6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CT
Highway Angel Spokesperson and Nashville recording artist, Lindsay Lawler, will be hosting "A Night with the Songwriters" during Tuesday's evening's Annual Awards Banquet.
Dave Berg has written hits for artists such as Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Ty Herndon, and Rodney Atkins. He has had five #1 songs, and many awards and honors including being named 2008 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, 2007 Billboard and NSAI Songwriter of the Year and writing the 2007 Billboard & ASCAP Country Song of the Year, “If You’re Goin’ Through Hell” recorded by Rodney Atkins. Another number one song, “Stupid Boy” (recorded by Keith Urban) earned Keith a Grammy for Country Male Performance of the Year.
Marc Beeson has had songs recorded by artists such as Martina McBride, Chicago, Pat Green, LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks, Diamond Rio, Billy Currington and Kenny Rogers to name a few. In 1992, he co-wrote "When She Cries" for Restless Heart which won him Country Song of the Year and Pop Song of the Year awards from ASCAP. You can currently hear "She's Got a Way With Words" on the radio written by Beeson and performed by Blake Shelton.
Tony Arata has written #1 records for artists such as Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Lee Roy Parnell and Clay Walker. Other artists that have recorded his songs include Bonnie Rait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Don Williams and Suzy Bogguss. Garth to date has recorded seven of Tony’s songs, including “The Dance” which won song of the year at The Academy of Country Music and received both a Country Music Association and a Grammy nomination, as well as a most performed song in Radio and Records Magazine. Brooks himself has said the following about Arata:
One of my favorite songwriters has to be Tony Arata. He’s a cat who doesn’t care about appearances. He doesn’t care about money. He cares about his children, his wife, and his music. That’s neat"
Chris Roberts got his entertainment start in New York City, appearing on Broadway in several productions, including The Civil War with Larry Gatlin. During that time, Larry became a mentor to Chris, encouraging him to relocate to Nashville where signed a record deal with Decca/Universal Records with the vocal trio One Flew South. He has had publishing deals with Sony/ATV, Warner Bros. and Catch This Music. Roberts has shared the stage with artists such as Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffet, Dave Matthews and Neil Young. You can currently hear Chris' music featured on trailer for the new movie Assassin's Creed, and TV shows One Mississippi and Reign to name a few. He has toured with and produced music for TCA spokesperson Lindsay Lawler for 9 years.
This event is open to all convention attendees.