Ozone Songwriter Festival

November 5, 6. & 7, 2021 Mandeville, LA


The 3rd Annual Ozone Songwriter Festival, on November 6th and 7th, 2021 Mandeville, LA is a free event, open to the public, featuring local, regional, and national songwriters of all styles.

The festival weekend opens on Friday November 5th with a Songwriter Showcase featuring chart topping songwriters.

On Saturday morning, the main festival launches with 140 songwriters performing on four stages over two days in a family-friendly, FREE to attend.

You'll see and hear songwriters perform their original songs in Country, Folk, Rock, Pop, Funk, Afro-Caribbean ... and everything in-between.

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4 STAGES, 2 DAYS, 100+ PERFORMERS, FREE TO ATTEND

Taking place on four stages over two days, this is a first of it's kind event happening in beautiful, historic, old Mandeville, LA...just a short hop from New Orleans.

All proceeds from the festival go to support the Ozone Music Education Foundation, a public charity, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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November 6 - 7, 2021
Mandeville, LA

Over 100 songwriters from 11 states will appear...everything from skilled amateurs to #1, chart topping songwriters who will play their own hit songs that you will recognize. (Maybe you thought Tim McGraw or Keith Urban wrote them!)

The Ozone Songwriter Festival will feature dozens of songwriters.

2021 Schedule

The songwriter festival takes place over two days—Saturday, November 6th, and Sunday, November 7th, 2021— on five stages at the City of Mandeville Trailhead area.

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2021 Lineup

Check the great performers playing at Ozone this year. Just click on the artist's name to see their picture and bio.

Last updated: 7:45 AM Central, Tuesday October 12th, 2021.

Allie Moss

NJ-born Allie Moss is a singer, songwriter and touring musician. Her songs have been featured in many TV & film spots throughout the years. Most recently, her new single “Already Down” was featured in Charmed, Batwoman and Netflix’s Virgin River. She’s been an integral member of Ingrid Michaelson’s band since 2006. Allie co-leads an online songwriting community & education platform called Thinking Outside the Blocks and is currently writing and living in New Orleans, LA.

Alisa McCance

Singer/songwriter/instrumentalist, Alisa McCance, is currently releasing songs from her debut album, Crossing Rivers, produced by country music legend Radney Foster. Crossing Rivers an Americana/Country album with Bluegrass influences.  Alisa co-wrote a number of the songs with Radney and her husband Greg Bieck, to name a few. The album features guest vocals by friends Marcus Hummon, Greg Barnhill, Chris Roberts, Joanna Janet and Steven McMorran.  Though Alisa is announcing her debut album, she is not new to the country music scene.  She has shared the stage with some of country music’s finest, such as Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, Ken Johnson, Gary Nichols and, respectfully, Radney Foster at the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium.  Alisa has been the featured opening act for Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Clay Walker, Asleep at the Wheel, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and was the featured violinist in Keith Urban’s tour video. www.alisamccance.com

Ashton Brooke Gill

Ashton Brooke Gill is a 23-year old singer/songwriter from the small town of Livingston, Louisiana. Surrounded by music her entire life, Ashton grew up singing in her small country church beginning at a very young age. Her gospel roots have strongly influenced her life and her music.  She loves country music, gospel music and the blues, but her repertoire is versatile.

Austin Bohannon

My name is Austin Bohannon. I played college baseball at UAB for the past three years. After getting a degree in Biomedical Sciences on the Pre-med pathway, I decided it was time for a change in scenery. Music and songwriting is my passion.

Barry Chauvin

Barry Chauvin is a singer/songwriter with a deep love for original songs and the stories they tell.  He co-produces the "Songwriter Sessions" monthly songwriter showcases and  the Songwriter Sessions artist interview videos on YouTube.

Barry Hebert

Baton Rouge songwriter, performs regionally including songwriter festivals, house concerts, and listening rooms. Barry has become a strong advocate for songwriters and original music in south Louisiana. He started a Regional Chapter of the NSAI, co-host an annual songwriter retreat, and coordinates a weekly songwriter showcase featuring established and up and coming songwriters.

Bill Romano

Bill Romano, fingerstyle guitarist, singer/songwriter From Prairieville, LA started playing guitar and writing songs, lyrics, and instrumentals in 1974 and has one original CD “One Man-One Guitar”. Songs on the CD are a mix of love songs, Spiritual songs and character songs played with true grit. Bill has played SxSW in Austin, TX, the Natchitoches, Louisiana Folk Festival, House Concerts, Listening Rooms and plays venues and festivals in S.E. LA and TX. Including 3rd Street Songwriter Festival

Bob Worth

Bob Worth was born and raised in small town Mississippi, made his home in New Orleans, and brings the best of those very different worlds together in his songwriting. Often topical, sometimes sentimental, and always tongue in cheek, he brings his observations of the wide open world around him to life with his rootsy guitar and baritone drawl.

Brother Chris

Singer Songwriter Entertainer from Mandeville Louisiana. Love that there is a festival for people like me who love to write and sing music. I would be honored to perform at the festival of what I love ....in my own back yard! Peace,  Brother Chris

Burris

Burris comprises founding member/songwriter, Christopher Burris Hochkeppel, and a rotating cast of collaborators. Formed in Baton Rouge at the LSU School Of Music, the roots-rock artist is now based in New Orleans and can be seen playing venues such as Howlin Wolf and Gasa Gasa. Burris pulls influences from old soul to modern jazz, and centers it's eclectic sound around gritty New Orleans tradition. Burris has played Festival International, French Quarter Fest, Bethlehem's Musikfest and more.

Bryan Fontenot

This ex bullrider loves entertaining the crowd whether it's a fair or dive bar and gives his all. He's known for his energy on stage and his open vulnerability during tender ballads. Each song is like having a one on one conversation with a friend. His music just keeps getting better song after song.

Chaislyn

Chaislyn is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She wrote her first song at 17 in March of 2018, after competing on ABC's American Idol reboot. Since then, she's continued to gain notoriety in the songwriting world, winning awards for both her writing and music videos. In summer 2021, she was a finalist in Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk competition and was voted Fan Favorite in the Great River Folk Festival's Songwriter Contest. Catch her live at twitch.tv/chaislyn

Chris Hebert aka 'Papa C'

Chris Hebert, also known as 'Papa C', is a Singer-Songwriter and Producer from Covington, LA.  He is the Lead Singer of the 9-piece band Papa C & The Slammin' Horns.  He grew up in New Orleans, so he brings that New Orleans R&B Sound to several genres of Music, including Country, Pop, Hip-hop, and Contemporary Christian Music.  Whether through Music, or not, Chris always wants to see people coming together having a good time, and so he loves it whenever he can use Music to do just that.

Claire Kellar

Claire Kellar is from Southeast Louisiana. She attended Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in Southern California where she was selected to be a featured performer on a National Tour. Claire was chosen to participate in Judy Stakee’s songwriter retreat in Nashville, TN and was recently invited to play at the Listening Room in Nashville. She has also been selected to play at festivals like: the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, Third Street Songwriter Festival, and Bogalusa Rebirth. Claire has been invited to do various radio and YouTube interviews. Claire recorded her first EP in Nashville, TN with Shuffle Brothers Studio.

Craig Cortello

New Orleans-based songwriter (ASCAP) crossing a wide variety of genres including acoustic /singer-songwriter, jazz / jazz-pop crossover, and R&B / Blues. A.K.A. the "Canine Crooner," Craig has recently been composing songs about dogs to raise awareness for pet adoption - songs that appeal to all ages, similar to Randy Newman (Toy Story), Vince Guaraldi (Peanuts cartoons), and the great Schoolhouse Rock music video series.

D. Scott Riggs

D. Scott Riggs is a Gulf Coast based songwriter/musician that plays Panhandle Blues, a rich gumbo of Pre-War Delta, Piedmont, and Country Blues, with doses of Jazz, Gospel, Hokum, Cajun, and Jug music thrown in for flavor.   As frontman/songwriter for the road-tested band Spearman Brewers and as a solo troubadour, Riggs has toured the Great South for mutliple years, bringing his original Panhandle music to the meek and thirsty.

Dan Rivers

Dan Rivers was  a Regional Coordinator for NSAI, he has 4 full length studio albums and 10 indie cuts, he’s a regular on Fox TV and Nashville writers rounds, and over the course of his career he has written over 1,000 songs. Dan’s music has been featured on NPR’s famed Car Talk radio program, on the Celtic Roots Radio Podcast show in Ireland, and in a myriad of retail store radio stations including McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and Firestone, among many others.

Darrell Galatas

Darrell grew up in Slidell, Louisiana on Bayou Liberty and references the scene there often throughout his music.  A compassionate view of the human condition is an identified goal.  He performs around the area with friends and fellow songwriters Paul Wilson and Paul Dillon who share their harmony vocals for a rich ensemble effect.

David Blackwell

I’ve been writing for over a decade now and every song I write seems to become better than the last.  I’m still learning the craft with every note I write and I hope that never changes. I was always more interested in the liner notes of a record than the artist themselves. I was fascinated with who wrote what song and who played what part. Those are my true heroes. That’s my dream.

David Gautreau

David Gautreau is a singer/songwriter residing near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  David has traveled over the years playing at various festivals and events from Texas to Florida even up to Montana and Wyoming playing at Professional Rodeo Events.  His brand-new album released September 2020 “Sweeter Than Sugarcane” can be found on Spotify, ITunes, Pandora, Apple Music, etc.  Gautreau is an independent artist utilizing Reverbnation to post tour dates, songs, videos, etc.   www.davidgautreau.com

David Lear

American Balladeer David Lear creates an Americana blend of Country Rock, Folk Ballads, Bar Blues & Cow Punk. He is a Singer- Songwriter based in Austin TX

Double Dee

The musical collaboration of husband and wife singer-songwriters, Darwin and Dana Nelson (aka The Mayor & First Lady of Lucedale) known as """"Double Dee"""" has taken them far from coastal Gulfport and their small-town roots of Lucedale, Mississippi and carried them across the country where they have created a name for themselves at numerous songwriting festivals, house concerts, and top-flight venues.  Darwin and Dana have released seven albums since 2006, including their most recent

Douglas Stepanek

Douglas Stepanek has been a part of the New Orleans and Northshore music scene since he was 16 years old. Now, when he's not with his full band, The Huey Ps, he is writing and recording original music. Doug has been a part of several recording projects with other local artists, such as Joe Sims, as well. Often credited for his diversity, Douglas Stepanek is at his most comfortable when writing music and performing original songs in various styles steeped in New Orleans musical culture.

Electric Blue Yonder

Electric Blue Yonder’s (EBY) Johnny Veres and Beth Hataway Veres met in their native Montgomery, AL.  They started writing songs inspired by roots music, parlor-style guitar, and harmony-driven vocals. Adding ‘60s psychedelic, surf, cosmic rock and country blend in a mélange to complete their sound.  EBY performs across the country and has been featured in articles Americana UK, V13media, Americana Highways, and American Songwriter. They also have a children's album in progress in Florence, AL

Elizabeth Ashlyn Burris

Elizabeth Ashlyn Burris,17, a senior at SSA and formerly of NOCCA, sings with the contemporary praise band at St. Timothy, is a regarded National Anthem singer and regular on area theater stages. She started singing when she was 4, made her professional theater debut at 8 and wrote her first song at the age of 14. Credits: Three Rivers Fest, Carnegie Hall, Winner Industry Network LA, Finalist 2020 Ozone Songwriter Contest, Selected to perform with platinum artist Anna Nalick at Ozone Fest 2019.

Emma Navarro

Emma Navarro is a 17yr old Senior at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts), and lives in Mandeville, LA.  Emma started singing at the young age of 9yrs old in school choir and church.  Emma is a Classical Vocal student at NOCCA. She has performed recently on the North Shore at various open mic nights.  She plays the guitar and piano and has written over 65 original songs in the past two years and would like to pursue songwriting and performance in college.

Evan Fiore

Howdy! I’m Evan Anthony Fiore. I’m a singer/songwriter from Denham Springs, LA. I was originally born & raised in New Orleans. I’m the lead singer & guitar player in a rock n’ roll band called Evan & the Riverlites; we put out a record in May ‘21 entitled “A View on the Flip Side” that we produced & engineered ourselves. More recently, I’ve been embarking on a solo endeavor under the name Evan Anthony. I’m working on a solo record as we speak & I just released a single entitled “Harvest (September’s Finally Here!)”. My bass player Luke Hargus & I produce our all of our music. All of my music is available for streaming. If you catch me jamming solo or w/ other players, don’t be surprised to see me playing a piano, autoharp, egg shaker or mandolin- I can’t sit still & I like to shake things up!

Evan Oberla

Evan Oberla is a dynamic artist arriving at an intersection between catchy melodic singalongs and instantaneous adventurous improvisation. This multi-instrumentalist songwriter & producer thrives in the moment of the now and invites the listener along the journey of expression and harmony. Hailing from a diverse musical career of jazz, funk, pop, avant garde, brass bands & roots music, Evan emanates a style at once familiar to the ear yet uniquely his own.

Father Ron

Father Ron is a contemporary folk artist who also covers the Great American Folk Song Singalong.  A three-time winner of the Bronze Medal from the Global Music awards for Marie Laveau and Don't Let the Fire Die.  Bayou Goula Ball released as a single on Sept. 26.  Father Ron has been versed in American folk music, but also sits in as a blues harpist, in rock bands, as well as funk and Zydeco groups.  A story-teller he has written a number of folk songs about the lore of South Louisiana.

Frankie Palermo

Born and raised in Avoyelles parish. Grew up singing and playing country music. Played in bands and what not but life caught up. Started up again playing solo and writing. Retired from public education (administrator) and now am a realtor. But still gig solo and write as often as can.  Please contact me in regards to submitted music. I have m4a files and it would not accept.

Gabriel Bass

My name is Gabriel Bass. I am a singer/song writer from Natchez, Mississippi. I am originally from Ferriday, Louisiana. I write fictional songs based on facts. I try my best to incorporate elements of my town, while making the story interesting. I have an amazing wife (Kimberly) and two children (jack and Stella) who are patient enough to let me play all of the time. Check out either of my CDs, Fools Paradise  and Small Town Paradox on itunes, youtube, spotify, Apple Music, etc. I am also on Fac

Gary Baker

"Gary Baker earned a Grammy for the smash hit “I Swear,” which he co-wrote with Frank J. Myers. The song was number one on the country charts and crossed over to the number one spot on the pop charts. Baker co-wrote “I’m Already There,” which also hit number one on the country charts before crossing over to the top five on the pop charts.

His first major songwriting success was with “Once Upon a Lifetime,” which was performed by the group “Alabama” and soared to the number one on country charts. Through the years he has penned hit songs for numerous other artists including the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and Reba McIntire. His songs have been featured in numerous high-profile television show and movie soundtracks.

He has produced many records, including the Backstreet Boys greatest hits album. 

He launched his career in Muscle Shoals with the famed LeBlanc Carr Band, performing on their top 10 hit named “Falling.” He wrote and recorded with several artists ranging from Mac Davis to Marie Osmond before becoming a member of the “Shooters, a hit country act from Muscle Shoals."

Grace Morrison

Grace Morrison has spent most of her musical career seeking refuge from the spotlight. Whether it was singing backup for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of the band Badfinger), or trying to blend in with various bandmates, being the center of attention has never been comfortable for her. Fast forward to 2020, and just like for most of us, a lot of time was spent deciding what she really wanted after being told what she couldn’t do – in her case, play music for people.

Grace Russell

Grace Russell is an emerging singer-songwriter originally from the New Orleans area, now living in Nashville. Ever since she was young, Russell had a certain way with words far beyond her years. As she grew older her love of language morphed into a love of songwriting. Now, at age 19, Russell has defined herself as a unique musical entity through her deep-cutting storytelling, moody piano tones, and rugged voice. She is currently pursuing a career in Nashville as a performing singer-songwriter.

Greg Barnhill

Greg is an Emmy-winning, multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter whose music has been recorded by top performers including Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Leona Lewis, and many more. Greg’s best-known song -- and there’s almost no way you’re not familiar with it -- is the wildly successful “Walkaway Joe,” recorded by Tricia Yearwood and Don Henley.

Greg Bieck

Greg Bieck is a producer, song writer, keyboard wizard, mixer, songwriter and mix engineer based in Nashville TN. Greg has worked for musicians such as John Oates, Kenny G, Destiny’s Child, Lionel Richie, Daryl Hall, Pavarotti, David Phelps, Andy Chrisman, Micheal Bolton, Ricky Martin, Savage Garden, Jessica Simpson, Josh Groban and Barbara Streisand, Little Big Town, Levi Hummon.

www.gregbieck.com

Greg Mihaly

Greg Mihaly manifests a wide variety of influence in his quirky, yet straight forward songwriting. He is also an accomplished vocalist and bass player having played in several major markets…but most extensively the Nashville and Atlanta areas.  Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Greg grew up on Florida’s gulf coast and got his start playing professionally in top venues from Panama City, FL, to Mobile, AL. He enjoys performing his solo acoustic act and going fishing whenever humanly possible.

Guy Pucheu

Guy is a seasoned cover vocalist and musician who has been quietly writing originals on the side for years. He is now looking forward to learning how to perform his own songs and meeting others in the songwriting community. Guy is continuously fascinated with popular songs and what makes them work.

Hello Darling

Hello Darling is the indie folk outfit led by Grace Russell and Patrick Armould. The pair met while attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee as songwriting majors. Not long after meeting they began writing songs together as a creative outlet outside of their personal endeavours. Hello Darling prides itself on its heartfelt lyrics and unmistakable live performances. The duo creates addicting melodies coupled with enchanting stories that turn any listener into a fan.

HG BRELAND

HG Breland is a veteran singer/songwriter whose sound is outlaw country to southern rock. Lyrically, he’s been compared to Robert Earl Keen, Townes Van Zandt. Whether it’s solo or full band, you can expect original songs/lyrics and a high energy show. OffBeat Magazine’s Robert Fontenot hears a ‘big booming voice that echos the Man in Black..’ FB.me/gregbreland

J. Rees

j. rees is the queer southern swamp bard, here to sing stories. hailing from the crossroads of hammond, louisiana they bring to the stage a unique singer-songwriter sound with an americana heartbeat. the charismatic non-binary artist embraces the role of the bard, weaving emotions into song with ease.

Jay Megginson

Jay Megginson is a singer/songwriter based out of Fairhope, AL. A self-described "late bloomer," he didn't get serious about music until he was 50 years old. He combines a soulful, raspy voice with a minimalistic guitar style writing songs about love, rednecks, tractors, and Jesus with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility so as to not get too serious as singer-songwriters often do. Jay has recorded an EP entitled "Road" and is currently working on a full-length CD entitled "Sunday Morning Sinners."

JayB Elston

In the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, five CD's selling world wide, international recording artist. Professional musician for 40 years.

Jeffrey Hutcherson

59 years old play song writers festivals and open mic has written over 27 songs registered with bmi .us navy disabled vet

Jim McCormick

"Jim McCormick is a Grammy and CMA nominated, multi-platinum selling songwriter who has had three #1 songs on the Billboard Country Airplay chart: Gabby Barrett’s “The Good Ones,” which spent two weeks at #1; Jason Aldean's “Take A Little Ride,” which spent 3 weeks at the top; and Brantley Gilbert's ""You Don’t Know Her Like I Do."" 

In September of 2021 “The Good One’s” was nominated by the Country Music Association for Song of the Year.

 Other recent cuts co-written by McCormick include Luke Bryan’s “All My Dreaming There,” Jason Aldean’s “Lights Go Out,” Harry Connick Jr’s “I Do Like We Do,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Minute,” Jon Pardi’s “Lucky Tonight,” Charlie Pride’s “Standing In My Way,” Shenandoah’s “Noise,” and Trace Adkins’ “Jesus and Jones.” His songs also have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Smash Mouth, Tyler Farr, Cody Johnson, and many others. 

He has served as a board governor and vice-president for the Recording Academy and on the board of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. He is also an alumnus of Nashville’s Leadership Music. 

McCormick has been a member of the faculty of Loyola University of New Orleans for over decade teaching “The Craft and Business of Songwriting.” He’s also lectured extensively on songwriting at Berkelee College of Music; Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Belmont and Tulane Universities; as well as GrammyPro and NSAI events.

He is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets “Poetry Prize” as well at the Cutting Edge Music Conferenece’s “Lifetime Acheivement Award.”

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. A native New Orleanian and proud graduate of Jesuit High School, he divides his time between Nashville and New Orleans."

Joe Finneman

Bio to follow.

Joe Sims

Joe Sims has been performing along the Gulf Coast for over 20 years. Over the last few years, he has had the pleasure of performing his original material at festivals including the Ozone Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival, Third Street Songwriters Festival, and The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival. One of his songs placed top 5 in the Songwriter Universe song contest last year. This year, he was honored to have his song “Run Away Girl” take 1st place at Third Street SWF.

Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan has been a singer-songwriter since age 18 at Plato's Cave Coffeehouse at Manhattan College in 1969. This cafe encouraged and presented musicians, especially songwriters. Joe continued to work with musicians after moving to Louisiana in 1979. He is a  veteran of the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, the Third Street Songwriters Festival in Baton Rouge,  South by Southwest in Austin, and the Ozone Festival. He completed his third CD in 2021 and penned excellent songs for 50+ years.

John Brenke

55 year old former shipbuilder turned consultant. Graduate of St Ben’s in Covington (‘89).  Got a great dog (Baxter) and a beautiful wife (Kelly), 4 grown kids and 15+ guitars.

John West

Originally from England, John now calls Mandeville, LA home. As a songwriter and founding member of the Ozone Music Education Foundation—organizers of the Ozone Songwriter Festival—he is passionate about original music. His songs bring a range of influences from English alternative such as Radiohead and Muse to his current favorite: Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra. John plays at numerous festivals across the Gulf South.

Jon Hebert

“If I had to pick just one music genre to write in… well, I guess I couldn’t do it.” Luckily, self-described multi-genre roots songwriter Jon Hebert doesn’t have to. Jon moves fluently between blues, jazz, arena rock and Americana on his first full-length album “Bayou Wild.” Produced by Jon entirely in New Orleans, the studio album features local players Andre Bohren, Ryan Brown, Terrina Cook, Joe Crachiola, Gina Forsyth, Ian Smith, Tim Stambaugh, Rick Trolsen, Bruce Tyner and Jeff Watkins...

Jonathan Cain

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Journey member Jonathan Cain released his first solo record in 1976, Windy City Breakdown. In 1979 he joined the band, The Babys, and in 1980 joined the rock band, Journey, rounding out the songwriting genius behind the defining album, Escape. Cain’s signature piano, synth playing and songwriting contributions with Journey, The Babys and Bad English have earned him many Billboard hits, multiple Gold, Platinum and Diamond-selling records, a Star on the Hollywood walk of fame and a GRAMMY nomination. Journey was named as the fifth best band in rock history in a 2005 USA Today opinion poll, was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and continues today, selling out major venues worldwide.

One may know of the best-selling catalog rock song in iTunes’ history (“Don’t Stop Believin’”), as well as other Journey chart toppers like, “Faithfully”, “Who’s Crying Now,” “Open Arms” and many more international hits. However, some possibly lesser known information about Jonathan Cain, is that he co-wrote all of them.

He brought the lyrics for “Don’t Stop Believin” to one of his first Journey rehearsals. In preparation for the recording sessions of the Escape album. They were something he had written in a lyric book based on what his dad had told him. In addition to being an esteemed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, genre crossing artist and so much more, is that he is a family man. Jonathan Cain is about being a loving father, because of the love that was shown to him by his father, and ultimately, the Heavenly Father. Which he writes about in his book.

Cain released his Rolling Stone–lauded, Publishers Weekly-bestselling book, Don’t Stop Believin’ in 2018 along with four new solo albums in as many years, including his current, Billboard–featured More Like Jesus that Parade calls a “triumphant new album.” Cain wrote most of the More Like Jesus songs while he was on a 58-city arena/stadium tour with his Journey bandmates that played to over one million people on their last tour. Journey is preparing to start playing live again as things open back up again; Starting with Chicago festival, Lollapalooza– this July.

As this iconic artist continues to press into his faith with inspired new music, Cain performed at the recent NCAA® Final Four® tournament, National Day of Prayer, Creation Music Festival, Lifest and leads worship most weekends at City of Destiny where his wife, Paula White-Cain, is the Senior Pastor.

Cain has further become a sought-after speaker, speaking at this years’ Prestonwood Men’s Conference, Better Man Event and more. He has also helped raise more than $500,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Tennessee, as well as lends his support to Toys for Tots, the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, among others.

Cain is currently preparingto release the first of three singles in preparation for his upcoming worship album. This will be the sixth solo full-length album of Jonathan Cain that he recorded at his studio,  Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville.

Jonathan Harder

I was born in 1950, and started writing songs when I got my first guitar for Christmas of 1963.  In my lifetime I have worked many jobs, from truck driver to store manager to franchise owner, but music has always been my true love. I have played in multiple bands and played uncountable solo gigs. Now I am (finally) retired, and looking forward to a life filled primarily with music.

Joyce Sampson

Joyce Sampson is a multi-instrumentalist with musical roots in classical music,  blues, rock and funk, and extensive live playing experience.  Her writing strengths are titles, ideas, hooks, and research.  She is currently writing to pitch for country artists.   Her co-written song, "Get Out," performed by Canadian artist Tianna Woods has current airplay on 35 radio stations, including Sirius XM's CBC 171.   Another one of her co-written songs will be released this fall by artist Kristy Cox.

Julie Ross

Julie Ross is born, raised and resides in the lovely town of Biloxi, MS. with her husband Tommy Ross of 26 years. She started taking guitar lessons when she was 9 years of age. Music became her first true love. However, it wasn't until 2016 that her dreams of performing on stage became a reality when she was asked to open for T. Graham Brown. She has performed at Mississippi Songwriters,  Third Street Songwriters, Ozone Songwriters Festivals and has also performed all along the Gulf Coast.

Justin Molaison

Justin Molaison is a Singer/Songwriter started out as a young writer in New Orleans where he started working on his craft in the coffee shops.   Fast forward to 2000 and Justin found himself at the prestigious Berklee School of  Music where he obtained a degree in Songwriting.   Recently, Justin has performed with the likes of Terry McDermott (Season 3 NBC's The Voice), Adam Pearce (Season 13 NBC's The Voice and Paul Sanchez (Cowboy Mouth).   Paul and Justin have co-written a couple of songs too

Kate Cosentino

"Well-versed in the art of puns and guitar-shredding, Kate Cosentino’s music is something of jazzy sleekness atop the lyrical precision of witty slam poetry. Garnering acclaim from initiatives like the Nashville Ballet and Bluebird Cafe’s Emergence Series as well as the Johnny Mercer Foundation’s Songwriters Project, Cosentino’s soulful songstress abilities are anything but commonplace. 

The Nashville-based singer’s discography is aflush with lyrical quippings that indulge in clever wordplay and poignance in the same breath. Songs like “Dirt On It,” “Starving For Love” and “Just Remember” deal with struggles and hardship in a dark world, but Cosentino doesn’t shy away. If anything, her music lets the light in. Donning her personal sound with the fitting description of “Regina Spektor and Norah Jones meeting a Charlie Puth bassline,” Cosentino’s genre-bending style coupled with her authentic storytelling talent make for consistently compelling works of art. In her post-grad life, Cosentino has been working on an upcoming EP set to release in May of 2022."

Kate Baxter

Upper Midwesterner, singer-songwriter Kate Baxter faced her stage fright a few years ago at an open mic in St. Paul, MN, and there was no turning back. After all but burying a dream that had gone cold for nearly twenty years, she knew she had to strike while the iron was hot. She packed up what she could fit in her Honda Civic and headed to New Orleans. She can be found singing at (and hosting her own) open mics, coffee shops, and in dark, dusty bars around town.

Keith Harelson

Keith Harelson has been performing at local and regional songwriter festivals for the past several years. A songwriter since he was 16, he has performed in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana. A mixture of folk and country he writes songs songs of life, love, pain and sorrow with a few humorous thrown in.

Kyle Montrel

Kyle montrel is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer , Professional Tennis player raised in Atlanta, Ga. Kyle initially gained recognition as a singer/rapper following the release of his debut single, Ezal, in 2013.

Layla Musslewhite

Bio to follow.

Lori Kline

I am a professional singer-songwriter and performing artist with a powerful voice whose strengths are in Lyric and Melody. I have extensive experience in the studio and in live performance. I have spent my entire life as a professional musician performing covers and originals as lead singer, manager, and acoustic guitar player in a country, pop, and rock band that toured around the world, playing for the Armed Forces Entertainment Agency. I now continue as a full time solo singer/songwriter.

Luke Bryant

I like making noise and sometimes that ends up turning into songs.  I've been playing guitar for a hot minute, but only in the last few years have really delved into the songwriting aspect of music.  I try to draw from all genres and create something that I think is good, at the very least fun to play.  This year I released my first album under the moniker Acorn and Crow, it's available on all streaming platforms.

Luther Willson

Willson's entertainment career expanses six decades beginning with the 70's successful single, Tracks, Lady of Darkness. Songwriter contract with Tessilou Music of Nashville in 1980. In 2005 the gospel CD, Womack/Willson, Grace and in 2015 the pop CD, Breed, Thirty Years & Change. And the 2020 release of Willson, Long Road Home along with social media successful, Still Waters music video. Also in 2020, the recording of Evil Walks the Ground was used in the soundtrack of The Harp Brothers film.

Lynn Anselmo

I am a Baton Rouge Based Songwriter with over 40 years writing, performing and supporting song writing and original music in the south La. area. I owned Tony's Tavern in BR and I am credited with helping start the original music effort in BR. I've written over 300 songs and recorded 2 CD's and one Vinal record and I am working on a 3rd digital album. to be released soon. I am excited about OZONE and think I would be a good fit. Lynn Anselmo

Mark MacKay

An uninhibited guitarist with songwriting steeped in storytelling authenticity, Mark Mackay stands at the crossroads of Country and Rock and Roll. A vagabond with a jubilant charisma and an uncanny ability to transcribe creative odyssey to song, Mark commits himself to creative, all-consuming live performance.

Mary Broussard

Mary Broussard is a Singer-Songwriter from Scott, Louisiana. Growing up in a home where Cajun and country music were always playing, she found an appreciation and passion for music at a very young age. From picking up the guitar at the age of fourteen and letting the words follow years later, she has now written over 100 songs and released her first original single "The Young Heart" in 2019. Known for her eclectic style, Mary produces heartfelt music with roots in country, folk, and blues.

Melissa Seidule

Hi, my name is Melissa Seidule. I’m a high school music teacher. When not in the classroom, I livestream on Twitch.TV/MelissaSings. I also have a YouTube page under the same username: MelissaSings. I’m a graduate of SLU with a Bachelor Degree of Music Education. In addition to being a vocalist I play guitar, piano, and ukulele. I’ve been a cantor for 15+ years for churches in the BR diocese.  I have been writing songs for about three years now and feel blessed to share my music with others.

Michael Epstein

Mike Epstein has been entertaining people in the Southern, LA region for almost 30 years with catchy and insightful songwriting along with a warm voice and guitar delivery. He began performing in the Saddletramps which gained popularity for their energetic live shows. Mike has, recently focused, on acoustic shows adding a scaled down drum set and harmony vocals to accompany his guitar and singing. This combination has proven to be a welcome show for folks out to have a good time.

Michaela Lauer

I was twelve when my parents got a booth at the Covington farmers market and it changed my life. Jan Biggs who runs the market noticed I was reluctant to be there every Saturday morning and asked if I’d like to work in exchange for guitar lessons and shortly after agreeing I was gifted my first acoustic guitar. I always loved lyrics, but learning bluegrass and old gospel and country songs from people who played all their lives, made me fall in love with music in a deeper way.

Mike Stone

Mike grew up in the hills of southwestern Virginia. He got his first guitar when he was in college and wrote his first song shortly after that. He moved to Nashville in 1995 and was there for 8 years.  Mike’s met his wife and moved to Gonzales in 2002. He and his wife made a trip back to Nashville in 2019 and the music bug bit him again. Since then, he has written several songs with other local artist. He is starting to perform with the band Willie Stonemore before Covid hit.

Mira Goto

Mira Goto follows in the footsteps of today’s country songwriting superstars, driving powerful lyrics along with catchy choruses throughout her catalogue.  The international, award-winning songwriter and performer inked a production deal with ArtistMax founded by Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) for her EP, “Nobody Warned Me”. Mira was born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, and currently resides in both Santa Cruz, CA and Nashville, TN.

Nancy Noone Broussard

Nancy Broussard released "Between the Rivers" in September, 2020; but she's been singing and making music since she was a child. She's worked in broadcast journalism, marketing, public relations, and management; and for nearly 35 years, in Louisiana's tourism industry. In "retirement," Nancy has picked up her guitar again, and is in a serious relationship with her first love, music. Whether she's being seriously funny or deadly serious, her music has a message.

Pal Owen

Fair to meddling songwriter.  Used to be quite a singer. Pipes are a bit rusted as I approach my 80th birthday.  Have and continue to have a good life. Best part, being married to my wife, Ann Owen M.D., pushing 52 years.  Two sons, five grand children. Play many instruments; favorite is my old  Taylor.  Am deaf in one ear, and can't hear so well in the other.  I might write a bad song; but I never perform it.  Life is good.

Patrick Armould

Patrick Armould is a singer songwriter originally from Denver, Colorado. Armould is best known for his work in the babd Halleway. In 2019 he parted ways with Halleway and began making music under the name American Field Day. AFD is driven by heartfelt lyrics and melodies that turn many listeners into instant fans. Armould has also been a co-founder of the folk rock band Hello Darling. Over the course of his career he’s toured and played some of the biggest names in americana.

Paul Childers

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of singer/songwriters and guitarists. Hailing from Nashville, he finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and pop vocal melodies.

Touring internationally since 2017, Childers has opened for Vince Gill, Robert Cray, Third Eye Blind, and Leann Rimes, and headlined the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He has also played the actual guitars of Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix in tribute as the Songbirds Guitar Museum Ambassador. Childers was selected by Acmeville Records as the debut artist on their label, which features live recordings from the Nashville music hotspot.

His debut album, Naked Poetry, was released in the Top 20 worldwide for both Pop and RnB Billboard charts.

Paul Dillon

Hailed from Worcester Massachusetts, Paul moved to Slidell Louisiana as a young boy.  Armed with a guitar and a lifetime of Louisiana memories, Paul goes Deep South folky as he faces his fears while gaining self awareness.

Paul Wilson

Originally from New Orleans, Paul Wilson is a singer, songwriter, guitarist. He is also a business owner and inventor holding several patents in his field. Paul is a long time member of the North Shore Songwriter circle.He is also the first place winner of the 2018 Ozone songwriter festival song writing contest.

Phil Tittle

Phil Tittle is a singer-songwriter based out of Pensacola, Florida. His music has traces of blues, country, rock, and singer-songwriter influences that fit nicely into the Americana genre.  He has over ten years experience performing in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. He has played festivals in Louisiana, Florida, and Tennessee.

Primus Roman

PRIMUS ROMAN discovered his love of music through taking deep dives into the vast corners and history of the musical world. These ventures have resulted in the unique mix of soul, poetry, and storytelling that comprises his music today.  With his skills developed from programs like N.O.C.C.A. the Tipitina’s Foundation, the Trombone Shorty Academy, and instruction from Donald Harrison, Jessie McBride, and Christian Scott, PRIMUS ROMAN brings his jazz influences, poetic lyrics and melodic vocals

Ralph Goodson

Interested in writing original songs for about 10 years. Have played solo previously in Ozone Festival, Third Street Songwriters Festival. We have a little band called Low Water Bridge that plays out and about around Baton Rouge and beyond sometimes. We're just kids having fun in our grownup years.

Richard Windhorst III

Born in New Orleans on March 3, 1958,  a resident of  St. Tammany since 1986, Ricky Windhorst is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame for  songwriting and vocal contributions to the eponymous J.J. Muggler debut CD.  Along with  songwriting on various projects, he also fronts the popular local band Four Unplugged.  His newest project is a joint effort with Grammy Nominated and Emmy winning songwriter Greg Barnhill writing, performing & recordingmusic reminiscent of their Louisiana Roots.

Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph, singer songwriter from Moss Point Ms. I write about what I know about. 

I started out on drums and then singing. Then a friend GAVE me his guitar!!!

Been at it since. 

Rod John Vedros

Rod has been a part of the songwriting scene for at least half of his musical career.He has also played in countless cover bands and opened for major recording artists. His second  album of original music  “Return To Form” was released on all music platforms in December and is the founder and organizer of Southshore Songwriters Circle who meet monthly and perform individually and sometimes as a group at songwriting events through the area. He is recording new music for a third album.

R T Hall

R T Hall is a singer/songwriter on the move. Influences from folk, country, rock to classical have led him to raise “emotion in song” to audiences across the country. Venues include festivals such as Ozone, the Tucson Folk Festival, the Mississippi Songwriters’ Festival, and others. He finds it easy to move, living in a motor-home.. He has visited all 49 of the states that he can drive to in his rolling castle. New music and videos can be found at RTHallMusic.com.

Sam Price

Sam Price is best known as the irrepressible, pogoing bass player in Honey Island Swamp Band. Recently focusing on his own songwriting, his original project ’Sam Price & the True Believers’  (performing Sat, Nov 6th at Abita Fall Fest, 1pm) has quickly gained popularity on the New Orleans music scene and beyond. His lyrics are thoughtful and positive. In the solo setting, he accompanies himself on electric bass.

Savannah Ray

Savannah Ray is a young singer/songwriter from Long Beach, MS. She is very passionate about songwriting and considers each new completed song a milestone in her career. She loves playing the ozone songwriter fest, and is excited to see what her future in music holds.

Serge Villanova

With a voice like a steam organ calling from a Mississippi Riverboat, Serge Villanova uses his talents with both electric and acoustic instruments to bring you Stranded South Music, dancing music from the South rooted in rhythm ‘n’ blues and hook heavy-pop-rock. With more than ten years’ experience as a sales director in the New Orleans music industry, we bring an enhanced emphasis on relationship building to all of our Stranded South music projects.

Shane Theriot

Shane Theriot is a singer/songwriter from Raceland, LA. Shane met Johnny Cash when he was five years old and has been playing and writing poems and music ever since. He currently has three songs on Apple Music ,Spotify , and YouTube and had his first song played on the radio in October of 2020.

Shaw Furlow

"In the early 2000’s, Shaw returned to one of his earlier hobbies, song writing. With his son Cole’s encouragement, he set pen to paper and wrote “Remember You,” the first of several now in his book.

While not a prolific writer, Shaw’s songs range from silly to broken hearted to reflective. A new album was delayed last year, so hopefully, with luck, it will be released soon. Listen for his songs “Mr Bill’s Boy,” “Home” and “Goodbye.”

In 2019, Shaw started The Overbrook Songwriters Festival in downtown Brookhaven, MS which is held the first weekend in August."

Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald is a songwriter out of Picayune, MS who has been writing and performing since 2009. He has a 5 song EP that will be releasing this Fall. One of the songs, Heavy Days, can be found on all streaming platforms under the artist name ImageBearer.

Steve Judice

Steve Judice is a natural born poet from Louisiana with five full length albums of original songs to his credit. He has toured extensively throughout the south and has had the honor of sharing stages with songwriting legends including Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, and Rodney Crowell.  Three of his songs were included in the full length feature film, "Race to Win."  He was recently recognized by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities as a Louisiana Tradition Bearer.

Susan Aysen

Susan Aysen is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Thibodaux, LA. She's working on her  original music as it evolves into a fusion of different styles, drizzled with rich Louisiana culture. Her family played music together. Early exposure to traditional country, blues, gospel, and rock molded her into the artist she is today. Also a clarinetist, Susan has extended influences from Dixieland jazz. You can find her playing shows and festivals in South/Central LA and MS.

Taylor Mroski

Taylor Mroski is a songwriter, producer,

Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires

For two decades, Ted Hefko has plied his trade on sax, vocals & guitar. First & foremost, however, he is a songsmith, rooted in the blues. Ted Hefko & The Thousandaires turn raw life lessons into stories of hope and hustlers, saints and strays, drifters and the down-and-out. Their latest release, Down Below. Born in Madison, WI, Hefko began writing lyrics in the 2nd grade & picked up the guitar and sax later. Fresh out of high school, he caught a Greyhound bus for New Orleans & never looked back

Telly Luke

A proud Cajun and native of the Gulf Coast area who play his guitar every chance he gets. Born and raised in the bayou country with inspiration to write about his life ventures. He is excited to be here too sing and share his stories . He is an owner operator of big rigs in the trucking industry which allows him to travel across America.  He  enjoys his job and the experience which inspires him to write about the unique opportunities that comes his way.

Terri Burch

Inspired by many different styles and genres of music not limited to Country, Blues, R&B, Southern Rock and Heavy Metal, Terri incorporates that diverse background of sound into her songwriting. She's written with several hit songwriters, up and coming artists and signed single-song publishing deals. A seasoned and professional musician, Terri's played in a number of bands as well as performed as a solo acoustic singer-songwriter throughout her home state of Maryland.

The Beach Bums

The Beach Bums are Singer/Songwriters from Mandeville, Louisiana. Their influences cover many styles such as jazz and folk and artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Radiohead. Their music and lyrics are inspired, but not limited to the chill vibe and peace that can be found enjoying the beach, sand and sun. They also perform select covers and originals at venues in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Junior League

The Junior League is the name singer/songwriter/performer Joe Adragna has worked under for the last 16 years. He has released 8 critically acclaimed albums, and has served as a member of The Minus 5, a musical collective led by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, REM) since 2009. He has also played on numerous records, including Bipolaroid, Boz Boorer (Morrissey, The Polecats), and many others.

Todd Fernandez

Todd Fernandez is a native of Covington, Louisiana. He began his musical journey with his college rock band, Shortbus, playing for seven years in the southeast. After taking a brake from music to move back home and start a family, he’s comeback as a local solo artist. Composing with other musicians has brought about a variety of fun and interesting sounds, but the lyrics bear his signature. Todd enjoys performing his material any style, either acoustically or full band.

Tommy Ike Hailey

Tommy Ike Hailey, most recently of Trout, Louisiana, has been called “a storyteller in song” by some listeners. Influenced early on by Jim Croce and James Taylor, and later by Texas musicians Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, and Robert Earl Keen, he sings of love and loss, of joy and sorrow, of family, friends, and the folks you see on the street, all with the voice of experience, observation, and compassion.

Vaughn Goudeau

Singer Songwriter from Louisiana know for writing the Louisiana- Cajun Navy Relief anthem-Land Of The Hurricane and Ticket In my Jeans -for LSU Tigers .Please view along with many others on You Tube. The Girl My Mama Told me about was produced that was sent mp3 by BB King's and Lenny Kravitz 's former producer Tony Daigle.My music covers every genre from Zyde-Rock ,Country ,Folk and Blues .All accompanied by harmonica ,vocals and acoustic guitar.

Wayward Jones

Wayward Jones is a singer/songwriter duo with deep southern roots. Bicycle Jones & Amanda Jones met at a package show in 2016. With ties to Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, & Louisiana, they bring eclectic flavor to their music, heavy with elements of blues, country, folk, and rock. They recently won Boswell Media’s 2019 Mississippi Songwriter of the Year Contest with “Holding It Together”. They recorded it @ Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals in Sept. Their first single is set to release this year.

Yancy Riley

Vocal powerhouse Yancy Riley's music draws on the diverse cultural and musical influences of his home state, Louisiana. Yancy's new album exemplifies both his writing and production, allowing him to create an album that showcases his soulful vocal approach and his ability to stir the emotions. The album reflects the passion Yancy has for the traditions of country music without compromising his unique approach to the genre & vocal styling by connecting with both days gone by and the days of now.

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About the Festival

The Ozone Songwriter Festival is the brainchild of a group of friends who wanted to give performance access to the many singer-songwriters who pour their hearts out in writing music, but often find themselves with limited performance venues aside from cafes or open mic nights.

It is also backed by a solid purpose, as the festival is coordinated the nonprofit Ozone Music Education Foundation. All proceeds will be used to educate young people on songwriting and self-expression through music, and help them learn ways to make in-roads to possible future careers in the music business.

The foundation is headed by board of directors president and native of Slidell, Louisiana, Greg Barnhill. Now living and working in Nashville, Barnhill still loves his native region and returns often to perform in southeast Louisiana, mentor local schoolchildren, and lead decision-making for the foundation and its festival.

Greg is an Emmy-winning, multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter whose music has been recorded by top performers including Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Leona Lewis, and many more. Greg’s best-known song -- and there’s almost no way you’re not familiar with it -- is the wildly successful “Walkaway Joe,” recorded by Tricia Yearwood and Don Henley.

In the past year, Greg has conducted workshops with local music students from Fontainbleau High School and Mandeville High School. He's provided mentorship, inspiration, and songwriting and music business tips. It's just the beginning of what the Ozone Music Foundation hopes to provide children. The next step is to expand that outreach with more programs, and begin doing things such as providing musical instruments to underprivileged kids. But the only way we can fund this is if you show your support by coming out to the fest on November 6 and 7, where we're sure you'll enjoy yourself!

In October, Greg will bring fellow singer-songwriters down from Nashville with him, and they’ll perform along with dozens of local favorites you probably recognize from the local and regional live music circuit.

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FREE! 4 STAGES 100+ PERFORMERS

Sat November 6th, 2021 9:00AM - 11:00PM

Sun November 7th, 2021 1:00PM - 7:00PM

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Fri November 5th, 2021 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Doors open 7:15 PM

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Just 30 Minutes North of New Orleans

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