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Homecoming Concert - "Homecoming in the Round"
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Homecoming Concert - "Homecoming in the Round"
Homecoming Concert - "Homecoming in the Round"


When: Friday, February 23, 2018
7:00 PM
Where: Massey Performing Arts Center
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee  37212
United States
Julie Thomas

Phone: (615) 460-6723



Homecoming Concert

"Homecoming in the Round "
7:00 PM - Massey Performing Arts Center

Join us for the 6th Annual Homecoming concert hosted by Gordon Kennedy. “A Celebration of Song” will

recognize decades of talented Belmont songwriters in celebration of the the 10th Anniversary of Belmont’s Curb College Songwriting Major.


This event is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited so reserve your tickets

by calling or texting the Curb Event Center Box Office at (615) 460-2255.


   Alumni Host


Gordon Kennedy

Gordon Kennedy ('81), 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. The Ricky Skaggs album "Mosaic," for which he co-produced and co-wrote all of the songs, earned 2 Grammy nominations. 

In addition to his work with Clapton, Frampton and Skaggs, 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 ... among others. He is currently wrapping up a new record, a sequel to the critically acclaimed project by the group Dogs Of Peace. 

"Change the World" 2014 with Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Tommy Sims and guest guitarist Dann Huff.


Featured Alumni Artists, Songwriters, & Musicians

Matt Dragstrem  Naperville, Illinois native Matt Dragstrem ('08) moved to Nashville with dreams to pursue a career as an artist. He attended Belmont University; however, during his attendance, he realized that songwriting was instead the direction in which he wanted to take his talents, and at the end of 2013, he signed his first publishing deal with Big Loud Shirt. Prior to being signed, his song “Typical” by Amy Stroup was featured on ABC’s Pretty Little Liars. However, his talents continued to blossom, and in early 2014, only months after having been signed, his first major cut came with Kenny Chesney’s track, “Rock Bottom”. The following year, he achieved his first #1 single, “Sippin’ On Fire”, by Florida Georgia Line, and in 2016, Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need A Drink”, followed by Blake Shelton’s “I’ll Name The Dogs” in 2017. He has also had cuts by various artists including Jake Owen and Tim McGraw. When asked his influences, Dragstrem stated that artists who inspire him include Billy Joel, Nirvana, Justin Timberlake and Drake. Additionally, Max Martin, Stargate, Pharrell Williams, and Craig Wiseman have been instrumental to him in regards to songwriting. Dragstrem continues to develop at an exponential pace and sets no boundaries or genre for his creativity. 




Dwan Hill


A Grammy-award winning songwriter and producer known for his lively songs and quirky style, Dwan delivers a sound that is wonderfully nostalgic, yet refreshing. In addition to earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from Belmont University, he has shared the stage with prominent artists including Jonny Lang, CeCe Winans, Drew Holcomb, Lauren Daigle, and many others. His own musical projects Mister Pride and Good Time combine 70's influences with a modern flare, presenting both his humorous and contemplative life stories through witty lyrics and top-notch musicianship.


At the heart of his creativity and inspiration is Dwan's love of teaching. Whether leading a small group of college men, writing encouraging blog posts, or serving in his home church, Dwan enjoys riveting conversation and the challenge of making complex ideas simple. He currently serves as the Worship Director at Nashville Life Church. Dwan and his wife have been married for three years and have a handsome son, Tobin.

Sarah Peacock

Sarah Peacock ('05) made her home in a ‘92 Volvo with her dog and a guitar, and for nearly seven years earned a living in the corner shadows of American dive bars. The tables turned in 2011 when ananonymous fan helped her buy out her recording contract. Since then she has released six albums, winning multiple awards for her songwriting. “Hurricane” won Best Song in the American Songwriting Awards, and “Beautiful” was a winner with International Unsigned Only.
“The Cool Kids,” and “Are We There Yet” have nominated her for Best Female Artist and Best Song in a number of songwriting competitions. Peacock was also named Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year.

But the dark side takes another swing in 2015. From RCA Studio A "project golden child" to street orphan practically overnight, Peacock was ghosted by her entire team and producer without explanation. Spirits crushed, she hit
the road, solo, again. That was the catalyst that launched her next album, “Dream On,” and landed Sarah her first tour bus. But less than 4 months later, she was watching it burn to the ground at a California truck stop. Sarah’s fans quickly came to the rescue with a fundraiser, which is what kept her on the road. That special connection between Sarah and her fans is what put her in Hank Williams Jr.’s former tour bus, one year after the devastating loss. “You have to be unstoppable, even when you don’t believe you are.” That’s the Modus Operandi for the now half Tennessean, half Texan road warrior.

When she’s off the road, Peacock is active in the anti-bullying and animal rescue communities. She helped start a rock school for kids and recently formed her own 501(c)3, The Band Waggin,’ benefiting animal health and rescue programs.

In 2017, she signed with In Tune Entertainment and American Roots Records. Peacock is sponsored by Taylor Guitars, Fender, 1964 Audio, Strymon, and Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee. Her upcoming EP, “Hot Sheet Motel,” is a collection of 5 songs that reveal the secrets of one woman’s journey through the shadows.



Sawyer is a Nashville based duo comprised of Kel Taylor ('17) and Emma Harvey ('17) that can be described in no other way than “Indie Sparkle Pop.” With comparisons to Lucy Rose, COIN, and HAIM they have built a resonance that can’t be forgotten. Indie Shuffle has described their music as “impeccably crafted” and The Wild Honey Pie has proclaimed, “Sawyer promises to be
a part of the next wave."

The Harvard Crimson has deemed them as "airy, nuanced, and utterly aflame." Their down to earth identities and endearing reliability is seen through every post, tweet, and musical note. The Nashville Scene has praised them saying their, “straightforward lyrics and charming guitar riffs put Sawyer in the same class as [your] favorite indie-pop aficionados The Staves.” With over 130 shows under their belt, 2.2 Million streams on Spotify, and multiple sold out shows in the Pacific Northwest they’re just at the beginning of their fandom. Emma Harvey and Kel Taylor are relatable rock stars ready to show the world the magic of Indie Sparkle Pop.

Justin Wilson
Justin Wilson ('07) is one of the hottest up and coming writers in Nashville. Since signing his publishing deal with Magic Mustang Music, he has scored over 20 cuts and singles such as “Happens Like That” (Granger Smith), “Bad Lovers” (Luke Bryan), “Straight Outta Cold Beer” (Blake Shelton), “Later On” (Swon Brothers), “Tomorrow Tonight” (Craig Campbell), and “Better In Boots” (Tyler Farr). Justin had his first number one with Michael Ray, “Kiss You In The Morning”. His second number one came just a few months later with Randy Houser, “We Went”. Other cuts by artists such as Joe Nichols, Jackie Lee, Parmalee, John King, and more, are proof that Justin is going to be a force in songwriting for years to come.



and a Very Special Guest Appearance!!!!!


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