For breakthrough country artist Jimmie Allen, a simple phrase sums up his view on life and music: Never give up.
A native of Southern Delaware – the region he describes as the “slower, lower” part of the state, and locale of Mercury Lane (the namesake of his debut album) – Allen has carried that mantra with him through good times and bad, whether than meant living in his car or rocking amphitheaters on Toby Keith’s Interstates & Tailgates Tour.
“I didn’t quit, I never will,” he says. “Stuff ain’t easy, and you shouldn’t quit either. There’s a big difference between busting your ass, and sitting on it.”
For Allen, musical dreams and a love of true-to-themselves artists like Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Montgomery Gentry, and Jason Aldean brought him all the way to Nashville – and eventually around the world for an Armed Forces Entertainment tour of Japan.
But it was actually a nightmare which turned this promising singer into the artist he is today. After a series of bad breaks Allen was forced to live in his car, too proud to ask for a bail out. For months he worked multiple jobs and finally saved enough for an apartment but hit then another snag – Country music wasn’t ready for him.
Cam writes music to tell the truth, especially truths that help women understand themselves. With a degree in psychology that’s paired with her natural wit and indelible passion, Cam has built a platform of transparent and culturally relevant conversations. The proof of Cam’s eccentric candor is supported in the brazen, bold song, “Diane,” the first release off her forthcoming sophomore release. Never one to shy around from the hard conversations and topics, the GRAMMY®nominated artist brings to focus the realities of cheating in the driving, tempo-rich song, offering a redemptive opportunity that unites women rather than pit them against each other. And “Diane” ignited quite the wildfire, making a multi-week residency on Spotify’s Viral 50 USA Chart, breaking into the Top 15 on the iTunes US Country Charts and peaking at #1 on the iTunes UK Country Charts. In addition to performing the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Good Morning America and American Idol, “Diane” was expedited on BBC Radio 2’s A-List in the UK and has topped multiple best-of lists including Best Songs (all-genre) of 2017 by NPR, #3 on the 25 Best Country Songs of 2017 by Rolling Stone Country and #2 on the Top 10 Country Songs of 2018 by Taste Of Country. The momentum continues to build since the release of Cam’s debut album Untamed, produced by GRAMMY-winning Producer of the Year, Jeff Bhasker (Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars) and multiple-GRAMMY nominee Tyler Johnson (Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran). The breakout record debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the year’s best firstweek album sales by a debut country artist and included Cam’s first #1 country single, “Burning House” which garnered multiple GRAMMY®, ACM, CMA, CMT and American Music Awards nominations. To date, “Burning House” is still the most-downloaded song by a female country artist since 2015 and recently hit double platinum. Along with working on new music, Cam co-wrote the song, “Palace” off Sam Smith’s latest album, The Thrill Of It All. The song, which was co-written with Smith and Tyler Johnson, has Cam contributing background vocals and electric guitar to the track, and was featured in the 2017 Holiday commercial for Apple. This Spring, Cam joined Smith on stage for “Palace” during all four nights of his sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena and went on to open for the international superstar on the Summer North American leg of his “Thrill of It All Tour.” Smith is among the impressive list of artists that Cam has shared the stage with in the last couple years. Others include a personal invite from Harry Styles at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on their blockbuster Soul2Soul Tour, George Strait during his 2017 residency at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Alicia Keys, Eric Church, Smokey Robinson and others.
Ross Copperman was born in Roanoke, Virginia with a passion to create songs. Following his dream, Ross signed a record deal with Sony Records in the UK. Despite the success of his debut singles, Ross moved to Nashville to focus on songwriting and production, recognizing his specialty. Ross has written upwards of sixteen #1 singles, revolutionizing the sound of Nashville’s country music.
Ross has produced a wide range of country artists, including Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Jake Owen and Brett Eldredge. From those productions came the #1 songs: “I Hold On”, “Drunk On A Plane”, “Say You Do,” “Beat of the Music”, “Wanna Be That Song,” “If I Told You,” “Black” and more. Some of Ross’ other hit singles as a writer include – “Pirate flag”, by Kenny Chesney, “Point At You”, by Justin Moore, “Tip It On Back”, and “Black” by Dierks Bentley, “Smoke” by A Thousand Horses, “Don’t It” by Billy Currington, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” as well as “Break On Me,” by Keith Urban, “Lose My Mind,” “Wanna Be That Song,” and “Drunk On Your Love” by Brett Eldredge, “Strip It Down” by Luke Bryan, “Confession” by Florida Georgia Line, and “If I Told You” by Darius Rucker. Other notable artists who have cut Ross’ songs include Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Thompson Square, and Chase Rice.
Ross received three 2014 CMA nominations, including nominations for Album of the Year with Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” and Keith Urban’s “Fuse”, as well as Single of the Year with Dierks’ “I Hold On”. He also received a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Country Album for producing Dierks Bentley’s album Riser. Ross has won the 2016 ACM Songwriter of the Year award, the 2016 and 2017 Double CMA Triple Play awards, and the 2016 and 2017 BMI Songwriter of the Year awards. Copperman continues to ascend Billboard Country charts by the week, co-writing Dierks Bentley’s “Woman, Amen”, Kenny Chesney’s “Get Along”, Justin Moore’s “Kinda Don’t Care” and Chase Rice’s “Three Chords & the Truth”. Ross currently writes for Sony ATV Music Publishing.
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Mercury Nashville’s Travis Denning vividly remembers the moment he realized he wanted to pursue music for a living. He was seven years old sitting in his Dad’s truck and heard AC/DC for the first time. From then on, he was hooked and devoured all types of music from country, pop, rock and heavy metal. Travis started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a solid following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar licks. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and within a year signed a publishing deal with Jeremy Stover’s RED Creative Group. After securing outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. Travis just released his debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs,” an upbeat coming-of-age song that paints a picture of a young man reminiscing on his carefree college memories. Travis was recently selected as a CMA Kixstart Artist Scholarship recipient and will receive unique opportunities to participate in CMA-related events as well as connect with industry professionals. The singer/songwriter has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, Chase Rice as well as Justin Moore and is currently on the road with LANCO as part of the “Hallelujah Nights” tour. When Travis is not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album.
Originally from New York City, Laura Veltz has spent her entire adult life writing and performing music.
After a decade touring and recording with her family band, Cecilia, culminating in a record deal with Atlantic Records, she zeroed in on her love of commercial songwriting in 2008 and was lured to Music City by Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductees Kye Fleming and Mark D. Sanders.
Since then, Laura has garnered cuts and hits by Country’s newest and hottest superstars alike, and has become one of today’s most respected songsmiths. Her list of hits and placements continues to grow daily including the chart toppers “I Could Use A Love Song” (Maren Morris), “Drunk Last Night” (Eli Young Band), and “Lonely Eyes” (Chris Young), as well as “There’s A Girl” (Trent Harmon), and the 2018 smashes “Speechless” co-written and performed by Dan + Shay, and “Rich,” one of four co-written songs from Morris’s GRAMMY® nominated album, Hero.
Veltz has also co-written songs from the latest albums by Dierks Bentley (“One Way”), Little Big Town (“We Went To The Beach”), Kane Brown (“Live Forever”), The Brothers Osborne (“Weed, Whiskey, and Willie”), Dan & Shay (“Keeping Score” featuring Kelly Clarkson), and Ryan Hurd (“To A T,” “Diamonds & Twine,” “We Do Us”). Her songs have also been recorded by such artists as Carly Pearce, Devin Dawson, The Cadillac Three, Maddie & Tae, Cassadee Pope, and the Queen of Country Music herself, Reba.