Country Songwriters Cruise Johnny Bulford, Heidi Raye & Featuring James Otto

Join hit songwriters Johnny Bulford, Heidi Raye & James Otto on Sunday, November 24th, on our Noon cruise. Hear the songs, you have heard on the radio, from the people who wrote the music. Johnny has written songs for Chris Young and Lee Brice. Heidi recently had a song recorded by Sundance Head – The Winner of The Voice Season 11. She has also released her newest single “Time Flies.” James Otto is a two-time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and has written many songs for major artists such as Alabama, Zac Brown Band, Chris Janson and so many more. His breakthrough hit song “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” which was the biggest hit in all of country music in 2008!

Johnny Bulford:
Johnny Bulford, the name behind a man that has gained notoriety in and around Music City over the last 10+ years. Bulford, a native Floridian who grew up in a family surrounded by rich music history and influence, was able to naturally hone his craft from a young age. One of the first signs he was going to turn his love of music into a career happened after Bulford attended a Garth Brooks concert at the tender age of 12 and told his mom, “That is what I want to do with my life.” Putting that statement into action, Bulford performed throughout high school and college, opening for the likes of artists Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson; garnering a win at Colgate Country Showdown, a national singing competition, which landed him a publishing contract at Warner Chappell Music soon after. After many years and countless songs penned under the Warner label, Johnny branched out on his own as an independent songwriter in 2018. Since 2011, Bulford has earned multiple achievements; obtained his first album cut “Flashlight”, co-written with Chris Young, that landed on the RCA recording artist’s 2011 album “Neon”, secured his first #1 hit with Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You” (2011), “Lonely Eyes” a single cut by Young topped the charts at #2 (2014), invited to play “Lonely Eyes” on the famed Ryman Stage with Young during the 5th Annual YPO Southern 7 “Evening At The Ryman” (2015), “What If I Stayed” another album cut by Young (2015), garnered title track on Young’s “It Must Be Christmas” (2016) and wrote “Holiday” which Young co-wrote and cut on his 2017 “Losing Sleep” album. Bulford’s passion of writing has taken him beyond the confines of Music Row, as he spearheads projects to bring the Nashville “Listening Room” experience to his beloved upbringings and stomping grounds of Central Florida and beyond.
Heidi Raye:
Proving herself to be Nashville’s charming and quirky go-getter, Heidi Raye is a force to be reckoned with. A natural entertainer from an early age, Heidi Raye was smitten with country music growing up and made it her life-long dream to move to Music City. Heidi has co-written songs and toured with some of country music’s elite like Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean, Terri Clarke and Reba McEntire.
She has proven she can hold her own in both the songwriting and performing community. Heidi Raye is the initial artist on the Hall of Famer Harlan Howard’s label, Harlan Howard Records. Her first EP, “Worth A Shot” produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Chuck Ainlay was released in 2017. Heidi has racked up the miles touring to support “Worth A Shot” making fans and friends at radio along the way. 2018 finds Heidi in the studio working on her second release on Harlan Howard Records. Be sure to look for her new single, “Sweat” which has recently been released to country radio!
James Otto:
James Otto is one of the most distinctive vocalists in Country music and is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. Once for his vocal performance on his breakthrough hit song “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” which was the biggest hit in all of Country music in 2008. The second nomination was for co-writing Jamey Johnson’s “In Color,” which also won both CMA and ACM “Song of the Year.” Otto has written songs for numerous artists and labels. These acts include Darrius Rucker, Trace Adkins, John Anderson, Alabama. He has also worked with the Zac Brown Band on their hit “No Hurry” and Chris Janson’s “Holdin Her.” He’s a founding member of the infamous The Muzik Mafia that includes artists Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson.
James Otto has always had an uncanny ability to write songs that give voice to the hopes, dreams, and simple desires of his audience. While best known as an award-winning Country songwriter, he’s also a certified car enthusiast and race car driver! According to Good Guys Rod and Custom Association, “James Otto has country music in his soul, but he has oil running through his veins.”

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