Come join us at the Brenau Downtown Theatre for the 2016 Summer Songwriter Show featuring Zach Seabaugh, from the hit TV Show The Voice, and special guest Cole Taylor. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
Georgia boy, Zach Seabaugh fast became a local favorite bringing his southern charm to the ever changing world of country music. Like many artists from the South, Zach‘s love affair with music was born in the choir pews of Marietta First United Methodist Church just north of Atlanta Georgia. Performing came naturally for him and he excelled in musical theatre and chorus all while playing the guitar and studying the timeless genre of country music. By the age of eight Zach was performing acoustical gigs at local coffee shops and town square festivals in historic Glover Park in Marietta, GA. At 16 his performance on the hit NBC television show ‘The VOICE’ as a member of Team Blake Shelton introduced him to millions of fans all over the world.
Seabaugh’s taste for country music was influenced by listening to music legends Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and George Strait on an old Wurlitzer juke box at his grandfather’s house. His exposure to new artist including Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Corey Smith, Jack Johnson, Sam Hunt, Brad Paisley and Cole Swindell among others has made him a versatile artist. The classic country and new country influences shines through Zach’s music with a unique, soulful style of singing. His air of confidence along with the unique blend of refined vocal ability with classic country music and his ability to deliver an exciting performance on stage sets him apart from other artists. His baritone range, strong work ethic and boy next door smile are the things that keep his popularity and social following on the rise nationally. The country/pop slant to his music gives Zach a recognizable sound with an authentic, home grown identity and he has proven he has what it takes to entertain his fans while on stage. Zach has been co-writing with Emmy winning Nashville songwriter Bruce Burch to pin some original music and also has plans to introduce some old country hits to a new generation of fans. His popularity continues to flourish as he performs to growing audiences on bigger stages and continues making new fans worldwide.
With his simple yet poignant way of capturing universal feelings, Cole Taylor has quickly become an in-demand country songwriter, with Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Chase Rice and others lining up to record his songs. But since no one can truly sing a Cole Taylor song quite like he can, the Georgia native has developed a reputation as an artist with a unique knack for singing timeless truths with a fresh melodic twist.
Indeed, the Georgia music industry named him Georgia Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year at the 2012 GeorgiaCountry.com awards following the release of his two acclaimed albums– 2009’s That Will Always Be Home to Me and 2011’s Cab of My Chevy. “It was awesome getting the recognition for that. That’s what made me think it could happen for a living,” says Taylor, who began songwriting at 14 and performing shows at 16. “I got to working on that and really busted my butt and played a lot shows.”
Nine months after moving from Cuthbert, Georgia, to Music City, Taylor signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Nashville in November 2013. He had set a goal of landing a deal within a year, so he achieved his dream with three months to spare.
Since then, he has released two of his own EP’s and had two songs reach #1 on the country music charts; “Sippin’ On Fire” by Florida Georgia Line and “Home Alone Tonight” by Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. Cole has found success writing with top songwriters such as Jimmy Robbins, Rodney Clawson, Ryan Hurd, Matt Dragstrem and Andrew Dorff.
His melodies and phrasings simultaneously fit in and stand apart from what is topping the country charts today. Like many in his generation, the 23 year old was raised on Garth Brooks and Maroon 5, Travis Tritt and Usher. Therefore, his melodies and rhythms defy traditional boundaries and expectations, but still rest comfortably within the edgier pop-leaning sound that dominates the genre.
As he’s crossing things off of his bucket list after accomplishes them at such a young age, he’s having to quickly come up with new goals. “Having a publishing deal and getting songs on other people’s albums has been something I have dreamed of forever,” he says. “Now the next goal is to land a record deal somewhere and get on the road touring and keep building that fan base and writing greater songs. I want to take advantage of the opportunities when they call me and not let them slip by.”