COACHES & MUSICIANS
Steve Williams is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Nashville in 1995 to tour with such acts as Kenny Chesney, Tanya Tucker, Buddy Jewell, Deborah Allen and Sherrie’ Austin playing guitar, piano and adding vocals.
As a songwriter, Steve celebrated his first #1 hit with the song, Redneck Yacht Club, recorded by Craig Morgan. ASCAP called the song, “The Summer Song of 2005.” Soon after, he penned, I Get To, recorded by Blue County, which rose to #1 on the Christian Country Music Charts. Then, on George Strait’s album Twang, Steve’s song, Where Have I Been All My Life, was heralded as Strait's most poignant song of his career! Bucky Covington took Steve's song, A Fathers Love ( The Only Way He Knew How) to number 23 on the Billboard Charts as well.
Steve also owns and operates Pier Pressure Music Publishing, and is co-owner of Redneck Yacht Club, LLC. Steve Williams has also had songs recorded by artists such as Steve Holy, Buddy Jewell, Trick Pony and so many more.
The high energy music of Tim Watson has been heard from stages around the world. His musical career has grown from performances in clubs near his home in Black Creek, Alabama to the Grand Ole Opry and venues in Germany, Switzerland, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, and Holland.
In 1985, Tim became a featured performer at the Opryland Show Park. Then in 1987, Tim went to work with the “First Lady of Country Music”, Tammy Wynette where he was a featured vocalist and fiddler. Tim has also played and sang with Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, Jamey Johnson, Dennis Quaid, Tanya Tucker, Jon Pardi, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Brice, Larry Gatlin, Jeannie C. Riley, Yelawolf, Vern Gosdin, Jeannie Seely, David Allan Coe, and Willie Nelson.
Tim has opened shows for many superstars like George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, George Jones, Lonestar, Keith Urban, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, The Judds, and K.T. Oslin just to name a few. Recently, he has been working with his neighbor, Kid Rock. In addition to live performances Tim has been seen on TV shows such as the “Ralph Emery Show”, “Crook & Chase”, “Hee Haw”, “Nashville Now”, “CBS This Morning”, “Video P.M.”, “Good Morning America”, “Today”, “Prime Time Country” as well as Canadian TV’s “Tommy Hunter Show” and TV across the European Continent.
Tim Watson has worked for hundreds of the top corporate clients such as Amazon, Coca-Cola, Toyota, General Motors, Anheuser-Busch, Kimberly Clark, Alcoa, CMA’s, and many of the top county and state fairs and festivals. The Associated Press recognized Tim Watson as one of the top corporate entertainers in the United States! Tim had the # 1 show at the Opryland Show park for over 5 years and had the #1 show in Nashville aboard the General Jackson Showboat for over 20 years. The combination of his energetic trick fiddlin’, crazy comedy, strong voice, audience participation, contagious smile and positive personality make this group a hit entertainment addition for any occasion!
Mackenzie Wasner is an up-and-coming country music artist who is turning heads with powerhouse vocals that are both fresh and somehow classic, evoking the sound of greats like Dolly Parton. A "homegrown" singer/songwriter, Mackenzie is from historic Leiper's Fork, TN, just south of Nashville.
She was born and raised in the world of country music thanks to her father Pete Wasner, who was Vince Gill's pianist of over 30 years and a singer/songwriter himself. At just 14, Mackenzie sang alongside Gill at The Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium. At age 17, the judges on Season 12 of American Idol praised her "star power" and "gorgeous" voice as they unanimously sent her to Hollywood.
A seasoned live performer, Mackenzie has opened for Amy Grant, Jo Dee Messina, and Vince Gill, among others. She is currently crafting new songs, playing shows in the southeast and pursuing her dream to become a country music recording artist.
Mackenzie feels truly blessed by all of the great opportunities she has enjoyed to this point and is excited to see what the future holds! Keep up with her online at www.mackenziewasnermusic.com and on her social media. Mackenzie Wasner is one to watch!
Galen Griffin has done everything under the sun in the music business. From record deals to hit songs, he is one of the most accomplished people in Nashville. Galen has opened for top named artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Tracy Byrd, Joe Diffie, Craig Morgan, Merle Haggard, Darrell Worley, Johnny Paycheck... And too many more to count!
Galen has had HUGE hit songs by superstars like Luke Byran, Clay Walker, Larry Cordie, Joe Diffie, Matt Jenkins, and Craig Morgan. Some of Galen's incredible hit songs include: “Country Man” by Luke Bryan “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” by Clay Walker “Sticks” by Craig Morgan Galen continues to pursue music daily as he works alongside several of Nashville's elite artists, producers and writers like Chris Dubois, Don Sampson, Kerry Kurt Phillips, Bob Regan, Byron Hill, Doug Johnson, again, just to name a few.
You can catch Galen performing at The Whiskey Bent Saloon on historic lower Broadway in Nashville, Tn. Galen, always keeping true to his country roots, plays acoustic guitar and sings a mix of his original songs along with the country classics.
Pete Wasner is a singer/songwriter/piano player living in Nashville Tennessee. After growing up in southern Minnesota, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. From there he migrated to Denver and then on to Los Angeles before finally settling in Nashville in 1986. Since then he has garnered two #1 singles co-written with Vince Gill, “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away” and “Whenever You Come Around”, and two top ten singles, “One Night A Day” recorded by Garth Brooks, and “Mama Knows The Highway” recorded by Hal Ketchum.
His songs have also been recorded by Crystal Gayle, Bonnie Raitt, Reba McEntire, John Waite, and Patty Loveless. Having worked with Vince Gill since 1979 he has also worked and recorded with Lowell George, Littlefeat,
Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Keb Mo, Crystal Gayle, Hal Ketchum, Garth Brooks, Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Tom Paxton, Maura O’Connell , The Chieftains, Deana Carter, John Prine, Jim Rooney, Kathy Mattea, Gary Morris, Tim O’Brien, James McMurtry, Radney Foster, Richie Furay, The Rankins, Sawyer Brown, Chuck Pyle, Earl Scruggs, The Mavericks, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Dave Mallett, Michael Johnson, Iris Dement, Chris LeDoux, Amy Grant, Miranda Lambert and several others.
Wil Nance hit the top of R&R and Billboard with his #1 Brad Paisley SMASH “She’s Everything” on Time Well Wasted, the Multi-Platinum 2007 CMA Album of the Year. In 1999, Will received a BMI Award for “Round About Way”, which was another #1 hit single, this time for George Strait. This was on the Multi-Platinum CMA Album of The Year, “Carrying Your Love With Me”. “Round About Way” is also on George Straits Latest Greatest Hits as well; ”George Straits 50 Number Ones” which has over ten million in sales! Will has received several awards for those #1’s but he also landed on “Troubadour”, George Straits Platinum-selling, Grammy Winning, 2008 CMA Album Of The Year with a song called “If Heartaches Were Horses”. In 2004, Will received yet another BMI Award for his top ten Joe Nichols single “Cool To Be A Fool”. In 2009, George Strait cut another Will Nance song; “Where Have I Been All My Life”, again, on the George Strait CD “Twang”.
Since then, Wil Nance has gone on to have several other cuts by several different artists such as John Michael Montgomery, Gene Watson, Chad Brock, Craig Morgan, Diamond Rio, LoCash Cowboys, Oak Ridge Boys, Easton Corbin, The Farm, Sammy Kershaw and so many more! Currently, Wil is signed with Curb Publishing and has several up and coming cuts including artists by the names of Mo Pitney and Tim McGraw.
Roxie Dean is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism from Louisiana State University. After graduating, she moved to Nashville to pursue her music dreams. Her songwriting career includes a 2001 Nashville Songwriters Association International “Top 10 Songs That You Wish You’d Written” award for Lee Ann Womack’s single “Why They Call It Falling” (co-written with Don Schlitz), and a Grammy nomination for co-writing “When I Think About Angels” which was a #1 single for Jamie O’Neal.”
She has also had chart success with recordings by Reba McEntire, Tracy Lawrence, Lorrie Morgan, Faith Hill, and countless others. A 20-year veteran of Music Row, Roxie keeps busy writing and performing around the country.
Her latest single, “My Momma Comes Out” is available on YouTube and other social media outlets! Her other credits include: "All I Want Is You" by Julie Roberts, "Naive" by Jamie O’Neal, "Coal Mine" by Sara Evans, "Do You Still Wanna Buy me that Drink" by Lorrie Morgan, "Every Little Thing" by Jamie O’Neal, "My Sister" by Reba McEntire, "Wouldn’t it be Cool" by Chely Wright, "Lonely" by Tracy Lawrence, "So What" by Tammy Cochran.
BILLY E. HENDERSON
Billy Henderson is a man of many accomplishments. He is a Rhodes Scholar Nominee, was a staff writer for FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL and in 1980 he was signed by the legendary producer, Rick Hall. Billy is an Alabama Music Hall of Fame Honoree on chart records for T. Graham Brown, David Allan Coe, Gus Hardin, Jerry Reed, and Shenandoah! In the 1990s, Billy became a staff writer for multiple Nashville publishers. He received the 2 Million Performance Award with BMI for his hit “Ten Thousand Angels” recorded by Mindy McCready. He then went on to become a Grammy Nominee Finalist for his song “Politically Uncorrect” which was the Gretchen Wilson-Merle Haggard duet.
Other successes include his Ronnie Milsap and Billy Gibons duet, “Southern Boys and Detroit Wheels”, Sarah Peacocks “Hot Sheet Motel”.
Billy’s song, “Acadiana” with Joel Sonnier was also featured as 1 of 20 songs on Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Bicentennial CD! Billy has also had several cuts by artists such as Crystal Gayle, T.G. Sheppard, Tammy Wynette, Big & Rich, Linda Davis, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Dean, Ty Herndon, Sammy Kershaw, John Schneider, Daryle Singletary, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, and Gene Watson... Just to name a few!
Tim made his living as a singing drummer, from the age of 18 until moving to Nashville in 1991, where he put aside the drums to focus on a songwriting career.
While performing his songs at the Bluebird Café Tim was asked to sing some demos for hit songwriter Don Schlitz. Fast forward 25 years and Tim has sung on over 8,000 recordings including albums by Trisha Yearwood, Michael Peterson, Kevin Sharp, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Rodney Atkins to name a few and on jingles for Pepsi, Luvs diapers, TNN and many more.
In 1997 Tim had his first success as a writer with the #1 hit by Kevin Sharp “ She’s Sure Taking It Well”, Tim scored again in 2000 with Yankee Grey and the song “Another 9 minutes” which reached #11 on the Country charts.
After 10 years Tim went back to the drums and once again is the “Singing Drummer” for some of Nashville’s most popular bands: Vinyl Radio, FAB, The Consoulers, Live From Ventura Blvd, Twelve Against Nature and Make Me Smile.
John Foster hails from Oklahoma--the Heart of a nation steeped in a rich musical tradition. John's talents attracted the attention of country singer Sammy Kershaw, who saw him performing on stage at a theme park and soon invited him to join the Sammy Kershaw Band. He has also performed with the legendary Beach Boys, singing the high falsetto vocals written and originally performed by Brian Wilson. For several years, John was on staff with CDB Music Publishing-- owned by the great Charlie Daniels. His composition "I'm Not Breakin", was a Top 40 single for Curb recording artist Steve Holy.
John's original songs have also been placed in multiple television series, including ABC's "Pretty Little Liars", the Amazon Prime original series "Red Oaks" starring Paul Reiser and Jennifer Grey, and the premiere episode of Showtime's new series, "On becoming a god in Central Florida" starring Kirsten Dunst.
In 2013, John won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest(Electronic Division) for the co-write, "Falling Down", recorded by Xavier and Ophelia (https://youtu.be/SFf_vzhfmqo), "
Rich Redmond is an influential touring/recording drummer/percussionist based in Nashville, Tennessee, and Los Angeles, California. His versatile, dynamic, and rock-solid drumming is the sound behind many of today’s top talents.
As the drumming powerhouse behind Grammy nominated mega star JASON ALDEAN, Rich has recorded 26 #1 singles with sales nearly over the 20 million mark. As a high energy showman,
Rich plays to sold-out crowds in amphitheaters, arenas, and stadiums around the world and over 2 million fans per year.
A musical showman in the spirit of Gene Krupa, Rich has toured/recorded/performed with: Jason Aldean, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Garth Brooks, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, John Eddie, Pam Tillis, Susan Ashton, Deana Carter, Kid Rock, Lauren Alaina, Trace Adkins, Randy Owens, Marty Stuart, Mindy McReady, Rushlow, Gene Watson, John Anderson, Doc Walker, Jedd Hughes, Patricia Conroy, Earl Thomas Conley, Hank Williams III, Emily West, Jo-El Sonnier, Jim Brickman, Lee Brice, Steel Magnolia, The Stellas, Kevin Fowler, Bob Seger, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Darius Rucker, Kenny Rogers, Jennifer Nettles, Travis Tritt, Shelly Fairchild, Craig Wayne Boyd, Dizzy Reed, Chris Cornell, Kelsea Ballerini and many others.