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July 27, 2023

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Chris Janson headlines 9th Island Hopper
Songwriter Fest, Sept. 22-Oct. 1

New to lineup: Music on the Mound, Captiva Sunset Cruise and Cape Coral

LEE COUNTY, Florida (U.S.A.)
Multiple Academy of Country Music Award winner Chris Janson will perform Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina pool party on Fort Myers Beach. Janson made his mark as a songwriter, penning Tim McGraw’s 2012 hit “Truck Yeah.” In 2015, his album “Buy Me a Boat” had hits with “Power of Positive Drinkin’,” “Holdin’ Her,” and the title track. 

A master collaborator, Janson recently brought Dolly Parton and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash together for his new single “21 Forever.” The song appears on the new “The Outlaw Side of Me.”   

The four locations and dates for the 10-day, award-winning festival include: Captiva Island, Sept. 22-24; Cape Coral, Sept. 25-26; downtown Fort Myers, Sept. 27-28; and Fort Myers Beach, Sept. 29-Oct. 1.  

Bringing Nashville songwriters to Southwest Florida to perform in intimate settings gives fans the opportunity to interact with the musicians up close and personal. While most shows are free, this year’s Island Hopper will offer more ways to enjoy unique, ticketed live performances:   

Chris Janson will perform at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina pool party on Fort Myers Beach, on Oct.1.

• Local favorites, Sheena Brook and Brian Sutherland, will play the Music on the Mound at the Mound House on Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 30.

• Grammy award-winning songwriter Tim James will perform on the Captiva Sunset Cruise on Sept. 24 along with Angie K who has shared the stage Big & Rich, Tanya Tucker, Sammy Kershaw, Trace Adkins, Melissa Etheridge and Jake Owen.

Charlie Worsham, country singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist started out at the top, playing the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 12. He’s toured with Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley. He will perform at the Gather Chef’s Dinner on Sept. 25 in Cape Coral.    

Here’s a quick look at some of the performers, including:  

Clint Daniels – With songs that have helped shape country music for almost 20 years, his work has been performed by George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Clay Walker, Brandy Clark and other country acts.   

Ben Burgess – After landing his first career cut with Jonas Brothers’ “Chillin in the Summertime,” Burgess has seen tremendous success with other hits like “Whiskey Glasses” performed by Morgan Wallen.   

Emily Shackleton – Catalog includes singles by Reba McEntire, Lauren Alaina, David Cook and Mickey Guyton and co-wrote Carly Pearce’s debut number one single “Every Little Thing.”   

Kristian Bush – The two-time Grammy-award winner and half of the Sugarland duo returns with his fresh, authentic sound.   

Phil O’Donnell – Artist who wrote the No. 1 hit “Doin’ What She Likes” for Blake Shelton and “Give it All We Got” for George Strait.   

Sonia Leigh – Toured the world with the likes of Eric Church, Melissa Etheridge and Loretta Lynn. As well as writing No. 1 hit songs including “Goodbye in Her Eyes” performed by Zac Brown Band, Leigh’s songs have been featured in TV shows including “The Good Wife.”   

For the full lineup and ticket information, visit or download Island Hopper app.   

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is presented by BMI, iHeart Radio’s Cat Country 107.1 FM, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and Fort Myers – Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods. Visit  Follow the festival hashtag #islandhopperfest as well as the event’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds.   

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fort Myers – Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods include: Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande & Outer islands, North Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. For more information, go to 
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