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McClain Christian Academy plans February Writer's Night

Unplug your iPod and experience first hand the live performance of the original version of the famous songs we all know by heart.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, some of Nashville's best songwriters along side Wilson County's own Gretchen Wilson will present "MCA's Music at the Mill," an entertainment event to be held at The Mill in Lebanon. Proceeds from the event will benefit McClain Christian Academy, the event’s main sponsor.

In her first hometown appearance, Wilson, of "All Jacked Up," and "Redneck Woman," fame, will join an all star singer/songwriter line-up featuring: Even Stevens who wrote "Suspicions,” recorded by Tim McGraw, "I Love A Rainy Night" by Eddie Rabbitt and "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" by Dr. Hook; Leslie Satcher who wrote “For These Times” recorded by Martina McBride and “Troubadour” by George Strait; Paul Overstreet who wrote "When You Say Nothing At All" by Alison Krauss, "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy” by Kenny Chesney; Scotty Emerick who wrote "I Love This Bar" by Toby Keith, "Beer for my Horses” by Willie Nelson and Toby Keith; Rhean Boyer of Carolina Rain who wrote "Isn't She" and "Get Out Of My Way"; Randy McCormick who wrote "Crazy In Love" by Conway Twitty, "Real Love" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton; Michael Laudermilk - Instrumentalist with Chet Atkins; Wood Newton who wrote “Riding with Private Malone" by David Ball, "Twenty Years Ago" by Kenny Rogers and "Bobby Sue" by the Oak Ridge Boys; Will Robinson who wrote "There's No Way" by Alabama, "I Know How He Feels" by Reba McEntire and "Long As I Live" by John Michael Montgomery; Richard Leigh who wrote "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" by Crystal Gayle, "Greatest Man I Never Knew" by Reba McEntire; Tommy Karlus who wrote "Roll With Me" by Montgomery Gentry and Amy Dalley with songs from her album “It's Time,” and many, many more songs that have visited the top of music charts.

Producers of the show say, “This is your chance to be up close and personal with the lyric and note masters who are guaranteed to be inspiring, funny and definitely entertaining.”

"We are so excited to salute some of the greatest songwriters in the world and appreciate the opportunity to bring this incredible talent to share with our community" said Donna Shaffer, director for McClain Christian Academy.

"At McClain Christian Academy, we are dedicated to our arts program and what it provides for our students. Our T-Cap scores, which rank in the highest percentile nationwide, reflect the results of this dedication to our student's developmental growth. Therefore, it's no surprise that studies show that children who are actively engaged in arts education are likely to have higher test scores, express themselves more creatively and have bolstered self-confidence. MCA's Music at the Mill is an extension of this commitment to art education and we are enthusiastic about bringing it to Lebanon." The venue features three seating opportunities with ticket prices ranging from $25 (Section C), $45 (Section B) and preferred seating (Section A) at $125 per person. The preferred seating package affords guests the opportunity for a pre-show VIP All-Access meet and greet reception, photos with the singer/songwriters, preferred parking and an intriguing “tunesmith” souvenir gift package, in addition to front area seating.    MCA educates students in grades Pre K3-10th grade. For more information about MCA or this special event, call 444-2678 or email ( or ( Doors for “MCA's Music at the Mill” will open at 6:30 p.m. Limited tickets for the event go on sale today and are available by calling 444-2678. 

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