Singer-songwriters from Louisiana will perform while “home for the holidays” - celebrate their successes and see what’s coming up next in their careers!
This event held between Christmas and New Years has become a holiday tradition. The event was started to shine light on our Louisiana singer-songwriters that are living in Nashville working hard to make it in the music business and allowing them to play their latest original music to their friends and family while “home for the holidays”. Having some of the same artists each year has given Baton Rouge music lovers a chance to follow these artists’ careers and see the changes from year to year.
Join us for our big 10th annual home for the holidays celebration!
CJ Solar was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. He moved to Nashville, TN 9 years ago to attend Belmont University and has been there ever since. Just before graduating college, he signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music which is co-owned by Brad Paisley.
As a songwriter, he had his first #1 last year for co-writing, "Up Down" which was recorded by Morgan Wallen and featured Florida Georgia Line. Last month, the song was recognized as one of the 10 "Songs I Wish I'd Written" at the annual NSAI Awards. CJ, also, co-wrote Jerrod Niemann’s Top 30 single “Blue Bandana” and The Regulars” on Neimann’s latest album as well as “Between You & Me” on Justin Moore’s last album. He also had writing credits on two Texas artists, “Damn Good Goodbye” on Mike Ryan’s new album and Kyle Park’s single, “What the Heaven,” which hit #1 on the Texas regional radio chart. Jameson Rodger’s single, “Some Girls” currently at country radio was, also, co-written by Solar and Jason Aldean just released 4 songs from his upcoming album including a track co-written by CJ, "I Don't Drink Anymore"/
As an artist, CJ has been named by Rolling Stone Country as one of the "New Artists You Need to Know" and was named “Independent Artist of the Year” at the 17th Annual MusicRow CountryBreakout Awards ceremony in February after having 2 of his own singles, "Airplane" and "American Girls" hit top 15 on the Music Row charts in 2018. He was, also, nominated this summer for Music Row Breakthrough Artist-Writer of the Year.
CJ has just wrapped up his latest project of 6 new tracks with the debut single, “Coming My Way” delivered to all digital platforms on August 16th and impacting at country radio on Sept. 30th. He recently celebrated his debut at The Grand Ole Opry in September and has been opening shows around the country for Gary Allan, Chris Janson, and Hank Williams Jr. and was excited last year to open some select dates on Lynyrd Skynyrd's Farewell Tour!
Pascagoula, MS native Anderson moved to Nashville and signed his first publishing deal at the age of 15. Currently a writer for Sea Gayle Music, he has songs recorded by Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Bucky Covington, Brad Paisley, and more including the #1 hit “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe and other singles, “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” by Josh Thompson and “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” by Sheryl Crow. Brent also co-produced Chris Jansen’s new album for Warner Brothers including the breakthrough hit “Buy Me A Boat”, and co-produced CJ Solar’s debut EP.
There is an undeniable conviction behind Kylie Frey’s voice that inspires anyone who hears her to trust her. Her sincerity comes naturally as a native of the musically sacred state of Louisiana, a third-generation rodeo star and a burgeoning honky-tonk hero. Born March 3, 1995, in Opelousas, La., Frey was raised to love horses and country music as much as life itself. Singing the National Anthem at rodeos became standard by the age of five, and by 15, she was named the Louisiana High School Rodeo Queen. A year later, she won the Louisiana state championship for goat-tying. As the official soundtrack of the family road trips to rodeo competitions, the music of Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna Judd, Linda Ronstadt, Jessie Colter, Shania Twain, the Dixie Chicks, Pam Tillis and Patty Loveless played an integral role in shaping her ear for storytelling that stirs the soul. Discovering its power to purify emotions, music became Frey’s primary vehicle for interpreting her world when she started writing songs at 16. In her first decade in music, her grit, powerhouse vocals and authenticity have made her a favorite among Shania Twain and Texas’ most respected troubadours, including Randy Rogers and Cody Johnson.
Following two Top 10’s on the Texas Regional Radio Report Chart and her first No. 1 "Rodeo Man," she relocated to Nashville to pursue country music professionally and aligned with GRAMMY winner Paul Worley for her world debut in 2017. She released the acclaimed Rogers collaboration "Too Bad," which was her second No. 1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report Charts. She was one of Twain’s proteges on the inaugural season of USA Network’s Real Country in 2018. Another Texas chart-topper "Ain't Enough Beer" followed in November 2018. She is currently promoting her latest single “One Night in Tulsa,” a emotive take on the desperation one feels when longing for true love. She is represented by Erv Woolsey Company, Cruzen Street Records and United Talent Agency.
Son of Dan Borne’, the voice of tiger stadium, David studied business administration & finance at LSU and then moved to Nashville. David’s EP, “Break My Heart” was released independently and debuted Top 5 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, and top 10 on the Billboard South Central Heatseakers chart. David has been hitting the road hard touring this past year, while still making time to write new songs... which you will hear some of them at this show!
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and well known as an artist having performed for years as Benjy Davis Project; Benjy signed a publishing deal as a songwriter with Big Machine Music in Nashville in 2018. His songs have been recorded by superstars Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, Jake Owen and others. Benjy joins BMM’s roster of esteemed hitmakers such as Jonathan Singleton, Josh Thompson, Laura Veltz and Jessie Jo Dillon, among others.
Rhett has, also, been a part of the series since the inaugural year. He is a native of Prairieville and lived in Nashville for over 10 years. During the course of the songwriter series, Rhett signed a publishing deal with Ole Music Publishing, worked for M-Pact Music Group, and performed as the house band at Nashville’s iconic venue, Losers. Rhett now calls Louisiana his home base again, but he keeps the road hot playing in Nashville & Las Vegas at Losers, corporate events around the country for M-Pact; but now you can see him more in Louisiana either performing as a solo acoustic artist or with the New Orleans based band, Sugar Shaker as guitarist/vocalist. He co-wrote the song, “Where You Belong” with D. Vincent Williams and David Borné which was recently released by country sister duo Presley and Taylor. The song was produced by Keith Burns & James Stroud.