An evening of songs written w/ veterans & families for SongwritingWith:Soldiers
Following a triumphant launch in New York City, the second in a three-concert series celebrating the 10th anniversary of SongwritingWith:Soldiers will be held in Cambridge. It will feature artists Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Terry Radigan, and Maia Sharp. The performance will shine a light on two important things—the power of music to help us all connect, and the need to listen to today’s veterans and military families. These are the war stories of our times, and they have much to teach us, especially today. On Nov. 11, a third concert will be held in Luckenbach, TX in honor of Veterans Day.
A nonprofit organization, SongwritingWith:Soldiers is an evidence-based program that uses collaborative songwriting as a catalyst for positive change. It pairs veterans and their families with professional songwriters through workshops all year long across the U.S. Through their songs and retreat activities, participants rediscover their strengths and creativity to connect with family, friends, and networks with ongoing support.
“My song turned out to be one of my most important achievements during my military transition into civilian life. It let me focus on my story, obstacles in life, as well as reflections which I had a hard time expressing.” -Participant, U.S. Army Ranger
Since 2012, SW:S has held more than 60 weekend retreats and nearly 250 collaborative songwriting sessions for nearly 2,000 veterans, service members, and their families, and produced more than 750 songs to date. Songs are recorded professionally with the participants as co-writers. All songs can be streamed for free. An album of music written in the program, Rifles and Rosary Beads, released by artist Mary Gauthier, was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award.
For more information about the SongwritingWith:Soldiers programs and retreats, visit www.SongwritingWith:Soldiers.org, “like” songwritingwithsoldiers on Facebook, and follow songwritingwithsoldiers on YouTube, Instagram and @songwritingwith on Twitter. Can’t attend the show, but still want to help? Donate HERE.
Since this is a benefit show for SongwritingWith:Soldiers, Passim members will not be eligible for their usual discounts or comp tickets.
Passim requires all staff, performers, and patrons to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine when they work, attend performances, classes, and workshops at Passim. Patrons will be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club. Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they visit the club. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance, and their ticket purchase will be refunded.
As per CDC guidelines, people are considered fully vaccinated; 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
Patrons and staff must wear masks at Passim unless actively eating or drinking. Artists may remove masks when performing and will maintain a 6-ft distance from the audience.
Gary Burr is a Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member, ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI Country Songwriter of the Year. He’s had fourteen #1 hits and has written songs recorded by Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Carole King, Ringo Starr, Reba, LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Joe Cocker and many more. A recording artist in his own right, Gary has released five cds including his most recent “Shout.” For six years, Gary was one-third of the trio, Blue Sky Riders, along with Georgia Middleman and Kenny Loggins. and conversely: “
Hit songwriter Georgia Middleman has had her songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Reba, Joe Nichols, Martina McBride, Sheila E., Radney Foster, Maia Sharp, Mark Chesnutt, Sarah Buxton, Terri Clark and many others. Her song “When The Right One Comes Along” was featured on the ABC hit TV show “Nashville.” Georgia has also released five cds of her own, including her latest acoustic collection called “Requests”. Georgia was one-third of the trio, Blue Sky Riders, along with Gary Burr and Kenny Loggins.
Grammy nominated songwriter Terry Radigan mixes her gritty Brooklyn girl sensibility with a deep respect for classic American roots, country and soul. Her solo releases have been often played and well received. She has had her songs covered by a wide variety of artists and her songs can be heard on big and small screens alike.
Maia Sharp has had her songs recorded by The Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Keb’ Mo’, Cher, Edwin McCain, David Wilcox, Art Garfunkel, Lizz Wright, Paul Carrack, Lisa Loeb and many more. She has been writing for SongwritingWith:Inc for 5 years and is an adjunct professor at NYU (remotely from Nashville). Through it all, Maia has continued to record her own albums including eight solo releases, one collaborative project with Art Garfunkel and Buddy Mondlock and her duo project, Roscoe & Etta (with writing/production partner Anna Schulze). Each release has been embraced by press and radio and led to extensive touring and appearances on Mountain Stage, Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” CBS Early Morning and the Today Show to name a few. Her latest album, Mercy Rising is out now.