Mark Bryan (Chucktown Music Group / Hootie and the Blowfish)
Mark Bryan
received his Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1989. He is a founding member, songwriter and the guitar player for multi-platinum Hootie & the Blowfish and has spent the last 25 years recording and touring. He also has two solo albums to his credit. Since moving to Charleston in 1999, Bryan has produced 5 full-length albums, as well as co-written, and produced countless songs, for other artists. He was also instrumental in founding the College of Charleston Radio Station, and is helping to develop a music industry concentration there. Recently, Bryan has scored the film "Warrior Road," and produced a television pilot called "Live at the Charleston Music Hall." Mark is also the Chairman of the Board for Carolina Studios, a non-profit after school music recording and technology program for kids 8-18.


Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels and Rope)
Cary Ann Hearst
is a folk/roots-rock musical artist from South Carolina. She got her first taste of fame when her song "Hell's Bells" was featured in the HBO vampire drama True Blood. She has three albums to date, the first two (Dust and Bones, Lions and Lambs) as solo projects, and the most recent one (Shovels & Rope) as a collaboration with her husband, Michael Trent. Featured on "Late Night with David Letterman, "Shovels and Rope is a Charleston, SC band consisting of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Formed in 2010, they sing harmony driven folk, rock and country songs using two old guitars, a kick drum, a snare, a few tambourines, harmonicas, and and maybe a little keyboard sometimes. They tour constantly as a two piece, making as much noise as they can.


Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish)
Darius Rucker
is a songwriter, musician and rhythm guitarist who first gained fame as the lead singer of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. The band has released five studio albums and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Rucker is signed to Capitol Records Nashville as a country music artist, releasing albums Learn to Live, Charleston, SC 1966 and True Believers. In 2012, Rucker was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. Standing apart from the rest, Rucker's baritone voice has been called by TIME magazine as "low, gruff, [and] charismatic," and Entertainment Weekly has characterized it as a "barrelhouse growl." His latest hit "Wagon Wheel" reached Number One on the Country Airplay chart in May 2013.


Frank Rogers (Producer of Darius Rucker / Sea Gayle Music and Records)
Five-time Billboard Hot Country Producer Of The Year, Frank Rogers is an American record producer, songwriter, musician, publisher and record executive. Rogers worked for EMI Nashville Productions and then later opened Sea Gayle Music Publishing. Rogers has produced 40 #1 singles and albums that have sold tens of millions of copies and has three #1 singles as a songwriter. Sea Gayle Music has had over 400 cuts, 35 #1 songs and has twice been named ASCAP Country Music Publisher Of The Year. Rogers has produced and/or written songs for Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, Sheryl Crow, Allison Krauss, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCrerry, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, to name a few. Rogers has received five Academy of Country Music awards, one Country Music Association award and was named Music Row Magazine's "Country Producer of the Year" four times.


Dan Hannon (Producer of Manchester Orchestra / Gullch Media)
Dan Hannon
is a producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter and musician. He spent 2012 and 2013 as the managing partner of New Canvas Entertainment, during which he signed and produced the Country/Rock/Hip Hop artist, Jessta James, as well as the Country/Rock artist Ricky Gunn. Hannon is most known for his work producing Sony Music artist Manchester Orchestra. He also produced, recorded, mixed and co-wrote "Anything Worth Saying" by Aaron Shust - the No. 1 Christian record of 2006, which won three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. The song "My Savior, My God" on this album was also awarded Billboard's No. 2 Christian/Gospel Song of the Decade. Hannon was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop Contemporary Album of the year and currently serves on the board of governors of The Recording Academy (producers of the Grammy's).


Duda Lucena (Borboleta Audio Mastering)
Duda Lucena
is a song-writer, arranger, guitarist, Brazilian vocalist and mastering engineer. As a musician, Lucena has played internationally with musicians and shares his music with his fans on his latest CD, "Duda Lucena Quartet Live," which has been featured on the Jazzweek Radio and CMJ Jazz Charts, and is played regularly on XM/Sirus radio stations and across the nation. As an engineer, Lucena discovered and nurtured his gifted critical ear early on in his life listening daily to the Symphonic Orchestra of Pernambuco and learning the fundamentals of audio by watching live television and audio broadcasting. With over 30 years of musical experience, perspective and training, Duda masters all genres of music and provides professional high quality audio mastering for artists such as Adamo Prince, the Guitar Orchestra of of the School of Music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Gospel rapper Tameaka Green.


Eric Bass (Shinedown / Ocean Industries Studios)
Eric Bass
is a Lowcountry based songwriter and record producer/engineer as well as the bass player in the multi-platinum selling rock band Shinedown. While keeping a world wide touring schedule with the band, Eric also owns Ocean Industries Studios on James Island, SC where he has worked for the past 8 years. Bass has written, produced, co-produced, and engineered four #1 singles for Shinedown (Atlantic), as well as other hit songs with rock bands like Framing Hanley (Imagen/Warner) and Eve To Adam (3for5/Sony). He has also become a "go to" producer in the Indie and Alternative genres having huge successes with bands such as Royal Teeth (Dangerbird) and Sleeper Agent (RCA). Between producing projects and tours with Shinedown, Eric spends time songwriting and collaborating with such artists as James Durbin (American Idol), Meghan Kabir (Kelly Clarkson), Marty Fredricksen (Aerosmith), etc. in Nashville and Los Angeles.


Dolph Ramseur (Manager of Avett Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops)
Dolph Ramseur
is the Founder of Ramseur Records and a music manager. A one-time top North Carolina junior tennis player and self-confessed music fanatic-turned-venture-capitalist, followed his heart and formed Ramseur Records in July 2000. The Americana Roots label roster includes The Avett Brothers, the everybodyfields, Martin Stephenson, Sammy Walker, Bombadil, New Jersey Transient and Oh What A Nightmare. Management clients include The Avett Brothers, the everybodyfields, Bombadil, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Mad Tea Party. At the 2013 Americana Music Awards, one of his bands, the Avett Brothers were nominated for Album of the Year for "Emotionalism," New and Emerging Artist and Duo Group of the year.


Jerrod Wilkins (Artist Manager and Partner, Gold Mountain Entertainment)
Gold Mountain Entertainment is an artist management firm established in the mid '80s which has handled management for over 100 acts, including Nirvana, Beck, New York Dolls, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, Duncan Sheik, Ray Davies, The Books and many more. Jerrod began his career in 1996 at Atlantic/Breaking Records in Artist Development for the label and departed in 2000 to start Big Top Management. In 2003, Jerrod merged Big Top Management with Gold Mountain Entertainment and currently runs the Gold Mountain Entertainment office in downtown Charleston. Jerrod is married with two children and resides in Mount Pleasant, SC.


Luke Lewis, Former CEO of Universal Music Group and Founder of Lost Highway Records
At the helm of some impressive music labels for nearly 20 years (MCA, Mercury and Lost Highway Records), Luke Lewis is an award winning music executive. He is recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association for founding Lost Highway Records. Lost Highway Records issues music by country, alternative rock and alternative country artists such as Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Elvis Costello, Morrissey and Ryan Adams and has distributed the soundtracks for "O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Deadwood. Lewis has seemingly done it all by working his way up from record store and warehouse to becoming the CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville. With a touch of magic and by understanding every facet of the music business, Lewis has built a legacy filled with decades of success.


Mike Doernberg (CEO and co-founder of ReverbNation)
Mike Doernberg is a serial entrepreneur and an amateur guitar player and music aficionado. ReverbNation provides powerful, easy-to-use online tools, services and industry connections to more than 3 million artists, managers, labels, venues, festivals/events and other music professionals. The company strives to give artists control over their careers and access to the opportunities that positively impact their futures. ReverbNation operates worldwide with customers on every continent with over 20 million visitors come to reverbnation.com every month. Mike's successful entrepreneurial career in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina stems from his experience in marketing and the management of technology and Internet business. His past ventures include SmartPath, a marketing software company that was successfully acquired by DoubleClick (GOOG) in 2004. Previous to founding SmartPath, Mike launched The Marathon Group, an Internet services organization, acquired by MERANT, PLC (MCFUF). Mike began his career in the entrepreneurial services group of Ernst and Young.


John Simson (Former ED of SoundExchange)
John Simson has been in the music industry since his signing in 1971 as a recording artist and songwriter. Simson's career has included stints as a manager, handling the career of 5X Grammy winner, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, special advisor to Harry Belafonte for music and television projects, and a 30 year career as an entertainment lawyer advising clients on copyright and business issues in film, television, music and the visual arts. He most recently served as the Executive Director of SoundExchange from 2001-2010, an organization he helped launch in 2001. Simson received an Emmy nomination for his music supervision of the PBS series, "American Roots Music" and was named the Outstanding Volunteer Lawyer by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts on their 10th Anniversary celebration. Simson was at the forefront of the battle for artist's rights and their ability to be paid for their work online and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, Marketplace, CNN and many other news outlets.