The SONGWRITERS - Thursday night


Thursday, March 1, 2018
JW Marriott Resort & Spa – JW Pavilion
74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert
5:30 p.m. – Registration & Dinner Opens
7:00 p.m. – Show begins
Ticket price – $100

This evening will feature a group of renowned Nashville songwriters telling the stories behind their biggest hits, along with performing those hits.

2017 artists who appeared:

TimNichols_performing Tim Nichols – Tim has been writing hit songs for the past 25 years for artists including “Girls Lie Too” and “I Wanna Do It All” by Terri Clark, “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” by Trace Adkins and “I’ll Think Of a Reason Later” by Lee Ann Womack. In 2004, Nichols co-wrote Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” with Craig Wiseman, which set a new record of 10 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Radio & Records chart, won the Best Country Song Grammy award in 2005 and was nominated for the Grammy Song of the Year. It also won the Song of the Year award from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, BMI Country Awards, ASCAP Country Awards and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. It is the only song ever to have won every major song award that is presented for country music. Other artists to record Nichols’ songs include Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Travis Tritt, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye and Clay Walker. Read More

David Lee Murphy American country music artist. Signed to MCA Nashville Records in 1994, Murphy made his first appearance on the Billboard country charts that year with “Just Once”, a song from the soundtrack to the 1994 film 8 Seconds. A year later, Murphy’s debut album Out with a Bang was released; overall, it produced four chart singles. His follow-up albums were, Gettin’ Out the Good Stuff and We Can’t All Be Angels A fourth album, Tryin’ to Get There, was released in 2004 on Koch Records’ country division Audium Records, with the Top 5 single “Loco”. Murphy’s four albums produced a total of thirteen singles on the country charts, including the Number One hit “Dust on the Bottle” from 1995 and four more Top Ten hits.

KelleyLovelace Kelley Lovelace – As a writer, he has had many songs recorded by artists such as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Lauren Alaina, Randy Houser, Scotty McCreary, Terri Clark,Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, and many others. Among these recordings are 21 Top 10 Billboard / R&R / Mediabase hits: 16 of which have reached the #1 position: “He Didn’t Have To Be”/ Brad Paisley #1. “Wrapped Around” / Brad Paisley #2, “Two People Fell InLove” / Brad Paisley #4. Kelley has also received Song of the Year nominations for “He Didn’t Have To Be,” co-written with and recorded by Brad Paisley, from the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and the TNN Music Awards. Kelley’s first Grammy nomination came in 2002 in the category of Best Country Song for “The Impossible” recorded by Joe Nichols, co-written with Lee Miller.

Deric Ruttan Grammy-nominated songwriter, country music artist, and record producer from Bracebridge, Ontario. A Nashville, Tennessee resident, he has released four studio albums and has written or co-written more than 60 songs that have been recorded by other recording artists. Over time Ruttan’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists including Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan and Jason Blaine. Two of Ruttan’s co-writes for Bentley became international hits; ‘What Was I Thinkin’ reaching #1 on the Billboard and R&R charts, and ‘Lot of Leavin’ Left To Do’ hitting #2 on the R&R chart.
As a recording artist in his own right, Ruttan has had 11 Top 10 singles on the BDS/Mediabase country charts in Canada.  His 2003 debut single, ‘When You Come Around,’ was one of the ‘Top 10 Played Songs of the Decade’ (2000-2009) at Canadian Country radio.  And Take The Week Off’s title track was the #1 Most Added Song in Canada during it’s first week of release in 2013. In all, Ruttan has received 6 ASCAP Awards and 14 SOCAN Awards, including three consecutive wins for Song Of The Year (indicating that three different tracks were the Most Played Canadian Country songs in 2009, 2010 and 2011). He is also a two-time CCMA Award winner, five-time CMAO Award winner (3 for Songwriter of the Year), and has been nominated for multiple CCMA Awards as well the 2010 JUNO for Country Album of the Year for Sunshine.


Media requests should be directed to Jeanie Torchio ( – deadline for requests is February 15, 2018.


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