Writers' Night hosted by Debi Champion
Jan Buckingham, Tawny River, Matt Bednarsky, John Trentes, Tom Pepper, Tommy hOlden, Megan Katarina, Brad Miller, David King, Johnny Ray Hafner, Alissa Lackey, Whit Whitsitt, Sarah Meredith, Rachel Dixon & J Carl SmithSinger-Songwriter
Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
From Reidsville, North Carolina, Debi Champion began singing with cousins and friends in her home state, then as a solo performer and later with duo's and bands all over NC, SC, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland. She then moved to South Florida in 1976. Debi's unique blend of country, rock, and jazz made her one of the area's favorite entertainers. In 1978 she won the Mark Allen Critic's Choice Award for "Best Female Vocalist" and in 1985 she won the South Florida Music Award for "Best Rock/Pop/Blues Female Vocalist". Debi has appeared in concert with such diverse artists as Spyro Gyra, Bob James, Leon Russell, Dan Seals, The Dirt Band, Gary Morris, Kris Kristopherson, Restless Heart, Suzi Boggus, Dave Mason, Marshall Tucker Band, Ronnie Milsap, Three Dog Night, The Bama Band, and Mark O'Conner. She also toured as a back-up vocalist with Miami Dolphin, Tim Foley, and sang with the Miami Symphony.
Debi now lives in Kingston Springs, outside of Nashville, where she does demo session work, back-up vocals for different artists, and writes songs, some of which you may have heard on HBO or Showtime. She also serves as hostess for songwriter showcases every Tues, Wed, and Thurs night at the Commodore Grill in Nashville. She currently performs at the Commodore, the Bluebird, and at special events.
Nashville TN | Country
2 time Grammy nominated songwriter/producer/publisher with songs cut by Whitney Houston, Melissa Manchester, Englebert Humperdink, Gary Morris, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Tim McGraw, Pam Tillis, Brian White, Lee Greenwood, Juice Newton, The Osmonds, Crystal Gayle and many more. Songs in television and film, including My Cousin Vinny, Hollywood Wives, Friends, A Thing Called Love, Iron Eagle II, A Thing Called Love and many more.
Tawny River it's not just a duo... it's an experience, a musical adventure, fun harmonies and the magic of what keeps us all looking forward to each day. It's Chemistry & Magic! It's a Love Story! Why? Because people love stories. What do you get when you mix country, cajun, blues, jazz, reggae, pop and world beat combined with a unique blend of harmonies?
Tawny River - music, love, lifestyle and community spirit. Our deepest mission is H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Prosper on Earth). Currently Tawny River is involved in helping the homeless at Rooms at the Inn thru music and Animal Rescue Corp.
This is a crazy adventure we are living and we love that we are sharing it with you. Join us at our next stop.
Nashville TN | Pop
Put a guitar in his hands and give him an atmosphere in which to sing and you’ll soon realize that Matt brings something fresh and exciting to music. Browse his YouTube channel with over 200 covers and originals and you’ll get an idea of his talent, prolificness and diversity. Click around his online community throughout Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and you’ll see his commitment to and gratitude towards his growing fanbase. It’s clear, Matt is no ordinary musical artist. Born to a mother with a classical pedigree and a professional jazz guitarist father, Matt grew up in Shelton, CT engulfed in music. He began violin at the age of 4 (soon after left behind), began the guitar at age 8, and started singing probably not long after he could make farm animal noises. He first put pen to paper in songwriting at the age of 12, finding it as a way to creatively engage. After high school, Matt attended New York University and studied Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, psychology and music. This choice of studies led to fluency in these three languages (in addition to English), and spurred him on a creative pursuit: to combine foreign languages with the universal language of music. After studying abroad in Italy, graduating from NYU, and living at an orphanage in Trujillo, Peru for eight months, Matt’s musical roots sprouted one step further and he recorded his debut EP entitled Ready. With two songs in English, one in Portuguese and two in Spanish, this was the beginning of a tenacious recording drive. In January of 2012 Matt flew down to Tennessee and worked on his follow-up album alongside producers Dave Flint and John Griffin. Crafted as a collection of four lyrically rich and musically layered tracks, Matt’s sophomore EP entitled Happy Go Lucky was released on May 1st and reached #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, gracing the listings with the likes of Norah Jones, James Taylor and Carole King. Having spent the majority of 2012 based in New York City, Matt has made the move to Nashville for 2013 to dive into Music City's vibrant scene. His unique style draws influence from a variety of genres including pop/rock, folk, blues, jazz and latino and is characterized by poignant, thoughtful lyrics and soothing yet powerful vocals. Continuing to write and perform meaningful and high quality music, Matt seeks to be heard by and connect with as many people as possible. http://www.mattbednarsky.com http://www.youtube.com/MattCB273 http://www.facebook.com/MattCB273 http://www.twitter.com/MattCB273
Muscle Shoals AL | Country
I grew up in the Shoals area of Alabama and have been writing music and lyrics as long as I can remember. I sing and play multiple instruments and also have several albums to my credit as a producer. I've worked with lots of folks---some famous, some infamous and some not famous at all. I have songs recorded by dozens of people you've never heard of... Stay tuned for more!
FL | Country
Singer-Songwriter Megan Katarina was born and raised in Florida, but now takes monthly trips to Nashville. Singing since age 3, and writing since age 5. She says she feels she’s accomplished much more than she has planned. With her extremely unique and talented voice, and songwriting that has been described as youthful, raw , and to the point, she brings something completely new to the table.
When Megan was 13 years old she picked up her Dad’s old Fender, determined to teach herself a few chords, and prove to him she would stick with guitar lessons. “I played so much those first two weeks my fingers literally bled,” she recalls. That summer she convinced her parents to take her to Nashville. Like most artists, it was love at first site with the city of music. Later that year, Megan says, her dad told her if she lined up gigs he would take her to Nashville again. She remembers sitting on the computer for hours shooting emails and making calls until she finally got a few performances lined up.
While most teenagers are worrying about things completely different from their career, Megan has her mind set and knows exactly what she wants and will do what it takes to get there.
“I know I have a long way to go and a lot of work to do,” she says. “My age doesn’t make it any easier because it’s harder to get people to take me seriously. I literally have to call people again and again until they finally give me a chance. I’ve never felt a passion for something this deep as I do for music. I will never give up.”
She performs at many popular songwriting venues. She has even earned a spot playing at the famous Bluebird Cafe. A spot on the stage is not the only thing she has earned in Nashville, though. Respect and recognition of the songwriting community has also come from her hard work and determination.
Recently , Megan released her first 6 track E.P “Megan Katarina “, which she recorded in Nashville and is selling on iTunes and Cdbaby.
Her father recalls standing in the back of the dark Douglas Corner Cafe a year ago, watching her perform, when a man he was talking to told him,”Don’t let her change for this town. She’s got it.”
Murfreesboro TN |
Brad has worked as a road musician for people like Jean Shepard, Tommy Cash, Hank Thompson, Ray Pillow, Jack Green, David Huston, Connie Smith, Tiny Tim, Margo Smith and dozens of other Grand Ole Opry stars. His experience as a professional musician, song writer, sound engineer, producer and studio operator stem from his life long journey in Country Music.
Johnny Ray Hafner
Nashville TN | Country
A little about Southern Yankee, For most of my life I've been intrested in the South and the Civil War. And it pains me deeply that we fought and killed one another,brother against brother,Father against son, and so on and so on. More men died in the Civil War, than any other war we have fought since, combined!! and to this day there are still wounds that have not yet healed. and for some,it never will. Some pepole think the war was over one thing and one thing only, Slavery.When in fact, there were many reasons. but over the years it has been instilled in our minds that the Civil War was over freeing the Slaves,which is simply not true. There were many political reason,and some of greed. The Rebel Flag over the years has gotten a bad reputaion,and has been blemished. From a few stupid groups that claim it as there own. Forgotten are those who died with pride,they were all Americans. Divided was a Country,who fought for their belivifs and there rights. Which is the very thing we fight for today There are Hunderds of Thousands who died with Honor and pride. The Rebel Flag is threr haritage,as the American Flag is ours. One nation,under God,with liberty and justice for all. I for one will not disrespect a mans haritage,or his belivifs. For I as an American,would fight and die for mine!! We are all brothers,all races,all colors. It is high time that we come together as a pepole,for the pepole Nothing can change all of the travisty of the past, But we can change the fuiture. Thank you,Johnny Ray Hafner-Southern Yankee Singer/song writter,spent some time in Nashville,going back soon. Playin' in bars for over 12 years. just writtin' and beatin' on this ol' guitar hope that you like what you hear
J Carl Smith
Cincinnati OH | Rock
J Carl Smith is that rarest breed of singer/songwriter – one with style and substance. One who is determined to make history, not just repeat it.
Though his life is steeped in tradition, J Carl’s music is stamped with his own unique style. He honors the past, but refuses to live in it and that is why he continues to push his musical boundaries forward, creating an exciting new blend that is as emotionally potent as it is commercially appealing.
Listen to “Draws Me Closer”, “Took A Ride” or any of the songs at a J Carl Smith Project show. Let the music take hold of you and if you listen carefully, there is a distinct sound that comes through – one you don’t get to hear very often. It’s the sound of history in the making.