped Rose win a Songwriter of the Year award from SESAC* in 2007. Rose continued working with Swift on her second album, 2008's Fearless, collaborating on the singles "White Horse" and "You Belong with Me" as well as the title track. "White Horse" won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 2010, and "You Belong with Me" was nominated for Song of the Year. She won an ACM Award for Song of the Year, in 2011, for co-writing the Eli Young Band hit “Crazy Girl” with Lee Brice. With Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna, Rose co-wrote Little Big Town’s hit “Sober” and the vocal group’s 2015 blockbuster, “Girl Crush.” She runs her own music publishing company, Liz Rose Music, in Nashville.
STEVE LESLIE | SONGWRITER, PUBLISHER AND EDUCATOR
After teaching privately in Tallahassee, Fl. for eight years, Steve moved to Nashville in 1992. He was signed to a staff songwriting position at EMI Music Publishing shortly thereafter, where he had songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Mark Chesnutt, George Strait, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, and Neal McCoy, to name a few. Steve earned a Grammy Certificate for the title cut to Ricky Skaggs' 2004 "Brand New Strings" which won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year. From 2007-2014 he maintained a career as an independent songwriter and music publisher, with songs recorded by Darryl Worley and Darius Rucker. Steve From 2011-2014 Steve was Adjunct Professor of Songwriting at Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee. In 2014 Steve started SNG Music, LLP along with business partner and fellow songwriter Gary Reamey.
JESSE FRASURE | SONGWRITER, PUBLISHER, PRODUCER AND DJ
Jesse Frasure is an American music publisher, record producer, songwriter, and DJ. Jesse is not only published by Roc Nation, he has his own venture under the Roc umbrella, Rhythm House, to foster and develop talent. Frasure has produced, co-written, or remixed releases by Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Meghan Trainor, Rascal Flatts, Who Is Fancy, Luke Bryan, Gary Allan, Billy Currington, Hot Chelle Rae, Chris Lane, The Cadillac Three, and others. Frasure recently scored three No. 1 songs as a songwriter on Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze,” Thomas Rhett’s “Crash & Burn,” and Rascal Flatts’ “I Like The Sound of That.” He also co-produced Rhett’s sophomore album, Tangled Up, with legendary producer Dann Huff. As DJ Telemitry, Frasure has DJed parties for celebrity clients including Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Drake, Kim Zolciak, Todd English, and Cee Lo.
JAMIE HOUSTON | SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER
Jamie Houston is a Songwriter/Producer who was raised in a small town in Tennessee, about 30 minutes north of Nashville. In 2014, after 24 years of being based in Los Angeles, he has come back home with his wife and 7 yr old daughter, longing for a true music community. Throughout his career, Jamie has written in various styles, even charting songs in Rock, Country, Pop, R&B and Gospel all at the same time. His songs have sold over 65 million records. He has written for artists Mylie Cyrus, Carlos Santana, Sheryl Crow, Steven Tyler, Macy Gray and Donna Summer to name a few. Jamie has also written songs for over 30 feature films, such as Pixar’s “Wreck It Ralph” for which he won the Annie Award for best song in an Animated feature, Monster’s University, What A Girl Wants, Ice Princess, Rug Rats Go To Paris, as well as High School Musical 1,2 and 3, Hannah Montana and Georgia Rule. His song “Breaking Free” garnered an Emmy Nomination for Best Song as well as breaking “Harper Valley PTA’s” record for the biggest jump for a single (#87 to #4) in one week (Billboard). Jamie is currently writing and producing his production company's artist “Levon” for Sony Nashville’s Columbia Records/ Epic Records. He was also a staff producer at Atlantic Records.
KATIE JELEN | SECRET ROAD MUSIC PUBLISHING
Katie Jelen is head of artist relations for Secret Road Music Services and one half of the creative team for Secret Road Music Publishing, handling the Nashville operations for the company. A "recovering singer-songwriter," she is a classically trained vocalist with a degree in Music Industry as well as a law degree from Drexel University with a concentration in intellectual property. Her responsibilities at Secret Road include setting up co-writes, coordinating the fulfillment of creative briefs for synch placements and pitching songs to the country and pop markets. Secret Road is a music licensing, publishing and management company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, that has placed songs in such highly rated television shows as Grey's Anatomy, Parenthood, Girls and Pretty Little Liars, and in such films as What to Expect When You're Expecting, Something Borrowed, and No Strings Attached. Additionally, Secret Road artists have provided music for a wide range of brands, including Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Target and Google.
BART HERBISON | NSAI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A Paris, Tenn., native, Herbison worked as a reporter and spent 14 years in radio before joining the staff of former Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter in 1987. Herbison joined the staff of U.S. Rep. Bob Clement (D-Nashville) in 1988. During the next 10 years, Herbison served as the Tennessee Congressman’s Press Secretary, Campaign Manager and Chief Administrative Officer before leaving Capitol Hill for Music Row in 1997.
2017 BREAKOUT MENTORS (MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED)
CRAIG MONDAY | SONGWRITER & NSAI MENTOR
With his pure country voice and youthful charm, Craig Monday, from Luttrell, TN, may have taken the long way to reach this point in his career, but feels he is exactly where he’s meant to be. Craig's song, "Heaven is a Small Town," was the inspiration for the creation of Adroit Records. When label president and producer Jim Tract heard Craig perform the song at the Bluebird in Nashville, the audience gasped, and then applauded the first time Craig sang the chorus. Craig is cultivating an extensive hit catalog including Kenny Chesney’s, “Got a Little Crazy,” Diamond Rio’s “The Power of a Song,” Mark Wills’ “My Second 16,” Jamey Johnson’s “Lead Me Home,” as well as tracks on the Roy Lewis, Earl Scruggs and Lizzy Long collaborative project.
LANCE CARPENTER | SONGWRITER
Nashville recording artist and professional songwriter Lance Carpenter pens hits of contemporary country radio, while still staying true to his traditional background. Lance recently celebrated his first #1 by co-writing Kelsea Ballerini's history making song "Love Me Like You Mean It." He says, “The more success I have in this business the more significant I can be in the lives of others.” He released his debut self titled debut album “Lance Carpenter” in 2013 and has performed with Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Randy Rogers Band and more. Lance currently writes for Parallel Music Publishing and plans to continue writing music that inspires, memorializes and captures his own zest for life.
RC BANNON | SONGWRITER & NSAI MENTOR
Three months after moving to Nashville in 1976 he got his first writers deal with Warner Bros Music. Four months after that he signed a recording contract with CBS. (Columbia). On the second anniversary of his arrival in Nashville, RC received his first No. 1 record, Ronnie Milsap's "Only One Love In My Life.” RC's other No. 1 records are Barbara Mandrell's "One of a Kind, Pair of Fools," and Steve Azar's "(I Don’t Have To Be) Me Til Monday." Other artists he has written hits for include Bobby Bare, Roy Head, Hank Thompson, Charlie McClain, and Louise Mandrell. His song "Loveless Motel," which he wrote and sang, can be heard in the popular movie "The Outsiders." RC recently received the prestigious "2-Million Air Play" award from BMI for "(I Don’t Have To Be Me) Til Monday." Throughout his career he has received various awards, including an Academy of Country Music Award.
MASON DOUGLAS | SONGWRITER & NSAI MENTOR
Mason Douglas is a staff writer for Judy Harris Music for over 3 years, and had his first Billboard Top 40 Country hit last year with the Lost Trailers' "American Beauty". He has released his own artist projects on Rural Rhythm Records, Adroit Records, and Blix Street Records, tours nationally and internationally, sings demos for numerous recording studios, produces, and also just finished up a pop-culture guidebook to Nashville called "Now You Know Nashville".
E.T. BROWN | SESAC
E. T. Brown is the Coordinator, Writer/Publisher Relations at SESAC. He works with songwriters and publishing companies in a wide variety of genres and areas of the music industry. E.T. also play bass and sings in the band Dark Hound.
KENYON GLENN | ASCAP
Kenyon moved to Nashville in 2006 to attend Vanderbilt University. During college, he interned at various music publishing companies including Stage Three Music, Elevation Music, and Warner/Chappell. After college, Kenyon worked at Sony/ATV Music Publishing in the global royalties department before moving to the independent song-plugging sector pitching songs for Curb Publishing. In 2015, Kenyon joined ASCAP as a Writer Services Representative where he daily assists members and prospective members on joining, benefits, education, career advice, career development, payments, and education. He is also a keyboardist for a local gospel church.
2017 FEATURED PUBLISHERS
NICOLE SHERRILL | LITTLE EXTRA MUSIC
Nicole Sherrill is a 27 year old born and raised Nashvillian!! A legacy of the music industry, Nicole always had a passion for everything music and inner workings of the business. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in musical theater from the University of Mississippi, she immediately jumped into the professional performing world working with Matt Davenport Productions. Her work took her everywhere from Hershey Park to Sea World San Antoni, to a national tour across the country. Her performing career led her back to Nashville in 2013 where she began working on her own recording project and soon joined the cast of the iconic General Jackson Showboat as a full time singer/entertainer. She is now entering in to her 4th season with the boat. In the summer of 2015, Nicole began her journey into the music business where she found her home working with Lisa Ramsey- Perkins and her independent publishing company Little Extra Music. “I’ve always had a passion for songs. The creative process of writers forming lyrics and a melody to tell a story that will touch millions of people is simply unbelievable. The joy behind connect a song with the perfect artist is overwhelming and incredibly rewarding.” Nicole has been with Little Extra almost 2 years as creative director and a full time song plugger for the company.
CHRISTINA WILTSHIRE | SEA GAYLE MUSIC
Christina Wiltshire is the creative manager for Sea Gayle Music. The University of South Carolina graduate moved to Nashville in 2013. She started her career as creative coordinator for Patrick Joseph Music before working as a songplugger at Latigo Shore Music. Wiltshire also serves as a board member for the Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) as well as the Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament.
CASEY LEVASSEUR | 3 RING CIRCUS MUSIC
Casey LeVasseur has been a part of 3 Ring Circus Music publishing for ten years. During that time LeVasseur has had a hand in developing writers and artists, pitching songs, coordinating artist production, artist management as well as various other creative endeavors.
KENDALL LETTOW | MV2 ENTERTAINMENT
Kendall spent most of her childhood in Birmingham. AL, and has always had a love for music. She began interning at the publishing company Big Loud Shirt in 2011 and landed her first job at Kobalt Music as a Creative Assistant that same year. In 2013, Lettow continued her career in publishing by taking the position of Creative Director at the Orbison family publishing company Still Working Music. Soon after, in October 2013, she ended up at the independent publishing company THiS Music, where she spent almost three years managing writers and song plugging before switching over to MV2 Entertainment in March 2016 as Creative Director to pursue publishing, artist development, and TV/Film.
DANNY BERRIOS | DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING
Danny Berrios is currently the Creative Manager at Downtown Music Publishing’s Nashville office. There, he works under industry veteran, Steve Markland, managing an incredible writer roster, and pitching songs in the Country, Pop, and Film/TV worlds. Downtown’s Nashville office services the songwriting careers of Marc Beeson, Kelly Archer, Kendell Marvel, Andy Albert, Charlie Peacock, Sam Ashworth, and Tony Esterly, up and coming artist/writers Jillian Jacqueline, Sara Haze, and Lacy Cavalier, and Americana all-stars, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Old Crow Medicine Show.
TIFFANY GOSS | CURB MUSIC PUBLISHING
PAST FACULTY AND GUESTS
Annie Tate ("Somebody" - Reba McEntire)
Brent Baxter ("Monday Morning Church" - Alan Jackson)
Erin Enderlin ("You Don't Know Jack" - Luke Bryan)
Jaime Babbitt - heard on several jingles for Dr. Pepper, Diet Coke, Starburst and more
Jim McCormick - ("That Would Be Me" - Harry Connick Jr.)
Larry Beaird - Beaird Music Group
Mason Douglas ("American Beauty" - Lost Trailers)
Steve Leslie ("That's The Truth"- George Strait)
Travis Meadows ("Riser"- Dierks Bentley)
Gordon Kennedy ("Change The World" - Eric Clapton)
James Dean Hicks ("Goodbye Time"- Conway Twitty)
Jeff Carlton - Parallel Music Publishing
John Tumminello - Executive Director of Musician's Corner, Co-owner of Music City Unsigned
Justin Weaver - ("Bottoms Up" - Brantley Gilbert)
Pat Pattison - Professor at Berklee College of Music
Ralph Murphy ("He Got You" - Ronnie Milsap)
Rick Beresford ("If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me" - George Jones)
Steve Seskin ("All I Need To Know" - Kenny Chesney)
Tom Douglas ("Meanwhile Back At Mama's" - Tim McGraw)
Tom Shapiro ("No Place That Far" - Sara Evans)
Tony Martin ("You Look Good In My Shirt" - Keith Urban)