Artists, Songwriters To Honor Todd Cerney

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• February 4, 2011

Todd with wife, Kip Kirby

On Mon., Feb. 28 a star studded lineup will come together to honor songwriter Todd Cerney, recently diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. Grammy nominated Cerney, is known for writing hits such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart, “Good Morning Beautiful” by Steve Holy, and “No Mercy” by Ty Herndon. Artists set to perform include Restless Heart, Steve Holy, Ty Herndon, Bo Bice and Jeff Bates.

A series of songwriters will also perform including Rivers Rutherford, Fred Knobloch, Rich Fagan, Pete Huttlinger, Lisa Carver, Wood Newton, Trevor Finlay, Doug Gill, Lynn Langham and Jim Parker, followed by performances from Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden (“Everlasting Love”), Casey Kelly and Leslie Ellis, Bill Lloyd, and Thom Shepherd & the Nashville Hit Songwriters Band. Special guest Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits will join Restless Heart onstage to sing his 1967 classic, “A Kind of a Hush.”  Also reuniting especially for this fundraiser will be Nashville cult favorite The Piggys, a legendary Nashville rock band that hasn’t played live together in more than 25 years.

There will be a Silent Auction at the event with numerous items for bidding, including Todd’s own handwritten, personally-autographed lyric sheets for his two biggest hits, “I’ll Still Be Loving You” and “Good Morning Beautiful.”

The Todd Cerney Benefit Concert will be held Monday, Feb. 28 at the Red Rooster Bar & Music Hall located at 1530 Demonbreun Street, just off Music Row’s Roundabout. There is plenty of free parking across the street. Doors open at 6 pm, and music starts at 6:30 pm. Admission is $15 at the door, and all proceeds from the event will go toward the mounting medical bills for Todd’s illness. Donations may be made at any time to the Friends of Todd Cerney account through Regions Bank in Nashville.

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