Songwriters & Ciders

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Songwriters & Ciders 
Sydney Ernstes 30 under 30 Fundraiser Benefitting Cystic Fibrosis
August 11th at 7pm CST 
Doors open at 6:45 pm CST

Diskin Cider 1235 Martin St, Nashville, Tn, 37203

Sydney Ernstes (248) 701-0051 sernstes@bgsf.com


Grab your friend(s), spouse, gym friends, book club, hinge date, and./or kid(s) and enjoy a writers round with local talent. 100% off proceeds from this event will be directly donated to Cystic Fibrosis. 
 -Diskin is donating their lovely space in WeHo (there is limited parking at the location but street parking along side streets available)
-Recommended ticket donation is $35 per person or if your feeling charitable grab a VIP table (4 top) for $500 
-Attire is Casual
-Our Audio engineer will be Theodore "Teddy" Joyce

-Learn about the Songwriters below:

Sydney Mack
"Sydney was one of only 37 contestants from Nashville given a golden ticket to Los Angeles for Hollywood Week. The following year, she was voted into the NashNext Top 10. She has opened for country superstars such as Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, and the legendary George Jones. Aside from performing, Sydney also loves focusing on her other passion, songwriting. Over the past year she has shared her ideas with some of the industry’s best songwriters resulting in music she is excited to release. Most recently, Sydney signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Publishing. After sharing four of her songs; “Don’t Call” “Pretty Boy” "Medicine" and "Dark Horse" on TikTok, the clips quickly received over 4.2 million views collectively and resulted in an amazing response from fans. Sydney was commissioned to write and perform a brand-new official Monster Jam theme song. She debuted the song in June, during Monster Jam at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. "

Connor Hicks
"Connor Hicks is a 27 year old singer/songwriter based out of Nashville TN.  Born and raised in the bluegrass state of Kentucky, Connor grew up surrounded by Southern Gospel music and enjoyed singing on his church worship team. His senior year at Western Kentucky University,  Connor earned that ticket in Nashville that sent him to Los Angeles to continue his journey on the singing competition, “The Voice”. This is when he decided to pursue a full time music career as a singer/songwriter. Since moving to Nashville in 2021, Connor has been immersed and surrounded by great musicians and songwriters and has filled his weeks writing songs and singing shows on Broadway and in Franklin, TN and Leipers Fork, TN.
Blending a love of classic country and Southern soul, Connor's acoustic set is inspired by artists Chris Stapleton, Brett Eldridge, Jordan Davis and Morgan Wallen. Leaving his audience with laughter, smiles and hope is something Connor aspires to do."

Brandon Lay
"Growing up in Jackson, Tennessee, Brandon Lay lived out the songs of John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson and Bruce Springsteen. He played sports during the day, fixed up cars after school and eventually wrote down his experiences in song, telling not only his story, but the story of other kids raised in small town America. Now signed to EMI Records Nashville, he's able to share those songs on a grand scale, beginning with his autobiographical debut single "Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers." Inspired directly by Brandon's life, the song spells out right in its title the three chief influences that shaped him. There was always country music on the radio, he played basketball, football and baseball, and his dad spread the gospel on Sundays as a minister. ”Between going to church and playing sports, there was always a lesson to be learned," says Brandon. "And country music lyrics are all about life lessons. All of that helped me figure out who I am in the world and what I wanted to do." At first, he thought his path would lead him to sports, but music won out, thanks in part to a guitar teacher who inspired him in college and the luck of where he was born – halfway between Memphis and Nashville. "Growing up in Jackson, you were hearing out of each ear: rock & roll and R&B to the west in Memphis, and country to the east in Nashville," he says. "But country is the only genre I wanted to be a part of. Being where I'm from, I understand it, and I think most Americans can relate because it is so specific. The most satisfying feeling as a songwriter is when people come up and say, 'I know exactly what you meant in that line.' Country does that like no other genre." Brandon's commitment to music was cemented, however, when he performed at his first open-mic night at a cinder-block roadhouse near the Tennessee River. He sang jukebox staples "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" and "Brown Eyed Girl," and despite an initial crowd of only eight people looking on, he returned every week and discovered he had a knack for commanding an audience's attention, just like his father. "There are parallels between what I watched my dad do every Sunday morning and being onstage as a country singer," Brandon says. "He was able to tell stories and relate to people, and seeing him connect with people had a lot to do with my songwriting." Brandon is expert at detailing the small-town existence in his songwriting. He wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks on his debut album, a project he'll unveil somewhere down the road — for the time being, he's building an audience by releasing a series of two-song EPs, beginning with the one-two punch of "Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers" and the thumping cruising jam "Let It." "Songwriting comes from every direction for me. I always have titles and melodies in my phone," he says. One new song, called "Yada Yada Yada," was half-written while Brandon was singing the wordless melody into his phone while traveling. "But," he adds, "I love writing in the studio." Other than perhaps the basketball court, there's nowhere Brandon feels more at home than in the recording studio. Upon signing a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell in 2013, he absorbed all he could about studio production, and when it came time to cut his own music, teamed up with producer Paul DiGiovanni to co-produce all of his songs, a rare feat for a "new" artist. "It was important for me to have a thumbprint on my music as an extension of the songwriting process. Working with Paul, we were able to bridge that gap, and itpersonalizes the project for me," he says. "We cover a lot of ground in the songs, but I’m somewhere between Eighties country and Nineties rock. I like big guitars and big drums and it has to translate on the stage. "The empowering "Back on the Wagon" contains both, balancing bombast with some plucky strings. The tale of getting over a failed romance, it's a fresh look at heartbreak, with the hurt narrator regaining his confidence through nights out riding around with friends. "Wilder Horses" marries synth with acoustic guitar to create the most cinematic of Brandon's songs. Written with Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, the track embodies the musical halfway point where Brandon grew up. "The verses are bluesy like Memphis, and the chorus is very Nashville," he says. And "Break Down on Me," the oldest song on the album, draws directly from his hobby of tinkering with trucks and cars. "In high school I had a '92 F-150 that would always seem to break down on a two-lane road on the way to school, and there was no way getting around it. Everybody would see me. That's what gave me the title," he says of the track, about offering a caring shoulder to a girl. "It's me saying, 'I know things are bad for you now, but I'm good at fixing things. Lay it on me.'" With his album already finished, Brandon – who cites Class of '89 alums like Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson as country heroes — is focusing on taking the songs on the road. He's already opened for artists like Dierks Bentley and Old Dominion, and is playing fairs and festivals around the country, bringing his story of "Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers" to fans who may have grown up the same way. "I knew coming out of the gate as a new artist that my first single had to say a lot about who I am and where I come from. Hopefully, people will hear it and fill in their own blanks," Brandon says. "That's my goal: for listeners to know that every line I'm singing, I've lived, and for them to find their own story in my songs."  

This event will help raise funds to support my Finest fundraising efforts, and help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation forward their mission to find a cure for all people with cystic fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has fueled dramatic improvements in cystic fibrosis research and care. Because of the Foundation, people with CF are living longer and healthier lives.  The outlook for people with CF continues to improve year after year.


Thank you in advance for your support and participation in this event, you are helping to make a difference for people living with CF.

For Details on my 30 under 30 campaign and fundraising progress check out my CF Page - finest.cff.org/Nashville/Sydney