In the life of country singer/songwriter, Isabella Stefania there is never a dull moment and that’s just the way she likes it. Though she’s grown up on the outskirts of the “Windy City”, Chicago, Illinois, Isabella is a country girl at heart. She’s got a taste for adventure that draws her to the great outdoors but, whether she’s riding ATV’s with family and friends, scuba diving the beautiful green waters of the Caribbean or watching a beautiful sunset the one constant is her music.
Her sound, an original blend she’s dubbed "Island-Country", not only conveys her music style but exemplifies the natural beauty and easy going spirit that is Isabella. Though she’s just getting started, her rapidly growing fan base indicates great promise for the future. Her original song, co-written and produce by Doug Kahan, “Love’s Not Like That” is receiving great reviews and leaving her fans begging for more.
Isabella’s love for performance began as a toddler. As a dancer, she felt at home on stage and also experienced the joy and excitement of pleasing her audience. Isabella worked diligently and became very accomplished as a dancer and later as a volleyball player. Sadly, an injury all but ended her days of dancing and volleyball but, her love of music was there to fill the void.
Isabella focused her attention on learning guitar, writing and improving her vocals. Her hard work paid off when a family friend referred her to Bernard Porter, Founder and President of PCG Universal in Nashville, Tennessee. Porter invited her to attend PCG’s annual summer bootcamp so she and her biggest fans, her parents, made the trip to Nashville. Porter witnessed Isabella’s talent firsthand and was eager to begin molding this incredible piece of clay. Isabella was invited to attend the elite development program at PCG as an emerging artist and so began the process of uncovering her underlying potential.
“She’s exactly what we look for in an artist, the whole package, truly talented. Her sound is really refreshing and new. She’s got a great voice, strong writing potential, a hard worker and she’s beautiful inside and out. Isabella is a pleasure to work with and I know she’s got what it takes to achieve great success in this industry,” comments Porter.
Isabella began working with Porter and his team of coaches and providers in 2016 and her progress has been remarkable. Having earned the privilege, she recorded her first single, as well as, her first music video, directed by award-winning film directors, Michael Stryker and Josh Stever for “Love’s Not Like That” and continues to develop her skills as a singer/songwriter with monthly trips to Nashville and performing every chance she gets.
No one knows what the future holds but, one thing is certain, Isabella’s love and skill for making music will continue growing With that, her desire for more adventures and the ability to help make the world a better place will be fulfilled. As she likes to say, “Life is not meant to be lived in one spot. Ships in the harbor are safe but, that isn’t what ships are made for.”
With her undeniable talent, strong work ethic, natural beauty, unwavering passion and a fresh, new sound all her own, Isabella Stefania is sailing for uncharted territory…wind in her hair, sun on her face, songs dancing in her head like stars on the water.
Isabella would like her music to influence all ages whether it's a feel-good sing-along tune or one that speaks to the heart of her beliefs. Her devotion is to being authentic and true to herself and being a positive role model for young women.
Whether she's deep beneath the waters of the Caribbean or riding cross-country on a Harley one thing is for certain, there’ll be a song taking shape in her head and we’ll soon be singing along to another easy-going country classic.
Lifestories by Molly Porter
Jesse has taken home ACM, AMA, CMA, Billboard, BMI, SESAC and Trop Rock Music Awards. This Billboard Top 40 charting artist was also honored to see his co-penned song A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega featured on Ashley McBryde’s Grammy nominated album Girl Going Nowhere. He was reared in the historic river town of Conway, SC about 15 minutes northwest of Myrtle Beach, moved to Music City in 2002 and his first #1 came with the co-penned tune Cruise by Florida Georgia Line. It would go on to sell more than 12 million singles/downloads to become the only country song ever to receive a Diamond Certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. It would also hold the record as Billboard’s longest running #1 single for six years and took home ACM, AMA, CMA, Billboard, BMI and SESAC awards. Jesse’s songs have been cut by Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chase Rice, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Ashley McBryde and Colt Ford. He’s also co-written with top-talent like Lady A, Dan + Shay, Cole Swindell, Russell Dickerson, Jon Pardi, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Chase Rice. As an artist, he launched the first installment of his “The Pirates Sessions” projects, The Pirate Sessions I & II, in 2012 featuring guest appearances by Florida Georgia Line and Chase Rice. The Pirate Sessions III premiered in 2017 peaking at #5 on the iTunes Country Albums Charts, and featured Michael Ray, Russell Dickerson and Love & Theft. He would score a Radio A1A Trop Rock #1 with the lead single, Hangout with a Hangover. The second release, Hope Town, secured regular rotation on Sirius XM’s Radio Margaritaville. The impact of this project not only secured him a performance slot at the 2017 Trop Rock Music Awards, but also resulted in him winning the “Horizon Award” at the ceremony. Jesse carried on The Pirate Sessions legacy launching The Pirate Sessions IV in March 2019. The project, once again, sailed Jesse inside the Top-5 on the iTunes Country Album Charts. He also notched his first solo project appearance on the Billboard Country Album Charts Top 40 with this “Hot Shot Debut” on April 1, 2019. The first release, Go Away Cloud, has spent multiple weeks at #1 on the Radio A1A charts and is featured in regular rotation on Sirius XM’s Radio Margaritaville. He is currently at work on The Pirate Sessions V, schedule for release in Spring of 2022.
Brent Burns was born in Oklahoma, raised in Arizona and arrived in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 1972. This son of the desert has become the poet laureate of the beach. In 2006, Burns was named “Official Music Ambassador of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.” In 2008, Burns won three awards in the first ever Trop Rock Music Awards. Burns won “Entertainer of the Year,” “CD of the Year (for “Ragtops and Flip Flops”)” and a special WAVE award for his charitable work. 2010 brought more Trop Rock Music awards, CD and Song of the Year for “I’ve Got A Beach in My Backyard” and Songwriter of the Year. In 2011 he added two more awards - Songwriter of the Year and Entertainer of the Year! 2012 brought awards for CD and Song of the Year for "Don't Come Knockin' If The Tiki Hut's Rockin'."
Burns was all over the national scene with his songs and videos, “Pain At The Pump” and “Drill, Drill, Drill.” After the videos were posted on You Tube, CNN interviewed Burns and used “Pain At The Pump” in their special “4 Bucks! What’s Next? America’s Fuel Crisis.” When the BP oil spill struck his beloved Gulf Coast in April 2010, Burns took the oil giant to task with his song, “Drill, Drill, Drill.” The song and video were featured on CNN’s Headline News. Burns first tapped into the American public’s anger over rising fuel costs in response to the oil shortages of the 1970s and 80s. Burns wrote the hit song, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food.” The song sold 200,000 copies the day it was released and climbed the Billboard Charts after radio commentator Paul Harvey played it three times. It is the first and only song ever played in Harvey’s nearly 50 years of radio broadcasting.
Burns’ fame continued with appearances on Real People, The Mike Douglas Show, and Hee-Haw. Burns was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Entertainment Section, as well as in articles appearing in the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Arizona Republic, Newsweek, US Magazine, and Billboard Magazine. Besides his Top 40 hit, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food,” Burns has had five other nationally charted records.
A twice wounded, Purple Heart winning combat veteran, Burns also has the distinction of being the first American entertainer to perform for troops overseas after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Burns’ musical career has taken him to Italy, Australia, Mexico and coast to coast in the US.
Burns’ philanthropic projects have continued throughout the years. A portion of his CD sales goes to charities including the American Cancer Society, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and Habitat for Humanity. Burns’ Habitat tribute song, “Build Them A House,” is available for free download on his web site, .
Brent’s impressive CD sales and songwriting skills continue to make him a highly sought after artist and performer. His schedule includes over 200 dates a year at corporate events, concerts, festivals and clubs.
Some of my favorite memories are of sitting around a campfire on a beach in Kansas while my dad played the guitar and sang. The moonlight, the stars, and the fire all danced together on the water, while the rest of us danced on the sand.
There was some country, a little classic rock, and a whole lot of Jimmy Buffett. Years later, when I picked up my own guitar, I could feel all those influences come through me in the music I played and the stories I told.
Whether it’s a song about life, love, or the lack of, I want to take listeners to their own place where worries fade. I may not be able to make problems disappear, but as the Landlocked Sailor I do know how to find a beach, even in the middle of Kansas!
Born and raised in the heart of the Tennessee Valley, Danny Rosado is a Trop Rock and Americana singer / songwriter from Huntsville, AL. As a US Navy veteran Danny has developed a deep love and respect for the sea, and his songs reflect that. Danny released his debut solo album, "Beach Boy Coming Home," in May 2017, and currently performs as one half of the Trop Rock duo Danny Lowers the Boom, and the newly formed trio Category 3.
Don Middlebrook is a Florida Trop Rock, Americana, Country, Rock ‘n Roll singer/songwriter from the frozen North. East Lansing, Michigan is ground zero. He travels a circuit from Michigan to Key West – Seattle to the East coast. Original Florida swamp rock, with authentic country sensibilities, give Don a heart of pure Trop Rock.