Do you love music, sunshine and good times? What a silly question — because who doesn’t? The 2019 Songwriters in Paradise is almost upon us, and it’s safe to say the excitement is real.
If you’re going to be in the Abacos, Bahamas February 12th-17th, 2019, you don’t want to miss this legendary event. If you weren’t planning to be there, well, you may want to book a trip!
In case you aren’t familiar with Songwriters in Paradise (SIP), here’s a little background for you. It all started in 2013 when Nashville based singer-songwriter Patrick Davis turned what was to be a solo appearance at The Firefly Sunset Resort into multi-day songwriting festival. Patrick’s first SIP Hope Town had eight songwriters and three nights of music. Seven years later, what started out as a small event has grown tremendously to six days of music, over a dozen songwriters, and has even expanded to other locations.
Now, we don’t want to keep you waiting much longer. Here are the Songwriters you can expect to see at the 2019 event. Six days, 16 songwriters, and all the good times in between. Be on the lookout for an upcoming schedule of daily events for SIP HOPE TOWN and remember, if you’re not already booked for a trip out here, hop to it. There’s many new flights to Marsh Harbour making it easy to hop on plane.
Kristian Bush is not only one half of country music super duo SUGARLAND but also an highly successful songwriter, singer, solo artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer & even podcast guru. We at SIP HOPE TOWN could not be happier to have Kristian join us for the 3rd time this February & look forward to hearing Kristian’s hit songs “Stuck Like Glue”, “All I Wanna Do”, “Trailer Hitch” & many more.
Nashville’s James Otto is a Music City legend as both a singer & songwriter thanks to his decade plus track record of producing hits as both. As a songwriter James has written hits for Jamey Johnson (“In Color”), Zac Brown Band (“No Hurry”) & Chris Janson (“Holding Her”) while as an artist James has found radio success with songs like “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”, “Groovy Little Summer Song” & more.
BIG MACHINE Recording Artist Lauren Jenkins is a Fort Worth, Texas native & Charlotte, NC raised singer-songwriter & artist who is quickly becoming one of Nashville’s brightest up & coming acts. Lauren, whose debut album is scheduled for release in early 2019, has the smoky vocals of Stevie Nicks, the honest lyrics of Lucinda Williams & the artistic vision of Ryan Adams rolled up into a unique package set to arrive on the Music Row scene like a midnight freight train.
Wyatt Durrette is one of the most successful songwriters in Nashville history thanks to both his immense talent & his long time creative relationship with his friend Zac Brown. Wyatt has penned an incredible thirteen #1 songs including “Chicken Fried”, “Colder Weather”, “Toes”, “Whatever It Is” & many more.
Hootie & the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan is a musical icon to many of today’s musicians who grew up as kids of the 90’s, but what most folks don’t know is besides being a founding member of one of history’s biggest bands Mark is also an accomplished producer, songwriter & college professor. The Hootie boys are planning a reunion tour in 2019, but before that kicks off SIP NAPA is lucky enough to have Mark in our inaugural line up where you are sure to hear his monster hits “Only Wanna Be With You”, “Time”, “Hold My Hand” & more.
Ira Dean is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & artist who has been lucky enough to find some big success in Music City, USA. Ira was one 3rd of early 2000’s hit country group “Trick Pony” & when “Trick Pony” disbanded in 2009 wasted no time in recording his own solo albums & also writing songs for folks like Gary Allan, Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen & more. Ira’s hits include Montgomery Gentry’s “One in Every Crowd”, Gary Allan’s “Feeling Like That” & his Trick Pony hit “Pour Me”. This will be Ira’s very 1st SIP HOPE TOWN.
Austin, Texas native Django Walker is a singer, songwriter & artist who tours relentlessly on the strength of his own albums while also penning songs for fellow Texans Pat Green and Josh Abbott & even international superstar Jimmy Buffett. Django’s father is legendary country music outlaw Jerry Jeff Walker & with his rather impressive family lineage it is no surprise that Django’s musical path & artistry is both heartfelt & all his own.
Talented multi-instrumentalist, singer & songwriter Levi Lowry is a Georgia native who has a love for all things music in his DNA. Levi’s grandfather was a famous singer & fiddler & since an early age Levi has followed in the family tradition of roots music & expert musicianship. Levi, who tours relentlessly behind his own artistry, has also written songs for his good friend Zac Brown, including “Colder Weather”, “The Wind” & others.
Johnny Bulford is a former University of Florida Gator football player who after a career ending injury decided to try his hand at singing, writing & playing music & it seems that decision has worked out well. Johnny, who possesses one of the purest voices you will ever hear, has also had great songwriting success with hits recorded by Lee Brice (“Woman Like You”), Chris Young (“Lonely Eyes”) & others.
Heidi Raye has co-written songs and toured with some of country music’s elite like Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean, Terri Clark and Reba McEntire. Heidi, who is the very first artist on Hall of Fame Songwriter Harlan Howard’s label, Harlan Howard Records, released her first EP, “Worth A Shot”, in 2017 & since then she has been touring & writing almost non-stop.
Paul McDonald is a non-stop creative force who will be making his very 1st SIP HOPE TOWN appearance this coming February. Paul, who is one half of folk duo “The Sweetheart Deal”, is an American Idol alum & also a work horse who tours almost year round behind his powerful vocals and heartfelt songs.
Channing Wilson is somehow 100% throwback, 100% current & 100% what is needed in today’s homogenized popular country music landscape. Raised in the mountain country where Georgia, Tennessee & Alabama meet Channing’s lyrics haunt you like the best lines of Guy Clark, Hank Sr. & Waylon while his voice carries like the sound of a runaway train falling off the rails in the Rockies.
Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter & Piano Man James Slater is a Panama born North Carolina raised Nashville based Music City Legend. James who has toured as both a headliner & backing musician for artist since the age of 16 has written monster hits for Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Jamey Johnson & many others. James hits include Martina McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes”, Jamey Johnson’s “High Cost of Living” & more.
Chicago native Chris Gelbuda is fast becoming one of Music City, USA’s most sought after songwriters, musicians & producers. As a musician Chris is an occasional member of The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh & Friends, as a writer he has had his songs recorded by Meghan Trainor, Billy Currington, Frankie Ballard & Dustin Lynch while his producing credits include songs by the aforementioned Meghan Trainor, including the world wide smash hit “Love Me Like You’re Gonna Lose Me” featuring John Legend.
David Borne is Louisiana born Nashville based singer, songwriter & artist who is both one of Nashville’s hardest working musicians & most unique vocalist. David’s style is reminiscent of Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne or David Gray & is an upcoming talent not to be missed. David released a well received EP titled “Break My Own Heart” in late 2017 & is currently working on recording & writing a brand new album.