The SONGWRITERS - Thursday night
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: SONGWRITERS NIGHT
Thursday, March 5, 2020
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 – $150, includes food and beverages
This evening will feature a group of renowned Nashville songwriters telling the stories behind their biggest hits, along with performing those hits.
2020 Artists will be announced January 2020
2019 artists who appeared:
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
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.
Jamie O’Neal – Since the release of her debut album, Jamie O’Neal has been impacting country music with her soulful voice and the immense amount of passion behind every word she sings. Her single, “There Is No Arizona,” set her path to stardom on fire with multiple No. 1 hits and two top 5 records as well as many award accolades. O’Neal has penned cuts for LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Reba, Cece Winans and more. After crossing paths with famed producer Keith Stegall, the young rising singer/songwriter landed her first record deal with Mercury Nashville, which resulted with the release of her critically acclaimed and platinum selling album Shiver. O’Neal went on to earn the title of the ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist award and was named the Top New Country Artist by Billboard. Two of her four Grammy nominations came as a songwriter, for Best Country Song for “There Is No Arizona” and its chart-topping follow-up, “When I Think About Angels.”
Billy Dean – Over the course of his 25+ year career, Billy has released 11 albums and has been recognized with several awards and nominations. In 1992, he was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year for “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” which went on to win Song of the Year at the American Country Music Awards. That same year, Billy was named Top New Male Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards and nominated by the Country Music Association for the Horizon Award. Four years later, Billy won a Grammy for Amazing Grace, A Country Tribute to Gospel, an album featuring Martina McBride, Allison Krauss, the Charlie Daniels Band and others. In 2017, Billy was inducted as a member of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame.