CharitableÂ Hope Nation RadioÂ is gearing up for their first music event of the year,Â 9th Annual Evening With The Hit Makers,Â featuring prominent singer/songwriter Jeff Bates and established hit songwriters. This event will take placeÂ Monday, April 17thÂ atÂ The Listening RoomÂ and money raised will go directly to the Live4Tay Foundation, a financial support system to help families who have children with cancer.
The benevolent event will include an acoustic performance byÂ Jeff Bates, as well as recognized songwritersÂ Dave Berg, Danny Wells, Jeremy Bussey, Jayce Hein,Â andÂ Kent Maxson.Â Kicking off the night will be effervescent young country sibling groupÂ The Runaway Hamsters. Brought to the limelight through their benevolent mentality by helping to raise money for a friend who had cancer, these kids are positive role models and great supporters of Hope Nation Radio.
Date:Â Monday, April 17, 2017
Where:Â The Listening Room CafÃ© / 217 2nd Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Tickets:Â $10 available at the door
Facebook Event:Â @EveningWithTheHitMakers
All proceeds this night will go towardsÂ The Live4Tay FoundationÂ and distributed among families with children fighting cancer in Tennessee. Their commitment to promote childhood cancer awareness not only raises funds for their endeavors; but also, assists other organizations in financing research on how to prevent and cure cancer â€“ especially for children.
JEFF BATES:Â This Sony/Skydancer Entertainment Recording artist has been a staple in country music for over 10 years, delivering numerous hits such asÂ Long Slow Kisses,Â The Love Song, andÂ I Wanna Make You Cry. He has had more than 7 Billboard chart topping singles, four secular country music albums, and two inspirational albums. On his most recent project. ‘Me and Conway,’ Bates honors his idol, the late Conway Twitty. The album includes his own versions of six Conway classics as well as six new Jeff songs that he believes are appropriate for the tribute to the legend. Loretta Lynn joins Bates on the Conway/Lynn classic duet,Â After The Fire Is Gone.Â www.JeffBates.net
DAVE BERG:Â This 4x number one hit writer has written successful songs likeÂ Stupid Boy(Keith Urban),Â SomebodyÂ (Reba),Â When You’re Going Through HellÂ &Â These Are My PeopleÂ (Rodney Atkins),Â Don’t Make MeÂ (Blake Shelton),Â MomentsÂ (EmersonÂ Drive), plus he has had cuts with Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Jewel, Meatloaf, Darius Rucker, Jimmy Buffet and more. He has also received Songwriter of the Year honors from ASCAP, Billboard, and NSAI.
DANNY WELLS:Â This successful writer has written major hits includingÂ Check Yes Or No(George Strait),Â These Days,Â Everyday LoveÂ &Â While You Loved MeÂ (Rascal Flatts) andÂ Little Bit Of LifeÂ (Craig Morgan). He also had cuts with Bill Anderson, Sara Evans, Wade Hayes, Joe Diffie, Collin Raye, Jo Dee Messina, Tracy Byrd, and John Michael Montgomery.
JEREMY BUSSEY:Â This brilliant songwriter had cuts with artists including Chase Rice, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Ty Herndon, Thompson Square, Lonestar, Mark Wills, and more.
JAYCE HEIN:Â This prominent songwriter had cuts with Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Nine Days, Gretchen Wilson, and others. You may know him from Season 4 cast member of ABC’s EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS.
KENT MAXSON:Â This award-winning songwriter had his music on international radio and TV and won multiple awards, including an RIAA Gold Record for his hit single,Â From Where Iâ€™m SittingÂ (Gary Allan). He currently has three songs (one of the songs he co-wrote with Garth Brooks) on the newest CD for Irish singer Mary Duff.
THE RUNAWAY HAMSTERS:Â Best known for their musical youth and huge hearts, their current single,Â A LittleÂ Country, is getting great reaction from radio and fans and their official music video was directed by three time Emmy award-winner Roman White (Taylor Swiftâ€™sÂ You Belong With Me). This group started by writing and recording a song for their good friend, a second grader, who had been diagnosed with brain cancer. With over 600k views on YouTube and over 25k followers on Facebook, they have performed from Nashville to LA, opened for Andy Grammer, was invited and participated in the NFR National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Christmas event and were again nominated for a Grammy in the childrenâ€™s category in 2017.
About Hope Nation Radio:Â Formed in 2013 by Nile â€œBig Daddyâ€ Peaytt and Thomas Hammonds, this station plays a variety of country music, pop, rock, contemporary, Christian and gospel from signed and independent artists. This is a station anyone can listen to, including the children in the hospital; whether it be for a lengthy stay or to help pass the time while getting treatments. What was inspired by a talk â€œBig Daddyâ€ had with 11-year-old Savannah Swandal at her bed side just weeks before passing away, has now evolved into spreading hope, raising awareness and inspiring others to join the fight. â€œWe wanted to connect with these kids from all over the country, bring smiles and inspire people to get involved in their community,â€ says â€˜Big Daddy.â€™
As they inspire schools, communities, businesses and individuals to help raise awareness, the Nashville and country music community has opened their arms and hearts graciously to help spread the word. In 2016, the State of Tennessee recognized Hope Nation Radio and declaredÂ September 1stÂ as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day.â€ Mayor Megan Barry lit the Korean Veterans Bridge gold for the day and “Big Daddy” was recognized with a special commencement receiving the “Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill,” signed by Governor Haslam.