BMI presented an all-star lineup for the fifth annual Maui Songwriters Festival on the lush island of Maui, HI December 5-7. This one-of-a-kind festival puts a spotlight on the art of songwriting with intimate acoustic sets from Nashville’s top songwriters scattered across the island. This year’s lineup was co-headlined by country music superstars and Maui Songwriters Festival veterans Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris and supported by a slew of hit BMI songwriters including Dustin Lynch, Randy Houser, Lukas Nelson and more.
The long weekend kicked off with a sold out show at Fleetwood’s On Front St. headlined by Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin, BMI Icon Bob DiPiero and GRAMMY, ACM and CMA Award winner Tim Nichols with support from rising country artist Kassi Ashton and Twelve6’s Entertainment’s Emma Kline and Roman Alexander.
Friday evening featured an evening of stories on the oceanfront for BMI’s signature event “How I Wrote That Song.” Held on the grounds at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Morris and friends regaled attendees with the stories behind some of their hit songs, including a performance of Lambert’s latest single “Bluebird,” by hit writer Luke Dick. The song impacted radio just a few days later.
BMI concluded the festival with a powerhouse lineup at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, anchored by Lambert and Morris. The evening highlighted Nashville’s signature writer-in-the-round style performances with a packed house eager to hear acoustic sets from Lynch, Houser, Nelson, Maui native Lily Meola, and more, as well as a surprise performance from the legendary Willie Nelson.
In addition to being presented by BMI, the Maui Songwriters Festival is supported by Goodfellow Family Foundation, HD Radio, SunTrust Bank, Texas Roadhouse, Twelve6 Entertainment and wine partner Daou Vineyards. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the festival, with additional support provided by the Fairmont Kea Lani. Additional community sponsors include the Wailea Resort Association, Maui Jim and Tommy Bahama.