After having my own band for 15 years, I decided what made me happy was to just be the songwriter. So in 2016, I began pursuing songwriting like a job: 5 days a week, writing several songs each week, learning the business and making connections. I learned early on that working with the artist to shape their own individual sound is what I loved doing most. Those connections led to me wanting to mentor Young Artists and songwriters and get them connected with each other and collaborating. Thus began what I call “The Writing Camp”. My goal is to help people learn the business side of songwriting and give them opportunities to meet new people and write new songs. Also to unite people that are like-minded so they can build relationships that will last a lifetime. So far, so good - these camps at our TnT Ranch have been very successful and my plan is to continue them once or even twice per year. Great songs have been written during each event and my family of songwriters just keeps growing.
To become a part of this family, check back with this website and also send me a message through the “Contact” page.
CONFIRMED date for the next camp is:
October 14-16, 2022 -- for details, see the "NEXT CAMP INFO" box elsewhere on this page.
HOPE TO SEE YALL AT THE NEXT CAMP!
Amazing Singer-Songwriter -- https://www.anthonysmith.com/
Anthony Smith Is a multi award winning Singer/Songwriter. As a recording artist his critically acclaimed debut record (If That Ain’t Country) produced three billboard top 40 singles. As a songwriter he’s won Music Row’s prestigious Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year award, and numerous BMI, ASCAP & NSAI awards. Over 250 of his songs have been recorded and or performed by the biggest names in country music such as George Strait, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, Faith Hill, Montgomery/Gentry, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney & Coley Mcabe, Randy Houser, Trisha Yearwood, Craig Wayne Boyd, Kenny Rogers, Lonestar, Trick Pony, Confederate Railroad, Andy Griggs, Blackberry Smoke, Shooter Jennings, Sammy Kershaw, Don Williams, Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie Morgan, David Allen Coe, Tommy Shane Steiner, Kevin Denny, Halfway To Hazard and many more.
Some of Anthony's Billboard Hits include:
The Hostess with the Mostest! And she can sang too!
"The weekend spent down in East Texas was very enlightening and enjoyable. Writing with Bailey and Randy was a great way to spend the first night. I was impressed with the quality of the songs that were written in such a short amount of time! The concert event was a great way to show off our new found creativity. Being able to talk about the music industry with David Lee was very helpful and seeing him play his hits in such an intimate setting was unforgettable."
-- Jack T., 2022
"I was thrilled to be able to attend Tammy’s writing camp in January 2022. Tammy is a solid writer and singer, and while she is a loyal friend, she also has a way of pulling so many new talented people into her sphere. I just love her! I did not leave her writing camp disappointed or empty handed!"
-- Randy M., 2022
"Hey girl, just want to thank you again for your generosity in setting me up with artists that you developed relationships with! Besides the one I wrote with Bailey and Jack at the cabin, I’ve helped Curtis finish one and have a second one started with him. I’ve written one with Jack just for him, I wrote one with Blake last night, and I have upcoming writes booked with Bailey and Curtis. All thanks to you!"
-- Randy M., Feb'2022
"When you think Songwriting or even writing with other people, you wonder how does it all work, what’s the process? I’ve come to know Tammy Marler for 4 years now and I’ve witnessed her talents and passion for music! Her drive to help artists such as myself and others like me says it all! Tammy Marler’s Songwriting camp is a MUST! The talent is outstanding as well as the food, the atmosphere is perfect for creative thinking and the opportunity to grow and find new levels does not hide itself! You will find that music is treated with respect and that it is something to be proud of! Writing good lyrics comes from the heart and I can easily say Tammy demonstrates that in every way! Worried about people? The talented artists and networks Tammy works with are incredibly generous and supportive, always looking for the next new idea to write about! It is DEFINITELY a songwriters' camp you don’t want to miss!"
-- Nick T., Jan'2022
"Not knowing what to expect going into this song writing camp, I was blown away by the professionalism, but down-to-earth nature of everyone in the camp, especially Tammy. She kept the groups on task and helped each student feel very well accommodated. I felt intimidated by the high talent at first but was soon at ease due to everyone's positive attitudes and encouragement to be able to write my first full song and perform it on stage that night. I was able to network with so many talented writers and artists and made friendships that will last a lifetime. David Lee was amazing as well and I'm so grateful to him for coming and speaking with us about the business. I plan to attend many more of these events, especially if they are hosted by Tammy."
-- Lisa L., 2022
First, Hit Songwriter David Lee generously stayed the whole time and was unbelievably humble and kind. He encouraged, inspired and sang his way into all our hearts.
Second, the talent that showed up was a bit intimidating. You think you're a pretty good writer until you hear the talent of these other amazing artists.
Performing Artist Hunter Jordan, who was at the first camp, brought 3 extra super-talented people. They already feel like family.
Ann Ammar of Ann Ammar Publishing was the publisher in the room. Her energy and enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone who came.
Bailey Rae, whom you saw on The Voice season 19, rocked the house and came away with, in my opinion, 2 hit songs.
And well there was the cowboy that showed up to interview for a job at our ranch, Curtis Ward. Better follow that talented man. The duet he did with Bailey could rival Tim and Faith!
We didn't leave bluegrass out as long time co-writer Nick Taylor showed up with cousin Bleau Oney. They proceeded to show us how bluegrass is played and sung!
I could brag about the Okie, Jack Tidwell, but look him up yourself – you'll be hooked as we all were!
Last but not least, Jamie Goode with JME Studios was there all day and all night, taking pictures and videoing the whole event! She is the best and now part of the fam!
The Saturday night concert was invitation-only and I believe was a huge success. Many of the visitors said they were amazed at the wonderful songs written in just 1 day! We will do that again!
I'd like to list the great songs that were written, but I'll let the performance videos speak for themselves.
All these incredible people took time out of their busy lives to bless this event with their talents. You can read the Testimonials from those attending Songwriters above.