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.