TONY ARATA ...
returning from Songwriters Gallery I. Tony has several cuts by Garth
Brooks including The Dance, plus songs recorded by Patty Lovelace,
Emmylou Harris, Lee Roy Parnell, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood,
Delbert McClinton,Randy Travis, Clay Walker, Suzy Bogguss, Don Williams,
Hal Ketchum, Tanya Tucker, Dave Koz, Dan Seals, Jim Glass.
also returning from SG I. Grammy/Song of the Year/CMA/Academy
of Country Music, for Where've You Been by Kathy Mattea. 1st
song ever to be honored by all four organizations. Ray Charles,
Oak Ridge Boys, TG Shepard, John Conlee Lonestar, Rosie Flores,
Bryan White, Thompson Brothers, Christy Sutherland. Artist/performer
and a producer in demand.
MICHAEL JOHNSON ...
The performing songwriter. Michael is not only a writer but a master
interpreter of his favorite writers. From his days in the Chad Mitchell
Trio with John Denver to his constant solo touring, he keeps putting
out great music and performances. Hits like Bluer Than Blue, That's
That, Give Me Wings(Billboard song of the year), I Will Whisper Your
Name,etc...and 14 albums under EMI, RCA, ATLANTIC, VANGUARD, INTERSOUND.
ANGELA KASET ...
“Something In Red”-Lorrrie Morgan and cuts by Jessica Andrews, Patti
Page, Aaron Tipin, Suzy Boggus, Doug Stone, Janie Frickie, Chad Mullins. Angela
is a regular presenter for NSAI. “Angela always makes sure the song is
the star, but they never shine so brightly as when she sings them herself”,
- -Don Schlitz (writer of 30 #1 songs) That’s cool!
A great writer and regular performer in Nashville, Gene is credited with
penning Kathy Mattea's career song 18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses as well
Burning Old Memories. Hits by other artists include I Have You (Glen Campbell),
Bubba Hyde (Diamond Rio), Jukebox with a Country Song (Doug Stone), Old
Coyote Town (Don Williams), This Everyday Love (Rascal Flatts),
MARK SELBY ...
Vangaurd Records recording artist, monster guitarist,
great performer and writer. Songs cut by Kenny Wayne Shephard,
Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna, Keb' Mo' . Co-writer with Tia Sillers
on There's Your Trouble and more. Rock and country, Mark can
A musician and business executive, Mike has had the opportunity
to be on both sides of the desk in the music industry.
He spent 9 years at Arista Records
and while in A&R he worked with many artists including Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn,
Diamond Rio, Radney Foster, Pam Tillis, Brad Paisley, Phil Vassar and Carolyn
Dawn Johnson. Mike’s current position as a membership representative
for ASCAP involves working with aspects of the music industry that pertain
to the songwriter, artist and publishing communities. A member of the CMA
and ACM and currently serving on the Board of Governors for the Nashville
of NARAS (The Recording Academy).
A multi-faceted award winning songwriter. #1 I Hope
You Dance(LeAnn Womak), #1 That'd Be Alright(Alan Jackson),
#1 Grammy-winning single There's Your Trouble (Dixie Chicks)
, Billboard's 1998 Rock Song of the Year Blue On Black(Kenny
Wayne Shepard). Songs cut by Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, Pam
Tillis, Pinmonkey, Tammy Cochran, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride,
among others. Great writer, performer and workshop mentor.
The 1st Songwriters Winter Retreat .... happened!!
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Oh yeah. A great writing/creative workshop (sold out) for all levels
of writers willing to work hard and work thru songs. Some re-wrote
and came back into workshop with masterpieces .. gotta love it.
Thank you Michael and Don for putting in the overtime....
Don Henry and Michael Johnson were the mentors PLUS provided
a sold out concert at the SONGBIRD
CAFE in Custer.
It just may happen again next year .. we'll keep ya posted.
We will give you email's of past participants upon request --- they
can tell more about the Songwriters Gallery.
"It was a pleasure and an honor to be around
such attentive writers. I feel like I had more to learn than I had
"The Songwriters Gallery winter retreat
To be in such secluded surroundings just soaking up life without
a traffic jam in sight... what an escape! Just deer and snow and
crystal clear air...and that early morning moon! Oh yeah, and songs,
songs, songs! As hard as I worked while I was there, it never felt
like work until I hit the bed at night and slept like a baby. A song-fed
baby! Thanks to David Lee Brown and crew for inviting me to participate
and hang out with folks who just can't help but write songs. Believe
me, I understand! Lover of songs and songwriters,"