March 8, 2019 – 6:00 pm

Music at the Frist: Songwriter Ronny Criss and Friends

Cafe ~ FREE

  • Ronny Criss sings North and South

  • Matt Martino 

Singer-songwriter Ronny Criss and wife Sarah gather their talented songwriting friends and co-writers for evenings of original music. Born in Arkansas and raised in Chicago, Criss is a talented tunesmith with Southern roots and a Midwestern sensibility. Join them to discover some of Nashville’s new talents as well as enjoying the tunes of some of Nashville's most esteemed established writers in the Frist café.

March 8, 2019

6:00 p.m.  ~  Ronny and Sarah Criss 

With silky smooth vocals and a distinctive rhythmic style Ronny crafts original songs about life, love and roads well-traveled. Born in Forrest City, Arkansas and raised in Chicago, his varied life experience informs every lyric and note. Each song is delivered honestly and straight from the heart. Based in Nashville, Ronny is currently writing, performing, working on a new album slated for release in 2019. Most recently Ronny has had song placements in television, including Amazon’s Pete the Cat and Music City on CMT. His songs are currently represented by Resin8 Music Licensing & Artist Management.

7:00 p.m.  ~  Matt Martino

Matt Martino re-emerged on the music scene in 2018 after a five year hiatus spent recovering from a neck injury that nearly derailed his career. But what started out as an experiment to simply try to infuse music back into his life grew into a full-fledged relaunch of his career.

After the 2007 release of his debut album Let it Shine, Martino enjoyed a successful and burgeoning career with lots of promise, peaking in the late 2000’s.  Let it Shine garnered Grammy attention upon it’s release, which led to multiple placements in television and movies, including the CW series 90210.  Matt was awarded the DISCovery award by Music Row Publications and the increased exposure within the industry led to more touring and new releases.  while his music career was on the rise, his health was on the decline.  Touring decreased as physical limitations manifested, and by 2012 had all but ceased.

The recovery was slow, but 2018 saw a legitimate return to writing, recording, and touring, and while momentum built towards a new music career, progress towards a healthy life was realized as well. This year,k Martino will be touring across the United States, both as a solo artist and with a band.

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