Dinner and conversation with 4 Nashville songwriters followed by a short round of music.

Cost: $100 per plate

Meet at 21C Hotel at 6:30pm - transportation will be provided to and from the restaurant.

Hosted by Grand Casino Hotel & Resort and Zac Maloy in conjunction with the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival.


Purchase tickets HERE

OSF is excited to announce Marcus Hummon will be joining us for year 4!


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.

Oklahoma Songwriter's Festival welcomes Jaret Reddick from Bowling for Soup in 2018

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!"

Oklahoma Songwriter's Festival welcomes Okie Emily Faith in 2018.

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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.


Oklahoma Songwriter's Festival welcomes Scooter Carusoe in 2018


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.

Oklahoma Songwriter's Festival welcomes hitmaker Bob DiPiero in 2018

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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. 

Write back to the start: Nashville songwriter about No. 1 hits, Jim Thorpe and the inaugural Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival

An interview with Marcus Hummon and the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival.  

By Nathan Poppe.  

Marcus Hummon writes hit songs but just not always for himself.

Hummon is based in Nashville, Tenn., and has written commercially successful hits for Rascal Flatts, the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks and a lot more country artists.

This weekend, he'll be workshopping and writing alongside several Okies and other Nashville musicians during the Oklahoma Songwriter's Festival. Also, he'll be performing Saturday evening at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab alongside the same combination of Oklahoma and Nashville talent. 

Hummon has struck a balance between art and commerce. For every hit song he's penned, he's got a musical, opera or any number of diverse projects going on at the same time.

It wasn't always so easy though. He initially couldn't garner much interest for "Bless the Broken Road," which he ended up winning Rascal Flatts a Grammy for Best Country Song in 2005. His big break came in 1992 after he speedily delivered a cassette tape to a Wynonna Judd recording session. That track became his first hit, "Only Love."

He spoke on the phone with The Oklahoman about his road to songwriting and what it's like to make it as a songwriter.

Q: You're fresh from writing a theatrical production based on an adaptation of Frederick Douglass' first autobiography, "Narrative of the Life of an American Slave." I understand you've also tackled a musical about famed Okie native athlete Jim Thorpe. Tell me more about that project.

Marcus Hummon: I'm a huge, huge Jim Thorpe fan, and it was first done many years ago, and back in 2011 here in Nashville at the Ford Theater (at the) Country Music Hall of Fame. We did it at Tennessee Performing Arts Center and then we did it off-Broadway. ... That was one of my biggest connections to Oklahoma, because in working on that piece I got to know Jim's daughter who passed away a few years ago, Grace Thorpe. We sent letters back and forth. I sent her a script, and finally I flew out and met some more of the Thorpe family.

So when Zac (Maloy) would talk to me about this and that we were gonna go out and do a songwriter's festival and that a lot of what it was going to be about was looking at Oklahoma writers and to inspire them — because there's been so many great Oklahoma songwriters in the national community; they have had such a huge impact — I just sort of jumped at the opportunity.

Q: A majority of the hit songs you've written have been made famous by popular country artists. Is this a genre you were intentionally aiming to get into or were you naturally drawn to it?

Hummon: No, I wasn't specifically drawn to country music as a kid. I just grew up in a family that loved music. My parents were very musical. My dad was a state department guy working at economic development overseas, so we grew up in Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Philippines and Saudi Arabia. We basically traveled, mostly overseas, until I was 17. As far as my early connection to Nashville, there was probably Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell records. Those are records that I remembered and love. ... I realized that Nashville, particularly in the late '80s, when it was exploding, it was really song-based. You needed to be able to play and you needed to be able to actually sing. It's not smoke and mirrors. I fit in, but it did take a little while, and then I had ... a couple publishers actually tell me to leave. (Laughs.)

Q: So why didn't you get out of town?

Hummon: I kind of looked into myself and asked, "Why should I stay?" I mean, what is it that I resonate with? And it was the love of songs. The actual musicians. The connection between songwriting, storytelling and what we do with our hands with these wonderful instruments. In that sense, I fit in just fine.

Q: You've had a lot of luck with your songs performing well commercially. Does hitting No. 1 on the Billboard charts feel like the end goal? What does that milestone actually mean as a songwriter?

Hummon: I would be a liar if I didn't say that the thrill of a No. 1 record is really extraordinary. I remember the first time it happened and ... it's an extraordinary feeling, but it's definitely larger than that, because it's truly a way of life. I supplement my activities as a songwriter by being a playwright. You know, opera is related to me, I've written a couple of operas, and the nature of living within music, living within lyrics within the structure of a song, expanding a song, an album, thinking of that as a canvas, thinking of writing as a kind of lifelong meditation. Songwriting can be a way to take a prismatic look at the world around you and process your feelings. ... It's a way of life, and it's a way of growing as a person, I hope.

Q: What's the draw to coming to Oklahoma for this festival and working on songwriting sessions with Oklahoma-based artists?

Hummon: I'm always interested in being around young writers these days — I'm 55, so it seems like everyone's young. I sometimes describe writers as professional dreamers, and in that sense they play a really important part in culture, and so I always enjoy meeting new writers. Getting to share the stage with some Oklahoma writers, that's probably the thing I'm gonna look forward to most. Just to hear what they have to say, and hopefully some of what they have to say will have a distinctively Oklahoma taste, like a flavor. I wanna experience that.

Zac's podcast with OKC the KATT

PodKatt Episode 2: Stories of Katt Past – Zac Maloy of the Nixons

Listen to the full podcast here.

Posted on April 13, 2016

   On April 12th, 2016, The Katt’s Jake Daniels sat down with Zac Maloy, who returned to the KATT, after several decades to discuss how his music has been finding it’s way into the heart of millions of music fans who don’t even know it. In large part, thanks to some help from the KATT during the early years of his career in the Nixons and how the little band from Oklahoma influenced some of today’s popular recording artists like Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, David Cook, Skillet and others. Zac also took the time share about the inaugural Oklahoma Songwriters Festival at the end of April. Checkwww.oklahomasongwritersfestival.com to learn more. #ACM@UCO #OKLAHOMASONGWRITERSFESTIVAL #KATT40