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17th Annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert

Come join us at the Brenau University Front Lawn for the 17th Annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert, Saturday, September 22nd 2018 at 6pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. For sponsorships and tables call (770) 710-9191 or email jjackson@johnjarrardfoundation.com.

Rain or Shine
5:00 pm- Gates Open
6:00 pm- Opening artist
7:15 pm- Main Show

Songwriters this year include Gary Burr, Ed Hill, Otis Redding III, Georgia Middlema, Bobby Tomberlin, and
Ray Fulcher. All of these songwriters have combined written over 20 #1 hit songs!

Ed Hill

“Most People are Good” Luke Bryan
“It Matters to Me” Faith Hill
“Drinking Class” Lee Brice
“Be My Baby Tonight” John Michael Montgomery

Grammy nominated songwriter Ed Hill has had over 300 songs recorded by various artists and over 40 singles starting with “‘Til Love Comes Again” by Reba McEntire in 1989. He’s received multi-millionaire awards for songs “It Matters To Me” by Faith Hill, “Be My Baby Tonight” by John Michael Montgomery, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” and “Runnin’ Behind” by Tracy Lawrence, “Just Fishin” and “Songs About Me” by Trace Adkins, “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” by George Strait, “What Ever You Say” and “There You Are” by Martina McBride and “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” by Reba McEntire. Other notable co-written singles include “Most People Are Good” by Luke Bryan which was Music Row Song Of The Year 2018, “Drinking Class” by Lee Brice, “Georgia Rain” by Trisha Yearwood, “Buckaroo” by Lee Ann Womack, “Somebody’s Hero” by Jamie O’Neal, “How Far” by Martina McBride, “I Wish” by Jo Dee Messina, “C-O-U-N-T-R-Y” By Joe Diffie, “Look Where She Is Today” by Doug Stone, “What If I Do” by Mindy McCready, “Just Another Heartache” by Chely Wright, “Ordinary People”, “She’s Always Right” and “One, Two, I Love You” by Clay Walker, “You Do Your Thing” by Montgomery Gentry, “That’s A Man” by Jack Ingram, “Goes Good With Beer” by John Michael Montgomery, “One More Time” by Kenny G and Chante Moore, “Light Up The Night” by Boyzone, “I’m All About It” by Randy Houser, “Spoken Like A Man” by Blaine Larsen, “Hold On To Me” by Rissi Palmer “In A Different Light” by Linda Davis and “Eight Feet High” by Stacy Dean Campbell. He’s had other cuts on many of these same artists plus cuts on Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Chris Young, Gary Allen, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, Neal McCoy, Asleep At The Wheel, Sammy Kershaw, Darryl Worley, Willie Hightower, Chris Janson, Jeff Carson, Colt Ford, John Schneider, Phil Driscoll and Doug Dillard as well as songs in several movies.
Ed has been BMI Songwriter Of The Year, received dozens of BMI awards, nominated twice by The Academy Of Country Music in the piano player of the year category and was a member of the Grammy Award winning Urban Cowboy Band. Especially meaningful is the five Nashville Songwriters Association International Awards he received for “Songs I Wish I Had Written” as these awards are voted on by his songwriting peers in the industry.


Gary Burr

“One Night a Day” Garth Brooks
“That’s My Job” Conway Twitty
“What’s In It for Me” John Berry
“A Thousand Times A Day” Patty Loveless

“…But the guitarist always writes the songs…”  That’s what they said in Gary’s first band. So, following in the footsteps of his heroes John Lennon and Roger McGuinn, a writer was born. 
After years of hard work and hard writing, he got his first break in 1982 with Juice Newton’s “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me.”  With a hit under his belt he started writing in earnest, getting cuts from such talents as the Oak Ridge Boys and Conway Twitty. After a brief time on a solo career and album, Gary took over for Vince Gill as the lead-singer for the band Pure Prairie League. 
In the late 80’s, feeling that he’d done all he can from Connecticut, Gary decided to move to Nashville, and a better move is hard to make.  It didn’t take long for Gary to become one of Country Music’s most sought-after writers, having hits with Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, Garth Brooks, and many more. 
Burr has been awarded ‘Songwriter of the Year’ on three separate occasions by three different organizations: Billboard, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, and ASCAP and has written 14 Number One songs. In 2005 Gary was inducted into the NSAI Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors that a songwriter can ever achieve. 
With his successes in Country Music, Gary’s ventures in Pop have been equally stellar. He has written and performed with Ringo Starr, appearing on VH1’s ‘Storytellers’ series and many talk shows. He had a world-wide hit with Ricky Martin’s duet with Christina Aguilera “Nobody Wants to be Lonely,” granting him his first #1 on the Latin charts. Gary garnered a #1 on the pop charts with his collaboration on the platinum selling single “Before Your Love” by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, and a #1 selling single with American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken’s song “This Is The Night.” 
Gary wrote and toured with Pop writing legend Carole King performing all over the world as part of her Living Room Tour. 
Gary’s latest adventure could be the wildest of all: forming the trio Blue Sky Riders with Kenny Loggins and Nashville singer/songwriter Georgia Middleman. Their first CD, Finally Home, was co-produced by the band with Peter Asher and released in January of 2013, with a second CD currently in production.


Bobby Tomberlin

“One More Day” Diamond Rio
“A Good Day to Run” Darryl Worley

Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee Bobby Tomberlin began his career in the music business at the early age of eleven as a disc jockey in his hometown of Luverne, Alabama.  During this time, he interviewed legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Keith Whitley.  Mel Tillis gave Bobby his first publishing contract, and he is currently a staff songwriter for CURB Music Publishing in Nashville, TN.  
Bobby co-wrote the number one Country and Top 5 AC single, “One More Day”, recorded by Diamond Rio and co-authored the inspirational book by the same title. He co-wrote the Top 10 hit single, “A Good Day To Run” with Darryl Worley and the hit, “Country” with Mo Pitney and Bill Anderson. Bobby has also had songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Nichols, Pam Tillis, Thompson Square, Rodney Atkins, Joe Diffie, Sylvia, David Nail, Chris Young, Terri Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens, Chely Wright, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Ty Herndon, Linda Davis, Dylan Scott, T.G. Sheppard, Jett Williams, actor Chris Pine, Eddy Arnold, Russ Taff, Runaway June, and many others.  Bobby’s songs have been used in numerous films.
Bobby was a cast member of the CMT hit series, The Singing Bee, for five seasons and appeared in the film, Brake, starring Stephen Dorff.  Bobby is a costar in the upcoming film, Wheeler, with Stephen Dorff and Kris Kristofferson.  Bobby has appeared on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with Larry Gatlin and has shared the stage with icons Vince Gill, Mac Davis and Bill Anderson.  Bobby has done voice over work for projects by Michael McDonald, Trace Adkins, Peter Frampton and the B 52’s.  Bobby is featured on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Bill Medley’s recent DVD, where he interviews Bill at the Capitol Studios Hollywood. 
Bobby’s new CD, Out Of Road, features songs that he wrote with Mac Davis, Bill Anderson, Mo Pitney, Bobby Bare and Dean Dillon.  Guest vocalists on the project include Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, Sylvia, Bill Anderson, Linda Davis, Mo Pitney and Hilary Williams. 


Otis Redding III (son of Legendary Soul Singer and Songwriter)

“Sittin On The Dock of the Bay”
“Hard To Handle”
“Ive been Loving You Too Long”

A rich family legacy. An enduring name that has been embedded in the hearts of millions around the globe. A history of solid performances for fans in both the United States and in Europe. Not many performers today have such advantages like Otis Redding III.
Legendary soul singer Otis Redding left his son with a musical heritage that extends far beyond the hit records for which he is famous.
Indeed, Otis Redding III has been bestowed with his father’s unique musical gift, and for nearly 25 years has put this talent to good use by not only touring and performing, but also writing and arranging since the early 80’s.
An accomplished and recognized artist in his own right, Otis Redding III grew even more as a musician and performer touring with his band The Reddings. He did not realize until much later in his career that it is truly his father’s talent that pulses in his veins.
“The music has to have feeling and emotion…” says Otis. “While I’m playing guitar or singing, I don’t proclaim to be a vocalist like my father.”
Otis’ reach extends beyond his music and his performances as well. Actively involved in his family’s philanthropic organization, The Otis Redding Foundation, he participates in the annual Otis Redding Singer/Songwriter Camp.
Continuing in his family’s tradition of compassion and community contribution, Otis remains
dedicated to mentoring both youth and musical hopefuls. Today, Otis Redding III still performs at special events across the United States and Europe, keeping his family’s musical heritage alive.


Georgia Middleman

“I’m In” by Keith Urban

Georgia Middleman’s love affair with music is evident in every song she sings. Her songs blend passion and insight into the human condition with powerful melodies in a combination that hearkens to the timelessness of classic American popular music.
One of Nashville’s most accomplished singer/songwriters, Georgia has had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Joe Nichols, Maia Sharp and Sheila E., among many others. In 2010,  Keith Urban took “I’m In,” which she co-wrote with Radney Foster, to the top of the country charts. Those who have seen her live, though, can attest that there is real magic in her own renditions of her songs as, she wraps one of music’s most expressive voices around lovingly crafted glimpses into life and love at their most compelling.
Born and raised in Texas, Georgia earned a degree in acting from NYU and played the city’s clubs until a visit to Nashville. “That’s when everything changed,” she says. “I fell in love with this town because it was a community of writers.”
She earned a publishing deal with Polygram and then a record deal with Giant Records. Her solo records include “Endless Possibilities” on Giant Records and the independent “Unchanged” and “Things I Didn’t Know I Knew.”  Georgia is currently in the studio working on her fourth solo record.
When not performing solo, Georgia is one third of the trio, Blue Sky Riders, along with Gary Burr and Kenny Loggins.  Blue Sky Riders released their debut CD, “Finally Home,” in January of 2013 and are currently working on their follow-up CD, due for release in 2017.
Georgia is also one half of the husband & wife duo, Middleman Burr.


Ray Fulcher

“When It Rains It Pours”

Born and bred in the one red light town of Harlem, Georgia, Ray Fulcher could almost smell the azaleas that reside twenty minutes away in the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Master’s. While growing up in small town east Georgia, Ray learned the values of the simple life, what it means to earn a buck, and how a country song means more than honky tonkin’ and sad songs, it’s about a way of life. Growing up on the likes of Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, Keith Whitley, George Strait & Johnny Cash, those artists would mold not only the music he listened to, but also what kind of life he led. Throughout his tenure at the University of Georgia, while earning his two degrees, he spent his nights scraping money together to frequent the Georgia Theater. There he was inspired by artists such as Luke Bryan, Corey Smith, Eric Church, and The Zac Brown Band. Their early years gave Ray the desire to pick up the guitar and begin writing songs about his small town upbringing, dirt road memories, football games, and pretty girls lettin’ their hair down.
In May of 2014, Ray took the next step and made the big move to The Music City and has spent the last several years playing live music all over the southeast, sharing the stage with artists such as David Nail, Dustin Lynch, Lee Brice, The Marshall Tucker Band, Craig Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, Maddie and Tae, Kid Rock, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell, and Keith Urban. Since moving to Nashville, Ray has also inked a publishing deal with River House Artists/Warner Chappell Nashville and when he’s not on the road, he spends his days either writing or in the studio. You can find his latest songwriting work on Luke Comb’s debut album ‘This One’s For You’, where Ray is a co-writer on 8 of the tracks and also co-wrote Luke’s latest multi-week #1, “When It Rains It Pours”
Ray’s current EP ‘Here We Go Again’ landed in the top 10 on the Country iTunes chart in September 2016 and Ray is busy out on the road every weekend for shows. Ray & the band look forward to seeing you at a show soon!


September 22, 2018


5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Brenau University Front Lawn
Gainesville, GA United States

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Auction Items

  • JJF Bluebird Café Nashville Package for 4 - Courtesy of John Jarrard Foundation

  • Nashville Hall of Fame Induction Package for 4 - Courtesy of John Jarrard Foundation

  • Peach Pickers | Georgia on my Mind – Courtesy of Lisa Love, Georgia Music Foundation

  • One Year Car Lease: 2016 BMW 640i – Courtesy of Milton Martin Honda

  • Live Concert Painting- Courtesy of Robby Amonett

  • Autographed Guitar | Billy Currington

  • Autographed Guitar | Dierks Bentley

  • Houseboat for up to 100 people- Courtesy of Barry Brooks

  • 3 hour Sunset Cruise for 8- Courtesy of Singleton Marine

  • Southern Woods Plantation Hunt

  • 2-night Stay in deluxe accomodations at the Brice Hotel in Historic Savannah- Courtesy of The Kimpton Brice Hotel

  • Autographed James Farmer Book Set- Courtesy of James Farmer

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