As part of our Songwriters Across Borders initiative to encourage global songwriting collaboration, Downtown writers Andy Albert, Jillian Jacqueline, and Who Is Fancy will travel from Nashville across Europe to share the sounds and stories of Music City at a series of shows featuring some of our European talent in their respective cities including Dutch singer-songwriter Mercy John and London-based Sacha Skarbek this May. The tour will include Nashville-style “writer's rounds,” a style of performance in which songwriters play their hits live — also revealing the stories and inspiration behind each song’s creation, giving audiences a glimpse into the songwriting process.
A time-honored Nashville tradition, we are excited to introduce the writer's rounds format to a global audience and connect our international writers for intimate experiences in Amsterdam, London, and Berlin:
Sacha co-wrote the smash hit “Wrecking Ball” for Miley Cyrus, and has also written music for artists like James Blunt and Jason Mraz, among others. Mercy John is an Amsterdam-based singer and songwriter who has worked with artists like Danny Vera and has an accomplished solo career.
Who Is Fancy is a songwriter and recording artist who has worked with Christina Aguilera, Meghan Trainor, and Ariana Grande, to name a few; Jillian is a performing artist and has written music for others such as Devin Dawson and Vince Gill; and Andy has penned songs for acts including Carrie Underwood, Granger Smith, and Blake Shelton, as well as the recent number one country hit “Good Girl” by Dustin Lynch.
Presented in conjunction with Airbnb and Amsterdam Music Project, Andy, Jillian, and Fancy will join John in Amsterdam at Vrij Paleis on Friday, May 17 and aboard a houseboat in the city's Noord district on Saturday, May 18. For over 10 years, Amsterdam Music Project has brought musicians from different backgrounds together to perform at interesting and unique venues around the city — curating performances intended to blur the line between act and audience.
In London, our Nashville writers will team up with Sacha at the Courtyard Theatre on Tuesday, May 21. The Nashville trio will be joined by specials guests (TBA) for a free show to close out the tour on May 24 at Berta in Berlin.
Songwriters Across Borders is our campaign to foster collaboration between our songwriters, artists, and producers from around the world — connecting talent representing different genres and regions through our expansive global network of creators.