SESAC is proud to announce its annual SESAC Presents Tin Pan South Showcase featuring affiliate songwriters Cary Barlowe, Craig Campbell, Rob Hatch and Josh Hoge. Hoge recently celebrated a #1 hit with Chris Young’s “Hangin’ On” at the end of 2018. Additionally, Barlowe co-wrote Chris Young’s newest single, “Raised On Country,” and Hatch co-wrote a cut on the brand-new Florida Georgia Line album Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, entitled “Can’t Hide Red.” And Campbell released his new EP, See You Try just last summer.
SESAC has been a sponsor of the 5-day songwriters’ festival for more than 20 years, which brings together over 250 songwriters to showcase their talents. SESAC is proud to shine a light on four of our many talented affiliates at the Analog at Hutton Hotel at 9 p.m., on Wednesday, March 27. Tin Pan South is produced by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. See you there!
Cary Barlowe has had success in a multitude of genres including pop, rock, country, and Christian music. The Virginia born/North Carolina-raised writer has written four number one songs in the country genre including “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum, “Where It’s At” by Dustin Lynch, “Sun Daze” by Florida Georgia Line and “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” by Billy Currington. He currently has radio current singles on the country top 40 charts with Chris Young “Raised on Country” and Rascal Flatts “Back to Life”. Barlowe’s first cut in the country genre was “Untouchable” by Taylor Swift on her multiplatinum album “Fearless.” He has also had nine No. 1 songs with CCM artist TOBYMAC including (“Made to Love,” “I’m For You,” “Tonight,” City On Our Knees,” “Hold On,” “Christmas this Year,” “One World,” “Get Back Up,” and “Feel It”) as well as three Grammy nominations for Contemporary/Gospel Song of the Year with Toby. Barlowe also had a number one song (“Good Morning”) with the American Idol Alum/Christian Artist Mandisa. His cuts with leading stars of country and pop Music include Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, Easton Corbin, Dustin Lynch, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Martina McBride, Steven Tyler, Gary Alan, Chris Lane and many more. From his rock background in the Rick Rubin produced, American Recordings/Columbia signed band Luna Halo, to his featured music on ABC’s Nashville, Barlowe remains a truly diverse songwriter.
Growing up in the small town of Lyons, Georgia, a mix of musical gifts and hard work set Campbell’s path early on. After falling in love with classic Country, he played keyboards in his mother’s church and then on the road for an up and coming singer at the time named Luke Bryan, eventually landing a coveted bandleader gig in the famous Nashville honky tonk, The Stage. But with easy charisma and smooth, expressive vocal chops, Campbell was soon noticed, leading to a string of singles and two albums which earned comparisons to neotraditional icons like Alan Jackson and Randy Travis. Starting in 2010, “Family Man” and “Outta My Head” both cracked the Top 15 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, while others like the hook in cheek “Fish” snagged more than 10 million on demand streams. “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” became a bona fide Top 10 hit, while “Outskirts of Heaven” showed an artist sensitive enough to share his soul and courageous enough to stand on conviction. The uplifting critical smash has been praised by Rolling Stone, Taste of Country and more as a spiritual high-water mark.
Rob Hatch, a Florida native, moved to Nashville in 2001 to follow his dreams of becoming a songwriter. He worked as a bartender at the famed Wildhorse Saloon the first couple years while honing his skills. Hatch soon met friends Lee Brice, Dallas Davidson, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and Jerrod Niemann, and they shared one common goal—to be successful in Nashville. The songwriting/playing friends collaborated on a project that would become Jamey Johnson’s first record, They Call Me Country. In 2004, Hatch signed his first writing deal with BMG Publishing and soon after Johnson’s second album, The Dollar, more credits started flowing in with the likes of Rhett Akins, Blackberry Smoke, Terri Clark, George Jones, Jake Owen and Gretchen Wilson. In 2008, Hatch signed with Magic Mustang Publishing. He captured his first No. 1 song with “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” recorded by Justin Moore. Since then, Hatch has written No. 1 singles for Brice (“I Don’t Dance”) and Houser (“Goodnight Kiss” and “Top of The World”), while also writing cuts for artists including Luke Bryan, Craig Campbell, Faith Hill, Joe Nichols and Jerrod Niemann. In 2014, Hatch was named SESAC Songwriter of the Year. He is currently working with artists including Brice, Florida Georgia Line, Houser, Niemann, Runaway June, Restless Road, Gretchen Wilson and more. He is also collaborating on unfinished works by the late Johnny Cash, which were recently found archived. Hatch recently signed a new publishing deal with Kobalt Music Publishing.
Josh Hogeis an American songwriter who hails from Franklin, Tennessee. Hoge is signed with Universal and was named SESAC Songwriter of the Year in 2016 for penning hit singles for Chris Young to include “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think of You” (featuring Cassadee Pope). Additionally, he has penned songs for Kane Brown including certified platinum single “Used To Love You Sober” and certified gold single “There Goes My Everything.” Hoge has written four number one songs and his current song climbing the charts is “Saturday Nights” by Khalid featuring Kane Brown. He has also written songs recorded by Justin Moore, Miranda Lambert, Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney, the Randy Rogers Band and more.