Award-winning, internationally-recognized singer-songwriters will entertain residents and visitors at the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest this fall on Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach and downtown Fort Myers in Southwest Florida.
The 3rd Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, featuring 60 confirmed songwriters to Southwest Florida begins Sept. 23-25 on Captiva Island and wraps up Sept. 30-Oct. 2 on Fort Myers Beach. Historic downtown Fort Myers will feature mid-week performances Sept. 26-29.
The first major headliner for the 10-day festival is Maren Morris. The Nashville songwriter has soared to the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart with her debut album, HERO. Morris has joined Keith Urban’s ripCORD tour and will be performing her smash hit “My Church” at the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest on Fort Myers Beach, Oct. 2.
“We’re very excited having such impressive songwriters,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “This festival gives audiences a unique opportunity to learn the stories behind the songs from the most talented songwriters in the business. Music lovers can hear and meet their favorite songwriters.”
Also, 2016 brings uncommon songwriter experiences, including house parties, sunset cruises, pool parties, a dinner and wine pairing and a songwriting workshop.
Some of the artists appearing on Fort Myers Beach include:
Sheena Brook – Local Artist!
Sheena Brook is the breath of fresh air – the perfect mix of professionalism and playfulness, and is bursting onto the Florida music scene rapidly. Together with her writing partner, Scott Krehling “Ain’t Gonna Mess Around” reveals many sides of her artistic ability. Born and raised in Ft. Myers Florida, Sheena has been singing and writing music since early childhood. Sheena is currently working with singer/song writer, and 4-Time Grammy nominated Universal Recording Artist “Sully Erna”, and have produced more than 20 fresh, new and exciting songs.
Tim McGeary – Local Artist!
If music is a springboard for emotion, then Tim McGeary knows all too well how to mine it to the max. McGeary’s dedication to his music has never faltered, and now, even after a couple of decades of plying his craft, that passion is as intense as ever. Given that dedication, it’s no surprise to find that McGeary’s songs have been tapped for such hit television shows as “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill” and “Glory Days,” as well as the made-for- HBO film “Girl Got Moe.”
Trailer Choir is an American country music duo composed of vocalists Marc Fortney and Vinny Hickerson, known by their respective stage names Butter and Big Vinny. The group began as a trio with Crystal Hoyt and was signed to Show Dog Nashville, a label owned by Toby Keith, in 2007. After recording the song “Off the Hillbilly Hook” for the soundtrack to Keith’s film Beer for My Horses, Trailer Choir charted the singles “What Would You Say”, “Rockin’ the Beer Gut” and “Rollin’ Through the Sunshine” on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
TerryLynn Melody – Local Artist!
TerryLynn Melody began performing as a child in musical theater and recitals, in her hometown of New Bern, NC. Her mother, a Performing Arts graduate and professional singer was her role model and teacher. Guided by a need to find her voice as an artist, she began exploring songwriting as a means to tell her story. The resulting songs are an ever-growing catalog of original material. She recently produced her first CD “Counting Daydreams” featuring Country Music Hall of Fame artist Charlie McCoy on 2 of the 12 original tracks spanning country, folk, pop and blues.
On the road that led him to hit songwriting, Shane traveled most of California and Oklahoma singing in local dives. Not making enough money to support himself he took a job with the LAPD as a police officer, before going to Nashville where he was signed by Mercury Records. “Slave to the Habit,” Shane’s first single went top 10 on the country billboard charts. After his journey with Mercury Records, Shane decided to pursue his love, writing songs. Shane has written for many artists including Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins and many more.
With five Detroit Music Awards to her name for Outstanding Country Songwriter, Vocalist, Album (2), Artist and 4 more nominations in 2016, Julianne Ankley has cemented herself in the Detroit and Michigan music scenes as a major talent and one of the hardest working country artists in the Midwest. Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances for years. Her third solo Album “Don’t Let Go” was released in August 2015. From her debut solo album “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America to raise funds for housing the homeless.
The event is presented by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel; BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S.; along with partners iHeartMedia, and Cat Country 107.1. For details including artists, venues, accommodations and a full schedule, visit www.islandhopperfest.com.