The first annual Tybee Island Songwriters Festival features three days of performances by some of the country’s top songwriters performing songs from their collection of No. 1 hits.
The famed songwriters appearing at this opening evening include Grammy winner Richard Leigh, two-time Grammy nominee Archie Jordan and lead singer for Shenandoah Doug Stokes.
Hall of Fame songwriter Leigh has penned nine No. 1 songs, including “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “The Greatest Man I Never Knew,” “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” and “Life’s Highway,” and many more.
Another Hall of Fame songwriter, Jordan, has written eight No. 1 songs and his music has been recorded by more than 100 artists, including “What a Difference You Made in My Life,” “It Was Almost Like a Song,” and “Let’s Take the Long Way Around the World.”
Stokes has more than 40 cuts to his name and is one of Nashville’s top demo singers and accompanied some of the biggest names in Nashville on vocals and percussion.
It is the mission of TISF to bring together songwriters, artists, music industry professionals and the fans for the sharing in a love for music, the songs and the stories behind the songs by the songwriters themselves.
Thur. Sept. 12, 7 pm Reserved seating. Tickets $40/$50 premium
The famed songwriters appearing at this second evening are Hall of Fame songwriter Byron Hill, Broken Bow Records/BMG recording artist Elvie Shane, and Fender’s “The Guitar Goddess” Hayley McLean.
Hill’s songs have been recorded more than 700 times and he has 91 certified Gold and Platinum albums and singles to his name, including “Fool Hearted Memory,” “Pickin Up Strangers,” “Nothing on but the Radio,” and “Born Country.”
Shane has performed with Toby Keith, Billy Currington, Aerosmith, Lady Antebellum, and others, and wrote the hits “My Boy,” “Sometimes,” “Sundress,” and “Tiny Towns.
A multi-instrumentalist, McLean has signed with Kobalt Music, and has played guitar for Maren Morris, Buddy Guy and Chad Brownlee and many more.
Fri. Sept. 13, 7 pm Reserved seating. Tickets $40/$50 premium
The famed songwriters appearing for the Saturday afternoon are Hall of Fame songwriter Doug Johnson, Grammy nominee John Condrone and award-winning Canadian recording artist Tara Shannon.
Shannnon has partnered with The Syndicut, an artist development company, and has written “Love Me Loud,” “Life Signs,” and “Take This Rock (and Roll.).
Sat. Sept. 14, 2 pm Tickets $40/$50 premium
The songwriters appearing at this final signature evening at the Tybee Post Theater include Hall of Fame songwriters Tony Arata (“The Dance”) and Thom Schuyer (“Point of Light”), as well as newcomer Kelsey Lamb, who opened for Kenny Rogers (“Girl at the Bar”).
Tybee Island-native Arata has won coveted Country Music Association Song of the Year awards, and also penned “Here I Am,” “I’m Holding My Own,” and “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” among others for the likes of Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Patty Loveless, Lee Roy Parnell and Trisha Yearwood.
Schuyler, president of the Country Music Association, has over 200 recorded songs, including five No.1 hits, such as “Love Will Turn You Around,” “A Long Line of Love,” and “My Old Yellow Car.” He’s guided the careers of Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Alabama, Clint Black and other country superstars.
Lamb also penned “Only for the Summer” and “Little by Little,” and acted in two Hallmark Channel movies, “Christmas in Homestead” and “Traces.” She released her own self-titled EP this summer.
Sat. Sept. 14, 7 pm Reserved seating. Tickets $40/$50 premium