The initial lineup for the 7th annual Country With Heart benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been announced. The event scheduled for one month from today on June 11th at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre will be an intimate celebrity songwriters showcase. The first round will be featuring Billy Yates (“Choices”/”I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”/”Flowers”), Becky Hobbs ( “Angels Among Us”/”I Want To Know You Before We Make Love”/”Jones on the Jukebox”) and singer/songwriter/SiriusXM radio host Dallas Wayne. There will also be a special appearance by Grammy Award winner Linda Davis. More entertainers will be announced soon.
Tickets are available online as of today at Country With Heart Tickets on www.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event. All proceeds from Country With Heart will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Their current campaign is “Love Music. Stop Cancer.” St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Country With Heart founder, singer/songwriter Bobby Marquez will host the show. Cavender’s/PFI, the leading western wear and western lifestyle dealer for the American South and Southwest,.will sponsor this special event. The 2022 Country With Heart show will be dedicated to Petey Northup, a former St. Jude kid and a supporter of the annual benefit as well as a personal friend and top fan of Bobby Marquez.
“We lost Petey this year after battling illnesses for 30 plus years, but we did not lose his spirit. He connected with music, so we are going to make this show all about the songs that Petey loved,” states Bobby Marquez.
There will also be some impressive auction items from Crosley, Guitar Center and more, along with gifts for all who attend. Plus there will be a fun raffle including some unique St. Jude items as part of the benefit.
For updates on the 2022 Country With Heart benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, keep up with Bobby Marquez daily at www.facebook.com/bobbymarquezmusic
About Country With Heart: Country With Heart is an all-star country music show held during CMA Music Fest week in Nashville benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event was founded by award winning singer/songwriter Bobby Marquez in 2015 in honor of his number one fan, a former St. Jude kid, Petey Northrup. To date, the annual event has raised thousands of dollars for treatments and research. Participating talent has included, Clint Black, Mark Wills, John Conlee, Wade Hayes, Barbara Fairchild, Crystal Gayle, Chuck Mead, Gary Chapman, David Ball, Riders in The Sky, Sylvia, Andy Griggs, Johnny Rodriguez and more.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.
About (presenting sponsor) Cavender’s/PFI: Cavender’s is a family owned and operated western and workwear retailer based out of Tyler, Texas. Founded by James R. Cavender in 1965, their sons Joe, Mike and Clay now run the day-to-day operations. There are now 91 locations located across 15 states. The family lives the western lifestyle, operating working ranches in Texas with Brangus and Charolais cattle. Cavender’s has become the leading western dealer for the American South and Southwest. To find store locations or to shop online, visit cavenders.com.
About Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre: Voted Nashville’s #1 Dinner & Show! Located in Music Valley Village across the street from The Gaylord Opryland Hotel, the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater presents a dining experience and variety show voted the best combination in Nashville. The entertainers have a rich history in country music and perform hits over the decades while hosting some of country music’s biggest celebrities. The 300 seat theater with a state of the art sound and light system has been home to the Country With Heart benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital two years now.
About (founder/host) Bobby Marquez: Bobby Marquez is an awarded singer/songwriter, originally from South Texas. Marquez has become known for his charismatic smile and fun-loving honky tonk style of music paired with inspiring lyrics. His timely song, “Speak Love,” shows his kind heart and has earned him the CMA of Texas Americana Award for 2021. In 2019, Bobby was considered for a Grammy Award for his duet with Rhonda Vincent on a song Marquez co-wrote titled, “For Awhile.” The song also won CMA of Texas Duet of the Year and the Academy of Western Artists Song of the Year. Bobby was also awarded the 2018 AWA Pure Country Male Vocalist and the recipient of the first-ever CMA of Texas Cowboy/Western Artist Award. . His original tune, “The Cowboy Way,” produced by the legendary Rex Allen Jr., was designated the theme song of the annual Gene Autry Museum Festival in Oklahoma. Bobby Marquez appears on television’s Larry’s Country Diner, The Penny Gilley Show, The Merlin Gene Show and Country Fix. While his music videos are seen around the world on various networks, his music can be heard on radio stations around the globe, including on Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM Radio. Marquez’s songs have been recorded by George Strait, Alan Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Ty Herndon and Johnny Rodriguez.
About Linda Davis: Labeled a ‘song stylist’, Davis’ unique ability to interpret a song has made her one of Nashville’s favorite vocalists. As her talents began to catch the attention of label executives, she landed her first record deal with CBS/ Epic Records.
Davis quickly gained a legion of friends and fans in the music industry, one being superstar Reba McEntire. Their mutual respect led them into the studio together where they recorded a duet entitled Does He Love You that went on to become a #1 hit and earn both artists several awards including a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.
About Billy Yates: Billy Yates is a Nashville based, Grammy-nominated, singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by artists such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Chris Young, Sara Evans, Gary Allan, Joe Nichols, John Michael Montgomery, Daryle Singletary, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Chesnutt, Gene Watson, Sammy Kershaw, Doug Stone, Rhonda Vincent, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, and more. Yates also co-wrote the George Jones classics, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and the Grammy-award winning, “Choices”.
A seasoned entertainer, Billy Yates also tours Europe extensively where he was recently named the European CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. With 13 number 1 singles on the European charts. Here at home, Yates has been featured on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry 49 times and has also appeared on TV shows such as Larry’s Country Diner, Country’s Family Reunion, and The Merlin Gene Show.
As a record producer, Yates has produced a number of major European and Australian artists, plus a few US artists including country music legend Charley Pride’s last record, “Music in My Heart”.
About Becky Hobbs: “Country music’s best kept secret” – Ralph Novak, People Magazine Becky Hobbs started playing piano and writing songs at nine years of age in her hometown, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. At age 15, she formed the “Four Faces of Eve,” now documented as the first all-female rock band in the state of Oklahoma. After one year at the University of Tulsa, she hit the road with an all-girl band out of Tulsa, the SirPrize Package, which later became the Wax Madonna. She spent two years in Baton Rouge playing with southern rock band Swampfox, then headed to Los Angeles, where she got a record deal with MCA. She started getting her songs recorded by major artists, beginning with Helen Reddy recording “I’ll be Your Audience.” In 1979, her song “I Can’t Say Goodbye To You” (also recorded by Helen) won 1st place in the American Song Festival (Easy Listening Category). She signed with Al Gallico Music, and then Mercury Records, which sparked her move to Nashville.
As a recording artist, Becky has had over 20 chart singles/albums, including “Jones on the Jukebox,” “Honky Tonk Saturday Night,” “Are There Any More Like You (Where You Came From),” “Do You Feel The Same Way Too” (all written/co-written by Becky), plus the John D. Loudermilk classic “Talk Back Trembling Lips.” She also had a Billboard Top Ten duet with Moe Bandy, “Let’s Get Over Them Together.” She has written three songs for Alabama, including the evergreen “Angels Among Us,” which has also been recorded by Demi Lovato, Kristin Chenoweth, Scotty McCreery, Home Free and others. It has been used to raise money for many charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Other artists who have recorded Becky’s songs are: Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Kiss, Wanda Jackson, John Anderson, Janie Fricke, Lacy J. Dalton, Ken Mellons, Shelly West, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Johnny Bush, Charly McClain, Cristy Lane, Jane Oliver, Shirley Bassey, and the Cherokee National Youth Choir.
Becky composed and co-wrote the 18-song musical “Nanyehi-The Story of Nancy Ward,” based on the life of her fifth-great grandmother, a Cherokee war woman, then peacemaker in the 1700’s. So far, there have been eleven productions (54 shows) in four states. She is also co-writer and co-producer of the award winning short film, “Nanyehi,” which was inducted into the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame in 2019 and features her song “Let There Be Peace.” Becky has performed her song “Tsa La Gi-We Are Many” at many Cherokee events and is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Her numerous awards include induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (2015), Cherokee National Statesman (2017) and Dream Keepers Cultural Achievement Award of Greater Tulsa Indian Affairs (2018).
Known for her high-energy shows, the “Beckaroo” has performed on major TV shows, including “Hee Haw”, “The Academy of Country Music Awards”, “Nashville Now”, “Music City Tonight” and “Grand Ole Opry Live.” From honkytonks to world class concert stages, she’s entertained audiences in 40 countries.
About Dallas Wayne: Dallas Wayne is a singer, songwriter, radio DJ, voice-over artist, actor and music producer. He considers himself lucky to make a living doing things he loves. Some might say it has more to do with talent than luck.
He has performed throughout North America and Europe, releasing 13 albums of his own, and performing on various compilation and band recordings including the TwangBangers, Heybale! and a Grammy- nominated bluegrass album with Special Consensus.
Dallas released his latest album Coldwater, Tennessee on the BFD/Audium Nashville label in April 2022. Produced by Buddy Cannon, this album of original tunes includes several co-writes with long-time collaborator Robbie Fulks, and one written with Buddy Cannon and Whisperin’ Bill Anderson — two of Dallas’ songwriting heroes.
Dallas began performing professionally while in school before moving to Nashville, where he started songwriting and developed his vocal style singing demos for the top music publishing houses. While touring Europe in the early 90s, he signed a record deal and soon moved to Scandinavia where he was a staff songwriter for Warner/Chappell Music.
After four years living and touring in Europe, Dallas returned to the U.S. and signed with HighTone Records. He later relocated to Austin, TX, releasing albums on the Koch Nashville and Smith Entertainment labels. In 2016 and 2018 he released a popular collection of classic country songs on two albums, Songs The Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 1 and Volume 2, on Heart of Texas Records. This collection includes duets with Willie Nelson, Jeannie Seely, Darrell and Mona McCall, and Paula Nelson.
Dallas currently lives in Bristol TN/VA, the Birthplace of Country Music. On the Air Dallas can be heard on SIRIUS XM Radio: Weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. Eastern at Willie’s Roadhouse (channel 59), Tuesday through Friday in Outlaw Country (channel 60) from 10 a.m. to noon, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon at Willie’s Roadhouse.
He got his start in radio in 1989, drawing on his many years as a performer. Dallas solidified his radio career when he joined Outlaw Country on SIRIUS in 2005. A year later he accepted a position at KHYI 95.3 FM in Dallas where he served as Program Director and morning drive-time DJ until the end of 2007.
After the merger of SIRIUS and XM in 2008, Dallas became On-Air Personality and Associate Format Manager for the Texas-based honky-tonk channel Willie’s Place, which later became Willie’s Roadhouse.
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