MUSIC: Songwriter’s Night to feature Billy Montana

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Greenhouse Ministries is doing something a little bit different to raise money and awareness of the organization dedicated to assisting low-income residents and the homeless.

The nonprofit organization has invited critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Billy Montana to perform the country hits he penned such as Garth Brooks’ “More than a Memory,” Jo Dee Messina’s Grammy-nominated “Bring on the Rain” and Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket.”

The Songwriter’s Night, also featuring local musician Buddy Green, is slated for Aug. 21 at The Vine located at 118 W. Vine St. from 7-10 p.m.

Tickets are $15 at the door or at Greenhouse Ministries located at 410 W. Lytle St. Refreshments will be served.

All of the proceeds from the Songwriter’s Night will benefit Greenhouse Ministries programs, said Leslie Mertz, program director, Greenhouse Ministries.

A Cornell University graduate and former vegetable farmer, Montana landed a songwriting deal in 1989 and moved his family to Nashville to pursue songwriting full time. He received his big break in 2000 with the release of Messina’s “Bring on the Rain.”

Other artists including Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Sister Hazel, BlackHawk, Kenny Rogers, Lee Ann Womack and Pat Green have recorded Montana’s songs.

A portion of the proceeds from the Songwriter’s Night will go toward a Greenhouse Ministries homeless housing program that launched in May, Mertz said.

Greenhouse Ministries received a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant that covers rent for persons classified as chronically homeless.

“Our purpose is to help them get into the housing,” Mertz said. “We don’t have a time limit on it right now. It is a way to help them get on their feet.

Greenhouse Ministries must pay for the utilities and provide transportation assistance.

Remaining funds will go towards stocking the organization’s food pantry and providing adult education classes.

Erin Edgemon can be reached at 869-0812 and at

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