Speakers

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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
A graduate of Belmont University, Funk has served as Creative Manager at Big Yellow Dog Music for the past three years as a song plugger and songwriter manager. In this position, she has been instrumental in the success of Big Yellow Dog Music songs "Hometown Girl" (recorded by Josh Turner), "Get to You" (Michael Ray), and "Ring on Every Finger" (LoCash), as well as in securing cuts by Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, and Sara Evans. She also has helped develop Big Yellow Dog Music artist writers Tenille Townes, Justin Forrest, and Ellee Duke.
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Clay MillsHit Songwriter and Co-Founder of SongTown
Mississippi Delta native Clay Mills’ list of accolades is quite impressive. Ten-time ASCAP awards winning songwriter/producer, penning #1 hits for Darius Rucker (“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”), Diamond Rio (“Beautiful Mess”), and Kimberley Locke (“Fall”). Along the way collecting Grammy Nominations for “Beautiful Mess” and Trisha Yearwood’s “Heaven Heartache and the Power of Love”. Clay has had over 75 songs recorded by artists such as Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood, Clay Walker, Reba McEntire, Easton Corbin, Andy Griggs, and many other. Clay’s most recent hits include Darius Rucker’s “History In The Making” and “I Got Nothing.” Clay is the co-founder of SongTown, which is a platform that provides a creative community of potential co-writers and world-class pro mentors. Click here to learn more about SongTown.
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Marty DodsonHit Songwriter and Co-Founder of SongTown

Marty Dodson was born in Apple Valley, CA and moved to Nashville, TN when he was just five years old. After several years of writing, he landed his first publishing deal with Sony ATV Nashville. During this time, he wrote “While You Loved Me,” which was a top ten single for Rascal Flatts and “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” which was a #1 Hit Smash for Billy Currington. Seven #1 songs and more than 125 cuts later, Marty has become one of the most accomplished writers in Nashville.
His songs have been recorded by other artists such as Joe Cocker, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, The Plain White T's, The Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams, Johnny Reid, Billy Ray Cyrus, and most recently, Blake Shelton.
Marty's self-professed "greatest achievement" in his songwriting career to date was knocking He is currently signed with SNG Music Nashville and is the Co-Founder of SongTown, which is a platform that provides a creative community of potential co-writers and world-class pro mentors. Click here to learn more about SongTown.

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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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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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