2018-01-11 / Scene

Award-winning country acts to perform at The PIX on Saturday


Julianne Ankley was named Outstanding Country Songwriter for 2016. Julianne Ankley was named Outstanding Country Songwriter for 2016. LAPEER — On Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. the PIX Theatre will feature a pair of world-renowned country acts that will bring their familiar sounds to Lapeer audiences.

With six Detroit Music Awards to her name including Outstanding Country Songwriter for 2016, Julianne Ankley has cemented herself in the Detroit and Michigan music scenes as a major talent. She has also been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe.

Songwriter on Blake Shelton’s 2013 CMA and ACA winning Album of the Year (also nominated for a Grammy), Gary Hannan is a multi-platinum selling songwriter with hits like “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” (Joe Nichols) and “Back When I Knew It All” (Montgomery Gentry).


Gary Hannan is a multi-platinum selling songwriter with hits like “Back When I Knew It All” (Montgomery Gentry). Gary Hannan is a multi-platinum selling songwriter with hits like “Back When I Knew It All” (Montgomery Gentry). “Combining these two unique and talented artists on the PIX stage is bound to be a great show,” said Center for the Arts Communications Director Katie Beth Chrismer. “Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years.” Her third solo Album “Don’t Let Go” was released in August 2015 at the Ark Theater in Ann Arbor. In 2016 Ankley started writing with Platinum hit songwriters Hannan and Dave Gibson and touring in England and France, and nationally in the U.S.

Hannan has been writing award-winning songs for more than a decade. Hannan has also been the recipient of a special award, “Songs I wish I Had Written,” which is voted on by the professional songwriting community.

Tickets in advance are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors, students and veterans. The ticket price goes up at the door to $20 for adults and $18 for students, seniors, and veterans. To purchase tickets in advance, visit the PIX Box Office located inside Gallery 194, Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 810-664-4824 or at www.centerfortheartslapeer.org.

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