Country superstar and songwriter, Chris Janson, was born to entertain crowds. He moved to Nashville straight out of high school. He got his big break in 2012, when he wrote Tim McGraw’s hit song “Truck Yeah”. He wrote over 25 additional hit songs recorded by a long list of country stars and co-wrote with Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin, former Guns N’ Roses members.

Janson has been nominated for various awards and won Country Song of the Year (“Buy Me a Boat”) at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2016. After “Buy Me a Boat” was released, he dropper two new tracks,  the rowdy “Power of Positive Drinkin'” and the sincere “Holdin’ Her”. These are all featured on his full-length debut album, “Buy Me a Boat”.

In early 2017, Janson came back with an even bigger hit, when he released the single “Fix a Drink,” in anticipation of the release of an EP of the same name, which arrived later in July. “Fix a Drink” will also feature on his latest album, Everybody, which will be out on September 22nd, 2017.

Catch him live at this year’s Ocoee Founders’ Day Festival, Friday November 3rd, 2017!



We’re so proud to have the Ocoee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as one of our amazing sponsors at this year’s Ocoee Founders’ Day Festival! The Ocoee CRA is a unique district, an initiative started on April 18, 2006 by the City Commission to help with the revitalization along the State Road 50 corridor and other major roads around the Ocoee area.

The Ocoee CRA particularly focuses on redevelopment projects that create and support the county’s economic revitalization through the numerous organizational structures.

With their vision being to “create centers of vibrant, urban, mixed use development that ensures enhanced pedestrian and automobile connectivity, flexible land uses, and a diverse economic base,” it’s exciting to see what impact they will have on the lively neighborhood of Ocoee, FL. And with more than $5 million in roadway improvements underway and future lifestyle centers, including the City Center West Orange, in review, it’s clear to see that they are on their way to creating a better future for all residents!


Tony Jackson is definitely a welcoming breath of fresh air to the country music scene. In his new single “Nashville Cats”, Jackson is joined by none other than Country Music Hall of Famer, Vince Gill, and the man who wrote and sang the original song as the lead singer of The Lovin’ Spoonful, John Sebastian. And if that’s not enough: steel guitar Hall of Famer, Paul Franklin, is also featured on the track.

Tony’s debut album was released on May 5th, 2017, and we absolutely love it! From start to finish, Tony Jackson’s album stands out as the kind where you can listen on repeat and still recommend to all of your friends after the 100th listen (and hundreds of thousands of people did exactly that!)

Jackson is definitely one of the most gifted singers ever to grace country music, and we can’t wait to see him live at this year’s Ocoee Founders’ Day Festival on November 3rd, 2017. We’ll see you there!


Beloved by his fans, Colt Ford quickly became a household name in the world of country music. His unique mix between country and rap – and the way he naturally combines the two – reflects Ford’s own life, having grown up listening to country music alongside R&B and hip-hop. Even the start of Ford’s career reflects this unique mix: his foray into music began with Ford writing songs for the popular country music duo, Montgomery Gentry, the rapper, Bone Crusher, and then the urban superstar, Jermaine Dupri.

In 2008, Ford switched from staying behind the scenes to moving in front of the camera when he released his debut album, Ride Through the Country. A few years later, he started his own record label, Average Joe’s Records, while working and touring outside of the commercial Nashville community. Ford carried on writing songs, and co-wrote with David Lee Murphy for his project, Declaration of Independence, which became his most successful record to date. Ford followed that record with Thanks for Listening, which appeared just as the 2014 summer started.

Last year, Ford released his sixth studio album, Love Hope Faith. It’s clear to see that Colt Ford still continues to live out his childhood dream – the one where he “[wakes] up on a mission to buy that beat-up Gibson,” as he sings on the song titled “No Rest”. This most recent album sends a loving message to his loyal fan base, and celebrates the things that bring us together – friends, family, and our faith for a better future.

We are thrilled to have Colt Ford performing live on stage, Friday, November 3rd, at this year’s Ocoee Founders’ Day Festival! Come check out this talented musician; we can’t wait to see you there!


Sponsor: City Center West Orange

If you live in the Ocoee, Florida area, chances are that you’ve heard about the exciting City Center West Orange development that’s currently under way. This fantastic initiative is based on a “new urbanism” planning concept which highlights a downtown-style environment designed to better the quality of life for all residents. This concept includes a balanced mix of urban housing, commercial buildings, and recreational spaces within the city center.

There are many perks to this extraordinary development, but one that stands out is the fact that this project will create about 8,000 jobs. With over 2,300 condominiums, apartments, and vacation homes, as well as a convention center, hotel, recreational trails, and more than half a million square feet of commercial space, it’s clear to see why this will be the place to be for all Floridians.

We’re excited to how this development unfolds in the near future!

Sponsor: Mattamy Homes

They City of Ocoee is thrilled to have Mattamy Homes on board as a festival sponsor. They are recognized as North America’s largest privately owned home builder. Since 1978, their approach has remained the same, to ensure the happiness of our every homeowner.

They plan thoughtfully creative homes and communities. Plans offer spacious interiors that accommodate active, modern families. Exteriors are sophisticated, charming and fresh with visual appeal that will last through the years. Thank you Mattamy Homes for gracing Ocoee with beautiful homes for our wonderful families.  

Be sure to stop by Mattamy Homes booth at the festival to start the process of building your dream home.

Sponsor: 103.1 The Wolf

The home of country hits and throwbacks, 103.1 The Wolf has been a gracious sponsor of the Founders’ Day Festival over the years and we’re so excited to have them again for our 2016 edition. Whether it’s MurphDawg or Elise Rossi, the Chad Show or Davy Lopez, The Wolf has a diverse lineup of personalities delivering that sweet country goodness 24/7.

Country and Founders’ Day go hand-in-hand, so it’s a no-brainer to have The Wolf represent at our tremendous festival concerts. This year The Wolf has helped bring in country legends T.G. Sheppard and Big & Rich, along with superstar Pat Benatar. We have had some massive concerts at Founders’ Day before, but something tells me this year is going to be downright epic.

The Wolf doesn’t just support Founders’ Day, they help sponsor other amazing community events and causes around Central Florida, including Veteran’s Day Parade, BBQ 4 the Blue and Freedom on the Waterfront.

So when you see The Wolf crew (or should I call them pack?) at the festival, be sure to thank them for all the awesome work they do, all the great country they play over the airwaves, and for helping make Founders’ Day the amazing event that it is!

Sponsor: City Center West Orange

It’s coming, and we can’t wait! We’re talking about the upcoming City Center, which is close to all the major attractions you’ll want to visit and has everything you need in one area! Disney World is just a short 15-minute drive away, while plans are in place to build 500 condominiums, a Hilton, a movie theater, a Macy’s, a daycare, fitness center, and more!


Can you imagine taking a trip to the City Center or walking out of your apartment and having every kind of restaurant, shop, and recreational activity available to you in walking distance? Tourists and Florida residents both will love it! It’s perfect for the busy days when you have errands to run, as well as the days when you have family visiting who can’t wait to visit the theme parks and shop till they drop!


Artist Spotlight: David Lee Murphy

David Lee Murphy is an American country music artist and songwriter. Kenny Chesney has recorded many of David’s songs, including two on his new album, Cosmic Hallelujah. Other hits of been recorded by Montgomery Gentry, Jason Aldean, Hank Williams Jr., Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Aaron Tippin and more.

David saved some hits his own, long awaited album Tryin’ To Get There.  It has been described as a fun, rockin’, rowdy, good-time. David said, “Whether I’m writing, recording,performing or listening to music, the whole experience for me is about enjoying yourself, getting away from the real world and having a good time.”

So grab your boots and be ready to have a rowdy good time with David Lee Murphy this Saturday night at the festival.


Sponsor: Picerne Real Estate Group

Festival Sponsor, Picerne Real Estate Group is a full service Real Estate Company. Based in Central Florida, they have been building and managing luxury properties on a continuing basis since 1925.

They maintain a share in the equity, so pride of ownership is apparent.They live in the area, so care about the kind of communities their building. You’ll find around the clock service and beautifully kept grounds with a dedicated, professional staff continually striving to provide a well-designed, well-managed luxury apartment community.  

Picerne is behind the new project, Oasis at Lake Bennet Luxury Apartment Homes. A 20-unit luxury apartment complex in Ocoee. Click here to learn more about Oasis. Click here to learn more about Picerne.


Past Sponsors

City Center West Orange Raynor Shine Wolf 103.1 Bud Light Community Redevelopment Agency Oasis at Lake Bennet Waste Connections Inc Apple Air Conditioning and Heating Mattamy Homes Shuffield and Lowman VMG Construction Inc. Superior Roadway Services Bright Future Electric Oelrich Construction CPH Newman Crane Inc Orlando Health – Health Central Opal Apples Westgates Resorts SanPik American Traffic Solutions Inc. miJax companies Development Crowne Consulting Group DH Horton Glenn Joiner & Son, Inc. BrightView Landscaping Clermont Roofing, Inc. S&ME GAI Consultants Cite Partners Zyscovich Architects Duke Energy Arco Construction BlueScope Properties Group BlueScope Properties Group

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