Lyrics on the Lake Launches 9th Annual Songwriters Festival

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Virginia. – Wednesday evening kicked off 9th Lyrics on the Lake songwriters festival. The five-day lineup brings musical talent from across the country to Smith Mountain Lake, and they hope to bounce back after the cancellation due to COVID-19 last year.

The notes rolled over the water and the speakers were cranked up as more than a dozen professional songwriters, like Sarah Beth Terry, gathered at Smith Mountain Lake.

“Because I like it, I’m the queen bee here. It’s Words on the Lake. We come for the children. We come to have fun. We come to make money for them. So yes, let’s go, why not? said Terry.

Wednesday’s kickoff welcomed the event to the region and closed the event’s open mic competition. The writers have worked for some of the biggest names in country music, and now they’re playing here on the dockside stages.

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Brent Jones is the festival’s co-organizer. It spans the week with several locations across the lake. Most events are free, but some are chargeable and event planners still accept donations. This year, the money raised goes to the Miracle Children’s Network local operations.

“The thing about our songwriter festival that makes the biggest impression on our community is that they have the opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs that these people write,” Jones said. . “So our money that we collect from our community and give to them goes to the hospitals that serve our community. “

Many writers stay local and enjoy every moment of the vibe while they can get it.

“We’re all so busy touring the rest of the year that it’s also like our vacation and we come up with a good thing for people as well. So why not? If you can have fun and do something for the kids, sign us up, ”said Terry.

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The event has raised $ 100,000 for charity over the years. You can find more information at the festival site.

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