D. Vincent Williams
The unsung heroes of the Nashville music scene, songwriters seldom command the spotlight that performing artists do, but hit-maker D. Vincent Williams is a worthy exception to the rule. With undeniable talent as a gifted--and chart-topping--songwriter, backed by years of performing experience, this hit-maker is ready to take center stage.
In 1999, Williams wrote “Hands of a Working Man” by Ty Herndon which reached #3 on the charts. In 2002, Williams followed up with the Rascal Flatts' blockbuster, “I’m Movin’ On,” the 2003 Academy of Country Music Awards' Song of the Year. He earned a #1 with “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” recorded by James Otto in 2008.
Williams has landed cuts on albums that have sold more than 15 million copies, recorded by esteemed artists including Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap, Jason Aldean, and Lee Ann Womack.
JT Hodges was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and a graduate from Texas Christian University. Hodges' parents are both involved in music: his father is a pianist who owns a recording studio in Fort Worth, Texas and his mother was briefly signed to MCA Nashville in the 1980s. She recorded a version of "The Bed You Made for Me", later a top 5 hit for Highway 101 in 1987.
For his first single, JT Hodges has come out of the gate with a song about hunting. It does not involve bird calls or camouflage, but rather the most universal pursuit known to man. There is undoubtedly a rock edge to much of the JT Hodges album, as there is to most of contemporary country, steeped as the music is today in the genre-adjacent influence of the Eagles, Don Henley, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, but Hodges says it was no surprise where he’s ended up.
Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line, also known as FGL, is an American country music duo composed of Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Florida). Hubbard and Kelley both began playing guitar individually while they were in high school. They then met through a mutual friend in Nashville, Tennessee while attending Belmont University.
Florida Georgia Line has combined electrifying, hard-driving rock with honest, expressive lyrics into one of the most exciting sounds in all of country music. They have turned their highly engaging brand of showmanship into opening slots for artists like Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford, and into a coveted spot on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour with the likes of Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, and Justin Moore.There label debut “Cruise” is on it’s way to breaking records.
Ask Chris Cagle what’s most important to him and you can bet he’ll answer this way: “Family, ranch, music. That’s it.” This response is seemingly simple for a man whose professional credits include two gold albums, two No. 1 albums and 12 charted songs.
Cagle made his debut on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts with the single "My Love Goes On and On", the first single from his debut album Play It Loud. The album, which was certified gold, also produced the Top 10 hit "Laredo" and "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out", his only number one hit.
Play It Loud was followed in 2002 by Chris Cagle, also a gold album, it produced the Top 5 hits "What a Beautiful Day" and "Chicks Dig It". Anywhere but Here, his third album, followed in 2005 and produced the number 12-peaking "Miss Me Baby". A fourth studio album, titled My Life's Been a Country Song, was released in 2008, and its lead-off single, "What Kinda Gone", peaked at 3 on the country music charts in early 2008. Last year he scored again with the smash “Got My Country On & now is on the brink of another chart hit with “Let There Be Cowgirls”.
Chris is also a brother of the Missouri Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta
Lee Brice was born in Sumter, South Carolina. As a child, he learned to play the piano in addition to singing in church and writing his own songs. He entered and won three different talent contests in high school. He attended Clemson University on a football scholarship. He played special teams as the long snapper, but, after an arm injury, he decided to focus on a country music career.
Brice’s highest-charting single is "A Woman Like You", which reached No. 1 in April 2012. He also had Billboard's Top Country Song of 2010 with "Love Like Crazy", the title track to his 2010 debut album; the song spent 56 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at No. 3 and setting a record for the longest run in the chart's history. His current single “Hard To Love” is climbing the country charts heading for another #1 this fall.
Besides his own material, he has co-written singles for Garth Brooks, Adam Gregory, Eli Young Band and Tim McGraw.
Lauren Alaina is from Rossville, Georgia. Alaina was the runner-up on the 10th Season of American Idol. Her debut studio album, Wildflower was released in October 2011.
Prior to Idol, Alaina worked at CiCi's Pizza and attended Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, where she was a cheerleader. Alaina performed at several Chattanooga-area venues and was the first winner of the WinniSTAR youth talent contest at Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park in 2009. In addition to performing, Alaina wrote several songs including "Leaving" and "Set Me Free".
Alaina auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Nashville, Tennessee. From early on, Alaina was a judge favorite. After her audition, Idol judge Steven Tyler stated "We found the one." During the season finale, Alaina sang "Before He Cheats" with her idol, Carrie Underwood. On May 25, 2011, Alaina was declared the runner-up to winner Scotty McCreery.