Music In The Gardens

Saturday, February 2, 2019 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Music City means Music in the Gardens. Listen to talented musicians as you stroll and shop the Show floor.

2019 Music in the Gardens Artists

Hilary Williams

Singer/songwriter Hilary Williams truly has music running through her bloodline.

Her grandfather, Hank Williams, Sr., laid the very foundation for country songwriting, and her father, Hank Williams, Jr., defined country superstardom throughout the ’80s. Through it all, they forged their own creative paths and now, Hilary carries on that family legacy with her debut album, “My Lucky Scars.”

Inspired by a devastating car accident in 2006 that nearly claimed her life, “My Lucky Scars” takes you through Hilary’s journey to overcome that near-death experience. The album’s opening track, “Angel Take My Hand” as well as “Sign of Life,” give the listener a raw look into those moments.

The balance of the album addresses navigating the complicated game of love on tracks “The Day After the Circus,” “Shipwreck” and “Better Than Here.” Even when singing about the toll heartbreak has taken, her voice continues to shine bright, which you’ll hear on “Let Somebody Save Me,” co-written with John Paul White (Civil Wars) and Kris Bergsnes, as well as her spot-on cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River.”

The list of songwriters contributing to “My Lucky Scars” reads like a who’s who among modern tunesmiths — Natalie Hemby, Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Bobby Tomberlin as well as rock legend John Eddie. This album also shares a direct connection to the female rockers who shaped her in her youth. The jagged edge of Sheryl Crow’s guitar sound and the no-holds-barred lyrics of P.J. Harvey were the initial inspirations as Hilary set out to record this project along with her co-producers John Would (Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams) and Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant).

By the time Hilary closes out “My Lucky Scars” with the lighthearted ode to love, “Crazy,” you feel as though you’ve gotten an intimate look at this woman’s story. It’s the tale of a woman whose life is still evolving. Lucky for us, Hilary is letting us come along for the voyage.

Jenny Leigh

Jenny Leigh appeared as herself as cast on CMT’s “Nashville” Season 6 where she debuted her original song, “Talk Myself Out” and had multiple on-screen performances, including the series finale. She has shared the stage with Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, LoCash, Jana Kramer, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, and currently tours with Season 10 Voice Runner-Up Adam Wakefield. Her music video for “Talk Myself Out” is currently on She is an Emerging Songwriter Competition Winner to open for Little Big Town at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon and a two time CMA Spotlight Performer.

Cory Batten

Cory was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He grew up in all sports but ended up focusing on swimming and cycling finishing the 111 mile El Tour de Tucson bike race twice. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1996 with a degree in psychology, then moved to Nashville in1998 to pursue a career in music. He briefly moved back home to Arizona but his dream would bring him back to Nashville in 2000. It wasn’t long before Cory found success with his songs. From bluegrass sweetheart Rhonda Vincent (“Is the Grass any Bluer”) to one of country’s newest duos, Love & Theft (Thinking of You), to Crystal Shawanda (You Can Let Go), to “I Don’t Know What She Said” (Blaine Larsen) Cory’s songs have been receiving a lot of attention.

Cory’s first #1, Blake Shelton’s “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” was closely followed by his 2nd #1, Chris Young’s “Gettin’ You Home.” Cory’s duet “The Call” was recorded by country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood and featured in on Garth’s Live from Vegas DVD. Cory has recently landed cuts with new artists Runaway June and Jay Allen and can be reached through his website.

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