In Pictures: Nashville Songwriters

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• January 24, 2014

ASCAP members Ralph Murphy, Danny Flowers, Chris Wallin and Mark D. Sanders performed in an “Alive At The Bluebird” benefit round on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at The Bluebird Cafe. The Alive At The Bluebird concert series began in January and will continue through Feb. 1, with all proceeds to benefit local nonprofit organization Alive Hospice. More than 90 artists have signed on for this year’s series, which helps Alive Hospice provide hospice care and grief support services in Middle Tennessee. Since its inception, the concert series has raised more than $500,000.

Pictured (l-r): Danny Flowers, special guest Sophie Sanders, Mark D. Sanders, ASCAP's Ralph Murphy, Chris Wallin and special guest Camille Wallin

Pictured (L-R): Danny Flowers, special guest Sophie Sanders, Mark D. Sanders, ASCAP’s Ralph Murphy, Chris Wallin and special guest Camille Wallin

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The CMA Songwriters Series kicked off its landmark tenth season Wednesday at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The showcase marked the first time CMA Songwriters Series has traveled to Sundance, and featured special guests Brandy Clark, Brett James, Chris Stapleton, and Lee Ann Womack sharing the stories behind their hit songs.

Pictured (L-R): CMA Board member Brett James, Lee Ann Womack, Brandy Clark, and Chris Stapleton backstage at the CMA Songwriters Series at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival. Photo Credit: Erik Philbrook / ASCAP

Pictured (L-R): CMA Board member Brett James, Lee Ann Womack, Brandy Clark, and Chris Stapleton backstage at the CMA Songwriters Series at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival. Photo: Erik Philbrook / ASCAP

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ASCAP kicked off the new year with the first installment of its “We Create Music” showcase series on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at The Basement. The showcase featured three-time ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter of the Year/hit country songwriter Ben Glover (“Hard to Love”); Ten Ten Music songwriter-artist duo Cotton Wine; Big Machine Music songwriter-artist Courtney Cole; and up and coming songwriter-artists Ashlee Hewitt, Hunter Johnson and William Michael Morgan.

Pictured (L-R): ASCAP's Ryan Beuschel, Cotton Wine's Femke and Brandon James, Ben Glover, Courtney Cole, ASCAP's LeAnn Phelan and Evyn Mustoe, William Michael Morgan and Hunter Johnson. Photo by ASCAP's Alison Toczylowski.

Pictured (L-R): ASCAP’s Ryan Beuschel, Cotton Wine’s Femke and Brandon James, Ben Glover, Courtney Cole, ASCAP’s LeAnn Phelan and Evyn Mustoe, William Michael Morgan and Hunter Johnson. Photo: ASCAP’s Alison Toczylowski.

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