The third and final concert in Brenau University’s Summer Songwriter Series is Saturday, Aug. 3, from 7-9 p.m. at Brenau’s Downtown Center, 301 Main St., SW, Gainesville. Enjoy an intimate performance by Randall Bramblett and Greg Barnhill. Up-and-coming songstresses Mary Jennings and Emily Earle will open the show. Brenau rate tickets are $12 and are available at the door. Tickets may also be purchased at www.johnjarrardfoundation.com.
An Athens resident, Bramblett combines influences of pop, soul, blues and gospel music into his own unique sound, which recently landed him a hit on Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy-winning album “Slipstream.” His songs pull from his extensive career from the 1970s with the Southern band Sea Level, Steve Winwood, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell, Levon Helm, Widespread Panic and Gov’t Mule.
Barnhill’s music comes from a similar source — he describes it as “earthy” — with soulful R&B influences and a nod to his native New Orleans in the mix. He’s written hits for Etta James, Martina McBride, Jessica Simpson, Chicago, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack and Leona Lewis. His song “Walkaway Joe,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley, earned him a Grammy nomination. His work also can be heard on CNN, “Fox and Friends,” “The View” and associated with several professional sports teams. Barnhill is revered in Nashville as a “master vocalist,” performing in the studio and also around the world with other artists and songwriters like McGraw, Womack and Faith Hill.
Opening the concert are two of the music world’s brightest up-and-coming performers. New York-based Jennings is known for her short stature and big voice. Standing just over 5 feet tall, Jennings delivers a robust, heartfelt sound on a large scale. She has several albums out, including her most recent, “Collapse Collide.” Emily Earle found recognition with her performances on season three of NBC’s “The Voice,” but not before cutting her teeth musically on the streets of New York, honing her style in the city’s subways and top clubs. Now a Nashville resident, Earle has performed in Las Vegas with CeeLo Green and the Muppets, and toured with her uncle, legendary singer/songwriter Steve Earle.