Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Kim Carnes, Teddy Gentry and John Ford Coley bring an incredible night of hit songs and stories behind the music to the Walker Center on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in “The Heart Behind the Music” songwriter’s showcase. The show provides an up-close and personal insight into some of the greatest music ever written. This performance is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

Teddy Gentry, of the super-group Alabama, co-wrote 16 of the group Alabama’s 43 No. 1 hits, including “Christmas in Dixie,” “Give Me One More Shot,” “How Do You Fall in Love,” “Why Lady Why” and many others. Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes” hit No. 1 in over 30 countries, propelling her to international fame. She was also a part of the “We Are the World” recording, which sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Carnes is a successful songwriter for many other artists, including Kenny Rogers; she was the duet partner and writer on “Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer.” John Ford Coley is part of the hit duo England Dan and John Ford Coley known worldwide from their many top ten and No. 1 songs, including “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” “Night Are Forever Without You,” “It’s Sad to Belong to Someone Else,” “We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again” and many others.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m. This performance is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

A limited number of tickets are available for this performance. Advance purchase tickets for this performance are $39 and $37 for seniors; individual ticket prices increase by $5 on the day of show. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office at 336-838-6260, email or visit And be sure to follow the Walker Center on Facebook.

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