Tom Douglas, Liz Rose, David Hodges
Friday, August 24, 2018
*Ticket price does not include the $20 food and beverage minimum.
Tom Douglas enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate before pursuing his lifelong passion for music, attending an enlightening songwriters’ seminar in Austin, Texas in 1993. He played one of his early compositions, “Little Rock”, for publisher and producer Paul Worley, who brought it back to Nashville. Sony/ATV Music Publishing signed Douglas as a staff writer and in June 1994; “Little Rock” recorded by Collin Raye became a number-one hit, earning a nomination for CMA Song of the Year.
He earned his second number-one hit on the pop charts in 1998 with “The Gift” as recorded by and co-written with Jim Brickman. In 2001, Tim McGraw took “Grown Men Don’t Cry” to number one, and subsequently collaborated with Tom on the top three-country hit, “My Little Girl,” which also became the end title for the Fox film, Flicka, in 2006. “Love’s the Only House” recorded by Martina McBride reached the top-five on the Country charts followed by another hit, “God’s Will.” From the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2010,Tom achieved a rare Triple Play Award in which he had three number one hits in a year: Lady Antebellum’s (co-written with the group) “I Run To You” followed by Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” (with Bob DiPiero) and concluding with Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” (with Allen Shamblin). In 2010, he also had a single with Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World” (with Tony Lane and David Lee). Tom’s song (cowriter with Jaren Johnston/Jeffrey Steele) “Raise ’em Up” was #1 for Keith Urban and Eric Church in the spring of 2015.
Tom has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Straight, Brooks & Dunn, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood… and the list goes on. Tom’s song “The House That Built Me” was nominated for 2010 Grammy Song of The Year and Country Song of The Year and won CMA Song of the Year as well as ACM’s Song of The Year and Single Record of the Year. In that same year, Tom was also nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the song “Coming Home” featured in the film “Country Strong”. In 2014, Tom’s song “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” was nominated for the Grammy’s Country Song of the year. In 2014, Tom was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Tom continues to impact Nashville’s songwriting landscape, writing songs for contemporary country artists like Brett Eldredge, High Valley, and Parmalee. Chris Janson’s hit single “Drunk Girl” is a recent example of Tom’s lyrical depth and ability to express powerful messages. The soundtrack to the hit TV show Nashville features Tom’s writing, reflecting the significance of his craft in the current world of country music.
Liz Rose is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, 2007 SESAC Nashville Songwriter of the Year, founder of a music publishing company, and most recently Texas Heritage Songwriter Hall Of Fame inductee. Rose was born and raised in the Dallas, Texas area. In the mid-1990s she moved to Nashville and began writing songs at the age of 37. One of her first cuts was Elisabeth, recorded by Billy Gilman in 2001. In 2003, Gary Allan took Rose’s Songs About Raininto the country Top 20.
A frequent collaborator of Taylor Swift’s, Rose co-wrote 16 songs with Swift, including the No. 1 crossover hits Teardrops on My Guitar, You Belong With Me(which won the 2010 BMI Award for Song of the Year), Tim McGrawand White Horse(which won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Country Song).
Rose was the recipient of the 2012 ACM Award for Song of the Year in honor of Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl.” She has also penned songs for many other artists including Tim McGraw, Dan and Shay, Allison Krauss, Blake Shelton, LeeAnn Womack, Chris Young, Bonnie Raitt and more. In 2015, she won Song Of The Year at the Country Music Association awards and won the Grammy for Best Country Song for writing Girl Crush by Little Big Town. Girl Crushwas written with Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna, and collectively they call themselves The Love Junkies. With Carrie Underwood, the wrote “Cry Pretty,” Carrie’s current single that is climbing the charts.
Liz Rose is not only a songwriter, but a successful publisher. Rose began as a publisher before signing her first songwriting deal with Jody Williams Music. In 2010, Rose launched Liz Rose Music with her son Scott Ponce as a home for burgeoning songwriters. The company’s roster now includes Phil Barton, Cameron Bedell, Seth Ennis, Femke, Alyssa Micaela, Emily Shackelton, Caitlin Rose, with legacy writers Corey Crowder, Jeff Middleton, Stephony Smith, Jesse Walker, Chuck Wicks, and Walt Wilkins. The company operates on the simple principle, “great songs, great people.”
David Hodges is a multi-platinum, Grammy, and BMI award winning writer and producer. He was a founding member of Evanescence and has been penning hits with and for world-renowned artists for over a decade. His #1 singles include “My Immortal” (Evanescence), “A Thousand Years” (Christina Perri for Twilight), “Because of You” (Kelly Clarkson), “Dear Hate” (Maren Morris and Vince Gill) and “See You Again” (Carrie Underwood). David has recently had songs released by Keith Urban, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink 182, Ben Rector, Kelsea Ballerini, Betty Who, Jason Mraz, Devin Dawson, and more.
David Hodges is a multi-platinum, Grammy and BMI award winning, Golden Globe nominated songwriter and record producer. He began as one of the founding members of the Little Rock, AR based rock act Evanescence. Their debut album went on to sell over 18 million copies. In the height of the band’s success, he left to focus on songwriting and production. From the haunting piano melodies of Evanescence’s “My Immortal” to Christina Perri’s Twilight end title, “A Thousand Years,” Hodges’ signature sound starts on the piano and can be heard across many songs he’s written. Over the last decade, Hodges has worked with world renowned artists and written several chart-topping singles; including “Because of You” (Kelly Clarkson), “What About Now” (Daughtry), “See You Again” (Carrie Underwood), and “Dear Hate” (Maren Morris feat Vince Gill). Hodges has sold over 65 million records to date. Recently Hodges had the 5 Seconds of Summer single “Jet Black Heart,” a hit album with Blink 182, and is currently working on projects for Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Ben Rector, Jason Mraz, Carrie Underwood, Devin Dawson, Christina Aguilera, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Betty Who, and more.