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Jonathan Goodwin WINS The Josie Music Awards "Musician of the Year" at The Grand Ole Opry.

Written by Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. and Warren Cobb, B.A.

Clear off the shelves to make more space for yet another tremendous honor and award that is coming back to Kentucky for The Goodwin Brothers. To add to the wonderful balance, harmony, and live performance The Goodwin Brothers have been recognized for in the past two years, lead guitarist and vocalist - Jonathan Goodwin has now been recognized for his instrumental contributions to not only his own band but as a highly respected instrumental force who is often requested to play as a studio musician with many other bands and on many other album projects.

As a multi-instrumentalist, (keys, guitars, bass, drums, banjo, mandolin, violin, dobro, harmonica-) it wasn’t long before he began getting calls to play on recordings for leading artists of every genre. In a short time, he became consistently hired as a session musician, to then soon engineering and producing master sessions.

He is also a big player in the Nashville Music scene. He's worked on both sides of the glass in the recording studio as a singer with the Goodwin Brothers and as a Grammy and Dove Award Nominated Producer. And hey, he is also recognized as being a great guy.

He is the Founder and CEO of Dreamland Entertainment Group, an award winning full-service creative company possessing extensive expertise in the world music and film industry that specializes in working with creators further heighten their art. Over the past 20 years, Jonathan Goodwin has proven to be a strategic business professional experienced in impacting business direction with successful leadership decisions. Beginning his studio work in 2004, Goodwin was privileged to learn from and be mentored by to learn some of the world’s greatest producers.

By 2007, Goodwin was being hired as the producers of countless projects. While most of his work can be heard on the 200+ Christian recordings he has produced or appeared on, he continues to work fearlessly in other genres as well. in 2008 launched his own label and management company ‘C&C Music Group’ along with a CCM Division, ‘Redemption World Records.’ By 2010, Nashville TODAY said it to be “the fastest growing label in gospel music.”

Not long thereafter, Goodwin began traveling the world teaching business practices within the music industry and training others to become music professionals. Goodwin’s very first intern is now a teacher at one of Nashville’s leading recording schools and has now won a Grammy™ Award for engineering the artist KEB MO. Goodwin’s long association and close relationships with the elite in the industry has provided him access to the best musicians, singers, engineers, and studios in the world.

Outside of the recording studio, Goodwin proved his gift at providing key plan development and implementation within the companies he has started. He has quickly assembled a stellar team to help catapult artists careers. Today Goodwin is known amongst his peers as a veteran creator of successful music and video projects, chart topping songs, sell-out events, business plans and strategic development initiatives. He is a motivational speaker having led music-business classes and seminars around the world. His reputation as a gifted entrepreneur has made him a sought-after speaker and consultant for numerous businesses, ministries, and organizations. He has served as the keynote speaker for multiple leading Music, Business and Ministry education events at conference throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and the UK.

As we have mentioned, he can virtually perform on almost any instrument, he has never had any formal training and is entirely self-taught, and with a humble spirit and contributions beyond what words can measure or fully express to the mentoring of other young artists and musicians, he is one of the most well respected artists and musicians in Kentucky and internationally for many reasons.

Jonathan Goodwin has won THREE Best Instrumental Honors in 2023 - Best Guitar at The Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Awards (APPYS) Musician of the Year for Guitar at The Josie Music Awards (JMA's) and Best Keyboardist at the Lexington Music Awards (LEXI's)

Being named Musician of the Year in two regional and one international awards programs in 2023, including the Lexi Music Award for Best Keyboardist and the APPY and the Josie Music Award for Guitar, his performance in the band's version of "Shady Grove" on Overtones LIVE garnered the band another honor in August at The Hollywood Independent Music Awards for Best LIVE or STREAMED Performance putting Kentucky Bluegrass on the International Independent Music Map.

We congratulate Jonathan Goodwin for winning The Josie Music Awards Musician of the Year Honor for Guitar.

Learn more about Jonathan and The Goodwin Brothers at

Learn more about Dreamland Entertainment Group at

Here is a video of their Hollywood Independent Music Award winning performance of "Shady Grove" from Overtones LIVE Presents Working in Concert with The Goodwin Brothers

Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. and Warren Cobb are Executive Producers of Overtones LIVE and Co-Owners of Listen Locally, LLC, as well as Executive Directors and Founders of Room 17 Productions, a non-profit 501c3 organization. We are also partners in Dreamland Entertainment Group and The Scribe TV Network.

The 9th Annual Josie Music Awards were held in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry on October 22, 2023. The Josie Music Awards are the largest, most respected, revered award and prestigious events and association in the independent music industry. Their theme is "Chase Your Dreams - Be a Part of Something Big."

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