Backstage with Eddie Bayers: Part 2 

     

A 40 year veteran in the music industry in Nashville, Eddie Bayers is Nashville royalty. Beyond playing in the Grand Ole Opry as the house drummer, Bayers has played on hundreds of hit records (300 Gold and Platinum) since moving to Nashville in 1972 (full list here).

Recently Bayers was recognized by Berklee College of Music as an "American Master" for his generosity and deep commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young musicians, providing them opportunities to grow as… Read more

Proud to Be #2! 


Break out the chocolate!

I just found out "Blossom in the Dust" from my new album Ghosts in the Field hit #2 on the Americana/Country Song Chart by the Roots Music Report! It's the highest rising single I've ever had as an artist, and I'm really really excited about it!

The song is about second chances, and although I didn't write it (Joe Doyle, Jon Henderson and Mallary Hope did), it really touched my heart and I knew it was a story I needed to share.

I want to thank all the stations who supported me as well… Read more

Morning Music: Good Day Utah TV Appearance 



On Thursday, July 30, I performed on the Good Day Utah Morning Show on Fox 13!!!

The anchors Kelly Chapman and Kerri Cronk were so sweet to us---and it was so much fun to watch them behind-the-scenes! These ladies have it down to the second and even read prompters while walking from set to set in heels. What pros!

The band (Bill D and Scott Monson) and I played three tunes, "Ghosts in the Field," "Just a Little" and "Til My John Wayne Comes Along." And, as Bill always says, "No one got hurt." Great times!

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Joining the SESAC Family! 

Me with ET Brown at SESAC



Today I'm thrilled to announce that I have become a SESAC artist and songwriter! For those of you not in the music biz, SESAC is a performing rights organization that collects royalties for writers and publishers, and represents our interests with lawmakers as well. My new publishing company at SESAC will be called 'Homestead Hits' to honor my rural roots and the fact I'm setting up a new home at SESAC to write what I hope will be many hits! 

“We’re very happy to welcome Shantell… Read more

Backstage with Eddie Bayers: 'American Master' Musician- Part 1 

Eddie Bayers in his 'office' on the Grand Ole Opry


As a 16-year-old Eddie Bayers became an orphan, and it was then he started the long road to making a living as a musician.

It's been an interesting journey at times, but now he sits in one of the most exclusive seats in the musical world as the drummer in the house band at the Grand Ole Opry. Beyond that, he's busy doing session work around Nashville. In fact, Bayers has played on literally hundreds of hit records (300 Gold and Platinum) since moving to… Read more

2015 CMA Fest Instant Replay! 

 

Michael Boris, Bill DiLuigi, Manuel and me

CMA Music Fest 2015 was a total blur and a total blast!

A few of my favorite moments include:

- Performing at Manuel's Couture. You probably know him best as the American fashion designer behind dressing stars like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, etc. We (Michael Boris and Bill DiLuigi) had a great time performing and he is such a sweet man, I just had to kiss him on the cheek! :)

- Interview with Boots the Podcast- Had a fun interview with John Thompson for a… Read more

Our First #1 Hit Song! 


In early May, Marcum Stewart, Bill DiLuigi and I celebrated our first #1 hit song- "Me Before You", recorded by Marcum on his Put It In Drive album. The song was the fastest rising tune in chart history on the European HotDisc Top 40 Chart.

We celebrated with a backyard BBQ in Nashville with family and a few close friends, and then Marcum treated us to an acoustic version of the song on the back porch. It was just the right way to mark an important milestone in our careers.

I'm incredibly grateful and blessed… Read more

Excited to be a Card-Carrying Member! 


Today I took an exciting step in my music career by joining the Country Music Association (CMA)!

Brenden Oliver from the membership department even took a moment to welcome me in person during a very busy time of year (they are getting ready for CMA Music Fest in June).

"At CMA, we love welcoming new members into our Country Music family!" said Brenden. "It’s great to meet a member face to face and hear what they’ve got going on in their world. We’re excited to have Shantell as one of our newest members!"

It's… Read more

New Review from Emily Saxton's The Blog of Country Music! 


Shantell Ogden
GHOSTS IN THE FIELD 
*****
Beautiful seven-song collection from one of Nashville’s favourite and finest, independent singer-songwriters GHOSTS IN THE FIELD (2015) is the exquisite new fourth release from one of the industry’s finest award-winning Americana singer-songwriters Shantell Ogden—a musically-stunning, twenty-two minute-long collection of seven lyrically-rich, emotively-woven, tunefully-gentle numbers, which sees her once again team up with her talented long-time pal and… Read more

My Song Coming Out in a New Film! 



I'm really excited to announce that a song I co-wrote with Marcum Stewart and Dayna Shereck called "Whatdaya Say", performed by Miss Olivia Frances, will soon appear in the new Jerry Casagrande film "On The Wing"! The film stars the talented Shirley Jones and hunky Corbin Bernsen---whoot, whoot, for star power! :)

Thanks to Marcum we have a lyric video too! Check it out!

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