Girls’ Night Out... and Cool Guys, Too!

Girls’ Night Out... and Cool Guys, Too! features 4 top songwriters in concert

Release Date: 5/11/2004. Expired: 5/22/2004

Four of Nashville’s top singer/songwriters are teaming up for an evening of music and fun at The Renaissance Center in Dickson on May 22.

Girls’ Night Out... and Cool Guys, Too! brings together on the same stage for one night the talents of Jill Colucci, Mary Ann Kennedy, Pam Rose and Jana Stanfield. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children under 13. The concert will be videotaped by The Renaissance Center’s award-winning Multimedia Department for later broadcast on the Renaissance Channel.

“This lineup brings together the creative forces behind some of the top songs in recent years as well as four terrific voices and performers,” said Elaine Sherrill, senior director of Music at The Renaissance Center. “Each of these ladies has written a song you will recognize and you would be surprised at some of the other places you will know their voices from.”

If you watch television, go to the movies or listen to the radio, you’ve heard Jill Colucci. Her songwriting credits include the 1993 Billboard Song of the Year No One Else on Earth, recorded by Wynonna Judd, ASCAP and CMA #1 Award-winning songs I’m Gonna Be Somebody and Anymore, recorded by Travis Tritt, as well as cuts on albums by Michelle Wright, Anne Murray, Lacy J. Dalton, Larry Stewart, Kennedy Rose and many more. She also has provided vocals on albums for Donna Summer, Julio Iglesias, Anne Murray, Laura Branigan and Phoebe Snow.

If that isn’t enough, Colucci wrote and sang the theme song for television’s America’s Funniest Home Videos and sang theme songs for ABC and the Disney Channel. She is heard singing on commercials for Coors, Glidden Paint, Oldsmobile, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola and Toyota, among others. Her vocals have been featured in television shows such as Miami Vice, Designing Women, Santa Barbara and Spencer For Hire, the mini-series Lonesome Dove and feature films like Mystic Pizza, Where the Boys Are, Taps, All the Right Moves and White Water Summer. She wrote the song Paradise, which was featured in the soundtracks for White Water Summer and Little Nikita.

Colucci began singing at an early age and won the televised talent competition on the Gene Carroll Show in Cleveland at age seven. That led to her becoming a regular entertainer on the program for 10 years. She formed her own band after high school and toured for two years as drummer and lead vocalist. She eventually moved to California where she earned work as a vocalist and developed her songwriting. She has recently released a CD of her own songs, No Regrets, which includes her hit compositions and other new songs.

Music and animals have been the two loves of Mary Ann Kennedy’s life as far back as she can remember. “If I wasn’t singing and playing guitar, making up songs or practicing with my cousin Randy for our family band, The Country Cousins, I was running around with the animals and riding - first ponies, then horses,” Kennedy said.

After two years of teaching junior high school choral music, Kennedy packed it up and moved to Nashville to pursue a musical career. She signed her first publishing deal in 1978 and within three years inked a record deal as part of the group Calamity Jane. Her first songwriting single, co-written with Pam Rose, was the Grammy-nominated Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands recorded by Lee Greenwood. She also co-wrote the recent hit by Martina McBride, Safe in the Arms of Love.

A songwriting partnership with Rose and Pat Bunch produced a second Grammy nomination with Restless Heart’s I’ll Still Be Loving You. Kennedy and Rose then became harmony vocalists for Emmylou Harris, which led to the pair recording two albums as the duo Kennedy Rose for Sting’s label, Pangaea, as well as touring with the former lead singer for The Police.

Since then Kennedy has concentrated on songwriting and producing, even being co-owner and publisher of Gila Monster Music and Dreamcatcher Music. She has sung background and played mandolin for several album projects, including Martina McBride, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Art Garfunkel, Pam Tillis, Hank Williams Jr., John Berry, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Blackhawk, Mindy McCready and others.

In addition to her songwriting with Kennedy and performing as half of Kennedy Rose, Pam Rose has established her own songwriting and musicianship on an assortment of instruments, all the while staying true to her roots in acoustic rock and folk. After nearly two years in the studio, Rose has completed her first solo recording in years, the long awaited Morpheus.

“I wanted to do a conceptual album this time,” Rose said. “I wanted to portray the life and evolution of this person, this ‘being’s’ journey through time and love. And I wanted to really push the artistic envelope, both stylistically and instrumentally. And we did. We used some conventional instrumentation on some songs, but in general enjoyed the departure... It’s a very emotional record. It’s not for the faint of heart.”

By the age of 12, Rose had already taken to the piano, trumpet, bass and guitar. Her high school years at an experimental school encouraged individual study of advanced music theory and composition. Later she studied music at Florida State and, after completing all the electives, dropped out to play live with several rock and jazz bands. After following her dream to Nashville, she hooked up with Kennedy when both were signed to the same publishing company.

Known as “The Queen of Heavy Mental,” Jana Stanfield describes her music as “psychotherapy you can dance to.” With her soaring vocals, acoustic arrangements and meaningful lyrics, Stanfield says that her goal is to use her music to give people a “faith-lift.”

Stanfield wrote If I Had Only Known, which Reba McEntire recorded as a tribute to her band following the tragic deaths of several members in a plane crash. Stanfield’s compositions have also been recorded by Suzy Bogguss, John Schneider, Andy Williams, Gary Morris and others. She has shared stages with performers ranging from Kenny Loggins to The Dixie Chicks.

Stanfield’s music has been heard on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, a national radio tribute to John F. Kennedy Jr. and the rodeo movie 8 Seconds. She also operates her own motivational speaking business, Keynote Concerts, Inc., and for the past 10 years she has made her living as a keynote speaker for conferences and corporate events. She started a record company, Jana StanTunes Records, as a one-woman operation on her dining room table and it has grown into Relatively Famous Records, selling more than 100,000 copies of her CDs through her live performances, Web site and word of mouth.

Stanfield has also been a six-year volunteer at Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps for kids and sang Sing, Love, Dance on last year’s MDA telethon, performing along with Cher, Celine Dion and Clay Aiken, among others.

For more information on Girls’ Night Out... And Cool Guys, Too!, call (615)740-5600. To purchase tickets, call (615)740-5570.

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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