Jesse Itzler only eats fruit ’til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life “out of the box." In fact, he doesn’t even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, co-founded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company.
He’s a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning “I Love This Game" music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem “Go NY Go." When he’s not running ultra-marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he’s an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.
Dale Dupree was once known as The Copier Warrior and is the appointed Leader and Founder of The Sales Rebellion. He is born and raised in Orlando, FL. Has a sales background that dates back to his childhood as he was raised wandering the halls of his father’s business but has been a full-time sales professional for 13+ years.
Founded on March 1st of 2019, Dale now provides sales training and development through his firm, The Sales Rebellion, that challenges the status quo. He is audacious with his outreach, intentional in his sales walk, and driven to create a community of sales professionals that cause undeniable curiosity and true impact in their walk with prospects and clients alike by teaching the masses how to choose legendary in their sales career. The Rebellion believes in people over products, community over commission checks, fellowship over negotiations and experiences over performing a pitch.
Songwriters Round with Artists: Josh Thompson & Steven Lee Olsen
Cary Barlowe has had success as a songwriter in a multitude of genres including Country, Christian, Pop and Rock. The Virginia born, North Carolina raised songwriter has written four #1 songs in Country music, including:
“American Honey” by Lady A
“Where It’s At” by Dustin Lynch
“Sun Daze” by Florida Georgia Line
“It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” by Billy Currington
He additionally co-wrote Chris Young’s recent top 5 hit “Raised on Country” and currently has the top top 5 single “Famous Friends” by Chris Young and Kane Brown at radio now. Cary’s first cut in Country music was “Untouchable” by Taylor Swift on her multi platinum album “Fearless” and he since has had songs recorded by Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Jimmie Alan, Brett Young, Chris Tomlin, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Lanco, Tim McGraw, Martina Mcbride, Steven Tyler, Gary Alan, Chris Lane and many more.
Now, in the midst of a year such as 2020, Barlowe has decided to get back to his performer roots and release his first single as an artist. The song “Baptized” is a fusion of multiple genres that have influenced his life and career thus far.
Since first arriving to Music Row in 2005, Josh Thompson has enjoyed many successes as a well respected country music artist in addition to becoming one of Nashville’s most sought-after hit makers. Thompson has co-written a string of #1 singles on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, including “I’ll Name the Dogs” for superstar Blake Shelton, as well as the Jason Aldean smashes “Any Ol’ Barstool” and the two-week, chart topper, “Drowns The Whiskey” featuring Miranda Lambert. Luke Bryan’s “One Margarita,” Thomas Rhett’s “Be A Light” and Morgan Wallen’s record-breaking release “Wasted On You” are all recent #1 successes also co-written by Thompson.
Thompson has co-written more than forty-five major label placements since 2016, including songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Luke Combs, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Chris Lane, Michael Ray, and Maddie and Tae, to name a few. Recently, Thompson enjoyed a #2 chart-topper with Jon Pardi’s “Ain’t Always the Cowboy” and currently has Michael Ray’s single “Whiskey and Rain.”
Previously, Thompson’s artist career includes top 20 hits, such as RIAA certified Gold record “Way Out Here,” “Beer On the Table” and “Cold Beer with Your Name On It” from releases on Columbia.
Steven Lee Olsen
Steven Lee Olsen’s path to mainstream success has been lengthy. Born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, Canada, he moved to Nashville in 2004 to be a songwriter. Spending years honing his writing skills by drawing upon his R&B, soul, country and pop Olsen’s work has been recorded by Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Rascal Flats, Billy Currington, The Judds, Dallas Smith and many others. He’s earned a number one in the US with his Grammy nominated song “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (Keith Urban) and a number one with “More Girls Like You” (Kip Moore). He also wrote the number one hit “Drop” for Dallas Smith.
In 2019, his passion for writing and producing pushed him into a new space – that of a recording artist. That year, Olsen dropped a multi-day, multi-track digital release, kicking off with the release of “Talkin’ About Last Night,” followed by “If You’re With Me” and “Unhappy Hour” and culminating in the delivery of “Can’t Not,” his most recent single. It followed Olsen’s previously released Top 10 single “Hello Country,” which was the most added song at Canadian country radio during its debut week and garnered the attention of Pandora who named him on their 2019 Pandora’s Country Artists to Watch List. That same year Olsen took his talents on the road, opening for multi award-winning country trio Rascal Flatts on the Canadian run of their “Forever Summer Playlist” tour.
He is an adventurous musician who is as much an R&B vocalist as he is a country/pop artist and with over 34 million cumulative streams to date, he is just getting started.
Small town Iowa native, Jay Allen, made his move to Nashville in 2013 and very quickly gained attention from the country music industry. He signed his first publishing deal in 2014, and then teamed with Sony/ATV in 2016.
In 2017, Jay was honored as “The Highway Find” on Sirius XM with his song “Sounds Good To Me”.
In 2018, Jay wrote a song for his mother who recently passed away from Alzheimer’s at only age 54, titled “Blank Stares”. A video of him performing the song live went viral with over 300 million views on Facebook, and has been featured on ABC World News, People TV, People Magazine, Pickler & Ben, Forbes, and Taste of Country among others. Jay has since helped raise $35 million to fight the disease and continues to perform at charity events across the country for the Alzheimer’s Association.
In 2019, Mickey Jack Cones partnered with Emmanuel Zunz(ONErpm) to form Verge Records. They signed Jay as their flagship artist and have since begun to release music. Their strategy is to release a single every 8 weeks, and when a certain number of metrics are met on both streaming and YouTube, a promo team is in place to take Jay to radio. Other acts signed to Verge Records include Trace Adkins, Chuck Wicks, and Scott Stevens.
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