Nashville Songwriter Opening Round
CJ Solar - Baton Rouge, LA native CJ Solar is a graduate of Belmont University and writes for Sea Gayle Music in Nashville. Since signing his publishing deal, CJ has had songs of his recorded by other country artists such as Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore, including writer credits on Jerrod’s single “Blue Bandana”. CJ’s debut EP, “Hard One to Turn Down” is set for release spring 2016 on Sea Gayle Records. CJ co-wrote, co-produced, and played on all 5 songs on the forthcoming EP.
Brent Anderson - Pascagoula, MS native Brent Anderson moved to Nashville and signed his first publishing deal at the age of 15. He currently writes for Sea Gayle Music and has since had cuts with Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Bucky Covington, and Brad Paisley. His credits also include the #1 hit “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe and other singles, “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” (Josh Thompson) and “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” (Sheryl Crow). Brent, also, co-produced the new Chris Jansen album for Warner Brothers including the breakthrough hit “Buy Me A Boat”, and co-produced CJ Solar’s debut EP.
Philadelphia, MS native Michael Hardy is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and writes for Watsky/Kobalt Music in Nashville. He has had multiple song placements on CMT, CBS, and A&E.
Jake Mitchell - Jake Mitchell grew up in Modesto, California. He writes for Patrick Joseph Music, owned and operated by Pat Higden, one of the most well respected song pluggers of all time in Nashville. Jake has had many independent cuts as well as Drew Baldridge's current single, "Dance With Ya".