Songwriters Under the Stars

August 23, 2019 – August 24, 2019   |   7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Songwriters Under the Stars

First BankBack by popular demand, this outdoor concert experience features the most famous people you’ve never heard of – the songwriters behind some of the most popular country music today.

Join us for an evening of song and symphony on Cheekwood’s gorgeous Swan Lawn featuring the critically acclaimed show Music City Hit-Makers and backed by the Music City Symphony.

Hit-Makers Chris DeStefano, Tom Douglas, and Josh Osborne will perform the chart-topping hits that they’ve written, such as Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round,” and Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night.” Be sure to show up early to mark your turf on the swan lawn and to catch the opening set presented by BMI; Emily Shackleton James, Josh Kerr, and Parker Welling who have penned hits for Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, and Russell Dickerson.

Food vendors that will be on site include:
Puckett’s, Daddy’s Dogs, & The Tennessee Cobbler Company*
*Food trucks subject to change.

This event does sell out so reserve your ticket today!

Nightly Tickets: $45 for members | $55 for not-yet members
Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7:30 PM.
*Online ticket sales end at 4 PM the day of the event.

For the enjoyment of all, lawn chairs must have low backs and legs shorter than 10 inches (so that a basketball can’t roll under). Outside alcohol, tables, grills, athletic equipment, (thrown objects), pets (unless registered service animals), fireworks or open flames, and professional photography equipment are prohibited.

Friday Tickets – SOLD OUT
*There is no wait list for Friday.

Saturday Tickets – SOLD OUT
*There is no wait list for Saturday.

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Written for:
Tim McGraw
Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert


Tom Douglas is an accomplished country music songwriter. He describes, “I view myself as a ‘songwriter/singer’ rather than a ‘singer/songwriter’ because I fell in love with the song first… So out of my love for the song comes the singing.” After enjoying a 13-year career in commercial real estate, Douglas emerged in the country music world at the age of 41 following the success of his first co-written single. “Little Rock”, recorded by Collin Raye, reached #1, earned a nomination for CMA Song of the Year and won the Million-Air award from BMI for receiving one million spins on country radio. Since then, Douglas has written numerous number one hits, including: “I Run to You” (Lady Antebellum), “Southern Voice” (Tim McGraw) and “The House That Built Me” (Miranda Lambert). The Grammy Award-winning song “The House That Built Me” remained at number one on the Billboard charts for four weeks.

Douglas has written countless well-received songs for a wide range of country artists, including: John Michael MontgomeryMartina McBride, Kenny Chesney, LOCASH, Carrie Underwood, Parmalee, Kane Brown, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Drake White, George Strait, Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge among others. In 2014, Douglas was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, subsequently receiving a Grammy Nomination for his song “Meanwhile Back at Mamma’s” recorded by Tim McGraw. Douglas’ recent work include the debut single “Make Him Wait” recorded by Abby Anderson and “Drunk Girl” recorded by Chris Janson, the latter of which received the 2018 MusicRow Award for Song Of The Year. Douglas is currently signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and lives in Nashville with his wife, Katie.

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Written for:
Kacey Musgraves
Kenny Chesney
Keith Urban


Josh Osborne is a multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award winning songwriter based in Nashville, Tenn. who has notched 18 No. 1s on the Country charts and is the reigning Music Row Top Country Songwriter of the Year. Originally from Kentucky, Osborne moved to Nashville to hone his craft, earning his first No.1 with Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” in 2012. Since the Platinum selling hit, Osborne has received countless cuts by Country’s hottest artists including Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and more. In 2015, Osborne joined frequent collaborator Shane McAnally’s company, SMACKSongs, as a partner and songwriter.

Osborne has been nominated for eighteen awards by the Academy of Country Music, American Country Awards, ASCAP, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, Music Row and NARAS. Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round,” written by Osborne, Shane McAnally and Musgraves, earned Osborne four nominations and won Song Of The Year at the 2013 Music Row Awards and Best Country Song at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards. Also in 2014 Josh was honored by having his name added to the prestigious Country Music Highway which runs through the state of Kentucky and near his hometown of Virgie. RIAA Certified Double Platinum No.1 hit, “Take Your Time,” recorded by Hunt and written by Osborne, McAnally and Hunt, earned Osborne a nomination for Song of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards. 2015 also brought several wins at the ASCAP Awards — earning Osborne Song of the Year for Sam Hunt’s “Leave The Night On” and Songwriter of the Year. In 2017, Miranda Lambert’s “Vice,” written by Osborne, McAnally and Lambert, was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2017 GRAMMY Awards and Song of the Year at the ACM Awards. Osborne has been nominated twice for Songwriter of the Year by the ACM and has received multiple CMA Triple Play Awards for having three No. 1 songs on the charts in a 12 month period. Osborne earned a 5x Platinum No. 1 with “Body Like A Back Road,” written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Osborne, and Zach Crowell. The single made history as the longest reigning No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Song chart by a solo artist, spending 34 weeks atop the chart and was named ASCAP’s 2018 Song of the Year. He recently earned his 18th No. 1 with Michael Ray’s “One That Got Away,” co-written by Trevor Rosen, Matthew Ramsey, and Jesse Frasure.

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Written for:
Carrie Underwood
Luke Bryan
Jason Aldean


Chris Destefano is a native of Mt Laurel, New Jersey, Chris DeStefano is a songwriter, producer/mixer and multi-instrumentalist. Chris began singing at a very early age in the acclaimed Academy Boys Choir of Philadelphia. At age 13, he acquired his first guitar and remembers writing his very first songs shortly after. Driven by his passion for music and knack for picking up new instruments, DeStefano’s talents lead him to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music where he studied film scoring.

Upon graduating, DeStefano followed the natural migration for many aspiring film score composers and moved to Los Angeles, California. However, what he discovered in LA was not the soundstage, but his gift for songwriting and producing.  Setting his sights on the Country Airplay chart, Chris began splitting time between LA and Nashville, collaborating with some of Nashville’s hottest songwriters. The transition was seamless and in early 2012 Chris charted his first country single with Jana Kramer’s “Why You Wanna” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart. Right on the heels of this success, DeStefano achieved his first Country chart topper with the song “Good Girl” recorded by Country superstar Carrie Underwood. Chris’ #1 songs include Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl”, “Little Toy Guns”, “Smoke Break”, “Something in the Water”, Super Bowl LII and 2018 Olympic Games Theme Song “The Champion”), Dan + Shay (“From the Ground Up”, “Nothin’ Like You”), Jason Aldean (“Just Gettin’ Started”), Billy Currington (“Hey Girl”), Brett Eldredge (“Don’t Ya”), Luke Bryan (“That’s My Kind of Night”, “Kick the Dust Up”), Miranda Lambert (“Somethin’ Bad”), Chris Young (“Losing Sleep”), Morgan Evans (“Kiss Somebody”) and Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”), and Chase Rice (“Eyes On You”). Chris is a 3x CMA Triple Play Award winner. Chris started Winsongs Publishing along with Kirby Smith in 2018 to develop songwriters and artists, signing hot young talents Chase Fouraker and Eric Van Houten. Chris also has the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors of NSAI.


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