2017 Songwriters




Marti Frederiksen

A songwriter, record producer, and musician, Marti writes and produces primarily rock, country, and pop music. He co-wrote and produced the Aerosmith album Just Push Play, which included his first major hit as a songwriter 'Jaded'. Crossing all genres, Marti has worked with artists and bands like Def Leppard, Mick Jagger, Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Buckcherry, Pink and Eminem. His many hits include Ozzy Osbourne's 'Dreamer', Carrie Underwood songs 'Undo It' and 'Mama's Song', and Daughtry's 'Crawling Back to You'. He is currently on the road with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame on his 2016 "Out On a Limb" solo tour.


Check out some of his songs below:


Kent Blazy

Best known for his long time collaboration with Garth Brooks, their #1 songs include ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’, ‘Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun  Comes Up)’, and  ‘Somewhere Other Than the Night’. Other artists recording his songs include Diamond Rio, Kenny Chesney, Patty Loveless and more. Kent’s latest hits include American Idol Danny Gokey's debut single ‘My Best Days Are Ahead of Me’ and ‘Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)’ which became a #1 song for Chris Young.


See Kent play with Garth Brooks here:


Dennis Matkosky

Dennis' discography jumps from Chicago to Al Jarreau, from Rascal Flatts to Teddy Pendergrass, from Kool & the Gang and Smokey Robinson to Martina McBride, Keith Urban's 'You'll Think of Me' and LeAnn Rimes' crossover hit 'I Need You', all the way to the 20-million selling Flashdance classic, 'Maniac'.  His extensive accomplishments and industry accolades include sales of over 70 million records and nominations for a Oscar, two Grammys, two Dove Awards and a Golden Globe.

Hear LeAnn Rimes perform one of his songs "I need you:" 



Leslie Satcher 

A fifth generation Texan, Leslie is well known for her songs recorded by artists such as Randy Travis, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, George Jones, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Gretchen Wilson (‘Politically Incorrect’), Vince Gill, Martina McBride (’You Can Get Your Lovin' Right Here’) and dozens more. She penned the title song on George Strait’s Grammy winning album Troubadour, has five songs on Kellie Pickler’s latest album, including ‘Tough’ and the title track on 100 Proof, and the song ‘Best of Times’ on Sheryl Crow’s album Feels Like Home.