Porter Howell & Friends In The Round featuring Paul Jefferson & Cross Atlantic- 2.5.21
Porter Howell has helped distinguish country music through words and sound for more than 30 years. He was a founding member of the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated vocal band Little Texas, where, as the lead guitarist, his signature slide guitar sound defined Little Texas. For the past 15 years, he has served as both a guitarist and the lead vocalist for Little Texas. Recognized as one of Nashville’s elite songwriters, he co-wrote several of the band’s hits, including “Kick a Little,” “First Time for Everything,” “My Love,” and “God Blessed Texas.” He received the CMA Triple Play Award, which honors country music’s greatest storytellers, for penning three No. 1 singles in a 12-month period.
A prolific songwriter, he also co-wrote the top-five single, “If A Promise Ain’t Enough” by Hall & Oates, and has had songs recorded by Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, James Otto and many others. In addition to recording and touring with Little Texas today, the east Texas native continues writing songs and mentoring emerging songwriters.
Cross Atlantic are powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Karli Chayne from Bolivar, MO and English musician-producer, James Sinclair-Stott of Huddersfield, UK. Although they grew up worlds apart, they bonded over common creative and rural upbringings after a chance meeting at Nashville’s Crema coffee shop in 2015. When they started baring their souls to one another through songwriting, they uncovered an undeniable, forever creative partnership that successfully blended Sinclair-Stott’s British rock background with Chayne’s rich heritage as a seasoned performer from the Missourian Ozarks.
Songs like the irresistible “Jigsaw Puzzle” and the romantic “Just a Word” are inspired by their own personal experiences, yet their messages feel universal. Over the last few years, their warm and ear-catching musical blend has drawn attention from Billboard, CMT, and MusicRow, to name a few.
“Jigsaw Puzzle” from Cross Atlantic is a fun twist on the classic love song. The married duo’s latest release is a fresh look on how two hearts are sometimes just meant to be together. Written by Cross Atlantic with frequent co-writer Porter Howell, a founding member, guitarist, and now lead singer of the 90’s country band, Little Texas (“What Might Have Been,” “My Love,” “God Blessed Texas”). “Jigsaw Puzzle” combines an honest and heartfelt tone in the verses with a playful shift into the chorus. Produced by Cross Atlantic’s James Sinclair-Stott along with Derek George (Randy Houser, Tenille Arts, Joe Nichols) the song has a feel-good groove and an infectious melody to go along with the quirky hook.
“Jigsaw Puzzle” follows Cross Atlantic’s most recent release “Just A Word” which spent time on Spotify’s New Music Nashville playlist and is still currently on Apple Music’s Country Wide playlist. Exclusively premiered by Billboard, the accompanying heartfelt music video mixes personal wedding footage from the couple’s Sept. 24, 2019 nuptials with an acoustic performance by Karli and James.
Hailing from the hills of Woodside CA he began listening to country music as a child. While attending U.C. Berkeley for Bioengineering, Jefferson who is also a pilot, developed a large regional following playing in a country band. Paul also landed the leading role of Hank Williams in a San Jose production of the” Lost Highway” winning a local award for his performance.
Jefferson’s unique vocal style and his remarkable song crafting skills landed him a publishing deal in LA but they knew that Nashville in where he needed to be. After moving to Music City he joined the newly created record label of Herb Albert and Jerry Moss, Almo sounds, and released his debut album in 1996 with it’s first release “Check Please” becoming a top 40 single. In that same year, country star Aaron Tippon recorded a song written by Paul, “That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You” reaching #1 on the country charts for 3 weeks. Paul has had two songs featured in NBC movies. In 2004 Jefferson and former Little Texas band member Porter Howell created the snobbish hillbilly band called hilljack. They made two appearances on the Grand Ol’ Opry and won New Music Weekly Award’s band of the year. In 2006 Paul and long time friend Keith Urban wrote “You’re Not My God” which Keith place on his multi platinum selling record “Golden Road”. In 2011 Paul teamed with his wife and Canadian country star Lisa Brokop to form a duo called “the Jeffersons”. Together they toured extensively throughout Canada. In 2017 Paul teamed up with his first publishing company, 37 records, and recorded an album of favorite songs honoring the early days of living in the now famous Nashville house on Brookhollow Road.
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