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Songwriter concert series kicks off
Coley, Harvey to perform in Gainesville
Singer and songwriter Alex Harvey will play at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville as the first performance of the Summer Songwriting series.

Summer Songwriter Series
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8
Where: Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville
Tickets: $15

John Ford Coley and Alex Harvey will kick off the Summer Songwriter Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Brenau Downtown Center.

The two men will play their hit songs and share stories about their music as the first of three intimate concerts in a 300-seat auditorium at the school’s Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW, in Gainesville.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at Brenau University and the Gainesville-based John Jarrard Foundation are sponsoring the series.

Brenau’s newest venue offers the perfect setting to hear the songwriting legends share their experiences, influences and inspirations behind their hits. Carl Dylan, Mark Dowdy and Ally Lindeen will start off Saturday’s show.

Coley with England Dan in the 1970s before striking out on his own. His hits include “Love is the Answer” and “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” along with a host of songs from feature films and TV shows such as “Just Tell Me You Love Me,” “Cold Case” and songs for Dr. Pepper and Maxwell House Coffee. In the 1980s, the guitarist and classically trained pianist began acting, landing roles in film and on television.

Harvey is known for his hits like “Reuben James” and “Delta Dawn,” selling more than 150 million recordings. His songs have been recorded by a diverse group of performers — Sammy Davis Jr., Henry Mancini, Andy Williams and Peggy Lee, for example — while Kenny Rogers has recorded more than 17 of Harvey’s compositions. Harvey later moved from the music to the acting world, landing in Los Angeles and studying acting with classmates Patrick Swayze, Tony Danza and Michelle Pfeiffer. After years on the big screen, Harvey returned to music with a new Christian music CD.

Two more shows are lined up the summer will feature Fred Knobloch and Tony Arata on July 18 and Randall Bramblett and Greg Barnhill on Aug. 3. Local singers and songwriters will open up each show.

“The Summer Songwriter Series is an extension of the John Jarrard Foundation’s major concert in September, and I’m excited about it because it’s one of the first events we’ve had in Brenau’s new downtown space,” said songwriter Bruce Burch, executive in residence at Brenau University’s College of Business & Mass Communication and founder of the John Jarrard Foundation. “The theater is intimate and you get some great sound from it. I think events like this are going to change the face of downtown Gainesville.”

For more information, visit or call Jody Jackson at 770-710-9191.