Songwriters’ Circle Monday at JCA

Published 3:00 am Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Johnson Center for the Arts will present “Evenings of Art & Music” featuring a “Songwriter’s Circle” at 7 o’clock Monday night at the arts center at 300 East Walnut Street.

In the Songwriter’s Circle will feature musician/songwriters Lenny Trawick, Jilla Webb, Kat Deal and Ava Barrett. The singer/songwriters will share their songs and the stories behind them.

Admission will be $10 at the door for this limited seating event.

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Trawick said he is honored to have been asked to participate in the inaugural Songwriter’s Circle.

“I really don’t know to expect,” he said. “ I would imagine it will be like the round robin at The Bluebird Café in Nashville. The singer/songwriters sit around and share the songs they have written. So, this will be a great opportunity to hear others perform their songs and to hear their stories.”

John Jinright, presenter chair, said he, too, is excited about and looking forward to the Songwriter’s Circle.

“All four singer/songwriters are outstanding,” he said. “Lenny Trawick has had a long and illustrious career as a bluesman and he also plays country music and religious music. He is so versatile and will have a lot to share.”

Jinright said Kat Deal is a young singer who has performed at coffee houses in the area and at Momma Goldberg’s and Santa Fe Cattle Company.

“She has gotten good reviews wherever she has played,” Jinright said. “She writes her own songs which are different genres, including ballads. Kat Deal is a bright star who has the potential to take it to the next level.”

Ava Barrett is a music industry major at Troy University and is from Freeport, Bahamas.

“Ava plays piano and sings R&B. Her voice is soulful and very interesting,” Jinright said. “She has a voice higher than Aretha Franklin and has been a backup singer for several groups. She is also a good songwriter.

Jilla Webb is a graduate student in Troy University’s music industry program.

“She is a great singer and has sung around the region with several big bands,” Jinright said. “ She plays and sings jazz and has performed at TroyFest so a lot of people will be familiar with her.”

Jinright said the Songwriter’s Circle will offer a variety of songs and interesting stories about the songs and how they originated There also will be a time for questions and answers.

“The Songwriter’s Circle will be great night of music and related stories,” he said. “We encourage everyone who enjoys great music and good stories to join us at 7 p.m. Monday night at the Johnson Center for the Arts.”