BMI Kicks Off Tin Pan South Festival with Nicolle Galyon, Lauren Watkins, Anne Wilson, and Jo Dee Messina

Posted in News on March 30, 2023
BMI’s Clay Bradley, Leslie Roberts, and MaryAnn Keen with singer/songwriters Lauren Watkins, Nicolle Galyon, and Anne Wilson.
BMI’s Clay Bradley, Leslie Roberts, and MaryAnn Keen with singer/songwriters Lauren Watkins, Nicolle Galyon, and Anne Wilson. Photo: Steve Lowry for BMI

Last night, BMI, in collaboration with Songs & Daughters label and publishing company, kicked off the 31st annual Tin Pan South festival at the legendary Listening Room Cafe in Nashville.

The round was hosted by singer/songwriter/producer/label executive Nicolle Galyon, and included performances by singer/songwriters Lauren Watkins, Anne Wilson, and special guest Jo Dee Messina.

Galyon, BMI’s 2019 Country Songwriter of the Year, performed some of her most popular songwriting hits including Dan + Shay’s “Tequila,” Morgan Wallen’s “Thought You Should Know,” and Lee Brice’s “Boy.”

Lauren Watkins followed Galyon, showcasing a handful of originals including “Jealous of Jane,” “Sleeping in My Makeup,” and “Shirley Temple.” A singer/songwriter by nature, Watkins has quickly made a name for herself within Nashville’s writing rooms, repped by Galyon’s Songs & Daughters / Big Loud Publishing.

2023 GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter and GMA Dove Award winner Anne Wilson gave the audience a taste of her signature sound, which mixes the heart of contemporary Christian music and the sound of Country. She performed three of her songs including “My Jesus,” “Hey Girl,” and an unreleased song, “Seventh of June.”

Music industry legend Jo Dee Messina was the surprise guest of the evening. Messina has sold over five million albums across the globe and is getting ready to hit the road on her Heads Carolina, Tails California tour. Besides performing her most popular hit, she also gave the audience a first listen to two unreleased songs, “Tell The Truth” and “Just To Be Loved.”

The 31st Tin Pan South Festival is one of the largest songwriting festivals in the world. This festival celebrates songwriters and their songs, and features some of the most outstanding rising talent that Music City is known for. This year’s festival features 98 shows from March 28-April 1, across the state’s most respected musical venues including he Bluebird Cafe, 3rd and Lindsley, Live Oak, and City Winery. For more information on Tin Pan South, please visit


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