Chad Spikes is a Florida native and has placed four songs in the 2023 and 2024 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest Top Ten! His experience in music is varied. He has played and performed in bands since the age of 12 spending the last 20 years in Bluegrass bands. He has opened for national recording acts, performed opera roles at FSU, composed and produced commercials for television and radio including the soundtrack composition for the Emmy-award winning film ‘Exploration Florida. For Chad, music has always been a family affair. His uncles and cousins founded and still perform with the old-time Rock-n-Roll group "The Chaotics". Family sing-a-longs were a regular feature in his life, exposing him to Bluegrass, Rock & Roll, Blues, folk and various other styles of music. His upbringing and passion for life are clearly reflected in his writings and performances, drawing deep from the well of his life experiences.