Chris DeStefano

Music City Hit-Makers, a one-of-a-kind musical event, comes directly from Nashville to South Florida State College (SFSC) on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Grammy award winners Chris DeStefano and Marcus Hummon, two of Nashville’s biggest country songwriters perform an evening of country hits in the style of the famous Bluebird Café. DeStefano and Hummon have No. 1 hits recorded by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and others. Tickets are $23-$32, and groups of 12 or more can save 25 percent. Visit sfscarts.org for tickets, videos, and a full schedule of events.

“This is a country show with the biggest stars that you never heard of,” said Cindy Garren, director of cultural programs at SFSC. “Country music fans will love the music and listening to the stories behind the music by the guys who wrote the songs.”

Nashville’s top hit maker, Chris DeStefano has penned a series of No. 1 and top 10 country hits, all charting in the past three years. He has also written for Kelly Clarkson, Gavin DeGraw, Bon Jovi, David Cook and Big Time Rush. A multi-instrumentalist, he is also a record producer and his discography includes working with Dan + Shay and Brett Eldredge. DeStefano won a Grammy award for his work on Kelly Clarkson’s platinum album, “Stronger.”

A list of his other popular chart-toppers include: Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water,” “Good Girl,” and “Little Toy Guns”; Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night”; Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl”; Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya”; Rascal Flatts’ “Rewind”; Jason Aldean’s “Just Gettin’ Started”; “Somethin’ Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood; Chris Young’s “Aw Naw” and Chase Rice’s “Ready Set Roll.”

Grammy award winner Marcus Hummon has received seven BMI Awards and five BMI #1 Awards for Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” which also won a Grammy for Best Country Song in 2005 and Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly” which won the Country Music Awards Video of the Year in 2001, among others.

Hummon co-wrote The Dixie Chicks’ “Ready to Run” which was nominated for a Grammy for Country Song of the Year and won the Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Group. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Group for “Roll the Stone Away,” co-written by Hummon.

He wrote and produced three songs for Disney’s feature film, “The Fox and the Hound 2” and has scored two films, “Lost Boy Home,” which won the Best Shorts Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and “The Last Songwriter,” winner of the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival 2017.