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Songs at the Center

SONGS AT THE CENTER is a new national music series featuring accomplished singer-songwriters performing "in the round" before a live audience. The weekly, half-hour program showcases three-to-four artists per episode, and includes interviews and short features. Songs at the Center is hosted and co-created by Eric Gnezda, an award-winning songwriter and Emmy-nominated TV journalist, who conceived the program based upon his decades of performing in venues across America, from concert and convention halls, to Nashville's iconic Bluebird Cafe.

Songs at the Center  
  • Compilation Special
    Friday, August 30
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Songs at the Center’s season-ending Compilation Special features some of our season's most compelling artists doing great, original material we have never broadcast. All original, and very compelling. From seasoned Pros to young Up-and-Comers you will want to learn more about, our compilation shows always bring strong, positive audience response! MARC COHN shares fascinating stories about his creative process. After winning a Grammy Award for his soulful, iconic ballad, “ Walking in Memphis,” Marc has solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. TIME magazine calls Marc "one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade" and Bonnie Raitt declared, "Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he's an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for." She, along with James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn's records for Atlantic. In 2016, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, Marc proudly released Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities and the bonus aComlbum, Evolution of a Recor, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut and the Grammy that followed.
  • Sarah Peacock, T.Wong, John Schwab
    Friday, September 6
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    SARAH PEACOCK, a Georgia native, bridges Country, Blues, Americana, and Rock-N-Roll. She has released six albums, winning multiple awards for her songwriting. “Hurricane” won Best Song in the American Songwriting Awards, and “Beautiful” was a winner with International Unsigned Only. “The Cool Kids,” and “Are We There Yet” resulted in nominations for Best Female Artist and Best Song in a number of songwriting competitions. Peacock was also named Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year. Away from the stage, Peacock is active in the anti-bullying and animal rescue communities. She helped start a rock school for kids and recently formed her own non-profit, The Band Waggin’, benefiting animal health and rescue programs. T. WONG is a singer-songwriter – and business attorney. As unique as his name itself, his sound and style is equally one-of-a-kind. T. Wong offers an “urban-rustic” experience. Since the release of his EP, Dreamin’ In Motion, and debut album, Journey, he has been likened to acclaimed artists like Frank Ocean and Lenny Kravitz, as his sound transports listeners to an alternate space. In his legal capacity, he represents a myriad of clients ranging from enterprises to artists. He has been recognized by international and national press, such as AFROPUNK and Soul Train, opened for Grammy-nominated artists, heard on NPR and in the UK JOHN SCHWAB is an Atlantic Recording artist and founder of the national touring band, McGuffey Lane. A multiple-charting songwriter, he has worked with Charlie Daniels, The Allman Brothers, The Judds, the Marshall Tucker Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He also serves as a model of what it takes to “make it” as an independent artist, as he owns and operates John Schwab Recording, owns a record label, a jingle production company, and booking agency.
  • Sugarcane Jane (Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford), Andrew Adkins and Ronnie 'Diamond' Hoard
    Friday, September 13
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    SUGARCANE JANE (Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford), from Alabama Gulf Coast, is a husband-and-wife duo of Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford, who purvey what they call “organic music at its finest.” Crawford, known as “Sideman to the Stars,” has performed more than 700 shows with Neil Young, plus toured with Sonny James, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, and Rodney Crowell. He has written songs recorded by Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, Pegi Young, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Even with his history of working with heavyweights, Crawford tells the Songs at the Center audience that Sugarcane Jane is his life’s calling. A virtuoso in her own right, Lee deftly dances between ukulele bass and snare drum, while offering crisp harmonies and lead vocals. ANDREW ADKINS draws his musical inspiration from the rolling hills of West Virginia, where he was born and raised. Adkins yields a passion that is synonymous with his surroundings and the characters that fill his songs. “It’s one thing to be a writer, it’s another to have to write,” he says. Spending the last seven years leading the successful Appalachian Stompgrass band, The Wild Rumpus, Adkins is now pursuing his own wild solo adventure. “Andrew Adkins knows how to tell a story and give it a melody to stick with you RONNIE “DIAMOND” HOARD has traveled from singer and lead guitarist in the Grammy Award winning funk band, The Ohio Players… to a charismatic pastor writing and performing Gospel music. His solo Gospel album, It Is Written, received a Stellar Award nomination. “All my life I was in church,” Ronnie says. And all his life he—and his family—have played music. As a child, Ronnie s mother, in fact, was recruited by Mahalia Jackson to go on the road, only to have the offer overruled by her father, who felt she was too young. Ronnie has played drums and sung background for The Alabama Blind Boys, and performed with the Grammy-winning Gospel group, Mighty Clouds of Joy. “If I can’t sing it in the church, I shouldn’t sing it in a club,” he says
  • Artists: Bruce Cockburn - Master Series Episode
    Friday, September 20
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    BRUCE COCKBURN declared, upon being inducted the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, “In a world increasingly defined by its fakery… we’ve together, pulled off the greatest trick ever… we (songwriters) spread truth.” Cockburn is one of the most influential singer-songwriters to emerge from Canada, with contemporaries Gordon Lightfoot, Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Leonard Cohen. Among his charted songs in the U.S. are “If I Had A Rocket Launcher,” and “Wondering Where the Lions Are.” He also wrote “The Gift,” inspired by the seminal book of the same title on the creation of art, written by Lewis Hyde. Bruce has garnered more than a dozen JUNO Awards, nominated for another 20, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. If that’s not enough, his face in on a Canadian postage stamp.
  • Artists: Erin Enderlin, Craig S. Heath and Nikki D. Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda
    Friday, September 27
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    ERIN ENDERLIN, an Arkansas native now of Nashville, has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage multiple times. She wrote “The Bar’s Getting Lower” for Reba McEntire, along with award-winning songs “ Monday Morning Church” by Alan Jackson, “Last Call” by Lee Ann Womack, and the critically acclaimed “You Don’t Know Jack,” recorded by Luke Bryan. She's also written a host of songs for Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Joey + Rory, Tyler Farr, and others. As an artist, Enderlin has earned praise from Billboard, and American Songwriter, which has led to shows with Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart, Kip Moore, and Terri Clark CRAIG HEATH is a five-time Ohio Music Awards winner. Writing across genres for nearly 20 years, he has headlined shows in 25 states, and performed at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café. He is a multi-instrumentalist who writes for piano, guitar, mountain dulcimer, and banjo. He was raised in West Virginia and his music reflects those roots. He is adept at storytelling and placing listeners in those mountain towns as though they knew the characters themselves. Heath is also the founder of the Appalachian Listening Room, in Logan, OH, a preferred venue for touring songwriters. NIKKI D BROWN, of Toledo Ohio, performs Sacred Steel, a musical style and African-American gospel tradition of using lap steel and pedal steel guitars in church. "If Jimi Hendrix played Sacred Steel, he’d sound and act like Nikki D" (Guitar World). Sacred Steel originally developed in a group of related Pentecostal churches in the 1930s. Robert Randolph is probably one of the most famous of the Sacred Steel players. Brown, performing with her guitarist sister, Gloria, toured Australia in 2018.
  • Chris Trapper, Olivia Millerschin and Diana Chittester
    Friday, October 4
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    CHRIS TRAPPER was front man for Capitol Records’ critically acclaimed alt-rock band, The Push Stars. Over the past decade, The Boston-based singer-songwriter-storyteller has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and even his songwriting hero, John Prine. The New York Times calls Trapper’s work “classic pop perfection.” A prolific songwriter, Trapper has placed his songs on TV and feature films, including There's Something About Mary (Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz), The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep), and All My Children. A stutterer growing up, Trapper explains to Songs at the Center how music was the key to overcoming his challenge. OLIVIA MILLERSCHIN is a Michigan native who won the Great American Song Contest, and is featured on the Republic Records soundtrack to Mitch Albom’s novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, alongside Ingrid Michaelson and Tony Bennett. Having won two John Lennon Songwriting awards, Millerschin was a quarterfinalist on America’s Got Talent. Her voice was heard in the 2018 Olympic Free Dance Program of U.S. Pairs skaters Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Whether performing in a small, local listening room, or a venue as grand as Radio City Music Hall, Olivia Millerschin warms hearts and touches souls. DIANA CHITTESTER of Cleveland, OH, is known for her signature percussive “guitar acrobatics” (Buffalo ArtVoice), bold vocals, and “intelligent and articulate lyrics” (Music Connection Magazine). Born the daughter of a minister, Chittester was on track to become an English teacher until she purchased a used copy of Ani DiFranco's Living In Clip with her last $11 while in college. Inspired by the passion and truth DiFranco brought to her music, Chittester set out on the path of “fiercely independent musician.” Coming out to her conservative family at the age of 21 forced Chittester to turn to her own songwriting to deal with issues of isolation, religious family struggles and personal relationships. Her music became personal testimonies on issues many try to deal with privately. She has worked with artists Lisa Loeb, Kim Richey, and Royal Wood.
  • Nellie McKay, Lil’ Red and the Rooster (Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet) and Eric Gnezda
    Friday, October 11
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    NELLIE McKAY, British-American singer and songwriter, made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera in 2006. McKay's music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF. She has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View. McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three acclaimed musical biographies. Conjuring the image of a lonely all night truck stop along Highway 1 on the California coast, her seventh album, Sister Orchid, comes from a place of quiet, a world of low lights and cool drinks, up against a hard wall. JENNIFER MILLIGAN, of Ohio, and PASCAL FOUQUEST, of Normandy, France, split their tours between their homelands: the U.S. and Europe, respectively. The award winning international couple have been writing and touring together since 2010. Touching and refreshing with bite and humor, their original songs come from their love for those old jazzy blues and post-war rhythm & blues. They’re warm and inviting and their music is inspired and innovative. Backed by a deep-in-the-pocket rhythm section, blues with a spirit full of hope and joy, they may inspire you to get up and boogie! ERIC GNEZDA is an award-winning songwriter and creator and host of Songs at the Center. Gnezda and his work have been featured by media outlets around the world. He is a recipient of the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). Gnezda is a regular performer at Nashville's iconic songwriting venue, The Bluebird Cafe. He is also an Emmy-nominated television journalist.
  • Artists: Sarah Peacock, T. Wong and John Schwab
    Friday, October 18
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    SARAH PEACOCK, a Georgia native, bridges Country, Blues, Americana, and Rock-N-Roll. She has released six albums, winning multiple awards for her songwriting. “Hurricane” won Best Song in the American Songwriting Awards, and “Beautiful” was a winner with International Unsigned Only. “The Cool Kids,” and “Are We There Yet” resulted in nominations for Best Female Artist and Best Song in a number of songwriting competitions. Peacock was also named Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year. Away from the stage, Peacock is active in the anti-bullying and animal rescue communities. She helped start a rock school for kids and recently formed her own non-profit, The Band Waggin’, benefiting animal health and rescue programs. T. WONG is a singer-songwriter – and business attorney. As unique as his name itself, his sound and style is equally one-of-a-kind. T. Wong offers an “urban-rustic” experience. Since the release of his EP, Dreamin’ In Motion, and debut album, Journey, he has been likened to acclaimed artists like Frank Ocean and Lenny Kravitz, as his sound transports listeners to an alternate space. In his legal capacity, he represents a myriad of clients ranging from enterprises to artists. He has been recognized by international and national press, such as AFROPUNK and Soul Train, opened for Grammy-nominated artists, heard on NPR and in the UK. JOHN SCHWAB is an Atlantic Recording artist and founder of the national touring band, McGuffey Lane. A multiple-charting songwriter, he has worked with Charlie Daniels, The Allman Brothers, The Judds, the Marshall Tucker Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He also serves as a model of what it takes to “make it” as an independent artist, as he owns and operates John Schwab Recording, owns a record label, a jingle production company, and booking agency.
  • Artists: Sugarcane Jane (Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford), Andrew Adkins and Ronnie “Diamond” Hoard
    Friday, October 25
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    SUGARCANE JANE from Alabama Gulf Coast, is a husband-and-wife duo of Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford, who purvey what they call “organic music at its finest.” Crawford, known as “Sideman to the Stars,” has performed more than 700 shows with Neil Young, plus toured with Sonny James, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, and Rodney Crowell. He has written songs recorded by Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, Pegi Young, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Even with his history of working with heavyweights, Crawford tells the Songs at the Center audience that Sugarcane Jane is his life’s calling. A virtuoso in her own right, Lee deftly dances between ukulele bass and snare drum, while offering crisp harmonies and lead vocals. ANDREW ADKINS draws his musical inspiration from the rolling hills of West Virginia, where he was born and raised. Adkins yields a passion that is synonymous with his surroundings and the characters that fill his songs. “It’s one thing to be a writer, it’s another to have to write,” he says. Spending the last seven years leading the successful Appalachian Stompgrass band, The Wild Rumpus, Adkins is now pursuing his own wild solo adventure. “Andrew Adkins knows how to tell a story and give it a melody to stick with you.” (Amanda Ann Platt, The Honeycutters). RONNIE “DIANMOND” HOARD has traveled from singer and lead guitarist in the Grammy Award winning funk band, The Ohio Players… to a charismatic pastor writing and performing Gospel music. His solo Gospel album, It Is Written, received a Stellar Award nomination. “ All my life I was in church,” Ronnie says. And all his life he— and his family—have played music. As a child, Ronnie’s mother, in fact, was recruited by Mahalia Jackson to go on the road, only to have the offer overruled by her father, who felt she was too young. Ronnie has played drums and sung background for The Alabama Blind Boys, and performed with the Grammy-winning Gospel group, Mighty Clouds of Joy. “If I can’t sing it in the church, I shouldn’t sing it in a club,” he says.
  • Artists: TOM PAXTON- Master Series Episode. Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda.
    Friday, November 1
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    TOM PAXTON Tom Paxton is a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, writing hundreds of iconic songs, including “Bottle of Wine” and The Last Thing on my Mind.” His songs have been recorded by the world’s top artists, among them Neil Diamond, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Denver, and Willie Nelson. He is often mentioned with Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie as a cornerstone of American folk music. "Dylan is usually cited as the founder of the new song movement, and he certainly became its most visible standard-bearer,” said the late Dave Van Ronk, “but the person who started the whole thing was Tom Paxton.” It was Paxton, in fact, who recalls on Songs at the Center watching a skinny kid from Minnesota step up to an open mic not long after he arrived in Greenwich Village. He sang a few Woody Guthrie tunes, and the legend of Bob Dylan was born.
  • Artists: Erin Enderlin, Craig S. Heath and Nikki D
    Friday, November 8
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    ERIN ENDERLIN, an Arkansas native now of Nashville, has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage multiple times. She wrote “The Bar’s Getting Lower” for Reba McEntire, along with award-winning songs “ Monday Morning Church” by Alan Jackson, “Last Call” by Lee Ann Womack, and the critically acclaimed “You Don’t Know Jack,” recorded by Luke Bryan. She's also written a host of songs for Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Joey + Rory, Tyler Farr, and others. As an artist, Enderlin has earned praise from Billboard, and American Songwriter, which has led to shows with Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart, Kip Moore, and Terri Clark. CRAIG S. HEATHis a five-time Ohio Music Awards winner. Writing across genres for nearly 20 years, he has headlined shows in 25 states, and performed at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café. He is a multi-instrumentalist who writes for piano, guitar, mountain dulcimer, and banjo. He was raised in West Virginia and his music reflects those roots. He is adept at storytelling and placing listeners in those mountain towns as though they knew the characters themselves. Heath is also the founder of the Appalachian Listening Room, in Logan, OH, a preferred venue for touring songwriters. NIKKI D BROWN, of Toledo Ohio, performs Sacred Steel, a musical style and African-American gospel tradition of using lap steel and pedal steel guitars in church. "If Jimi Hendrix played Sacred Steel, he’d sound and act like Nikki D" (Guitar World). Sacred Steel originally developed in a group of related Pentecostal churches in the 1930s. Robert Randolph is probably one of the most famous of the Sacred Steel players. Brown, performing with her guitarist sister, Gloria, toured Australia in 2018.
  • Artists: Nellie McKay, Lil’ Red and the Rooster (Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet) and Eric Gnezda
    Friday, November 15
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    NELLIE McKAY, British-American singer and songwriter made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera in 2006. McKay's music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF. She has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View. McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three acclaimed musical biographies. Conjuring the image of a lonely all night truck stop along Highway 1 on the California coast, her seventh album, Sister Orchid, comes from a place of quiet, a world of low lights and cool drinks, up against a hard wall. LIL’ RED AND THE ROOSTER (Jennifer Milligan of Ohio and Pascal Fouquet of Normandy) is the award winning international couple, who split their tours between the U.S. and Europe, and have been writing and touring together since 2010. Touching and refreshing with bite and humor, their original songs come from their love for those old jazzy blues and post-war rhythm & blues. They’re warm and inviting and their music is inspired and innovative. Backed by a deep-in-the-pocket rhythm section, blues with a spirit full of hope and joy, they may inspire you to get up and boogie! ERIC GNEZDA, award-winning songwriter, is the creator and host of Songs at the Center. Gnezda and his work have been featured by media outlets around the world. He is a recipient of the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). Gnezda is a regular performer at Nashville's iconic songwriting venue, The Bluebird Cafe. He is also an Emmy-nominated television journalist.
  • Artists: Chris Trapper, Olivia Millerschin and Diana Chittester
    Friday, November 22
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    CHRIS TRAPPER was front man for Capitol Records’ critically acclaimed alt-rock band, The Push Stars. Over the past decade, The Boston-based singer-songwriter-storyteller has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and even his songwriting hero, John Prine. The New York Times calls Trapper’s work “classic pop perfection.” A prolific songwriter, Trapper has placed his songs on TV and feature films, including There's Something About Mary (Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz), The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep), and All My Children. A stutterer growing up, Trapper explains to Songs at the Center how music was the key to overcoming his challenge. OLIVIA MILLERSCHIN is a Michigan native who won the Great American Song Contest, and is featured on the Republic Records soundtrack to Mitch Albom’s novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, alongside Ingrid Michaelson and Tony Bennett. Having won two John Lennon Songwriting awards, Millerschin was a quarterfinalist on America’s Got Talent. Her voice was heard in the 2018 Olympic Free Dance Program of U.S. Pairs skaters Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Whether performing in a small, local listening room, or a venue as grand as Radio City Music Hall, Olivia Millerschin warms hearts and touches souls. DIANA CHITTESTER of Cleveland, OH, is known for her signature percussive “guitar acrobatics” (Buffalo ArtVoice), bold vocals, and “intelligent and articulate lyrics” (Music Connection Magazine). Born the daughter of a minister, Chittester was on track to become an English teacher until she purchased a used copy of Ani DiFranco's Living In Clip with her last $11 while in college. Inspired by the passion and truth DiFranco brought to her music, Chittester set out on the path of “fiercely independent musician.” Coming out to her conservative family at the age of 21 forced Chittester to turn to her own songwriting to deal with issues of isolation, religious family struggles and personal relationships. Her music became personal testimonies on issues many try to deal with privately. She has worked with artists Lisa Loeb, Kim Richey, and Royal Wood.
  • Compilation Special
    Friday, November 29
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Songs at the Center’s season-ending Compilation Special features some of our season's most compelling artists doing great, original material we have never broadcast. All original, and very compelling. From seasoned Pros to young Up-and-Comers you will want to learn more about, our compilation shows always bring strong, positive audience response! MARC COHN shares fascinating stories about his creative process. After winning a Grammy Award for his soulful, iconic ballad, “ Walking in Memphis,” Marc has solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. TIME magazine calls Marc "one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade" and Bonnie Raitt declared, "Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he's an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for." She, along with James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn's records for Atlantic. In 2016, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, Marc proudly released Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities and the bonus aComlbum, Evolution of a Recor, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut and the Grammy that followed.

 

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  • Artists: Chris Trapper, Olivia Millerschin and Diana Chittester
    Friday, August 23
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    CHRIS TRAPPER was front man for Capitol Records’ critically acclaimed alt-rock band, The Push Stars. Over the past decade, The Boston-based singer-songwriter-storyteller has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and even his songwriting hero, John Prine. The New York Times calls Trapper’s work “classic pop perfection.” A prolific songwriter, Trapper has placed his songs on TV and feature films, including There's Something About Mary (Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz), The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep), and All My Children. A stutterer growing up, Trapper explains to Songs at the Center how music was the key to overcoming his challenge. OLIVIA MILLERSCHIN is a Michigan native who won the Great American Song Contest, and is featured on the Republic Records soundtrack to Mitch Albom’s novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, alongside Ingrid Michaelson and Tony Bennett. Having won two John Lennon Songwriting awards, Millerschin was a quarterfinalist on America’s Got Talent. Her voice was heard in the 2018 Olympic Free Dance Program of U.S. Pairs skaters Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Whether performing in a small, local listening room, or a venue as grand as Radio City Music Hall, Olivia Millerschin warms hearts and touches souls. DIANA CHITTESTER of Cleveland, OH, is known for her signature percussive “guitar acrobatics” (Buffalo ArtVoice), bold vocals, and “intelligent and articulate lyrics” (Music Connection Magazine). Born the daughter of a minister, Chittester was on track to become an English teacher until she purchased a used copy of Ani DiFranco's Living In Clip with her last $11 while in college. Inspired by the passion and truth DiFranco brought to her music, Chittester set out on the path of “fiercely independent musician.” Coming out to her conservative family at the age of 21 forced Chittester to turn to her own songwriting to deal with issues of isolation, religious family struggles and personal relationships. Her music became personal testimonies on issues many try to deal with privately. She has worked with artists Lisa Loeb, Kim Richey, and Royal Wood.
  • Artists: Nellie McKay, Lil’ Red and the Rooster (Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet) and Eric Gnezda
    Friday, August 16
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    NELLIE McKAY, British-American singer and songwriter made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera in 2006. McKay's music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF. She has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View. McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three acclaimed musical biographies. Conjuring the image of a lonely all night truck stop along Highway 1 on the California coast, her seventh album, Sister Orchid, comes from a place of quiet, a world of low lights and cool drinks, up against a hard wall. LIL’ RED AND THE ROOSTER (Jennifer Milligan of Ohio and Pascal Fouquet of Normandy) is the award winning international couple, who split their tours between the U.S. and Europe, and have been writing and touring together since 2010. Touching and refreshing with bite and humor, their original songs come from their love for those old jazzy blues and post-war rhythm & blues. They’re warm and inviting and their music is inspired and innovative. Backed by a deep-in-the-pocket rhythm section, blues with a spirit full of hope and joy, they may inspire you to get up and boogie! ERIC GNEZDA, award-winning songwriter, is the creator and host of Songs at the Center. Gnezda and his work have been featured by media outlets around the world. He is a recipient of the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). Gnezda is a regular performer at Nashville's iconic songwriting venue, The Bluebird Cafe. He is also an Emmy-nominated television journalist.
  • Artists: Erin Enderlin, Craig S. Heath and Nikki D
    Friday, August 9
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    ERIN ENDERLIN, an Arkansas native now of Nashville, has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage multiple times. She wrote “The Bar’s Getting Lower” for Reba McEntire, along with award-winning songs “ Monday Morning Church” by Alan Jackson, “Last Call” by Lee Ann Womack, and the critically acclaimed “You Don’t Know Jack,” recorded by Luke Bryan. She's also written a host of songs for Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Joey + Rory, Tyler Farr, and others. As an artist, Enderlin has earned praise from Billboard, and American Songwriter, which has led to shows with Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart, Kip Moore, and Terri Clark. CRAIG S. HEATHis a five-time Ohio Music Awards winner. Writing across genres for nearly 20 years, he has headlined shows in 25 states, and performed at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café. He is a multi-instrumentalist who writes for piano, guitar, mountain dulcimer, and banjo. He was raised in West Virginia and his music reflects those roots. He is adept at storytelling and placing listeners in those mountain towns as though they knew the characters themselves. Heath is also the founder of the Appalachian Listening Room, in Logan, OH, a preferred venue for touring songwriters. NIKKI D BROWN, of Toledo Ohio, performs Sacred Steel, a musical style and African-American gospel tradition of using lap steel and pedal steel guitars in church. "If Jimi Hendrix played Sacred Steel, he’d sound and act like Nikki D" (Guitar World). Sacred Steel originally developed in a group of related Pentecostal churches in the 1930s. Robert Randolph is probably one of the most famous of the Sacred Steel players. Brown, performing with her guitarist sister, Gloria, toured Australia in 2018.
  • Artists: TOM PAXTON- Master Series Episode. Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda.
    Friday, August 2
    12:01 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    TOM PAXTON Tom Paxton is a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, writing hundreds of iconic songs, including “Bottle of Wine” and The Last Thing on my Mind.” His songs have been recorded by the world’s top artists, among them Neil Diamond, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Denver, and Willie Nelson. He is often mentioned with Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie as a cornerstone of American folk music. "Dylan is usually cited as the founder of the new song movement, and he certainly became its most visible standard-bearer,” said the late Dave Van Ronk, “but the person who started the whole thing was Tom Paxton.” It was Paxton, in fact, who recalls on Songs at the Center watching a skinny kid from Minnesota step up to an open mic not long after he arrived in Greenwich Village. He sang a few Woody Guthrie tunes, and the legend of Bob Dylan was born.
  • Artists: Sugarcane Jane (Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford), Andrew Adkins and Ronnie “Diamond” Hoard
    Friday, July 26
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    SUGARCANE JANE from Alabama Gulf Coast, is a husband-and-wife duo of Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford, who purvey what they call “organic music at its finest.” Crawford, known as “Sideman to the Stars,” has performed more than 700 shows with Neil Young, plus toured with Sonny James, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, and Rodney Crowell. He has written songs recorded by Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, Pegi Young, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Even with his history of working with heavyweights, Crawford tells the Songs at the Center audience that Sugarcane Jane is his life’s calling. A virtuoso in her own right, Lee deftly dances between ukulele bass and snare drum, while offering crisp harmonies and lead vocals. ANDREW ADKINS draws his musical inspiration from the rolling hills of West Virginia, where he was born and raised. Adkins yields a passion that is synonymous with his surroundings and the characters that fill his songs. “It’s one thing to be a writer, it’s another to have to write,” he says. Spending the last seven years leading the successful Appalachian Stompgrass band, The Wild Rumpus, Adkins is now pursuing his own wild solo adventure. “Andrew Adkins knows how to tell a story and give it a melody to stick with you.” (Amanda Ann Platt, The Honeycutters). RONNIE “DIANMOND” HOARD has traveled from singer and lead guitarist in the Grammy Award winning funk band, The Ohio Players… to a charismatic pastor writing and performing Gospel music. His solo Gospel album, It Is Written, received a Stellar Award nomination. “ All my life I was in church,” Ronnie says. And all his life he— and his family—have played music. As a child, Ronnie’s mother, in fact, was recruited by Mahalia Jackson to go on the road, only to have the offer overruled by her father, who felt she was too young. Ronnie has played drums and sung background for The Alabama Blind Boys, and performed with the Grammy-winning Gospel group, Mighty Clouds of Joy. “If I can’t sing it in the church, I shouldn’t sing it in a club,” he says.
  • Artists: Sarah Peacock, T. Wong and John Schwab
    Friday, July 19
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    SARAH PEACOCK, a Georgia native, bridges Country, Blues, Americana, and Rock-N-Roll. She has released six albums, winning multiple awards for her songwriting. “Hurricane” won Best Song in the American Songwriting Awards, and “Beautiful” was a winner with International Unsigned Only. “The Cool Kids,” and “Are We There Yet” resulted in nominations for Best Female Artist and Best Song in a number of songwriting competitions. Peacock was also named Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year. Away from the stage, Peacock is active in the anti-bullying and animal rescue communities. She helped start a rock school for kids and recently formed her own non-profit, The Band Waggin’, benefiting animal health and rescue programs. T. WONG is a singer-songwriter – and business attorney. As unique as his name itself, his sound and style is equally one-of-a-kind. T. Wong offers an “urban-rustic” experience. Since the release of his EP, Dreamin’ In Motion, and debut album, Journey, he has been likened to acclaimed artists like Frank Ocean and Lenny Kravitz, as his sound transports listeners to an alternate space. In his legal capacity, he represents a myriad of clients ranging from enterprises to artists. He has been recognized by international and national press, such as AFROPUNK and Soul Train, opened for Grammy-nominated artists, heard on NPR and in the UK. JOHN SCHWAB is an Atlantic Recording artist and founder of the national touring band, McGuffey Lane. A multiple-charting songwriter, he has worked with Charlie Daniels, The Allman Brothers, The Judds, the Marshall Tucker Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He also serves as a model of what it takes to “make it” as an independent artist, as he owns and operates John Schwab Recording, owns a record label, a jingle production company, and booking agency.
  • Nellie McKay, Lil’ Red and the Rooster (Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet) and Eric Gnezda
    Friday, July 12
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    NELLIE McKAY, British-American singer and songwriter, made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera in 2006. McKay's music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF. She has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View. McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three acclaimed musical biographies. Conjuring the image of a lonely all night truck stop along Highway 1 on the California coast, her seventh album, Sister Orchid, comes from a place of quiet, a world of low lights and cool drinks, up against a hard wall. JENNIFER MILLIGAN, of Ohio, and PASCAL FOUQUEST, of Normandy, France, split their tours between their homelands: the U.S. and Europe, respectively. The award winning international couple have been writing and touring together since 2010. Touching and refreshing with bite and humor, their original songs come from their love for those old jazzy blues and post-war rhythm & blues. They’re warm and inviting and their music is inspired and innovative. Backed by a deep-in-the-pocket rhythm section, blues with a spirit full of hope and joy, they may inspire you to get up and boogie! ERIC GNEZDA is an award-winning songwriter and creator and host of Songs at the Center. Gnezda and his work have been featured by media outlets around the world. He is a recipient of the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). Gnezda is a regular performer at Nashville's iconic songwriting venue, The Bluebird Cafe. He is also an Emmy-nominated television journalist.
  • Chris Trapper, Olivia Millerschin and Diana Chittester
    Friday, July 5
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    CHRIS TRAPPER was front man for Capitol Records’ critically acclaimed alt-rock band, The Push Stars. Over the past decade, The Boston-based singer-songwriter-storyteller has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and even his songwriting hero, John Prine. The New York Times calls Trapper’s work “classic pop perfection.” A prolific songwriter, Trapper has placed his songs on TV and feature films, including There's Something About Mary (Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz), The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep), and All My Children. A stutterer growing up, Trapper explains to Songs at the Center how music was the key to overcoming his challenge. OLIVIA MILLERSCHIN is a Michigan native who won the Great American Song Contest, and is featured on the Republic Records soundtrack to Mitch Albom’s novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, alongside Ingrid Michaelson and Tony Bennett. Having won two John Lennon Songwriting awards, Millerschin was a quarterfinalist on America’s Got Talent. Her voice was heard in the 2018 Olympic Free Dance Program of U.S. Pairs skaters Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Whether performing in a small, local listening room, or a venue as grand as Radio City Music Hall, Olivia Millerschin warms hearts and touches souls. DIANA CHITTESTER of Cleveland, OH, is known for her signature percussive “guitar acrobatics” (Buffalo ArtVoice), bold vocals, and “intelligent and articulate lyrics” (Music Connection Magazine). Born the daughter of a minister, Chittester was on track to become an English teacher until she purchased a used copy of Ani DiFranco's Living In Clip with her last $11 while in college. Inspired by the passion and truth DiFranco brought to her music, Chittester set out on the path of “fiercely independent musician.” Coming out to her conservative family at the age of 21 forced Chittester to turn to her own songwriting to deal with issues of isolation, religious family struggles and personal relationships. Her music became personal testimonies on issues many try to deal with privately. She has worked with artists Lisa Loeb, Kim Richey, and Royal Wood.