New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
The Pen Fund: Inspired By Hank Cochran Presents Songwriters 4 Songwriters - Ladies' Night on Tuesday, November 10 at 3rd & Lindsley. Tickets are $20 online and $25 day of show; the doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. For those who cannot attend the show, donations can be made directly to The Pen Fund at www.thepenfund.org or by logging on to your PayPal Account. The lineup boasts a remarkable array of talent that includes:
Matraca Berg - Native Nashvillian and NSAI Hall of Fame member Berg's songs have been sung by Randy Travis, Faith Hill, The Nitty
Gritty Dirt Band, Linda
Tucker, Pam Tillis, Keith Urban, Loretta Lynn
and dozens of others. "The Last One to Know," "I'm That Kind of Girl," "Wild Angels" and "You And Tequila
" are among the more than 200 recordings of her songs - making Matraca one of the most recorded composers in Music
City. In 1997, her Gary Harrison co-write "Strawberry Wine" was named Song of the Year by both the Country Music
Association and the NSAI. The two-time Grammy nominee has earned a dozen BMI songwriter awards, is a gifted performer in her own right, and was one of Hank's favorite songwriters.
Erin Enderlin - Erin has had songs recorded by artists Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Bryan, Joey + Rory, and Tyler Farr, including the award-winning singles "Monday Morning Church
" and "Last Call." A featured artist on the Willie Nelson
Country Throwdown Tour in 2011, the Arkansas native has opened shows for Marty Stuart, Kip Moore, and Diamond Rio, and performed at the Grand Ole Opry, the famed Ryman Auditorium and Billy Bob's Texas.
Kalisa Ewing - A native Tennessean, Kalisa's songs have been recorded by Kelly
Clarkson and Kellie Pickler, and been showcased on and included in the Season 2 soundtrack of the popular television show, NASHVILLE. She recently performed on the Grand Ole Opry At The Ryman, and shared the stage with Loretta Lynn
in May. Her sweet Country voice and hauntingly beautiful lyrics drove her to follow in the footsteps of her late grandfather, who moved to Music
City in 1972 to pursue his dreams.
Marla Cannon-Goodman - Marla grew up surrounded by some of the greatest songwriters in the business, including her father, songwriter/producer Buddy
Cannon. Her first cut, "The Fool," recorded by LeeAnn Womack, hit #1 on the Country charts, jump-starting a career that features recordings by Blake
Shelton, Kenny Chesney, George
Strait, Sammy Kershaw, Billy Currington, Eric Church, and many others. She has reached #1 with two more songs: "Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo" by Tracy Byrd
and "Cleaning This Gun" by Rodney Atkins.
In addition to these singer/songwriters, several "special guests" will be on hand.
Created in honor of NSAI Hall of Fame and Grammy award-winner Hank Cochran, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2010, the Fund raised over $11,000 with its first benefit in July. This show promises to match the excitement of that inaugural event - and supporters hope that the reasonable ticket price will pack the house. "These are among the premiere songwriters in Nashville," notes Booth Calder Cochran, co-founder of TPF. "That they all happen to be women - and great entertainers - would delight Hank!"
The death rate for pancreatic cancer is an astonishing 93%; treatment can bankrupt families and worries over financial matters create their own problems. "The goal of the Fund is to lend direct assistance to songwriters who are affected by this cancer," states Booth. "We would love to help further research and see early diagnostic testing implemented, but right now our main focus has to be on those who have already been stricken with this deadly disease."
For more information on The Pen Fund, visit www.hankcochran.com or www.facebook.com/ThePenFund.
To learn more about the Nikki
Mitchell Foundation visit www.nikkimitchellfoundation.org or https://www.facebook.com/NikkiMitchellFoundation.