JUNE 2017

Nashville Artist’s Preform “Country For A Cause”

At Loretta’s Last Call

The Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance brought some of the most real, raw talent the Loretta’s Last Call stage has ever seen at their fundraising event “Country For A Cause”. June 22nd’s Nashville inspired Singer Songwriter Night featured three incredible artists, inspiring and comedic tales of the songwriting experience, and a whole lot of number one billboard hits written and performed by J.T. Harding, Lori McKenna, and Phil Barton.

Harding, raised in Grosse Point, Michigan, has written a number of songs for Nashville’s elite, including Dirks Bentley, Uncle Kracker, and Blake Shelton. Churning out hits like Kenny Chesney’s “Somewhere with You,” and Blake Shelton’s “Sangria,” Harding has established himself as one of Nashville’s go-to songwriters. While he has an avid love for music and writing, his musical roots are not traditionally country, which allows him to stand out from the crowd in an industry that’s constantly evolving outside of the genre’s norms.

McKenna, born and raised in Stoughton, MA, has been penning tunes for stars like Faith Hill, Keith Urban, and Reba, since the late 90s. As the mastermind behind Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” and Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” McKenna has become one of the most sought after songwriters in Nashville. Her insightful lyrics and melodic voice granted her the opportunity to record her own albums as well, including “Numbered Doors,” which has been names one of the “40 Best Country albums of 2014” by Rolling Stone.

After writing music for children’s shows like “Bob The Builder” and “Thomas the Tank Engine,” Barton found a love for writing music that stuck with people, and thus brought his skills to Nashville. Born and bred in Sydney, Australia, he moved to Nashville in 2008 and has been making waves ever since, authoring number one singles like the Lee Brice’s hits “A Woman Like You,” and “Hard To Love,” and has written for Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, and Jana Kramer.

Harding, McKenna, and Barton’s unforgettable performance can be owed to the Reid A. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance; a non-profit organization bringing awareness to adolescence and young adults with cancer. Fin 2005, the Alliance continues to raise funds through events like the annual “Reid’s Ride.”

The 13th Annual Reid’s Ride, a 28-mile scenic bike ride that runs from Lynnfield High School to Gloucester High School, is held every year on the 3rd Sunday in July.  The event, filled with food, fun, music and more, will be taking place on July 16th from 7AM-12PM, and all proceeds will go to the Reid A. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance.

For more information on where to sign up and registration pricing, please visit https://www.firstgiving.com/Reidsride/2017_Reids_Ride.