Ash Bowers has taken the lessons he’s learned and relationships he’s forged since moving to Nashville and parlayed them into one of Music Row’s most unique and diverse careers. Hailing from Jackson, Tennessee, Bowers came to Nashville chasing the music of his heroes — Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks and Jerry Lee Lewis. He quickly landed in the studio as the first recording artist signed to Broken Bow Records imprint, Stoney Creek, and began making music with the man behind Chesney’s hits, producer Buddy Cannon.
Ultimately, he decided to focus on his songwriting and soon found success with Keith Urban, Montgomery Gentry, Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser. Bowers also co-founded publishing venture Wide Open Music with his friend, Steve Williams. In 2016, he took fellow songwriter Jimmie Allen under his wing, and signed him to Wide Open Music before helping Allen land a record deal at Stoney Creek. Together, they began writing and recording songs that would form the basis of Allen’s debut album, Mercury Lane, which Bowers co-produced with Eric Torres. Bowers also serves as artist manager for Allen, shepherding the newcomer’s career as he tours the country. Bowers also serves as manager and producer for breakthrough country artist Matt Stell, whose debut single, “Prayed for You,” hit #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Ben Stoll was born and raised in rural Minnesota. For as long as he can remember, he had a love for country music and the stories that the songwriters weaved into the lyrics. While playing Division 1 basketball, Ben considered trying his hand at songwriting. The same passion he once had for basketball then shifted towards writing songs. After working in the oil fields of North Dakota, he packed up his Jeep and headed for Nashville. Ben has a knack for bringing fresh ideas and pointed lyrics into his co-writes.
Grammy, ACM, Billboard Music Award-nominated and NSAI Song of the Year Award-winning songwriter/producer, Clint Lagerberg has been working in Nashville since 2005. Lagerberg has had songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Josh Kelley and more. In 2017, Keith Urban took “Blue Ain’t Your Color” to #1, which has become the most successful song of Urban’s career. Clint spends most days in his private studio writing and producing with some of the industry’s top writers and artists.
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A midpoint between past and future and a combination of vintage and chic, Natalie Madigan encompasses new and old with her indie-pop sound. Her music showcases themes of love, heartbreak, and growth, and moves through the human experiences of life through the lens of her ever-changing perspective. Madigan’s mystic approach to songwriting has led to self-revelation and inspiration that has touched her fans since the beginning of her career. She is a wordsmith whose talent is moving listeners to feel deep emotions by sitting at her piano and pouring her heart out over the crowd.
Nashville native Paul Sikes has been paving his way through Music City as a songwriter, producer, and musician since 2007, and has grown alongside of and adapted to the ever-changing city. He joined the Endurance Music Group family in January 2020 with the buzzing publishing company’s acquisition of Wide Open Music Group, where Sikes was signed as a songwriter at the time. Most recently, Sikes penned the #1 hit song “Make Me Want To” for Stoney Creek artist Jimmie Allen, as well as Matt Stell’s single, “Everywhere But On.” He also co-wrote, produced, and mixed country music legend Clay Walker’s newest release, “Easy Goin’.” Sikes’ passion, persistence, and work ethic have certainly proven to show how one can indeed survive in a “ten-year town.”
Ryan Plappert is a singer-songwriter currently based in Nashville and is a graduate of Belmont University. After being chosen for ASCAP’s GPS Project Class in 2013, Plappert signed his first worldwide publishing agreement with Sony/ATV Nashville. In addition to writing, Ryan has spent years on the road touring with acts such as Maddie and Tae, Randy Houser and Jon Pardi.
Travis Hill, aka “Scooter Carusoe,” has lived and worked in the Nashville music community for two decades. He co-founded independent music publisher Carnival Music and now writes for Endurance Music Group/BMG. Over his career he has penned over twenty plus #1 hits. He was nominated for 2018 CMA Song of the Year for “Drunk Girl” performed by Chris Janson. His works have been recorded by Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Uncle Kracker, Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, Brett Eldredge, Gary Allan, Jordan Davis, Chase Rice, Eli Young Band, Darius Rucker, David Nail and more.
In 2011, Seth Alley drove the eighty-nine miles from Sparta, Tennessee to Nashville to sell his CDs out of his dad’s Dodge minivan. By 2013, he was signing the publishing deal, record deal, and management contract of his dreams. Fast forward to four years later, and his hometown was still asking him if he’d made it yet. Today, Alley is independent – in both label and artistry. Frustrated with the “Country Music Formula,” he turned to his early influences like the Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Coldplay and Tupac for inspiration. He soon charged to the forefront by mixing hip-hop beats with the storytelling lyrics of country music. Now in control of his writing, production, and lighting design, Alley is determined to forge a new lane in country.