Thu – The Writer’s Share presents: Byron Hill, John Ford Coley and Jenn Schott
BYRON HILL has over 700 recordings, 77 RIAA Gold & Platinum awards, and 11 ASCAP Awards. Byron has written hits for George Strait (“Fool Hearted Memory”), Johnny Lee (“Pickin’ Up Strangers”), Ray Charles, Alabama (“Born Country”), Larry Stewart, George Jones (“High-Tech Redneck”), Tracy Byrd, Anne Murray, Colt Ford, Neal McCoy (“If I Was A Drinkin’ Man”), Sammy Kershaw (“Politics, Religion And Her”), Gary Allan (“Nothing On But The Radio”), Joe Nichols (“Size Matters”), and many others.
JOHN FORD COLEY is known as half of the 1970’s/80’s Grammy-nominated duo “England Dan and John Ford Coley.” The duo’s albums reached a world-wide audience while gaining gold and platinum status, known for such hits as: “Love Is The Answer”. “Gone Too Far”, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight”, “Nights Are Forever”, “We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again”. “Soldier In The Rain”, “Sad To Belong, and “Westward Wind”. Over the years John has shared the stage and toured with many of the music industry’s famous hit makers. Some of those include: Elton John, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carole King, Bread, Loggins and Messina, Led Zepplin, Carly Simon, Bill Cosby, Steve Miller Band, Randy Bachman, Jesse Colin Young, Air Supply, Ambrosia, Poco, Terry Sylvester (formerly of the Hollies), Orleans, Lou Gramm and Gordon Lightfoot to name a few. When not on the road, John spends his time with his family in Charleston, SC and Franklin, TN
Born and raised in Pittsburg, Kansas, Jenn Schott was destined to have a career in music. It’s in her genes. Her grandfather was the concert master violinist for the CBS orchestra including the Ed Sullivan show, her father was a university professor of woodwinds, and her mother is a flutist. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Jenn made the move to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter.
Since then, her songs have been recorded by artists including Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Lucy Hale, Francesca Battistelli, Jamie Lynn Spears, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Kelleigh Bannen, Restless Road, and Restless Heart. Jenn co-wrote Mickey Guyton’s debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” which was named one of Billboard’s 10 Best Country Songs of 2015. She also penned the title track of Tim McGraw’s Grammy nominated album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” which was the namesake of McGraw’s 2013 summer tour. Jenn’s other past radio singles include Restless Heart’s “Feel My Way To You”, Fiona Culley’s, “Act Like A Lady,” Katie Armiger’s “Unseen,” Billy Ray Cyrus’ “A Good Day,” and pop artist Lucy Walsh’s “1882.” In addition to her success in the U.S. country market, Jenn has also had songs released by top-selling artists in Canada and Australia.
Jenn is an alumna of Leadership Music and proudly sits on board of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.