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Stories & Songs with Megan McMillan/Cam Spinks/Hope Cassity
June 8 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm CDT$20
Tickets $20. Reservations 251-367-4599
Megan McMillan has certainly found her niche in the industry with her honest, edgy take on traditional American music. Her writing can be humorous, deep, poetic, and intense; mixed with her vibrant, warm-textured vocals and fun-loving, captivating stage presence, she offers something unique at every performance. Shannon Ireland from 30A Songwriter Radio says, “Megan McMillan, this is why we do what we do”. Jerry Henry from Alabama Music Office describes her music as “natural, not contrived, where everything comes from the heart”, and Anna Chandler of Connect Savannah says Megan “Possess(es) a way with words and a rich vocal clarity; she has an exciting musical future ahead of her”. Megan has progressively built a busy career highlighted by the release of her first and second singles, a rigorous performance schedule spanning seven states, and her first series of prestigious songwriter festival invites. Megan’s independent debut EP “Potter’s Field” released in October 2015 and is available through all major digital outlets. She penned all eight songs on the EP and co-produced seven of the tracks. This year, Megan’s co-write with Christina Christian and Taylor Craven “The Book” is featured in The Spree of ’83, a biography of the life of the late Freddy Powers. 2017’s single release “Can’t Say I Mind”, a co-write with Sweet Tea Trio’s Victoria Camp, was recorded at The Nutthouse in Sheffield Alabama and showcases a southern soul infused style. Megan released her first full length record in November 2018, titled “Things That Change”. This project is a culmination of a year’s worth of songwriting effort and is produced by Shawn Byrne of Great Hill Studios in Nashville, TN. This album has been well-reviewed and is available through meganmcmillan.net and multiple digital outlets.
Born in the small town of Montevallo, Alabama, Cam Spinks’ southern roots are hard to miss in his music. It was during college in Birmingham where he began to learn guitar and explore songwriting. Over the years he’s dedicated himself to honing his craft.
His ability to transition between smooth and gritty singing brings his catchy, yet sophisticated lyrics to life. His desire to separate himself from the main stream country crowd draws the interest of listeners looking for something with a little more depth than your typical radio hit. Inspirations include various 80’s and 90’s country artists, as well as the likes of Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Tom Petty.
He has opened for Adam Hood, Whitey Morgan, and various up and coming artists. He has won several songwriting competitions, most recently the Workplay Theatre Songwriter Series in Birmingham, Al.
It’s no coincidence that Hope Cassity’s first name is usually associated with words like belief, optimism, faith, and love. Those are the very principles that have gotten her through the last 18 months. Jan 24, 2018 she was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer that occurs in only 1% of women her age. While her peers spent the first half of 18′ touring, she’s spent the last year fighting boldly and bravely in a battle she never dreamed she would face. One that seemed equally as impossible as it has been for her to keep on pushing forward through highs and lows of living as songwriter. Ironically, Cassity heard news of her first major radio release to commercial outlets exactly one week before her diagnosis. Finally a taste of validation yet it was promptly served with a large dose of reality.
One that soon replaced touring and radio interviews with hospitals and oncology visits. In addition to fighting cancer, her ten year marriage to her high school sweetheart disappeared before her eyes. Before she knew it her things were in storage, she was homeless, divorcing, taking chemo and rescued by a town of new friends and total strangers. With only one choice to “cowgirl up” ( as she always says), family, friends, and social media followers watched, as she fought through chemo. Cassity poured out her heart and touched thousands of lives. With an unwavering optimism and an unfiltered truth, she was brutally honest about her life and shared her trips to chemo dressed as a super hero with her friends.
She made us laugh with her, cry with her, and we watched live when she first cut her signature long brown hair. She shared intimate images of the evening she had to shave her head, that gave us all a glimpse of her guts and courage and the strong women who held her up during it. After the worst year of her life received the good news that she was finally in remission. Cancer was an unexpected turn in her musical story but the best one that could have happened! She is now living back in Nashville with a different perspective and direction for this next chapter for her music.Cassity says that cancer tried to kill her but in the end SAVED her life.
Before cancer, Cassity lived in Tennessee for 6 years and graduated Nashville “hard knocks” school of music. Eventually, she earned her place as a respected songsmith on Music Row. Writing one of her signature songs “STING” alongside and with #1 hitmaker Jim McBride and award winning writer Jerry Salley (Outlaw State of Mind, Chris Stapleton).
With 7 cuts by the popular Indie Rock duo Penny Rae, Cassity proves that as a writer, she knows no boundaries or labels and her songs stand out in multiple musical niches and genres. In fact, her song “Closure” became the first single off their self titled album and consequently, her song “Alabama River” was chosen as the first single from their second Americana album. The videos for the Penny Rae songs aired on 40+TV networks nationwide alongside major label acts such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum. She also co-wrote “Out of My Mind” a bluesy soulful country song with Victoria Camp (one third of the rising female country group from Alabama, Sweet Tea Trio). So it’s no surprise that Cassity was a three time Nashville Country Music Association Nominee (NCMA), and named NCMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015. She was a two time top 25 Finalist in the Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition and top 10 in Songwriter Serenade. That year she was also selected as one of only 3 to perform at the World Sync Summit with the worlds best film makers and music industry licensing executives. Cassity is optimistic about 2019 but is slow to announce plans. She will release new music soon so fans can expect to hear more from her this year.
Traveling around the southeast, armed with only a guitar, Hope has had the chance to sing to audiences in sold out arenas of over 30,000. She also can be found sharing her emotional story in intimate songwriter rounds, listening rooms and classrooms. Her storytelling abilities through song have a profound effect on her audiences ranging from bringing them from tears to toe tapping clapping along.
People appreciate her candor, her raw emotion and her journey documented through her music. With a new lease on life and regaining her physical energy, Cassity has learned that it’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s about having the courage to get back up. Now a sought after inspirational speaker, songwriting teacher and an in demand acrylic impasto artist/instructor she once again is touring the southeast with her musical and artistic offerings. Hope Cassity is tackling Life head on and loving every second of it!