3rd Annual Grassroots Of Grassland
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Franklin TheatreFri, Feb 9 8:00 PM
$240 • $40 • $35 Additional fees may apply
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Doors Open:1 Hour Before Show
Our 3rd annual Grassroots of Grassland is excited to showcase these very talented Songwriters: Grassland parents, Nic Gonzalez and Jaci Valesquez along with JT Harding, James T Slater & a special guest TBA! Our show will be opening with CB30- Grassland Elementary graduate Brody Clementi and brother Christian, current students at Grassland Middle School and Franklin High School. This is guaranteed to be a great show benefitting the Arts at Grassland Elementary. We will also be hosting a silent auction which includes a beach vacation stay, braces, Disney tickets and many other local gift cards & summer camps!

Nic Gonzalez, Grassland Dad & Front man of the Dove award winning band Salvador, steps out with his first ever solo singer/songwriter release “My Life Is Yours”. This EP features 6 original songs including “Good As Gold”, “My Jesus Go Before Me” and the title track “My Life Is Yours”, as well as special guest collaborations with Gabe Martinez of Stomptown Revival and CCM icon Jaci Velasquez. “My Life Is Yours” charts new territory for Gonzales and is sure to set the stage for greater things to come.

For more than half her life, multi-platinum-selling, Grammy nominated artist and Grassland Mom, Jaci Velasquez has pursued an entertainer’s dream, recording albums in English and Spanish and performing on stages around the world. From her debut at age 16, she has leaned full-throttle into her God-given gifts, racking up 16 No. 1 hits, penning three books, acting in seven films, gracing 50 magazine covers and launching a non-profit clothing line.

JT Harding has written hits such as "Smile" by Uncle Kracker, “Sangria" by Blake Shelton, "Somewhere With You" and “Bar at the End of the World” by Kenny Chesney, & "Alone With You" by Jake Owen, “Somewhere In My Car" by Keith Urban and "Different for Girls” by Dierks Bentley.

Harding first moved from his native South Detroit to Los Angeles to pursue his music; there, he worked as Marilyn Manson’s assistant, made a demo tape with prize money he won on the VH1 game show “Rock & Roll Jeopardy!” and was subsequently signed by EMI and Atlantic Records. After penning his first hit, Uncle Kracker’s multi-platinum-selling single “Smile,” Harding relocated to Nashville, where he found a natural home in Music City’s songwriting community. J.T. has a publishing deal with THiS Music publishing.

James T. Slater is a two time, grammy nominated, piano-playing, bilingual singer-songwriter of Bolivian American descent signed to BMG Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Durham, North Carolina, and raised in the tropics of the Panama Canal Zone in Central America. His songs have been recorded by Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Pickler, Reba McEntire, Gloriana, Martina McBride, Enrique Iglesias, Chris Brown, Chris Young and a host of others. His Grammy nominations include Jamey Johnson's "The High Cost of Living", country song of the year, and for Martina's “In My Daughter’s Eyes”.

James lived in Zurich Switzerland for six years touring, recording and writing with Belgian super group Vaya Con Dios and has traveled the world from Panama to Dublin, from Spain to Havana.

He and his grand piano now live in Nashville, Tennessee. Martina’s recording of “In My Daughter’s Eyes” has become a modern day standard garnering James a BMI country award as well as a BMI pop award in 2006.

CB30, comprised of real-life brothers Christian and Brody Clementi, grew up in Nashville surrounded by music from a young age. After playing some local charity events with their father Jay Clementi, a successful songwriter, they caught the attention of country superstar Luke Bryan who introduced them to various industry contacts leading to a record deal with Buena Vista Records, a partnership between Disney Music Group and Universal Music Group Nashville. The name CB30 comes from Christian and Brody’s first initials as well as the fact they were both born on the 30th of the month, Christian’s birthday is May 30th while Brody’s is March 30th. Their young, fresh sound is built on harmony-driven country melodies with influences ranging from The Everly Brothers to Ed Sheeran. In between football and baseball games, you can often find Christian and Brody on the lake fishing and wakeboarding. Their first single “Cool If You Wanna,” co-written by Christian with Jay Clementi and Jim McCormick, is out now. They are currently in the studio working on their debut album set to release in 2018.