Songwriter Biographies

Join us for our Treasure Coast Songwriters Festival with events scheduled throughout Port Salerno and Stuart from Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 22, 2022.

The four-day event will feature more than 40 performances from local Florida and Nashville-based BMI songwriters, who will perform and share the stories behind their hit songs. These songwriters have written hits for top country artists, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, and more.

Performances will take place across local Martin County venues, including Pirate’s Cove, Manatee Island in Port Salerno, and Latitudes at the Marriott Hutchinson Island Beach Resort. This is a free event to the public and promises to be fun for everyone and the first of many Treasure Coast Songwriter Festival events.

Scroll down to meet our songwriters!

TCSF - Aaron Barker

Aaron Barker spent the better part of two decades in a band that performed at military bases and public events across the U.S. During long stretches on the bus, he began experimenting with writing songs. His first attempt, “Baby Blue,” was recorded by George Strait and topped the country chart in Billboard. Aaron soon began performing his original material in small clubs and cafes. One night after a long father-son talk, he wrote: “Love Without End, Amen.” Once again, his song was recorded by George Strait and topped the country chart. After that, more Strait hits followed:  “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “I’d Like To Have That One Back,” “I Know She Still Loves Me,” and “I Can Still Make Cheyenne.” Aaron’s hits with other artists include “Not Enough Hours In The Night” by Doug Supernaw, “Watch This” and “You’re Beginning To Get To Me” by Clay Walker, and “What About Now” by Lonestar. Aaron is also the writer and singer of many radio and television commercials for the Blue Bell Ice Cream Company, including “Have Yourself A Blue Bell Country Day” and “The Good Ol’ Days.” In 2007 he was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame.

TCSF - Angie K.

Averaging a grinding 10-15 shows a month year-round, Angie K has played over 1000+ high-energy live shows all over the US and Central America. She has opened for country greats Tanya Tucker, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, Sammy Kershaw, Jake Owen, and more! In 2016, she landed a spot on Blake Shelton’s team on NBC’s The Voice after an audition that had him exclaiming, “There is something so undisciplined about the way you perform…you are WILD!” Since then, the Latin American country singer has already independently released two original albums, which landed top five on iTunes. Her last single, collaboration with pop artist Jordan Fisher for Walt Disney World, has already surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify alone. Named an “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone Country and fresh off of Jake Owens’ “LIfe’s Watcha Make It” tour, Angie is excited to be working on new music to be released later this year!

TCSF - Brinley Addington

Brinley Addington is a country singer/songwriter whose passion for music began at age three after a family trip to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry. Influenced early on by ’90s and traditional country music, the Kingsport, TN native always knew Nashville was in his future and moved to Music City in 2008 to attend Belmont University. Shortly after, he began performing in the legendary honky tonks on lower Broadway and toured the country playing clubs, fairs, festivals, and opening shows for many notable acts, including Florida-Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, Jon Pardi, Marty Stuart, Ronnie Milsap, and more. In 2021, Addington scored his first #1 song with Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris’ hit, “Chasing After You,” and was named one of Spotify’s Hot Country Standout Songwriters of the Year. Addington has also had songs recorded by Parmalee, Tyler Farr, Kameron Marlowe, and Texas favorites Kevin Fowler and Kyle Park, among others. Over the years, Addington has released several recordings of his own, which are available now on all major digital platforms. 

TCSF - Clint Daniels

Clint Daniels was born and raised in the Panama City area of Florida. Daniels first became interested in music as a child singing with his family in church and taught himself to play guitar at age 12 after being inspired by bluegrass music. After graduating high school, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, pursuing a career in country music and signed his first publishing deal with Acuff Rose Music Publishing. Daniels, who later signed with his current publishing home, Sea Gayle Music, co-wrote the recent Jon Pardi hit “She Ain’t In It” and the Eric Church smash “Some of it.”

TCSF - Daniel Ross

A native of Hope Mills, North Carolina, songwriter/producer Daniel Ross moved to Music City in 2015. His talents quickly led him to the attention. Eventually, he signed a songwriting agreement in a joint venture with two of Nashville’s leading independent music publishers, Big Machine Music and Tree Vibez Music, co-owned by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly. Ross has since become a breakout, creative force in the Nashville music community. His current and upcoming singles include “Break It In,” recorded by platinum-selling, Grammy®-nominated, Big Machine Label Group recording artists, Eli Young Band, and “Love That,” the debut single by RCA Nashville duo Seaforth. Ross’s songs have also been recorded by Country Music stars such as Jake Owen, Morgan Wallen, and Chase Rice, as well as Sony Nashville newcomer Robert Counts and Warner Brothers Nashville artist Troy Cartwright. Ross is also in the studio writing and producing a debut release by Sony Nashville artist Joey Hendricks.

TCSF - Hailey Steele

Hailey Steele was raised in a one-stoplight town in South Dakota. She started performing at an early age, sharing stages with country legends like Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn before the age of 15. As a child, she listened to everything from Patsy Cline and Patty Loveless to Def Leppard and The Eagles. Her melodies are strongly influenced by female country and pop music from the '90s, and her lyrics tackle daily topics that every twenty-something girl deals with - love, heartbreak, happiness, reality, and wine. Steele moved to Nashville at 19 to pursue a serious music career and has never looked back. As an alum of NBC's The Voice (Team Xtina, season 2), she got to perform on the last season of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with her duo The LiNE, and also befriended other songwriters on the show. As a result, Steele co-wrote Raelynn's song "Boyfriend," (Raelynn/Nicolle Galyon/ Steele) and "Small Town Soul" released by Gwen Sebastian. Hailey has been involved in the #LetTheGirlsPlay movement by Nashville's Song Suffragettes, and co-wrote the single "Fight Like a Girl" for Kalie Shorr, the program's pioneer artist. Steele's first solo single, "Where I Thought I'd Be," was featured on CMT as part of the Artist Discovery Program. Steele has most recently toured with Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Will Hoge, and Stephen Kellogg. She has also appeared on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium stages with her friend Shelly Fairchild to perform their original, “On The Highway.” Hailey was recently featured in American Songwriter Magazine with her single “All I Wanted." The music video for her newest release, Raggedy Ann, is the current Next Up Now feature on Country Music Television and is available on CMT.com.

TCSF - James Slater

James Slater wrote the Grammy-nominated songs “High Cost of Living” (Jamey Johnson) and “In My Daughter’s Eyes” (Martina McBride). His writing credits also include “Can’t Shake You” (Gloriana); “Lookin’ for That Girl” (Tim McGraw); “There’s More to Me Than You” (Jessica Andrews); “Unstoppable” (Rascal Flatts); “God Whispered Your Name” (Keith Urban) and songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Julio Iglesias, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Young.

TCSF - Jeff Cohen

Jeff’s first break arrived when his Pancho’s Lament song “Truth About Romeo” became the theme for the WB Network show “Jack and Jill.” His songs have also been featured on “Army Wives,” “The Simpson’s,” “Saturday Night Live,” in addition to films like “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” As a songwriter, Jeff wrote the top 5 hits “Crazy For This Girl” (Evan and Jaron) and the top 15 country hit “Holy Water” (Big and Rich) which shot to # 1 on the CMT and GAC video charts. Recently he wrote “Postcard from Paris,” which was released by The Band Perry and went to #5 on the Billboard Country charts. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Sugarland, The Band Perry, Josh Groban, Macy Gray, Ilse DeLange, Sara Evans, Matthew Morrison of Glee.

TCSF - Lance Carpenter

Singer / Songwriter Lance Carpenter pens hits of contemporary country radio while still staying true to his traditional background. Growing up on a farm in Ozark, Arkansas, Lance moved to Nashville in 2011, and within 18 months, he signed his first publishing deal and secured two major cuts. Lance achieved his first #1 Hit by co-writing Kelsea Ballerini's single “Love Me Like You Mean It.” In his latest project – The Demo Sessions, Lance is releasing one song per month during 2021. The project includes 12 songs, 19 co-writers, 11 producers, and 18 musicians, with the upcoming single “You’re Beautiful” releasing on July 16, 2021. But before this big-hearted Arkansas farm kid had any success in music, he chose a career of service to others. Carpenter got a job with the State of Arkansas after graduation from Arkansas Tech University and subsequently with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he worked to support those affected by dozens of disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. Amid the considerable stress and turmoil of the job, he found that the music he loved was able to quiet his mind and focus his heart. Slowly and often unintentionally, the power of crafting lyrics and melody drew Lance in a new direction.

TCSF - Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald’s voice is immediately recognizable and impossible to ignore. He pulls off the rare feat of being a proper songwriter, adamant performer, and a powerful vocalist. He is often compared to legends like Rod Stewart and Tom Petty, and current artists like Ray Lamontagne or David Gray, the poetic story-driven narratives and deeply catchy hooks in his music are delivered by a raspy yet refined voice reminiscent of another era yet that demands to be heard right now. After years of fronting various rock and alt-country bands including The Grand Magnolias, Hightide Blues, and a duo with actress Nikki Reed, Paul released his solo debut Modern Hearts in 2018 which introduced a more alt-pop approach and brought him widespread exposure through tours across the U.S., a record deal in the U.K., and placements in major motion pictures, commercials, with cuts on other major artist records. He has made television appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC’s Parenthood, and The Tonight Show and his various bands have appeared in publications including Rolling Stone, Billboard, and American Songwriter.

TCSF - Sheena Brook

Sheena is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has entertained audiences for decades throughout the States. Her music and live performances are simply captivating as she shares her personal journeys through Life, Love and Loss. Staying true to herself is evident in her performances, and that honesty has become the catalyst to her passion for music. Sheena was selected for NBC’s Season 12 of The Voice where she was hand-picked by Adam Levine. Since her appearance, Sheena has moved on to partner with several Multi-Platinum Songwriters and Artists that have evolved her unique songwriting style with tracks such as; Piece Of Me, Tongues Of Angels and her debut single Bad Bitches Like Me. Sheena is also the founder of The F.E.M. Collective, an organization that hosts events in support of women and equality in the industry. Her mission through music is to empower the people around her to feel free and to be themselves without apology or fear.

TCSF - Tim James

Grammy award-winning songwriter Tim James is the co-writer of the 5-week #1 “My List” by Toby Keith, the Bucky Covington Top 10 “It’s Good To Be Us”, and the smash debut from the Lost Trailers “Holler Back”.  James has had over 50 major label cuts by artists such as Alabama, Darius Rucker, Craig Morgan, Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry, LeeAnn Womack, Joe Nichols, Buddy Jewel, Josh Turner, and contemporary Christian artist Point of Grace. James penned the Trace Adkins single “All I Ask For Anymore”, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song of 2009, and the 2010 Billboard song of the year and #1 “Love Like Crazy”, by Lee Brice. “Love Like Crazy” was nominated for ACM song of the year in 2010 and broke a record for consecutive weeks on the charts.  James also wrote the Rodney Atkins single “He’s Mine”, the George Strait #1 single “Give It All We Got Tonight”, and the title track and single from the Darius Rucker album “Southern Style”. James also penned the single, “Either Way”, from the Grammy-winning Chris Stapleton album entitled “From A Room, Volume 1”.

TCSF - Wynn Varble

Wynn came to love country music at a very young age. He discovered his father’s collection of classic country albums. He even traded his big brother’s “Grand Funk Railroad” for a copy of Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John”. He still has a scar to prove it. Around the age of 14, a neighbor named Ned Smith showed him a few chords on an old guitar. As soon as Wynn learned a few chords, he began to write his own songs. Wynn says Willie Nelson taught him the rest from the “Red Headed Stranger” album. After many years of playing in honkytonks, bars, and feed store parking lots, he decided to make the move to Nashville. His first radio single was “Fit to Be Tied Down” by Sammy Kershaw. Since then he has had dozens of hits including three number ones…all three were nominated as Song of The Year by either CMA or ACM and sometimes both. Those songs are: “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley, “Waitin’ on A Woman” by Brad Paisley, and “I’m A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin. Wynn received the Nashville Songwriters Association’s Songwriter of the Year Award in 2009. Wynn has three songs on the new Garth Brooks CD “Man Against Machine”, including the hit single, “Mom”.He co-wrote the Jon Pardi hit “She Ain’t in it”.


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