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2021 Lineup

Below are the artists and hosts of the 2021 Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival.


Devon O'Day

Devon O’Day
Radio personality, musician, author

Radio Sobro

Radio Sobro
A streaming radio service focused on music crafted and curated in Nashville.

Taz Cable

Taz Cable
Entrepreneur, entertainer



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Tony Arata

Tony Arata best known song is “The Dance”, a number-one U.S. country hit for Garth Brooks in 1990 which was nominated at the 33rd Grammy Awards for Best Country Song. He also wrote No. 1 U.S. country hit “Dreaming with My Eyes Open” recorded by Clay Walker. Arata was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Rafe Van Hoy

Rafe Van Hoy – Rafe has been active and successful as both writer and producer over four decades with credits in several categories and genres of music, including a Grammy Nomination, 11 BMI One Million…  

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Will Nance

Wil Nance – a multi-platinum, chart topping songwriter who earned his first number one song at country radio with George Strait’s “Round About Way”, CMA Album of the Year…

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Brady Seals

Brady Seals – Singer/songwriter/artist Brady Seals has a pedigree for success. You could say that music is “in his blood,” as he is related to numerous industry heavyweights including…

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Pete Sallis

Pete Sallis – Pete writes for Shakes Spear Music. He is a Grammy nominated songwriter who’s had cuts across the genres. The pop of American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, Betty Who, and David Archuleta…

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Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith – a prolific songwriter, smith has penned such number one songs as “What Part of No” for Lorrie Morgan and “Every Second “ for Collin Raye. he has also had cuts by George Strait…

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Bobby Starnes

Bobby Starnes – With over 100 cuts, a few number 1’s and several top 10 bluegrass hits, many people consider Bobby Starnes a bluegrasser. But his repertoire consists of everything from gospel to rock-n-roll…

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Victoria Venier

Victoria Venier – A member of one of GSF favorite songwriter trio’s, Hits and Grins,  which includes Steve Dean and Bill Whyte. She is also a part of the explosive vocal powerhouse TNT with…

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Chris Wallin

Chris Wallin – Wallin has topped the charts with classics-in-the-making for the industry’s biggest stars: “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, “I’m Tryin’” by…

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Brian White

Bryan White – As a touring artist signed with a major record deal, he fronted the Christian rock band “Brian White & Justice” for 15 years, recording 5 projects. As a writer his songs have…

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Danny Wells

Danny Wells – George Strait – “Check Yes Or No”, Rascal Flatts –“These Days”, and Craig Morgan – “Little Bit Of Life” 

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Bill Whyte

Bill Whyte – Bill’s unique presentation of funny and twisted songs makes him a favorite everywhere he entertains. His tribute to AARP “Retired” was recorded by Ray Stevens and…

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Karyn Williams

Karyn Williams – Karyn is a #1 songwriter, a 9-time marathoner, author of the best selling book “The Takeaway” and was named by BILLBOARD Magazine as a “Best Bet” for new music…

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Steve Dean

Steve Dean – Rodney Atkins -“Watching You”, Oak Ridge Boys- “It Takes A Little Rain”, George Straight – “Round About Way”, Alabama- “Southern Star”, Reba McEntire – “Walk On”

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Jerry Salley

Jerry Salley has hits in country, bluegrass, and gospel including Reba McEntire – “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain”, John Anderson – “I Fell In The Water” many more. He was nominated in 2019 for both the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and a GRAMMY for producing, Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout. Salley is the 2018 & 2019 IBMA Songwriter of the Year 2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year.

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Irene Kelley is an American country and bluegrass musician. As a songwriter, she has written for Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, and the Osborne Brothers. 

Shane Stevens

Shane Stevens achieved his first Billboard #1 in 2010 with Lady A’s “American Honey,” co-written with Hillary Lindsey and Cary Barlowe.  Shane has also written songs for Carrie Underwood, Lady A, Sara Evans, Jessie James Decker, Kellie Pickler, Ronnie Milsap, Jo Dee Messina, Jordin Sparks, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor.

Aaron Scherz

Aaron Scherz may be best known for his Billboard #1 country single by Maddie & Tae “Girl In A Country Song”, He has many other hits including Keith Urban’s, “Boy Gets A Truck” from Grammy Nominated Ripcord. Whether you hear music on Radio Margaritaville, with John Frinzi and the Coral Reefers, or in some Key West hideaway, his music is sure to take you away to an island state of mind. He is 2018-19 Texas Country Music Association Songwriter Of The Year.

Karyn Rochelle

Karyn Rochelle is an American country music songwriter and vocalist. She began writing songs at the early age of 10 years. At 19, she packed up her car and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Within one year, she garnered her first publishing deal.

Selected songwriters

Casey Kearney is a fresh take on the country music scene. Her personal songs effortlessly convey both the sweetness of a Southern… 

Karree Phillips is an high energy International Country Recording Artist Star with tours in Europe and Canada. She has performed with Grande Ole Opry Stars Del Reeves and Jack Green…

Phil Tittle is a singer-songwriter based out of Pensacola, Florida. His music has traces of blues, country, rock, and singer-songwriter influences that fit nicely…Phil Tittle Music

Michael Mitchell is a performing songwriter originally from East Tennessee who now resides in Nashville. His solo performances tend to have an Americana / Folk feel. His first album “North Carolina” was considered a “labor of love” by Gone Country Magazine.

Craig offers a very diverse set list to his listeners. Southern born and raised, Nashville recording and award-winning touring artist 2021 World Songwriting Award Winner-Best Traditional Country Song- “Blackberry Whiskey” – Winter 2021 Alabama Music Awards Nominee- Male Country Artist 2020 World Songwriting Award-Finalist

Of August means “coming from a place of respect, wisdom, & character”. August delivers folk-rock melodies with a strong pop sensibility. Lyrics explore topics on life, love, and faithalongside August’s up beat rhythmic guitar. 

Rob Redwine is an American born singer-songwriter and touring musician from Fort Worth, Texas. He has written over 600 songs and recorded six albums with several radio hits included…

Fish Fisher is a touring songwriter & artist based out of Gatlinburg, Nashville & Toledo. He sounds like a moonpie & dances like a treeroot.

David Lauver
David Haley Lauver of Knoxville, Tennessee, writes and performs Country, Bluegrass, Folk and Gospel songs and original comic songs and parodies. In 2014, David was chosen to the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. A five-time finalist in the Chris Austin national songwriting competition at North Carolina’s “Merlefest,” he also was selected to perform at Nashville’s Tin Pan South Festival in 2019.

Freddie Lee Revival is his name and revival is his game. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Freddie Lee Revival, brings a whole new experience to Gospel (good news) music. He pens powerful lyrics that are positive and inspiring with a focus on faith, family, and life.

David Gautreau is a singer/songwriter residing near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was raised playing various instruments and soon developed a passion for song writing. The journey began releasing two original albums “Free of the Fences” and “Boots In The Sand” meant to maintain the true old style country and cowboy sound.

Marc-Alan Barnette

Marc-Alan Barnette has been a Nashville resident since 1988. Scoring a cut, “THAT’S WHERE IT HURTS” on future Grammy winner Shelby Lynne’s debut ‘SUNRISE” album, and was featured in the CBS movie of the week “ANOTHER PAIR OF ACES” starring Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson.

Roger Adams is an award winning country music singer and songwriter. He
planted his roots in country music at a very early age. Influenced by people like,
Roy Clark, Glenn Campbell and Jerry reed, he found his love for playing guitar and
singing. He has now become a very well respected Nashville recording artist. first self…

Bill Hartman

Bill Hartmann draws fans in with masterful storytelling and lyrics that touch one’s soul. His style is compared to James Taylor and the late great storyteller, Harry Chapin. Pennsylvania-born, Hartmann relocated to South Florida where he released his debut CD, Now and Then. https://www.billhartmannmusic.com/schedule

Jesse Lynn Madera

Jesse Lynn Madera creates songs with depth and thought-provoking lyrics, seamlessly blending country, soul, and jazz. “Madera’s lyrical and piano-driven songs are passionate and alluring, with a dramatic, ethereal, and almost otherworldly tone,” writes American Songwriter. “Evoking comparisons to the shapeshifting brilliance of Kate Bush and the confessional pop sensibilities of Tori Amos.”

Ashley Taylor

Ashl Taylor Has Been Working Consistently In The Writing Rooms On Music Row. She Has Written Songs By Multiple Artists Including A&E TV Star & Average Joe’s Recording Artist Big Smo, Warner Chapel Recording Artist Ryan Larkins, Noah Smith & More! Ashley Was Also Named “One To Watch” By The Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Jess Jocoy

Jess Jocoy “The biggest truth in this record is my journey,” singer/songwriter Jocoy says of her refined yet rootsy debut album, Such a Long Way. The Washington native moved to Nashville in 2014 where she quickly learned that Music City is a great place to lose one’s self – and to find out who you really want to be. 

Dallas Remington

Dallas Remington – From sequins to camouflage, Dallas Remington is a country artist who knows who she is and what she wants! Dallas is a Kentucky girl with a passion for life, music, and her faith. Since moving to Nashville in 2016, she has worked diligently to establish herself as a Country Music Artist.

Ashlyn Grayce

Ashlyn Grayce is a  singer-songwriter, born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Her birthplace, “Music City,” was no coincidence since she grew up in a musical family. 

Troy Castellano

Troy Castellano is a songwriter and music producer based out of Columbia Tennessee. Originally from Minnesota, in 2014 Troy moved with his family to Nashville to dedicate his time to, as he puts it, “create instead of imitate”. Since moving to Nashville, his songs have been on hold with major artists and he has had a number of his songs recorded by up and coming music artists.

Effron White

Effron White Award Winning Singer/Songwriter. KERRVILLE “NEW FOLK”; NW Arkansas Music HALL OF FAME; BEST OF THE BEST, Nashville Ear.com. His gravelly vocal reminds one of Tom Waits, John Prine, or Bob Dylan; yet, there’s a personal earthiness that drives the emotional truth of his songs right into your heart.

Mark True

Born in England, Air Force brat Mark True, lived in Virginia, Alaska, Colorado and Ohio before ending up in Valdosta, Ga where he got his first guitar at 11. At age 13, he began writing songs before he bought his first record. Don Williams, The O’Kanes, Russell Smith, Rachel Prine, Jerry Dale McFadden and Burle Ives, are among others that have recorded Mark’s songs.

Craig Alan

Craig Alan is a professional singer, songwriter, musician who has been performing & entertaining crowds for many years. He has produced and recorded several CDs including his latest project ” Candlelight”. He is very passionate about what he does and it shows when you see and hear him.

Grace Morrison

Grace Morrison, former backup singer for rock icons Eddie Money and Joey Molland, has become an award-winning regular on the national festival and touring circuit performing at the New Bedford Folk Festival, the Black Potato Music Festival, the Musikfest, Reel Harmony Songwriter’s Festival, Wildflower, Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival, and a series of others. 

Ryan Boey

Ryan Boey is singer/songwriter that hails from Lakewood, Ohio, but is currently based out of Nashville, TN. Having grown up in the shadow of the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, his early influences include of the best of rock such as Green Day, the Allman Brothers, Bon Jovi, and Blink 182.  He only started writing songs after discovering the likes of Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley, and Garth Brooks. 

Chris Garner

Georgia native Chris Garner has been writing songs in Nashville since 2017. Working on his craft and performing his songs at writers rounds at venues like Belcourt Taps, The Bluebird, The Local, The Commodore, Alley Taps and Listening Room. 

Casey Clark

“Honesty always attracts a crowd,” and it’s proven to be a potent tool for North Carolinian song slinger Casey Clark. A self proclaimed professional people watcher Clark’s melodies capture the characters and scenery that make the southeastern U.S. so irresistible. The Artist and his band travel far and wide to share their love for good biscuits and a tight dobro solo.

Bailey James

Bailey James  is one of the hardest working 18 year-old gals in the music industry.  Bailey is a soulful performer who has been  introducing and drawing her swiftly-growing audience to a fresh musical adaptation that is well beyond her years. including blues, rock and country

David Starr

David Starr possesses “a compelling voice, something truly special, both accessible and passionate” (Elmore), that has been honed releasing ten albums, touring internationally, and opening shows for esteemed artists such as John Oates (Hall & Oates), Karla Bonoff, The Steel Wheels, Survivor, and more. Starr’s prestige extends beyond the stage as well, having launched Starr’s Guitars in Little Rock in 1998, then relocating to Cedaredge in 2001.

Matfield Green

Matfield Green is a Nashville based Country duo made up of Jackson Gulick and Ian Mullins. With Influences ranging from Merle Haggard to John Mayer, their music is a fusion of many genres and generations, but they call modern country home.

Edd Saxon

Edd Saxon is a singer-songwriter born and raised in rural Georgia. Edd has deep country roots, not only in the music he loves to write and sing, but also in the place he calls home.

Tanner Burch

Tanner Burch is an overnight songwriter that grew up in South Georgia. He was a former All-American college football player that was in pursuit of an NFL dream. With an Outlaw Country sound, heavy influences from George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Tyler Childers, Tanner writes about his past and present life struggles, failures, love life and a deep look into the mind of a blue collared worker.

Blaine Younger

Blaine Younger is a singer songwriter from The Heartland.  He has written hundreds of songs over the past 4 years while living in Nashville.  His sound is a mix of 90’s country and 80’s rock. Blaine was the winner of the NSAI Song Contest in 2016 with his song “PatiOasis”.  Many of his original songs have been cut by up and comers in Music City and others are being pitched to current Top 40 acts.  

Jonathan O.

Jonathan O., a born and raised Californian, is a songwriter from Nashville, TN. He studied guitar performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Since moving to Nashville he has dived into the craft of commercial country songwriting. His sound comes from influence from all genres including Americana, Pop, and Country.

Judy Paster

With a strong spirit and soaring vocals, Judy Paster extends a beautiful branch of freedom and peace,  to a scene overwhelmed by chaos. Evoking inspiration in the listeners’ ears, her music reaches across generations, and even further into the musical Cosmos by telling the tales and weaving the dreams of life. 

Daniel Leathersich

Daniel Leathersich is a Nashville Songwriter, originally from Pennsylvania, where he fronted blues rock duo, The Remarkable Stims. He was a founding member of the improvisational songwriting group Creatures in the Woods, and has written music for original theater productions. Daniel was a Bluebird Cafe “Golden Pick Winner” in 2020. 

Jim Bowman

Jim Bowman. Lifetime singer songwriter. Opened shows for many of the greats in country music including Kenny Rodgers, Reba, Oak Ridge Boys, the Gatlins, Etc. wrote a theme for Roy Rogers video auto biography on AMC. Chart record with Mel Tillis .

Mike Burke

Mike Burke is a singer-songwriter with soul, rock and country influences. Most recently, Mike was awarded 2018’s Southwest Airlines’ Artist on the Rise, and has been named Writer to Watch by Nashville Songwriters Association International several times since 2016. In addition to his previous two albums, Mike released his new self-titled EP in May 2020.


Originally from Champaign, Illinois, Onoleigh is a Nashville-based country singer-songwriter who has written with Brandon Hood (Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Jimmie Allen), John Oates (Hall and Oates), and Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift). She has opened for artists like Joe Nichols and Rodney Atkins, and is a frequent performer at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red club in Nashville. 

Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks grew up in middle Georgia doing normal small town shenanigans. Moved to Athens to study journalism at the university of Georgia. That’s where I learned my passion for writing especially the craft of songwriting. After playing cover shows and touring around Georgia I moved to Nashville in 2016. I have been writing in town since then. Just crafting songs and melodies

Hannah Belle

Singing in a gospel band, with her siblings and her Daddy, since she was three years old, Hannah Belle has learned how to make a stage her own. Growing up, she had always told her parents she wanted to be a country music star, like Faith Hill. Since beginning her musical journey, she has made great strides towards making her dream come true. 

Dan Foster

Dan Foster’s music is driven by events in his life that can only be explained in a spiritual sense.  His songs are tales of the American experience.  Small towns, the people who lived there, and the changes we all experience in our lives.

According to Dan, playing a well-crafted song on an acoustic guitar is about as good it gets.

Ed Cawthon

Retired Marine and former bull rider, Ed Cawthon, is known for his unique songwriting style and entertaining performances. This real-deal cowboy’s music is as diverse, passionate, and meaningful as he is. On August 1 2019, Ed signed as a songwriter with Dan Hodges Music and joins Dan Hodges Music’s current writers’ roster.

Robert Johnston

Robert Johnston moved to Nashville in 1982 and soon had a job after his audition as a Grand Ole Opry Tour Guide. He later became the Knoxville Songwriters Association President for three years, the maximum term allowed.  He had his first cut in January 2021 and his next cut was with Bluegrass Artist of the Year Kristy Cox.

Cody Mabe

Cody Mabe is an artist who draws on the heart and strength of pure traditional country while managing to bring a fun, fresh new energy to his material that will make you smile.

Strong Armed Robbers

Strong Armed Robbers

Kenny Foster

Kenny Foaster has shared the stage with artists including Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Butch Walker, Lady A and countless others. He was named one of the Top 10 New Artists You Need to Know by Rolling Stone and received press in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Forbes.

Chelsea Berry

Chelsea Berry is a country music singer-songwriter from Maryville, TN, described as “a rare voice so pure and dynamic that she stirs your emotions.” She has just released her debut album “Chise This Wild Dream.”

Justine Blancet

Justine Blanchet is a “new country” singer-songwriter from Quebec. Her musical journey earned her many distinctions and outstanding awards as well as notable appearances at the Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe, Big Valley Jamboree, RBC Bluesfest, Global News and the Festival Country de Lotbinière (where she shared the stage with the Reklaws and James Barker Band.)

Dave Easterling

David Easterling is an Americana singer/songwriter/storyteller living in Oak Ridge, TN. He has recorded 6 CD’s of original music. David’s music can be found on the usual media outlets including YouTube, Facebook, etc. and has been played on radio stations from WDVX in Knoxville, TN to K2K radio in London, England.


Named in honor of legendary bluegrass musician Bill Monroe and fronted by Grammy nominated band leader/owner Matt Munsey, the band also features the powerful songwriting and vocals of his wife, Brittany Munsey, versatile utility musician McCoy Borg, jack-of-all-songs Chevy Watson on guitar, and amazing bassist Kyle Dillow. Monroeville has been playing to growing crowds of fervent fans at popular local venues and at the most prominent bluegrass festivals nationwide.

Steve Minotti
Steve Minotti started captivating audiences at the age of 17. His soulful style is cultivated from his love of the 70’s singer/songwriter era. This troubadour has a flair for writing heartfelt love songs. Steve has released 2 Cd’s, his debut record “The Gallery,” where the single “Alien Song” placed Top 10 Finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition 2018 and “Hats Off!”. 
Cale Charney

Cale Charney is an American singer/songwriter born in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania and is currently based in Knoxville, Tennessee. He began playing guitar at 24 years old, drawing inspiration from such artists as Tom Petty, John Mayer, Ray Lamontagne, and Bob Seger. His musical repertoire ranges from folk to country to soul, and he has been described as a visceral storyteller.

Terry Robbins

Terry Robbines has listened to and played Country Music all his life. He started writing songs in 2014 and has produced 3 cds since then. His music has been played in England and Australia, and he got an Honorable Mention in the Smoky Mountain Songwriter contest three years ago.

The Dryes

Husband-wife duo the Dryes sing their origin story in the slinky ‘Amen,’ mingling potent sexuality with the salvation of love. ‘I met him singing in the church choir, lit up my heart like that holy fire,’ sings Katelyn Drye over a scuzzy guitar riff that recalls Norman Greenbaum’s classic ‘Spirit in the Sky’ and a strutting beat that could make the most conservative church lady clutch her pearls. Husband Derek adds harmonies in the chorus breakdown, a down-low gospel chant that asks the rhetorical question: ‘Can I get an amen?’ With a groove this tough, absolutely.

Midnight Run
Hailing from the Gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run began its journey in February of 2015, at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Made up of four like-minded musicians and graduates of college music programs, this group of friends and musicians created a band tied to the rich traditions of bluegrass music, yet one that offers a fresh approach to that “High Lonesome” sound. With each member drawing from a variety of influences, including bluegrass, country, and rock.
Karen Bowles
Karen Bowles of Knoxville Tennessee is a songwriter/singer who plays the baritone ukulele and performs Country, Gospel, Bluegrass and children’s songs.  
Karen formerly worked as a DJ at WSEV/WDLY owned by Dolly Parton, was an extra in Dolly’s 1990 Home For Christmas, Christmas Special, 
and worked as a video technician at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge TN.

Gatlinburg Stages
Gatlinburg Inn
Ole Red
Ole Smoky 
Park Vista
SkyLift Park

Pigeon Forge Stages
Listening Room
Ole Smoky Island

Note: Most performances are free to the public. GSF follows the rules for each venue as follows – Listening Room – a minimum table charge, Dollywood – entrance fee (discounted with membership) Ole Red- a limited time seating.

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