Howdy Hoopesters! I hope you've enjoyed your sneak peek of the EP and are ready to get your country groove on in two months with these songs! Speaking of songs, I thought that now would be the perfect time to introduce you to the two ladies that turned my fragments of melodies and lyrics into the living, breathing stories of "Not Yet", "Life of the Party," and "Ghosts of the Greats."
I first sat down with Lynn Wilbanks and Kirsti Manna in a SESAC writer's room in downtown Nashville last March. Lynn and I had met a few weeks prior at the CMA Triple Play Awards and bonded over our alma mater. (True Blue MTSU forever, baby!) We set up a writing appointment for the two of us on March 23 and like most co-writes in Nashville, it didn't end up being just Lynn and I. And goodness knows I am grateful for it! Kirsti, Lynn, and I began that morning scratching our heads about what to write and ended the afternoon with a song that brought tears to all of our eyes -- "Ghosts of the Greats."
In the past year, these women have inspired, encouraged, and challenged me as a writer in ways
I cannot thank them enough for. So without further ado, meet Kirsti and Lynn!
Magical. That is the only suitable word that comes to my mind to describe exactly what happened on the miry day of February 15th at Sound Emporium Studio B in Nashville.
On Friday morning, I walked into that unassuming tan building on Belmont Boulevard and stood beside six strangers who are as legendary as they come on Music Row. It is to these six strangers -- Fred Eltringham, Sam Hunter, Mike Rojas, Byron House, Dan Dugmore, and Clarke Schleicher -- and my two producers -- Biff Watson and Paul Worley -- that I owe unconditional gratitude. These incredibly talented men banded together, listened to me speak about my music's vision, and executed it take by take without skipping a beat.
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