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.
In a world looking for a reason to smile, look no further than the spirited and sincere Chase Martin. A 22-year-old Charleston native living in Nashville after graduating from high school a year early with a 5.0 GPA and a perfect score on the ACT, the accomplished singer-songwriter has been compared to artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, thanks to her powerhouse pop and blues-tinged country voice, humble attitude and an innate ability to connect her music and lyrics with a younger generation thirsty for a new country superstar.
Through the years, she has played alongside the likes of Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Wallen, and sang on the stages of venues such as The Bluebird Café and The Listening Room. Martin’s hard work, paired with her undeniable talent and her irresistible personality, snagged her a spot on the RECORDS Nashville label, an imprint of Sony Music. Her debut single, the spirited “Levi Denim” (co-written by Endurance’s Matt Stell), was released in October 2020.
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.
Signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, Jimmie Allen has already made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive #1 hits on country radio – his debut single “Best Shot” – which claimed the #1 spot for three weeks – and second single, “Make Me Want To,” off his debut album Mercury Lane. Allen’s most recent single, “This Is Us,” features Noah Cyrus and marks his fastest consuming single yet, with over 30 million streams to date.
His latest project, Bettie James, released in July 2020, is a star-studded collaboration EP featuring Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells and Tim McGraw. Wanting to weave his late father and late grandmother’s legacies into his music, Allen named the project after them, with each featured artist on the project having touched their respective lives through their own music. The result is a musical composition of love, heartbreak, perseverance, hope, and faith. For more information, visit jimmieallenmusic.com.
The country music industry has long been filled with its share of characters. From Willie to Hank and Dolly to Waylon, every legend starts out as just another artist that doesn’t fit easily into some predetermined box. And as hard as country music may try to fit Matt Stell into one of those boxes, it’s darn near impossible. Heck, he’s 6’7. But more so than the physique that helped Stell become a collegiate basketball standout, the Platinum-certified singer has proven via the songs he sings and the shows he puts on that he is too powerful of an artist to fit into some sort of singular category.
In fact, to describe Stell in a few words would be a complete disservice to the man he is and the artist he looks to become with the release of his new EP Better Than That on October 16. Co-produced by Stell with EMG’s Ash Bowers, the EP features eight tracks, five of which he wrote, including his multi-week #1 smash “Prayed For You,” one of NSAI’s 10 Songs We Wish We Had Written for 2020, and his second consecutive #1 single, “Everywhere But On.” He is only the seventh new artist to have back-to-back #1s in the past five years. The EP also includes the recently released “If I Was A Bar,” and its innovative music video filmed during quarantine, where Stell played all 13 characters.
He kicked off 2020 with a performance on “Good Morning America,” leading into his first headlining tour. He started “Penned Up,” his hugely successful eight-week Instagram Live series, was the first-ever artist to receive a virtual plaque from the RIAA for his Platinum breakthrough debut single, “Prayed For You,” and performed the National anthem for a NASCAR Cup Series Race. Stell was also featured on “Over Yonder,” a collaboration with viral sensation and Christian rapper Lathan Warlick, which powerfully blends hip hop patriotism with a call for unity.
The Arkansas native has come a long way from playing college basketball for Drury University and choosing to head to Nashville instead of Cambridge, MA, where he was accepted into Harvard University’s Extension School Pre-Med program. Following his dream of writing and performing, the self-taught vocalist and guitar player moved to Music City in 2014, landing a publishing and management deal with Wide Open Music/Endurance Music Group, and a record deal with music industry powerhouse Barry Weiss’ RECORDS Nashville/Arista Nashville. For more information, visit www.mattstell.com.
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.