Songwriter Salon @ the 7695 with Benita Hill, Roxie Dean and Amanda Colleen Williams April 28, 2018
If you ask 100 people in Nashville, 99 and a half of them will tell you that they love everyone on this month’s Songwriter Salon bill.
Benita Hill, Roxie Dean and Amanda Williams are all respected ladies in the Nashville songwriting community, and have done more than their share of helping lift and mentor others over the years.
Benita Hill hails from Illinois, and made her debut on the Nashville scene back in 1979, after singing background vocals and touring with the Allman Brothers, J.J. Cale, and Conway Twitty.
After moving to Nashville, Benita had her share of ups and downs, landing a publishing deal and meeting Allen Reynolds who became her champion.
Reynolds, perhaps best known as Garth Brooks’ producer, was largely responsible for convincing Garth to record Benita’s song “Two Piña Coladas,” which went number one for him and is still one of his most requested songs to date.
Ironically, Benita got the news about Garth’s recording her song as she lay in the hospital receiving chemotherapy for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, or as she called it in her Chicago Tribune interview, her “chemo-colada.”
After whipping cancer’s tail not once but two times, Benita is experiencing new life as an artist with the release of her most recent sultry jazz influenced album titled Noir. She is also a hero to many ladies as an inspirational yoga instructor, having completed two successful hip replacement surgeries in the past year, and still going strong.
Benita is all fired up, and is putting her experience and grace on display for us at the Songwriters Salon on April 28th. Check out her recent interview with Paul Leslie on Tait Radio here
>> and purchase your copy of her album here.
Roxie Dean is another wild fire songwriter artist to be admired.
Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Roxie moved to Nashville to pursue her singing career after graduating from Louisiana State with her Broadcast Journalism Degree.
Instead of being content to sing songs other people wrote, Roxie explored her own songwriting and artistic voice as inspired by the daring, unapologetically woman themed songs of K.T. Oslin. In her Daily Times interview, Roxie says, “This chick can totally say what she wants… and that’s what I can do!”
Roxie’s songs have been well received, and she has cuts on artists such as Lorrie Morgan, Chely Wright, Faith Hill, Sara Evans and Reba, in addition to her two biggest songs to date, the 2001 Grammy nominated “When I Think About Angels” recorded by Jamie O’Neal, and the Lee Ann Womack hit “Why They Call It Falling.”
Roxie is a rabble rousing live entertainer, and will be appearing at The Cutting Room in NYC on May 1st with hit songwriters Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, and Bob DiPero. You can see her up close and personal at the Songwriters Salon at the 7695 in Nashville on April 28th.
Amanda Colleen Williams took the direct route to the songwriting profession, being born into songwriting royalty as only daughter of Nashville Hall of Fame Member Kim Williams, best known for writing “Three Wooden Crosses” and about half of Garth Brooks’ hit songs.
Instead of diving into the songwriting profession straight away, Amanda explored her artistry in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music as a music business major, founding and fronting an all female rock band called All the Queen’s Men.
Upon returning to Nashville after graduation, Amanda was accepted to Rocky Mountain Institute for Botanical Studies and was about to move to Boulder, Colorado to pursue her herbal medicine certification when she found out she was pregnant with twins.
“You’ve heard that old joke: how do you make God laugh? Make a plan. That pretty much sums up my whole career,” chuckles Williams.
She turned to songwriting after her dad included her on a song “Beer Run” that was recorded by Garth Brooks on his 2001 release Scarecrow.
Turning down the opportunity to work with Sony as an artist in development to stay closer to home with her twins, Amanda wrote for Sony, then Magic Mustang, and finally for independents before founding her own music publishing company Hillbilly Culture LLC. in late 2010.
Since that time, Amanda homeschooled her kids for 7 years, and has enjoyed additional cuts as a self published writer, including the 2014 release “She’s Tired of Boys” written with Garth Brooks for his Man Against Machine album.
True to form, Amanda’s long delayed artistic debut was again put on hold after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis in 2015. “I’ll get out there one day,” laughs Williams.
Perhaps that day will come sooner than later this time.
Her Broadway style one woman show “A Story of Love through music and poetry” is getting rave reviews from critics and fans, and garnered her an Artist of the Year nod from a local Nashville independent music industry group in 2017.
Hear the stories from three of Nashville’s finest performing songwriting ladies at the Songwriter Salon @ the 7695 on April 28th, 2018.
Tickets are available in advance at http://www.7695.us/events or by calling (615) 720-8882. $20 per person includes corking fee for BYOB, and tastings provided by guest chefs complementing the meats of Southern Rhythm Cattle Company. Seating is first come. Parking attendant on site. Meet and greet 6PM, music starts at 7PM sharp.