Country Songwriters Cruise

Join hit songwriters Johnny Bulford, James Otto and Heidi Ray for a day of country music on Saturday, July 14th on our AM cruise! Johnny Bulford has two # 1 hits, James Otto is a two-time Grammy nominee and Heidi Ray’s EP was released last year. They will be performing their hit songs they wrote in a Writers Round. Hear the stories behind their songs that you have heard on the radio!!! Enjoy a day of country music!

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. Bulford has continued to amass cuts over the years with Young including album cut “What If I Stayed” (2015), title track “It Must Be Christmas” (2016) and “Holiday” which he co-wrote with Young and the artist cut on his 2017 “Losing Sleep” album.

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.
James Otto
James Otto is one of the most distinct vocalists in country music and is a 2 time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter. His vocal performance on his breakthrough hit song “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” 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 many different major label acts including Darrius Rucker, Trace Adkins, John Anderson, Alabama and many others including the Zac Brown Band hit “No Hurry” and Chris Janson’s “Holdin Her”. He’s a founding member of the infamous Music Mafia that includes artists Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. He’s also a certified car nut and race car driver.
Heidi Ray
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. Watch for her new single, “Sweat” coming soon!

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