Thank you to all of our artists and audience members for making our Season Four tapings a great success! We are currently taking a break as we edit our shows.
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With gratitude,
The Songs at the Center Team


Multiple Grammy Winner Carl Jackson

Jerry Salley

Larry Cordle

Micah Kesselring

Cheley Tackett

Mandy Cook

Cardinal Theatre, Thomas Worthington High School

300 West Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio, 43085

Parking provided behind high school, enter through door 16.

Songs at the Center is proud to welcome six exceptional songwriters to our National TV Stage. And we’d love to have you right there with them as part of our audience!
We are particularly honored in this taping to be working with the Worthington High School Theater Department to provide real-world experience for students, as a crew of them will be working on our production team and receiving national TV credits!
As always, the tapings are free and open to the public. YOUR participation is a key part of the success of our show, now broadcast to nearly 160 public TV stations from coast-to-coast. Bring friends, and feel free to come and go as you please. (Please dress for TV, tastefully, with no logos.)
Due to the audience members being taped as part of the show, participants will need to sign a publicity waiver. (If under 18, a parent/guardian signature is required.)
Whether singing as a trio, or as solo acts, multiple Grammy Winners CARL JACKSON, LARRY CORDLE, and JERRY SALLEY are among the greatest songwriters in the music business. And we couldn’t be more honored to welcome them into the Songs at the Center family.
CARL JACKSON was born in the small town of Louisville, Mississippi. By the time he was eight years old, thanks to his father’s influence and a burning desire inside, he was already well on his way to being an accomplished musician. Glen Campbell, with whom he played 12 years, called him “The greatest banjo player in the world.” As a vocalist, he has recorded with EmmyLou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Garth Brooks, Janie Fricke, Dolly Parton, and other top names. His songs have been recorded by Vince Gill, Glen Campbell, Trisha Yearwood, and many, many others. carljackson.net
LARRY CORDLE, a native of eastern Kentucky, was a childhood friend and neighbor of fellow musical prodigy, Ricky Skaggs. Upon hearing Cordle’s new song, “Highway 40 Blues”, Ricky promised that he would one day record it. In the summer of 1983, it was the number one song in the nation, helping to launch Larry’s songwriting career and skyrocketing Skaggs’ already solid country music career. At last count, Larry’s songs had appeared on projects that have sold a combined total of more than 55 million records, by artists such Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many others. larrycordle.com
Chillicothe native JERRY SALLEY has been referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths.” The 2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Jerry has had over 450 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career. To date Jerry’s songs have sold in excess of 15.5 million records worldwide. His songs have been recorded by some of today’s biggest country stars, including Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire and Brad Paisley. As an artist himself, Jerry has performed many times on the Grand Ole Opry, Late Night With David Letterman, and NBC’S Today Show. jerrysalley.com
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Ohio native MANDY COOK forged her musical niche by pulling classical vocal training, and the influential Jazz and R&B of her childhood together. She was raised listening to greats like Sade, Nat King Cole, and Peggy Lee. On her own, she discovered Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, and Ani DiFranco. Discovering her own style on guitar produced a nuanced, bass-driven playing style that now ranges from beautifully minimalist, to swampy, to jazzy and complex. She can create a whole atmosphere to live and listen within, with simply her gut string guitar and her voice. mandycookmusic.com
CHELEY TACKETT grew up in Ohio. Her blend of lyrical intensity and melodic craftsmanship have earned her recognition and respect in Nashville, a town where being a stand-out is a rare achievement. American Country Magazine suggests Cheley’s song “Play the One I Like” “…might be the best song that I’ve heard this year so far.” Acclaimed as much for her songwriting as for her artistry, Cheley won the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk competition, among others. Also a much sought-after demo singer on Music Row, Cheley’s sultry voice and velvety moments are uniquely her own. cheleytackett.com
MICAH KESSELRING was raised in the Appalachia foothills of southeastern Ohio. Cutting his teeth on the Columbus blues scene, he soon made his way to Memphis, TN, for the International Blues Challenge, representing the Columbus Blues Alliance in the Youth Showcase category. Following a performance at the Blues City Cafe on Beale Street, he was awarded the inaugural Generation Blues scholarship at the age of 15. Micah later went on to perform as a special guest with the Otis Taylor Band at the Blues Music Awards in May of 2009 and was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in 2016. reverbnation.com/micahkesselring
Host and Series Creator ERIC GNEZDA is a regular performer at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café. He was the recipient of the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). Nominated for an Emmy award as a TV journalist, Eric is currently working on a memoir. His latest CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World. gnezda.com