Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival: Q&A With Troy Castellano

When and where are you performing at the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival? 8-19 Gatlinburg Inn – Pioneer Room 5-6:30PM, 8-19 Shine Shack (outside) 7:30-9PM, 8-20 Listening Room, Pigeon Forge 10:30-12PM.

Photo Credit: Jeanne Castellano.

What is your best-known hit song? I don’t have any big “radio” hits but it’s probably a song called “Days Like These”.

What was the story behind your best-known hit song? I wrote this song with Keesy Timmer and Dave quirk at a songwriting retreat back in 2017. The song was my first major hold. That hold was with one my favorite country artists, Keith Urban. It’s just a feel-good little ditty!

Of all the songs, you have written or co-written, which was the most meaningful to you? Why? For me, it’s probably a song I wrote solo called “Who Your Trying To Find” (to be released fall of 2022). It’s a song about missing out and losing some of the best things in your life because of your drive to succeed as an artist or songwriter.

If you could have a song cut by any artist (living or dead), who would that artist be and why? Keith Urban hands down. He’s totally in my wheelhouse. My style lends itself to his.

Do you prefer to co-write or write by yourself? I have done a ton of co-writing since moving to Nashville in 2014. As of 2022 I’ve been mainly writing solo. I needed to get back to connecting with my feelings the whole thing that drove me to be a writer.

What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring songwriters? Follow your heart, which is also to say your “gut”. Don’t bend for trends. The best stuff comes from YOUR OWN true feelings! This is part that will keep you inspired. Everyone has their own thing, like a fingerprint…bring that out as much as you can but still keep it universal for everyone to connect with.

Do you like to perform at songwriters festivals? Yes! I love hanging out with all the like-minded, kindred spirits. It’s rejuvenating and inspiring!

Are you on social media? Yes!,,

Anything else you would like people to know? I also run a non-profit I started in 2018 called Instruments For Education. This is my proudest achievement! We collect, purchase, and donate musical instruments to Middle Tennessee schools, teachers, and students! Since 2018 we have donated over 400 instruments! It is always great to give and inspire our youth with music, giving them something other than “screen-based” activities to go to! Interested people can reach out to us with donations and receive requests at!

4 thoughts on “Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival: Q&A With Troy Castellano”

  1. Troy is one of the best songwriter’s I have met. Every song he has written/co-written are the proof of his life and passion for music. Every word comes from his heart, his soul. accomplishments. He has endured this drive since he was just a young boy and given a guitar and should be recognized for his will to succeed. He has never given up on the dream of having the one song hit the radio waves. Many of his songs are so worthy of air time. He is humble by nature and rarely brages about his major accomplishments. He has never given up on the dream of having the one song hit the radio waves. Many of his songs are so worthy of air time! His music comes from his life experiences that so many can relate too! Music means so much to Troy that he wanted to share that gift with others. He has his not for profit Instruments For Education where he collects used, new instruments to bring to Schools. So kids can have the opportunity to learn about music. Troy is amazing and gifted. It’s his time to shine!

  2. Troy I’m so happy for you. I keep remembering the nights at Beachside coming up to listen to the band. I always requested Endlessly. Which as of right now,is still my favorite. I wish U all the best.

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