Backstage at BizTown | Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee

Backstage at JA BizTown®

When: Spring 2021
Where: Hybrid In-Person & Virtual Event
Time: 6-8 PM

Join Us Online for our Songwriters' Night!

Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee's Backstage at BizTown brings together three Nashville songwriters at JA BizTown - a mock city where 4th-6th grade students take on the roles of employees, consumers, and even taxpayers! This year, we're keeping you safe and taking our event virtual so that you can enjoy great music from the comfort of your own home. A link will be sent out prior to the event - so keep an eye out in your email!

Past Songwriters:

Chris DeStefano

Grammy Award Winning American singer/songwriter, record producer and multi instrumentalist, raised in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. As a songwriter, he has multiple #1 songs with artists Carrie Underwood, Billy Currington, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, and Jason Aldean. 

Underwood's "Good Girl," which DeStefano co-wrote, reached number 1 on Hot Country Songs in 2012. DeStefano also co-wrote and produced Brett Eldredge's number 1 single "Don't Ya."

Chris also co-wrote the Carrie Underwood, 7 week, #1 song "Something in the Water," the 3rd longest running female #1 Hot Country song in chart history. DeStefano co-wrote "Kiss Somebody" (July 2017) with its Australian singer, Morgan Evans, and fellow American songwriter, Josh Osborne. At the APRA Music Awards of 2018, the song and its writers won Country Work of the Year.


Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson has over 35 cuts and he also had number one singles like "Drunk Me" (Mitchell Tenpenny), "Kiss You In The Morning" (Michael Ray) and "We Went" (Randy Houser). Other cuts include "Happens Like That" (Granger Smith), "Bad Lovers" (Luke Bryan), "Straight Outta Cold Beer" (Blake Shelton), and "Better In Boots" (Tyler Farr). He currently has a top 30 single out - "Momma's House" (Dustin Lynch). 

Eric Van Houten

Country music singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN by way of Buffalo NY, Eric Van Houten has been performing and writing for almost 10 years now. At age 23, the high energy and emotion he puts on stage is exhilarating, captivating, and entertaining. Over the last few years, Eric has paid his dues touring the country headlining shows and opening for artists like Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, and Jake Owen.


Please email Abby Banks or call 615-627-1183 for more information.

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Sponsorships for these events are critical for Junior Achievement to continue providing life-changing programs to students in our community. These programs are delivered at no cost to students. You can make a difference in the lives of these students by participating in this world-class event! Email Abby Banks or call 615-627-1183 to get more information on how to sponsor!
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