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Ryan BeaverSMACK Songs, Writer
Ryan Beaver is a country singer/songwriter signed to SMACKSongs. The Texas native moved to Nashville in 2013 to continue pursuing his songwriting and artist career. His latest album, Rx, was critically acclaimed for its “visceral emotional work” (NPR) and Beaver has been heralded as an “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone. He has written songs for artists such as Ryan Hurd (“Platonic”), Steve Moakler (“Breaking New Ground”), HARDY (“4X4”), Larry Fleet (“Mix ‘Em With Whiskey”), and more. Beaver is currently in studio working on his forthcoming album, due later this year.
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Josh DorrSMACK Songs, Writer
Josh Dorr was born and raised in the coal mining town of Gillette, Wyoming. He moved to Nashville in January 2010.  Dorr has released 2 EP’s of his own since moving to Nashville. The first “self titled” and second “Sundancer” which was released in November of 2017. Since then, Dorr has been writing and working on his upcoming release which will be expected early 2020.
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Emily FalveySMACK Songs, Writer
Emily Falvey is a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Falvey is an alumna of Belmont University’s esteemed Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, graduating in 2018 with a B.A. in Songwriting and a B.B.A. in Music Business. She signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with SMACKSongs in April 2018. The single she penned for Big Loud artist MacKenzie Porter, “Seeing Other People,” recently reached #1 on the Canadian Country Airplay chart. Falvey has other recent and upcoming releases with artists such as Vicetone, Nightly, Josh Kerr, Jake Scott, Katelyn Tarver, Twinnie, Gatlin, Summer Overstreet, and more. Falvey was recently nominated for a 2020 AIMP award in the category of “Publisher’s Pick” for “Seeing Other People,” and was named as a member of the AIMP Nashville Songwriter Series Class of 2019, which has been categorized by MusicRow Magazine as “an indicator of what’s to come from the thriving independent music publishing community.” The songs she has been a part of have garnered over 18 million streams on Spotify to date, and recent collaborators include Shane McAnally, Amy Wadge, Maddie & Tae, Sasha Sloan, Charles Kelley, MacKenzie Porter, Josh Kerr, Danielle Bradbery, RaeLynn, Avenue Beat, Tommy Lee James, Stuart Crichton, David Hodges, Walker Hayes, Nate Cyphert, Tofer Brown, Paul DiGiovanni, Troy Verges, Matt McGinn and Gordie Sampson.
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Courtney AllenMusic Publisher, BMG Nashville
Courtney Allen started her journey in the music business when she was a junior in college. After a few years of working in radio, Courtney began working at NSAI. During her time there, she was able to mentor many aspiring writers and her passion to work back in publishing grew even more. Courtney took the position of Creative Director at Starstruck Writers Group (owned by Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock) where she managed six fabulous writers. She now is the Creative Director of BMG Music Group.
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Lauren FunkMusic Publisher, Big Yellow Dog Music

Lauren started interning at Big Yellow Dog Music in early 2014. Owner Carla Wallace was impressed with her song sense and knowledge of songs and songwriters. She was hired full-time as creative manager as soon as she graduated from Belmont University.

Funk has worked with four Grammy winners during her time at Big Yellow Dog – Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris, Josh Kear, and Daniel Tashian. Songs she has had a hand in getting cut include “Hometown Girl” (Josh Turner), “Get To You” (Michael Ray), and “Ring On Every Finger” (LoCash) She has also secured cuts with Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, Jessie James Decker, Gary Allen, Sara Evans, and Logan Mize.

Lauren was instrumental in developing and setting up co-writes for Sony Nashville’s Tenille Townes as well as signing Dave Pittenger (cuts with Tenille Arts, Jessie James Decker, and Chase Bryant) Jim Beavers who has had nine number one singles including Luke Bryan’s “Drink A Beer” and Chris Stapleton’s “Parachute”. Her most recent signing at Big Yellow Dog is songwriter and producer Zarni deVette. deVette claimed the No. 1 spot on iTunes All Genre/Country and reached the No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Digital Sales Chart with her song “Somebody Does,” recorded by country duo Tigirlily.

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Cliff GoldmacherGrammy Winning Songwriter and Mentor
A GRAMMY-recognized songwriter, 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 Keb’ Mo’ (with whom he co-wrote on the GRAMMY-winning album "Oklahoma"), 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. Cliff is a contributing author for LinkedIN Learning and has spoken on songwriting for TedX.
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Mitch GallagherSweetwater Music
Sweetwater's Editorial Director, Mitch Gallagher, is one of the leading music/pro audio/audio recording authorities in the world. The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Gallagher has published thousands articles, is the author of seven books and one instructional DVD, and appears in well over 2,500 videos on YouTube. He teaches audio recording and music business at Purdue University/Indiana University, and has appeared at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world. His most recent release is his EP, Foundation, which came out in 2018.
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Phillip WhiteAward-Winning Hit Songwriter

Phillip White is a three time number one hit songwriter, an Academy of Country Music award winner, and Grammy nominated songwriter and producer that writes songs for some of the biggest artists in the business. George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Ledoux, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Reba, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, and Jake Owen are some of the artists that have recorded Phillip's work. Among these include the 2003 ACM Song of the Year, the Rascal Flatts smash "I'm Movin' On," the theme song for Reba's self titled hit TV show "I'm A Survivor," and Blake Shelton's "Nobody But Me."

As a performer, White has played some of the most legendary venues in the nation, including the Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ol Opry House, The Station Inn, The Louisiana Hayride, The Bluebird Cafe, The Disney Theater, and The Florida Theater, just to name a few. Phillip’s debut album, Movin’ On Sessions Vol. 1, was released on June 21st, 2019 and Movin’ On Sessions Vol. 2 was released this year. Phillip is also a board member on the Muscle Shoals Songwriters Foundation Board.

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Brice LongAward-Winning Hit Songwriter

Brice has enjoyed a successful 25 year music career. As a songwriter he has had cuts with Garth Brooks, George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr, Randy Houser, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire, Gary Allan, Chris Young, Jon Pardi, The Grascals, Casey James, Darryl Worley, Randy Travis, Craig Campbell, Gretchen Wilson, John Michael Montgomery, Porter Wagoner and many more.

Brice’s songwriting hits include the #1 singles “Heartache On The Dance Floor” by Jon Pardi and “Nothing On But The Radio” by Gary Allan. Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy”, a song that also garnered Brice a CMA nomination for Song of the Year. Other recent chart toppers are Randy Houser’s debut single, “Anything Goes”, “Today” from Gary Allan, Casey James’ “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” and Jon Pardi’s, “What I Can’t Put Down”.

Brice Long is signed to Sony Music Publishing. He is a native of Hopkinsville, KY. His self-titled album is available on iTunes or wherever digital music is streamed and sold.

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I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.
Leslie KnopeDeputy Director, Waffle Enthusiast
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I tried to make Ramen in the coffee pot and I broke everything.
Andy DwyerLocal Rockstar, FBI Agent

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