Industry Ink: Jeffrey Steele, ACM, Frank Ray, Barfrog Music

Jeffrey Steele’s Songwriting Bootcamp Opens In August

Jeffrey Steele. Photo: Tin Pan South

Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Jeffrey Steele is gearing up for his Songwriting Boot Camp, scheduled to begin Aug. 27 online. Sponsored by 3 Ring Circus Music, the camp will feature nine weeks of inspiration and educational content, coaching from Steele, and much more. Boot camp alumni have gone on to score publishing deals, compose songs recorded by key artists, and write No. 1 singles, such as Blake Shelton’s “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” co-written by boot camper Jennifer Adan and Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You” co-written by boot camper Phil Barton.

Enrollment is open now at and sign-ups close on Aug. 13.


Maddie & Tae Visit ACM

PIctured (L-R): Pete Fisher, ACM CEO with Maddie & Tae

The Academy of Country Music welcomed Universal Music Group Nashville recording duo Maddie & Tae to the office while they were in Los Angeles recently. While at the Academy, Maddie & Tae gave the ACM staff a sneak peek listen to several tracks on their upcoming album, including their current single, “Friends Don’t.”


Frank Ray Notches Chart-Topping Hit On Texas Regional Chart

Pictured (L-R): Lynn Tinsey, Richlynn Group; Oscar Chavira, (Ray’s Manager) White Knuckle Productions; Frank Ray; Kate Richardson, Richlynn Group.

Frank Ray has earned his first No. 1 single, “Drive,” on the Texas Regional Country Chart Ray and his management/marketing teams celebrated with a gathering at Top Golf. 


Re Mattei Signs With BarFrog Music

Re Mattei has signed an agreement with BarFrog Music for exclusive representation. She launched her music career as the lead guitar player for the all-female, Top 40 band, Uptown Girls, before redirecting her concentration toward her own independent recordings. Nashville-based Bar Frog Music, an independent label and services firm, offers artist development, management, radio promotion and more.


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