Nashville Writers in the Round

2017 Writers in the Round

March 31, 2017 • 8 pm

$12.50 Admission

Jim Collins

As the songwriter behind some of Country Music’s biggest hits of the last decade, Jim Collins is pure and simply a hitmaker. A two time Grammy nominated songwriter who has written songs that have launched careers for new artists and created peak moments for some of Country Music’s biggest superstars.

Jim’s current streak of singles is a great example of this consistency, quality and diversity. Jim’s  most recent hits include the multi week #1 smashes “Big Green Tractor” (Jason Aldean) “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” (Kenny Chesney) “ and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by (Thompson Square) which was iTunes “2011 Country Song Of The Year” and Country  Aircheck’s #1 Country Song Of The Year. Jim was also nominated for a Grammy for “Best Country Song for “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”.   In 2015, Jim co-wrote Easton Corbin’s hit single “Baby, Be My Love Song” which climbed to #3 on the Billboard charts and was one of the top 10 most played songs of the year.

Chart success is nothing new for Jim, a native of Nacogdoches, Texas.  Among his numerous #1 songs is the co-written smash, “The Good Stuff” which was a seven-week number one for Kenny Chesney and was named Billboard Song of the Year, ASCAP Song of the Year and Single of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

Jim’s next number one song was courtesy of his fellow Texas native and Country Music legend, George Strait, who took “It Just Comes Natural” to the top of the charts for four weeks in 2006.

That same year, Jim was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song with “I Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You Today” performed by Gretchen Wilson.

Other hit singles written by Jim include “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” (Kenny Chesney), “Then They Do” (Trace Adkins), “Hands of A Workin’ Man (Ty Herndon), “Love Workin’ On You” (John Michael Montgomery) and the multi-week #1 “Yes” performed by Chad Brock.  This is in addition to the top 40 singles, “That Song In My Head” (julianne Hough), “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” (Jason Michael Carrol), “God Must Really Love Me” (Craig Morgan), “In My Next Life” (Terri Clark), “They Call It Fallin’ For A Reason” (Trisha Yearwood), “While You’re Still Young” (Montgomery Gentry), “Wanna Make You Love Me” (Andy Gibson), “Hauled Off And Kissed Me” (Steve Holy), “How It Still Oughta Be” Trent Tomlinson and “Pound Sign” by Texas artist (Kevin Fowler).

Jim has had over 150 of his songs recorded by such Country Music superstars as Carrie Underwood, Reba McIntire, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Joe Nichols, LeAnn Rimes, Ronnie Dunn, Ashley Monroe, Darryl Worley, Kenny Rogers, Lonestar, Dwight Yoakum, Don Williams, Ronnie Milsap, Chuck Wicks and many others.

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Marv Green

Marv Green, a Southern California native, moved to Nashville in March of 1993. Within 6 months, Marv’s songwriting caught the attention of producer Scott Hendricks, who signed Marv to a publishing deal with Big Tractor and Warner Chappell music. Marv is still published by Warner Chappell.

Artists including George Strait, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Reba, Jewel, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Lonestar, Faith Hill, Brooks And Dunn, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Bon Jovi, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Jo Dee Messina, Lee Ann Womack, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Jessica Andrews, Kelly Pickler, Brad Paisley, Rodney Atkins, Billy Currington, Danny Gokey and Joe Diffie have recorded his songs.

Marv captured his first number-one hit, ‘True’, recorded by George Strait in 1998. The following year he scored his second number-one with ‘Amazed’ recorded by Lonestar. ‘Amazed’ spent a record breaking eight weeks at number one on Billboard.

Green was honored by BMI with their Song Of The Year Award in 2000. Green was awarded the BMI Songwriter Of The Year in 2001. Marv also claimed the ACM Song Of The Year for ‘Amazed’ as well as a Grammy nomination. Green collected his third number-one song with ‘It Just Comes Natural’ recorded by George Strait and his fourth number-one with the Carrie Underwood single ‘Wasted’. His single with Brooks And Dunn titled ‘Proud Of The House We Built’ went top 5. Marv scored his 5th number-one song with Reba and ‘Consider Me Gone’ and Rodney Atkins took his song ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ to the top 5. Marv co-wrote ‘Creepin’ by Eric Church. He also has had two songs placed in the ‘Nashville’ TV show with ‘Wrong Song’ (featuring Connie Britton And Hayden Panettiere) and ‘Trouble Is’ (feat. Hayden Panettiere). Marv’s most recent number-one songs are ‘Who I Am With You’ by Chris Young and ’Shotgun Rider’ by Tim McGraw.


Wendell Mobley

Wendell Mobley is an Ohio native and country music songwriter.  He has written number 1 hits for Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney.  He began playing in local bands before moving to Nashville where he found a job playing guitar for Jack Greene and Alabama.

After having his songs recorded by Joe Diffie and Kenny Rogers, he became a full-time songwriter. Good chance you’ve heard Wendell’s songs, but if you’ve not heard him sing and play them you are in for a treat!  

Wendell Mobley’s first cut as a single was Alabama’s “We Can’t Love Like This Anymore” in 1994.  He wrote ASCAP Song of the Year “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser.  

A few more of Wendell’s songs:
Recorded by Rascal Flatts:  “Take Me There”, “Fast Cars and Freedom”, “I Melt”, “Banjo”, “Changed”

Recorded by Kenny ChesneyACM Nominated Song of the Year – “There Goes My Life”
ASCAP nominated Song of the Year – “How Forever Feels”

Recorded by Jason Aldean“Tattoos On This Town”

Wendell has many more songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Brantley Gilbert, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Alabama, Carrie Underwood and more.  He also wrote and sang all of those ridiculous Napa Know How commercials!  His latest single is “A Little More Summer Time” recorded by Jason Aldean.



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2016 Songwriters in the Round

Tony Arata

Tony Arata was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up on nearby Tybee Island.

While studying for a journalism degree from Georgia Southern University, he began performing his original songs in local bands. In 1986, he and wife Jaymi moved to Nashville where his unique, soulful style began to get the attention of people like Allen Reynolds and Garth Brooks. Garth to date has recorded seven of Tony’s songs, and “The Dance” won song of the year at The Academy of Country Music and received both a Country Music Association and a Grammy nomination, as well as a most performed song in Radio and Records Magazine.

He has also had No. 1 records with “Here I Am” for Patty Loveless, “I’m Holding My Own” for Lee Roy Parnell, and “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” for Clay Walker. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton, Don Williams, Reba McEntire, Suzy Bogguss, and Hal Ketchum.

Tony has also done three solo albums featuring new songs, covers, and guest appearances by many of Nashville’s finest musicians as well as folks who have recorded his songs, including Garth, Patty, and Lee Roy.

Brooks himself has said the following about Arata:

One of my favorite songwriters has to be Tony Arata. He’s a cat who doesn’t care about appearances. He doesn’t care about money. He cares about his children, his wife, and his music. That’s neat.

Marcus Hummon

Grammy winner, Marcus Hummon has enjoyed a successful career as a songwriter, recording artist, composer, playwright and author. His songs have been recorded in many genres -Pop, R&B, gospel – and most notably in country music.

His best known hits are: ‘Bless The Broken Road’ (Rascal Flatts), ‘Cowboy Take Me Away’, and ‘Ready To Run’ (The Dixie Chicks), ‘Born To Fly’ (Sara Evans), ‘One Of These Days’  (Tim McGraw), and ‘Only Love’  (Wynonna). Several of his songs have been nominated for Grammys, ACMs and CMAs. In 2005, ‘Bless The Broken Road’, won the Grammy for ‘Best Country Song’.  Along the way, he has garnered numerous BMI awards, including 5 #1 awards from BMI.

As a recording artist and multi-instrumentalist, Marcus released a critically acclaimed country record for Columbia Records in 1995, ‘All In Good Time’.  In 1998, Marcus and Scottish ‘Big Country’ front-man, Stuart Adamson, released their duo album ‘Supernatural’, as ‘The Raphaels’, with Track Records out of London. He has also released several independent records; most recently, ‘The Passion’, on CTM Records.

Turning to theatre, Hummon has written 6 musicals and an opera. Three of his musicals, ‘Warrior’ and ‘The Piper’, and the musical-dance-hybrid ‘Tut’  (a collaboration with Abdel Salaam and the Force Of Nature Dance Company) were featured Off-Broadway as part of the New York New Musical Festival in 2005, 2006 and 2011 respectively. ‘Warrior’ and ‘American Duet’ received invitations to be work-shopped at the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Summer Conference in 2005 and 2006. ‘Warrior’, a musical about the life of Jim Thorpe, Marcus received an Award for Creative Excellence from the Native American Association of Tennessee. His opera, ‘Surrender Road’,  was supported by Opera America, and staged by The Nashville Opera Company. His musical, ‘Atlanta’  enjoyed a 3-month long run at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angelos in 2007. His celtic based musical, ‘The Piper’, received a 2-week workshop and production at NYC’s Irish Rep in 2011.

In literature, Hummon’s children’s book, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE was published by Athenium Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, in 2009.

Recent projects include scoring the documentary film, ‘Lost Boy Home’( a story of a Sudanese ‘lost boy’ returning home to South Sudan to find out if his parent’s survived the genocide), and a cantata commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral, ‘The Passion’ —a liturgical choral/vocal/instrumental piece commemorating Christ’s Passion. His latest work for the theater will be a concert-theatrical exploring the life of Frederick Douglass to be premiered in 2015.

Marcus lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife Rev. Becca Stevens and their 3 sons…Levi, Caney and Moses.

Marc Beeson

This Illinois native and 20 year Nashville veteran has had over 100 cuts including songs recorded by Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride, Peter Cetera, Diamond Rio, Billy Currington, LeAnn Rimes, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks and Chicago, among others. He has won 10 ASCAP awards including both Country and Pop Song of the Year for his hit, “When She Cries”… As an artist, he has recorded for Warner Bros., BNA and Curb Records… He has served on the Board of NSAI; has worked as a mentor in the MTSU music business program and is on the NARAS educational committee. He co-wrote the title track and Billy Currington #1 single, “We Are Tonight” as well as Lady Antebellum’s UK single, “Lie With Me”. He also co-wrote the title track of Ashley Monroe’s latest record, “The Blade”.

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