Music City Hit-Makers: Songs & Symphony EP Release with Chris DeStefano, Marcus Hummon, and Rivers Rutherford - 6/4/19Tuesday, June 04 2019 6:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Start / Ends 9:30pm (Estimated End Time)
Music City Hit-Makers: Songs & Symphony EP Release with Chris DeStefano, Marcus Hummon, and Rivers Rutherford - 6/4/19
at City Winery Nashville
- 9:30pm (Estimated End Time)
The Songs, Their Stories, A Symphony.
Music City Hit-Makers fuses two things uniquely American — the songwriter and symphony pops. Featuring GRAMMY, CMA, ACM nominated and Award-winning Nashville songwriters who have penned hits for Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts and many more; “The Songs, Their Stories, A Symphony” is part storytelling, part comedy, and mostly, unforgettable acoustic performances of sixteen #1 songs! Join Music City Hit-Makers songwriters Chris DeStefano, Marcus Hummon, and Rivers Rutherford as we officially release the “Songs & Symphony” EP.
A native of Mt Laurel, New Jersey, Chris Destefano is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Chris began singing at a very early age in the acclaimed Academy Boys Choir of Philadelphia. At age 13, he acquired his first guitar and remembers writing his very first songs shortly after. Driven by his passion for music and knack for picking up new instruments, Destefano’s talents lead him to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music where he studied film scoring.
Upon graduating, Destefano followed the natural migration for many aspiring film score composers and moved to Los Angeles, California. However, what he discovered in LA was not the soundstage, but his gift for songwriting and producing. In 2008, Chris signed a publishing deal with EMI. It wasn’t long before he found his name climbing the Billboard charts with the first single from David Archuleta’s sophomore album, a song called “Something About Love.” Destefano followed with a string of songs on the records of several other notable American Idol winners or finalists; Kelly Clarkson, David Cook and Scotty McCreery.
Setting his sights on the Country Airplay chart, Chris began splitting time between LA and Nashville, collaborating with some of Nashville’s hottest songwriters. The transition was seamless and in early 2012 Chris charted his first country single with Jana Kramer’s “Why You Wanna” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart. Right on the heels of this success, Destefano achieved his first Country chart topper with the song “Good Girl” recorded by another former American Idol winner and Pop-Country superstar Carrie Underwood and then moved to Nashville.
Chris hit his stride with Country mega-star Carrie Underwood co-writing multiple #1 songs in a row; “Something Bad” and Grammy-Winning “Something In The Water” co-written with fellow Hit-Maker Brett James, and “Little Toy Guns” which marked his 10th #1 Country song which was also co-written by Music City Hit-Maker’s Hillary Lindsey. Chris also co-wrote “Kiss Somebody” with artist Morgan Evans which won Country Work of the Year at the APRA Music Awards.
His other chart-toppers include songs recorded by Billy Currington (“Hey Girl”), Brett Eldredge (“Don’t Ya”), Luke Bryan (“That’s My Kind of Night”, “Kick the Dust Up”), Miranda Lambert (“Somethin’ Bad”), Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”), Dan + Shay (“From the Ground Up”, “Nothin’ Like You”and Chase Rice (“Ready Set Roll”)
Marcus Hummon, has been called Nashville's Renaissance Man. He has enjoyed a successful career as a songwriter, recording artist, producer and studio musician, playwright and author. His songs have
been recorded in Pop, R and B, gospel...and most notably in country music. His country discography reads like a 'who's who' list of country notables over the last 15 years...Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, The
Dixie Chicks, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw, Wynona, Sara Evans, Alabama, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brian White, Leann Womack, Patty Lovelace...to name a few.
Six of his songs have charted #1 on Billboard, Radio and Records or Cashbox. BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD (Rascal Flatts), COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY, READY TO RUN (The Dixie Chicks), BORN TO FLY (Sara Evans), ONE OF THESE DAYS (Tim McGraw), and ONLY LOVE (Wynona). Several of his songs have been nominated for Grammys, ACMs and CMAs. In 2005 BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD won the Grammy for Best Country Song. Along the way he has garnered numerous BMI awards and been named Nashville's Best Local Songwriter 5 times by The Nashville Scene.
As a recording artist and multi-instrumentalist Marcus released a critically acclaimed country record for Columbia Records in 1995 (ALL IN GOOD TIME); also, in 1997 Marcus and Scottish BIG COUNTRY front-man, Stuart Adamson, released their duo album SUPERNATURAL, as The Raphaels, with Track Records out of London. He has also released two independent albums for Velvet Armadillo Records and another independent album called ROSANNA (2010).
Turning to theatre, Hummon has written 5 musicals and 2 operas. Two of his musicals, WARRIOR and THE PIPER, were featured Off-Broadway as part of the New York New Musical Festival (NYMF) in 2005, and 2006. WARRIOR and AMERICAN DUET received invitations to be work-shopped at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Summer Conference in 2005 and 2006 respectively. For WARRIOR, a musical about the life of Jim Thorpe, Marcus received an Award for Creative Excellence from the Native American Association of Tennessee. He also received a nomination for an NAACP Award for his play ATLANTA, which enjoyed an extended three-month run at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. His opera, SURRENDER ROAD, was supported by OPERA AMERICA and staged by The Nashville Opera Company.
In literature, Hummon's children's book, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE was published by Athenium Press, a division of Simon and Schuster in 2009. An earlier book of poetry, GOSPEL HAIKU was published by Providence Press.
As a Producer, Hummon has produced the freshman offering of country trio One Flew South on Decca Records; and he is also producing a record on Julie Roberts for MCA Nashville.
Marcus lives in Nashville with his wife Becca, and their three sons, Levi, Caney and Moses.
With a name like Rivers Rutherford, it's no surprise this soulful storyteller was destined to become one of Nashville, Tennessee's (and music's) most talented and accomplished singer-songwriters. Having grown up in the shadow of Elvis' Graceland homestead of Memphis, Rutherford came out of the gates swinging, landing his first cut with American legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson (aka The Highwaymen). What followed were 8 #1 hits, multiple Grammys, CMA and ACM nominations, and over 20 ASCAP Awards, including both of the coveted awards for Country Song Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year, all of which have firmly established Rutherford's position within the upper echelon of Nashville's most lauded songwriters.
You'll see Rivers' name on #1 songs by Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton (for the stunning and Grammy-nominated duet "When I Get Where I'm Going"), Kenny Chesney, Rodney Atkins, Trace Adkins, and Brooks & Dunn - penning the duo's most successful single to-date ("Ain't Nothing 'Bout You") which spent 6-weeks at #1 and won both 2002 Billboard and 2002 ASCAP Song Of The Year awards. Rivers has also enjoyed success with Country giants the likes of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, and Gary Allan.
Known for his gritty, southern style, Rutherford is unapologetic about his love for God, devotion to his family, and making great music. His decades long career, the countless hits to his credit and his ability to write music that is timeless is a testament to a man that has come to be respected as an artist in his own right.
A staple on Universal Music Publishing's roster since 1996, Rivers continues to write with and for the biggest names in Country music. He's also returned to his early troubadour roots and maintains a rigorous touring schedule (over 50 dates a year), bringing his rip-roaring brand of no-holds-barred entertainment to audiences all over the world who come to hear his familiar hits straight from the source. With a persona that is at once direct, raw, and impassioned, and possessing the shrewd skills of a storyteller capable of cutting right to the heart of the matter, Rivers is known to cross the line - a trait that endears him to fans of both his live performance and of his songwriting.