Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Mark D. Sanders

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May 26, 2012 - A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mark D. Sanders has written contemporary country classics such as Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance,” Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” Faith Hill’s “It Matters to Me,” and George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky.” Sanders moved from Southern California to Nashville in 1980 and steadily built his songwriting career until it skyrocketed during the following decade with #1 hits such as “Money in the Bank,” “No News,” “Daddy’s Money,” “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” and “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing.” Sanders won ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year honor in 1997, and with the release of “I Hope You Dance” in 2000 he earned Grammy, CMA, and ACM awards. This interview and performance is illustrated with vintage photographs, film footage, and recordings.


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