Natalie’s will celebrate the 5th year anniversary of the Songwriter Showcase with a very special evening of music starring Tony Arata, along with special guests Keith Larsen and Eric Gnezda. The Songwriter Showcase presents the finest singer-songwriters performing “in-the-round”, and the series features a range of styles and artists, from the best up-and-coming songwriters, to Grammy and Kerrville winners.
Tony Arata wrote “The Dance,” recorded by Garth Brooks, one of the most inspiring songs—and biggest sellers—in the history of Country Music. He has also had No. 1 records with “Here I Am” for Patty Loveless, “I’m Holding My Own” for Lee Roy Parnell, and “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” for Clay Walker. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton, Don Williams, Reba McEntire, Suzy Bogguss, and Hal Ketchum. A 2012 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Tony has also done three solo albums featuring new songs, covers, and guest appearances by many of Nashville’s finest musicians.
Keith Larsen was a finalist in the Country Music Television/NSAI Song Contest, in which his song, “Hold On,” received the Listener’s Choice Award. He is a frequent participant in Nashville songwriter rounds and writing sessions, and was a featured artist on the premiere season of the American Public Television series, “Songs at the Center.” Drawing from his years as a firefighter, Keith merges straightforward vocals with lyrics that resonate with simplicity, honesty and humility. Keith’s most recent CD is “Made It”, and his latest single is “At the Foot of Liberty.”
Eric Gnezda created Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s with a vision to feature the top-level songwriters from the region and nation. Not only has he been successful in this endeavor, but he also launched the American Public Television Series, Songs at the Center, broadcast to more than 150 stations coast-to-coast. As a songwriter, he is a regular performer at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café, and was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). Nominated for an Emmy award as a TV journalist, Eric merges humor, songs and stories to entertain, empower and inspire. His latest CD is “Songs of Hope in a Changing World.”
The concert will also include a special guest appearance by Parker MacDonell, a singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist with Ohio roots and California influences. His original songs reveal influences by the great singer/songwriters of the 70’s.