A special benefit concert featuring three critically-acclaimed singer-songwriters from Nashville and a special performance by the Townsend Community Choir
TOWNSEND, Tenn. – Tickets are now on sale for Music in the Round beginning 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.
The Townsend Community Choir, directed by Linda Gullufsen and accompanied by Sandra Headrick, will perform while guests arrive followed by a buffet dinner by the Barn Event Center.
Three nationally recognized singer-songwriters from Nashville will entertain guests and play the songs they have written and explain the stories and emotional background of their music for the rest of the evening.
Dave Gibson landed a publishing deal with The Oak Ridge Boy's company, Silverline Music, and began co-writing with a who's who of hit makers. He has hits with Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad, Tanya Tucker, Alabama, Pam Tillis, and Montgomery Gentry. He earned six No. 1 singles, and Alabama's "Juke Box in My Mind" stayed at No. 1 for four weeks.
Gibson teamed up with rocker Blue Miller, famed guitar player for the Bob Seger band, in 1990. The duo formed the Gibson-Miller Band. They quickly racked up sell out dates, received critical raves, and scored multiple Top 10 hits and a 1993 Academy of Country Music Award for New Vocal Group or Duo.
He has just signed a new recording contract with Right Recordings, the largest independent record company in the UK. His debut album "Good and Getting' Better" has just been released.
Singer/songwriter Benita Hill has had her songs recorded in nearly all genres of music-country, rock, pop, jazz, gospel, Broadway and musical theater. As a recording artist, she has released seven CDs of her original music to outstanding critical reviews. She has toured as a background singer with the Allman Brothers, J.J. Cale, Conway Twitty and many others. Her songs have been recorded by Isaac Hayes, Crystal Gayle, Kirk Whalum and Garth Brooks, including No. 1 hits "It's Your Song" and "Two Piña Coladas" and a song she co-wrote with Brooks titled "Weekend." Hill's newest album called NOIR is out now.
Becky Hobbs’ songs have been recorded by Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, John Anderson, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Wanda Jackson, Janie Fricke, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Ken Mellons, Lacy J. Dalton, the Cherokee National Youth Choir and more. Her song "You Are," recorded by Glen Campbell and Emmylou Harris, was nominated for a 1988 Grammy for "Best Country Duet.” As a recording artist, she has had more than 20 chart singles/albums, including "Jones on the Jukebox," "Honky Tonk Saturday Night," "Are There Any More Like You (Where You Came From)," and Billboard Top 10 duet with Moe Bandy, "Let's Get Over Them Together."
Hobbs is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and the composer and co-playwright of the musical "Nanyehi-The Story of Nancy Ward," based on the life of her fifth-great grandmother, a Cherokee war woman-turned peacemaker in the 1700s.
Reservations are limited to 120 guests at $80 per guest. To reserve your seat, call 865-448-0044.
About The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is 501 c 3 Museum and Cultural Center. The Heritage Center is open Monday thru Saturday 10 am - 5 pm and on Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. starting April 3 through December 2016. Admission is free for Heritage Center members, Adults $8, seniors 60 plus and children ages 6 - 17 $6, children 5 and under are free. The museum is closed Easter, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a not for profit museum and is located between the traffic light and the national park entrance, on scenic Highway 73. For more information, call 865-448-0044.
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