Carmack’s independent release PIECES OF YOU EP rocketed to #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Top Albums chart and released to critical acclaim with Entertainment Weekly pronouncing the project as “stunning,” Renowned for Sound claiming “one to add to the ‘awesome’ pile” and Rolling Stone Country recognizing the guitar efforts as “shot through with bursts of fiery fretwork.” Sounds Like Nashville, a division of SpinMedia, went on to characterize Carmack as “pure talent – one who isn’t afraid to paint outside the lines, and sound just as pure and as authentic in any one style as the other.” Showcasing his wide range of influences - everything from the jazz and blues he grew up playing on saxophone, to rock, pop with a few touches of country - the five-track compilation produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winner Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald) and Mendoza features the introspective lead song “Being Alone” and title track “Pieces of You.”
Carmack also brought his original songs and fan-favorite hits from the TV series when he joined his cast mates on their 2016 US/UK tour Opry-produced “Nashville In Concert” tour this past spring.
The Washington D.C. native, who grew up playing saxophone at a young age, turned his attention towards jazz band and theatre in high school. Upon graduating, he studied at NYU’s esteemed Tisch Adler Conservatory before heading out to Los Angeles where he helped launch the theatrical production of The Day I Stood Still. Carmack would spend his off-time practicing guitar, which would later come in handy for his role on Nashville. His performance in The Day I Stood Still attracted the attention of the producers from the hit drama The O.C., who cast him as “Luke Ward” in the series in 2003. After completing his work on the show, Carmack returned to the stage in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he took on the role of “Sloane” in Entertaining Mr. Sloane, alongside Alec Baldwin and Jan Maxwell. He also performed in London, playing John Buchanan in Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke.
Keelan Donovan is an eclectic songwriter originally from Portland, ME who now calls Nashville, TN home. He graduated from Belmont University in 2012 and almost immediately immersed himself in the Nashville music scene.
In 2014, Keelan started touring Tennessee & adjacent states, and occasionally returning to New England to play shows for his friends & family. In 2015 & 2016 Keelan played over 400 shows around the globe, playing in 48 states & 4 different countries. His work ethic, along with a setlist of colorful songs & witty stage banter caught the attention of many Nashville A&R reps.
In 2016 Keelan signed his first deal with Big Yellow Dog Music, where artists such as Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris & Jessie James Decker also call Big Yellow Dog home. He is set to release his new self-titled EP, produced by production duo Daniel Tashian & Dan Agee. With his sincere lyrics, and likable sense of humor, he has hopes to reach is broadest audience yet with the new EP. Along with signing a publishing deal, Keelan has had cuts on TV show's on ABC, the Syfi Network, CMT, & a number of upcoming independent films.
Keelan writes songs that are able to captivate fans of all ages. Keelan writes with a depth beyond his years without pining like a man 30 years his senior. He's lamenting for us all, older and younger, with smiles, honesty, charm, and voice you can listen to all night. He hopes to convey his passion for music & songwriting to all who come to listen, dance, and sing along.