Knight of Song
Originally from New Orleans, Greg Barnhill has been writing and performing his entire life. Artists from Etta James, Martina McBride, and Jessica Simpson to Chicago, Leona Lewis, Tim McGraw as well as many others have recorded his songs.
The Backstreet Boys released their very first Christmas album in 2022 with a song co-written by Barnhill "Christmas in New York" that is quickly becoming a holiday classic.
"Walkaway Joe," recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley, was a significant milestone to his career. The song went on to earn him a Grammy nomination. Barnhill also had a crossover smash with "House of Love" for Amy Grant and Vince Gill. He garnered critical acclaim with the 2014 single, Gary Allan's" It Ain't The Whiskey" which got rave reviews for its take on substance abuse.
Greg co- wrote and was the voice of "Bless You Boys" for the New Orleans Saints football team for WWL. Barnhill also co-created and was one of the performers for the WWL's Spirit of Louisiana campaign.
Barnhill has also recorded, written, and produced a number of TV themes and jingles. In 2010, Greg Barnhill was nominated for his 3rd Emmy and won an Emmy for 'Best Original Song' for the Today Show theme "Your Day Is Today." I'm 2022 he was nominated for his 4th Emmy for WPIX "Get Your Game On" for the New York Mets.
Barnhill is one of Nashville's first call master vocalists. His background vocals can be heard on Toby Keith and almost all of Tim McGraw's albums.
Kenny Foster's unorthodox career has seen him sharing the stage with artists including Buddy Miller, Kacey Musgraves, Patty Griffin, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Old Dominion, and appearing in numerous episodes of ABC's Nashville and even in Super Bowl commercials alongside Sheryl Crow and Danica Patrick. He was named one of the "Top 10 New Artists You Need to Know" by Rolling Stone and has been highlighted in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Forbes.
As he continues to grow as an artist and dive deeper into finding his voice as a songwriter, Foster has crafted a unique and very personal sense of his artistry- all culminating in the release of his critically acclaimed 2017 album, Deep Cuts. The record expanded Kenny's reach further than even he could imagine and found a global audience, performing in 18 different countries in the years following.
With his new album Somewhere in Middle America (2022), Foster addresses the beauty and the limitations, the experiences and the challenges, facing those Midwesterners who, like him, carry a complicated relationship to their hometowns and the polarizing mindsets that increasingly define our times. Born and raised in Joplin, Missouri, the acclaimed and innovative artist didn't set out to make this complex and deeply personal territory the focus of the record, but gradually became aware of what was feeling most urgent to him.
The results merge country storytelling, singer/songwriter intimacy, and rock & roll intensity-the place where pedal steel and banjos meet power chords. The first single 'Somewhere In Middle America' had it's World Radio Premier on BBC Radio 2's "The Country Show with Whispering Bob Harris". His second single, 'Poor Kids', a premier on Absolute Radio Country, and his third single 'Copy, Paste, Repeat' earned him a British Country Music Award for International Single of the Year.
A modern country-pop artist with timeless twang, Grace West was just 12 years old when she picked up her grandfather's guitar and strummed her first song. Music had always been a daily part of her life, from the gospel songs she sang in the church choir to the Motown classics that rang throughout her family's Detroit-area home. Even so, something changed the day Grace began making music of her own, sparking a meteoric career that would soon see her signing a publishing deal as a teenager, relocating to Nashville shortly after graduation, and creating a sound that blended northern roots with southern living.
From Motor City to Music City, Grace's path has been thoroughly defined by music. Her grandfather - a guitar player who loved iconic rock acts like Led Zeppelin - was an early inspiration, as were the musical theater productions that Grace starred in as a child. Coming from a long line of Detroit natives, she also felt herself drawn to Motown music, whose songs told classic tales of life and love. And then there was Nashville, a town separated from Detroit by 530 long miles, yet still near and dear to Grace's heart from a very young age. She loved country music, and as soon as she learned her first handful of guitar chords, she was playing her own country songs at local venues.
"I'm making pop-country with an old-school vibe," she says proudly, nodding to Luke Combs and other contemporary stars who've straddled the border between country music's classic traditions and modern makeover. "I love bringing the elements of classic country - the foundation of the genre - into a more modern sound." Grace secured second place on season 23 of NBC's The Voice. As Blake Shelton's last button push ever, he calls her
"The real deal." She went on to highlight her "pure" vocals and her love for the country music genre throughout the season.