Meet the Mentors for Songwriting Camp 2016


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. 


Songwriting Mentor and Performance Coach

Lacey Williams believes that all children can benefit from the study of music, and that music can enrich a life like nothing else can. With degrees in music and education, Williams has a unique perspective on teaching children the basics of music appreciation. She has taught piano, violin, guitar, and songwriting, and runs a professional studio for students of all ages and disciplines. Williams also has worked in public education, teaching general and instrumental music as well as songwriting. 

Williams plays in a duo with her husband (Drew & Lacey), and she has recorded professionally.  She is an accomplished songwriter whose songs have been recorded by others and placed in films and on television. Williams teaches songwriting at Charlotte Middle School in Dickson, TN and  consults with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in developing music curriculum. She plays music with her husband and three young children, and can often be found chasing them on their bicycles or roller blades through Warner Park.


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

Tim Buppert is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and drummer. As a songwriter, Buppert has had cuts by Continental Divide, Perfect Stranger, Doc Walker, The Wiggins, and Trisha Yearwood. He also wrote “She’s Sure Taking It Well,” a hit for Kevin Sharp. Buppert plays drums and sings in the Nashville-based bands FAB, The Consoulers, Vinyl Radio, and Live from Ventura Blvd. He teaches and has supported the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Words & Music program for over ten years.