First Tuesday with guest Lenny LeBlanc

Tuesday, October 1st
Creative Workshop Recording Studio
2804 Azalea Place, Nashville, TN 37204

Potluck style lunch at noon
Lenny LeBlanc at 1 PM

Please bring a friend and a favorite dish, drink or dessert.

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Lenny LeBlanc was born in Massachusetts and grew up Daytona Beach, Florida where he learned to play the bass guitar and joined his first band during high school. After graduation, he briefly moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he lived until 1973, when LeBlanc’s friend and famed guitarist Pete Carr encouraged him to relocate to Florence, Alabama. After a few months Lenny began playing bass as well as singing background vocals with artists like Hank Williams Jr., Crystal Gayle, Etta James, Shenandoah, Ricky Skaggs, Sawyer Brown, The Supremes, Joan Baez, Amy Grant and Roy Orbison.

With much success as a background musician and singer, Lenny LeBlanc embarked on a solo career. In 1975, he recorded a demo and producer Pete Carr sent a copy to Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records. A few months later Lenny's first solo LP was released. Atlantic saw great potential in Lenny and teamed him with Pete Carr. The result was three chart singles, including the top 15 hit "Falling". LeBlanc and Carr began touring with major acts. After a while Carr decided he enjoyed making the records more than promoting them so the duo went their separate ways. LeBlanc continued writing songs and pursuing a solo effort, this time with Capitol Records.

In 1980, LeBlanc became a born-again Christian and began recording Christian-themed music. In 1983, Heartland Records released his first Christian album Say A Prayer. In 1987, LeBlanc opened his own recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he does his own productions as well as others.

LeBlanc continues to write pop and country songs, including hits like “Treat Her Right” for Sawyer Brown and “You First” with Mac McAnally along Christian compositions such as the highly successful “Above All” and “There Is None Like You.”. He still travels nationally and internationally as a Christian artist and serves on the worship team at Faith Church in Florence, Alabama.

His latest project Love Like No Other includes a newly recorded version of “Falling”, as well as nine original worship songs. Willie Nelson recorded the Donnie Fritts co-write “Old Timer” on his 2017 album God’s Problem Child.

Mark your calendars: November 5
In our November meeting, we will screen the documentary Steve McQueen American Icon, "the untold true story of the spiritual quest of a Hollywood legend". Don't miss seeing this film!

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"He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God."
~ Psalm 40:3

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As always we thank each and everyone of you for your continued support of GIFT, an organization that helps others including our musical friends in need.

First Tuesday with guest Kevin Wood

Tuesday, September 3rd
Creative Workshop Recording Studio
2804 Azalea Place, Nashville, TN 37204

Potluck style lunch at noon
Kevin Wood at 1 PM

Please bring a friend and a favorite dish, drink or dessert.

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Kevin Wood with wife Traci

Kevin Wood is the owner and chief strategist of 180° Strategies, a marketing and communications group that serves clients in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. He holds both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from Samford University. Kevin and his wife Traci live in Franklin, TN with their three kids. In addition to his work with 180° Strategies, Kevin also travels overseas to serve with a variety of mission organizations. He has spent time in China, Ukraine, and Honduras. Prior to starting the business, he served as a church planter and teaching pastor in churches in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi, including serving at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL with Pastor Rick Ousley and then Pastor David Platt. Kevin currently teaches a weekly Bible study, Grace Place, at his home church, Forest Hills Baptist Church, and also speaks at other local churches from time to time.



Condolences to Donna Fritts and the family of our beloved brother in Christ, Donnie Fritts, who passed away on August 27 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Donnie Fritts 11.8.1943 – 8.27.2019

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"Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again: Rejoice!"
~ Philippians 4:4

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As always we thank each and everyone of you for your continued support of GIFT, an organization that helps others including our musical friends in need.

GIFT Picnic with The Burchfield Family & Friends - June 4

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Tuesday, June 4th at noon

Azalea Park Shelter

next to

Creative Workshop Recording Studio

2804 Azalea Place, Nashville, TN 37204

Lunch at 12:00 PM – Music at 1:00 PM

Please bring a friend and a favorite dish, drink or dessert.

Kids especially are invited to this family friendly event!

The Burchfield Family & Friends will entertain us with their blend of bluegrass and gospel music. The lineup consists of ace session string player Wanda Vick Burchfield, her husband Mark Burchfield, Jake Workman who plays with Ricky Scaggs, Matt Combs (Nashville TV Show, Grand Ole Opry) and Victoria Burchfield.

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Music is a gift from the Lord

"...singing with thankfulness in your heart"

~ Colossians 3:16

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First Tuesday with guest Dallas Frazier

Tuesday, May 7th
Creative Workshop Recording Studio
2804 Azalea Place, Nashville, TN 37204

Potluck style lunch at noon
Dallas Frazier at 1 PM

Please bring a friend and a favorite dish, drink or dessert.

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We're thrilled to have legendary songwriter and longtime GIFT member Dallas Frazier as our guest this month. Dallas was born in Spiro, Oklahoma, and raised in the Bakersfield, California area. Dallas started to write songs. At age fourteen, he signed with Capitol Records and had his first hit with the song “Alley Oop”, which the Hollywood Argyles later took to the #1 spot on the Billboard chart.

In 1963, Dallas and his wife Sharon moved to Tennessee and he soon got established as a songwriter. Over the years, Dallas has written hundreds of songs and has left an indelible mark on the music industry. “Elvira”, “There Goes My Everything”, “If My Heart Had Windows”, “Mohair Sam”, “All I Have To Offer You Is Me” and “The Son Of Hickory Hollers Tramp” are just a few of the successful songs contained in his catalogue. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976. The documentary Elvira: The true Story of Dallas Frazier premiered in March of 2019.

On the spiritual side, Dallas is a non-denominational Christian minister. For the most part, he was retired from the music business from 1976 to 2006. Much of that time was spent in Christian ministry. From 1999 to 2006 he was the pastor of Grace Community Fellowship, a non-denominational church near White House, Tennessee.

WSMV TV will be filming our meeting for a faith special Tom Randles is producing, so look your best for television! :-)

Don't miss this special meeting!
 

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Mark your calendar:
Tuesday, June 4: Annual GIFT Picnic at Azalea Park with music by
Wanda Vick with Family & Friends playing Bluegrass and Gospel music!

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"I tell you the truth, whoever believes in me has everlasting life."
~ John 6:47

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As always we thank each and everyone of you for your continued support of GIFT, an organization that helps others including our musical friends in need.

First Tuesday with guest Tom Randles

Tuesday, April 2nd
Creative Workshop Recording Studio
2804 Azalea Place, Nashville, TN 37204

Potluck style lunch at noon
Tom Randles at 1 PM

Please bring a friend and a favorite dish, drink or dessert.
 

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News 4's Tom Randles is a four-time Edward R. Murrow Award-winning anchor. He recently won three of television industry's highest honors. Tom has also received numerous Emmy nominations and awards since joining the WSMV news staff in 2006.
 
Tom is a 30-year veteran broadcaster. His broadcasting career began at WETL-Radio while he was a sophomore in high school in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. In 1980, two days after graduating from Ball State University with a B.S. degree in Radio and Television, he began working at WNDU-TV in South Bend.
 
In 2013, multi-instrumentalist Tom released Destination Music City, the fourth contemporary jazz CD of his music career. He is currently at work on his fifth album.
 
His hobbies include reading, traveling, photography, writing, fitness training and motorcycles. Tom is also actively involved in various community projects and charities.

In addition to hearing Tom speak, each attendee will receive a CD copy of his latest instrumental album Destination Music City. Tom will autograph the CDs after the meeting.

Don't miss this special meeting!



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"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

~ John 1:9

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As always we thank each and everyone of you for your continued support of GIFT, an organization that helps others including our musical friends in need.

First Tuesday with guest Gordon Mote

Tuesday, March 5th
Creative Workshop Recording Studio
2804 Azalea Place, Nashville, TN 37204

Potluck style lunch at noon
Gordon Mote at 1 PM

Please bring a friend and a favorite dish, drink or dessert.

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Multitalented artist and musician Gordon Mote will be our guest speaker/performer at our first meeting of 2019 on March 5th. A special thanks to Ron Iserman for making this happen.
 
Blind since birth, Gordon Mote’s faith provides the foundation for his life and constantly fuels his creative spirit. When he was just three, Gordon surprised his family on Thanksgiving by sitting down at the piano and miraculously playing “Jesus Loves Me”. Still kids, Gordon and his brother later traveled and sang in churches of all sizes and denominations.
 
As a young man, Gordon became one of the first blind students in the country to be mainstreamed into the public school system and later received a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He later transferred to Nashville’s Belmont University. Two days after graduation, Lee Greenwood asked Gordon to join his band. Since then, he’s toured with Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Porter Wagoner, the Gaither Vocal Band, and the long-running Gaither Homecoming Tour. 
 
As a studio musician, Mote’s big break came when Country Music Hall of Fame keyboardist Pig Robbins was unable to make an Alan Jackson session and recommended that Gordon fill in. Since then, he has played for Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Bob Seger, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Lionel Richie and many others.
 
Gordon has also recorded a string of critically acclaimed solo albums including the Dove Award-nominated If You Could Hear What I See (2004).

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"Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day."

~ Psalm 96:2

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As always we thank each and everyone of you for your continued support of GIFT, an organization that helps others including our musical friends in need.