Jason Matthews was born in Harrell's Store, North Carolina. At fifteen he saw Eric Clapton on television and became obsessed with writing songs.
His first industry fan, WRFX dj Macon in Charlotte, gave Matthews' demo to legendary musical comedy team Pinkard and Bowden, who subsequently invited Matthews to be their roadie and in-house writer. After a year on the road, he settled in Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a hit songwriter.
In 2006, he landed his first Number One with Billy Currington's version of his song, “Must Be Doin' Something Right.” This earned him the coveted Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Writer Of The Year award and several ASCAP awards.
More recently, he produced Australian artist Benn Gunn, which yielded a three week Australian #1 for “Girls Like Guys With Trucks.”
Jason is currently writing for Warner/Chappell Music, and is an artist with Valhalla Music Group.
“Lonely Eyes” – Chris Young (Sony)
“When I Get It” -- Craig Campbell (Bigger Picture/Capitol) “Country Man” -- Luke Bryan (Capitol)
“Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right” -- Billy Currington (Universal) “Break Down Here – Julie Roberts (Universal)
“Life Happened” -- Tammy Cochran (Sony)
“One Last Time” -- Dusty Drake (Warner Music)
“That's Just Jesse” -- Kevin Denney (Lyric Street)
“The Ball” -- James Otto (Mercury/Universal)
How it all started… At the tender age of eight, starting out learning how to play piano, Carmen Brandy realized she loved and was inspired by music. In the summer of 2011, Carmen received her first guitar from her father and after learning a hand full of chords, it wasn't long before she started strumming and singing songs connecting her experiences to music. Being raised and influenced by mostly bluegrass music, it was natural that Carmen fell in love with Country Music. Growing up in the small town of Safety Harbor, Florida, she knew the Lord had a plan for her and this is what she was meant to do.
On Carmen's first trip to Nashville she was able to perform her first ever "writers night" at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. That evening Carmen met a couple of Nashville singer/songwriters and once back in Florida, they started weekly song writing sessions via Skype. Several weeks later Carmen went back to Nashville to record her very first demo and with that in hand she captured the attention of an amazing producer from San Antonio, Texas named Robert De La Garza formally of Starstuck Entertainment. Over the summer of 2012 Carmen spent two weeks out in San Antonio to create her first Ep.
Then in 2013 Carmen Brandy launched her 2nd self tilted Ep, with the incredible Nashville producer, Andy Sheridan of Charliehorse Productions who also tours and plays keys and guitar for Hunter Hayes. Carmen had Ethan Pilzer (Big & Rich), Luke Bulla (Lyle Lovett), Brock West (Joe Nichols) and Jeff Smith (Phil Vassar) as studio musicians on her Ep.
After many trips back and forth to Nashville as well as lots of prayer, in the fall of 2013 Carmen and her family made the decision to make the move to Nashville and currently live in Franklin, Tennessee. Carmen has performed shows all around the Tampa Bay area and in Nashville. In addition to playing area festivals, concerts and local music venues, Carmen has been on local TV news stations, internet radio stations, news articles, and a magazine cover. Carmen also placed in the top 15 Teens of the International Song Competition (ISC) out of 20K entries for her song "You're Beautiful". A talented musician and songwriter in her own right, Carmen is a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). She was selected to participate in ASCAP’s highly coveted, year-long Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters (GPS) program in 2015. Now in its fifth year, the GPS program puts emphasis on getting the best of Nashville’s unsigned ASCAP songwriters in front of the city’s vibrant publishing community. This year, 18 song writers are paired with publishers for one meeting a month, along with a follow-up meeting to help develop the writer and Carmen is currently writing with signed writers on Music Row
Carmen was also named “Female Vocalist of the Year” and her Sycamore Tree video was in the top five for “Video of the Year” at the 2015 Nashville Universe Awards Show at the Wildhorse Saloon.
Carmen has an already growing songbook of songs and is an extremely hard worker, so combining her faith with her works she is confident that her dreams will come true. With her authentic style, commanding vocals and songwriting talent Carmen creates music that's unmistakably fresh and contemporary. Carmen captures hearts of her audience with her unrelenting energy and outgoing personality and embraces each opportunity to perform. She hopes that her music will evoke her listeners to want to hear everything she creatively writes and performs.
Organic country singer/songwriter, Joel Shewmake, discovered his musical talents at the age of fourteen while growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee. He moved to Nashville in January 2001 and landed his first publishing deal with BMG in November 2001. Since he has written for Amylase Entertainment/Warner Chapel and now currently writes for BMG/Chrysalis/Amylase Entertainment & has been privileged to have had cuts by artists such as Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Craig Campbell & Jarrod Niemann.