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SHOWTIMES: 7:30 p.m.

Musical tandem Andy Gullahorn and Jill Phillips will perform Saturday, March 9, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater as part of the popular Texas Tunes concert series presented by the City of Lewisville.

The show will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street, and will include a brief intermission. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors age 65 and older or children age 12 and younger) and can be purchased at MCLGrand.tix.com or at the Customer Service window at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street, during regular business hours.

Lewisville residents can purchase single-show tickets for $5 each, either in advance at City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. Current driver’s license or utility bill must be shown to receive the discounted resident rate.

A songwriting workshop will be held at 10 a.m. prior to the concert. Participants will gain valuable insights into the craft of songwriting from Gullahorn and Phillips during this 4-hour workshop. The duo will instruct in writing lyrics, tune smithing and other elements of creating an original song. Bonus elements may include a capo workshop and information on protecting creative output.

The workshop fee includes a box lunch and soft drink, plus a comp ticket to the concert. Contact Tim Phillips at tphillips@cityoflewisville.com to request a detailed registration form. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 paid registrations. Visit mclgrand.tix.com to register.

Gullahorn was born and raised in the rich musical climate of Austin, then went to College at Belmont University in Nashville where he joined the legions of songwriters in the country music scene. After graduation, he spent a number of years as a staff writer for publishing companies while playing guitar on the road for Phillips.
He has since released three records – Reinventing the Wheel (2007), The Law of Gravity (2009) and Christmas (2010). In addition, he has contributed his songs and his skills as a producer, guitarist and vocalist to albums by Phillips, Andrew Peterson, Jonathan Noel, Althea, Kim Hill and Beams of Heaven.

Gullahorn plays concerts and house shows across the country, accompanying other artists on the road. He was a Kerrville New Folk Winner in 2010 and was a runner-up at the 2009 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.

Phillips is a Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter based out of Nashville known for her inspiring folk-rock sound. She graduated from Belmont University in 1998. Her self-titled first album was produced by Grammy-winning Wayne Kirkpatrick, who said it was “the honesty of her songs, the charm of her voice, and the strength of her character that drew me to her as an artist — I knew that being involved with someone like that would be time well spent.”

Following the release of her first album, Phillips toured with Caedmon’s Call and Bebo Norman. Her next album, God and Money, became her biggest break into the Contemporary Christian music industry and she was named by CCM Magazine as reader’s choice for Independent Artist of the Year in 2002.

Phillips was signed by Fervent Records in 2003 and she released her third album, Writing on the Wall, in which she collaborated with many other artists, including Andrew Peterson, Bebo Norman and Stephen Mason of Jars of Clay. Subsequent albums were Kingdom Come (2005) and Nobody’s Got It All Together (2006). Also in 2006, Phillips founded the Square Peg Alliance with 12 other independent Christian artists in order to cross-promote each other’s music.

Gullahorn and Phillips are married and have three children.

The Texas Tunes concert series features performers from music halls and festivals throughout the state who present great music in a variety of genres, but all with that unique Texas flair that has made the state a hotbed for fans of live music. Other performers in the 2013 series are blues legend Marcia Ball (April 20) and Lonestar Music Awards nominee Max Stalling (May 18).

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, located at 100 N. Charles Street, between Main and Church streets, opened in January 2011. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical Center of Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at the center.

To reach the MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. The MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center. Parking is not permitted in the grass lot across Church Street from MCL Grand.

For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit MCLGrand.com or call 972.219.8446.

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