Combustion Music is gearing up to host the 3rd annual Hope Town Music Festival on the beautiful island of Elbow Cay.
Last years’ event was a huge success and hosted four packed shows over three days, raising more than $55,000 for local charities including: The Volunteer Fire Department, Every Child Counts and Friends of the Environment.
You can learn more about each charity and how impactful they each are to the island by visiting their websites.
This year, they return with some of Nashville’s top songwriters who have collectively written over 75 #1 songs; Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Ross Copperman, Chris Destefano, Matt Jenkins, Mickey Jack Cones, Walker McGuire, Jameson Rodgers, and Chris Farren.
More to be announced in the coming weeks.
“This will be my third trip to this incredible place, and I’ll keep coming as long as they’ll have me.” said hit writer Chris Destefano “This place seems to have a way of making everything right….the music, the friendship and the surroundings were all perfect.”
Combustion Music got the idea to host this event when Chris Farren, who has owned a home on the island for the past 12 years, decided it would be fun to bring a bunch of Nashville music to this little island where he spends much of his spare time.
“Raising money for these three local charities is a no-brainer” says Farren. “All of my friends donate their time and talents, and together with the local community and some incredible Nashville sponsors, we raise a bunch of money that will all stay on the island and make a difference….not to mention the fact we all have a blast.”
The event starts on Friday night, Dec 2, with an opening show at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge and ends on Sunday night, Dec 4, at the Hope Town Inn and Marina.
Suntrust Bank, The Academy of Country Music, and ASCAP are major sponsors of this event, as well as Warner Chappell Music, Northwestern Mutual, A Plus Storage, The Basement East, Atlas Music Publishing, and Sword, Rowe & Company. Along with the venues and many other island based sponsors, each helped to raise an incredible amount of money.
Combustion Music Hope Town Music Fest confirmed writers
Ashley Gorley – 27 #1 singles, 3-time ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year. #1’s include ‘Don’t Ya’ by Brett Eldredge, ‘Running Outta Moonlight’ by Randy Houser, and Luke Bryan’s multi-week #1 smash, ‘Play It Again’
Chris Destefano – 17 #1’s including Carrie Underwood’s ‘Something in The Water,’ Billy Currington’s ‘Hey Girl,’ and Luke Bryan’s ‘That’s My Kind Of Night.’
Ross Copperman – over 10 #1’s including Keith Urban’s “Break On Me” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk On Your Love”
Chris Farren – 3 time Grammy nominated producer and writer/producer of 20 #1 singles including the smash “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter and hits by Rascal Flatts, Backstreet Boys and Trace Adkins.
Matt Jenkins – 2 #1 smash hits with Dustin Lynch’s “Where It’s At” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession.”
Brett James – over 20 #1 singles including Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel” (which he also received a Grammy for), “Mr. Know It All” for Kelly Clarkson, “Out Last Night” for Kenny Chesney, “Bottoms Up” for Brantley Gilbert and “I Hold On” for Dierks Bentley.
Mickey Jack Cones – One of Nashville’s most sought after producers who has produced several #1 hit single and albums for artists including Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins, and Craig Campbell.
Walker McGuire – Newly signed to Wheelhouse Records, an imprint of Broken Bow Records, Walker McGuire is one of Nashville’s most talked about up and coming duos. Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire combine their distinctively different vocals in to a fresh new sound coming to country radio in 2017.
Jameson Rodgers – Fresh off his new Florida Georgia Line cut, “Wish You Were On It” Rodgers is also an artist playing hundreds of shows each year opening for acts like Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Canaan Smith, Chris Janson, David Nail and many more.
Look for other surprise special guests.