Singer/songwriter/artist Brady Seals has a pedigree for success. You could say that music is “in his blood,” as he is related to numerous industry heavyweights including Jimmy Seals (Seals & Crofts), Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley) and country songwriters Troy Seals (Songwriting Hall of Fame Member) and Chuck Seals. Over the course of his career, Brady Seals has sold over 11 million albums, topped three genres simultaneously, and his songs continue to captivate audiences and attract licenses for TV, radio and film.
A touring musician since the age of 16, Brady Seals is probably best known for his tenure in Little Texas (Warner Brothers). During his six years as keyboardist and co-lead singer for the multi-platinum group, they were voted the ACM’s "Vocal Group of the Year" and received two Grammy nominations. Little Texas celebrated three consecutive number one hits with “What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “My Love,” all of which Seals co-wrote, granting him the ASCAP “Triple Play Award.”
In 1996 Seals pursued a solo career, collaborating with the legendary Rodney Crowell to co- produce his Warner Brothers album, The Truth. It features a duet with Wynonna Judd, “Another You, Another Me” that sold over 100,000 singles. A self-titled CD followed in 1998 with guest appearances by Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Timothy B. Schmidt (The Eagles), Bela Fleck and Max Carl (.38 Special). Seals then explored the pop/rock genre from 1999-2001 by engineering, producing and writing the album Thompson Street, collaborating with pop innovator Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish).
In 2002 Seals formed Hot Apple Pie (DreamWorks). Comprised of extraordinary musicians, the music industry dubbed the band “Music City’s Super Group." Hot Apple Pie’s self-titled debut was released in 2005 featuring country music icon, Willie Nelson. The band quickly made history when they became the highest selling debut country group in the Neilson Soundscan era. Their entry single “Hillbillies Love It In The Hay” went Top 20. The video shot to #1 on VH-1 Country and was among CMT’s “Top 20 Sexiest Videos.”
Seals spent the next two years with Hot Apple Pie playing large venues in North America and Canada. They played the Grand Ole Opry, major festivals such as Summerfest, and opened for country giants Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. Fans clamored for tickets to see and hear their live show as word spread about the amazing musicianship and Seals’ “Jagger-esque” stage appeal. Hot Apple Pie gained the respect of music industry insiders and established acts due to their tight harmonies, agile playing skills and charismatic stage antics.
In 2008 Seals released an independent solo CD called “Playtime” featuring friends, Richard Marx and Stan Lynch (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers) and hit the road again. He spent two years performing in clubs, theaters and other venues across the country.
In 2011 Brady opened up a vintage guitar shop called Music City Pickers in Franklin, TN and also started a songwriter show called Music City Pickers LIVE! featuring artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Gordon Kennedy, Sonny Lemaire (Exile) and many others. Seals is currently writing a new memoir and working on a new music project with Lua Crofts (Seals & Crofts II).He is also apart of The Highwaymen Legacy group starring Buddy Jewell, Paul Jefferson and Ray Scott, performing songs of The Highwaymen.
GORDON KENNEDY IS A GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER, (CHANGE THE WORLD - CO-WRITTEN WITH WAYNE KIRKPATRICK AND TOMMY SIMS), AND IS ALSO A GRAMMY AWARD WINNING PRODUCER, (BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM FOR PETER FRAMPTON’S “FINGERPRINTS” )
AS A WRITER: CO-WRITER ON 4 of the last 5 BONNIE RAITT SINGLES INCLUDING THE MOST RECENT “GYPSY IN ME”
AS A WRITER: ERIC CLAPTON, BONNIE RAITT, DON HENLEY & STEVIE NICKS, GARTH BROOKS, BRUCE HORNSBY, RICKY SKAGGS, FAITH HILL, TIM McGRAW, ALISON KRAUSS, NICKEL CREEK, PETER FRAMPTON, among others
HAS CONTRIBUTED SONGS FOR THE FOLLOWING FILMS: THE FOX AND THE HOUND II, ALMOST FAMOUS, PHENOMENON, THE BANGER SISTERS, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME, TIN CUP, WHERE THE HEART IS, among others
AS A PLAYER: PETER FRAMPTON, DON HENLEY, JEWEL, GARTH BROOKS, FAITH HILL, SHEDAISY, KENNY LOGGINS, MICHAEL McDONALD, LEANN RYMES, BRUCE HORNSBY, RICKY SKAGGS, LITTLE BIG TOWN, among others
MEMBER OF THE BAND - DOGS OF PEACE
FORMER MEMBER OF THE BAND - WHITEHEART
Lonnie Wilson is a well-known first call studio musician, producer and hit songwriter. His list of credits include a who’s who of major recording artists. He had a record deal as lead singer of the group Bandana on Warner Bros. Records in the 1980’s. After 8 years of touring he decided to focus on work as a studio drummer, back ground vocalist and songwriter.
Lonnie has received numerous awards such as a twice winner of the ACM Drummer Of The Year, Modern Drummer Magazine Country Drummer of the Year and 4 time winner of the Music Row Magazine Drummer of the Year.
As a drummer and/or background singer Lonnie has credits on over 300 top 10 hit singles recorded by artist like Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Joe Diffie, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and many more.
As a songwriter, Lonnie has had 100 plus songs recorded including ASCAP awards for hit singles like “Love you Out Loud” by Rascal Flatts, “Texas Size Heartache” by Joe Diffie, and “All My Friends Say” by Luke Bryan.
A native of Salem, Oregon, Blair Masters moved to Nashville, TN in 1988, to pursue a career as a musician. This pursuit has led him on quite a journey getting to record with a huge span of artists such as Amy Grant, BeBe Winans, Jerrod Niemann, Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, Andy Williams, Barry Manilow, and Megadeth, to name a few. He has also had the privilege of touring with artists such as Garth Brooks, Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald, MercyMe, Giant, Steve Wariner, as well as many others. Blair has composed music for television for channels such as A&E, The Discovery Channel, ABC, NBC, and CBS. He also co-wrote the song “Blue Beyond” which was sung by Trisha Yearwood in the Disney movie “Fox & the Hound II”. He is currently a member of the band “Dogs of Peace” with Petty Junkies bandmate Gordon Kennedy, as well as a member of the band “Tim Akers & the Smoking Section”.
With a discography spanning 35 years and more than 900 albums, Jerry McPherson is arguably one of the most in-demand Nashville session guitarists. Artists across genres and generations have long recognized Jerry’s confidence and hit-making power on guitar. Session credits include Kelly Clarkson, The Civil Wars, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Christina Aguilera, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, The Doobie Brothers, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Insane Clown Posse, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Josh Groban, Lady Antebellum, Cheap Trick, Chris Isaak, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Amy Grant, Martina McBride, and many others.
Mark Hill born July 27 1967, grew up in a small farming community in the southern most part of Illinois. Raised in a musical family, it was apparent early that he had a gift and quite an ear for music. He began playing piano at the age of 5 picking out melodies of songs he'd heard in church. At age 11 he found the bass guitar quite by chance and knew in short order that bass was his love. The bass quickly became an extension of him. His early days of playing bass consisted of local recordings and traveling regionally in the midwest with his family. In order to make a living, at 22 he switched to top 40 bands in the area all the while knowing that a session career in Nashville was truly what he desired. In 1990 he made the 4 hour move to Nashville and quickly made the producers list of up and coming bass players securing many master recording sessions. In between sessions he toured with artists such as, Steven Curtis Chapman, Martina McBride, Keith Urban (band leader), Reba McEntire, and Brooks& Dunn. 1990- Current he has become a first call session musician known for his strong Fender bass tone, working 600+ sessions annually and garnering six nominations for ACM bass player of the year, and twice reaching the Music Row All-Stars list. Recording for artists such as The Civil Wars, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, The Lone Bellow, Holly Williams, Brett Dennen, Carrie Underwood, Richard Marx, Hank Jr, Toby Keith, Kenny Loggins, Montgomery/Gentry, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Charlie Peacock.