Effingham County native Hannah Dasher has a way of bringing out the “country music” in everyone. Though a modern stylist, her songwriting and vocal delivery have been steeped in traditional country, soul, rock, and blues.
Dasher’s producer Jeff Stevens, who has written numerous No. 1 country singles and has enjoyed enormous success as the sole producer for genre superstar Luke Bryan, was instantly knocked out by Hannah’s vocal prowess, her personality, and her potential to become a hit songwriter and artist.
Other top collaborators of Dasher’s include Wynn Varble, Dean Dillon, James LeBlanc, Chris DuBois, Mark D. Sanders, Terry McBride, and more. She recently received the ASCAP Harold Adamson award and was honored at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Dasher is currently signed to BMG Chrysalis in Nashville and is actively recording material for her debut album. She is already garnering interest from several labels.
For more information on Dasher, see www.reverbnation.com/hannahdasher.
Joining her for a concert Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. at the Mars will be superstars of country music writers Roger Cook, Wynn Varble and James LeBlanc.
Cook was born in Bristol, England, but has spent most of his professional songwriting career in Nashville. Cook has received many accolades, including five Ivor Novello awards.
Cook is a member of SODS (Society of Distinguished Songwriters) and is the only British songwriter ever to enter The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Cook has written hit songs such as “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (worldwide hit and Coca-Cola commercial) as well as The Hollies hit “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress.”
A few of the artists who have recorded his songs are Elton John, Ray Charles, John Prine, Johnny Cash and Don Williams. Visit www.rogercook.com for more.
Wynn Varble came to love country music at a very young age. He discovered his father’s collection of classic country albums. He even traded his big brother’s Grand Funk Railroad for a copy of Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John”. He still has a scar to prove it.
Varble decided to make the move to Nashville. His first radio single was “Fit To Be Tied Down” by Sammy Kershaw. Since then he has had dozens of hits including three No. 1s — all three were nominated as Song of the Year by either CMA or ACM and sometimes both. Those songs are: “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley, “Waiting On A Woman” by Brad Paisley, and “I’m A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin.
Varble received Nashville Songwriters Association’s Songwriter of the Year Award in 2009 and has three songs on the new Garth Brooks CD “Man Against Machine,” including the current hit single “Mom”. Wynn made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2011. Visit www.wynnvarble.com for more.
Singer-songwriter James LeBlanc was born and raised in Shreveport, La. LeBlanc picked up the guitar at the mere age of 3 years old, inspired by his father, James Sr., who played guitar on a daily basis around the LeBlanc household.
“My dad had guitars sitting everywhere around the house growing up,” LeBlanc said. “I guess you could say I had no other choice but pick up the guitar and learn how to do what he was doing. I wanted to be just like him.”
Being influenced by eclectic musicians such as The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Jimmy Page, in 2001 LeBlanc decided to move to Muscle Shoals, Ala., where he gained the interest of the legendary Rick Hall and signed his first publishing deal to Fame Music. LeBlanc spent his time traveling back and forth to Nashville to write. While at Fame LeBlanc gathered cuts and singles on such artists as Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Travis Tritt to name a few. For more, visit jamesleblancsongs.com.
For tickets and more information, visit MarsTheatre.com. Adult tickets are $25 each.