Thursday, June 3, 2021
Renaissance World Golf Village
7:00 Registration open Songwriters Night
8:00 Songwriters Night begins
Heather Morgan, originally from Texas, has written songs for artists like Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris, Brett Eldredge, and more. Alongside friend Ross Copperman, Morgan and Eldredge have formed a power writing trio, penning almost a dozen songs for Eldredge’s albums, including chart-toppers ”Lose My Mind” and “Beat of the Music.” Her dedication has earned her Number 1 singles and a BMI Country Song of the Year Award. Morgan also penned two songs with ACM Songwriter of the Year Lori McKenna: the title track “Borrowed Heart” and the poignant, “Arms of a Lion,” a song on which McKenna lends her vocals.
Born in the small town of Quincy, Florida, Billy Dean started his music career at the age of eight, singing with his father’s band, the Country Rocks. After touring the Gulf Coast circuit in his late teens and early twenties, Billy’s first big break came in 1988 when he won Best Male Vocalist on Star Search, hosted by Ed McMahon. His success on the show led to signing with Columbia Records and the release of his debut album Young Man in 1990. Buoyed by the singles “Only Here for a Little While” and “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” Young Man became Billy’s first of many Gold records. His second and third albums, Billy Dean and Fire in the Dark were also certified as Gold Records and featured the Billboard-charting singles, “You Don’t Count the Cost,” “Only the Wind,” “Billy the Kid,” “If There Hadn’t Been You,” “Tryin’ to Find a Fire in the Dark,” “I Wanna Take Care of You,” “I’m Not Built That Way” and more. 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. A modern-day American Troubadour, Billy Dean has performed and toured with some of the industry’s biggest country music stars including the Judds, Kenny Rogers, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Wynonna Judd, and others. After making a home in Nashville for decades, Billy has returned to his Florida roots and now lives in Quincy with his wife, Stephanie. Billy continues to perform and write – doing what he does best – telling the stories that have become the soundtrack of our lives.
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.
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.
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