Britain’s Top Songwriters to Invade Music City; Co-write with Hot Hit Makers

A British invasion is headed for Nashville, and Music City should prepare for a unique cultural exchange between our elite songwriters and our creative overseas counter parts.

This week long live music event (United Kingdom/Nashville Songwriter Exchange Collaboration) is set to take place the week of September 16-25, 2013 and is open to the public.

This event focuses on bringing cultures together through musical collaboration and showcasing music talents internationally. Organized and funded by The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), this visit will feature selected artists and writers from overseas collaborating with many of Nashville’s top songwriters and performers.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, expressed his excitement about this cultural experience by commenting “it is a fantastic opportunity to gain even more experience in one of the greatest music cities in the world.” The Nashville’s Welcoming Reception will take place at Belcourt Taps on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 5pm. “Nashville is proud to be home to some of the world’s best musicians and songwriters, and that creative community helps make our city a unique global music center,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. “I’m pleased to welcome these British songwriters to Music City for this cultural exchange. We’re always pleased when songwriters from around the world come to Nashville to take part in the collaborative experience our songwriting community is known for.”

Performances by these acts will be held daily in the afternoon and nightly at Belcourt Taps. The collaborations will be showcased on multiple indoor and outdoor stages, and hosted by Television Entertainment Reporter Susan Branham. It will feature a diverse variety of music including rock, urban, country, blues and electronic. Centered around the Americana Music Festival that takes place September 18-22, this event creates a transatlantic cultural and musical experience. “I’m excited to unite these two cultures together,” expressed Rose Melillo, industry veteran and owner of Belcourt Taps. “Nashville has many talented performers and for the UK to see that and believe in our artists is surreal.”
These collaborations will include extensive songwriting sessions at Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriter’s trade association, as well as education, mentorship and the opportunity to network amongst the industry.

Sector Specialists for the UK Music Industry, Phil Patterson, has partnered with twelve of British writers and a team of US veteran music professionals. The writers and artists include James Otto (#1 hit singer/songwriter), Trent Tomlinson (chart-topping artist), Lee Roy Parnell (hit country singer/songwriter), Ira Dean (former bass player for country trio Trick Pony), Marty Raybon (#1 singer/songwriter and former lead singer of Shenandoah), Hilary Williams (granddaughter of Hank Williams), Steve O’Brien (hit songwriter – Brooks & Dunn Rock My World), Steve Cropper (guitarist, producer and songwriter of Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay), Earl Bud Lee (award-winning hit songwriter –Friends In Low Places), Brad Stewart (current bassist for rock band FUEL), and Will Rambeaux (hit songwriter and producer – Faith Hill Wild One, etc). Other special guest heavy hitters include Roger Cook, Anthony Smith, Shannon Lawson, King’s Bullet, Sammy Hudson, Dan Daley, Steve O’Brien, ISHI, Daisy Mallory, The Band 13, Chas Sandford, Blue Miller, James House, BREE, Natasha Borzilova, Lotte Mullan, Paul Steel, Matt May, Mark Hill, Jessica Sharman, TJ Howard, Allen McKendree, Travis Gilbert, Stewart Mann and the Statesboro Revue


The enthusiasm of the involved artists gives confidence in what promises to become a staple in the Nashville music calendar. In exchange, The British Government will be repeating the process in Brighton, England next year by inviting Nashville acts for their showcase event called “The Great Escape.” In addition to the support of the UKTI and NSAI, sponsors include Spokes Buzz, Band Swap, Czann’s Brewing Company, and New Belgium Brewing. Executive chef Jane Marcum will be catering all the private parties during this week. Any donations and money raised during this event will go straight to Last Chance For Animals LCA), a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation.

Be a part of this historic musical event and share an international, mutual love of music. Be sure to check out or download the BelcourtTapsSongwriters mobile app for the full schedule.

UK Artist Focus:

Rising musician Robbie Boyd, the London musician who was overall winner of the Mayor’s Gigs busking (street performers) competition in 20111, will be a part of this special delegation being organized by UKTI.

About SpokesBUZZ & Band Swap: SpokesBUZZ raises global awareness of the Fort Collins sound and culture by bringing worldwide attention to local bands. Band Swap Founder Dani Grant has chosen Nashville as one of the stops for this year’s Band Swap city wide tour. The band they chose to be part of this event is Constitution.
About Last Chance For Animals (LCA): Founded in 1984 by Hollywood actor Chris DeRose, this organization believes that animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons independent of their service to humans.

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