Come join us at the Brenau University Front Lawn for the 16th Annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. For sponsorships and tables call (770) 710-9191 or email email@example.com
Rain or Shine
5:00 pm- Gates Open
6:00 pm- Opening artist
7:15 pm- Main Show
Songwriters this year include Bob Dipiero, Tony Lane, Tim Nichols, Wynn Varble and Johnny Bulford. All of these songwriters have combined written over 30 #1 hit songs!
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Walters Management, Northeast Georgia Medical & The Cottrell Foundation!
“Blue Clear Sky” by George Strait
“Southern Voice” by Tim McGraw
Since his first #1 in 1983, Hall of Fame Songwriter Bob DiPierohas been responsible for an uninterrupted string of country musichits. One of Nashville’s most prolific and consistent songwriters,Bob possesses a humble drive to keep learning and stay relevant.He has had over 1,000 songs recorded by other artists, countless hitsingles, and an astounding 15 #1 hits. His songs have been featuredin TV shows, commercials and movies. In 2011 his song “ComingHome” from the Country Strong movie soundtrack was nominatedfor both an Oscar and Golden Globe Award for “Best OriginalSong in a Motion Picture.” Among his other countless awards are50 BMI Million–Air honors, multiple Songwriter of the Yearawards and 2 consecutive Triple Play awards for 3 #1 songs withina 12 month period. Bob is the originator of the CMA SongwritersSeries and has served as its Host for 10 years, bringing Nashville’sfinest songwriters and artists throughout the United States andoverseas to Belfast, Dublin, London and Paris. In 2007, he wasinducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fameand Nashville’s Walk of Fame where his star is located betweenJimi Hendrix and Barbara Mandrell. Bob quotes, “The location ofmy star pretty much says it all!” In 2014 Bob was invitedby The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to perform atthe prestigious, “Poets and Prophets Series” as a “Salute to BobDiPiero.” Most recently the CMA presented Bob with their CMAChairman’s Award in recognition of his outstanding contributionsto the music industry and songwriting community.
“I Need You” by Tim McGraw & Faith HIll
“A Little Past Little Rock” by Lee Ann Womack
Tony Mac Lane comes from the small town of Comanche, Texas. He played the bars in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Colorado for many years before relocating to Nashville. He signed with Famous Music (later acquired by Sony ATV) in 1997 and quickly had his first number one song, Lee Ann Womack’s “A Little Past Little Rock.” He continued this run with George Strait’s “Run,” John Michael Montgomery”s “Letters From Home,” and the Grammy-nominated “I Need You” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. He has had cuts by Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Randy Travis, Sara Evans, Tracy Lawrence and many others.
Tony is a highly respected songwriter and has successfully managed to blend critical acclaim with commercial success. His recent hits include Easton Corbin’s “Roll with It”, Trace Adkin’s “This Ain’t No Love Song”, and Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World”. He currently writes for BMG Music Nashville.
“A Woman Like You” by Lee Brice
“Lonely Eyes” by Chris Young
Music was always happening in the Bulford household, so the foundation was already laid for Johnny Bulford to be smitten with the arts; having received an album of Garth Brooks at the age of 11, he found himself mesmerized by the music. At the age of twelve Johnny attended a Brooks concert and at that tender age he realized his calling in life; he looked at his mother and said “That’s what I want to do.” Acquiring a guitar and learning to play shortly thereafter, Johnny started writing songs and by the age of 15 was performing throughout central Florida, even venturing as far north as Alabama. While landing the opportunity to open for touring artists such as Josh Turner and Emerson Drive as they made their way through Florida, Johnny released his first independent album “Southern Thing”.
Battling the love of music and academics, he began attending classes at the University of Central Florida in 2003 as a business marketing major with a minor in English; a self-professed nerd with high SAT scores and a scholar in Florida’s “Bright Futures” program, Bulford handled the demands of academics while performing and promoting his second self-released album “What Happens Here Stays Here”.
In 2004 Johnny entered the Colgate Country Showdown, a nation-wide competition showcasing the best of up and coming talent – making it only to the state level the first time around and to regional the second, the expression “third time’s the charm” proved evident as Johnny won the entire competition of over 50,000 artists from all over the United States and secured himself a prize of $100,000 in 2008 with his original piece “How Could I Not”. During these years he made many trips to Nashville, developing relationships with label executives and left them wanting to hear more. He became actively involved in local charities, such as the Russell Home for Atypical Children, and he was commissioned by the veteran’s group ‘Remembering the Brave’ to write a song for fallen soldiers, which has been played at numerous events for America’s Gold Star families.
With only one more class to finish before graduation, Johnny made the ultimate choice; realizing it was difficult to build a fan base while attending college in Florida, he packed up and made Nashville home. Securing a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music as a staff writer shortly after his Colgate victory, the ball immediately started rolling for the Florida native.
Still writing and releasing independent music of his own, such as his 2009 independent album “Livin It Up”, Johnny secured his first album cut with “Flashlight”, a song on RCA recording artist Chris Young’s 2011 album “Neon”, co-written by Bulford, Young, and Robert Arthur. Bulford, along with fellow co-writers Jon Stone and Phil Barton, secured his first #1 hit on April 24, 2011 with Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You”. It was the “game-changer” for Bulford; honored at the 42nd Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner for “A Woman Like You”, Bulford stood on stage not far from his idol Garth Brooks. With his third single “Lonely Eyes” (co-written with Jason Matthews and Laura Veltz) securing itself a position in the Top 5 on the country music charts, Bulford is well-underway to becoming a household name.
Learning new equipment to record music from home, performing at songwriter rounds and churning out hits with Warner, Bulford is building his fan base and working hard to accomplish his dreams – “I’d really love to land a record deal in addition to the publishing one I have. I want to get my own single on the radio. And maybe one day, even as an opener for Chris or someone like Brad Paisley, come home to play the Amway Center. Not in a ‘Hey, how do you like me now’ type of way, but more ‘Hey guys, we did it!’ way. It’s been a long journey so it would be nice to bring it back home.”
When not writing lyrical magic, Bulford can be found on the road performing solo shows or as one half of the newly founded duo LOCKHART alongside singer-songwriter Janell Wheeler. A resident of Nashville, TN, he is captivating audiences far and wide with his showmanship, boy-next-door personality, distinctive voice and beautifully passionate written originals that are reminiscent of greats Vince Gill, James Taylor, and his idol Garth Brooks.
Hall of Fame Inductee 2017 numerous hits including: Grammy Winning and Song of the Year “Live Like You Were Dying”
Originally from GA, very witty guy…wrote Song of the Year “Waitin’ on a Woman” and several more…..