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Three Songs that Influenced Me

Recently I was asked by Richard at Zetland FM in the UK to introduce three songs that influenced me as a singer/songwriter for his show. It was really hard to pick just three!

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Opening for Sawyer Brown!

In November I was incredibly honored to open for Sawyer Brown in my home state of Utah! It was an amazing night and so many friends and family members where there to support me as well as hear a…

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4 Songs for the 4th by Independent Artists

Since moving to Nashville 15 years ago, I've come to believe that many of the best songs never make it through the major label system to get heard by the masses. But today I'm changing that! 

In the spirit of…

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Michael Noble: Hard Work Never Goes Out of Style

Michael Noble Backstage at the Opry


Michael Noble is a hit songwriter, session guitar player and member of the Grand Ole Opry band. His story is a fascinating and weaves in names like Roy Orbison, Kenny Rogers…

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The Other Side of #TimesUp

Today women are marching and shouting it from the rooftops: Times Up.

First of all, I want to be clear that I fully support and cheer for women like Katie Arminger and the Song Suffragettes (who released a…

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AmericanaFest Round-Up for Artists

Berklee Americana Showcase at The Family Wash with my Band
Michael Boris, Me, Bill D, and Nick Arbuckle

Nashville is now officially in recovery mode from the 17th Annual AmericanaFest extravaganza. The event brings thousands of fans and artists to…Read more

VIP Album Preview Hosted by WSM's Charlie Mattos

Shantell Ogden with Charlie Mattos, WSM at VIP Album Preview Event
Nashville-based artist Shantell Ogden held a VIP Album Preview event to celebrate her fifth studio album The Road That Drives Me at 3rd and Lindsley this week. Attendees… Read more

From a Tuba to the Opry: Meet Larry Paxton (Part 1)

Multi-instrumentalist and arranger Larry Paxton talks about his musical beginnings, being a "tuba dropout", gigging and how he got started in the studio. Paxton (pictured above with me) now plays bass in the Grand Ole Opry house band in Nashville…

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Backstage with Eddie Bayers: Part 2


A 40 year veteran in the music industry in Nashville, Eddie Bayers is Nashville royalty. Beyond playing in the Grand Ole Opry as the house drummer, Bayers has played on hundreds of hit records (300 Gold and…Read more

Proud to Be #2!

Break out the chocolate!

I just found out "Blossom in the Dust" from my new album Ghosts in the Field hit #2 on the Americana/Country Song Chart by the Roots Music Report! It's the highest rising single I've ever had…Read more

Backstage with Nelson...

Matt, Shantell and Gunner

When I was a pimply teenager on the farm in Utah, I had a big crush on a 'big hair' duo named Nelson. They broke onto the charts with mega hits in the early 90's like …Read more

Jennifer Batten: A Fierce Woman and Her Guitar

Jennifer Batten has played guitar for two of the biggest and most discriminating artists of all-time: Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. In addition, she has carved out a successful solo career with a one-woman show. I was lucky enough to…

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The Magical Keys of Gary Prim...

Gary and me talking music at Edgehill Cafe

With credits like Keith Whitley, Charlie Pride, Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Alan Jackson to his name, Gary Prim is one of the top keyboard players in Nashville. What also makes…Read more

Thom Flora: The Sound Shifter

The Vocal Team: Me with Thom Flora and Judy Rodman

When I asked John Willis (producer) and Judy Rodman (vocal producer) who we should have sing male background vocals on my new record, they both looked at each other and…Read more

Artistic Values: Meet Steve Brewster

Steve Brewster and me

If you’ve turned on the radio in the last 25 years, you’ve heard the backbeats of Steve Brewster. He’s recorded with everyone from Little Big Town to Jewel, from Dierks Bentley to Chicago. But, when you…Read more

A CMA Saturday Night!

Amber Hayes and some of her newest fans!
"Hey you get down the fiddle and you get down the bow, Kick off your shoes and throw em on the floor,
Dance in the kitchen till morning light,…Read more

Vintage Blog: "Jason Mraz: I'm Back"

Here’s a blast from the past…a story I did on Jason Mraz and his album “Mr. A-Z”, back in 2005.  Hope you enjoy it!

Jason Mraz: “I’m Back”
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Nashville Recording Session - Behind the Scenes!

If you've never been to a Nashville recording session, here's your chance!  These top-of-their-game musicians and engineers have worked with Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and many, many more artists.

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Mark Montgomery & Gary Gold Speak the Truth

Mark Montgomery, Shantell Ogden and Gary Gold

Last week,  Berklee Alumni and friends in Nashville had the opportunity to hear the wisdom and candor of digital entreprenuer and music industry expert Mark Montgomery and well-known Producer/Musician/Engineer Gary Gold.

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