Ed Roland/Jesse Triplett of Collective Soul

Matisyahu • John Ford Coley

Aaron Barker

The Warren Brothers

Marc Scibilia • Striking Matches

Tim James • Jeff Cohen

Sonia Leigh • David Fenley

Parker Welling • Sinclair



Ed Roland & Jesse Triplett of Collective Soul

Matisyahu John Ford Coley Aaron Barker

The Warren Brothers  Marc Scibilia

Striking Matches Tim James  Jeff Cohen

Sonia Leigh Dave Fenley  Parker Welling Sinclair

Jann Klose Maddie Medley Liz Cooper  Danielle Blakey Lindsay Rimes Stela Cole

Lydia Luce T Hardy Morris Hank Compton  Scott Schmadeke of Harpooner

Luke Preston Joseph Patton Brian Sutherland

Jimmy Nash Ella Jet Our Fire Nate Allen Chris Dupre Deb Ruby Rebekah Pulley

Liam Bauman Eden Shireen Alex Harris Jonathan Di Renzo Emily Turnage



of Collective Soul

Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem "Shine." Roland and Triplett are part of the multi-platinum selling quintet.


Aaron's first experiment writing songs was "Baby Blue," recorded by George Strait. He has since gone on to write many #1 singles and in 2007 was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame. Then two years later into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.


An award-winning pop singer-songwriter, who has released six albums and to EPs. Raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany, and the United States, his music has been streamed over 1,000,000 times online.


A multi-instrumentalist who writes, sings, plays and produces her own music. She has shared the stage with the likes of Daughtry, Kacey Musgraves, Mike Posner, Ke$ha, MKTO, Max Frost and more.


Hank's storytelling writing dives into the intense topics of love, lust, drugs, drinking, loneliness and finding identity. He's project has taken him to many venues including The Ryman in Nashville, Greene Hall in Texas and The Troubadour in Los Angeles.


There is a collective energy in Nashville, one that Liz Cooper has poured herself into for the past six years. She says Nashville today is akin to that of Greenwich Village in 1960s or the Laurel Canyon days in the 1960s and 1970s and is a product of a collaborative approach to music and art. Her latest album is a product of that pulsating energy in Nashville that has had some of the greatest influence in her work.


   Humming barbershop harmonies over rap beats and flaunting high-fashion streetwear style topped off by a fifties 'do, Stela Cole finds the sweet spot between doo woop, pop and hip-hop. The Atlanta-born and LA-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist stirs up a sound akin to Yeezus producing The Chordettes.


After tens of millions of streams on Spotify, national headlining tours, opening spots with Zac Brown Band and more, collaborations with international powerhouse DJ and producer Robin Schulz, and appearances on the Today Show, 2019 finds Marc Scibilia re-exploring his Buffalo roots.    


 With sweet sounding melodies and sometimes jazzy instrumental harmony, Brian Sutherland finds a home in acoustic music. His brand of Americana fastens it's roots to artists like Jason Mraz, Sean McConell and Steve Wariner.


 A Nashville-based Australian songwriter, Lindsay Rimes has worked with artists including Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett and Dylan Scott. Rimes has written for or with an array of successful country artists, including co-penning Kane Brown's single "Heaven", which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.


 Having performed professionally all over Florida for well over 15 years with high caliber guitar skills and strong vocals, Chris Dupre has a wealth of experience behind him. With two albums of his own music under his belt, the craft of songwriting continues to evolve and progress.


Sonia Leigh maintains an individuality that continually extends beyond genre. From her main stream nation wide, country catapult on Zac Brown's Southern Ground Records in 2011, to her recent dark, pop releases “Spider In The Roses” “Live Like Ghosts” (featuring the mystical yet to be revealed “Rob The Man” and most recent full length effort “Mad Hatter”.


Alex Harris is a Soul/R&B vocalist, actor, and speaker. He started his entertainment  career at the tender age of 7 years old, traveling throughout  the southeast region with his siblings. He has a  growing following world-wide because of his electrifying and  soulful performance, with a style that is captivating.


Highly sought-after songwriters and entertainers. They started as recording artists in their hometown of Tampa. They made 3 albums for RCA's sister label BNA Records and have toured extensively as an opening act for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. McGraw has recorded over 20 of their songs.


Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Matisyahu exploded on the scene in 2005 with the #1 Alt Rock smash "King Without A Crown". Almost 15 years later, his music is still evolving. He transcends all genres, Reggae, Hip Hop, Rock. Matisyahu will perform an acoustic evening of music, Saturday night at a special ticketed show at Jannus Live.


In addition to being a Texas native and Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Dave Fenley was also a finalist on the hit TV show, The Voice.


Native Nashvillian, Jimmy Nash, the son of 2 staff writers for Sony, was immersed in the Nashville songwriting scene from a very early age. Nash's debut album, "The Road to 33", blended Country, Rock, & Pop. It was produced by Todd Hannigan (Jack Johnson), and picked as "New & Noteworthy" by iTunes.


Grammy award-winning songwriter Tim James is the co-writer of the 5 week #1 "My List" by Toby Keith, the Bucky Covington Top 10 "It's Good to Be Us", and the smash debut from the Lost Trailers "Holler Back."


 John is most revered as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. He continues with an active roster performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world. Classically trained on piano and an avid guitarist, he loves the craft and enjoys every audience he encounters.


Last year, Luce released her debut full-length album, Azalea and her Spotify streams are climbing to over 17 million. She's currently writing and has a number of tour dates this summer leading up to her fall 2019 tour in the UK.


 Athens, Georgia's T Hardy Morris has released three solo albums. Morris says his latest, titled Dude, The Obscure, "flowered from a creative space I found at the intersection of dreams and reality." Morris sheds the traps of ambition and nostalgia and uncovers the strange satisfaction of living in the moment.    


 "Nicely crafted and heavy on big, airy hooks that recall ELO at their grandest."

- Nashville Scene

"Dreamy pop tunes that linger in your mind long after hearing them."

- Glide Magazine


With a wide range of vocals and golden timbre, Deb Ruby enchants her listeners. In a modern indie-folk style, the singer-songwriter paints an intimate portrait of her life as a nomadic musician. After 5 years of exploring the world and using her music to connect through cultural barriers, she settled into St. Petersburg where she is gaining traction within the local music community.   



Liam Bauman is a Saint Petersburg, Florida based Alternative Singer/Songwriter. In the short while that he has been releasing music as a solo artist, he's managed to craft a sound and live performance that is intimate, unique, and his own.



A native Cape Codder, blues musician Natalia Bonfini now resides in Tampa Bay touring the East Coast with vocals reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin. The release of her single "Before" in 2018 earned her 1st place in the New England Songwriter's Competition and an honorable mention in Songdoor's International Songwriting Competition.



Nashville-born and raised on southern tradition, Parker Welling has a colorful understanding of the makings of a song that bleeds through the lines of genre. She has recently partnered with Home Team Publishing (a team comprised of manager Virginia Davis, Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Rocnation and Warner Chappell).     


A multi-award-winning songwriter/producer/publisher based in Nashville/London whose songs have appeared on over 20 million albums sold, over 10 million video games and over 100 placements in TV/Film.


Maddie Medley sings with a voice far beyond her twenty-one years. She signed with Elektra Records / Low Country Sound in 2018 and plans to release new music in 2019.


Following the international success of Striking Matches’ album “Nothing But The Silence”, produced by T-Bone Burnett, and 9 songs on TV’s “Nashville”, Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmermann continually prove to be the band that cannot be defined by old school music row boundaries.      


St. Petersburg songwriter Ella Jet writes dreamy songs about love, life and the tragic beauty she sees in this world. Ella and her neo-soul band Future Soul have played with acts ranging from Jackson Browne and Norah Jones to songwriting legend Bob Dylan.


   Our Fire is an eclectic, pop duo formed by Jake Spooner and Nicole Babin in the spring of 2018. The two began writing together after they had been individually working on separate projects and styles of music. With Nicole's background as an elite multi-instrumentalist in rock and pop music and Jake's innate urban-leaning pop melodies, they have created a distinct sound.


 A Clearwater transplant that has called Nashville home for the last eight years. He's toured the country as both a solo act and a sideman, accompanying artists including Caroline Spence, Tony Lucca, Walker McGuire, Megan Davies, and Boy Named Banjo. 


Born and raised in Nashville, TN. A former high school English teacher, Joseph enjoys the challenge of pairing music with honest lyric and is in his element helping artists find their voice and shape their message. Joseph has had songs recorded by Ben Rector, Jamie Lawson, and many others and is a staff writer with Sony/ATV. 


 Originally from Sydney Australia, now residing in Nashville, TN, Danielle Blakey is a singer, songwriter, musician and music producer. Already making her mark in Nashville as a "Track Girl", Danielle signed a global publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville.


A native of the Tampa Bay Area, Nathan Allen tells stories through melodies with feelings of sincerity and vulnerability that shine through in his debut EP release “It Had To Be This Way”. He draws influence from songwriters such as Jason Isbell, Allen Stone, and Amos Lee.


Rebekah Pulley is a Florida based singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music has been described as jaw dropping, with a tendency to break your heart and shake your soul. She has earned herself 8 'Best Of The Bay’ songwriting, recording, and live performance awards from Tampa’s own Creative Loafing.          


Eden Shireen has written her own narrative in the music industry by expressing her own melodic storytelling with an eclectic blend of pop, indie and folk. Her popularity has been on the rise since she became a 2015 Florida GRAMMY Showcase finalist and the headliner of the Eden Shireen Live in Manila, Philippines tour. 




 Jonathan Di Renzo is an alternative rock singer, guitarist and songwriter established in the St Petersburg/Tampa Bay area since 2013. In 2019, he just released a 5 song EP, "Far Away", which has a more elaborated and contemporary rock sound.      


 A 'born and raised' native of St Petersburg, FL who has enriched the local musical scene for more than ten years. Her original work draws from personal experience and an open appreciation for the intricacies of life. Her vocal range reflects a broad span of expression from clear, smoky, and soothing to unapologetically visceral and cathartic.

Performers on the DTSP Songwriters Festival lineup are selected and invited by BMI. Along with national acts, we would love to have some local Tampa Bay area songwriters participate. If interested, please contact Dan Spears: Only BMI-affiliated songwriters will be considered.