Songwriters Night 2015
Date: November 20th, 2015
Location: The Sutler Saloon
Featuring: Drake White and Jason Matthews
Get Ready For These Amazing Songwriters At This Years Songwriters Night Event!
Drake White, named one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2015, is an old-soul who writes timeless songs. His lyrics reflect his mantra of making the very most of every moment. 2013 marked White’s debut on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage and saw the release of his first single “The Simple Life,” which landed in the top 40 on the Billboard Country Chart. Now signed to Dot Records which is part of The Big Machine Label Group, Drake’s new single “It Feels Good,” is taking radio by storm.
Part poet, philosopher and backwoods rabble-rouser, White, who is originally from Hokes Bluff, AL, has a unique ability to tap into the emotions of fans. “I grew up surrounded by music,” says White, who has toured with Toby Keith and Kip Moore in addition to opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and others. “I got my first guitar from our neighbor, Mr. Brown who was a bluegrass musician. I was raised listening to the greats from Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and The Allman Brothers to Credence Clearwater Revival. I write music from my personal experiences to be shared whether around a campfire or in an arena, hoping that my lyrics resonate with people on an intimate level.”
After co-writing Billy Currington’s #1 hit “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right”, Jason was named Music Row’s 2006 Breakthrough Writer of the Year. His most recent hit “Lonely Eyes”, performed by Chris Young, has topped the charts throughout 2014 & 2015. His songs include hits from Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Trace Atkins, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Diamond Rio and more!
Aside from his proven skill as a songwriter, the other quality that separates Matthews from many of his peers is his voice. A genuine soul singer by definition, Matthews proves that Motown and the British Invasion had just as much influence on his musical upbringing as Music City did. The common denominator has always been the ability of the artist to reach out and touch the listener, he says.
“My heroes have always been people that sing from deep down in their soul and get you to believe their song. People like Conway Twitty, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Merle Haggard, Jackson Browne,” he says passionately. “Great singers are believable, and I want to be believable when I sing my songs. I’m trying to communicate something to people.”