Join us as we welcome seven amazing Nashville singer/songwriters to Lake Orion for a songwriters round!
From the mountains of Dahlonega, Georgia, singer and songwriter Jobe Fortner’s musical roots run deep with gospel bluegrass and southern rock. Jobe grew up singing hymns in church alongside his family since a child. After his childhood in the mountains Jobe’s family moved to Monroe, GA and music was replaced with football. Music returned to Jobe’s life in high school when he picked up a guitar and began learning from his English teacher. However, at that point, it was just a hobby. Jobe spent most of his life chasing his dream of playing football, and that led him to Emory and Henry College in Virginia where he would then realize that music was his true calling.. Jobe spent time learning his craft in his dorm room and playing small shows everywhere and anywhere he could. It wasn’t long before Jobe caught the attention of Bradley Jordan (Peachtree Entertainment). Jordan heard him sing his original song “Georgia” and immediately put him on a show with “a new kid he had coming into town…..Luke Combs”. Shortly after that first Combs’ show, Jobe began to tour with him, opening for his shows every weekend. Not only was Jobe learning from Luke, he also began to build a relationship with his future manager, Chris Kappy (Make Wake). After touring with Luke started it was time to make the next move. Jobe moved to Nashville, TN February 2016 to start to try and make a name for himself.
After nearly a year of writing and working on his sound, his debut self-titled EP was released in early 2018 and sparked a different level of buzz for Fortner. It garnered the attention of other national acts and led to opening gigs stretching all over the united states with Frankie Ballard, Riley Green, Toby Keith, Cadillac Three, Whiskey Myers, Cody Johnson, The Steel Woods and also led to more shows with Luke Combs.
Jobe has released his new project the “Rona Mixtape” inspired by a secluded writing environment during quarantine of 2020. The songs speak of chasing dreams in Nashville and dealing with what you can’t control.!
Jobe’s sound crosses over extremely well from Southern Rock all the way to “north Georgia country”. It blends all his influences from his gospel roots, to his country upbringing, southern rock, classic rock, and his time on the road. With so many landmarks and accomplishments so far it is easy to lose sight that Jobe’s career is just getting started. STAY TUNED.
After moving to Nashville from his native Missouri, Fredrick wrote more than 100 songs over the next two years. “The album eventually came to encapsulate something bigger than me,” he says. “I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who were willing to grow together. It’s a culmination of the best I could give with a bunch of people who are now my best friends.”
Different Shade of Blue offers 11 tracks that sound as familiar as what you might hear on a friend’s back porch, with lyrics bound to get stuck in your head, as Fredrick works through his relationship to both himself and his home — where he’s from as well as Nashville, where he moved in 2015. The album was recorded at Farmland Studios with producer David Dorn.
A native Missourian, Frederick learned to play guitar after his dad brought one home — that he never learned to play — when he was 12. But Fredrick didn’t start writing songs until a decade later. His bluesy Americana style is the result of influences such as Guy Clark, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Van Morrison, to name a few.