We are so excited about our local performers! Join us Saturday night for 2 writer rounds. Featuring Graham Colton, Tyler Hopkins, Beau Jennings and Kinsey Charles.
Marcus Hummon has been called Nashville's Renaissance Man. He has enjoyed a successful career as a songwriter, recording artist, producer and studio musician, playwright and author. His songs have been recorded in Pop, R and B, gospel...and most notably in country music. His country discography reads like a 'who's who' list of country notables over the last 15 years...Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw, Wynona, Sara Evans, Alabama, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brian White, Leann Womack, Patty Lovelace...to name a few.
Six of his songs have charted #1 on Billboard, Radio and Records or Cashbox. BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD (Rascal Flatts), COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY, READY TO RUN (The Dixie Chicks), BORN TO FLY (Sara Evans), ONE OF THESE DAYS (Tim McGraw), and ONLY LOVE (Wynona). 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 and been named Nashville's Best Local Songwriter 5 times by The Nashville Scene.
Hitmakers Brett James and David Hodges are set to participate in the 4th annual Oklahoma Songwriters Festival this year. Our songwriter showcase will take place Saturday, April 13th at the Tower Theater. Get your tickets here for this unique and special event! We will be announcing more participants in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned!
An Oklahoma native, Brett James is one of the most successful songwriters in Country Music. ASCAP’s 2010 Country Songwriter of the Year, Brett’s songwriting credits include Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” the 2007 Grammy-winning Best Country Song. Brett also wrote Kenny Chesney’s “Reality,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All,” Scotty McCreery’s “I Love You This Big,” the Uncle Kracker - Kid Rock duet “Good To Be Me,” Jason Aldean’s “The Truth,” Rodney Atkins’ “It’s America,” Chris Young’s “The Man I Want To Be,” ” Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova,” the Kenny Chesney - Uncle Kracker duet “When The Sun Goes Down,” and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “You Won’t Be Lonely Now”, and most recently Carrie Underwood’s latest single “Love Wins”.
David Hodges (born in Tulsa, OK) is a songwriter, producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist from Little Rock, Arkansas who has sold over 60 million albums. He is well known for having been a member of the band Evanescence, as well as a successful songwriter and producer. David’s #1 songs include “Because of You” - Kelly Clarkson, “See You Again” - Carrie Underwood, "Bring Me To Life” - Evanescence, “A Thousand Years” - Christina Perri, and most recently the Grammy nominated “Dear Hate” by Maren Morris and Vince Gill.
The 4th annual Oklahoma Songwriters Festival will take place April 12 & 13, 2019 in Oklahoma City. Our big songwriter showcase will be held once again at the iconic Tower Theatre Saturday, April 13. Check back for more information as we begin booking talent for the event!
Lots to share on our amazing weekend but first and most importantly, shout out to our local talent that KILLED IT. Check these guys out. You will not regret it! "Your the reason God made Oklahoma."
Jaret Reddick is best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the pop punk pioneers Bowling For Soup. Songs like “1985,” “Almost,” High School Never Ends,” and “Punk Rock 101” are but a few of the catchy ditties Reddick and BFS toured the world supporting more times than you can shake a stick at!
“When you think of BFS, you think ‘funny,’” Reddick explains. “But, there is way more substance to the songs than comes across when playing the songs at full volume.”
Jaret has also made his mark on film and TV, co-writing the themes to both “Phineas and Ferb” and “Jimmy Neutron,” to name a few.
Currently Reddick continues to tour and produce new music for Bowling for Soup as well as produce and write for other acts. He is also the voice of Chuck E. Cheese. Yep. That’s him on the commercials and in the stores. (You’re welcome parents!)
“I am so happy to be a part of this event! If Zac hadn’t booked me, I would have eventually crashed it anyway!"
Emily Faith has grown up performing on the local Opry stages in Oklahoma and Texas, which explains her love for country music. She soon began exploring and embracing many different musical genres; which led to the development of her own unique style of Country infused with a little Pop, Blues, and Rock N Roll. Emily says, “Like splatter paint my music represents many different parts of me.”
A singer/songwriter, with many talents - Emily’s has a diverse catalog of songs she has penned and often paves her own path including producing her own shows. She has worked with Ken Caillat former producer for Fleetwood Mac, and just finished a new EP under the direction of Warner’s, Zac Maloy with several top line writers on the project.
Spring 2017 Emily opened a 50-city nation wide tour for the Newsboys and became a featured artist on Radio Disney. In the past she has opened shows for President George W. Bush, Marty Stuart, Sawyer Brown, and Bryan White; she has performed at many historic sites across the country such as Tootsies, Bluebird Café, SXSW, House of Blues, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Six Flags and Disneyland. This young lady has mounted an exceptional bio that attests to her hard work and dedication.
Emily was named the Oklahoma and North American Country Music Associations Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year for five consecutive years and was recently named the 2018 Miss OKC Bricktown’s Outstanding Teen.
In her spare time you might find her on a theater stage in one of the many lead roles she has landed or performing the National Anthem at numerous events including the OKC Thunder games or NASCAR.
Every Scooter Carusoe song is a beautiful ambush. His genius sneaks up on you: you’re humming along to a melody you can’t get out of your head long before you realize there are layers to unpack and lines worth serious study.
The man behind No. 1 singles including Kenny Chesney’s “Anything but Mine” and “Better as a Memory” and Brett Eldredge’s “Mean to Me” and “Wanna Be That Song” …. and current chart climbers “For The First Time” Darius Rucker and “Drunk Girl” by Chris Janson, writes instantly recognizable songs that established superstars and newcomers alike watch call on.
HIs songs have been performed on The Grammy’s, CMA’s, ACM’s and received multiple NSAI, ASCAP and SESAC awards. In addition to his above credits, his works have been recorded by Rascall Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Uncle Kracker, Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, Gary Allan, Jordan Davis, Montgomery Gentry, Pat Green, Chase Rice, Eli Young Band, Canaan Smith, Rodney Atkins and more.
Today, the North Carolina-born, Knoxville, Tennessee-raised Carusoe lives in Nashville with his wife and two sons. Yes, Carusoe is a pen name, but his insistence on using it actually reveals a lot about who he really is: stubborn and inspiring, always fighting to keep the focus where it should be––the song.
Since his first #1 in 1983, Hall of Fame Songwriter Bob DiPiero has been responsible for an uninterrupted string of country music hits. One of Nashville’s most prolific and consistent songwriters, Bob possesses a humble drive to keep learning and stay relevant. He has had over 1,000 songs recorded by other artists, countless hit singles, and an astounding 15 #1 hits. His songs have been featured in TV shows, commercials and movies. Among his countless awards are 50 BMI Million--Air honors, multiple Songwriter of the Year awards and 2 consecutive Triple Play awards for 3 #1 songs within a 12--month period. In 2007, Bob was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville’s Walk of Fame. In 2014, the Country Music Hall of Fame honored Bob with their prestigious “Poets and Prophets Series: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Bob DiPiero” and the Country Music Association also presented Bob with the CMA Chairman’s Award. On November 7, 2017 Bob DiPiero received yet another incredible honor when BMI presented him with their prestigious Icon Award celebrating his outstanding career achievement and honoring his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. This remarkable accolade leaves no question that Bob DiPiero’s career has truly been iconic.
Panel discussion - how to write a hit song with Jim Beavers, Marcus Hummon and Zac Maloy.
Native Oklahoman and songwriter Zac Maloy will return to Oklahoma City June 1-3, along with fellow Nashville songwriters Marcus Hummon, Clint Lagerberg and Levi Hummon, for the second annual Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival, presented by Grand Casino Hotel & Resort. Says festival organizer Zac Maloy, “When we started this festival last year, we chose Oklahoma City as our home market because we saw the exciting growth taking place within Oklahoma music circles and were confident the community would support the effort. I’m happy to say it exceeded our expectations and we are thrilled to be back.”
The 3-day event culminates in a Songwriter Showcase on Saturday, June 3 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab on Sheridan Ave. in Bricktown. Using a format frequently used in Nashville, these “writer round” performances allow each songwriter the opportunity to perform one of their original songs, often made popular by chart-topping artists, and tell stories of how the songs were created. Tickets are on sale at OklahomaSongwritersFestival.com. Tickets are $40 VIP or $25 general admission.
Says Maloy, “In a venue this size, it’s like having a handful of songwriters in your living room, talking about why we wrote each song, then performing that song live. As songwriters, we enjoy the interaction with the crowd and are excited to be back in Oklahoma City. As a native Oklahoman, it’s especially gratifying to see how the Oklahoma music scene continues to grow and thrive.”
About this year’s songwriters:
Zac Maloy – The former frontman of The Nixons, who released three albums on MCA/Universal Records and completed worldwide tours with Radiohead, Soul Asylum, No Doubt, KISS and Bush, Maloy has written with Daughtry, 3 Doors Down, Blake Shelton, Jake Owen and Tim McGraw, and co-wrote “Temporary Home,” a #1 country song, with Carrie Underwood.
Marcus Hummon – Grammy winner and two-time NSAI Songwriter’s Hall of Fame nominee, Marcus Hummon songs have been recorded in multiple genres – pop, R&B, gospel and, most notably, country music. His best known hits include “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).
Clint Lagerberg – Grammy, ACM and Billboard Music Award nominated songwriter/producer, Lagerberg has been working in Nashville since 2005 and has had songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Josh Kelley. His first #1 hit was “Here Comes Goodbye” (Rascal Flatts) followed by a second #1 chart-topping song, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (Keith Urban).
Levi Hummon – Born and raised in Music City, Hummon has worked with notable songwriters including Jimmy Robbins, Shane MacAnally, Andrew Dorff, Josh Osborne, Jonathan Singleton and Nathan Barlowe, and wrote with legendary Steven Tyler on “Red, White and You.” Hummon has been busy performing and touring with the likes of Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, David Nail, Michael Ray, and A Thousand Horses. His new single, “Don’t Waste the Night,” was just released in late April.
In addition to the Saturday evening Songwriter Showcase, Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) will co-host a sponsor reception with Dunlap Codding on Thursday evening and will partner with The Paramount OKC to host a Songwriting Camp on Saturday, June 3 at The Paramount Room, 701 W. Sheridan Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free to the public, the Songwriting Camp will include interactive panel discussions with some of Nashville’s most established songwriters, where attendees can learn secrets to successful songwriting, as well as gain insight into aspects of publishing, licensing and music business to enhance their craft. The camp will also consist of an interactive-style workshop where Nashville songwriters will break down the specifics of how they wrote a few of their ‘hit songs’ for people like Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts and others. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions throughout the workshop. The Songwriting Camp will also include refreshments and great networking among peers. A few select attendees will also receive an opportunity to participate in one-on-one mentor sessions immediately following the camp – must be present to win.
OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky notes, “It is an honor to welcome Zac, Marcus, Clint and Levi to Oklahoma, and we are especially proud and excited to partner with them on the Saturday Songwriting Camp. Local and regional singer/songwriters can come learn (and be heard), which helps build our local music industry at a grassroots level. The Songwriter Showcase Saturday night is my personal favorite. So many friends and leaders in our community are still talking about last year’s show and how much they enjoyed meeting ’the real heroes behind the hits’ – in our own backyard. There’s nothing quite like it!"
Presented by Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, festival sponsors include Oklahoma Film + Music Office, The Oklahoman, Dunlap Codding, The Paramount OKC, ACM@UCO and 21c Museum Hotel.
Launched in 2016, the Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival brought talented local songwriters and prolific Nashville songwriters to Oklahoma City for three days of writing sessions, music industry panel sessions and songwriter showcases. The festival featured Kierston White, Andy Adams, Annie Oakley, JD McPherson, Marcus Hummon, Jim Beavers, Marti Fredrickson and festival founder and Ada, Oklahoma native Zac Maloy.
Video provided by Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO).
Born and raised in Music City, Levi Hummon has worked with notable songwriters including Jimmy Robbins, Shane MacAnally, Andrew Dorff, Josh Osborne, Jonathan Singleton and Nathan Barlowe, and wrote with legendary Steven Tyler on “Red, White and You.” Hummon has been busy performing and touring with the likes of Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, David Nail, Michael Ray, and A Thousand Horses. His new single, “Don’t Waste the Night,” was just released in late April.
2nd annual Oklahoma Songwriters Festival dates are set! Please join us June 1-3, 2017 in OKC. There will be some new and familiar faces from Nashville and Oklahoma this year so stay tuned for updated schedule. We will release more details soon!