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.

2019 performers

Bob DiPiero

Bob DiPiero has been one of the most consistent and prolific songwriters and entertainers ever to walk Music Row in Nashville. Inducted in 2007 to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mr. DiPiero has written numerous hits such as Southern Voice (Tim McGraw); Gone, She Don’t Tell Me To, and If You Ever Stop Lovin’ Me (Montgomery Gentry); Lovin’ You is Fun (Easton Corbin); Daddy’s Money (Ricochet); The Church on Cumberland Road (Shenandoah); Blue Clear Sky, Cowboys Like Us (George Strait); Little Rock (Reba McEntire); and many more. Mr. DiPiero’s song Coming Home received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Song in a Motion Picture (Country Strong). In 2017, Bob DiPiero was honored by BMI with the prestigious BMI Icon Award.



Jeffrey Steele

Jeffrey Steele has been named to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (2013), awarded BMI Songwriter of the Year (2007 and 2003) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Songwriter of the Year (2006, 2005 and 2003). CMA has twice awarded him the coveted “Triple Play Award” for three No. 1 songs in a year (2010 & 2007). Some of Steele’s greatest hits include: My Wish, What Hurts the Most, Everyday, Here, Me and My Gang, These Days, Life’s a Song (Rascal Flatts); Meanwhile Back at Mama’s, The Cowboy in Me (Tim McGraw); Raise ‘Em Up (Keith Urban ft. Eric Church); Knee Deep (Zac Brown Band ft. Jimmy Buffet), Something To Be Proud Of, Gone, Hell Yeah, My Town (Montgomery Gentry); Brand New Girlfriend (Steve Holy).



Tim Nichols

With nearly two dozen smash hits, multiple BMI songwriting awards, a Grammy for Best Country Song, as well as recently being a 2017 Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, Tim Nichols has earned his place among Nashville’s most elite and respected tunesmiths.

In 2004, Nichols co-wrote Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” which stayed at #1 for ten consecutive weeks. In addition to breaking a 30 year record, “Live Like You Were Dying” won the Grammy award for Best Country Song in 2005. It also won the Song of the Year award from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, BMI Country Awards, ASCAP Country Awards, Billboard and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. It is the only song to have won every major song award that is presented for country music

Other Nichols’ hits helped launch the careers of Jo Dee Messina, (Heads Carolina, Tails California) and Broken Bow Records recording artist Dustin Lynch, (Cowboys and Angels) Sony Music artist Chris Young stayed at the top of the charts for 3 weeks with the Nichols composition, “The Man I Want To Be.”


Past performers include:

  • Kelley Lovelace
  • Neil Thrasher
  • Rivers Rutherford
  • 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

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Betty and Ray Boazman

Martha C. Clark
Complete RX
Deborah Eckel
Harbor Perfusion
Higginbotham/Swantner &Gordon
Malek Family Properties
Manette & Richard Scanio
Harbor Playhouse
Andrews Distributing