Mac Davis, Jamey Johnson, Ketch Secor, Even Stevens and Holly Williams - SOLD OUT!

An Evening To Benefit The Heads Up Penny Foundation


Franklin Theatre Tue, Apr 23, 2019 7:00 PM
$50 • $125 - SOLD OUT!
Event Info
Doors Open:1 Hour Before Show


This inaugural event brings some of music’s most acclaimed songwriters/entertainers together and is the work of the young and precocious, Tad Bryant, founder of The Heads Up Penny Foundation.

Mac Davis is a film, television, & Broadway actor, former host of his own television show, a multi-platinum recording artist, radio personality, an award-winning songwriter and BMI Icon. Mac has written many standards for Elvis including “Memories,” “A Little Less Conversation” and “In The Ghetto” which he sang on the NBC All-Star Tribute to Elvis on February 17, 2019. He has penned hits for a wide and diverse variety of legendary recording artists including Dolly, Kenny Rogers, Rascal Flatts, and Avicii. He starred in one of the top-football-films-of-all-time, North Dallas Forty. He may be best known for his own recordings of his hits “Lubbock In My Rearview Mirror,” “Stop and Smell the Roses,” “Baby Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” and the tongue-in-cheek sing-along “Oh Lord It’s Hard to be Humble.”

Jamey Johnson is an acclaimed singer-songwriter earning numerous accolades including songwriter awards for 2005’s “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Johnson co-wrote for Trace Adkins, and ACM and CMA Song of the Year Awards for co-writing the George Strait hit “Give It Away.”

Ketch Secor is a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, a Grammy Award-winning group that has been inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry. In 2017 and 2018, Old Crow Medicine Show released three critically acclaimed albums: Best of Old Crow Medicine Show (Nettwerk), 50 Years of Blonde On Blonde (Columbia Nashville), a reimagined version of Bob Dylan's classic Blonde on Blonde album, and Volunteer (Sony Music Nashville).

Even Stevens, the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame composer, has accumulated an unprecedented 53 BMI Awards, including, 14 Pop Awards - 26 Country Awards, earning him the distinction as a BMI Songwriter of the Century. Top hits include: Dr. Hook’s When “You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman,” “Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love A Rainy Night” & Kenny Roger’s “Love Will Turn You Around.”

Holly Audrey Williams, hailing from the South, this singer-songwriter is forging her own family traditions. Holly is an American singer-songwriter, retailer, designer, and mother to three young children. She is the granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr., the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition to three critically acclaimed albums and extensive touring, including Opry appearances, Holly continues to carve a path in design, retail, and hospitality. She is the visionary behind H. Audrey and White’s Mercantile, two unique and adored retail concepts that have been hailed as, “impeccable…modern…always on point.” She has renovated and curated historic properties, under the name White’s Room and Board -- a collection of unforgettable farmhouses and cabins, available for rent, offering a fresh take on the VRBO model.

Holly’s life, her music, and her businesses are choreographed around all of the things she loves and collects with her family and friends as the centerpiece. She is a tireless creative, currently writing her new record, expanding her retail footprint with eight White's Mercantile stores and more opening around the country, and starting her first television show with HGTV.

Proceeds will be split and go towards Heads Up Penny Foundations programs that include:

  • The music camp scholarship fund at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • The annual support of local kids’ Christmas toys and food.
  • Kids with special needs.

More About the Heads Up Penny Foundation:

The Heads Up Penny Foundation was created by a compassionate kid; fourteen year-old Thaddeus Bryant. Thaddeus (also known as Tad) has been raising money to help those in need; especially kids, since he was three years old.

Thaddeus made a dramatic entrance into the world which necessitated years of intensive occupational and physical therapy. His sweet and accepting nature made him a favorite playmate of children in therapy that had much steeper uphill battles to fight. Through his own hard work and grit - and through working alongside and encouraging other children, he realized that everyone has a challenge at some point in their lives. His hard work strengthening his body created an unparalleled work ethic and desire to help others.

Tad loves to find coins on the ground and has always believed that those found heads-up are lucky. In fact, Tad wrote a song about a “heads-up penny night” which was the inspiration for the name of his foundation. While on safety patrol around his New York City school with his mom and another 2nd grade mother, his passion for helping others was inspiring. The other mom, attorney Pam Landman, agreed to open his foundation pro bono. The Heads Up Penny Foundation was born in New York City in 2012 and incorporated in Tennessee when the Bryants moved to Franklin in 2014.

The mission of The Heads Up Penny Foundation is to change children’s luck, one penny at a time. Thaddeus’ fundraisers have included summer read-a-thons, bake sales, and Halloween parties. Through wonderful supporters and a lot of hard work, several hundred children have received food, toys, necessities at Christmas time. He has also created scholarships to summer Camp at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Thaddeus’ summer plans for the foundation include joining fellow songwriters at the Hall of Fame song camp and making balloon animals for kids at St Jude’s in Memphis.

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Presented by the Heads Up Penny Foundation