The Franklin Theatre Songwriter Series: Mae Estes, Autumn McEntire, and Marti Dodson


Franklin Theatre Thu, Oct 19 7:30 PM
Doors Open:1 Hour Before Show
Event Info
Doors Open:1 Hour Before Show



Oklahoma native and long-time Tennessee resident Autumn McEntire’s Instagram reads “wifey, momma, singer-songwriter” which sums up her most cherished passions in her life. Autumn comes from a country music legacy (aunt - Reba McEntire) and her love for music began when she was very young. Autumn moved to Nashville and signed her first publishing deal after graduating from Belmont University with a degree in Music Business. Learning from and writing with Music Row’s hitmakers, Autumn’s style and personality comes out in her cuts by Lauren Alaina - “Don’t Judge A Woman” (2023), and the Grammy nominated title track to Reba McEntire’s release - “Stronger Than The Truth” (2019). She has also landed cuts from some of her favorite up-and-coming artists Ashley McBryde, Walker County, Matt Stell, Trea Landon, Hannah Blaylock, Mae Estes, and Britnee Kellogg. 



In 1999, 7-year-old Mae Estes walked into the middle of an Arkansas rodeo arena with a cordless microphone and sang the national anthem a cappella for the first time, claiming she could do it better than the LeAnn Rimes recorded version the venue typically played. Mae went on to perform at every rodeo she competed in, as well as other sporting events, nearby hayrides and opries. The Hope, Ark., native moved to Nashville in 2015, where she’s been paying her dues from the moment she stepped foot in Music City, working up to three jobs at a time to stay afloat financially and playing for anyone who'd listen in her time off. Taking cues from traditional artists like Lee Ann Womack and Keith Whitley, Mae merges the timelessness of classic country music with modern melodies to create her artistry, both as a songwriter and a performer. Awarded Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2021, 2022, and 2023 Arkansas Country Music Awards, Mae is the first artist to accomplish such in the history of the Awards. She looks forward to touring her debut EP, “Before the Record”, and recently reached her ultimate goal by debuting at the Grand Ole Opry on March 4, 2023.  



Marti Lynn Dodson is a BMI award winning singer/songwriter from Franklin Furnace, Ohio. As a student at The Ohio State University, Marti founded pop/rock band Saving Jane, and went on to become one of the highest charting independent acts of the 2000's. Marti penned and performed 2 RIAA Certified Gold Singles in Saving Jane, and her music has been featured in shows and commercials on NBC, ABC, MTV, the WE network, Lifetime, and TLC. Marti’s songs have served as theme music for TV personality Rachael Ray, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin, and tattoo artist Kat Von D.? Country singer Julie Roberts covered Marti’s hit song “Girl Next Door”, and sensing a potential career in songwriting, Marti began to branch out and write songs for other artists. Her first pitch became the theme song and the first single for the winners of the German tv show “Popstars”, and she achieved 2 more gold records in the following years. Marti also scored CCM hits with Blessid Union of Souls and Brandy Allison, as well as Bluegrass hits with Dale Ann Bradley and Kristy Cox. Since moving to Nashville in 2013, Marti’s songs have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Gabby Barrett, The Shires, Thompson Square,Terri Clark, numerous independent acts, and featured on NBC’s The Voice and The Grand Ole Opry. Marti’s songs have been praised as ‘smart and sensitive’ by Billboard Magazine, elected Spin Magazine’s #1 Country Song of The Year, and featured by NPR, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post on multiple year end Best Country Song lists.