One Grammy award winner, one Songwriter Hall of Fame, one “America’s Got Talent” contestant and two hit songwriters will showcase their talents to raise funds for five area charities.
The 15th annual John Jarrard Concert will begin Saturday, Sept. 17, on the front lawn of Brenau University at 500 Washington St. in downtown Gainesville. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the opening artist will begin singing at 6 p.m. The main show will be at 7:15 p.m.
This year’s performers are all from the Nashville music scene. They include:
* Gary Baker, who has won a Grammy and his hits include “I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery and “I’m Already There” by Lonestar.
* Stephony Smith, whose hits include “Big Star” by Kenny Chesney and “It’s Your Love” and “Back When” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
* Even Stevens, who is in the Songwriter Hall of Fame with hits such as “Drivin’ My Life Away” and “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt and “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman” by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.
* Corey Crowder, whose hits are “I’m Coming Over” and “Think of You” by Chris Young.
* Emily West, a finalist of “America’s Got Talent.”
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.johnjarrardfoundation.com. The funds will benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, The Good News Clinics, Good News at Noon, Challenged Child and Friends and The Georgia Mountain Food Bank.
The John Jarrard Foundation was established in 2000 in the memory of Georgia Music Hall of Fame member, John Jarrard. He scored 11 No. 1 hits. His songs were recorded by the group Alabama, George Strait, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, and others.
As a songwriter, Jarrard supported aspiring songwriters as well as gave back to the community. In his life, he raised more than $100,000 for charity, according to the foundation's website. The John Jarrard Foundation continues that work today.