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Homecoming in the Round 2014
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Homecoming in the Round 2014

When: Friday, February 7, 2014
7:00 PM - doors open at 6:00 PM
Where: Massey Performing Arts Center
Belmont University Campus
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee  37212
United States
Contact: Julie Thomas

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"Homecoming in the Round"

Friday, February 7 - 7:00 PM
Massey Performing Arts Center
Doors open at 6:00 PM

Tickets are FREE, but required for admission.
Contact the Curb Event Center Box Office at 615-460-2255.
If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available the at the door the night of the show.

Alumni can request tickets on-line through the link below.

To reserve your tickets click here! 

Password:  Alumni

You are invited to be our guest for the 2nd annual "Homecoming in the Round," featuring Belmont alumni songwriters,artists, musicians and special guests.

Featured Belmont alumni:


Gordon Kennedy

Gordon Kennedy, a 1981 Belmont alum, is a multi Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer, guitarist and visionary at the forefront of Nashville's music community. Kennedy's name became nationally recognized when he won "Song of the Year" at the 1997 Grammys for Eric Clapton's No. 1 hit "Change the World,” which he co-wrote with Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims. Kennedy won a 2007 "Best Pop Instrumental Album" Grammy for co-producing Peter Frampton's Fingerprints album. In addition to his work with Clapton and Frampton, Kennedy has had his songs cut by musical greats, including Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek, George Strait, Martina McBride, Joan Osborne, Wynonna, T-Pain, Mary J. Blige, Akon, P Diddy, and, most recently, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs.

Chris Rodriguez

A 1983 Belmont alum, Chris Rodriguez was born on March 7, 1960, in Bronx New York, and moved to Nashville, becoming a veteran of the scene in the early 1990s. His debut album, Beggar's Paradise, was released by Sony in 1999, by which time he had collaborated on projects with country and CCM acts such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Wynonna Judd, and Shania Twain. He continues to work as a session musician with other artists on the Nashville scene, such as Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, and Lee Ann Womack. Chris is also the brainchild behind the Nashville based band "The Alternators" that features some of Nashville's best session players that interchange as their schedules allow.

Greg Bates

Greg Bates, a 2010 alum and Nashville native, is a country singer-songwriter who recently recorded his debut album with hit producer and songwriter Jimmy Ritchey. This project includes the recent Top 5 hit, "Did it for the Girl." The song, which pays homage to one of Greg's idols George Strait, made him one of the few new artists to crack the Top 5 with a debut single. His second single, "Fill in the Blank," was the #1 most added song during its release week and was recently featured on the ABC series, Nashville. Greg has shared the stage with Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson, Alabama, and Alan Jackson and is currently headlining shows across the country.

Tina Adair

Tina Adair, is a 2002 Belmont alum and accomplished musician with a love for stringed instruments. Her first album, produced by Jerry Douglas, featured Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Aubrey Haynie, Viktor Krauss, Charlie Cushman, Keith Little and Alan O'Bryant. The album sold twenty thousand copies and climbed to the top ten on the Americana charts. This successful album led her to be nominated four times for SPBGMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" and twice for the IBMA "Female Vocalist of the Year." After years of preparation she is introducing a new band simply titled, The Tina Adair Band. The band is in the process of completing its first album and by all indications, bluegrass audiences will be so very glad to have her back.

Jaimee Paul

Jaimee Paul, 1999 alum, has built a vocal career as a session singer by day, and jazz singer by night. In 2008, Jaimee was signed to Green Hills Music as their first female vocalist. Her debut record, "At Last," reached #1 on the iTunes Jazz charts. She has since recorded several more albums with Green Hills, including "Bonded," debuting at #6 on the charts and produced by multi-Grammy award winning producer, Michael Omartian. Her latest Christian CD, "Hear My Prayer," was recently nominated for a Dove award for "Best Inspirational Album." She not only spends time in the studio but on the road as well. She spent 2 and a half years singing background for country legend Wynonna Judd, and spent the last year singing backgrounds for Kelly Clarkson, including a tour with Maroon 5. She and her jazz band, with her husband Leif Shires on trumpet, have travelled the world playing for all kinds of audiences, and will embark on a stateside tour in the fall of 2014.

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper is an Indiana native and a 2007 Belmont alum who has spent the past four years as a full-time songwriter here in Nashville. Collaborating with his mentor, Gordon Kennedy, he has had cuts on Ricky Skaggs' Grammy-nominated album "Mosaic," as well as Skaggs' 2012 release "Music to My Ears." When he is not writing music in his East Nashville studio, Ben is soaking up every minute with his wife Brittany and their 1 1/2 year old baby girl, Eleanor Joy.
Russell Dickerson
Russell Dickerson, a 2011 graduate, signed his first songwriting contract while attending Belmont University. Since graduating he released his first single "Green Light" to Sirius XM, where it spent 7 weeks on the Hot 30. He is currently writing and recording for his debut album release and has shared the stage with country artists Kip Moore, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, and Florida Georgia Line.

Lisa Bevill

Lisa Bevill, a 1984 Belmont Alumnae, has been working professionally in the secular and Christian music business since the age of 16. Lisa has recorded 5 successful albums, which produced 15 hit singles in the top 5 of AC, CHR, INSOP Christian music charts, with 7 of those songs charting at #1, and multiple Dove award nominations. Lisa has performed with and sung on albums for a wide range of artists, including Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Linda Ronstadt, Jo Dee Messina, Peter Cetera, Reba McEntire, James Ingram, Michael W. Smith, Wynonna Judd, Donna Summer, Dolly Parton, and the late Rich Mullins, and many others. In addition, she's recorded radio and TV jingles for many different companies including Toyota, McDonalds, Coke, Wrigley's Doublement Gum, Ford, Domino's Pizza, Radio Shack, Pepsi, and the jingle that won't die ...Stanley Steemer. Lisa's voice can also be heard in the movies, "Charlotte's Web," "Something to Talk About," "Garth Brooks" - Lifetime Achievement DVD, and "Thank You Billy Graham."
Dann Huff
Dann Huff, a 1988 alum, is an award winning session musician, singer-songwriter and producer. For his work as a producer he has won several awards including the Musician of the Year award in 2001 & 2004 at the CMA Awards and Producer of the Year award in 2006 & 2009 at the ACM's. Huff began his career in the original Christian rock band White Heart. He has since been active as a session guitarist and producer in both rock music and country music. Over the years he has sat in on recordings for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Kenny Loggins, Reba McEntire, Celine Dion, DC Talk, Shania Twain, Michael Bolton, Luther Vandross, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart and just about any other artist who has topped the charts in genres from country to rock to Christian and back again. Huff has worked as a producer for various bands and artists including Faith Hill, Megadeth, Rebecca St. James and Rascal Flatts.
Guest Appearances by:


Wayne Kirkpatrick

Most people know Wayne Kirkpatrick from his 1996 Grammy Award winning song of the year, "Change The World," recorded by Babyface and Eric Clapton. What you may not know is that Wayne has had over 150 cuts in the last ten years. He has enjoyed Pop, Country, Christian and R&B cuts such as "Every Heartbeat" and "Good For Me" by Amy Grant, "Place In This World" by Michael W. Smith, as well as recordings by Wynonna, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Jo Dee Messina, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Joe Cocker and The Wreckers (My, Oh My). Wayne solely wrote Garth Brook's single "Wrapped Up In You" and penned the song used in the Garth Brooks' Dr. Pepper commercial. He is also a writer on Bonnie Raitt's singles "I Can't Help You Now" and "I Will Not Be Broken" along with "Take My Love With You" from her newly released Slipstream album. He has produced and written for three Little Big Town records, yielding such hits as "Boondocks," "Bring It On Home," "A Little More You" and "Little White Church."


Tommy Sims

Tommy Sims is a renowned bassist, songwriter, producer and bandleader. He was the bassist of the popular Christian rock band White Heart which he left to become a studio musician and producer. He co-wrote Eric Clapton's "Change the World" which won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1997. Other songs of his have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Garth Brooks, Cher, BlackStreet, Toni Braxton and BabyFace among others. Tommy has also worked with Michael Bolton, Amy Grant, Kelly Clarkson, CeCe Winans, Israel, The Neville Brothers, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, and others. In addition to writing and producing, Sims also released a solo album in August 2000 entitled Peace and Love. A song from this release, "It Don't Matter to the Sun," was featured on the soundtrack of the hit television drama Grey's Anatomy. Sims has had his songs featured in several blockbuster films including Kevin Costner's For Love of the Game and Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd's Where the Heart Is.

Check back often, as additional alumni, & guest artists and musicians will be announced soon!

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