Country Songwriters Cruise

Join hit songwriters Johnny Bulford, Chris Gelbuda and Tim Fagan for a day of country music on Saturday, June 16th on our AM cruise! They will be performing their hit songs they wrote in a Writers Round. This will be your chance to hear the stories behind their songs that you have heard on the radio!!!

Johnny Bulford

Johnny Bulford is a name to be known in Nashville. Growing up in a home filled with music it was natural for Bulford to realize and hone his passions from an early age. Performing throughout high school and college, Bulford won the national singing competition Colgate Country Showdown in 2008 and secured a publishing contract from Warner Chapell Music shortly thereafter. 2011 was a great year for Bulford – he had his song “Flashlight”, co-written with RCA artist Chris Young, cut on Young’s 2011 album “Neon”, and secured his first #1 hit with Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You”. Honored at the 42nd Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner for “A Woman Like You”, Bulford stood on stage not far from his idol, Garth Brooks. Continuing to tour the Southeast with his own band, Bulford is captivating audiences with his showmanship, boy-next-door personality and beautifully written originals while his newest single, “Lonely Eyes” by Chris Young is quickly climbing the charts. He has already opened shows for many major country acts including Collin Raye, The Warren Brothers, Josh Turner, Emerson Drive, Chris Cagle, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Tanya Tucker, Montgomery Gentry, John Anderson, Gretchen Wilson, Blake Shelton and Jamey Johnson among others. Bulford continues to pen hits with Warner as well as perform at writers’ rounds in and around Nashville and writers festivals and events worldwide.
Chris Gelbuda
Chris Gelbuda is a songwriter and producer from Chicago, IL. His recent cuts include songs by Meghan Trainor, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Michael Ray, Love and Theft, Frankie Ballard, Wheeler Walker Jr, and Billy Currington. As a producer, Chris found success with the 5x Platinum smash “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor, which was a duet with John Legend. As a vocalist, he was the writer and singer on the European dance #1 “Bad Ideas” by German DJ, Alle Farben. When he’s not making music, you can find him intermittently on tour with the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh & Friends, or making memes on the viral Instagram page he created: @MusicCityMemes. He is currently a staff writer for Big Yellow Dog Music in Nashville.

Tim Fagan
While touring the world as guitarist and music director for Colbie Caillat, Tim Fagan co-wrote a duet with her and Jason Mraz, called “Lucky” – which became a radio hit that went on to win a Grammy in 2009. Fagan signed with Sony/ATV and continued writing, producing and performing in Los Angeles. Several of Fagan’s songs have appeared in films, TV shows and national ad campaigns (for 2 years he was the “voice” of Quaker Oats). His seasoned mix of blues guitar chops has also put him on stage with John Mayer, and on tour with international pop rock artist LP. After living for three years in London – his “adventure across the pond” – Fagan now calls Nashville home.

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