Ozone Songwriter Festival

October 19th & 20th, Mandeville, Louisiana

The 2nd Annual Ozone Songwriter Festival, on October 19th and 20th, 2019 Mandeville, LA is a free event, open to the public, featuring local, regional, and national songwriters of all styles.

Four stages, two days, 100+ songwriters, 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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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.

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

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

2019 Schedule

The songwriter festival takes place over two days—Saturday, October 19th, and Sunday, October 20th, 2019—and on four stages at the City of Mandeville Trailhead area.

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The Ozone Songwriter Festival will offer dozens of songwriters, including:

  • Chart-topping songwriters who are at the top of their professional game, such as Nashville’s Greg Barnhill and Chas Sandford, and New Orleans’ Jim McCormick;
  • Locally recognized songwriters, including names such as Northshore favorite Christian Serpas; Brian Jones and Amanda Jones of Wayward Jones; or songwriter circle and open mic regulars such as Tommy Ike Hailey;
  • Excellent singer-songwriters who have great songs & talent but struggle to find live music venue opportunities;
  • And in a special segment of our festival, extremely talented local children who will have the opportunity to show off their budding songwriting chops.

The full lineup will be released as the schedule of performance times is completed -- check back here soon, where time and stage information will appear.

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2019 Lineup

Final lineup to be released Monday, September 16th, 2019.

You can scroll below for the full schedule of performers, but before that, we’d like to tell you about just a few notable singer-songwriters who will appear at the festival.

  • 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.

  • Paul Childers

    Nashville-based Paul Childers is a young up-and-coming songwriter who has already seen success. His debut album, “Naked Poetry,” hit the #27 slot as best-selling pop album on the global charts during its first week in release. He’s performed his pop, R&B and soul at prestigious venues including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songbirds Guitar Museum, where he opened for Vince Gill.

  • 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.

Below is a list of performers penciled in for the festival. We are still working on schedules and confirmations so check back often because this will change.

We update the lineup weekly. If you are a performer who has applied and you don't see your name on the list, check back on August 12, 2019.

Updated: 13:24 Tuesday August 13, 2019.

Liv Charette +

For full bio, visit www.livcharette.com. ... "Charette has penned tunes with some of Nashville’s biggest hitmakers as well as a number of up and coming songwriters. Her debut single “Bones” was released in October 2018 and was followed up by singles “Lips on the Bottle” and “Boy Crazy.” Most recently, Charette has been in the studio working on new music. She is excited to debut “All the Time,” co-written by Nathan Barlowe."

Colt Weston +

Colt Weston is a singer-songwriter based out of Pensacola, Florida. He retired from active duty military after 23 years and began to put the observations and life lessons learned throughout his career into song. His first album, "All Over the Map" was released in early 2019 and he has plans to enter the studio again in 2020. He recently performed at the 3rd Street Songwriter Festival in Baton Rouge and looks forward to attending other festivals throughout the year.

Saylor Brasseaux +

Saylor Brasseaux is a singer/songwriter from Carencro, Louisiana. She is currently attending Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Recording Industry with a concentration in Songwriting. Saylor started writing at a young age and released her first EP “Runaway” in October 2017 and Second EP “Dreamer” in August 2019. She has always loved the creativity behind songwriting and can’t wait to release more music.

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.

Chaislyn Jane +

Chaislyn Jane is a Louisiana singer/songwriter and local worship leader. Her original music is a mix of folk, Americana and pop. She began writing in 2018 and was a winner in the first Ozone Songwriter Festival songwriting contest (2018.) A musical theater kid for most of her life, her path changed when she won a local singing contest (Bayou Idol 2017) and then received the golden ticket for American Idol and competed in the 2018 season.

Brett Weller +

When it comes to genre, Brett Weller has been best described as featuring a “gumbo of sounds”. Also known as Brett Weller and The Congregation, the New Orleans based singer-songwriter has made his mark in a variety of settings through anthems of life, love, and honest humanity. Add this message to Weller’s southern blues and folk influences, and you will find a sound that is truly music for the soul.

Mat Conine +

MAT CONINE Just a poor boy with the blues. Born in South Arkansas and moved to Louisiana in 2012 Matt Conine has recently begun cutting his teeth in the open mic scene of Baton Rouge. With songs that try to make people laugh or listen to lyrics intently he draws his inspiration from many songwriters including John Prine, Gram Parsons, Guy Clark, and the like.

Party of Two: Julie Ross +

Robert Joseph and Julie Ross are Party of Two. A singer/songwriting duo out of Biloxi, Ms. Julie and Robert formed the duo Party of Two in 2017. They learned of their stage chemistry at a benefit show when they were asked, spur of the moment, to perform together. They have performed in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi at various venues. They have also performed at Ozone songwriters, Mississippi Songwriters and 3rd Street Songwriters festivals. They are working on an upcoming CD.

Party of Two: Robert Joseph +

Robert Joseph and Julie Ross are Party of Two. A singer/songwriting duo out of Biloxi, Ms. Julie and Robert formed the duo Party of Two in 2017. They learned of their stage chemistry at a benefit show when they were asked, spur of the moment, to perform together. They have performed in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi at various venues. They have also performed at Ozone songwriters, Mississippi Songwriters and 3rd Street Songwriters festivals. They are working on an upcoming CD.

Savannah Ray +

Savannah Ray is a young singer/songwriter who lives in Long Beach Mississippi. She spent a year in Nashville Tennessee playing gigs and recording music with some very talented and very well known musicians and sound engineers. She is now living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her family and is extremely excited to see what her future in music holds.

Gene Smith +

Accompanying Savannah Ray...bio to follow.

Vonnie Kyle +

Santa Fe-based musician Vonnie Kyle has been carving out her own identity for years as a powerful voice in contemporary songwriting. Whether showcasing her highly personal, poetically confessional lyricism via intimate acoustic recordings or fronting the booming modern rock of her band Ten Ten Division, Kyle has evolved through the years as both a singer and guitarist to create a singular sound all her own.

Johnny Veres +

Hailing from Montgomery Alabama, Johnny and Beth are the key songwriters and fronts for Space Folk band Electric Blue Yonder. They synthesize American Roots music with 60’s surf and psychedelia that’s complimented by soaring harmonies, creating a captivating experience. Their music brings a warm nostalgia for the familiarity of american roots while also sparking the exhilaration of experiencing something “brand new.” Experience the Space Folk sound that is Electric Blue Yonder.

Melissa Summersell +

With hopes of having established artists record her songs, Melissa Summersell has made her first record, Bare & Fully Dressed. It’s a 2-disk project with 10 brand new songs she’s written and recorded 2 ways. There are a total of 20 tunes so you’re sure to find something you love. This is Traditional Roots Country. Melissa describes it as traditional eclectic with a lean toward twang. Whatever it is, it’s nostalgic, real and down-to-earth. It’s a dancin’ in the kitchen record.

Rory Collins +

Rory Collins is a folk-rock singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist based in New Orleans. After working for a couple of record labels and supporting other artists over the years, he is now focused on developing his own artistry. Collins has a passion for songwriting and recently released a self-produced album of originals titled 'Watching the World Pass You By'. He and his cherry red-colored acoustic guitar can be found playing solo gigs and songwriter nights in the New Orleans area and beyond.

Jessie Ritter +

Born and bred in Southeast Missouri and coached at Nashville's Belmont University, Jessie Ritter is now based in Northwest Florida. After winning NashFM 105.5’s regional Nash Next competition, she represented the panhandle in the national finals, where she beat out over 800 contestants to be named the 2018 Nash Next winner and signed her first record deal with Big Machine. Her album "Coffee Every Morning" is available everywhere and her new single "Nothing But You" is finding national airplay.

Jim Oertling +

Jim Oertling was born in Louisiana, raised in Texas, and has spent many years ranging the backroads and byways in between. He wrote and recorded such rockabilly classics as Old Mossback and Back Forty Blues, resulting in his being inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1997, but the countless other songs he has written and performs reflect the much broader scope of his life, with Cajun, country, rock and roll, and Tejano influences.

Pam Grisham +

Pam grew up in Ruston, Louisiana, and wrote her first song when she was 9 years old. In 1990 she accepted a job teaching elementary music in Texas and she soon began teaching private music lessons after school. She also enjoyed performing at local venues and festivals in the Houston area. In 2014 she moved to Baton Rouge where she continues to teach music and perform her original songs. Pam is excited to be back at Ozone Songwriter Festival this year.

David Gautreau +

Baton Rouge, LA based Songwriter/Singer has recorded over 30 songs performing at multiple venues and songwriter festivals in the South. His passion for horses and the cowboy life triggered ideas producing several recorded cowboy songs. His major influences include George Strait, Chris LeDoux, Merle Haggard and Jimmy Buffett. David’s latest albums “Boots In The Sand” and “Free Of The Fences” are available at Reverbnation.

Nancy Bryant Roppolo +

Raised in a Southern Baptist church where my mama was pianist, I began singing and playing piano as a kid. Daddy introduced me to country, and my older siblings to rock & roll. Playing music most of my life, I wrote my first tune at 14. My husband & I are in a St. Francisville blues band, but my songwriting leans toward Americana/country with occasional blues. I also perform regularly solo, with him as a duo, & with a new band formed to play my originals. I play piano, guitar, bass & mandolin.

Dave Mininberg +

I am a singer songwriter performing for the past 18 years primarily in the Northern Virginia, West Virginia and Md. area. I also work in Nashville 3-4 times a year and in Michigan occasionally. My songs have been on regional and independent radio from the Florida Keys to Connecticut. I play every weekend anywhere from 1-4 gigs. By day I am a Social Studies teacher. I heard about the festival when Brian and Amanda Jones were at my house for a couple gigs in my area and it sounded so cool!

Laurie Anne Armour +

Laurie Anne was raised on the shores of Mobile Bay in the Hollinger's Island, Alabama community. She found her love for performing and writing before the age of 20. Her style might be described as Contemporary Folk, with her songs drawn from and influenced by her life experiences. Her desire to connect to her listeners comes through her music with an honest spirit. She sings about hope, love, passion, loss, sadness, and the strength and will to overcome, with all of it, shaded by faith.

Darrell Lane Galatas +

Darrell, grew up on Bayou Liberty, Slidell, LA, with country, R&B, New Orleans Swamp Pop, and soul alternating on the home turntables and radios. The great rock songwriters were more the flavor of his early years on guitar. More recently, he's directed attention to vocals and lyrics, writing songs in the country/Americana/blues/rock veins and covering age-appropriate topics and local life. Expect a sense of humor and a flair for the absurd, with an emphasis on instrumental textures both famil

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 and is also the first place winner of the Ozone songwriter festival songwriting contest 2018.

The Junior League +

The Junior League is the child of New Orleans based multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Joe Adragna. Wanting a band name (but not the headaches of a band), Adragna started recording under the Junior League moniker in 2005, releasing the critically acclaimed debut Catchy the following year. Since then, he has released six albums and one compilation--all of which have garnered critical praise. He also serves as a member of the Minus 5, a pop collective led by the legendary Scott McCaughey.

HG Breland +

HG Breland, veteran singer/songwriter. OffBeat Magazine: “His sound has been compared to Robert Earl Keen, Waylon Jennings... “ a voice that reminds you of The Man in Black.” ... Has a new realized CD called Crooked Road and can be caught playing the Goldon Triangle : The Panhandle , Nashville and New Orleans.

Dean Ferrell +

With a lyrical style compared to the Texas Folk/Country pioneers of the 70s and 80’s, Dean paints pictures taken from his experiences, traveling the world, military service, working offshore, adventure, love, loss and redemption. The songs aren’t all true, but they are all real.

Brother Chris +

Singer Songwriter from Mandeville La.  "I perform a 3 hour 70’s Acoustic Classic Rock Show called Brother Chris. I perform regularly year round at several venues on the Northshore and New Orleans.

They include:

  • The Beach House Mandeville
  • Roux and Brew Pontchatoula
  • The Fillmore New Orleans
  • BG’s VIP Lounge

I have written hundreds of songs throughout 40 years of performing and songwriting."

Tommy Ike Hailey +

Ponchatoula songwriter Tommy Ike Hailey has been called “a storyteller in song” by some listeners. He sings of love and loss, of joy and sorrow, of family, friends, and the folks you see on the street - with the voice of experience, observation, and compassion. When he’s not out somewhere singing his own songs, he shows his love of songwriting and singer-songwriters in other ways, such as creating showcases for local and regional songwriters and helping to coordinate songwriter festivals.

Luke Fisher +

Luke Fisher has always written songs, but decent ones only in the last 15 years or so. He recently quit his day job to write songs and gig, playing 85 shows last year. Luke has one album out, with one on the way. He has been invited to play several songwriter festivals, including last years Ozone Songwriters Fest. He's been a finalist or winner in several regional songwriter competitions. He helps run 2 music venues in Oxford, MS and gets up to Nashville to perform and cowrite.

Buzz Jackson +

As a songwriter, Buzz writes across several music genres- mostly alternative pop, country, bluegrass and folk styles that reflect self awareness and social observations.
Buzz lived in Nashville for 18 years and after returning to the Covington, LA area, he founded the Northshore Songwriters Circle to share his songwriting experiences and encourage others to write and perform their own original songs.
The circle meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 7P.M. to closing time (Upstairs) at Th

Sam Price +

New Orleans bass player Sam Price is best known for his energetic performances with Honey Island Swamp Band. In 2015 he formed Sam Price & the True Believers to feature his original song writing and singing. The band's debut EP won Best Roots Rock Album of 2017 by Offbeat Magazine. Their latest full-length recording, Dragonfly was produced by Papa Mali and released in March 2019. Sam's music is soulful and heartfelt, with lyrics that are uplifting, sincere, and "relentlessly positive."

Ben Labat +

Labat received his first national exposure after joining the Baton Rouge-based combo The Terms. The 2006 indie album Small Town Computer Crash generated considerable excitement placing at #11 in Billboard's Heatseekers chart, before a car accident on the way to a gig abruptly ended the band's career. In the wake of the accident, Labat moved to New York, spending a year writing and recording with legendary producer Greg Ladanyi. Labat has since release 4 self produced albums.

Bob Worth +

Bob Worth is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter based out of New Orleans. He writes in a variety of styles, frequently mining traditional Southern music without shying away from modern sounds and sensibilities. Whether a socially conscious examination of the modern South, a sympathetic portrayal of unsympathetic characters, or lighthearted send ups of yankees and celebrations of drinking, his songs are at once both thought provoking and entertaining.

Josh Carples +

Josh Carples is a musician, actor, filmmaker, and photographer based in Montgomery, AL. As a singer-songwriter, he has released three studio albums, three singles, and a live EP. He is the director of a documentary called “Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull,” which chronicles a songwriters event in Montgomery, and he also plays drums in a band called Barrens.

Evan Ogden +

Evan Ogden is a Honky Tonk/Americana singer/songwriter originally from Austin, Texas. Evan was exposed to a wide variety of music growing up, but always gravitated towards his grandfathers favorite records. Classic country from the 1940's had a profound impact on his early life and planted the seeds of appreciation for poignant songwriting, and classic, tried and true country music.

Jonathan Koeppel +

What can I say? Currently I teach Spanish at Chalmette High School, volunteer at my church, and write music when the creative juices are flowing. I've been extremely blessed to have traveled all over Central America and even to Cuba, i'm only 24 years old. I've sang the national anthem for NBA games, NCAA tournaments, been featured on WDSU Channel 6, written about by Southeastern's Lion's Roar News site, and even had a song place 96# on Itunes during it's release weekend.

Joe Sullivan +

"Joe Sullivan is celebrating his 50th year on guitar as a singer songwriter from New York.
He moved to Louisiana in 1979 and has made his home in Baton Rouge. In 2016 his album, Almost There, was released and his second album, Blue Sky and Blacktop, was produced in 2018. He has performed in Houston and Austin in 2019. In addition, he has performed at the Third Street Songwriter Festival in Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Songwriters Festival recently. This is his 1st trip to Ozone."

Luther Willson +

"Started business in 1975 with Tracks. Regional success with the single, Lady of Darkness which I wrote. In 1980 signed songwriters contract with Tessalou Music of Nashville. During this period toured playing piano/guitar with The Breed. Retired from music in 1983 moving back to Western Ky. to start an oil and gas company.
Record a gospel CD in 2004, but did nothing until reunion concert of Tracks in 17. Recording in 2018 in Little Hollywood Studio in Nashville and video of Still Waters"

Andy Branton +

Andy Branton is an Americana singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Louisville, KY - by way of Tuscaloosa, AL. He cut his teeth on old rock and roll records and country classics. A chance discovery of Guy Clark’s “Old No. 1” at age 16 sent Andy off on a story telling journey that continues to this day. After working as a sideman for almost a decade, he stepped forward in late 2018 with the release of his debut EP, “47 Minutes Away.”

Wayward Jones: Amanda 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.

Wayward Jones: Brian 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.

Brian Champagne +

Brian Champagne is a singer-songwriter from Lafayette, LA. His musical influences are that of Hoizer & Ed Sheeran and John Mayer. He has a bold singing style accompanied by jazz chords and blues progressions. His lyrics are conversational and he puts adjectives to good use to paint a picture around his music. He currently gigs around the Lafayette and Baton Rouge area.

Gene Smith +

Gene Smith is a singer songwriter who writes Country, Americana, and Rock. He has been playing and writing for songs off and on for years. His biggest success was Hillbilly Philosophy recorded in Nashville in 2006 on the western beat label. The album was recorded with the late drummer and Americana champion Billy Block and bassist and producer Gary Tallent from Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. The title cut reached number 7 on The Americana charts.

Mike Indest +

Indest, a native of New Orleans, is musically restless and uncompromising in his message. Whether it is the electronic tinge of his work with the Motonaut project, or with spare instrumentation of no more than voice and baritone ukulele, Indest links all his output with a single mission statement of honesty.

Brittany Pool +

My name is Brittany Pool, and I am a singer songwriter from all over the Southern U.S. I was raised in Arkansas, but have been playing music in Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida to name a few. Most of my original content is jazz, rock, folk, and blues. I love music because it makes me feel alive! My drive, inspiration, and motivation comes from all the love and joy I receive from fans. Its an indescribable experience to share my songwriting and dreams with listening ears!

James Knobloch +

A self taught acoustic artist from Slidell, Louisiana. Currently attend the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

Amanda Walker +

Amanda Walker is a New Orleans-based indie pop/ Americana/ folk rock artist, specializing in original songs, piano and vocals. Born in rural Missouri and adopted by New Orleans, Amanda writes and plays mesmerizing sets dripping with Mississippi River delta soul and Ozark Mountain folk sensibilities that have seamlessly melded with the funky Voodoo that New Orleans music is famous for.

Vaughn Goudeau +

"Hi There Y'all,
Vaughn Goudeau, shouting at you. Playing music and writing songs are like an addiction for me. Two of my greatest loves are playing music and song writing. The songs I write just pop into my head and come to me throughout the day and even while sleeping. My songs are part of me as they are my personal experiences; they are essentially my auto biography. I do vocals and play harmonica and guitar."

Kaylin Roberson +

Kaylin is a 20 year-old singer, songwriter and pianist/guitarist from Raleigh, North Carolina, and is currently based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She is a passionate powerhouse making an indelible imprint on the country/ pop scene. Kaylin has recently been honored with distinguished titles such as Deep South Entertainment's Open Mic champion, the youngest champion in the venues history, and WRAL’s artist to watch. This alluring captivating artist is knocking on door steps in a town near you.

Double Dee: Darwin Nelson +

"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 ""Ad"

Double Dee: Dana Nelson +

"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 ""Ad"

Ronnie Davis +

Ronnie Davis is a veteran singer/songwriter from Lucedale, Ms. He has been a part of the Ms. Songwriters Festival since its inception. He regularly performs with Double Dee.

Taylor Mroski +

Most people would recognize Taylor Mroski cutting his teeth as a professional in the New Orleans jazz scene, but they might be surprised to hear that he has been secretly honing his songwriting skills for years. Taylor has been singing and playing guitar in church since his adolescence, but it is only recently that he has taken his own songwriting habit to the public.

Grace Russell +

Grace Russell is a 17 year old singer-songwriter from the Mandeville area. She has been songwriting since the age of 7, and has grown in her craft ever since. She has spent her teenage years performing at various gigs, and songwriting festivals throughout thee southeast region; as well as writing, collaborating, and performing in Nashville. Grace loves to work in a multitude of contemporary styles, and is always creating something new.

Joey Liechty +

Hi! I'm Joey Liechty (Lick-Tee). I'm a local singer songwriter/producer from Springboro Ohio and I have been playing guitar and writing music for around 9 years. I am also currently producing an EP for local artist from Mandeville- Grace Russell! I am Moving down to Nashville and will be going to school at Lipscomb University Majoring in Contemporary Music. There is nothing that I love more than sharing my love of music for others!

Emily Marin +

Emily Marin is a 16-year-old Talented Music student at Northshore High where she also performs with the choir. She has also performed with LA ACDA All-State Honor Choir (2018) and LMEA District Honor Choir (2016-2019). Emily enjoys singing (age 3), playing guitar(age 11), and playing the piano(age 13). She has been writing her own songs since age 13 and her music style is best described as “Indie-pop”. Her musical influences include “The Beatles” and “Billie Eilish”.

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.

Kennedy Kuntz +

Kennedy Kuntz is a singer-songwriter based out of New Orleans, LA. Along with her band, the Men of the Hour, she performs regularly at the House of Blues, the Maple Leaf, 30/90 NOLA, Treasure Bay Casino, and numerous other venues and festivals across the Gulf Coast. In April of 2019, she released her debut original EP, "20/20." She has written another album's worth of original material which she performs both duo and with the full band. The LP is slated for release early next year.

Steve Judice +

Steve is a Baton Rouge songwriter with 4 albums of original music to his credit. He's toured extensively, and three of his songs are featured in the movie "Race to Win." He's opened shows for such legends as Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Jim Lauderdale and James McMurtry.

Claire Kellar +

Claire Kellar grew up in Bogalusa, LA. She attended Young Americans College of the Performing Art in Corona, CA where she toured with the Young Americans as a featured vocalist. In October of last year she attended Judy Stakee's Songwriter Retreat in Nashville, TN. Claire has participated in 3rd Street Songwriter Festival and Songs of the Bayou Songwriter Festival earlier this year and will be performing at this years Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival. She just completed her first EP.

Luke Bryant +

Luke Bryant was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. His love for music started at young age with Metallica's Master of Puppets album. Shortly after he began to write his own songs/ music! His first guitar was given to him at 13 and the was off and running. He was also in a few bands throughout college and moving to New Orleans rediscovered his love for acoustic guitar and writing songs.

Bex Hill +

Bex Hill is a singer/songwriter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has been writing her own music since she was 11 years old. She plays various instruments but her go to is always guitar. She hopes to spread peace and love with her music and to connect with her audience through her lyrics. Her music ranges from folk to indie and if you would like to see more information, make sure to check out her instagram @bexhillmusic.

Nancy Noone Broussard +

Nancy has been singing as long as she can remember. She sang in choirs, studied piano, and learned guitar well enough to accompany the choir when asked. Music was on hold later as she went to ULL, married, and helped raise a family. She later worked in broadcast journalism, advertising, marketing, and tourism. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from LSU, and retired from the State Office of Tourism in 2018. Nancy’s lyrics are timely and topical; hard to categorize yet easy to understand.

Michaela Lauer +

I've been writing lyrics since I was a child living in California. When I was 10 years old my father moved us to Louisiana to work after hurricane Katrina. Here I was taught to play guitar and writing songs has become one of my mane focuses.

Bill Romano +

Bill Romano, fingerstyle guitarist, singer/songwriter From Prairieville, LA started playing guitar and writing songs in 1974 and has one original CD “One Man-One Guitar” The songs are a mix of love songs, Spiritual songs and character songs played with a solid delivery. Bill has played SxSW in Austin, TX the Natchitoches Folk Festival, House Concerts, Listening Rooms and regularly plays venues and festivals in S.E. LA, TX and Baton Rouge including The Red Dragon Listening Room.

The Beach Bums +

Singer songwriters from Mandeville, the Beach Bums write original music that reflects their love of the Beach, and a musical style that spans many genres. With such diverse influences as Patsy Cline, Radiohead, Allison Krause, Todd Rundgren , and yes, the Beatles... the Beach Bums write songs ranging from fun to serious and everything in between. Making music and performing is way cool for the Beach Bums and spreading a joyous vibe is part of the “ beachbums “ mission !

Todd Lemoine +

Todd Lemoine is a singer/songwriter who resides in Covington, Louisiana. He has recorded 3 albums and played with many notable musicians and bands, such as Dax Riggs and Dash Rip Rock. In 2001, Todd had a top 20 radio hit in Australia with his song "One Way Mirror.” He has recorded albums with such renowned engineers as Dave Fortman (Godsmack), Gene Foster (Kansas), and Ben Mumphry (The Pixies).

Kathryn Rose Wood +

One of "New Orleans most prominent young singer/songwriters" (The Vinyl District) songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and clinical music therapist Kathryn Rose Wood blends Soul, Americana, RnB, and Folk sounds into a unique musical landscape for which her vulnerably creative music centers on. With features from the likes of American Songwriter Magazine & Americana U.K., as well as a host of major live performances, Kathryn has made a splash among the best of New Orleans' new wave of songwriters.

Gabriel Bass +

I am a 33 year old song writer from the historical little music city of Natchez, Ms. I was born and raised in Ferriday, LA (the home of Jerry Lee Lewis), where I watched my grandfather play and sing at his piano on each church night. I have a beautiful wife, Kimberly and 2 kids, Stella, 6 and Jack, 1. I put out an album 2 years ago called Fools Paradise and I have a new 12 track album called Guardian. When I am not playing music at Venues in Natchez, I work as a pediatric occupational therapist!

Torres and Berger +

Gwynn Torres & Sid Berger are Grammy-nominated songwriters with established backgrounds in the creative heart of the advertising industry with a slew of successful ad campaigns and award-winning jingles to their credit. They've written rock, pop, blues, folk, funk, country, gospel, dance, R&B, ballads and children's music. GulfAlive, their family album celebrating the Gulf Coast Region, was a nominee for Best Children's Album in the 54th Grammy Awards.

D. Scott Riggs +

The Spearman Brewers are a Gulf Coast based band that plays Panhandle Blues, a rich gumbo of Pre-War Delta, Piedmont, and Country Blues, with healthy doses of Jazz, Gospel, Hokum, Cajun, and Jug music thrown in for flavor. The Brewers were formed in 2001 by songwriter D. Scott Riggs as a vehicle to deliver the sounds of time-forgotten 78 RPM records. The Brewers honor the past by bringing it to the present with original compositions based on the time-enduring styles of days gone by.

Susan Aysen +

Susan Aysen is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Thibodaux, LA. As a clarinetist, her main influences are from Dixieland jazz and swing. While growing up, her family gathered to make music together providing early exposure to old country, swamp pop, Cajun, and soul. Along the way, she picked up playing guitar and piano and molded herself into the artist she is today. Her music is drizzled with rich Louisiana culture about family, love, and life on the bayou.

R T Hall +

R T Hall is a singer/songwriter who cannot be defined by an address; he lives full time in a motorhome. R T has been featured onstage at festivals such as the Tucson Folk, Roswell Film and Music and others. He has also participated in songwriter festivals including Mississippi Songwriters, Third Street Songwriters, Ozone Songwriters, and many more. R T and his wife Sally travel the country doing volunteer work and playing in and attending festivals. They spend winters in south Mississippi.

Barry Chauvin +

Barry Chauvin is a singer/songwriter/producer with a deep love for music and life’s stories as told through the lyrics and melodies of original songs. His songs are based on his observations of the human spirit over the last 50 years and run along the genre lines of folk, blues and country. Barry is a coproducer and cohost of the “Songwriter Sessions Showcase” and the “Songwriter Sessions” artist interview series on YouTube.

Shane Russell +

I have been singing, writing and performing for over 20 years. It is something that has never come easy but a challenge that I have been addicted to since the day I picked up a guitar. I'm not sure if I chose music or if music chose me but I have never looked back. The writing process is my favorite by a landslide. I love to create and when I am able to convey the message of a song properly to whomever hears it, then that cycle is complete. The song has done what I had set out for it do.

Tony Eller +

I didn't discover I was dyslexic until I was 50 (64 now) I have dedicated myself through Billy's Quest based on a song I wrote called "Billy" about my experiences growing up not knowing the reason my reading and writing problems .To provide FREE or inexpensive tools to help the child or adult learn to read. Please visit Billy's Quest MyToolBoxToSuccess.com WHERE THE CHILD CAN READ EVERY WORD on our website

Ched Reeves +

Local professional singer\songwriter since 1988

Keith Harelson +

Keith Harelson, writer of americana & country tunes, has been performing in songwriter festivals for the last several years. Songs that will make you laugh, cry and, sometimes, cringe; they all seem to harness a kernel of truth inside a story.

W.B. and The Geezers +

W.B. and The Geezers, An eclectic Country band that has its feet buried in the white sand of Northwest Florida's Redneck Riviera. W.B. Known as "Will never Bill and Bill never Will", are a pair of sexy senior musician's who have embraced their second childhood with instruments and drinks in hand. From the ridiculous ED commercials and senior dating to the effects of the wars of our past. We write, play and sing with experience and heart. Invite us to your party and we will give your guest some

CJ Ward +

Born and raised in central Louisiana, CJ Ward has a distinctly southern roots sound. In his teens and early twenties, he played in several praise and worship groups. It was there that CJ learned the importance of engaging a crowd. Through his self-referential humor, nostalgia that makes the heart long for bygone days, and a knack for storytelling, CJ knows what makes a song both accessible and memorable. His debut album, WHERE YOU END UP, is set to be released in the Fall of 2019.

Lance Dubroc +

Hailing from the Acadiana region of South Louisiana, Singer-Songwriter Lance Dubroc carries the soul of the bayou with him where ever he goes.

Born into a musical family, Lance possesses a dynamic voice which is one-part pain and one-part anointment. Having received the endorsement of Last Honky Tonk Music Series and blessings from The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, Lance Dubroc has made waves in the southern songwriter circuit for his powerful delivery and exceptional musicality.

Barry Hebert +

Barry performs regionally from Mississippi to the Texas Hill Country including songwriter festivals, house concerts, and listening rooms. He has opened for many legendary singer-songwriters including Guy Clark. 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.

Michael Bush +

I was an Army brat who started playing guitar at twelve when we lived in Panama. I studied classical guitar in college with the Cuban legend, Juan Mercadal, at the University of Miami.

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.

William Robison +

Bill Robison (a native of Lecompte, Louisiana) comes from a musical family and has been performing all his life. After a hiatus bringing up 3 children with his wife Bibbet, he founded the band Impaired Faculties (active 2013-17) and recorded the CD 'Lipstick and Whiskey.' He is now a member of Snake Hat, which plays original music rooted in rock, blues, and alt-country, and he performs solo acoustic shows featuring his songs. His day job is teaching history at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Clayton Lee Rayborn +

I am a singer songwriter from Livingston, Louisiana. I have been writing since my early twenties. I have participated in many songwriters festivals, such as the Third Street Songwriters Festival and the Overbrook Songwriters Festival. I typically write country music. I am also a co-founder, lead singer, and lead writer of the band Southern Stitched. I enjoy writing songs so that I can portray a certain feeling through music so others can feel it too.

Boukou Groove +

Formed in 2010 , Boukou Groove is an original NOLA Funk, Soul, & Jam band composed of veteran-vocalist/keyboardist & Donnie Sundal, and guitarist, Derwin “Big D” Perkins. The combination of Big D’s gripping N’Awlins funk guitar & Donnie Sundal’s wailing keyboards and “blue-eyed soul” voice have lit up audiences around the world. Albums A LIL’ BOUKOU IN YOUR CUP & LET THE GROOVE RIDE.

Boukou Groove has performed their originals at the 30A Songwriters Festival for the past 9years.

Eric Woods +

Eric Woods is a singer-songwriter from Petal, MS. Though he's spent most of his musical career playing covers in menu venues and dive bars around the southern Mississippi area, his true passion is sharing his original songs with anyone that will listen. For fans of: Tyler Childers, Marc Broussard, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins.

Robert Daniels +

Award winning songwriter Robert Daniels is probably best known for live performances of his party anthems “Free Margaritas”, “Allergic To Tequila” and “BYOT”. He has had songs placed in TV shows and commercials that have been distributed in the US, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Brazil, Norway, Lithuania, Singapore and the list continues to grow. His music has been licensed in over 50 TV and radio commercials throughout the world.

Rob Redwine +

Rob Redwine is an American born singer-songwriter and touring musician from Fort Worth, Texas. He has written over 300 songs and recorded six albums with several radio hits included. He is a Published Author of three books, and a screenwriter of two feature film screenplays that are available for production.

Dallas Remington +

From sequins to camouflage, Dallas Remington is a country artist who knows who she is and what she wants. Dallas is a Kentucky girl with a passion for life, music, and her faith. Her energetic live performances reflect her hard work, showcasing both her songwriting and the ability to entertain her fans. Dallas’s sophomore single, “Never Turned Around”, landed at #37 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart, making it her first Top 40 single. For more information, visit www.dallasremington.com

Tony Cobb +

For Kentucky native, Tony Cobb, it’s all about the song. His songs are straight from the heart and soul. Tony is a storyteller and his songs tell stories of a life well lived. His songs are relatable, much like stories shared on a front porch back home. It’s often been quoted that country music is simply “three chords and the truth…” and Tony's writing is the perfect example. He's a Southern Hemingway who says A WHOLE LOT, with few words. Tony’s songs will invite you to “Take A Ride.”

Blake Amos +

"Blake’s eclectic style blends Soul and Brazilian elements into a sound that is upbeat and refreshing. This New Orleans native delivers an acoustic post modern perspective that fuses the folksy optimism of yesterday with the raw directness and edgy realism of the 21st century.
He's played Tipitina's, Zinc Bar(NY), SOB's (NY), Nell's (NY), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Fiesta Latina, Down River Festival, Bayou Boogaloo, Brown Sugar Club - Bangkok, among others."

The Quiet Game +

The Quiet Game , a stage name for Laurent Dias, is a an indie/folk passion project that draws inspiration from modern and classic folk, country, and indie music. After moving back to the states last year from France where he spent 6 years, Laurent(Originally a native of California), is stillchasing that elusive dream of making music more than just a hobby. Influences include Elliott Smith, Jack Johnson, Blind Pilot, Alan Jackson, Avett Brothers, Caleb Klauder, Bill Monroe among others.

Shaw Furlow +

"Director of Bands in MS 41 years
Released 1st album 2013 a screaming failure but I learned.
Funny to sad songs"

Eddie Burdette +

I am a 39 year old, singer/songwriter/guitar player who lives in Mandeville La. I like a wide variety of music genres and the music I make myself reflects that.

Chad Holland +

Chad “Rusty” Holland grew up in Orange, Texas and currently resides in Lake Jackson, Texas.  Chad grew up singing in the church choirs of East Texas and eventually attended LSU on a voice scholarship with a focus on Opera.  He has literally lived around the world with stints in both China and Germany and the music he makes reflects his worldly perspective.  Chad’s passion is serving others and making/listening to good music.

Sean Gasaway +

Sean Gasaway is an award winning singer-songwriter, producer, record executive, and publisher. Sean has over 120 revenue earning copyrights, recently winning the Native American Music Awards Song Of The Year (2017) and Single Of The Year (2018), recent placements on the Today Show, FOX, Billboard radio, television, and in major movies. Sean is currently working on his 4th album, and has penned songs recorded by 3 Doors Down, Cowboy Troy, Mickie James, Ying Yang Twins, Analise, and Kat Perkins.

Kiley McDonnel +

Kiley McDonnel, age 17, is a singer songwriter who has been performing her originals and covers locally at places such as Susan’s on Columbia, St. John’s Coffee House, and our very own Ozone Music Festival Stage. Kiley is excited to start the next phase of her life by launching her originals in hope to touch many lives with her music. Follow her on YouTube to hear more.

Michael Epstein +

Mike Epstein was the lead singer and songwriter for the Saddletramps. He is known for writing catchy warm melodic songs with a heartfelt vocal delivery. He continues to entertain folks with acoustic shows that are always powerful.

Tommy MacLuckie +

The recovery from losing a loved one is similar to a hurricane - it's worse than its perception, before and after. Music went away in 2017 but started to come back last year... and it continues. The band has still been on hold as I continue to get my life back together with all kinds of plans, which, as John Lennon alluded to, have been interrupted by life. Time sits on me like a rock sometimes.

Michael Stricklen +

Active Duty Navy and Singer/songwriter born between Memphis and Muscle Shoals, and the sound reflects it. Been on the road so long, the only place left to call home, is behind a flat top pouring out some soul.


I've been a songwriter for 15 years, and I have been a worship leader in large contemporary church environments for 17 years. I have a beautiful wife who I have been married to for almost 10 years, and we have 4 young children. I have been a top 10 finalist for a national songwriting competition through B97, I have been a contestant on a singing TV show, and I have 2 albums recorded and housed with a commercial licensing agency called Music Bed. I perform regularly, and would love to be involved

Father Ron +

Father Ron (and Friends) is a contemporary folk group from New Orleans. A new album of original material was released in April 2019. One song, On My Way Home (title track for the album) received a Bronze Medal from the Global Music Awards in June. Ron also received a Bronze Medal for lyrics/songwriter. They also produce the Great American Folk Song Singalong, in addition to the all the originals from On My Way Home. He is currently working on new original material for another album in 2020

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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 October 19 and 20, 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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OCTOBER 19TH, 2019 9:00AM  - 8:00PM
OCTOBER 20TH, 2019 1:00PM - 7:00PM


OCTOBER 19TH, 2019 8:00PM  - 11:00PM

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