Author Archives: Mike

Songwriter City Spotlight: Tom Douglas

“Tom Douglas is, quite simply, our conscience. He shines a spotlight on the dark side of society so brightly that we can no longer ignore it. He’s a realist, but he’s also an optimist. As he says, the pain in … Continue reading

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Favorite Music of 2018

As the years go on, my “Best Of” list is more about what I personally listen to and gravitate toward and less about making a statement or trying to be edge relevant. With that said, these were my favorites from … Continue reading

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Songwriter City Spotlight: Natalie Hemby

With an authentic heart and distinct style, Natalie Hemby has become one of music’s defining songwriters. The Nashville native has written six #1 singles including Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and “Tornado,” Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar” and “Automatic,” and … Continue reading

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Songwriter City Spotlight: Rhett Akins

Music has always been in Rhett Akins’ blood. The Valdosta, GA. native grew up in a close-knit family that supported his musical interests and his desire to pursue music as a career.  One of Rhett’s song demo tapes found its … Continue reading

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2018 ACM Songwriter Awards

Congratulations to all of the songwriters who were nominated for ACM Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year, especially Songwriter City partners Rhett Akins, Jon Randall, Lee Thomas Miller, and Ross Copperman. Rhett was named Songwriter of … Continue reading

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Event Entertainment: The Challenge of New & Original

The event business is teaching me a great deal about the ability to bring high-quality entertainment to a diverse cross-section of companies, associations, and organizations. One key theme I have learned about and heard repeatedly from event planning professionals, is the … Continue reading

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Songwriter City Spotlight: Wendell Mobley

Wendell began playing in local bands before moving from Celina, Ohio 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 … Continue reading

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