GATLINBURG — Ronny Criss, the newest artist signed to Nashville’s Rainfeather Records, has been selected to perform at this year’s 2022 Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival.

The appearance will mark the first for Criss for the three-day music event set within the Great Smoky Mountains, taking place Aug. 18-21 and designed to showcase select up-and-coming talent for an intimate event with industry leaders.

Chosen through a competitive application process, Criss will have the opportunity to perform in designated locales around Gatlinburg during the festival as well as work closely with some of the top leaders within country music.

Just one month prior to the event, he will release his much-anticipated solo album Highways on July 8. The album will showcase Criss’s diverse harmonies, rooted in equal parts rock and country, with lyrics designed to express different sides of the human desire and the struggle to find the person or place we’re meant for.

“To be able to be a part of the Songwriters Festival just a month after my album launch feels like something I’ve worked my whole life for,” said Criss. “Meeting new audiences, learning how they resonate with my music and receiving real and honest advice on my songwriting in order to continue to grow is something that every artist strives for, and the festival offers that rare chance to have it all in one weekend.”

Prior to Highways, Criss was best recognized as being one-half of the indie folk duo Sea Changer, known for their viral hits like “Heart is Home” featuring Birdtalker.

He’s also penned lyrics for the country duo Indigo Summer in addition to several emerging artists on the Nashville scene. Upon its debut, Highways will be available for streaming on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and Tidal among other platforms and as well on both vinyl and CD.

Pre-orders are now available. For more information and to view Ronny Criss’s upcoming live show schedule including the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival once announced, visit

— Submitted