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Chet Garner

Chet Garner is the creator, host, and executive producer of The Daytripper, a 13-time Emmy-award-winning Texas travel show airing on PBS stations across the country.

Born in Comanche and raised in Port Neches, Texas, Chet’s love for storytelling began at a young age around the Boy Scout campfire and toting around his grandfather’s VHS video camera.

Chet earned a degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to graduate first in his class from Baylor Law School.  However, after practicing law for 3 years, he decided to follow his passions and simultaneously inspire folks to appreciate the beauty, history, and food of the Lone Star State.

What followed was a crash course in travel, filmmaking, marketing, and doing whatever it takes to start a successful TV show.  When not traveling Chet is at home in Georgetown, Texas with his wife and 5 children (14, 12, 9, 7, and 3) – although he’s usually got them on the road too.

Learn more about The Daytripper at http://thedaytripper.com.

Daymond John

Daymond John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales world-wide. Former President Barack Obama appointed Daymond John a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).

John is an award-winning entrepreneur and has received 100s of awards.  Most recently, Real Leaders Magazine named Daymond John one of the Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World in 2022.

His marketing firm The Shark Group offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connects brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions.

John is also an author of 6 best-selling books including his latest New York Times best-seller, The Power of Broke (2016) and Rise and Grind (2018). In 2020, John released his fifth book, Powershift, that walks through his tried-and-true process of how to transform any situation, close any deal and achieve any outcome. John’s most recent book, Little Daymond Learns to Earn (2023) is his first for kids, reached the New York Times and Amazon best-seller list the first week of its release. The book addresses the current void of educating our children about money in a fun and engaging story for parents and kids to connect. John’s mission is to continue challenging the status quo and leave a lasting legacy of inspiring other leaders to do the same.

Finally, John is celebrating his 14th season on ABC TV’s critically acclaimed business reality show Shark Tank by renowned producer Mark Burnett, which has reinvigorated entrepreneurship around the world. Millions of weekly viewers world-wide tune into the show as John demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights.

Jason Scheff

Top Hits Include:

  1. Feelin’ Stronger Every Day
  2. Will You Still Love Me
  3. If You Leave Me Now
  4. 25 or 6 to 4

Jason Scheff is a singer, bass player, songwriter and educator.

Having spent more than half his life as a touring / recording artist with Chicago, he’s taking that experience to the next level in the new phase of his career.

Gretchen Wilson

Top Hits Include:

  1. Redneck Woman
  2. Here for the Party
  3. All Jacked Up
  4. Homewrecker

Gretchen’s first single, “Redneck Woman,” spent six weeks at #1. Her debut album, Here For The Party, sold more than five million copies… and spawned three more top 5 hits including, “Homewrecker,” “When I Think About Cheatin’,” and the title track, “Here For The Party.”

Her second CD, All Jacked Up, saw four more hit songs like “California Girls,” “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today,” “Politically Uncorrect” (featuring Merle Haggard) and the title cut, and rode enthusiastic reviews to platinum status, and her third record, One of the Boys, solidified her position as one of contemporary music’s most original and multi-faceted female artists.

Since her debut, she has been featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, 20/20 Primetime, CNN’s People In The News, and she has appeared on virtually every morning, noon and late-night television show on the air.

She has won across-the-board awards, including ACMs, CMAs, AMAs, Billboards, and is a Grammy winner and nine-time nominee. Her first book, the autobiographical “Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life,” landed her on the prestigious New York Times Bestseller List.

A dedicated mother, it was important for her to earn her diploma not only for herself, but to prove to her daughter just how important an education is. At the age of 34, Gretchen received her GED. She has since become an advocate to help spotlight the funding needs of adult education programs and the adults on waiting lists hoping to further their education. She has spoken to a Congressional subcommittee about the need for continued funding and has been awarded the National Coalition for Literacy Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to improving literacy and raising awareness of adult literacy in the United States.

Gretchen left her original label home in July 2009 and launched her own label, Redneck Records, two months later. Gretchen produced her first album, I Got Your Country Right Here, with John Rich and Blake Chancey. It hit stores in March 2010 and debuted at #6 on the album chart. The Top 15 single “Work Hard, Play Harder” and the Grammy nominated “I’d Love To Be Your Last” were among the highlights.

“When it comes to my career,” she says, “I get involved in the writing, recording, producing, mixing, merchandising, and promoting of the music, as well as the touring side, and I couldn’t be happier about it.”

In 2013, Redneck Records released three separate albums that covered everything from traditional country music and classic rock, to holiday favorites. The first of the three albums was entitled Right On Time. The debut single, an original from Gretchen called “Still Rollin’” is a song she says is about her relationship with her fans and the road. A Night Under The Covers included many of classic rock’s most memorable hits from the 1970’s. Faces, Journey, Van Morrison and Cheap Trick are just a few of the artists covered on this record. Gretchen also released her first full Christmas album that featured traditional Christmas music as well as fun sing-a-longs like “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas!”

In 2014, Gretchen released the live album and DVD, STILL Here For The Party. Gretchen’s latest album, Ready To Get Rowdy, has spawned three singles: the titular “Rowdy,” “Summertime Town” and the current single, “Stacy,” which is accompanied by a music video filmed in Gretchen’s hometown of Pocahontas, Illinois. The video features many of Gretchen’s closest friends, known to her as “Stacys.”

Gretchen has maintained an active charitable role, performing in clubs and small theaters to raise money for organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.

As the latest chapter in her life is still being written, this label head modern mom has come a long way in both her personal and artistic life

For more information, visit: https://gretchenwilson.com/

*Artist represented exclusively by WME

Al Paris

Kool & The Gang Top Hits Include:

  1. Celebration
  2. Ladies Night
  3. Get Down On It

Al Paris is best known as a former member of Kool & The Gang, delivering tight background harmonies and smooth, synchronized dance moves on stages worldwide.  But his experience in the entertainment industry is far more than one-faceted.

The career of this modern-day renaissance man has encompassed not only singing, but songwriting, acting and even becoming an author with his new book, Life Wasn’t Aways Kool.  It’s an inspirational memoir.

Throughout his career, Al has been fortunate to have been exposed to and worked with myriad musical talent. Many of whom are great Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.

Of the many highlights during Al’s career, one of his most memorable was playing before, then president, Bill Clinton and leaders of the other largest global economies at the 23rd G8 summit in Denver, Colorado.

Today, Al continues to excite his fans around the world.  And according to them, every performance is, “The best ever!”