When you hear about "veteran songwriters on Music Row" Jerry Salley is certainly one of the writers who are mentioned. With over 400 songs recorded and several industry awards in various genres, Jerry is identified as a true troubadour and industry work horse.
Salley, who co-wrote "Outlaw State of Mind" on Chris Stapleton's recent Grammy-winning country album, Traveller, has penned over 400 cuts in country, bluegrass and gospel genres. His extensive talent has garnered him recordings by multiple artists such as Sir Elton John ("Where We Both Say Goodbye"—a duet with Australian artist Catherine Britt), Reba McEntire ("I'm Gonna Take That Mountain" and "Close To Crazy"), and includes the 1990 Dove Award's Inspirational Song of the Year, "His Strength is Perfect", co-written with and recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman and now found in Church Hymnals.
"I am happy to join the creative minds here [at Banner Music] whose heart and family atmosphere mirror the passion of their work," said Salley.
Salley, SESAC's Country Songwriter of the Year in 2003, was also nominated in 2014 by The International Bluegrass Music Association for Songwriter of the Year. His winning streak continued this year with his three tracks on the SteelDriver's Grammy Award winning Best Bluegrass Album,The Muscle Shoals Recordings.
In October of 2015, Salley released the bluegrass/gospel project Gospel From My Grassroots that includes guest vocals from Steven Curtis Chapman to Salley's daughter, Maggie, with contributing harmonies.
Shelby Lee Lowe
On Target, Talented and Ambitious is what we think of when we think of Shelby Lee Lowe. He set music industry goals when he was a student at MTSU and has been on target fulfilling those career goals since graduation. Not only is he a fantastic performing country music artist, he fills his calendar with songwriting appointments; dedicated to improving in the craft of songwriting. We don't see SLL slowing down any time soon! He is keeping us on our toes as he turns in better and better songs. If you want to witness an authentic country artist performer, catch him on a stage near you. You won't regret it. Find Shelby Lee Lowe here:
Alice Lankford is one of the most productive songwriters you will ever meet. She is quick to capture the direction a song should take and build on the story line. While a song is in a resting phase, she continues to analyze the song to see where it should be tweaked or improved. She is superb at keeping her calendar full of co-writing sessions and is instrumental in putting together winning co-writing teams, WHILE she commutes between Tulsa, OK and Nashville!! Can a music publisher ask for anything more? We are proud that Alice is part of our team! If you would like to connect with Alice, email us and we will make it happen! Or you can find her on Facebook, Reverbnation and Twitter.
There are various styles of hats in the closet of Alex Dooley: athlete, outdoorsman, husband, and father. Though recently, Dooley wears a former fit, the troubadour.
A wordsmith since high school, Dooley dabbled with poetry and lyricism until he signed a publishing deal with Music Mill Entertainment in 2005. At MME, Dooley’s first cut was the certified gold “Don’t Ask Me ‘Bout a Woman” by Easton Corbin with the sentimental “When She Grows Up” by Craig Campbell to follow. Now a decade into his career, after a side gig with Bass Pro Shop and two children later, Dooley feels at home as a songwriter for Banner Music.
“I decided to sign [with Banner Music] because they are as ‘hungry’ and passionate about music as I am,” said Dooley. “I have the freedom to be creative and I’m thankful to consider them my other family.”
Banner Music took interest in Dooley through their artist, James Robert Webb, whose debut single was Dooley’s “Daddy Made a Million”, the song responsible for a contract with Banner Music under his fingertips in June of 2015.
Dooley fell in love with music as a kid in his hometown of Rustburg, Virginia listening to the radio hits of the eighties and his favorite Charlie Daniels’ greatest hits album. Together, Dooley and his two brothers would compose original music and perform as a three-piece band in local coffeehouses. Also a talented athlete, Dooley was constantly juggling his devotion to the baseball diamond with his craft. Dooley attended Liberty University on a baseball scholarship before the positive response of his original music sent him straight to Nashville in 2003.
Despite the competition of a creative job, Dooley has achieved cuts with acts like Montgomery Gentry and Bush Hawg while in the presence of lyrical mentors like Glenn Martin that still inspire him to produce his best work.
“Glenn would say, ‘You can have a lot of fun with this job and can pretty much do what you want, but in the end you still have to treat it as a job,’ said Dooley. “I still take those words to heart and in a town where you might have to conform [to succeed], yourself is still going to come out in your music regardless if you are writing for Cole Swindell or Merle Haggard.”
Dooley isn’t shy of today’s music industry and his commitment is unbreakable.
“I understand how difficult this business can be at all levels, so I’m constantly pushing forward to continue to grow.”
"The Hook Man" is what we call him. He always has a cool hook on him! Jimbo is what every co-writer needs, (what every person needs) he is true and deep, with his commitment to people and songwriting. When you talk to him about writing songs you have to admire his humble spirit and open mindedness to changing a line; his continued pursuit of improving and raising the songwriting bar. Would that ALL songwriters had his talent and spirit!! We are blessed! Jimbo also travels frequently between Tulsa, OK and Nashville. If you would like to connect with Jimbo Martin, email us and we can make it happen. You can find him on Facebook, Reverbnation and Twitter.