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2nd Annual Nashville Songwriter Awards

Nashville, Tennessee (September 18, 2019) – Last night, Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Ryman Auditorium was a packed house as songwriters stood in the spotlight for the 2nd Annual Nashville Songwriter Awards presented by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and City National Bank.

The top honor of the night, ‘Song of the Year,’ was awarded to Chase McGill, Jessie Jo Dillon, and Jon Nite for “Break Up In The End” (recorded by Cole Swindell). To close out the show, Swindell joined Dillon, McGill, and Nite on stage for a breathtaking rendition of the winning song.

The night kicked off with a special performance of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” sung by Tayla Lynn, granddaughter of country music and songwriting legend, Loretta Lynn, the recipient of the 2019 NSAI Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award. Also present to honor Lynn was Kellie Pickler who performed “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl” and Reba McEntire who performed “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” for the ultimate Ryman sing-along.

Stories and performances continued throughout the evening as Lee Brice took the stage for “Falling Apart Together,” a song co-written by White Hat Award honoree U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and then NSAI President Steve Bogard and Jeff Stevens brought a special medley of “Carried Away” and “Carrying Your Love With Me,” for the President’s Keystone Award recipient George Strait. Strait was also celebrated with performances of “Here For A Good Time” and “The Chair” by longtime friend, songwriter Dean Dillon.

“I believe songwriting is a gift from God, and I think God has truly blessed all of you songwriters in here. I want to thank you all for sharing that talent with me over the years.” — George Strait

Sam Hunt and Michael Ray participated to celebrate Josh Osborne, the NSAI ‘Songwriter of the Year,’ and Luke Combs was recognized as ‘Songwriter/Artist of the Year.’ Non-stop performances continued throughout the rest of the evening as each of the ’10 Songs I Wish I’d Written’ award recipients were recognized as songwriters and artists shared the stage together bringing unforgettable renditions to the mother church of country music.

2019 NSAI Songwriter Of The Year Josh Osborne. (photo credit: Jason Davis)

(photo credit: NSAI / Libby Oellerich)


“BREAK UP IN THE END” Written by Chase McGill, Jessie Jo Dillon, Jon Nite





Given in recognition to a songwriter whose works have made a significant contribution to the American songbook and who has inspired the careers of others.


Bestowed by the NSAI Board of Directors to an individual who has significantly served the American songwriting community.


Given in recognition of significant contributions to the betterment of all songwriters, chosen by the current NSAI President.


Each year, the highly-coveted ’10 Songs I Wish I’d Written’ Awards are voted on by Professional Songwriter Members of NSAI honoring the work of their songwriter peers. Songs eligible for the award have at least one Nashville-based writer and charted in the Top 20 of Billboard Airplay chart in the Christian, Country, Mainstream Top 40, and/or Rock genres during the eligible period. The NSAI Song Of The Year is the highest vote-getter.

“Burning Man” – Written by: Bobby Pinson, Luke Dick
“Drowns The Whiskey” – Written by: Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson
“Drunk Girl” – Written by: Chris Janson, Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas
“God’s Country” – Written by: Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – Written by: Chris Stevens, David Lee Murphy, Jimmy Yeary
“Meant To Be” – Written by: Bebe Rexha, David Garcia, Josh Miller, Tyler Hubbard
“Some Of It” – Written by: Bobby Pinson, Clint Daniels, Eric Church, Jeff Hyde
“Tequila” – Written by: Dan Smyers, Jordan Reynolds, Nicolle Galyon
“Up Down” – Written by: Brad Clawson, CJ Solar, Michael Hardy
“Whiskey Glasses” – Written by: Ben Burgess, Kevin Kadish

The Nashville Songwriter Awards is produced each year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. For more information, visit nashvillesongwriters.com.

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor – City National Bank. Special thanks to our additional supporting sponsors: Academy of Country Music, Jack Daniels, Loeb & Loeb, National Association of Broadcasters/Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, Recording Industry Association of America, SoundExchange, and Visit Music City.

*Originally posted by NASAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International)

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Tayla Lynn Live on Today in Nashville

This right here. Y’all. I’ve spent so much of my life on stage with this woman. Loretta Lynn. My Memaw. She’s protected me, she’s taken care of me, she’s made me take responsibility. She’s told me to get my butt up and do better and work harder. She’s taught me how to raise my babies and do my work and live this life without my mama. I’m so glad I have this. I’ll keep this video forever. “Just one more time” on stage with her is a blessing every time it happens. And my whole dang family got to be up there. How lucky am I? 

The week leading up to Memaw’s birthday party was a dream come true. I was able to go on television to promote the event and talk about my life with Memaw. I was able to sing her songs, thanks to Today in Nashville and The Nashville Palace. Not only was I able to sing them, but I was able to do it with Memaw’s band and one of my best friends, Shelly Fairchild. To say it was a blessing would be an understatement!

If you missed the coverage from last week, you can catch up on it below!

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I called Memaw and I asked her if it would be ok if I used a few of the guys from her band. She said “Honey they would be tickled!” So here we are. The eve of her bday bash at BridgeStone. We are playing The Nashville Palace with The Coal Miners!!

Bart Hansen Michael Lusk Bobby Vogel Eric Kaberle and my good friend on fiddle Donnie Reis!

Daddy may show up and sing a few and I bet I can drag the twins and my cousins over there for a song! My duet partner has even agreed to sing one 😂 (Tre Twitty)!


I would love to have this show be a residency there!!!! So, please let the Palace know you love us by getting your tickets now 💛💛💛💛💛

The room holds 225. So many of y’all are in town and those tickets will sell fast! Get them now.


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The Story Behind SoulShine

My Mama and my Aunt Cissy at Coon hunters event with their daddy’s in Waverly Tennessee when they were 12 years old. They quickly became best friends. Mamas daddy, Tommy Stewart and his family all lived in Waverly as well as my Dad’s parents.

Mama started spending tons of time over the Big House and ended up falling in love with my Daddy 💑

She loved her dad’s family and her new Best friends family. This town is where she felt at 🏠 Home.

Mama became a part of this place. When she died she died happy because she was on that Ranch. In this town.

4 years ago I was at a cross roads 👩🏻‍💻I knew I needed to come home but I didn’t know what home looked like anymore.

Franklin is where I grew up, 👩🏻 where all of my friends are raising their kids and their lives.

It’s where my brother and his family are. Our family home 🏡 still stands on the land where it was built almost 75 years ago.

One day i was out jogging by Lake Washington and God 📿 whispered so vividly i can still hear it now. He said “you can take them home”

I was hit with a vision of dirt, a house that was wood and cozy, animals 🦉🦋and my Memaw.

I always said “there’s no way I’ll live that far out, where Target? Ain’t no Target or Starbucks!” ☕️

God 📿said it again. “You can take them home”

I saw my mama coming over for supper and Cissie being with her. A relationship renewed.

I saw my kids running around like wild cowboys. I saw my husband fulfilling his dream to have land, animals and work with his hands.

I saw me as a 👵🏻 on that same front porch, rocking my grand-babies.

When we got out here all of that happened (well i ain’t a granny yet) but so many of those visions are set in process. They are our world.

Things i didn’t know to expect would be the community both at the Ranch (they are like family even the ones who ain’t) and as a real gift the community of the actual town of Waverly. I had NEVER spent time in Waverly. Ever. Maybe once when i was young and wild with my cousin Beth. But never any true time.

I immediately loved it. For those of you who didn’t grow up in franklin, Franklin and Waverly were similar when we were younger. I’m a small town raised girl and i easily felt at home here.

The people. The community. That’s where the heart beat of this place thrives. With the people.

…..my children will be raised here. We will live on this farm and i will rock my grand babies on that porch swing.

So we must invest ourselves and become part of the foundation of our town. Of Waverly TN.

I’m good at about one thing 😉 that’s performing and hosting people. 💕

I’m good at making people laugh and feel welcome. 🦋

The Sims Family is amazing at that too 😇

So The Sims and The Fingers have invested in our town. Pulled up a plot in the dad gum center of the square!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

We have created a space that is COZY, WELCOMING and full of music with a blasted Food Truck right outside the door! 🥓 🎶 🔥

My Mama called me Sunshine ☀️

Now that’s she gone i hold her in my Soul.

I’m now her SoulShine. 🕊 🕊 🕊

The Sims are full of sunshine and their Souls are too!

We agreed 100 percent that this would be the name of our new Music 🎶 Nook. 💕🦋☀️

SoulShine’s Grand Opening is November 30th and December 1st.

We will have a multi layered concert with comedy; Local Eats Food Truck and serve coffee, Tea, Sodeeee POP and desert.

Our vision is that you feel warm, entertained, have a place to go right here in the town of Waverly for a date night or Music and you don’t have to drive to Dickson or Nashville.

We want our kids to grow up and have this place. To stay local. To build local. For us all to commit locally.

We have been so blessed to be able to create this. We hope you come along with us. That you join us for Opening Weekend!


We only have seating for 50 people. We have about 10 seats left for both shows. To get your name on the list, text (425) 503-7893 and pay at the door.

Final Note

I’ll end with this-yes i know you thankful for that.

I get bored fast. I’m a runner. I love Target. This venue is so much more for me-to me than a business. It’s a labor love. For the community but also for my sobriety. My recovery. To give is to get. Is to stay sane. To be of service to people is to stay out of self. I wanna still go go go and God wants me to slow down. Be present. Be surrounded by my people. I want so badly to be the woman God has created me to be. To be able to Travel and sing then come home and bring what i know right here to my home town. To just bring joy and music. That’s it. I Love you 💕

Disclaimer: I’ll leave the Sims to tell their side of the story 😂

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The Least of These Movie Review by Dove

Thank you Dove for the wonderful review!:

When Rose isn’t working as a waitress at Jack’s O’houlihans, she and her daughter Katie live in their car and do the best they can to make it from day to day. Rose’s past experiences have made her fearful and frustrated, and it comes out in her interactions with others, which can be identified early on when Rose serves a meal to Santa Claus in the restaurant she works for and also serves up a piece of her mind.

The film follows Rose and Katie throughout a Christmas season that brings tremendous change to their lives. Katie’s love for Jesus is inspiring to Rose and often times makes her think more deeply about her faith and the way she treats people.

The pair’s chance encounter with Mr. Claus himself set them up to receive more compassion and love in one season than they have ever known.

The Dove Take This film invites the viewer into a story that is not the norm for holiday films, and that is its charm. This is a great film for families to watch and discuss with each other. Themes of suffering, overcoming, generosity, victory, and the faithfulness of God provide a beautiful backdrop to assist families in important gospel-centered conversations that help to deepen one’s understanding of Christmas. It is Dove’s delight to award it with the All Ages Dove Seal of Approval.

* Originally posted on dove.org

We are so excited and grateful for our first review from dove.org!

Making a film that is faith-based an inspirational is the job that we set out to do to be recognized for that is all God.

After laying my mother to rest this year-I can only hope that as my faith has offered me so much peace that this film can bring that same message-one of what God can do it we trust Him. One of Hope and faith. My prayer is That it pours from the film with love into your home. Into your heart.

Go boldly. Go bravely.

I love you

The Least of These, starring Tayla Lynn is set to be released on DVD October 2018 📀🎥!

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The Now… The Change

If everything changes after that, then this must be The Now…The Change.

When I went to send you this email, I went to send it to Mama too. That is when you know this is the now that they talk about being the after.

Mama had a way about her. She spread laughter, joy, wild energy and love. She moved me and mad me madder than a hornet. Made me madder than anybody in town ever thought of doin son!

But I loved her more than anyone until I held my babies. You love your mama like that don’t cha? You were grown in her body. A part of her. There is nobody you are closer to—- other than your own babies. That’s my experience anyway. This grief thing is ever changing. I am mad. I am happy. I am desperately sad but at the same time I feel nothing.

I am moving through my life but there is a disconnect. I’m not all there. I am foggy and afraid. I am peaceful and aware.

I am taking pieces of her. The pieces that were bright and the parts that I felt somehow lacked. How dare me think they lack. What judgement. As if…I…somehow know what is right for another. For me I take these pieces and I build.

I’ve never focused on a budget or been the bread winner of not just a family but merely of my own. We are to be self supporting aren’t we? I guessed and hoped someone would always foot the bill. (because hadn’t they?)

I was raised that way. Today I am trying to break the chain and to do so is like snapping a rubber band in half and at the same time it is the most powerful thing I have ever done.

All power is God. Got it. But this footwork is mine and to work I shall. My granddaddy always said “Work Hard Tayla” I have done that but its been more if a “hustle”. Today I am focused and intentional.

I am taking the lead for our financial stability today. Scariest most liberating moment. I am building with the pieces see.

I am so grateful…..My prayer has been for the last 15 years “God please allow me to financially support my family through music”

It is proving to be there…..almost……So one must continue driving while staying focused in their lane. For me my lane is broad 🙂

My ventures are:

MUSIC: Always MUSIC — to Sing is to Breathe and to breathe is to stay Sober and connected to the Lord. This is the most important job I do outside of Recovery and my little Finger Fam. I must pursue this with all of my might. This is my calling and to not practice my magic is to fall. I no longer fall. I trip. I get up. I always get back up.

HOSTING: I love the events that come our way at the Loretta Lynn Ranch!!!!! Its our home and I enjoy making people feel like it is theirs as well 🙂

ACTING: Just landed another role in a faith based film YAY! Acting for me is just like singing. Its in the same vein.

DUCK RIVER DRONES: Booking and selling what we offer. This is obv new for me. Its a little like actin tho eh 🙂 You know I am just throwin’ you a show of your land/party whatever xoxo

FINGER FARM: Our new store in downtown Waverly. Open to the Public Oct 1st.

It will be my office where I head up Tayla Lynn Enterprises, Duck River Drones and our Animal sales.

The store will have….stay tunes for October 1st.

This will also be the meeting place for “Rise Up”

I am also doing all things EVENTS!!!!

I’m not only hosting events that include Tre and myself but other types too 🙂 Women’s Retreats are kinda our gig and Family oriented Community Events!


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My husband is running the farm and being a “stay at home daddy” When I am on the road. He is also the man behind the Drones/Animals and just being our dad gum rock y’all. He is so passionate about his family. About this land. About my music. He supports this new way of livin we are doing 100 percent! 😉

I need help y’all. Any push you can give me or any share will help. I sold 4 goats and booked 2 house parties & a drone session today! WHAT??? GOD IS GOOD! God is love! I am without fear baby.

How can you help?

  • Host a house party.
  • Got a role in a movie? Call me
  • Need to host an event? Ok I help you plan it.
  • Need some pics of your house, wedding, party, lawn, real estate, Baby daddy cheating? Know someone who might? Tell me. Send em over!

I got goats, pigs and cows. Call me. I bring em over.

I got tables chairs and all things woods son. I will sell em to you LOL

I have NEVER been the baby driver before 😉 Got advice? I won’t listen but feel free to share how much better you would be than me at his email 🙂 I always get at least 5 of those when I send out a newsletter….yet somehow they keep gettin read. Real interesting Clark!

I am determined and I am on fire. When you build pieces of yourself that have always been there but you were to dang scared to do it—when you do it. You know it. You feel it. You move in it. you LOVE.

I love you all.

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New Interview with The Rockin’ Rag

Country legends Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s music is celebrated through their grandchildren Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty. The music of their grandparents was performed live at benefit concert for Wounded Warriors. Check out the full interview:

Interview with Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty

Country legends Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty's music is celebrated through their grandchildren Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty. The music of their grandparents was performed live at benefit concert for Wounded Warriors. Check out the full interview.

Posted by The Rockin' Rag on Monday, July 30, 2018

via The Rockin’ Rag on Facebook

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The Least of These (Official Trailer)

I’m so excited to share this with you! Here’s the OFFICIAL TRAILER for The Least of These: A Christmas Story, starring someone you may recognize (HINT, it’s me). Also starring Michael Nicolosi, Duane Allen, Deborah Allen, Candy LaFlora, Jason Bynum, Janet Ivey and introducing Emma Faith. I can’t wait for everyone to see it…

The Least of Us, Starring Tayla Lynn, Produced by MM Entertainment

The Least of Us, Starring Tayla Lynn, Produced by MM Entertainment

The Least of Us: A Christmas Story, starring Tayla Lynn

Mark Nicolosi and his amazing crew are still working on a few final touches so the release date is pending, but definitely be on the lookout for it around Christmas season. You know I’ll be sure to keep you updated too!

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Rise Up Presents ‘Wild & Free’

Our non profit “Rise Up” PRESENTS “Wild and Free,” a Christian based Women’s Retreat in the heart of nature at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch – Campground & Event Center.


  • Motivational Speakers 🙌🏼
  • Worship 🙏🏼
  • Creek Side Prayer 🏞
  • Fellowship 👯‍♀️
  • Delicious Food 🥘
  • Lots of yummy coffee from Waverly Cafe
  • Nature 🍂
  • Camping ⛺️
  • Shopping (to be announced soon cause i know you ladies gotta know!)
  • Giveaways and Mucho mucho more 👗🦄



Festivities kick off at 6 PM, Friday night

Call 931.296.7700 to reserve your cabin and camping

Please contact us for tickets at: Riseupwaverly@gmail.com

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