Singer Songwriter Showcase

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This magical evening has been deemed the “best kept secret in Corpus Christi” as songwriters for some of country’s most prolific artists inspire an intimate group with stories behind the songs they’ve written for the likes of Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks. Their tales range from poignant and emotional to amusing and witty. Once you’ve experienced this wonderful evening, you won’t miss future performances.

2018 performers

Kelley Lovelace

Kelley Lovelace’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Randy Houser, Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols, Laura Alaina, Scotty McCreary, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry, and many others. Among these recordings, there have been 23 Top 10 Billboard hits, 16 of which have reached the #1 position. Kelley received Song of the Year nominations from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the TNN Music Awards for “He Didn’t Have to Be,” co-written with Brad Paisley. And he received his first Grammy nomination in the category of Best Country Song for “The Impossible,” recorded by Joe Nichols, co-written with Lee Miller. Kelley authored a gift book for step-fathers entitled “He Didn’t Have to Be,” as well as an inspirational book for songwriters, “If You’ve Got a Dream, I’ve Got a Plan.”



Neil Thrasher

Neil grew up watching his father perform professionally as part of the band, The Thrasher Brothers, so naturally, he began to record his own music and eventually found his passion in songwriting. In 2004 he was named the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers’ Songwriter of the Year. Thrasher’s songs have been recorded by some of music’s most successful acts, including Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, David Nail, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Billy Ray Cyrus, and many others. Neil’s “Take Me There,” performed by Rascal Flatts held the #1 spot on the charts for four weeks. In 2010, Neil was awarded the CMA’s Song of the Year for “Somebody Like Me,” recorded by Jason Crabb; and in 2013, he was honored with the ASCAP Country Song of the Year award for “How Country Feels,” performed by Randy Houser.



Rivers Rutherford

Rivers Rutherford is a soulful storyteller and began his career in music performing with American legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. He eventually wrote eight #1 hits and earned multiple Grammy, Country Music Award, and Academy of Country Music nominations, and 19 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers awards, including the ASCAP Country Song and Songwriter of the Year awards. Rivers’ name is on #1 songs performed by Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Rodney Atkins, and Trace Adkins. Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton performed his Grammy-nominated “When I Get Where I’m Going,” and Brooks and Dunn performed his “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You,” the duo’s most successful single to date.


Past performers include:

  • Wendell Mobley
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Lee Miller
  • Aaron Barker
  • Casey Beathard
  • Marc Beeson
  • Scotty Emerick
  • Allen Shamblin
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Jon Randall Stewart
  • Jessi Alexander
  • David Lee Murphy

For more information on this event, please call Development Foundation at (361) 694-6401.


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