The Nashville Music Guide Magazine and the Famed, Picks Nashville are proud to announce the March 23rd Lyrics for Lyric show, hosted by Award Winning, Stylist/ Musician, Mark Newton will be headlined by Grascals lead singer, Jamie Johnson and have a preshow jam packed with hit song writers.
March’s Lyrics for Lyric will be the fith installment of the series of shows to benefit Lyric Alana Frizzell, whom was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of Leukemia at 10 months old, featuring such stars in the past as Ken Mellons, Trent Tomlinson, Michael Peterson, Whitney Duncan and Billy Yates.
The show will be hosted by IBMA Award winning Stylist/ Musician, Mark Newton, one of today’s most respected interpreters of bluegrass music, whom has received acclaimed reviews for his 2006 Hillbilly Hemingway album. Mark is also great friends with featured artist and lead singer of the Grascals, Jamie Johnson, whom has had recent Billboard success with his song and video, “I Am Strong”, which pays tribute to children suffering from cancer like Lyric.
On July 28th, 2009, at ten months old, Lyric Alana Frizzell, daughter of Crystal and Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell was diagnosed with an aggressive, rare form of Leukemia and was just hours from losing her life. Not only was it a parent’s worst nightmare to hear the dreaded words “Cancer”, but to soon find out that Lyric is the only documented case in history to have her form of Leukemia was unfathomable. She has endured six months of chemo, deadly infections and months of seclusion from family and friends in a protected, filtrated wing of the hospital for immune suppressed patients at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Myelosuppression Unit.
Lyric is now celebrating being declared in a partial remission from the Leukemia but frequents the Vanderbilt Cancer Clinic monthly and will continue to do so for the next four years to monitor her immune system and blood counts. If she can avoid a relapse during this period, having the greatest chance for one during the next year, she will be declared in full remission.
Songwriters appearing throughout the night will be Bryant Meltzer, Cowboy Slim, Lee Akers, JW Combs, Adrian Mahan, Analissa Garrett, Jenae Cherry, Tony Boatwright Jr, Josh Beal, Rachael Johnson, Lance Carpenter, Arlos Smith, Mary Hartman, Tommy Sutherland, Doug McCormick, James Slater, Bernie Nelson, Eddie Heinzelman, Jamie Burke, Rachael Hester, Claire Dunn and Melody Guy. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Lyric Frizzell Fund, to offset the costs incurred during the two year olds cancer treatment at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, having won SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and earning its Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2006 and 2007.
The story behind the song… Jamie Johnson on “I Am Strong” Back in February of 2010 I made a trip with The Grascals to present a check to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis TN, raised by The MACC Festival held in Columbus, Ohio each year and little did I know my life would change forever with this visit. I was nervous and a bit scared from the moment I walked through the front doors of the hospital, afraid of what I might see. I knew that St. Jude was a Children’s Hospital where children are fighting the terrible disease of cancer. Having my beautiful son Cole Train who is now 2 years old, thoughts were constantly running through my head as I watched young parents and their little boy or girl fighting for their lives. Many times I fought back tears and I just wanted to give them a hug for encouragement. If you’ve never been to St. Jude, do yourself a favor and go see these great teams of doctors show their dedicated love and determination to find cures for this disease. And go see some of the strongest people (the children) you’ll ever meet in your life!
And if it’s still there, go see the wall of the alphabet where “I am Strong” was inspired. The Letter “S” stands for strong. I am more proud of this song than any other work I have created in my life and so thankful for getting to write it with my beautiful wife Susanne Mumpower-Johnson and our great friend Jenee Fleenor. To the children of St. Jude and any child fighting cancer anywhere in this world, The Grascals love you and pray for you every day! Thanks for showing us the real meaning of “Strong”! – Jamie Johnson
Also Joining the Lyrics for Lyric benefit, starting in March, will be two great world class companies as regular sponsors. TKL Cases and D’Addario have committed to being sponsors for every Lyrics for Lyric show. TKL Cases have donated two instrument cases per show to be raffled off to two lucky winners in attendance. D’Addario will be providing gift bags to be given to each of the artists donating their time for the benefit.
For those that can’t make it in person, you will be able to listen to live coverage of the show on Nixa Country Radio at www.nixacountry.com
March 23rd, Doors open at 5pm, No cover charge, 1407 Division St., Nashville, TN 37203. For more information on Lyric, Nashville Music Guide Magazine, Picks Nashville, TKL Cases, D’Addario, Nixa Country, New Media Edge, Mark Newton or Jamie Johnson, please visit the following websites, www.lyricfrizzell.com, www.nashvillemusicguide.com, www.picksnashville.com, www.tkl.com, www.daddario.com, www.nixacountry.com, www.newmediaedge.com, www.marknewtonband.com and www.grascals.com.