Songwriter Night: Craig Morrison & Hayden Hodge
February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm$10
After moving to Nashville from Australia with his family in 2011, Craig Morrison has achieved global success, releasing hits such as “Phone Call” and “Reminisce” which topped the Australian Country Music Charts at #3, hit #18 on the European Hot Disc Charts, and reached #39 on the U.S. Music Row Charts. Those successes prompted touring across the U.S., Australia, and France. Morrison has shared the stage with the likes of Rascal Flatts, Big & Rich, and The Band Perry, to name a few. He has also been awarded the National Songwriter’s Award and multiple ‘Male Vocal Artist of the Year’ awards throughout Australia.
Son of legendary Aussie artist “Lucky Starr”, Morrison grew up surrounded by the day-to-day rigors of the entertainment business. His father, the first artist to record the song “I’ve Been Everywhere” which was later recorded by legendary country artists Hank Snow and Johnny Cash, is widely regarded as one of the cornerstones of the Australian Pop genre.
Craig entered show business at the age of 13 when he started acting in television commercials, and later the popular soap-opera Sons & Daughters. He also acted in the nationally acclaimed and awarded Aussie movie, Mull. During this time Morrison regularly shared the stage with his father and played in a handful of rock bands around Sydney until he formed the glam pop rock band De Mont. They signed with Alberts (AC/DC) and opened for Motley Crue, Skid Row, and others while successfully touring Australia. After a management label dispute De Mont was forced to disband and Morrison took a family sabbatical from the music business. During this time Craig reconnected with his first love, Country Music, and moved to Nashville to pursue his true passion.
Currently Craig Morrison has returned to the stage as one of highest-energy entertainers in the industry after taking time to mature into a prominent songwriter and performer in the Nashville area.
“Craig Morrison is one of those artists that has a vocal presence and a clear love of his music that sets him apart from so many other young artists trying to forge out a career in Country music today. I truly believe that he falls into the Keith Urban category of performer, not because they both happen to be from Australia, but because like Keith, Craig has a great voice, is a great musician, and when playing live, really expresses his joy at having an audience to play to,” – Tony Taylor President of the “Paris (France) Country Festival”
About Hayden Hodge
Hayden is an emerging 18 year old indie/folk singer from Hendersonville, Tennessee. He has always gravitated towards music and first began writing songs at the age of 7. Since then, he has continued to hone his vocal and instrumental abilities as a member of the Hendersonville High School Select Chorus, a worship leader at First Baptist, and the lead vocalist/guitarist for his own band. As a writer himself, Hayden admires the way a carefully crafted song can connect listeners across time and geography, as well as inspire both emotion and action. His favorite lyricists are John Mayer, Frank Ocean, and Andy Shauf. As a singer, Hayden possesses one of the most distinctive voices of any young artist today, and although it will come as no surprise that the Lumineers and Ben Rector are among his greatest influences, Hayden has a vocal styling all his own.