SURVIVORville Welcomes #1 Songwriters to Opening Night
WE’RE BRINGING IT BACK! Songwriters In The Round and your PJ’s – all thanks to Ignyta!
For the past several years SURVIVORville has welcomed men and women from around the world with a little tradition and a little hometown love. In 2017, we’re doing it again! Hosted by Nashville’s #1 songwriter, Dylan Altman, SURVIVORville will open its festivities to the sounds and spirit of Nashville with the best of the best of songwriters taking the stage for the evening fun.
And yes, you heard me right. It’s Nashville in your pajama’s! We are traveling off site on Friday and Saturday nights, so Thursday evening we’re gonna kick back with a little chocolate, red carpet, special guests, photo booths, backdrops and cowboy boots – all decked out in your best, um….pajamas! What an amazing evening with tons of laughter, meeting new friends and special reunions.
Come on SURVIVORville! Let your hair down (or take it off), and enjoy another night of pickin, and grinnin’ and PJs!
This event will also be open to the public. Stay tuned for ticket opportunities and give-a-ways. Thank you, Ignyta, for your support of a SURVIVORville tradition!
Dylan Altman, #1 Songwriter and SURVIVORville Favorite
A SURVIVORville favorite for three years in a row, Dylan Altman returns to a WSA stage! Originally from the great state of New Jersey, Dylan has been writing songs and performing in Nashville for 18 years. He has had three #1 songs: Tim McGraw’s “Watch The Wind Blow By,” Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and most recently Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride.” Other artists who have recorded Dylan’s songs include Trace Adkins, Will Hoge and Gabe Dixon. He is an avid supporter and volunteer for Musicians On Call, an organization that provides live music for patients in area hospitals, and he co-hosts an annual benefit for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) with good friend and frequent collaborator EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay. His proudest accomplishment is his beautiful daughter Isabella, who serves as his greatest inspiration. *Dylan’s performance will be in honor of his great friend, Joanna Montgomery.
Marla Cannon-Goodman #1 Songwriter
Marla was raised in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, where she had a front row seat for country music history as she watched her father, Buddy Cannon, shepherd the careers of new and legendary artists as a producer, songwriter and record label executive. Now, she has earned her own place as one of country music’s most-beloved and respected hit-makers.
Since her first cut by Sammy Kershaw in 1996, Marla has been making country music history of her own with songs recorded by artists such as George Strait, Eddie Arnold, Eric Church, Billy Currington, Mindy Smith, Kenny Chesney and Sara Evans. Marla’s chart topping hits include Lee Ann Womack’s number one smash “The Fool,” Tracy Byrd’s number one “Ten Rounds With José Cuervo” and Rodney Atkins’ number one hit “Cleaning This Gun.” She found further chart success with Blake Shelton’s top-15 hit single “Don’t Make Me.” You can also find her song “Unfair Weather Friend” on the Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard duet album, Django and Jimmie.
Matt Warren, Songwriter
Matt Warren first debuted on the Nashville scene as an artist in 1996 with his band, 40 East. His next endeavor as an artist was with his band Papa Joe in 2001. They released their debut record,Storybook Ending, on Warren’s own independent record label Stonewall Music.
Warren, as a Nashville-native, is a rarity amongst the transplants working and writing on Music Row that he calls co-writers, comrades, and peers. In 2002, Warren made his professional staff writer debut onto the Row’s elite published songwriter scene when he signed his first deal with House of Fame & the Muscle Shoals music icon/legendary Fame Studios founder/record producer/Grammy winner/Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Rick Hall and his two sons Mark & Rodney. Warren’s first cut as a House of Fame writer was “Puttin’ Memories Away”, co-written with Gary Allan and featured on the Oprah Winfrey show when Gary was her guest.
Twelve years later, Warren has securely established himself firmly into the scene as not only an extremely energetic and talented artist, but also as a successful and well respected award-winning hit songwriter. He has had one song recorded by Americana music icon Jim Lauderdale and one song recorded by Bruce Springsteen co-writer and band mate, Joe Grushecky.
Warren has had 15 songs recorded by country star Gary Allan, five of which are on Gary’s latest record for Universal Music Group. Warren is the recipient of two ASCAP Awards for most spins in a year (2009, 2013). In 2009, he won the ASCAP award for the top 10 hit “Learning How to Bend”. In 2013, he co-wrote the ASCAP award winning #1 smash hit & all-time biggest selling Gary Allan single ever, “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)”, which was also nominated for the 2014 ACM song of the year award. He has six songs on the new Gary Allan record soon to be released.
Currently, Warren continues to work on his own artistry and is ready to tour behind his new, critically acclaimed record “Self-Titled”. It was released in the Spring of 2014 on his own independent label, United We Jam Records. “Self-Titled” is produced by Grammy, CMA & ACM multi-award winning musician & artist Tom Bukovac. It was tracked by Grammy Award winning engineer/producer Justin Niebank & mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer/producer Mills Logan. The band features Steve Gorman on drums (The Black Crowes, Trigger Hippy), Audley Freed on guitar (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow), Tom Bukovac on guitar, slide guitar & keys (John Fogerty, Trigger Hippy), Michael Rhodes on bass (Ray Charles, Willie Nelson), John Lancaster on piano, Rhodes & Nord (Gary Allan, Will Hoge), Johnny Neel on Hammond B-3 & piano (Allman Brothers, Blue Floyd), Nick Buda on drums (Col. Bruce Hampton & The Code Talkers, Hank Williams Jr.), Jedd Hughes on guitar & beer (Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris) & Pat McLaughlin on guitar (Johnny Cash, The Subdudes). The record features vocalists Hillary Lindsey, Sarah Buxton, Pat McLaughlin, Carey Ott, and Bonnie Bishop on backing vocals.
This new chapter of his career will find Warren signing original music from the stage instead of the writing room, and as a roots rock Artist rather than a country hit song-maker. What remains constant, however, is Warren’s undeniable Southernality, his heart, his genuine charm, the strength of his voice, and his ability to front a band with an “in-the-pocket” groove as deep as the old New Orleans funk greats before him.