Join us as we welcome four amazing Nashville singer/songwriters to Lake Orion for a songwriters round!
Mathew Austin Bell
Matt Bell relocated to Nashville from the bluegrass state of Kentucky to pursue his love for music. A full time entertainer, songwriter and southern gent, the music that Matt Bell creates is authentic, genuine and the guy’s just an all around good time.
Jesse Wayne Taylor was born August 5th, 1992 to Travis and Donna Taylor. He was born at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, TN. He grew up in Fairview, TN. He started David Lipscomb High School in 9th grade. His family moved to Nashville in 2009. He has one younger sister, Ashlee, and one younger brother, Hunter. Jesse Wayne graduated from Lipscomb University in August 2015 with a Communications Degree in Public Relations. He is a member of Tau Phi and has participated in the last 3 Tau Phi Cowboy Shows. He has always loved to sing and when he went to college he taught himself to play the guitar. He fell in love with singing, writng songs and playing the guitar. You can catch him just about any night downtown playing the clubs.
Jobe Fortner is a Singer/Songwriter from Monroe, GA living in Nashville, TN. He has supported artists such as Luke Combs, Frankie Ballard, Riley Green, Keith Anderson, The Steel Woods, Muscadine Bloodline, and The Steeldrivers. Raised on southern rock and country roots along with a powerful voice, you get a heart wrenching performance!
Rob Snyder began his life in Roswell, Georgia, where tunes of classic country and southern rock played the soundtrack to his youth and laid the foundation of musical influence. As a child, Snyder was influenced by both of his grandfathers, one wrote short stories, and the other was a seasoned drummer. After relocating to West Chester, Pennsylvania for his father’s business, Snyder picked up his dad’s guitar and never looked back.
Snyder began writing his own songs and played in a band for four years where he began experimenting with style and other genres. Snyder drew from his strong background in southern rock and traditional country, yet still taking influence from music across the spectrum ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Sublime and Merle Travis, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings. Years following high school, Snyder took a detour and tried the college route putting music on the back burner.
After graduating from Villanova University, Snyder landed a job in sales, which allowed him to live a very comfortable life. But deep down, he could not live with the fact that he wasn’t following his dream and listening to his heart. He quit his comfortable life and started playing music full time around West Chester, while working part-time in construction. He made a name for himself in the quaint college community, playing sold-out shows, building his fan base, and writing “real music from the heart, with no strings attached.” But it wasn’t enough.
After a few years of battling with the decision, Snyder finally picked up and moved to Nashville with no more than a van and a few dollars to his name. He knew he had to check his pride at the door, and even on his worst days, when he didn’t have money for food, he was glad to be in Music City. “I still wake up with a smile on my face every day because I know deep in my heart, that I’m in the right place.”
A combination of northern grit and southern heart, his writing and ability relate to country music fans as well as fans of all music genres. Snyder is who he is, on and off the stage. “I’ve tried to write the same old, bottle of Jack, pickup truck, pop country songs before…I mean really tried. But I can’t sing or write passionately about all that. I’m poor, drink Natty, and drive a minivan,” he joked.
At first glance, one may be intimidated by his sheer size, and maybe raise an eyebrow at the many tattoos, and occasional beard. In actuality, those tattoos are tales of friends, hardships or a favorite memory. A closer look shows a man who has seen both sides of the tracks, someone who has lived. Many would agree that the humble and honest Snyder is the perfect example of an “American”. “It’s an open book policy with my songs. You listen to one and you know plenty about me. I don’t hide anything. It’s the only way I know how to write.”
Rob Snyder has begun to make a name for himself in Nashville as he lives by his father’s words, “You have to be willing to outwork everybody.”