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Award-winning songwriter, James Isaac Elliott’s compositions have been recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman, The Oak Ridge Boys, Newsong, Shenandoah, Ginny Owens, Mark Schultz Russ Lee, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Gold City, Larry Stephenson, Laruen Talley, The Blackwood Brothers, local artist Triona and others. His honours include a Dove Award and multiple awards from ASCAP, American Songwriter Magazine and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Elliott’s songs have been included on 5 Grammy Award winning albums. He’s co-written 13 Top Ten radio singles and 6 number ones including “The Change,” “Hold On To Jesus” and “His Eyes” by Steven Curtis Chapman.

Before joining the Belmont Faculty James was a writer/producer for several shows on the cable television channel, TNN (The Nashville Network). He interviewed and produced stories on Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Robert Duvall, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, Kris Kristofferson, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Larry Sparks, Little Jimmy Dickens, Roy Acuff, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Faron Young, Loretta Lynn, Owen Bradley, Amy Grant, Mike Curb and others. 

At the age of 15 Emma Horan started creating online videos, singing unique 'mash-up' style cover versions of her favourite songs. Within a number of months, her videos captured the attention of over 500,000 active viewers around the world. Within two years she had received 3 million views across her various channels and charted at number 3 on the iTunes Singer / Songwriter chart. Emma has also been travelling to Amsterdam recording vocals on Trance singles and has gained recognition from international radio. Now, at the age of 21, Emma has graduated with a distinction in Commercial Song Writing and Production and is a full-time recording artist with a particular passion for pop/dance music. 

Drew Ramsey grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee playing and singing rock, soul, gospel, and country music. Anywhere and anytime music was being played or recorded, he put himself right in the middle. After studying Architecture and Music and graduating from the University of Tennessee, he moved to Nashville and set up shop as a writer, producer, and musician. Keeping the approach of being anywhere good music was happening, opportunities soon arose.

Since then, Drew has collaborated with, and had songs recorded by artists like India.Arie, John Legend, Heather Headley, Jonny Lang, Robert Randolph, The Temptations, Marc Broussard, Trombone Shorty, Leela James, CeCe Winans, Eric Benet, Danny Gokey and International artists such as Mivayi, Count Basic, Asa and Debi Nova.

He has received two Grammy awards and six nominations, one Dove Award, and two Emmys.

His songs have appeared in movies such as We Were Soldiers, The Game Plan, Shark Tale, Brown Sugar, and television shows such as The Voice, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Grey’s Anatomy, Dancing With The Stars, Brothers and Sisters, The Fosters, sports events on ESPN, NFL, NHL and more.