Musicians/Artists

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Jerry Vandiver…Co-Writer, Acoustic Guitars, Producer

Since making the move from Kansas City to Nashville, Jerry has seen his songs recorded by such artists as Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar, Lonestar, Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood and The Oak Ridge Boys to name a few.

He scored a Top 5 single on Gene Watson'sDon't Waste It On The Blues, a Top 20 on Wild Rose'sGo Down Swingin'and #2 on Tim McGraw'sFor A Little While. Thanks to these artists, Jerry has songs on over 15 million records, two of which are hanging on the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Jerry can be heard regularly at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, The Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Songwriter Series and NSAI's Tin Pan South. He is also a regular presenter/speaker at NSAI's Spring Training, Songposium and Song Camps as well as their Thursday night workshops.

Jerry co-authored the songwriting workbookYour First Cut - A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Thereand can be found doing songwriting workshops all around the U.S. and Australia.

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Tim Ross…Album Art

* You’ll find a link to all of Tim’s art on the media page of this site and to the downloadable version of the album artwork. Tim has graciously agreed todonate 50% of all sales to the Buchanan family!

Tim Ross is a lovable Iowa farm boy and a mean Uke player as well. You'l probably best remember him as Nashville's most beloved weatherman but now he's branching out…way out! He agreed to be apart of this project and has produced for Christian Buchanan the perfect painting! You'll love how the beams of radiant light pour down on Christian as he revels in the visiable warmth!


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Paul Sholten…Drums, Production, & Engineering

Paul is not only the founder of County Q Productions but is an incredible musician as well. He is renoun for his drumming and percussion work and his production skills are highly sought after. His enthusiasm drives his musical genius and his contagious fervor for music and life in general makes him a joy to work with. County Q truns out world class music as effortlessly as Paul playing his well-weathered kit.

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Smith Curry…Guitars

The last twenty years of Smith Curry's life have given him an extremely diverse list of accomplishments: he has toured with acts ranging from uber-star Kid Rock to British synth/pop stars Erasure; he is a session player whose credits include the CMA, ASCAP and ACM songs of the year; and a sideman that has worked with over 40 major-label Country artists such as Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, and Randy Travis. Smith's television exposure in the last several years has been voluminous, including theNashville Starhouse band in 2005,The Tonight Show,The Late Show with David Letterman, theACM awards,CMT's Prime Time CountryandMost Wanted Live, theGrand Ole Opry,CNN's Showbiz Today,The CMA Awards,CMT's Outlawsspecial with Kid Rock, andGACspecials with Taylor Swift and Sherrie Austin. Smith appeared in the 2010 Gwyneth Paltrow film“Country Strong”as well as the 1995“Dottie West Story”.

He has played major-label master sessions for legendary producers like Paul Worley, James Stroud, Don Cook, Blake Chancey, Kyle Lehning, Chuck Howard, and Ron Chancey, and can be heard on hit
singles like Randy Travis's #1
"Three Wooden Crosses", Jason Aldean's #1 hit"Why", and Billy Currington's #1“Good Directions”. His compositional talents can be heard alongside Jerry Douglas's and Ricky Skaggs's in the score for the HBO movie"The Grave", and on his upcoming solo record“American Idle”.


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Jacqi Maltyby Michaels…Lead Vocals

Jacqi Michaels is a high impact vocal entertainer. A true virtuoso, she has starred in numerous Broadway musicals; was a featured back-up singer for Barbra Streisand and was signed to a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Her show "Singing From the Soul" is a high energy, sophisticated, theatrical tribute to great women in music. Covering all genres and eras, Jacqi's show offers something for everyone. Her audiences sing along and tap their toes as she uplifts them with her powerful voice and vibrant personality.


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John Foster ...Guitars & Piano

John Fosterhails from Oklahoma--the Heart of a nation steeped in a rich musical tradition
John's gifts attracted the attention of country singer Sammy Kershaw, who saw him performing on stage at a theme park and soon invited him to join the Sammy Kershaw Band. He has also performed with the legendary Beach Boys, who on the recommendation of a mutual friend, challenged him on the spot to sing a few numbers over the phone, and were sufficiently impressed to send him a plane ticket in order to have him take over the high falsetto vocals written and originally performed by Brian Wilson. As a writer, John was on staff for several years with CDB Music Publishing-- owned by the great Charlie Daniels, who not only appreciates John's performing talents, but signed him as a writer in 2000, a time when other publishers were shrinking their staff numbers. His composition "I'm Not Breakin",co-written with Marc Christian, was recently a top-30 single for Curb recording artist Steve Holy.


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Kyle Sholten…Bass Guitar & Vocals

Kyle is an amazing Bass Guitarrist and also excels on vocals. His rich, smooth voice is the perfect compliment for so many song genres and he ably sings harmonies with easy. Having grown up around the music business, Kyle understands how and when to ply his talents. Stay tuned for great things from this up and coming musician/vocalist.


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Rob Matson…Final Mix Mastering & Engineering

When I was four years old, I wanted to be Perry Como.... that's right, Perry Como of "Catch a Falling Star" and "Papa Loves Mambo" fame. Perry was still a pretty big star at the time, and his weekly television show made the whole thing look pretty glamorous. I fell hopelessly in love with music back then, and it has been a long lasting affair.

My dad has always had guitars and tape recorders around the house, and he was never too busy to take the time to show me a few tricks on both contraptions. It always seemed natural to want to listen to an Eric Clapton record, pick out the guitar licks, and put down my own version of the song on tape. Our basement was a constant venue for band practice and recording sessions throughout my school years.

After high school I spent two years touring with a road band before completing my Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Theory/Composition at Boise State University. I was an adjunct faculty member at BSU for several years after graduation.

My plans of completing a master's degree and teaching college were interrupted when I took a left turn and hooked up with Northwest legend and Americana Music pioneer Pinto Bennett and his band, The Famous Motel Cowboys. For the next ten years, I toured with the Motel Cowboys and operated my own studio, Horizon Audio Recording in Boise.

When our two daughters, Lindsey and Molly were born, my wife and I decided to move to Nashville and carve out a career. It was the early nineties and the likes of Steve Earle, Dwight Yokum, Roseanne Cash and others had broken things wide open in Country Music.

1967

First public performance with a band-"Louie Louie" at the sixth grade talent show. Played in various bands throughout junior high and high school..

1975-1977

Toured the western U.S. with a top - forty band playing 6 nights a week, 48 weeks a year.

1977-1981

Achieved a Bachelor of Music degree from Boise State University in Classical Guitar Performance and Theory/Composition

1980-1991

Guitarist with Pinto Bennett and The Famous Motel Cowboys

1984-1992

Owner/Operator of Horizon Audio Recording in Boise, Idaho

1992- Present

Staff engineer/producer at County Q Productions in Nashville, Tennessee

While I waited on tables (like everyone does when they move here), I picked up free-lance work as an engineer, and learned from the incredible music professionals who are everywhere in Nashville. I was eventually introduced to Paul Scholten and Scott Merry at County Q Studios, who took a chance and hired me for some tracking and overdub sessions. That was 1994, and I have since tracked, overdubbed, mixed or produced thousands of great songs - both demos and album projects.

My time in Nashville has given me an invaluable education in all aspects of the record making process. Working closely with some of the finest musicians, singers, songwriters, engineers and producers in the world has taught me the value of commitment to excellence, integrity and vision. These are the traits I hope to bring to the table if I'm fortunate enough to be part of your recording project.

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