Song Camp




July 27th-29th , 2018 | ITINERARY COMING SOON


NSAI Member - $425
Non-Member - $525

We want you to make the most out of your time in Nashville! If you attend both Song Camp and Advanced Song Camp this year, you can receive a $100 rebate! Please contact NSAI to receive this offer.

Everyone is welcome at NSAI Song Camp! Whether you write country or pop, rock or rap, christian or folk – even if you just write lyrics. If you are the next Justin Timberlake or Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift or Adele, Song Camp is for you! Song Camp is the place for new friends, new co-writers, and new outlooks on every aspect of songwriting to enhance your craft. Features of Song Camp include: lectures, pro song breakdowns, group critique sessions and a performance opportunity at The Country Nashville!

We recommend attending NSAI Song Camp before applying to NSAI Advanced Song Camp.

Attendees ages 15 and under MUST have a parent accompany them during all times at the event. Parent registration price is half of the attendee’s registration price. Please call NSAI to process the parent payment.

Attendees ages 16-17 MUST have a parent present at the event venue, but the parent does not have to stay with the child during the actual event and breakouts. If the parent chooses to accompany their child during the event, they will need to pay for a pass themselves. Parent registration is half of the attendee’s registration price. Please call NSAI to process the parent payment.

Here at NSAI we believe that performing regularly is valuable to getting your songs heard! This July, we’ve teamed up with The Country Nashville and The Commodore Grille to showcase some of our Song Camp and Advanced Camp Attendees! A link for the Writers Round registrations will be sent to attendees in early July to register to play. We will then RANDOMLY select 28 people to play The Country and 28 people to play The Commodore Grille. We wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to play and we felt this accomplished that.





Ferocious talent, wit, and sincere humility rarely come together like they do in Grammy winner Luke Laird. Since moving to Nashville from a small farming town in Pennsylvania, Laird has become one of country and pop’s top songwriters and producers. The numbers are staggering: 45 radio singles –– 23 of which were Billboard No. 1 hits and 4 of which were in the Top 5 –– 2 Billboard No. 1 singles as a producer, and more than 100 album cuts fill his catalog. In three separate years, every single released that Laird wrote peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. He earned ACM Songwriter of the Year honors in 2015, and was named BMI Songwriter of the Year in 2012. 

As a producer, Laird has helped shape some of music’s most critically acclaimed projects of the last five years. He co-produced Kacey Musgraves 2013 debut, Same Trailer, Different Park, which garnered Grammy honors for Best Country Album and an ACM Album of the Year win. In 2015, he returned to the studio with Musgraves to co-produce her triumphant sophomore release, Pageant Material.
A slew of Grammy, ACM, CMA, and other nominations line Laird’s resume, which also includes six CMA Triple Play Awards, four NSAI “Songs I Wish I’d Written” Awards, the 2012 BMI Country Song of the Year trophy for Rodney Atkins’ “Take a Back Road,” and more. His list of No. 1 singles reads like a carefully curated playlist of soulful contemporary country: “Fast” and “I See You” (Luke Bryan); “Head Over Boots” (Jon Pardi); “T-Shirt” (Thomas Rhett); “Gonna” and “Hillbilly Bone” (Blake Shelton); “Talladega,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” and “Drink In My Hand” (Eric Church); “American Kids” (Kenny Chesney); “Sunshine & Whiskey” (Frankie Ballard); “One of Those Nights” (Tim McGraw); “Downtown” (Lady Antebellum); “Somebody’s Heartbreak” (Hunter Hayes); “Beat This Summer” (Brad Paisley); “Pontoon” (Little Big Town); “You” (Chris Young); “A Little Bit Stronger” (Sara Evans); “Take A Back Road” (Rodney Atkins); and “Temporary Home,” “Undo It,” “So Small,” and “Last Name” (Carrie Underwood). Other artists who have recorded Laird-penned songs represent a jaw-dropping grab bag of genres: Maren Morris, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, Toby Keith, Jake Owen, Steve Moakler, Sister Hazel, Ingrid Michaelson, Ashley Monroe, Sam Hunt, Angaleena Presley, Nikki Lane, Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Sheryl Crow, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Ne-Yo, Neal McCoy, Amy Grant, and many more. Today, Laird writes for and co-owns Nashville-based publishing and management company Creative Nation with his wife, Beth.

Steve Seskin is one of the most successful writers in Nashville today, with a boatload of songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, Collin Raye, Peter Frampton, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Mark Wills, and Peter Paul and Mary. His song "Don't Laugh At Me" was a finalist for CMA "Song of the Year" in 1999, and has spurred an entire tolerance movement, launched by the Don't Laugh at Me Project. Other Seskin hits include: "I Think About You," "Life's A Dance," "No Doubt About It," "If You've Got Love" and "Grown Men Don't Cry."


In his years of songwriting, Cliff has built a catalog of over a thousand songs. He’s worked as a staff songwriter for a Nashville publisher and his songs have been cut by major label artists across genres from country, pop and jazz to classical crossover. Cliff’s songwriting collaborators include GRAMMY-winning artist, Keb’ Mo’, multi-platinum selling artists Ke$ha, Lisa Loeb, Chris Barron (Lead singer of the Spin Doctors) and Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart.  His music has been used on NPR’s “This American Life” and in national advertising campaigns. Cliff’s co-write with artist, Spencer Day, “Till You Come To Me” went to #1 on the jazz charts.
An experienced educator, Cliff has taught songwriting and music business workshops for BMI, ASCAP, NARAS, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, The Songwriter’s Guild of America, the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International and more. Cliff is also a contributing author at and has spoken on songwriting for TEDx. Cliff is an author and freelance journalist as well contributing articles to EQ, Recording and ProSound News magazines along with numerous music websites and blogs. His eBook, The Songwriter’s Guide to Recording Professional Demos, has sold over 6,000 copies.

27digital founder, Lauren Summerford, moved to Nashville in 2007 with her sights set on making her mark in the music industry. While completing her studies at Belmont University, she began her nearly-eight year journey at Warner Music Nashville. As a core member of the Interactive & Consumer Marketing Team, Lauren led the charge on digital marketing initiatives for a diverse roster of Christian and Country acts. Lauren then decided it was time to apply her diverse experience and digital expertise to a broader variety of clients and brands. Thus, her new venture, 27digital, was born.

Upon graduation from Middle Tennessee State University and armed with a degree in Recording Industry Management, Tim started his own record label, Rhythm and Grooves Records. The label had strong initial success with a hit video on BET and a charted single on Billboard charts.  Ultimately, Hunze sold his interest in the company.  In 1993 Tim then took at job as archive manger at Great Cumberland Music Group (later renamed to Hamstein Music).  After a year as archive manager, Tim garnered his first cut with Giant Records artist, Clay Walker. This cut turn into Tim’s first single that peaked at # 14 on Billboard’s country music chart.  Hunze was promoted to creative director in 1995 and procured cuts with artist such as Tim McGraw, George Strait, Diamond Rio, John Michael Montgomery, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney.  In 2000, Hamstein sold to Mosaic Music group and then in 2005 sold to Stage Three Music Group.  Tim was appointed the General Manger.  Under Hunze’s tenure, Stage Three Music Group had over 15 #1’s including Jason Aldean’s “The Truth”, Sugarland’s’ “Want To”, “Already Gone”, and “It Happens”, Carrie Underwood’s, “Cowboy Casanova” and Kenny Chesney’s “Out Last Night”.  Stage Three Writer, Bobby Pinson won 2009 BMI Song Writer of The Year award and writer Brett James won 2010 ASCAP writer of the year.  In July of 2010, Stage Three Music was sold to BMG Rights Management.  In July of 2011, Hunze started Parallel Music Publishing, a partnership with JP Williams.  In their four short years they’ve have five number one records: “Better Dig Two”, “Mama’s Broken Heart”, “Til My Last Day”, “Love Me Like Me You Mean It”, and “Kiss You In The Morning”.  Parallel’s current roster: Alex Hall, Blake Chaffin, Jennifer Schott, Jesse Lee, Lance Carpenter, Michael Lotten and Michael White.


There's no shortage of guitar teachers in Music City USA...they don't call Nashville "Guitar Town" for nothing. But Dave Isaacs has earned a reputation as one of the best: not simply a guitar and piano teacher but as a musical mentor to performing artists, songwriters, and performers as well as beginners, weekend warriors, and perpetual beginners. Dave's approach to teaching develops not only guitar playing but the whole musician, building real skills, confidence, and musical knowledge. A dynamic performing artist himself, he played in venues across the US from small clubs to festivals and concert halls. He has jammed with Les Paul on a Manhattan nightclub stage, rocked in the mud at Yasgur's Farm, harmonized in Greenwich Village folk clubs, and chicken-picked hot licks on Nashville's Lower Broadway. His ten independent CD releases run a wide stylistic range, from eclectic singer-songwriter to swampy groove-blues, bright country-rock, Southern soul, and lyrical jazz and classical guitar. With his combined experience as a working musician and artist and nearly thirty years of teaching private lessons, workshops, clinics, and college courses, Dave Isaacs has a rare and exceptionally wide perspective as an educator.

Claude Kelly is an American singer, songwriter and music producer. He is a four-time Grammy Award nominee. Kelly has written songs for Whitney Houston, R. Kelly, Miley Cyrus, Olly Murs Jessie J, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, John Legend, Faith Evans, Joe Jonas, Jason Derulo Backstreet Boys, Adam Lambert, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, One Direction, The Wanted, and the K-pop girl group Wonder Girls. He co-executive produced Karmin's 2012 EP Hello and Tamia's 2012 album Beautiful Surprise, and co-produced Masha's debut rock EP Stupid, Stupid Dreams in 2013. He and Chuck Harmony make up the R&B duo Louis York, and founded the music collective Weirdo Workshop. Chuck Harmony, is an American music producer, musician, songwriter and entrepreneur. He is a three-time Grammy Award nominee, and won a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song for Fantasia’s "Bittersweet". Harmon's first major songwriting credit was as a co-writer alongside Ne-Yo on Celine Dion's "I Got Nothin' Left" from her 2007 album Taking Chances. He has since earned production, composition, songwriting and instrumentation credits on songs by artists including Ne-Yo, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Anthony Hamilton, Johnny Gill, Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson, K'naan, Bono and Corinne Bailey Rae. Harmony and Claude Kelly met while working on R&B singer Chrisette Michele's 2009 album Epiphany. They went on to write and produce together for artists including Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Jessie J, Faith Evans, Ledisi and Fantasia.


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.


This Illinois native and 25 year Nashville veteran has had over 100 cuts including songs recorded by Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride, Peter Cetera, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks and Chicago, among others. He has won 10 ASCAP awards including both Country and Pop Song of the Year for his #1, "When She Cries"... As an artist, he has recorded for Warner Bros., BNA and Curb Records... He has served on the Board of NSAI; has worked as a mentor in the MTSU music business program and is on the NARAS educational committee. He co-wrote the title track and Billy Currington #1 single, “We Are Tonight” and more recently, the title track of Ashley Monroe's Grammy nominated record, "The Blade", Blake Shelton's "She's Got a Way With Words" and Josh Turner’s #1, "Hometown Girl".


Maryland native Greg Friia was always convinced he was living on the wrong coast.  And he was right.......sort of.  What he thought was Los Angeles calling, turned out to be somewhere in the middle........Nashville, TN! Greg has an impressive list of collaborators including, Eric Paslay, Casey Beathard, Marc Beeson, Danielle Peck, Felix Cavaliere, Bill Champlin, Robbie Nevil, Kevin Savigar & Oliver Leiber in addition to his core of up and coming contemporaries. Greg has had songs recorded by Bonnie Tyler, Richie McDonald, Eric Paslay, Brady Seals, LoCASH & earned his first Top 5 song on the Billboard Dance Chart for the song "Body Needs" recorded by Consuelo Costin. He currently writes for Sea The Desert Entertainment and is the President of the Starbucks sponsored show "Songwriters Singing For Coffee.  

Corey Crowder is a singer/songwriter/producer based in Nashville, TN. Corey first reached national attention with songs on hit television shows such as One Tree Hill, The Biggest Loser, MTV’s The Real World, Bad Girls, and more. In 2010 he signed a developmental deal with Sony Records and spent the next couple years touring the country with artists such as Willie Nelson, Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Casey James, and LeAnn Rimes. Crowder signed his first publishing deal as a staff writer with Universal Music Publishing Group in 2010, landing him his first major label cuts with artists such as Chris Young, Eric Paslay, A Thousand Horses, David Nail, Justin Moore, The Cadillac Three, Jon Pardi, James Otto, Jamie Lynn Spears, Kenny Rogers, and more. Corey has also produced albums for Chris Young, Jamie Lynn Spears, James Otto, and Jess Moskaluke. Corey continues to have success with film/TV placements with shows like ABC’s Nashville, as well as writing the theme song for CMT’s new hit show Gainesville. Corey is currently a staff writer at Liz Rose Music Publishing in Nashville.

Growing up in Forsyth, Georgia, Justin Weaver played in bands throughout high school and toured most of the southeast playing with Jason Aldean as a teenager. He stopped touring for a few years to go to college, graduating from Gordon College with an AS in Business and then graduating Cum Laude from Georgia College & State University with a BA in Business Administration. Weaver moved to Nashville in the summer of 2002 and signed his first publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing in 2003. He has had cuts by Jason Aldean, Gary Allan, Brantley Gilbert, Meghan Trainor, Meatloaf, Chris Cagle, Kristy Lee Cook, Dustin Lynch, Greg Bates, Eli Young Band and many others. Top 20 singles include “Get Off On The Pain,” recorded by Gary Allan and “Got My Country On,” recorded by Chris Cagle. He has also had hits in Canada and Australia. Justin hit the top of the charts with Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” and Meghan Trainor’s duet with John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”.



Jason Blume ("Dear Diary" - Britney Spears)
Brent Baxter ("Monday Morning Church" - Alan Jackson)
Nicolle Galyon ("Automatic" - Miranda Lambert)
Liz Hengber ("Forever Love" - Reba McEntire)
Steve Leslie ("That's The Truth" - George Strait)
Tony Arata ("The Dance"- Garth Brooks)
Don Henry ("All Kinds of Kinds"- Miranda Lambert)
Lance Carpenter ("Love Me Like You Mean It"- Kelsea Ballerini)
Odie Blackmon ("Nothing On But The Radio"- Gary Allen)
Danny Wells ("These Days" - Rascal Flatts)
Rick Beresford ("If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me" - George Jones)
Justin Weaver ("Bottoms Up" - Brantley Gilbert)
James Dean Hicks ("Goodbye Time"- Conway Twitty)
and MORE!


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