Grammy winners part of Vail Film Festival |

Grammy winners part of Vail Film Festival

Staff Report

SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, and the Vail Film Festival founders present several cultural programs, as well as the debut of the “Listening Room,” a three-day singer/songwriter showcase program.

This year, SESAC’s series of great American singer/songwriters will showcase Adam Falcon, Don Henry, Jim Lauderdale, Richard Leigh, Jon Nicholson and Pam Rose at the Red Lion on Bridge Street in Vail Village through Saturday.

“The Vail Film Festival is a great platform for the independent creative community, and we are delighted to become part of the soundtrack for this event,” says Pat Rogers, senior vice president of corporate relations and artist development for SESAC. “Our writers’ songs are the perfect complement to the festival, and we’re excited to participate,” she adds.

“The Vail Film Festival is about art and expression, about broadening the medium’s boundaries,” says Adam Bauer, director of development for the Vail Film Festival. “We’re excited that SESAC, an organization known for its hands-on encouragement of independents in music, is on board.”

Founded by filmmakers, writers, directors and dedicated film enthusiasts, the Vail Film Festival promotes independent filmmaking, with a special focus on new and innovative filmmakers. In addition to feature films, shorts, documentaries and student films, unique to the festival is the popular television pilot genre, which is poised to become the industry marketplace event for that programming.

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The songwriters:

Adam Falcon

Adam Falcon blends jazz, R&B and alternative soul in his dynamic performances. He recently released “i, too, am colored, in black & white.” An experienced session and touring musician, Falcon has played with Roberta Flack, Sophie B. Hawkins and the late Robert Palmer, and has recorded in studio with Digable Planets, George Benson and Arif Mardin.

Don Henry

Don Henry recently released “Flowers and Rockets,” his third CD. His debut album, “Wild In The Backyard,” was named one of BILLBOARD’s Top Ten records in 1991. His songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Patti Page and the Oak Ridge Boys. In 1991, Henry won a Grammy Award with Jon Vezner for Best Country Song with “Where’ve You Been,” recorded by Kathy Mattea.

Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale recently picked up a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for his work producing “Lost In The Lonesome Pines” with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys. His songs, including “King of Broken Hearts” and “We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This,” have been featured on eight of George Strait’s albums and been recorded by the likes of Vince Gill and Patty Loveless.

Richard Leigh

The Nashville-based Songwriter Hall of Fame member has scored 14 top tens and eight #1 singles since “I’ll Get Over You” went to the top of the charts in 1976. His Grammy-winning “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” was a million-selling single that remained at the top of the country and pop charts for six months. His songs have been recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Debbie Boone and Kathy Matthea.

Jon Nicholson

The Wisconsin native journeyed to Nashville in 1997 to hone his writing skills, and formed critically acclaimed band, Stroller. Now a solo act, Nicholson is busy creating music that knows no bounds. Nicholson recently founded MuzikMafia, a weekly underground showcase that offers up-and-coming, newly signed, and star acts the opportunity to display their wares in an unrehearsed, spontaneous setting. MuzikMafia embraces every style of music with performers from Kid Rock to PGA Champion John Daly sitting in with the group.

Pam Rose

As half of the Grammy-nominated duo Kennedy Rose, Pam Rose, along with partner Mary Ann Kennedy, was responsible for some of the much compelling music of the ’80s and early ’90s. Rose just completed her album, “Morpheus.” Her songs have been recorded by Reba McEntire and Lee Greenwood, Restless Heart and Martina McBride.

The Vail Film Festival is presented by the Vail Film Institute, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering independent cinema. The Vail Film Festival strives to encourage artistic innovation, to promote new and creative filmmaking techniques, and to foster discourse about independent film and other forms of media which challenge and entertain.

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