Nashville Lights 2017


Cleburne Education Foundation Presents

5th Annual Nashville Lights

The Cleburne Education Foundation proudly presents the 5th Annual Nashville Lights Event featuring the songwriters and artists who create the top hits for your favorite country artists.

When: October 19, 2017 5:30 – 9:30 PM

Where:  Cleburne Conference Center, 1015 W. Henderson, Cleburne, TX 76033


    • Live Auction and Raffle items @ 5:30
    • Wine and beer bar @ 5:30
    • Buffet dinner by Del Norte Catering @ 6:00
    • Live music from your favorite Texas artists @ 6:30


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The Cleburne Education Foundation supports CISD students and teachers in their continuing journey toward excellence through grants made possible by the generous donors to this event.   These outstanding songwriters and artists promise an evening of pure pleasure as they perform their own creations and share the stories behind the music made hits by the top country music artists.

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The Cleburne Education Foundation is proud to announce the line-up for the 5th Annual Nashville Lights Event to be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Cleburne Conference Center.  The event opens at 5:30 pm with an opportunity for viewing Live Auction and Raffle items and visiting with friends.  A wine and beer bar will be available beginning at 5:30.  Del Norte Catering will serve its unique dinner buffet beginning at 6:00 PM.


Nashville Lights Line Up

Featured Texas artists include songwriters/singers Alyssa Micaela, Bradley Banning, and Randall King

Andrew Sevener @ 6:30

Andrew Sevener from Alvarado was the winner of the local Nashville Lights Talent Search.  Judged on stage appearance, quality of the songs, poise, confidence, vocal ability and ability to play guitar, Andrew was the top pick of all three judges – Peter Svendsen, Crystal Dudley, and Tom Burkett. 

Sevener, 21, who began playing guitar and writing songs about the time he turned 10, said music has always been a part of his life.  His mom and dad have been musicians all their lives along with his dad’s brothers and sisters.  He has been writing songs and working on recording a CD with Bart Rose at Fort Worth Sound. 

He performs solo and as a member of Hulluvanote, a band consisting of family members.  His performances include a mix of originals and covers and he describes his sound as an amalgam of country and classic rock.


Alyssa Micaela

With a talent as big as Texas and personality to light up the whole U.S.A., singer-songwriter Alyssa Micaela is ready to take on the world.  Her debut single, “Getaway Car,” generated more than 3 million streams during its first few weeks of release. A feisty toe-tapper that celebrates female independence, it’s no surprise which artists this newcomer relates to. “I gravitate toward the strong females. Growing up, I always sang songs by Loretta Lynn, Selena, Patsy Cline, the Dixie Chicks, Shania and Miranda Lambert,” the talented 24-year-old says. “I’m a big fan of Martina McBride, Linda Ronstadt, and Reba. I’d love to meet Dolly.”

Alyssa Micaela grew up in Texas and her roots run deep in Odessa where her family works in the oil fields. As a girl, she loved spending time with her Spanish-speaking grandparents and a great uncle who was a mariachi musician, and those are the relationships that helped to shape her future. “I was very close to them,” she says. “My grandpa loved music and loved to dance. He’s the reason I like the classic music so much. Whenever I was at my grandparents’ house, my uncle would always bring his guitar and accordion and sing to me. I was mesmerized.”

As a teen, Alyssa and her family began traveling to Nashville’s CMA Music Festivals where the aspiring singer/songwriter fed her young passion for country music, standing in autograph lines to meet the stars and taking in as many concerts as time would allow. The bright and enthusiastic young artist picked up tricks of the trade by observation, but a friend also connected her with successful songwriter Liz Rose and the education began in earnest.  Alyssa and Liz Rose have co-written such hits as “Crazy Girl” (The Eli Young Band), “Songs About Rain” (Gary Allan), “The Wrong Girl” (Lee Ann Womack), “Like My Mother Does” (Lauren Alaina) and the Grammy-winning “Girl Crush” (Little Big Town).  Alyssa has opened several shows for Willie Nelson and for popular touring acts including Eli Young Band, CAM, Jon Pardi, Aaron Watson and Sam Hunt.

Bradley Banning

In response to his new song, “Don’t Mess With Texas,” Bradley Banning said, “I’ve always known who I was as an artist, it just took me a little while to accept it.”  Born just outside Fort Worth, TX, Bradley grew up mowing lawns and writing songs. He says, “My dad owned a landscaping company growing up, but he wrote songs when he got home at night.  My dad’s dedication to our family and songwriting taught me you never quit on something you love. Whether it’s your family, friends, music, etc…”  It’s taken a lot of “work and grace” Bradley says, to get to the point that he can release his first single as an artist. For years he held jobs as a creative director, promotion coordinator, server, car salesman, landscaper, any job that paid the bills and allowed him to write songs. “I wrote songs every chance I got, but I was afraid to take the leap, and pursue music full time as an artist. I didn’t want to break my bank,” he laughs.

However, in 2014, after ASCAP named him one of their GPS Top 12 unsigned songwriters, he lost his job as a creative director and the same night got a call from his girlfriend at the time, that they were done. “I thought I was going to marry that girl,” he says, “it was bad timing I thought, but God had my attention. That’s when I took all the money I had saved for an engagement ring and bought studio equipment and started recording my own songs.”

Two years later, on February 13, 2017, Bradley released his first single, “Don’t Mess With Texas” that he co-produced with that engagement ring money and studio equipment. “Don’t Mess With Texas” was one of the few debut singles from any artist that broke top 20 on the Texas charts in 2017 and it continues to build quite the story for Bradley.

Randall King

From the West Texas plains of Hereford, Randall King, a 4th generation “hay hauler,” son of a trucker, brings modernized neo-traditional/honky-tonk to life. His writing reflects his appreciation of his songwriting heroes, Haggard, Whitley and Jackson, and is characterized with a voice that rings true country. Randall moved to Lubbock in the fall of 2009, where he began brewing his own, unique songwriting blend.

He released his debut album, Old Dirt Road, in 2013, and began to make a splash in the Texas/Red Dirt scene. “Don’t Ask Her Tonight” was released to local radio stations, and was listed at #62 on the Top 100 Songs of Lubbock in 2013 by New Slang. The record also produced several consistent, top five most requested songs on Lubbock’s 105.3 The Red Dirt Rebel/KJDL. Old Dirt Road was also voted #4 of the Top 5 Lubbock Albums of 2013 by New Slang.

Since then, King and his crew have been working in Ft Worth, TX with Bart Rose at Ft. Worth Sound narrowing in on the true country sound of Randall’s songwriting. “Hard Livin’ Illene,” the current single off of the EP- “Another Bullet,” is a direct reflection of King finding himself and his modernized honky-tonk style within his music.

Our featured Nashville artists, who are also from Texas, include Matt Jenkins, Jon Nite and Liz Rose.

Matt Jenkins

Matt Jenkins is a singer-songwriter from Aledo, Texas, who moved to Nashville to pursue his career in music.  As an artist signed to Universal South Records, Jenkins performed at iconic Music City venues The Bluebird Café and the Grand Ole’ Opry, and has opened for major acts such as Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, and Lady Antebellum.

After fine-tuning his skills on Nashville’s stages, Jenkins transitioned into the songwriting business and signed to a joint publishing venture between Warner/Chappell Music, Combustion Music and hit songwriter Ashley Gorley’s Tape Room Music.  Over the last several years, Jenkins has had over 50 major label cuts, and his accomplishments as a songwriter include the top 10 hit “Cop Car,” recorded by Keith Urban and the two week #1 single “Where It’s At,” recorded by Dustin Lynch, which was also the third most-played song of 2014 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Jenkins celebrated another #1 hit with Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession” in May 2016 and has had recent cuts by artists such as Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Old Dominion, Joe Nichols and Michael Ray, as well as multiple songs on the television series, Nashville.

Jon Nite

Born in Amarillo, Jon Nite moved to Nashville and attended Belmont University.  Jon began his music career when he signed a staff writing deal with ZMG Music.  While there, his first ten songs were recorded as an EP and released at all digital outlets in the fall of 2008.  Less than a month later, one of the songs was recorded on Warner Brothers Records.

In August of 2010, Jon signed with EMI Nashville which combined with Sony ATV in 2012.  He currently writes at Sony ATV Nashville.  Artists who have recorded Jon’s songs include Thompson Square, Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Chris Young, JT Hodges, Janna Kramer, Joe Nichols, Ryder Lee, Brett Eldredge, Frankie Ballard, Dean Alexander, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Blake Shelton, Corey Crowder, Brandon Bolin, and other rising artists.

Jon’s song “Glass” was featured in the show “One Tree Hill.”  His song and production of the song, “You Get What You Pay For,” was featured in the show “True Blood.”  Jon’s song “Holding on and Letting Go” was the final song on CIS NY 2011 sung by Ross Copperman and later was featured on Vampire Diaries.  He has a song recorded by TBone Burnett on the TV Series Nashville.

As an artist, Jon has shared the stage with Trisha Yearwood, Restless Heart, Leroy Parnell, Randy Owen, and Lee Brice.  His vocals have been on Grammy and Dove nominated projects and feature films.

Liz Rose

Born and raised in Texas, Liz Rose moved to Nashville and began writing songs at the age of 37. She has since penned 16 songs with Taylor Swift, including the No. 1 crossover hits “Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops On My Guitar,” “You Belong With Me,” GRAMMY Award winning Best Country Song “White Horse,” and ACM Song of the Year “Crazy Girl.”  More recently, she co-wrote Little Big Town’s double platinum smash hit, “Girl Crush,” which earned the GRAMMY for Best Country Song in 2016, and the Country Music Association’s Award for Song Of The Year in 2015.

Rose has also written songs for many other artists including Alison Krauss, Blake Shelton, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Gary Allan, LeeAnn Womack, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw. Together, her songs have sold more than 20 million copies.

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Contact the CEF Office at 817-202-1199 or 817-694-9489 or call Amber Witte at 817-291-3915 for information on how you can be a part of the 2017 event and to reserve tickets.

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