A mainstay of country music for two decades, multi-platinum country music artist Joe Nichols performed at Hawks Cay Resort for the Keys to Country Music Series over President's Day weekend. Hosted by special guest Storme Warren, the weekend of live music also included five well-known country songwriters. Joe Nichols was the headliner for Sunday night's show.
An Arkansas native, Joe Nichols has been a mainstay of country music for two decades, bridging the gap between the genre's old-school roots and contemporary era. He's a 21st century traditionalist — an artist who's both timely and timeless, racking up a half-dozen Number 1 singles and ten Top 10 hits with a sound that honors his heroes. From his first radio smash, 2002's "The Impossible," to 2021's “Home Run," Nichols has proudly done things his own way, blurring the boundaries between country music's past and present along the way.
It's an approach that has earned Nichols multi-platinum success, three Grammy nominations, a CMA award, an ACM trophy, and — perhaps most importantly — the support of his idols. He still remembers the day he received a letter from Buck Owens, who passed away the same week his message arrived in Nichols' mailbox. The two had previously crossed paths in Bakersfield, California, where Owens complimented Nichols on his classic sound… and gave him some good-natured teasing about the length of his hair.
Saturday, February 19
Rebecca Lynn Howard
Jeffrey Steel – solo set
Saturday, February 20
Joe Nichols – solo set
Five time Grammy Nominee, Jeffrey Steele has been recognized by BMI for over 65 million airplays for hits he penned for a multitude of artists including Keith Urban, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Buffett, Montgomery Gentry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cher, .38 Special, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts and Van Zant, Joe Cocker, Little Feat ft. Bob Seger, Joe Bonamassa, Cascada and more.
Among his many accolades over the past few years, Jeffrey Steele has been named to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame as a Poet and Prophet, twice awarded BMI Songwriter of the Year and thrice the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Songwriter of the Year. CMA has twice awarded him the coveted “Triple Play Award” for three No. 1 songs in a year. His country and A/C mega-hits include a string of chart toppers including: “Raise ‘Em Up”, “Knee Deep”, “Here,” “My Wish,” “The Cowboy In Me,” “These Days”, “My Town”, “Something to be Proud of”, “Everyday” and the groundbreaking “What Hurts The Most,” nominated for Best Country Song at the Grammy Awards.
Additionally, he has won over 35 BMI Country and Pop awards, was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award for Best Original Song “I Thought I Lost You” for the Disney/Pixar animated feature BOLT, performed by Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, been named one of Billboard Magazine’s top 5 writer’s 8 years in a row, as well as Music Row Magazine’s Songwriter of the Year Award. Steele’s latest album features performances with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Jamey Johnson, John Rich and others.
For more from Jeffrey Steele visit JeffreySteele.com Instagram + Twitter @JSteeleMusic Facebook.com/JeffreySteeleMusic
Marti Frederiksen, a native of Los Angeles, started his career as an artist playing drums, guitar and singing lead vocals in several signed alternative and rock bands in the 80s and 90s. Over those years in bands he stood out as a songwriter and producer, catching the attention of legendary A&R executive, John Kalodner, who introduced him to his now longtime collaborator, Aerosmith.
He co-wrote and produced “Just Push Play” also giving him his first taste of worldwide songwriting success with “Jaded.” This paved the way for writing with Def Leppard and Mick Jagger, then producing “Cry” by Faith Hill, and working with Sheryl Crowe, Pink and Eminem.
He’s now an award-winning songwriter/producer crossing all genres with hits such as: Ozzy Osbourne’s “Dreamer,” “Sorry” by Buckcherry, “Love Remains the Same” by Gavin Rossdale, Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” & “Mama’s Song,” and “Crawling Back to You” by Daughtry.
Marti currently resides in Nashville where he continues to write, produce and perform. He is a lead singer for The Loving Mary Band, backing up artists like Gretchen Wilson and Steven Tyler.
Crossover country-pop singer, and two time Grammy Award Winner, Rebecca Lynn Howard is best known for her hit song “Forgive”. Quickly following was a #1 hit single, “Simple Things”, where she collaborated with pianist Jim Brickman.
Rebecca's songs have been recorded by singers like Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Runaway June to name a few. Also a founding member of the Loving Mary Band, who are currently backing up Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Rebecca is the bassist and one of three vocalists.
Rissi Palmer's gift lies in reaching across all musical boundaries. While she made her mark in Country Music, she is equally at home in R&B music, bringing the entire spectrum of popular music to bear on music she calls “Southern Soul.”
The daughter of Georgia natives, Rissi was born near Pittsburgh, PA and spent her adolescent years in St. Louis, Missouri. Raised in a musical family that loved both country and R&B, Rissi was a part of a singing and dancing troupe sponsored by a local television station at age 16, and by the time she was 19 years old, she had already been offered her first publishing and label deal.
In 2007, she released her debut album Rissi Palmer, charting singles, “Country Girl,” “Hold On To Me,” and “No Air.” Since then, Rissi has independently released a Christmas single, her first children’s album, Best Day Ever and an EP titled The Back Porch Sessions. Her most recent album, Revival, was released in 2019 and has been critically hailed as her most personal and uplifting work to date.
As a passionate voice for country artists of color and those who have been marginalized in mainstream country music, Rissi launched her own radio show Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer on Apple Music Country. In conjunction with her radio show, Rissi created the Color Me Country Artist Grant Fund designed to support new country artists of color who are just beginning to build their music careers. Coming up, Rissi will be among some of country music's most notable stars being showcased in the Country Music Hall of Fame's "American Currents: State of the Music” exhibition, running through March 2021.
For more information on Rissi Palmer, please visit RissiPalmerMusic.com.
Victoria Shaw's songs have been staples on the charts since the early ‘90s. Victoria's #1 compositions include, Garth Brooks, THE RIVER and SHE'S EVERY WOMAN, Ricky Martin's SO'LO QUIERO AMARTE, Doug Stone’s, "TOO BUSY BEING IN LOVE", Jim Brickman's SENDING YOU A LITTLE CHRISTMAS and I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE ME, recorded by John Michael Montgomery and Boyzone.
Victoria is the recipient of an ACM award for song of the year, two daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Original Song, four Emmy nominations, and numerous ASCAP and SESAC awards. She has performed throughout the world, including opening for Garth Brooks in Central Park, playing the London Palladium and most recently touring with her friend and frequent collaborator Jim Brickman.
In addition to writing and performing, Victoria co-produced Lady Antebellum's debut CD for which she won a 2009 CMA award. In 2019, she became the host of her own series “SONGWRITERS UNDER THE COVERS with VICTORIA SHAW” on The All Arts Channel, which you can watch on the All Arts TV app.
Victoria is currently in the studio working on new music with Country Tik Tok sensation Cooper Alan. Victoria’s passion is music and “trying to save the world”, but the loves of her life are her daughters Ruby & Ava.
For more information on Victoria please visit instagram @victoriashawmusic.
Storme Warren hosts the daily “Storme Warren Show” and “Hot 30 Weekend Countdown” on SiriusXM’s The Highway. His TV and radio career spans nearly four decades. Storme also hosts music festivals and other events around the globe. His is a recipient of the CMA Media Achievement Award and BMI’s inaugural Ambassador Award.