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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.

Website: www.tonyarata.com

 

Tony Arata

DON HENRY...
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.

Website: www.donhenry.com

 

Don Henry

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.

Website: www.mjblue.com

 

Micheal Johnson

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!

Website: www.angelakaset.com

 

Angela Kaset

GENE NELSON...
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 as
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),
more.


Gene Nelson

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 deliver.

Website: www.markselby.com

 

Mark Selby

MICHAEL SISTAD
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 Chapter of NARAS (The Recording Academy).

Website: www.ascap.com

 

Michael Sistad

TIA SILLERS...
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.

 

Tia Sillers

February 24-26,2006
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 to give."

Michael Johnson

"The Songwriters Gallery winter retreat was fantastic.
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,"

Don Henry



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