Blending elements of folk and pop, Michael Logen's music intertwines the poetry and lyrical depth of the folk tradition with the infectious melodies and subtle grooves of a modern pop singer/songwriter. Michael’s songs have been recorded by a diverse group of artists ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Delerium. In addition, he wrote Kristy Lee Cook's debut country single "Airborne Ranger Infantry," with additional cuts by Mat Kearney (“City of Black and White”), Wonderland (first hit single “Nothing Moves Me Anymore”), and many others. Also, Michael has written numerous songs with Jonny Lang that will be on Lang's upcoming release.
A six-time Grammy Award winner, Brent Maher (Moraine) become one of Nashville’s most successful and critically acclaimed producers and hit songwriters. Maher’s accomplishments include over 20 number one singles, numerous top ten singles and a wide array of platinum and multi-platinum selling albums. His credits read as a “Who’s Who” of recording artists including The Judds, Shelby Lynne, Nickel Creek, Wynonna, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina, Kathy Mattea, Ray Charles, Olivia Newton-John, Dave Loggins, Dottie West, Ike & Tina Turner and many more. Recently, Maher engineered the Grammy award-winning album “The Last of the Breed” with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Ray Price.
Dave Richardson was a Canadian police officer at the time he wrote the lyrics for the hit song “Wildflower”. The words were originally a poem written for his girl friend, which he passed on to his close friend David Foster. Richardson explained his lyrical inspiration in an interview: "In 1970 I was dating a nurse, whom I would eventually marry in 1971 (it only lasted four years, though - we were both not ready for such a commitment). One night I went to pick her up at her apartment, as we had planned on going out. When she opened the door I saw that she was upset to the point of tears. She still had a housecoat on and had her hair wrapped in a towel after a shower. She told me that two elderly ladies she had been caring for in the hospital had died that day at work, and she felt terribly sad about it, as she had come to know them fairly well over a period of time. Anyway, she more or less vented her feelings and I just listened.
Doug Edwards is a bass player/guitarist/vocalist-producer that currently performs with the classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack. “Wildflower” by Doug Edwards and David Richardson is one of the most performed songs in the history of Canadian popular music. Guitarist Doug Edwards (with Skylark at the time) fished the lyric out of a stack and composed the melody on organ in about half an hour - about as long as it took Richardson to write the words. The arrangement is built around a basic track featuring Doug Edwards on guitar, Steve Pugsley on bass and Duris Maxwell on drums - a first take run-through serendipitously captured by producer/engineer Eirik "the Norwegian" Wangberg.
It’s been nearly seven years since celebrated duo Azure Ray released their critically acclaimed album Hold On Love. It’s been a long wait for music fans, but thankfully that wait is about to come to an end. The highly anticipated full-length from Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor is a sublime future classic titled Drawing Down the Moon, set for release on Saddle Creek in September. The record was produced by Eric Bachmann at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, mixed by Michael Patterson in Los Angeles, CA and features guest appearances by Andy LeMaster and Liz Durrett. With their three prior full lengths and the November EP the duo drew fans from around the globe with their transcendent songwriting and stunning vocals, Drawing Down the Moon is an even more impressive and beguiling delight. Their undeniable talents lie in balladry so breathtakingly visceral that it soars straight through the ears into the veins until it pumps firmly into the heart.
“I have come across a lot of musicians and I’m telling you that Maddy is one of those, every now and then, if you’re lucky, you stumble across somebody who has this kind of talent…” Greig Nori, producer (Sum 41, Hedley, Marianas Trench, San Sebastian)
Maddy has been singing since she was a little girl and started writing songs when she was 13. At just 16 years old at the time, and the only solo artist finalist of MuchMusic’s hit television show Disband season 2, Maddy Rodriguez impressed several music industry pros. At 15 she auditioned for Disband and was selected from among 1,000 bands/artists to be part of the 13 artists featured in season 2.
Often described as disarming, Grammy-nominated songwriter Jessie Jo Dillon doesn't shy away from her passion for songs: "Words and music are my truest loves, my best friends, always have been. My heart wholly belongs to them and always will." It's with this attitude and a style all her own that she has begun making a name for herself in Nashville's eclectic music community.
Born and raised in Tennessee, she grew up on three-chord country and classic rock 'n roll. Among others, she credits Hank Williams Sr., Conor Oberst, her father (Dean Dillon), Bobby Braddock, Bob McDill, Hank Cochran, Jagger/Richards, and Don Henley as major inspirations and it shows in her music. "Every time I write I want to be honest, always have to be honest. I try to capture any raw emotion, really. I just want to write songs that make you feel something, bring back how you felt in a certain moment, or create a new memory."
Anthony Smith is a versatile songwriter, record producer, and arranger who has achieved great success in many different genres, including Country, Pop, R&B, Jazz, and Hip Hop (to name a few). He has worked with such noteable artists as Chris Young, Rodney Atkins, Lonestar, Clay Walker, Reba McIntire, Vince Gill, Donna Summer, Bucky Covington, The Wilkinsons, and Kenny Rogers, all who have recorded his songs.
Anthony’s music has been successful in the film world, appearing in Almost An Angel, Earth Force, and Graveyard Shift. He was also a featured mentor songwriter (along with Jermaine Jackson and George Clinton) on Seasons two and three of the hit CMT reality show, “Gone Country.”
Anthony excels in truly all aspects of writing music, having produced and co-wrote the “Titans on 2” jingle for News Channel 2, WKRN in Nashville, TN as well.
William Fitzsimmons (born 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, based in Illinois. He is perhaps best known for his songs “Passion Play” and “Please Don’t Go”, which aired during pivotal scenes in the TV medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
William draws from those early folks styling’s of his mother’s music, and the embellished instrumentation of his father’s. He is often compared to contemporaries Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, and the late Elliott Smith, not only for his unique style and skill in writing and proclivity to deal with substantive and evocative subject matter, but also for his use of organic and colorful melodies and arrangements.