The Gatlinburg Songwriter’s Festival is a three-day musical event and conference that takes place in and around the Great Smoky Mountains, August 19-22, 2021. There are nightly performances by “#1 Hit Songwriters” in intimate settings around the city as well as an opportunity for songwriters to perfect their craft, get advice, meet & write with industry leaders and more.

Songwriter Spotlight

TONY ARATA

Tony Arata’s best known song is “The Dance,” a number-one U.S. country hit for Garth Brooks in 1990 which was nominated at the 33rd Grammy Awards for Best Country Song. 

WILL NANCE

Wil Nance – a multi-platinum, chart topping songwriter who earned his first number one song at country radio with George Strait’s “Round About Way.”