Nashville CARES, SESAC and ASCAP Announce Red Ribbon Rounds Performing Artists

Monday, September 08, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville CARES is partnering with ASCAP and SESAC for a songwriters night benefitting the Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run. The two show event will take place Tuesday, September 16 at The Listening Room Cafe. ASCAP presents Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Jon Nite and Jonathan Singleton at 6:00 p.m.  SESAC presents Brian White, Greg Barnhill, Steve Pasch and Ken Johnson at 8:30 p.m. The evening will also feature a silent auction with music industry related items and experiences.


Tickets are $20 per show or $35 for both in advance. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 per show. Tickets can be purchased online at


All proceeds benefit the Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run, which is Saturday, October 4 at Public Square Park.


The Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run is proudly presented by NPS Pharmacy.  Other sponsors include: Advocate Sponsor – Embassy Dental; Red Ribbon Sponsors – CMT One Country, Dollar General, Enterprise, Fridrich, Pinson & Rothberg Insurance Agency, Tennessee Oncology and Walgreens; Additional Sponsors – 3 Crow Bar, 417 Union, Castrillo’s Pizza and What Do You Run For; Media Sponsors – I’m Still Josh, The Nashville Scene, Out & About Nashville and Unite.


ASCAP Performer Bios:


Chris DeStefano is a Grammy award-winning songwriter-producer with multiple chart-topping songs. His #1 hits include “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood, “That’s My Kind Of Night” by Luke Bryan, “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington,” “Rewind” by Rascal Flatts, Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya” and the Carrie Underwood/Miranda Lambert smash hit “Somethin’ Bad.”


Ashley Gorley was named Billboard‘s 2013 Country Songwriter of the Year and has earned 16 #1 songs, including Joe Nichols’ recent 3-week #1 “Yeah,” Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” and “That’s My Kind of Night,” Randy Houser’s “Runnin Outta Moonlight,” Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” and All-American Girl,” Brad Paisley’s “Start A Band” and “Then,” and many more. He earned the CMA Triple Play Award, given to songwriters who write three #1 singles within one year, in 2008, 2009 and 2013, and was ASCAP’s 2009 Songwriter of the Year.


Jon Nite’s recent #1 hits include Jake Owen’s “Beachin,'” David Nail’s “Whatever She’s Got” and the Keith Urban/Miranda Lambert smash duet “We Were Us.” He also penned Thompson Square’s recent single “Glass” and Dierks Bentley’s top 5 hit “Tip it on Back.”
Jonathan Singleton has written numerous chart-topping songs, including David Nail’s “Red Light” and #1 “Let it Rain,” Josh Turner’s #1 “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Don’t” by Billy Currington and “Watching Airplanes” by Gary Allan. An incredible performing artist as well as a songwriter, Singleton founded the band Jonathan Singleton & The Grove and was previously signed to Show Dog-Universal.


SESAC Performer Bios:


Brian White’s songs have earned him 14 #1 songs, two Dove Awards for song of the year (Michael English- “Holding Out Hope To You” & The Martins – “The Promise”) SESAC Country Song Of The Year and Billboard’s Most Played Song Of The Year (Rodney Atkins – “Watching You”) as well as ACM and CMA nominations. With over 300 cuts to his credit, his songs have been recorded by dozens of Christian artists, and country stars, including Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts and Gary Allen.


Greg Barnhill is a Grammy nominated writer for his song “Walkaway Joe” that was recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley. His songs have been embraced by popular artists like Etta James, Tony Bennett, Jessica Simpson and Tim McGraw. His work can be heard on CNN, Fox and Friends, The View, Baywatch, Growing Pains, Murphy Brown, Crown Royal, Tennessee Titans (NFL), Nashville Predators (NHL), Atlanta Braves (MLB), and the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl theme song “Big Thang,” which he wrote, produced, and performed.


Steve Pasch is the front man for the Christian band Three Crosses, which was nominated for a DOVE award for best rock album of the year and a Billboard Music award for their first video, “This Is Not My Home.” He’s also written hits like “Stand By My Woman” for Lenny Kravitz and “When It All Began” for Posco.


Ken Johnson has written for many popular artists, such as Vince Gill, Uncle Kracker and Wayne Newton. Johnson’s songs have been featured on the television show Nashville, including “Every Time I Fall in Love,” which was recorded by Claire Bowen, who plays Scarlett on the show. He is also the co-writer of hits like Josh Thompson’s “Beer On The Table” and Craig Morgan’s “Still A Little Chicken Left On That Bone” and more recently, “Summer and 16” and “White Van” both of which hit the #1 spot for artist Josh Grider.



About Nashville CARES: 

Nashville CARES offers services annually to more than 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to over 44,000 youth and adults, 13,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and support services to 2,500 men, women and children living with the disease. For information about Nashville CARES, visit and “like” us on Facebook at


About ASCAP:

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 500,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, it also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only US performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from our membership.


ASCAP protects the rights of ASCAP members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works.  Licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and music users.


About SESAC:

Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to serve both the creators of music and music users through music licensing and timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. The second oldest and most progressive organization in the U.S., SESAC is the ONLY PRO to pay monthly radio royalties and was the FIRST among the PROs to pay for live performances to songwriters and publishers.  SESAC is known for its diversified repertory that includes genres ranging from Adult Contemporary, Urban, Jazz, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance and Classical. SESAC is the performing rights organization of choice among many of Hollywood’s most sought-after film and television composers. SESAC’s corporate headquarters in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row houses all of the company’s divisions, from creative to licensing to administration. The company also has offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami.

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