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Meet three hitmakers at Sept. 25 Songwriters in the Round

More than 190 million CDs feature their music. John Michael Montgomery and Garth Brooks have made their songs No. 1 hits. Come face-to-face with three successful songwriters during a 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Balsam Mountain Inn.

Richard Fagan spent five years in Los Angeles, where he had a pop record deal on Mercury Records and got his first cut, “The Good Lord Loves You” by Neil Diamond. His songs are in six feature films and on more than 30 million records. Fagan has had three No. 1 country singles: “Be My Baby Tonight,” “Sold, (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” and “I Miss You A Little” — all by John Michael Montgomery. He’s had six Top 10s and 18 charted country singles. Fagan’s songs have been cut by George Strait, George Jones, Hank Williams, Jr., Shania Twain, Clay Walker, Patty Loveless, Collin Raye, Ricochet, Shenandoah, The Crickets, The Blues Brothers Band, and many others. Most recently, Fagan has a cut on the new Jason & The Scorchers CD, “Halcyon Times.”

Hailing from East Tennessee, Amanda Williams grew up in the music business as the daughter of legendary songwriter, Kim Williams. The first song she had recorded was the 2002 Grammy nominated release “Beer Run,” recorded by Garth Brooks and George Jones. Since then, Amanda has written more than 500 songs for releases on up and coming artists such as Todd O’Neil, Tyler Dickerson and Jessie James. Her new release “Little Red Hen” is now available exclusively at live performances.

Kim Williams won the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Award in 1994. His songs have been on more than 131 million CDs and tapes. He is excitedly watching the career of his talented singer-songwriter daughter Amanda with whom he wrote the Grammy nominated “Beer Run,” a duet with George Jones and Garth Brooks.

With Garth Brooks he has had four No. 1 singles: “Papa Loved Mama,” “It’s Midnight Cinderella,” “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” and “She’s Gonna Make It,” as well as numerous album cuts.

In the past 15 years, Kim’s No. 1 singles include “Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy Travis, which was No. 1 in both country and Christian genres and winner of the CMA, CCMA, GMA, NSAI, and ACM song of the year.

Kim has had Christian No. 1s with “One Perfect Son” and “A Little Bit Of Faith” by Jeff Silvey.

$39 includes show and dinner. Buffet starts at 6 p.m. with seating’s every 15 minutes., 800.224.9498 or 828.456.9498.

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