2020 Celebrities

Alice Cooper Musician
Alice Cooper

Cooper was born in Detroit Michigan, and moved to Phoenix with his family.  The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label.  Their collaboration with young record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through third album “Love It to Death” which hit the charts in 1971, followed by “Killer,” “School’s Out,” ”Billion Dollar Babies,” and “Muscle of Love.”  Each new album release was accompanied by a bigger and more elaborate touring stage show.  1974 saw the release of a “Greatest Hits” album, and then Cooper, in 1975, released his first solo album, “Welcome to My Nightmare” in 1975, accompanied by the legendary groundbreaking theatrical Welcome to My Nightmare concert tour.
Associated with that album and  tour was the ground-breaking network TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare.  Other film and television appearances include The Muppet Show, Mae West’s last film Sextette, Roadie, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearst Club Band and appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and  Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show.  The original band also made an appearance in the movie Diary of a Mad Housewife in 1979, filmed the full-length feature film Good To See You Again Alice Cooper, and Alice appeared in a 1972 episode of The Snoop Sisters.

Chris Barron Spin Doctors
Chris Barron
Spin Doctors

Chris Barron is an American singer and songwriter, best know as the lead singer of Spin Doctors. Barron’s voice came back in early 2000, at which point he began performing with his band and the Give Dadde Five. Barron undertook what he calls “a journeyman songwriting experience” composing tunes with Blues Traveler’s John Popper and with former BMI executive Jeff Cohen.  A solo album called Shag was released in 2001 featuring diverse influences including rock, jazz, country and funk.

Chris DeStefano Songwriter
Chris DeStefano

A native of Mt Laurel, New Jersey, Chris DeStefano is a singer/songwriter, producer/mixer and multi-instrumentalist. DeStefano achieved his first Country chart topper #1 with the song “Good Girl” recorded by Country superstar Carrie Underwood. Chris’ #1 songs include Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl”, “Little Toy Guns”, “Smoke Break”, “Something in the Water”, Super Bowl LII and 2018 Olympic Games Theme Song “The Champion”), Dan + Shay (“From the Ground Up”, “Nothin’ Like You”), Jason Aldean (“Just Gettin’ Started”), Billy Currington (“Hey Girl”), Brett Eldredge (“Don’t Ya”), Luke Bryan (“That’s My Kind of Night”, “Kick the Dust Up”), Miranda Lambert (“Somethin’ Bad”), Chris Young (“Losing Sleep”), Morgan Evans (“Kiss Somebody”) and Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”), Tyler Rich “Leave Her Wild” (XM The Highway #1) and Chase Rice (“Eyes On You”). Chris is a 3x CMA Triple Play Award winner.

Daughtry American Rock Band
American Rock Band

Daughtry is an American rock band formed by American Idol performer Chris Daughtry.  Daughtry has won or has been nominated for American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards dating back to 2007.

David Cook American Idol Winner
David Cook
American Idol Winner

Singer songwriter who won the 7th season of American Idol in 2008.

Jessi Alexander Songwriter
Jessi Alexander

Established Singer/ Songwriter, Jessi Alexander, is the writer of some the chart topping hits on country radio. Alexander has penned four #1’s including “I Drive Your Truck” recorded by Lee Brice which won Song of the Year from the 2013 CMA Awards, 2014 ACM Awards, and 2013 NSAI Awards. Additional #1’s include Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” and “Drink On It”. Alexander’s career skyrocketed with her song “The Climb”. Miley Cyrus recorded the song and it soon became the anthem for her box office hit “The Hannah Montana Movie” and won the 2009 MTV Movie Awards ‘Best Song From A Movie’. Her nine song album, “Down Home” is available on iTunes.

Kelley Lovelace Songwriter
Kelley Lovelace

Kelley Lovelace was born in Paducah, Kentucky but was primarily raised in Hixson, Tennessee on the outskirts of Chattanooga. He currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee just a few miles south of Nashville. Upon completion of basic training in the United States ARMY, Kelley received the coveted Distinguished Honor Graduate Award recognizing him as the top soldier in the company. He continued to excel in the military and obtained the rank of specialist (E-4) before receiving an honorable discharge for faithfully completing his two-year term of service at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. As a cum laude graduate of Belmont University, Kelley began working and writing at Larry Butler’s music publishing company, Perdido Key Music. In just three years he became President of this publishing company, owned by Shug Baggott, and dubbed it Music Alley before choosing to write songs full time and landing a song writing deal with EMI Music Publishing. As a writer, he has had many songs recorded by artists such as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Randy Houser, Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreary, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry, and many others. Among these recordings are 23 Top 10 Billboard / R&R / Mediabase hits: 16 of which have reached the #1 position.

Kevin Rahm Actor
Kevin Rahm

An American actor best known for his television roles as Kyle McCarty on Judging Amy, Lee McDermott on Desperate Housewives, and Ted Chaough on Mad Men.

Lee Brice Musician
Lee Brice

Ten years after the release of his first album, music listeners likely think they have a good idea about who Lee Brice is, based on his eight #1 singles and his seven CMA Award nominations.
He is, one might argue, a sensitive country roughneck, the guy who embraces the power of long-lasting relationships in “Love Like Crazy,” “A Woman Like You” and “I Don’t Dance.” He’s the guy who makes his audiences cry every time he memorializes people who sacrificed their lives on our behalf in “I Drive Your Truck.”
But with his 2020 album Hey World, people are likely hearing Brice differently. Singing next to smoky vocalist Carly Pearce on the #1 single “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” the power and range in his voice comes in loud and clear. In the follow-up #1, “One Of Them Girls,” he attacks the subject matter with bite and swagger. It’s still sensitive, but it’s imbued with an undeniable playfulness and a commanding drive.
Throughout Hey World, listeners experience a fully-formed version of Lee Brice, through the twangy power-pop of “Good Ol’ Boys,” the old-school R&B behind “Don’t Need No Reason,” the bluesy sexual tone of “Do Not Disturb,” the new wave tech flavor of “Soul,” the dark and dangerous “Sons And Daughters” and the honky-tonk middle finger in “If You.”
Those textures have always been there in one form or another – his celebratory #1 “Drinking Class” and the alt-rock undercurrent in the chart-topping “Hard To Love” bear that out – but Hey World is the deepest, widest and most complete exploration to date of Brice’s unbound creative spirit.
“There’s so much more to me, and most people who’ve been to my show, they see that,” he says. “They come out and kick the footlights out – you know, we have that side. That’s partly who I am. I’m just rowdy, fun, tough, let’s go, let’s hit it – you know what I mean? But you don’t hear it in the singles much.”
That’s changed in recent years. “Rumor,” which ascended to #1 in 2019, is a stew of blues and gospel. “I Hope You’re Happy Now” applied a big-sounding train groove to a regret-filled storyline, and “One Of Them Girls,” which topped the chart in September 2020, embraced a propulsive backbeat. Those songs helped Brice in his determination to widen perceptions of his art beyond the sensitive country balladeer.
“We have an opportunity now,” he says. “We can stretch a boundary, and we can bring some people in.”
There are already plenty of people on board the Lee Brice express. He has amassed over 2.2 billion career on-demand streams, more than 3.2 billion Pandora Radio plays and more than 420 million YouTube views. The world at large is paying attention to Brice.
And that mirrors the reception he received among his peers in Nashville’s creative class after moving to Music City from South Carolina in 2002. Before he earned his recording deal with Curb Records, he signed a publishing contract that had him writing songs for some of Nashville’s best. He penned Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory,” the first single to debut at #1 on the Billboard country chart in 2007. Brice authored Tim McGraw’s “Still” and Eli Young Band’s first #1, “Crazy Girl.” And he racked up recordings with Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and Jerrod Niemann.
Songwriter/publisher Doug Johnson, known for penning Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses” and Clay Walker’s “She Won’t Be Lonely Long,” laid the groundwork for some of Brice’s current creative advancement during those earlier times. Under his tutelage, Brice recognized that even songs that demand a physical response – danceable titles or rockin’ anthems – should still say something.
“Doug was a huge, huge part of my life, like a big brother/uncle/daddy figure, took me everywhere, taught me so much,” Brice says. “He said, ‘What we need is tempo songs with ballad lyrics and ballad thoughts, meaningful feelings and content. And so that’s where I started this record and the record before. I really started to dig in and write the songs that I still want to write, and pull heartstrings, but I don’t have to write them slow and sad. I can still write it with a groove and with tempo, but still say stuff.”
Making music that counts has been a part of Brice’s makeup since his earliest days. Born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, to hard-working parents – an electrician father and an administrative mother – he recognized the emotional power of music by watching his mom perform in church.
“Mama could sing, you know, and so many times, I would see her stop singing and talk the words,” he says. “In her mind and her heart, when this song is saying something, it’s supposed to teach you or speak to you, so if she felt like she needed to, she would stop singing and speak the words so that you would hear them. There was this soulful kind of connectivity that she had, and still has.”
His father, meanwhile, was a big fan of harmony groups: Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys and gospel quartets. He would typically sing the bass part, but he picked out the other parts, too, as he sang along with the records, and Lee developed his range trying to keep up with his daddy.
On his own, the young Brice picked up country, Southern rock and arena rock, and his participation as a guard on the Lakewood Gators high school football team increased his musical education. 
“My schools growing up probably were about 75-80% African-American,” he says. “When I played, you know, I think I was the only white guy on defense. But we grew up together, and one of the guys had a car and they’d take some of us home back and forth from school. I‘d be listening to music that I hadn’t ever heard.”
Those divergent musical tastes always informed Brice’s vocal style. The gospel intensity, the rock power, the R&B cool and the country conversationalism all made their way into one of country’s most distinctive tones. It’s unique enough that when Pearce told him she wanted “that Lee Brice thing” on “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” he was able to identify it and deliver it fully.
“I kind of like to scoop over notes and put a little more blues and stuff in there, put some stank on it,” he says. “Some of those notes aren’t absolutely correct, but they feel good to me.”
Finding the feeling for Hey World was a new experience. Brice originally plotted a 12-cut album, though it swelled to 15 tracks before it was done. Half of the project had been recorded before COVID-19 shut down the nation. Brice and his co-producers, fellow songwriters Kyle Jacobs (George Strait, Kellie Pickler) and Ben Caver (Brett Young, Jake Owen), were unable to meet up with musicians safely in-person. So they developed the last half of the album by sending the tracks to the musicians to layer their parts into the recording one instrument at a time.
Brice created the original demos, playing the parts in a small studio on his Middle Tennessee property that looks out into a cornfield, assisted by personal engineer Cory LaBelle. Because of the deep history and connections that Brice, Jacobs and Caver had built in the Nashville music community, they were able to elicit the right musicians to reinterpret Brice’s instrumentals for every track.
“Hey World,” a song that Brice was inspired to write by the pandemic lockdown, became a late addition with Blessing Offor – a blind, Nigerian-born singer who came to prominence via NBC’s The Voice – enhancing its gospel/R&B tone. The song seeks healing, celebrating isolation and its ability to revitalize the spirit and recapture the motivation that’s required for a fulfilling life. “Hey World” essentially turns the hurdles of a turbulent era into the building blocks of a muscular personal character.
“I’ve definitely learned so much from this experience,” Brice says, of the pandemic. “I’m appreciating things and not taking things for granted as much as I did. I hope that we all probably have in some way, shape or form.”
But what he learned most in creating Hey World is an extension of the journey he’s been on for several decades. He’s figured out how to better express Lee Brice in his full musical personality: emotional country, spiked with shards from a variety of other genres. Whether it’s through the funereal life lesson “Save The Roses” or the raucous “More Beer,” it’s an album that embraces the moment and connects with the listener over our shared humanity. It’s about messages, but even more, Hey World is about the panorama of feelings that comes from living successfully day-to-day.
“I’ve learned to kind of walk that line a little bit better,” Brice says, “of being able to do exactly what I want to do, but still make music that grabs people.”

Phil Vassar Musician
Phil Vassar

Phil Vassar is celebrating 20 years of chart-topping hits and is taking them on the road with his “Hitsteria Tour”. His reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You, and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar’s songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can.

Sixwire Country Music Band
Country Music Band

Sixwire is an American country music group from Nashville, Tennessee. The group consists of Andy Childs, Steve Hornbeak, John Howard, Steve Mandile, and Chuck Tilley. The band’s name references the six strings on a guitar.

Steve Cropper Booker T & the MG’S / Blues Brothers
Steve Cropper
Booker T & the MG’S / Blues Brothers

Member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Guitar Players Hall of Fame. Lead guitar player for BOOKER T & The MGs as well as the BLUES BROTHERS. One of the many hit songs he wrote is “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”.

Tim Nichols Songwriter
Tim Nichols

With nearly two dozen smash hits, multiple BMI songwriting awards, a Grammy for Best Country Songfor Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying”, as well as Song of the Year honors from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music, Nichols has earned his place among Nashville’s most elite and respected tunesmiths. Nichols’ songs have helped launch the careers of Jo Dee Messina as well as newcomer Dustin Lynch. Other artists to record Nichols’ tunes include Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill and Kenny Chesney.

Tom Johnston Doobie Brothers
Tom Johnston
Doobie Brothers

Tom Johnston is the founder and lead vocalist of the newly elected Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group The Doobie Brothers.