Meet the Mentors for Songwriting Camp 2017


Recording Mentor

Shane Adams is an award-winning music educator, songwriter, and producer, as well as a published author. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, and is a founding instructor for Berklee Online, where he has taught lyric writing and songwriting since 2003. Adams is president of Artist Accelerator, a production and artist development company. He travels throughout the United States to coach and mentor artists in masterclasses and songwriting workshops. In 2013, he was named Music Industry Professional of the Year by Chowan University, in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, and in 2005 he earned the Tennessee Songwriter Association International’s Hallman Award for outstanding contributions to the songwriting community.


Songwriting Mentor 

A descendant of the Carter Family and a Harvard graduate, songwriter Anne Buckle – also known as WILDWOOD – has performed at many of country music’s most acclaimed venues and festivals, including the Bluebird Café, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Muletown Music Fest, and the CMA Music Festival. Anne is also an accomplished fiddle player and has shared the stage with Charlie Daniels, toured with the indie rock band Augustana, and opened for the Dixie Chicks. She is signed with independent music label South x Sea. In addition to maintaining a busy writing and touring schedule, Anne founded 3 Chords, which teaches songwriting to Nashville’s refugee youth as a way of helping them share their stories.


Songwriting Mentor

Misty Rae Carson is a Nashville-based, independent singer-songwriter from Dallas, where she grew up playing and singing country music. As a songwriter, Carson has cuts with artists SaraBeth, Daisy Mallory, and Andy Hackbarth. She has performed in Nashville venues such as the Bluebird Cafe, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater, and the Listening Room. With her husband Jason, Misty is part of the acoustic country duo the Carsons.

Carson has a passion for making music, and she also has an enthusiasm for teaching others about the industry. For over a decade, she has been a vocal coach, and is a former associate of Renee Grant-Williams. Carson owns an artist development and discovery company, Carson Creative, where she and her husband offer career guidance, songwriting instruction, voice lessons, and other services to help up and coming artists.


Songwriting Mentor

Anthony Snape is an independent artist based in Nashville. Originally from Australia, Anthony has released four albums, and his music can be heard in film and television shows, and in collaboration with other artists. His storytelling performance style reflects the classic sounds of artists like Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, and the Eagles, while his writing bridges pop, rock, country, and Americana. Anthony has taught performance and songwriting workshops throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States.


Songwriting Mentors

Doug and Telisha Williams perform as the duo Wild Ponies. The husband-and-wife team grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and met in their high-school marching band. They formed their own band, to play at a school assembly, and turned to a folk sound while attending college five hours apart. The duo released their first album in 2003. Doug and Telisha perform frequently in Nashville and tour throughout the United States and abroad. On their travels and through collaborations, the Wild Ponies are open to receiving song inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. “We’ll take them however they want to come,” Telisha says, “whether that’s through a dream, through tears and snot, or wrestling it out with the help of some friends. Melody or lyrics first? It doesn’t matter. The song chooses how to reveal itself.”


Songwriting Mentor

After achieving success in her native Australia, singer-songwriter Claire Wyndham moved to Nashville in 2010. In 2013 she signed a publishing deal through Dennis Malkosky’s newly established company, Kompass Music, administered by Kobalt Music worldwide. 

Wyndham is equally comfortable writing pop, folk or country songs, and has dozens of film and television placements, including the theme song to the 2014 feature film Fort Bliss. International artists have cut her songs, and Wyndham will release a new album of her own this year.