Music City Hit-Makers – City Winery EP release show

Music City Hit-Makers (MCHM), created by classically trained violinist Charles Dixon, announces the release of their debut EP Songs & Symphony on June 4. The EP features some of Nashville’s most successful songwriters including Brett JamesJessi AlexanderChris DeStefanoHillary LindseyMarcus Hummon and Rivers Rutherford, who have penned hits for Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Carrie UnderwoodMiley Cyrus and countless other superstars. MCHM, often referred to as “the most famous people you’ve never heard of,” features Nashville’s biggest songwriters performing their hits as arranged for a symphony by award-winning studio musician and arranger Charlie Judge.  

“Nashville is the epicenter of great songwriting, so the top songwriters in Nashville really are the best in the business,” says Charlie Judge. “It is my incredibly good fortune to have the opportunity to work with these talented writers, both as a keyboardist in the studio recording their hits, and as an arranger re-casting their songs for orchestra.”

The group of writers featured on this project has a combined seventy five #1 hits from today’s superstars as well as country music legends and new artists. Taste of Country, The Boot and Billboard will be providing early listen of select songs prior to release. 

“Most of the hit songs we incorporate in our Music City Hit-Makers shows can be heard on country radio,” continues Charlie Judge. “But great songs transcend genre, and they work equally well whether they’re dressed in a cowboy hat or a tuxedo. I find great joy in stripping the songs down to their essence, finding the emotional core, and then rebuilding them with the endlessly inspiring orchestral palette.” 

Pre-order available on May 10, 2019. 

To celebrate the release of Songs & Symphony, MCHM’s Chris DeStefanoRivers Rutherford and Marcus Hummon will be performing on June 4 at City Winery in Nashville. 

Tickets for City Winery show available here.

Music City Hit-Makers Songs & Symphony Track Listing: 
Brett James – “I Hold On” – recorded by Dierks Bentley 
Jessi Alexander – “Mine Would Be You” – recorded by Blake Shelton 
Chris DeStefano – “From The Ground Up” – recorded by Dan + Shay 
Hillary Lindsey – “Girl Crush” – recorded by Little Big Town 
Marcus Hummon – “Born To Fly” – recorded by Sara Evans 
Rivers Rutherford – “When I Get Where I’m Going” – recorded by Brad Paisley with Dolly Parton

About Music City Hit-Makers 
The Songs, Their Stories, A Symphony.
Frequently described as “the most famous people you’ve never heard of,” Music City Hit-Makers fuses two things uniquely American — the songwriter and symphony pops. Featuring GRAMMY, CMA, ACM nominated and award-winning Nashville songwriters who have penned hits for Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and many more; “The Songs, Their Stories, A Symphony” is part storytelling, part comedy, and mostly, unforgettable acoustic performances of hit songs!  

About Brett James
Although James’ first career aspiration was to become a medical professional, Brett James has become one of Nashville’s most successful songwriters. With over 450 songs cut, 25 #1 hits, and Grammy award-winning song, “Jesus Take the Wheel”, James continues to be a prolific force in the music industry. Writing with various artists from Carrie Underwood to Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi to the Backstreet Boys.

About Jessi Alexander
Tennessee native Jessi Alexander has held the pen to some of radio’s biggest hits. It was the lyrics to “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus that launched Alexander’s career. Number one hits also include Blake Shelton’s “Drink On It” and “Mine Would Be You” and the hit single, “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice, winning the CMA, ACM, and NSAI Song of the Year Award.  

About Chris DeStefano
From the pop charts to #1 country singles, Chris DeStefano has found his niche as a writer and producer. Some of Destefano’s work can be found on the pop albums of Kelly Clarkson, David Archuletta, and David Cook. #1 Country singles comprise of hits like “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington, Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kinda Night“, “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay, and Grammy award-winning song, “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood, co-written with fellow Hit-Maker, Brett James.

About Hillary Lindsey
Songwriter Hillary Lindsey is a true wordsmith, crafting works for artists across all genres. Her lyrics can be found in the repertoire from artists like Keith Urban, Faith Hill, and Jason Aldean, to Shakira, Steven Tyler, and Lady Gaga. With over 15 #1 hits, and two Grammy wins for “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town, and “Jesus, Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood (co-written with fellow Music City Hit-Makers Brett James, and Gordie Sampson), Lindsey continues to be one of the most sought after songwriters in the music industry.

About Marcus Hummon
While writing for the various mediums of theater and film, Marcus Hummon is most notable for being the lyricist behind some of Country Music radio’s most iconic songs. Hits include, “Cowboy, Take Me Away” by The Dixie Chicks, “Born to Fly” by Sara Evans, and Grammy award-winning song, “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

About Rivers Rutherford
Having grown up in the heart of Memphis, Rivers Rutherford came out of the gates swinging. He landed his first cut with The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson). With additional cuts by Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, and Brad Paisley, Rutherford also has eight #1 hits, CMA and ACM nominations, and over 20 ASCAP Awards.