Allen Shamblin

Allen Shamblin was born in Tennessee and grew up in Huffman, Texas, about 30 miles outside of Houston. After graduating with a Marketing degree from Sam Houston State University, Allen moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked as a real -estate appraiser by day and honed his songwriting skills by night.  In August of 1987, Allen moved to Nashville, with 14 completed songs.  His “story songs” with vivid detail and honest, earthy lyrics quickly caught the ear of the Nashville music establishment.

 

In 1989, it was Randy Travis’ #1 version of He Walked On Water, which brought Allen to the forefront of the songwriting community seemingly “overnight.” This began a string of award winning songs throughout the 1990’s and on into the new millennium such as “Walk On Faith” by Mike Reid, “In This Life” by Collin Raye, “Thinkin’ Problem” by David Ball, “Life’s A Dance” by John Michael Montgomery, “We Were In Love” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Laugh At Me” by Mark Wills, “Live, Laugh, Love” by Clay Walker, “Where The Blacktop Ends” by Keith Urban and Dove Award winner “It’s In God’s Hands Now” by Anointed. “I Can’t Make You Love Me,“a song co-written with Mike Reid and recorded by Bonnie Raitt was nominated for a Grammy Award and voted the #8 song of “The 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time” in the August 2000 issue of Mojo Magazine

 

Allen has also co-authored two children’s books “Don’t Laugh At Me” and “A Chance To Shine” with his friend and co-writer, Steve Seskin. “Don’t Laugh At Me” has been translated into several languages and is being used by teachers throughout the United States and other parts of the world as an aid against bullying.

 

Allen has had more than 100 songs recorded by artists in several genres of music.  He currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife Lori and their three children on a small farm with 3 horses, 2 burros, 1 Texas Longhorn steer, 5 goats, 1 rooster and too many dogs and cats.

 

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#1 SONGS
  • “Walk On Faith” – Mike Reid
  • “Don’t’ Laugh At Me” – Mark Wills
  • “He Walked On Water” – Randy Travis
  • “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
      • 2011 Grammy award for Best Female Country Performance
  • “Where The Blacktop Ends” – Keith Urban
  • “In This Life” – Collin Raye
  • “We Were In Love” – Toby Keith
  • “Thinkin’ Problem” – David Ball

 

TOP 10 SONGS
  • “I Can’t Make You Love Me” – Bonnie Raitt
      • Ranked one of the greatest songs of all time
  •  “Life’s A Dance” – John Michael Montgomery

 

Other cuts by:  The Judds, Patty Loveless, Anointed, Steve Wariner, Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, Ricky Van Shelton, Ashley Monroe, Mike Reid, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Chesney, Neal McCoy, Dan Seals

 

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Casey Beathard

Casey Beathard moved to Nashville after attending Elon College in North Carolina in 1991. He immediately landed a day job at the Country Music Hall of Fame working in the gift show and mail order. He then took a part time, second job, at the Blue Bird Cafe as a cook/bar back. He says ever significant connection a “wanna-be” writer/artist could make, was made at those two jobs.

 

He began singing demo’s for Hall of Fame writer Don Schlitz, among others, while continuing to play “live” at any “open mic” and for anyone else who would listen. After starting to concentrate more on his songwriting, he had the title cut on Kenny Chesney’s album, “I Will Stand” and then the single “Right Where I Need To Be” by Gary Allan.

 

His huge hits include “Like Jesus Does” & “Homeboy” by Eric Church, George Strait’s “The Breath You Take”, Aaron Tippin’s “Where the Stars & Stripes & Eagles Fly”, and a string of #1’s that include “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem”, “Don’t Blink”, “Come Back Song”, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”, “Cleaning This Gun”, “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” and “The Boys of Fall”.

 

The son of respected NFL Hall of Fame member Bobby Beathard, and the father of four children, Casey is a two-time winner of Broadcast Music Inc’s Songwriter of the Year for 2004 and 2008.

 

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  • “The Boys of Fall” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” – Rodney Atkins
  • “Come Back Song” – Darius Rucker
  • “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” – Tracy Lawrence
  • “Don’t Blink” – Kenny Chesney
  • “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo” – Tracy Byrd
  • “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” – Aaron Tippin
TOP 10 SONGS
  • “Do You Want Fries with That” – Tim McGraw
  • “Homeboy” – Eric Church
  • “How ’bout Them Cowgirls” – George Strait
  • “I Got A Feelin’” – Billy Currington
  • “Just Fishin’” – Trace Adkins
  • “Like a Wrecking Ball” – Eric Church
  • “Like Jesus Does” – Eric Church
  • “Right Where I Need to Be” – Gary Allan
  • “The Outsiders” – Eric Church
  • “Walk a Little Straighter” – Billy Currington
  • Other cuts by: George Strait, Jake Owen, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, Clay Walker, Clay Davidson, Jeff Bates, Josh Thompson, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry

 

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Liz Rose

Liz Rose is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, 2007 SESAC Nashville Songwriter of the Year, founder of a music publishing company, and most recently, Texas Heritage Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee. Rose was born and raised in the Dallas, Texas area.  In the mid-1990s she moved to Nashville and began writing songs at the age of 37. One of her first cuts was “Elisabeth” recorded by Billy Gilman in 2001. In 2003, Gary Allan took Rose’s “Songs About Rain” into the country Top 10.

 

A frequent collaborator of Taylor Swift’s, Rose co-wrote 16 songs with Swift, including the #1 crossover hits “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “You Belong With Me” (which won the 2010 BMI Award for Song of the Year), “Tim McGraw” and “White Horse” (which won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Country Song).

 

Rose was the recipient of the 2012 ACM Award for Song of the Year in honor of Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl.” In 2015, she won Song of the Year at the Country Music Association awards and won the Grammy for Best Country Song for co-writing “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town. “Girl Crush” was written with Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna, and collectively they call themselves The Love Junkies. Most recently the trio collaborated on Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty.” She has also penned songs for many other artists including Tim McGraw, Dan and Shay, Alison Krauss, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Young, Bonnie Raitt, and more.

 

Liz Rose is not only a songwriter, but a successful publisher. Rose began as a publisher before signing her first songwriting deal with Jody Williams Music. In 2010, Rose launched Liz Rose Music with her son Scott Ponce as a home for burgeoning songwriters. The company’s roster now includes Phil Barton, Cameron Bedell, Seth Ennis, Alyssa Micaela, Emily Shackelton, Caitlin Rose, with legacy writers Corey Crowder, Jeff Middleton, Stephony Smith, Jesse Walker, Femke Weidema, Chuck Wicks, and Walt Wilkins.  The company operates on the simple principle, “Great Songs, Great People.”

 

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Paul Overstreet

Overstreet was born in Vancleave, Mississippi. Prior to his solo success, he was one third of the trio S-K-O, in which he recorded one studio album. S-K-O (also known as Schuyler, Knobloch & Overstreet) with Thom Schuyler and J. Fred Knobloch. S-K-O charted three singles with Overstreet as a member, including the #1 “Baby’s Got a New Baby”.

 

In 1988, Overstreet signed to RCA Nashville as a solo artist. His second solo album, Sowin’ Love, accounted for five straight Top 10 hits on the country charts: “Love Helps Those”, the title track, “All the Fun”, “Seein’ My Father in Me” and “Richest Man on Earth.” His second album, 1990’s Heroes, produced the #1 lead-off single “Daddy’s Come Around”, which was followed by the Top 10’s “Heroes” and “Ball and Chain”.

 

During his songwriting career, primarily in the Country genre, Overstreet has written or co-written 27 Top Ten songs. During this time, he has won two Grammy Awards and also won ACM and CMA Song of the Year Awards (1987 and 1988). Overstreet was named the BMI Songwriter of the Year five straight years, from 1987–91, an achievement on music row that has not been achieved before or since. He co-wrote “A Long Line of Love”, “Love Can Build a Bridge”, and “Forever and Ever, Amen”. Other well-known hits of recent years he is known for are “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney and “Some Beach” by Blake Shelton, which was a Number One hit in 2004.

 

Paul Overstreet is best known for writing country music mainstays such as “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “On the Other Hand”, both of which were #1 hits for Randy Travis. He also co-wrote “When You Say Nothing at All” which was a #1 for Keith Whitley, and later a Top Five hit in 1995 for Alison Krauss, and revived later in 1999 by Ronan Keating of Boyzone.

 

In 2003, Paul was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 

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#1 SONGS
  • “Seein’ My Father In Me” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Daddy’s Come Around” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Baby’s Got A New Baby” – SKO
  • “When You Say Nothing At All” – Keith Whitley
  • “On The Other Hand” – Randy Travis
  • “Some Beach” – Blake Shelton
  • “Forever & Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis
  • “My Arms Stay Open All Night” – Tanya Tucker
  • “I Fell In Love Again Last Night” – The Forester Sisters
  • “Deeper Than The Holler” – Randy Travis
  • “You (Again)” – The Forester Sisters
  • “Diggin’ Up Bones” – Randy Travis
  • “Love Can Build A Bridge” – The Judds
  • “A Long Line Of Love” – Michael Martin Murphy
  • “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” – Tanya Tucker with Paul Overstreet and Paul Davis
  • “You’re Still New To Me” – Marie Osmond and Paul Davis

 

TOP 10 SONGS
  • “All The Fun” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Ball & Chain” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Heroes” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Love Helps Those” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Richest Man On Earth” – Paul Overstreet
  • “You Can’t Stop Love” – Paul Overstreet
  • “No Place Like Home” – Randy Travis
  • “Battle Hymn Of Love” – Kathy Mattea
  • “Houston Solution” – Ronnie Milsap
  • “She Thinks My Tractors Sexy” – Kenny Chesney
  • “One Love At A Time” – Tanya Tucker
  • “One Of Those Things” – Pam Tillis
  • “Same Ole Me” – George Jones
  • “When You Say Nothing At All” – Alison Krauss
  • “Somebody’s Doin’ Me Right” – Keith Whitley

 

 

Karen Staley

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Scooter Carusoe

Travis Hill has lived and worked in the Nashville music community for 20 plus years. He was a cofounder of independent music publisher Carnival Music and between publishing and song writing (under his pen name Scooter Carusoe) has multiple number one songs to his credit including “Anything But Mine” and “Better As A Memory” by Kenny Chesney, “Mean To Me” and “Wanna Be That Song” by Brett Eldredge.  He’s also had songs recorded by Rascall Flatts, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Uncle Kracker, Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, Gary Allan, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, Darius Rucker, Chase Rice, Eli Young Band and more.

 

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#1 SONGS

  • “Anything But Mine” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Mean To Me” – Brett Eldredge
  • “Better As A Memory” – Kenny Chesney
  • “For The First Time” – Darius Rucker
  • “Wanna Be That Song” – Brett Eldredge

 

TOP 10 SONGS

  • “Drunk Girl” –Chris Janson

 

Additional cuts by: David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Jordan Davis, Kristian Bush, Chase Rice, Wade Bowen, Chris Young, Eli Young Band, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry

Aaron Barker

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  • “Baby Blue” – George Strait
  • “Love Without End, Amen”–- George Strait 5 week #1
  • “Easy Come, Easy Go” – George Strait
  • “Love Happens Like That” – Neal McCoy
  • “What About Now” – Lonestar 5 week #1
  • “You’re Beginning To Get To Me” – Clay Walker #2
  • “I’d Like To Have That One Back” – George Strait #3
  • “Not Enough Hours In The Night” – Doug Supernaw #3
  • “I Know She Still Loves Me” – George Strait #5
  • “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” – George Strait #4
  • “Watch This” – Clay Walker #4

Other cuts by: Tyler Farr, Willie Nelson, Aaron Tippin, Ty England, Trent Tomlinson, Tracy Lawrence, Trace Adkins

Our List of Testimonials is Growing!

Brown and Brown Insurance 3-4-16

“As a meeting planner, I am always looking for the perfect event.  Well, I found it – and it was because of my friends at Songwriter City!  I was so blown away by the performance by Casey, Bob and Chris. They are truly an inspiration to listen to and my clients have not stopped talking about them since.  If you are looking to WOW your clients, this is definitely the way to go!  Thank you Songwriter City for helping me look like a rockstar!” 

Jennifer Muller – Associate Director, McVeigh Associates, New York City, NY

“I have been blessed to be invited to 20 Chairman’s Council dinners. Nashville was THE BEST I have ever been to by about 10,000%. I was literally blown away with the talent, sound, heart and soul The Warren Brothers, Jessi, and Josh. The music was just plain awesome. This was so very different than watching entertainers put on a show. It was more like being with friends who are sharing something deeply personal and transparent. This was a profoundly special evening.”

Malcolm Makin – President, New England Professional Planning Group, Westerly, RI

“Your songwriter show was the perfect ending to our multi-day conference.  The guys blew away our attendees with many long term members commenting it was the greatest event they have EVER attended.”

 Wade Koehler – CAE, Owner 520 Management (FCSI), Springfield, IL

“One of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had. Hearing the stories behind the songs and then hearing the actual creator sing it added to the experience. Outstanding night!”

Bryan Sweet – Raymond James Financial, Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN

“Over the years, I’ve attended the Bluebird Café sessions – which have been outstanding.  I never believed that the songwriter sessions at the Bluebird Café could ever be topped!  The Songwriter City show Tuesday night was one of the best shows I’ve had the opportunity to attend not only in Nashville – but in the U.S.!  Absolutely breathtaking & outstanding!   Thank you for the experience!”

Van Pearcy – Raymond James Financial, Midland, TX

“Each of the songwriters was a terrific performer. Learning about the songwriting process and how each song was written was fascinating. Whenever I hear those hits from Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton or Carrie Underwood, I think of the songwriters that performed — and the story behind each song. Thanks for a great show Songwriter City!”

Amy Peterson – Raymond James Financial

Thank you for the exceptional job you did producing the event for the Raymond James Chairman’s Council event.  This crowd of the top advisors in the country have travelled the world and have seen some great entertainment, so the bar was set very high.  However, Songwriter City put together an incredible team of extremely talented songwriters and performers.  This group was blown away by the experience and commented that it was the best event that they have ever been exposed to in the past 20 years.  I heard from the conference organizers how professional and easy you were to work with and how grateful they were to utilize your services.  Thanks again for the wonderful experience!”

Jeff Dobyns – President, Southwestern Investment Group, Nashville, TN

“We hear the songs on the radio but rarely hear the stories. Having the writers perform their hits makes the songs more meaningful. I highly recommend this intimate experience.”

Jon Wax – CFP® President & CEO, Waller & Wax Advisors, Inc., Tampa, FL

“I am not much of a country music fan (until now). The songwriter’s stories were as fascinating and compelling as the music was incredible. I was truly overwhelmed by it. Jessi Alexander has an incredible voice; it’s amazing she is not a household name. The same with Josh Kear. The Warren Brothers feel like someone I’ve known for years. I enjoyed every song.”

Paul Tully – Eagle Wealth Financial, Philadelphia, PA

“I am not a country music fan. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. The singer-songwriters were talented and the format was a lot of fun. I liked the music and the pace of the event. Several of us said it was the best Chairman’s Council dinner we have ever had.”

Carl Stuart – President, Carl Stuart Investment Advisor, Inc., Austin, TX

Nashville Is Songwriter City

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I’ve been in the music industry for over 25 years and have seen every type of show and performance. From my time working at record labels traveling around the country, I’ve witnessed the biggest artists in music, the newest emerging acts, and everything in between. There are so many incredible performances that come to mind and each stand out for different reasons, but on a whole, there is nothing that compares to the experience of a well-executed songwriter round.

If you’ve been to songwriter rounds, occasionally called “guitar pulls,” you are likely nodding your head in agreement. For those of you unfamiliar with these special songwriter events, they are typically a group of 2 to 5 songwriters who gather together to swap stories, tell jokes, describe how their songs came to life, and then perform those songs acoustically. It’s an intimate look behind the music.

It’s common to think that singles heard on the radio from top artists were written by them personally, and while some recording artists are also songwriters, many do not solely write their own material (and some not at all). They seek out songs from the amazing pool of songwriting talent that makes up Music City, which is not only the home of many genres of music but is essentially the songwriting capital of the world. This fact has been nicely portrayed on ABC’s television series Nashville, as well as in many articles, features, and videos over the years.

You would be hard-pressed to find a more engaging and honest form of entertainment than songwriter rounds. It’s true not every songwriter is wired for the stage, but when you combine extraordinarily talented writers who love telling stories and entertaining a crowd, the environment is nothing short of magical. You’ll laugh, you may cry, and you’ll be thoroughly entertained by Nashville’s brightest behind the music stars. You hear it so many times, but it all really does start with the song and songwriters are the core creative force behind everything you hear.

If you’re ever planning a visit to Nashville and looking for the best places to locate a songwriter night, start at the Bluebird Cafe and also see what’s happening at The Listening Room, 3rd & Lindsley, Puckett’s, The Commodore Lounge, and Douglas Corner. If you happen to be searching for the best songwriter entertainment for a corporate, seminar, convention, or other private event, you should check out something I’m involved with – Songwriter City. We partner with the very best songwriters and customize round-type shows to meet specific needs and budgets. It’s the ultimate authentic music experience from Music City’s biggest hit makers.

No matter where you are, make it a point to support and encourage your local songwriters. They are the heartbeat of musical life, not only in Nashville but around the world.

Chris Wallin

With his unique gift for finding the extraordinary in ordinary life, Chris Wallin has established himself as one of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters.

For the decade, Wallin has topped the charts with classics-in-the-making for the industry’s biggest stars including, “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, “I’m Tryin’” for Trace Adkins, “Something To Be Proud Of” and “Speed” by Montgomery Gentry.

Raised in the small town in East Tennessee Wallin was influenced by the likes of Jim Croce, James Taylor and Merle Haggard, as well as his own musical family – especially his mother, a singer herself. She recorded and performed in Nashville for a time, and the experience made an indelible impression on the seven-year-old Chris.

He began writing songs at age 12 and, perhaps inevitably, moved to Music City several years later, making the dues-paying rounds of writer’s nights and songwriting contests. He caught a break when his songs caught the ear of a small publishing company (co-owned by eventual Taylor Swift collaborator Liz Rose), helping to launch him on a professional career that has led to award-winning collaborations with fellow hit-makers like Jim Collins, Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols and Jeffrey Steele.

Artists who have cut Chris’s songs include Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Trace Adkins, Michael Peterson, Anthony Smith, Jeffrey Steele, Neal McCoy, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, and many more.

 

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