You Are – Randy Ryder

Some say there is no such thing as perfect timing, but if you were to ask Randy Ryder, I would say he’d disagree. After deciding not to pursue music in order to be a single dad, it was his now-grown kids who encouraged him to get back into the studio a few years ago. When he released his first single, “You Are,” his proud daughter Krystyn used the ever-popular social media platform, TikTok, to share

Love Language – Ashley McKinley

Her lyrics and stunning voice caught our attention, but her heart and drive are why we stayed hooked. Ashley McKinley is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Howell, New Jersey who is breaking into the Nashville music scene. She is a senior at Belmont University and is pursuing a degree in songwriting and minoring in music business. Interestingly enough, she first caught the songwriting bug when listening to an Avril Lavigne song at a young age and

God & Your Mother – Luke Hilgenhold

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We are so excited to finally be back with the Belmont Sessions! To kick off 2021, we have twenty-three-year-old singer/songwriter Luke Hilgenhold, sharing his original song titled “God & Your Mother,” featuring his co-writer, Jon Sims, on the keys. Hilgenhold grew up in Tell City, Indiana where he developed a love for classic country music and artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Garth Brooks. It is clear to see their influence, especially Brooks’, as

Gun Shy – Sarah Faith

Our girl Sarah Faith is back for another session! This time she's sharing her new single, "Gun Shy" with us! Faith says of her new single, "Gun Shy was written in a hotel in Northern Michigan when I was on a gig with the band I sing backup with. I felt like there was something to be said about that tricky point I’ve (we’ve all) been to multiple times in my (our) life where you

Divided- Olivia Bandy

Our favorite Belmont Sessions artist, Olivia Bandy, wrote a new song that reminds us there is joy behind practicing grace and kindness. In a world divided, we could all do better to practice this! In addition to her tenure as our Artist in Residence, Bandy is constantly working on new music while she pursues her degree in music business at Belmont. We are so proud to announce that Bandy recently won the songwriter's open mic night


NASHVILLE, TN (June 12, 2019) – Big Machine Music and six-time GRAMMY®-nominee Brandy Clark’s All BC Music last night announced a joint music publishing venture at the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The fusion of established success and unbridled creativity is a solid combination of BMM’s heavyweight reputation and inspirational focus of All BC Music. An ideal space for this promising young talent to flourish, the inaugural signing is emerging singer/songwriter Lauren Weintraub (our very own Belmont Sessioner Lauren Weintraub).“Lauren is a smart, evocative,

Burn the Ground – Olivia Bandy

Olivia Bandy returns to the Belmont Sessions with an emotional new anthem, "Burn the Ground". Bandy recently performed "Burn the Ground" at the first annual open mic and songwriter's festival at SoulShine Waverly in Waverly, Tennessee. Owned by Tayla Lynn and her family friends the Sims, SoulShine Waverly is a local venue dedicated to showcasing the best talent in Waverly and Hurricane Mills! Bandy won the festival along with two other artists, and will be

December Haze – Olivia Bandy

Our featured artists who participate in Belmont Sessions all have a unique talent for songwriting, but Olivia Bandy's ability is unparalleled. After reading a letter from a gentleman in the civil war to his father, which she found in the book her grandmother wrote (clearly, it runs in the family), she set his words to music. "Dear Father, I have the opportunity of writing a few lines..."

Jump – Sarah Faith

Our latest Belmont Sessions artist is the sweet Sarah Faith! Educated in Business administration and Spanish at Alma College in Michigan with a Masters in Communications from Oakland University, Faith has been a fan of country music for the majority of her life. "I realized my love for music at a very young age; I can remember singing country in the back of my mom's car while we were driving around. I was always singing

Daisy Sellas & Olivia Bandy: Teardrops from Songs

Daisy Sellas is a freshman songwriting major From San Juan Capistrano, California. She grew up on cowboy music which fluidly transitioned into a deep love and appreciation for country music later in life. With influences such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson, Sellas is not limited to the country music genre, naming David Bowie and The Rolling Stones for good measure. It only seems natural that Sellas singer/songwriter songwriting style is