A Treasure Trove of Talent

SongwritingWith:Soldiers brings together some of America’s best songwriters including Darden Smith, Radney Foster, Jay Clementi, Gary Nicholson, Darrel Scott, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Ashley Cleveland, Mary Gauthier, Brad Parker, Georgia Middleman, Greg Trooper – the list continues to grow. Several of our songwriters have won Grammy awards and have written hundreds of hits including This Kiss, I’m In, One More Last Chance, and many more. Their songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Delbert McClinton, Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks and many other top musicians.

We pair our songwriters with active-duty soldiers and veterans in tranquil retreat settings to create songs based on stories of combat and returning home. Collaborative songwriting is powerful, and demanding. SW:S songwriters craft lyrics directly from the words and phrases of the service members, mining individual stories for underlying universal themes. They compose melodies on the spot with input from their soldier co-writers.

Collectively, our songwriters bring over 100 years of professional songwriting experience to each retreat. We are proud to have them on our team.

Gary Burr
“But the guitarist always writes the songs…” That’s what they said in Gary’s first band. So, following in the footsteps of his heroes John Lennon and Roger McGuinn, a writer was born. After years of hard work and hard writing, he got his first break in 1982 with…. [more]

Beth Nielsen Chapman
Beth Nielsen Chapman is an American singer- songwriter, whose diverse body of work spans eleven albums, six #1 hits, and songs that have been recorded by artists such as, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson and Neil Diamond, as well as Elton John who performed Chapman’s “Sand & Water”… [more]

Jay Clementi
Jay Clementi grew up in the heart of the Rocky Mountains playing and singing country songs with his Dad. His early love of country music can be traced back to his Uncle Bob’s jukebox where he heard the likes of Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb and Faron Young…. [more]

Ashley Cleveland
Since her debut on Atlantic Records in 1991, Ashley Cleveland has recorded 8 critically acclaimed albums. She has won three Grammys for Best Rock Gospel Album (Lesson of Love, 1995; You Are There, 1998; Before The Daylight’s Shot, 2007). She was the first female to be nominated… [more]

David Forman
David Forman is a Brooklyn-born songwriter, 67 years old, married with four grown children. He started writing songs as a 6 year old boy. By the time he was 20, he started getting good at it. He was signed to Arista Records in 1975, and he’s been working professionally ever since… [more]

Radney Foster
Texas singer/songwriter Radney Foster first gained attention as half of the duo Foster & Lloyd (who, with “Crazy Over You” became the first duo in history to top the Country charts with their debut single), and established himself as a solo artist in the early ’90s with three critically acclaimed… [more]

James House
Songwriter and recording artist James House co-wrote Grammy Nominated Country Song of the year “Ain’t That Lonely Yet”(Dwight Yoakum) and CMA Nominated Song of the Year “A Broken Wing” (Martina McBride), along with Diamond Rio’s number 1 smash “In a Week Or Two.” Two of the songs have been awarded…. [more]

Mary Gauthier
In a Nashville bookstore, to the tune of steam hissing from a latte machine and laptop taps of nearby browsers, she speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus… [more]

JD Martin
JD Martin is a multi award-winning songwriter who lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife and musical partner, Jan Garrett. In the course of his very satisfying musical career he has written 5 Number One and 10 Top Ten singles…. [more]

Georgia Middleman
GEORGIA MIDDLEMAN was raised in San Antonio, Texas and received a BFA in Acting from New York University. Upon graduation, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue songwriting and eventually landed a staff writer position at PolyGram Music. After a live showcase one night… [more]

Gary Nicholson
Gary Nicholson is a number one hit songwriter, a two time Grammy winning producer, recording artist, world traveling performer, and session guitarist. In 2006 he was nominated to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, in 2011 he was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame… [more]

Brad Parker
Brad Parker is a recording artist, songwriter, producer and musician. Parker’s music has earned him numerous awards in countries around the world with sales in the millions. In America his hit Country song “Nobody’s Gonna Rain On Our Parade,” recorded by Kathy Mattea, earned him… [more]

Terry Radigan
Terry Radigan is a singer-songwriter, born in Brooklyn but destined for a country music career in Nashville. After finishing high school, she formed her own band and performed in local clubs. She worked as a songwriter in New York… [more]

Darrell Scott
Darrell Scott is a Grammy-nominated performer and recording artist, a highly demanded multi-instrumentalist, and an ASCAP songwriter of the year. Darrell Scott became one of the more successful country songwriters of the late ’90s and early 2000s, placing songs with the biggest names… [more]

Darden Smith
Darden Smith is the Founder and Creative Director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, responsible for bringing together the perfect blend of artists to work with our veterans. Growing up in rural central Texas in the 1960s and 1970s instilled in Smith a driven, independent artistic vision… [more]

Amy Speace
“Amy Speace channels the classics,” writes Billboard Magazine of her latest release That Kind Of Girl. Jon Pareles of The New York Times described the record as “grace over drama” and No Depression wrote… [more]

Greg Trooper
Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 11 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams… [more]

Monte Warden
Monte Warden combines rockabilly roots rock with honky tonk and blue-eyed soul ballads. He first caught the eyes of his native Austin, TX’s scene in 1983. At the age of 15, Warden’s trio, Whoa Trigger!, won Best New Band at a local awards show. Five years later, his band, the Wagoneers, won the award again and became a “young country” favorite with two albums on A&M…[more]