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It’s time for the popular Singer Songwriter Night at Discovery Park of America, featuring our local celebrity, Phillip Coleman! He will be bringing two friends with him this year: Doug Johnson and Wynn Varble. Check out more information about each writer below. Tickets are limited to the first 200 guests who call and purchase their tickets over the phone or online.
When: Thursday, May 17
Cocktail Hour: 6:00-7:00 PM
Show Starts: 7:00 PM
Sponsored by: Commercial Bank
After Party: Libation Station at the Depot
Phillip Coleman: When Phillip Coleman left the farm in Troy, TN and moved to Nashville in 1995 to live out his songwriting dream, things happened pretty quickly. Country stars like Linda Davis and Jo Dee Messina were the first to chart with his songs, and a cut with superstar Kenny Chesney kept the ball rolling right along. Ronnie Dunn’s moving treatment of Coleman’s working man’s lament, “Cost of Living” changed everything. After Coleman mentioned the Goodyear factory that just shut down in his hometown, he found himself starring – along with a bunch of laid off workers in Union City, Tennessee –in a video for his own song. “Everybody back home was freaking out,” he said. “I had people calling me and texting me and telling me, ‘Man, you don’t know how great this is for this community.’ It’s just magic.” Coleman got some more good news when he learned that Miranda Lambert recorded his song, “All Kinds of Kinds.”
Doug Johnson: Whether it’s behind the pen as the writer of record-breaking hits like the recent Billboard “Song of the Year,” Love Like Crazy (Lee Brice) or the CMA and ACM “Song of the Year,” Three Wooden Crosses, (Randy Travis), at the console as the producer of artists like Lee Brice, Hank Jr., Clay Walker and Michael Montgomery, or behind the desk helming an A&R department, Doug Johnson knows his way around a hit.
Over the past three decades Johnson has carved out impressive niches in all aspects of the business as an engineer, mixer, musician, producer and top executive, but it’s his passion for creating a well-crafted song that continues to inspire and motivate him with an energy and enthusiasm that is unparalleled in this business. “By far my greatest love is the song. Everything else is an attempt to powerfully capture and express the song in its truest sense to get it to the listener. I’ve been fortunate to be involved in several different aspects of the music business but if I could only do one, it would definitely be songwriting,” says Johnson, “Every other job I’ve had means absolutely nothing without a great song.”
Wynn Varble:After many years of playing in honkytonks, bars and feed store parking lots; he decided to make the move to Nashville. His first radio single was “Fit To Be Tied Down by Sammy Kershaw. Since then he has had dozens of hits including three number ones…all three were nominated as Song Of The Year by either CMA or ACM and sometimes both. Those songs are: “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley, “Waiting On A Woman” by Brad Paisley, and “I’m A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin.
Wynn received Nashville Songwriters Association’s Songwriter of the Year Award in 2009.
Wynn has played on the Grand Ole Opry. He has appeared on reality shows and currently has a weekly spot on the Joey and Rory Show on RFD TV.
Wynn still writes songs everyday and tours extensively. His latest CD “Freak Show” has just been released. It is available on I Tunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
Wynn is currently with BMG.