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Front row: Chris DuBois of Sea Gayle Music, Peytan Porter and Christina Wiltshire of Sea Gayle Music. Back Row: Jim Thomas, professor of communications at Lipscomb University; Brandon Gregg of Sea Gayle Music; JD Groover of Sea Gayle Music; and Brown Bannister, director of the School of Music at Lipscomb University. - photo by For the Dawson County News

A recent graduate of Dawson County High School is living out her dreams to be a singer/songwriter in Nashville, Tenn.

Peytan Porter, born and raised in Dawsonville, moved to Nashville three years ago after graduating from DCHS to pursue a career in music. She recently officially signed with Sea Gayle Music.

“Peytan was part of our regular internship program last year. When we heard her music and her voice and were blown away,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Marc Driskill. 

Porter discovered her love for writing music and singing at an early age and quickly began performing at festivals and churches across north Georgia.

“I’m so proud of all that Peytan has accomplished. The first time I heard her sing, I knew that there was something special about her voice. More importantly, I knew there was something special about her heart, and about her desire to use her voice in a positive way,” said Dawson County Junior High School Choral Director Kevin Woody.

For years, Porter was under Woody’s mentorship while attending Dawson County Schools where he watched her grow into the talented singer and songwriter she is today.

“I’ve watched her grow as a vocalist, and I am amazed at her songwriting skills. She truly has a God-given talent, and I know that no matter where life takes her, she’ll always use it to uplift Him,” Woody said. “She deserves this opportunity, and I feel blessed to have played a small role in her musical journey.”

Porter is set to graduate early from Lipscomb University with a major in Strategic Communications and a minor in Contemporary Music.

“The chance to start writing professionally while finishing my college degree is a dream come true for me,” Porter said. “I am so thankful for this opportunity and am beyond excited to work with the family I've found at Sea Gayle.”

Porter caught the eye of Sea Gayle executives when she opened shows for some of their artists. They also noticed that many of the songs being turned in by their songwriters had her name on them as a co-author.

“Her talent and her drive are what led us to approach her with this idea of a songwriting internship, where she will become a staff writer for us during the term of the internship,” Driskill said. “We are truly excited to offer her this opportunity and thrilled to have her as a part of our roster.”