Our Mentoring/Audition Sessions for 2018 are very meaningful experiences for song writers wanting to hone the craft of song writing and find themselves down the road in knowledge of what it takes to be where they want to be and how to do it.

Mentoring/Audition Sessions available Thurs-Sat Aug 16-19,  2018.

Register today by sending us an email requesting which One on One Mentoring & Audition session(s) you want and send us three options for day and time slot to smswf@yahoo.com.   Click Available Time Slots by each Mentors name.  When we receive your email with day and time options we will invoice you to secure the session(s).

List of Music Industry Pros available for a Mentoring & Audition Sessions during the 7th Annual SMSWF are:

Michael de Bills, Wolf Valley Productions, author of  “Music By Numbers” is offering a prosody session for those of you who only write lyrics.  Add a melody to your lyrics and take home a work tape of your song.  Michael’s sessions are 1 hour.  $100 non-refundable reservation fee (includes work tape).  Click Here for Available Time Slots

Steve Bloch, Demolition Music Publishing, Creative Consultant.  If you think your song is ready to be a great hit, this is the guy you will want to hear your songs.  Steve has many friends in  Nashville and he knows what is going to make it and who to connect it to.  Steve’s sessions are 50 minutes. $75 non-refundable reservation feeClick Here Available Time Slots

Aaron Bowlin, CURB RECORDS, Director of Studio Operatons and A & R Administration.  Where does your song stack up as to what has been produced on a major record label?  Do you want solid information on the recording process and how it works? Aaron’s sessions are 40 minutes. $50  non-refundable reservation fee.  Click Here for Available Time Slots

Doug Johnson, Black River Entertainment, A& R Director.  Back by popular demand.  Doug’s slots filled completely up and then some at last year’s festival.  If you want to mentor with him you better sign up early.  Doug’s sessions are an hour. SOLD OUT

Lisa Johnson, Sweet Renegade Music,  want to get the facts and truth.  Lisa is very connected and very knowledgeable of the music industry. She has an inner sense for what makes a song perfect and what would make a good artist. Lisa’s sessions are  50 minutes.  $75 non-refundable reservation fee.  Click Here for Available Time Slots

Sandy Ramos, The SongTuner. Thru the SongTuner’s Pitch to Pro Pipeline Sandy learns why some songs are taken and why the other ones didn’t make the cut.  The tips she has to offer regarding the songs you think are ready to pitch will be invaluable to you.  Sandy’s sessions are 40 minutes. $50 non-refundable reservation fee. Click Here for Available Time Slots

Brady Seals, Artist/Songwriter/Producer and member of the legendary Seals family.  Little Texas and Apple Pie lead singer.  Celebrated three consecutive number one hits with “What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “My Love,” all of which Seals co-wrote, granting him the ASCAP “Triple Play Award.” Brady’s sessions are an hour.  $100 non-refundable reservation fee.  Click Here for Available Time Slots. 

Debbie Zavitson, owner of Debbie Z Entertainment. Debbie​​ was integral in s​igning​ ​multi-platinum​ ​recording​ ​artist​ ​Blake​ ​Shelton to Giant Records.  ​Before opening her own company she was an ​executive​ ​in​ ​A&R​ ​at​ ​Sony​ ​and​ ​Giant Records where she​ ​discovered​ ​record​ ​breaking​ ​duo​ ​The​ ​Kinleys,​ ​who​ ​had​ ​the​ ​highest charting​ ​debut​ ​single​ ​by​ ​a​ ​duo​ ​or​ ​group​ ​in​ ​R&R​ ​history​ ​with​ ​their​ ​song​ ​“Please” and the multi award winning trio The Wilkinsons.  If anyone knows how to make it, it is Debbie Z.  Her sessions are an hour.  $100 non-refundable reservation fee. Click Here for Available Time Slots.

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Doug Johnson, Songwriter, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TN
Doug Johnson
Black River Entertainment
“Three Wooden Crosses”
Randy Travis

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Mike Debills, Gatlinburg, TN
Michael de Bills
Wolfe Valley Productions
Add a Melody to Your Lyrics & Take Home a Work Tape

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Lisa Johnson, Razor & Tie Nashville, Publisher, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TN
Lisa Johnson
Sweet Renegade Music

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Sandy Ramos, Nashville, Songwriter, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TN
Sandy Ramos
The Song Tuner
“Let ‘er Rip”
Dixie Chicks

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Aaron Bowlin A&R Curb Records, Nashville, Songwriter, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TN
Aaron Bowlin
Director of Studio Operations and A&R Administration
Curb Records

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Steve Bloch, Song Plugger, Songwriter, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TN
Steve Bloch
Demolition Music Publishing
Creative Consultant

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Brady Seals, Songwriter, Nashville, SMSWF Gatlinburg, TN
Brady Seals
“God Blessed Texas”
Little Texas & Apple Pie Bands

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Debbie Zavitson, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TN
Debbie Zavitson
Debbie Z Entertainment

Debbie Zavitson
Debbie Z Entertainment