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Ozone Songwriter Festival

November 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2022 Mandeville & Slidell, LA


The 5th Annual Ozone Songwriter Festival, on November 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th, 2022 in Slidell, LA and Mandeville, LA is a free event, open to the public, featuring local, regional, and national songwriters of all styles.

The festival weekend opens on Thursday November 3rd with a pre-festival party in Slidell, LA continues in Mandeville, LA on Friday November 4th 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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8 STAGES, 4 DAYS, 180+ PERFORMANCES

Main festival is free to attend, some events require tickets or registration

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.

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

We are live! Come to Sunny Mandeville, LA and experience America's next music city.

November 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2022
Mandeville & SLIDELL, 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.

Schedule

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The songwriter festival takes place over fours days—Thursday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 6th, 2022— on eight stages in Old Town Slidell, LA and Old Mandeville, LA.

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Songwriter Rounds

The Wine Garden (2 stages)
300 Robert St
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Old Rail Brewing Co
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Songwriter Rounds, Workshop, Songwriter Circle,  Open Mic & more!

Mandeville Trailhead • Museum • Old Rail • Pyre • Ruby's Roadhouse

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Mandeville, LA 70448

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SONGWRITER ROUNDS, Performance Evaluations, OPEN MIC, After Party & more!

Mandeville Trailhead • Museum • Old Rail • Pyre • Ruby's Roadhouse

Various locations
Mandeville, LA 70448

schedule

180+ Performances over 4 days

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Venues

7 great venues, 8 Stages

The Wine Garden - Front

300 Robert St
Slidell, LA 70458

An american restaurant in Old Slidell serving great food & drink.

The Wine Garden - Back

300 Robert St
Slidell, LA 70458

Event space with covered patio located behind the restaurant.

Northstar Theater

347 Girod St
Mandeville, LA 70448

A 125-seat, purpose-built auditorium. The home of Ozone.

Mandeville Trailhead

675 Lafitte St
Mandeville, LA 70448

Outdoor auditorium where you can chill to the music with beer, wine and food.

Trailhead Museum

675 Lafitte St
Mandeville, LA 70448

Intimate, indoor setting with great acoustics located in the Mandeville Trailhead building.

Old Rail Brewing Co

639 Girod St
Mandeville, LA 70448

Eclectic, family-friendly brewery with great beer and food trucks.

Pyre

2020 Woodrow St
Mandeville, LA 70448

Patio stage in a BBQ restaurant featuring smoked meats.

Ruby's Roadhouse

840 Lamarque St
Mandeville, LA 70448

A characterful roadhouse with a funky but friendly feel.

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Provisional Lineup

180+ performances on 8 stages over 4 days

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

Last updated: 7:33 AM Central Time, Tuesday September 13th, 2022.

Amanda Donald

Amanda Donald

Amanda Donald is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter from the coastal Alabama area. Amanda’s superb musicianship paired with her songwriting and vocal abilities deems her to be the total package. Listeners are treated to a contemporary rendition of traditional roots music as Amanda creates a folk-fusion of bluegrass and Americana. She is working on a full-length solo album which should be released by the end of the year.

Angela Perry

Angela Perry

Angela, a singer/songwriter raised in Kansas and resides in Colorado, has performed at various venues and events throughout Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. Angela's song “Sunflower Child” was released in July 2021 and now has over 250K on YouTube and 100K views on Facebook. "Sunflower Child" was also a finalist at the Red Lodge Songwriter's Festival in June 2022.  Angela’s music, the latest events, and press reviews are on her website at Angelaperrymusic.com.

April Rooks

April Rooks

April Rooks is a singer/songwriter and music instructor. April has released 3 albums and her new single, Banks of the Chattahoochee is a story of home with her signature blend of country and blues. As a vocal/piano instructor for more than twenty years, April has helped children and adults enhance their talents. In 2018, April founded the Amped Kids Foundation with a vision for enriching the lives of foster and adopted youth through music education.

Ashton Brooke Gill

Ashton Brooke Gill

Ashton Brooke Gill is a singer/songwriter from the small town of Livingston, Louisiana. Surrounded by music her entire life, Ashton grew up singing gospel music in her small country church which has strongly influenced her life and her music.  Ashton was on Season 17 of American Idol where she received a golden ticket to Hollywood.  She has recently landed the role of Sara Toleson in the independent feature film titled The Author and was so excited to write the music for the film.

Barry Chauvin

Barry Chauvin

Barry is a singer, songwriter and storyteller with a deep love for music and stories told through the lyrics and melodies of original songs.  He co-produces the "Songwriter Sessions" songwriter showcases, workshops and a YouTube channel featuring songwriter interviews.  Barry is a regular performer at the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, the Overbrook Songwriter Festival and here at the Ozone Songwriter Festival.

Barry Hebert

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.

Ben Jarrell

Ben Jarrell

If you were to write out the story of Ben Jarrell's life journey, it would read like the content of a country song - a damn good one, too, complete with the well-worn themes of love, loss, and redemption. Perhaps that’s why his musical leanings have always skewed towards country music and the legends who helped build and uphold the genre's traditions. He spins well-told stories in tightly wrapped chords and draws comparisons to his songwriting heroes Guy Clark and Jason Eady.

Bennett Hylton

Bennett Hylton

I’m a mechanical engineer freshman at Auburn University with a passion for music and performing. I’ve only been playing guitar for about 3 years, but I’ve been writing songs for as long as I can remember. I often use my music as a form of journaling and releasing my emotions. In turn, this makes my music relatable and meaningful to listeners. My favorite thing about music is that I can fill someone with a range of emotions and truly impact their lives, just by doing what I love!

Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Bill Davis (born New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is the founder, lead guitarist, and lead vocalist of the rock band Dash Rip Rock, and a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.[1] Davis founded Dash Rip Rock in 1984 and is often credited as a pioneer of cowpunk, a genre that combines country and punk rock, but Davis has said in interviews that he considers his music to be widely roots-based. He has written several alternative radio hits.

Bill Romano

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

Brady Lee

Brady Lee

“I don’t even like country, but Brady’s tunes are catchy as ****” - Brad Sheldon, ESPN. Brady Lee is a triple threat: a songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist. Growing up listening to Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, and Keith Urban, Brady’s sonic style is very much radio-ready, pop-infused anthems that showcase his soaring vocals and smooth guitar playing. Brady is a proven performer, from feature performances on state fair stages to slugging away in dive bars across the country.

Brandon Hogue

Brandon Hogue

My name is Brandon Hogue I’m from Lakeshore MS.  Vocals, songwriting, and music in general are some of the biggest parts of my life. Without saying Living on the coast has its perks, including countless outdoor activities that are reflected in my music. My recipe for a good song is pen, paper, my guitar, and some time on the water.

Brian Bagur

Brian Bagur

I have been a musician in the greater New Orleans area for 40 years. For the last 10 years I have been writing Contemporary Christian music. Been singing and playing guitar in church for the past 20 years. 2 of my originals attached were recorded at Rabadash Studio In Covington La and Give It To Jesus was recorded and produced in Franklin TN House Of Big.

Bryan Bludworth

Bryan Bludworth

Bryan was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He completed his album “Between Us” in late 2019. With his heart felt immersive lyrics and Country/ Americana sound, Bryan really connects with his audience through his originals on many levels. Bryan is currently recording his second album. His new releases, “Finally Free” and "Here Tonight" are now on all music streaming sites along with his first original album, “Between Us”.

Bryan Hoff

Bryan Hoff

Bryan is a proud family man, father of three boys, and husband to a Navy M.D. Natives of southeast Houston, Bryan and his wife Amy reside at NAS JRB Belle Chasse. In his spare time, Bryan studies healthcare chaplaincy at SMU and hopes to one day work as a hospital chaplain. His songs are influenced by his family, his relationship with Amy, and his daily struggles with God. As a songwriter, Bryan tries to marry heartfelt lyrics with simple melodic phrases.

Caroline Tebbs

Caroline Tebbs

Caroline Tebbs is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter, performer and recording artist from Slidell that turns all her emotion into music. She has been writing songs on guitar and piano for as long as she can remember. She has written over 200 songs and started publishing worldwide March 2022.  Caroline’s music is indie/acoustic/folk. Her published work is mainly pop. You can catch her playing at the Wine Garden, Neutral Ground House (NOLA), and local festivities. Follow her social media for updates!

Chaislyn

Chaislyn

Chaislyn is a 21 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

Claire Kellar

Claire Kellar

Claire Kellar is from Southeast Louisiana. She was a featured performer on a National Tour with the Young Americans. Claire opened for Rockin’ Roll Hall of Fame member Jonathan Cain, Grammy winner Gary Baker, and Emmy Award winner Greg Barnhill. She was chosen to participate by former Senior Vice-President of Creative at Warner Chappell, Judy Stakee’s songwriter retreat in Nashville, TN. Claire is excited to be releasing new music this fall.

Clay Harper

Clay Harper

Clay Harper is from Pearl River Louisiana. His day job is the CEO of a Department of Defense Contracting Company but most people know him because of his Honey Island Clydesdale Hitch team parading and making appearances in the Southern United States. Clay enjoys his family, showing off with his horses and making music.

Cliff Anders

Cliff Anders

Hi,   Cliff from Madisonville! Grew up Hungry Hollow, Pennsylvania! Have always loved Country Gold, Bluegrass and jams in this part of the country here in LA/MS Gulf Region.  I have certainly enjoyed sharing my music here in the area and have been influenced by some great folks in the area with my song writing.  Looking forward to a break to share my music with yall!

Cole Hill

Cole Hill

Cole Hill is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Purvis, MS. In his young yet growing career, Cole has independently released a 6-song EP along with many more singles, won awards for his music and songwriting, been the opening act for acclaimed songwriter and performer Mac McAnally, and performed at many festivals and events all over Mississippi and surrounding states. Cole brings an infectious throwback sound that you won't soon forget, Comparable to John Mayer and James Taylor.

Craig Cortello, The "Canine Crooner"

Craig Cortello, The

Craig Cortello, the "Canine Crooner," is an accomplished songwriter specializing in music honoring man's best friend. Craig's album "Dog Tales" is set for release in the Fall of 2022, with proceeds benefitting local animal rescue non-profit organizations. Craig's music has been featured on local New Orleans radio, television, and musical theater productions, and he has performed/recorded with accomplished musicians including Matt Lemmler, Amy Alvarez, Craig Klein, Tony Dagradi, and Romy Kaye.

D. Scott Riggs

D. Scott Riggs

D. Scott Riggs is a Gulf Coast based songwriter/musician that plays Panhandle Roots & 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.

Darrell Galatas

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.

Dave Comeaux

Dave Comeaux

Dave Comeaux has played guitar since childhood and performed in rock bands in high school and college. After taking time away from music to raise a family, Dave has rediscovered his passion for music, and now performs regularly at various venues in Baton Rouge and the Northshore. Dave’s style is based on classic and progressive rock, but infuses elements of folk, Blues, classical and flamenco. His lyrics range from light-hearted to deeply contemplative.

David Gautreau

David Gautreau

David Gautreau is a singer/songwriter residing near Baton Rouge,  Louisiana. He was raised playing various instruments and soon developed  a passion for song writing. The journey began releasing two original albums  “Free of the Fences” and “Boots In The Sand” meant to maintain the true  old style country and cowboy sound.  David has traveled over the  years playing at various festivals and events from Texas to Florida even up to Montana and Wyoming.

David Stover

David Stover

Dave Stover is a musician / songwriter living in Mandeville, LA.

Dean Ferrell

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.  These experiences can’t help but give birth to soulful , moving songs, songs that make you think and songs that make you laugh. Dean’s songs are mostly stories about life. As the saying goes, "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story."

Double Dee

Double Dee―the musical collaboration of husband and wife singer-songwriters, Darwin and Dana Nelson (aka The Mayor & First Lady of Lucedale) 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.

Douglas Stepanek

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.

Eli Alger

Eli Alger

For me, there is no other way to play a show than like it’s your last, I don’t care if I’m playing a dive bar for tips or in front of 10,000 people. I’m always going to be in full character, dressed to the 9’s, and as energetic and interactive with the crowd as I possibly can, there is simply no other option. I would also like to think that I carry that mentality with me off the stage as well because it’s not just an act, it’s a lifestyle

Electric Blue Yonder

Electric Blue Yonder

A traveling troupe of intrepid space folk explorers, Electric Blue Yonder, examines the mysteries of the universe and reports their findings through song. Described as “Real American Space Folk,” the band draws its inspiration from the psychedelic folk, surf, and cosmic country rock of the 60s and the Space Age prog/art rock explorations of David Bowie and Pink Floyd, all while shifting time to the early roots and parlor style guitar of the 20th century.

Ella Salter

Ella Salter

South Alabama born and raised with some Texas roots, Ella Salter’s music pays homage to her soulful Americana and Red Dirt Country background. Her voice has been described as a whole lotta soul, with a classic country essence. Reminiscent of the greats that range from Janis Joplin and Etta James to Adele.   “Salter has a truly impressive voice. She belongs in the pantheon of country music's greatest singers -- and her songwriting ain't bad either.” — Adobe and Teardrops

Engine Joe

Engine Joe

Engine Joe is a songwriter from New Orleans. His style has been described as punk-folk and drunken indulgence. Whether the music steals your heart or spins your stomach, it's a spectacle well worth seeing live.

Father Ron

Father Ron

A folk singer/songwriter with a background in Cajun, Zydeco, Rock and Blues, Father Ron brings a variety of styles to the table.  His music has been recorded by international artists and is covered by New Orleans bands.  He has won three Bronze Medals from the Global Music Awards and some of his work has been submitted for consideration with the Grammy Awards.  In addition to singing/songwriting he is a life-time member of the Episcopal Actors Guild, an Episcopal priest and a WWOZ show host.

Gabriel Bass

Gabriel Bass

My name is Gabriel Bass. I am from Natchez, MS. I grew up listening to various types of music from the varying styles of my parents and my grandfather who played piano and sang at church. I have been writing songs about 8 years. I have a wonderful wife and 2 children who allow me to do what I love, which is music. I am an occupational therapist by day and a musician for Life. I have 2 albums on all platforms which are titled Fools Paradise and Small Town Paradox. A 3rd project is under way.

Gary Ragan

Gary Ragan

Gary Ragan plays and sings original Americana music.  He played redneck rock 'n' roll around Baton Rouge, played folk clubs during a 2-year stint in Chicago, and played for 9 years in the Houston area.  Playing with Townes van Zandt's bass player Wrecks Bell led him to play with Hayes Carll for 5 years and play, hang out, and sometimes record with mentors like Richard Dobson and Ray Wylie Hubbard.  He plays solo and with other writers in Baton Rouge and is finishing up a new CD.

Grace Russell

Grace Russell

Inspired by the pop ballads of the early 2000’s, Grace Russell found her passion for songwriting at the age of seven. Years later, her passion for music has only continues to grow. Now residing in Nashville, Russell has crafted her passion into a full time career. When it comes to speaking to the listener’s heart, Grace turns to lyrics first. She aims to “write music that can speak to and heal everyone.”

Green Mantles

Green Mantles

After playing in bands since the late 80's, Brian Ryals founded the Green Mantles in 2002, a band as well as a solo project. Drawing from a variety of influences, the Green Mantles play high energy rock n' roll dance music. Performing regionally and in Europe, he has been most successful in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hello Darling

Hello Darling

Hello Darling is a Nashville Indie Folk outfit fronted by Grace Russell and Patrick Armould. The two met at Lipscomb University in 2020 and instantly clicked. For this dynamic duo, writing songs together was serendipitous. The fall of 2020 saw the release of their debut EP which received critical acclaim. Indie Music Center wrote, “Hello Darling is forging a straight road to success with their incredible vocal harmonies and flawless writing.”

James Best

James Best

Retired from the La. Judiciary . Married for a real long time . Three kids , five grandkids . Avid equestrian and musician. Choral member at local church for forty years . Played music in college , occasionally attended class. Music highlights : Opened shows for John Prine , Norman and Nancy Blake . Performed at the Steve Kaufman Kamp and recently recorded my first CD of original songs “Days Long Ago” !

Jay Megginson

Jay Megginson

Jay Megginson is a singer-songwriter based out of Fairhope, AL. A self-described “late bloomer”, he started playing music seriously when he was 48 years old. His style is characterized as being eclectic and minimalistic with humor-filled lyrics about love, tractors, relationships, Jesus, and rednecks. Jay has played venues such as The Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival, The Mississippi Songwriter’s Festival, The Frog Pond, Callaghan’s, and The People’s Room of Mobile.

Jay B Elston

Jay B Elston

Jay B Elston is a Louisiana Music Hall of fame inductee, self produced, original artist who is listened to around the world. He's released six CD's of original music. He's played music since the tender age of 11, and has fulfilled his rock n roll dreams. Jay has played with such known acts Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Edgar Winter, Charlie Daniels, and many more. Jay gets his inspiration from the troubles in his past, life on the bayou, and the love he shares with so many.

Jessie Ritter

Jessie Ritter

Jessie Ritter plays a heartfelt brand of country with plenty of charm. She released her debut album, Coffee Every Morning in 2018. Later that year, she entered the Nash Next Competition eventually taking the national prize. The victory earned her a record deal with Big Machine Label Group. Her 2019 single “Home” reached #1 on The Country Network’s Top 20 Countdown. Jessie’s newest record, “Little Town In America,” explores the dichotomy of longing for adventure and yearning for home.

Jim McCormick

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.

Jim Pharis

Jim Pharis

Jim Pharis is a Louisiana based Contemporary Folk Music singer/songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist.   He has recorded and self-released three CDs. The most recent, 2018's High Mileage, has been favorably reviewed in the press, including  the November 2018 Fingerstyle Guitar Edition, of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. High Mileage has also received radio play in the U.S, U.K. and South Africa.  Jim Pharis performs in a variety of music settings in the American South.

Jodie Ross

Jodie Ross

Jodie Ross is an award winning singer/songwriter from Louisville, Mississippi. She is the winner of the 2019 Best Original Song at the Mississippi Music Awards as well as the 2021 People’s Choice Award winner at the Mississippi Songwriter of the Year competition. She has participated in songwriter rounds and festivals throughout the southeastern United States.

Joe Sims

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

Joe Sullivan has performed in Austin at SxSW, the Mississippi Songwriters Festival,  the Natchez Brewery, and locally in Baton Rouge recently. He released his third album, Life in America,  in 2021. Joe is a NYC native who has lived in Louisiana since 1979. His folk rock style of songwriting is easy to enjoy; and he has performed since 1969.

John Jordan

John Jordan

John's music is a personal blend of blues, folk, singer-songwriter style music sung with heart and soul.  Playing acoustic guitar and harmonica, John tries to capture the spirit of his thoughts.

John West

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 Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra. John plays at numerous festivals across the Gulf South.

Jonathan Harder

Jonathan Harder

My first guitar was a Christmas present from my parents when I was 13 years old. I wrote my first songs early the following January, and never looked back! Throughout my life, music has been my passion, my therapy, and my primary creative outlet. I have performed in various venues, both as a band member and as a solo singer/songwriter (always keeping my day job). Now retired, I am able to devote more of my time to music. Who could ask for more?

Joyce Sampson

Joyce Sampson

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has toured extensively as a bass player and backing vocalist in original and cover bands in the rock, country, and Americana genres.   In 2019, she began songwriting for artists, and her hard work has led to three released songs: “If Heaven was a House” (by Billy Blue Records label artist Kirsty Cox), "Get Out" (Indie country artist Tianna Woods), and a suicide prevention song "If You Leave Now (Hookist collaboration with artist Alex Boyé)."

Julie Ross

Julie Ross

Julie Ross is a singer/songwriter from Biloxi, MS.  She has performed at various venues along four coastal states along the Gulf Coast as well as Mississippi Songwriter, 3rd Street Songwriter Festival and Ozone Songwriter Festival.  Her style of music contains just a little bit of everything.  Her husband Tommy Ross of almost twenty nine years and her youngest son Samuel are her #1 fans.

Keith Harelson

Keith Harelson

Hailing from Baton Rouge, Keith has been writing songs since he was 16. He performs at many of the local songwriter festivals in the area traveling as far as Gruene, TX to share his songs of life, love and loss. He blends the sounds of country and folk to deliver his unique and often quirky view of life.

Kyle Harris

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I’m a Southern Blues Rock Singer/Songwriter. With a deep southern up bringing that has developed a strong love for the combination of southern rock and muddy waters blues. My writing hails from my Texas roots to my Louisiana love. My music ranges from Chris Stapleton to Chris Cornell. Good stories, foot stomping music, and the hunger for a good time.

Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy

Baton Rouge born Lauren Murphy has spent her life making music. Relix Magazine dubbed her "Lady Willpower" as far back as 1997. Her latest album, 'Psychedelics' was released in 2021 to national critical acclaim. WWOZ calls her "Excellent" and has been spinning her records since 2006. A featured performer at The Frank Browne Songwriters Festival as well as the Frog Pond Sunday Social, she is a staple on the West Coast as well as the Gulf Coast. "Finely crafted songs from the heart" ~Jambase

Luther Willson

Luther Willson

Willson music career started in 1974 with the release of Lady of Darkness by Tracks, a regional touring rock band. In 1980 signed a songwriter contract with Tessilou Music of Nashville, penning songs such as Again Tonight and Another Country Love Song. In 2004 recorded the gospel Cd Womack/Willson, Grace. In 2017, as the keyboardist of The Breed, their Cd Thirty Years and Change was recorded. Then in 2020 recorded the Cd, Willson, Long Road Home, an eleven-number collection of songs.

Lynn A Anselmo

Lynn A Anselmo

As the owner of Tony's Tavern in baton Rouge I am credited with helping start the original music effort in Baton Rouge. I have toured the circuit from Colorado to Florida for approximately 6 years in the 70's and early 80"s and I co owned a performance venue in Vail which closed in 1982. I have written songs  and performed for well over 40 years and have a catalog of hundreds of songs including a vinal from 1972. I have a home studio which has produced 2 cd's and 20 odd videos. Lynn Anselmo

Mars Cooper

Mars Cooper

Mars Cooper is here to blow your mind. A character by MC Cazalas, Mars is a goofy, but very serious man. His songs are brutally honest. Mars kicks down the door with his to-the-point - yet slightly delusional - lyrics. His songs may leave you wondering, “Is it pop? Is it punk? Is it grunge?”, but you’ll definitely be saying “It’s great.”   Like it or not, Mars is here to stay.   CONTENT WARNING: Songs WILL get stuck in your head.

Mary Broussard

Mary Broussard

Mary Broussard is an acoustic singer-songwriter from Scott, Louisiana. Coming from a family of musicians, Mary found her love for music at a very young age. From taking up the guitar in her room at age 14 to now, she has written over 100 original songs, played with seasoned performers from all across Louisiana, and put out her first original single “The Young Heart” in 2019. Known for her eclectic style, Mary writes for a variety of genres including folk, blues, jazz and country.

Melissa Sings

Melissa Sings

Melissa Sings is Melissa Seidule and Jesse Seidule, a wife and husband duo out of Baton Rouge, LA. Melissa is a music teacher on the weekdays, and a local musician on the weekends. Aside from performing frequently on twitch.tv/MelissaSings, Melissa Sings released several albums on Bandcamp over the years. Their most recent release is available now on all streaming services under Melissa Sings "Out In The Open". The title celebrates their first year performing "out in the open" publicly.

Michael Epstein

Michael Epstein

Mike Epstein grew up on New Orleans, LA and has been playing music over the last 30 years. He was the principal songwriter for the Saddletramps which produced an eponymously titled album. It was critically well received and after the band disbanded, he continued to write and perform as a solo artist. His style is inspired by artists like R.E.M., Wilco, and Jackson Browne.

Mitch Swinney

Mitch Swinney

An Army Veteran from Mobile, AL Mitch uses his experience driven introspective songwriting paired with lifes adventures and a sultry voice to to storytell in ways sure to connect with any listener.

Nancy Noone Broussard

Nancy Noone Broussard

Nancy Noone Broussard is finally doing something she’s always wanted to do – sing and play her guitar. Somewhere along the way, she married Brad, had Doug & Brooke, as well as successful careers in broadcast journalism, advertising, and tourism. Her first album, “Between the Rivers,” has received great reviews from all the friends and family to whom she sent it. She’s already working on the followup.

Ocie Crowe

Ocie Crowe

Ocie Crowe is an award winning songwriter, musician, and producer based out of New Orleans. Better know as the lead singer and front man for the band “Crowe Boys,” consisting of Ocie and his two brothers. More importantly, he’s a husband and a father. This is where he finds most of the inspiration for his music.

Pal Owen

Pal Owen

I've been blessed in marriage to Ann Owen. MD for nearly 53 years. She labels me as "The best unknown songwriter in the country." Thanks hon, but I imagine there's at least 950,000 other people with the same attitude towards their special songwriters. I am very grateful to the many people who work selflessly so that songwriters can share their musical hearts with others throughout our communities.

Patrick Armould

Patrick Armould

Patrick Armould is a songwriter from Denver, Colorado. Armould was quickly thrown into the Denver music scene after starting the band Halleway. He was the prominent songwriter in the group and lead singer. Halleway supported acts like Houndmouth, The Ballroom Thieves, Bob Schneider and more.. Soon after he moved to Nashville and started the folk rock band Hello Darling with Grace Russell. The band is currently touring and recording music as a five piece band.

Paul Wilson

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.

R T Hall

R T Hall

R T Hall is a singer/songwriter on the move. Influences from folk, country, rock and classical have let his songs raise emotion in audiences across the country. The music reflects experiences and observations of life as it is and how it can be. R T is at home all across the country, having played at festivals and venues in more than 25 states. Ozone is one of the favorite festivals. New music to check out at RTHallMusic.com includes Take The Time and She Doesn't Drink.

Ralph Goodson

Ralph Goodson

I have been writing songs for about 8 or 9 years and playing out for about 7 years. I'm lucky enough to be part of a band "low water bridge". We play out and about now and then. Just kids having fun! I love bringing my creations to others. It has been a joy to me and pretty good therapy. I try to appreciate all genres and my influences are pretty much all over the map. Inspiration is to be found in every part of our lives.Every now and then a little beauty creeps into my songs. Cheers to us all.

Rick Tobey

Rick Tobey

Rick was the winner of the 2009 and 2012 Cape Fear Blues Society Solo Blues Challenges and the 2010 and 2013 Triangle Blues Society Solo Blues Challenge. He has performed in blues clubs on Beale Street in Memphis many times. The Chickenhead Blues Band won the 2007 Cape Fear Blues Society Blues Challenge.  Rick Tobey is a skilled, highly regarded multi-instrumentalist (and vocalist) who usually records performing all the parts and playing all the instruments (except where noted).

Ricky Windhorst

Ricky Windhorst

I've been singing and writing music since I was 17, have performed with many local, national and international recording artists.  Was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2014 for my original work with the J.J. Muggler Band.  Currently lead singer for Four Unplugged, Tchefuncte River Band and J.J. Muggler.  Tentative plans are to put out a new CD of original music in the fall of 2022.

Robert F Bogaert

Robert F Bogaert

Multi-instrumentalist, writing since the late 60s and performing since 1970. Have taken my songs to stages in 32 States and two Canadian Provinces in that time. Still writing, still performing. Still looking to improve. I call my travels the "Friends Along The Way" tours. I visit old friends who thought they were safe from seeing me again, make some new friends in new places, and play as much music as I can.

Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph

I started on drums in 5th grade. I started writing in 9th grade when a friend Gave me a guitar. I've written all types of songs including, rock, country, blues. I am half of the duo, "Party of Two", with Julie Ross.

Rory Collins

Rory Collins

Rory Collins is a folk rock singer/songwriter/guitarist based in New Orleans, LA.  After having worked for a couple of record labels over the years, Collins decided to write and perform his own material.  Rory plays solo shows in the New Orleans area and has released two albums: 'Watching the World Pass You By' and 'The Sky's the Limit'.

Ryan Perea

Ryan Perea

Ryan Perea began his musical journey by playing in a punk rock band in Brooklyn NY throughout the early 2000’s.  After nearly a decade in NYC he moved home to Louisiana to pursue a career as a portrait painter. During quarantine Ryan rediscovered his love of songwriting and has been working diligently at his new “hobby” ever since.  His songs tend to be driving and melodic with an aim to make the listener feel something inside.

Sam Price

Sam Price

Best known for his dynamic bass playing in Honey Island Swamp Band, Sam Price has been active in the New Orleans music scene since 1992.  His career spans a diverse variety of genres from rock, bluegrass, jazz, blues and soul, to founding/leading Afro-Cuban jazz group 'OTRA', and recording a Brazilian record under the name 'LosOtros'. When not touring with H.I.S.B., he performs with Sam Price & the True Believers, a 6-piece funk and soul band that features his original song-writing and singing.

Serge Villanova

Serge Villanova

With a voice like a steam organ calling from a Mississippi Riverboat, Serge Villanova's eclectic mix of hook-heavy pop rock will be fully displayed on his soon to be released debut record,  The Rhythm of New Orleans, from his Stranded South Music + Media company.

Shaw Furlow

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.

Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald

I’m a born again disciple of Jesus Christ, by His grace and mercy alone. As such I hope to point others to Him, not because I’m anyone special myself but as one beggar showing another beggar where the Bread of Life can be found (John 6:35).

Steve Judice

Steve Judice

Steve Judice is a songwriter from Lafayette, Louisiana with five full length albums of original music to his credit. He is co-founder of the Peyton Wilson Memorial Songwriters Retreat which annually draws over 50 participants. In 2021, he was a recipient of a Louisiana Tradition Bearers Award which goes to artists or artisans who help to perpetuate Louisiana's folklife. In 2016 three of his songs were selected as part of the soundtrack for the full-length feature film, "Race to Win."

Ted Hefko

Ted Hefko

Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires bring original roots rock, & bare-bones blues to life with all the vibrancy of New Orleans. Their newest album, Down Below, features a cross-section of New Orleans talent, blending Hefko’s jazz and folk roots with a new electric Americana sound. Down Below has played on radio across the world and received critical acclaim here in New Orleans and throughout the Americana community.

Terri Burch

Terri Burch

Full-time songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, bouncing between Nashville and D.C.!

The Beach Bums

The Beach Bums

The Beach Bums are Singer/ Songwriters from Mandeville. Their music is chill and laid back and their influences range from Patsy Cline to Radiohead (!). They participate in Songwriters Festivals in the area including Overbrook Songwriters Festival, Ozone Festival, the Mississippi Songwriters festival and various other songwriter venues. They play locally in several venues and are active with the Abita Songwriters Circle.

The Callie Hines

The Callie Hines

The Callie Hines is a 27 year old who comes from Bayous of Southern Louisiana The music they write is rooted in Folk and is expressed as Neotreditional County Music. Callie’s is a seasoned singer/songwriter whose writing speaks of truth, struggle, and redemption with a true passion of sharing the stories that they experience with others. Their hope is to inspire others to live their truth, whatever that may be, by being a voice for community, showing representation for women everywhere.

The Other Pauly D

The Other Pauly D

Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, Pauly Domingue wears his musical influences on his sleeve. He was heavily influenced by the singer-songwriter greats of the past such as James Taylor, Jim Croce, and Van Morrison to name a few. His love of modern acoustic music from the likes of John Mayer and Ed Sheeran can also be noted in his signature acoustic style. He now resides in New Orleans and planning a debut release of curated songs towards the end of 2022.

Tj Eubanks

Tj Eubanks

Hailing from the small, serene town of Magee, Mississippi, TJ Eubanks has spent over a decade crafting and playing music stemming from the journeys of his small town Southern life. Rooted in classic country, he encompasses influences from Southern rock, bluegrass, folk, and a dash of blues to create a homegrown, vibrant Americana sound all his own. And now with his album, "Crooked Letter", he takes his trusted guitar and rustic, spirited voice from his porch in Magee to anywhere and everywhere.

Tommy Ike Hailey

Tommy Ike Hailey

Trout, Louisiana-based songwriter Tommy Ike Hailey is the creator/host of Troubadours Songwriter Night and of the CenLa Songwriters Circle, and co-creator/co-host of Songwriter Sessions showcases and workshops. He has helped organize Third Street Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival, Overbrook Songwriters Festival, Songs on the Bayou Songwriters Festival, and Ozone Songwriter Festival. He recently released his all-original LP album “Man Alive” as artist/songwriter/coproducer.

Travis Garrison

Travis Garrison

Travis Garrison is a guitarist, banjo picker, and songwriter from Abita Springs, Louisiana. His songs are influenced by traditional American folk, Bluegrass, and Country both musically and lyrically. Travis's lyrics are written to tell a story of real life observations and experiences.

Tyler Bridge

Tyler Bridge

Tyler Bridge has been a musician in the Mississippi music scene for 30 years. He is known as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and local producer. Tyler has played on dozens of recording projects as a session musician and quickly racking up production credits at his own studio, Brookhaven Music Studios. Whether solo acoustic or with The Bridge Band, Tyler loves playing festivals, churches, and private events - he really knows how to entertain!

Vaughn Goudeau

Vaughn Goudeau

I am Vaughn Goudeau, a fun-loving Cajun who lives for music and entertaining. I was born on December 31, 1955. I grew up along the banks of the Atchafalaya River, in the little town of Melville, Louisiana. I love writing and playing my original music.

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Location

Just 30 Minutes North of New Orleans

Countdown to Ozone 2022

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FREE! 8 STAGES 180+ PERFORMances

Thu Nov 3, 2022 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Sat Nov 5, 2022 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM*

Sun Nov 6, 2022 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM*

*Performer green room with complementary food & drink

Showcase Event [ticketed]

Fri Nov 4, 2022 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Doors open 7:15 PM

Songwriter Workshop [TICKETED]

Sat Nov 5, 2022 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Fest Layout

675 Lafitte St, Mandeville, LA 70448

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About the Festival

A group of friends united around one man's vision

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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