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February 29, 2024

The Franklin Theatre

Show starts at 7pm


Join us for a special LEAP DAY songwriters' night featuring Beth Nielsen Chapman, Sandy Emory Lawrence, Tommy Sims, and Trent Willmon.

2024 Featured Songwriters

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Beth Nielsen Chapman

Beth Nielsen Chapman, whose diverse body of work spans 15 albums and seven No. 1 hits; her compositions have been recorded by Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, the Indigo Girls and Keb Mo’.

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Sandy Emory Lawrence

Sandy Emory Lawrence, recipient of the ASCAP Sammy Cahn Award for promising lyrics whose credits include Joey and Rory hits like “If Not for You” and “When I’m Gone.”

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Tommy Sims

Tommy Sims, a seven-time Grammy winner whose work as band leader, producer and songwriter has led to record sales of over 170 million for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton and more. 

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Trent Willmon

Trent Willmon, CMA Award-winning producer, singer and songwriter who penned hits “Beer Man” and “On Again Tonight” with Sony Records, has written for the likes of Brad Paisley and Montgomery Gentry and produced for artists like 2023 Country Song of the Year Grammy Award winner Cody Johnson.

2024 Strings & Stories Sponsors

Heroes for Hope

Champions for Community

Allies for Advocacy

Friends for the Future


Joel & Kari


In-Kind Sponsors

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Questions? Contact Nan Zierden at or (615) 550-1443.

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