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8 Off 8th: hosted by HOUSEQUAKE

8 Off 8th: hosted by HOUSEQUAKE

Josie Dunne, Kellie Besch, Natalie Madigan, Reign, Robyn Harris

Mon · September 18, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

HOUSEQUAKE Productions
HOUSEQUAKE Productions
HOUSEQUAKE - Monthly showcases celebrating the growing, diverse pop scene in Nashville
Josie Dunne
Josie Dunne
Josie grew up in La Grange, Illinois, a western suburb outside of Chicago along the train lines where maple and elm trees, that blanket all the homes, watch over the town — and carry in the rings of their trunks generations of moments that have shaped the lives of everyone in this very-close community.

Josie lives in his father’s childhood home — a big-porched, prairie-style home smack in the middle of town — blocks from her Catholic grammar school and high school — and a bike-ride away from everyone and every place that has been important in her life.

Josie’s sanctuary is her converted attic bedroom on the third floor — with vinyl record covers of her muses as her wallpaper. Sam Cook, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole and Joni Mitchell watch over her from the vaulted ceiling in her bedroom.

Part of who Josie is — is her three brothers and sisters — who all use the palette of the arts to express their souls. There’s her sister Maisy (a dancer), her older brother Everett (a painter), and her youngest brother, Beecher (the actor).

Josie’s mom, Marcy, is an entrepreneur and principal of Fluid Running, and Josie’s dad, Marty, is a successful businessman by day, and the ‘Farmer in the Dell’ by night. Josie has shared her home with a gabillion pigs, miniature horses, chickens, giant turtles, hens, snakes, dogs, hampsters, fish, and you can’t begin to imagine how many exotic birds. Buses arrive at the home from local schools filled with kids to visit their bird and animal sanctuaries.

There is never a day that Josie’s couple-dozen cousins aren’t hanging in their house with one of them.

Josie went to St. Francis Xavier Catholic grade school, creating friends for life. She’s weeks away from graduating from high school at LTHS, a mammoth public high school where she can hear the morning bells ring from her house. In her school of 4000+ kids, Josie has been the Class President every year. She’s got a 4.4 GPA, and a resume of leadership activities that reads like a yellow pages.

She taught a swarm of kids from town ukulele, guitar and piano through “Josie Dunne Music School,” she launched “Music Maker’s of Western Springs Theatre” for teens, Josie has been the Young Life Student Leader, she’s a weekly deejay at WLTL, and held leadership roles on Student Council, Madrigals, Choir Board, Peer Leadership, Theatre Board, and is a founding member of the Songwriting Circle at LT.

Josie plays ukulele, piano, guitar, sings and writes — and has played hundreds of shows finding her voice in every restaurant, swimming pool, bar, school, you name it during her high school days.

A year ago she went to Los Angeles, and recorded three cover songs — that caught the attention of Scott Hendricks (“Producer of the Year,” record producer of 75+ #1 songs) and Warner Brothers’ legendary President in Nashville, John Esposito.

Josie signed a recording deal with Warner Music Group — and signed as a songwriter with Warner/Chappell Music.

Since then, she’s been writing with many of the biggest and prolific songwriters in the country, and has been the opening act on Wynonna Judd’s recent tour.

She opened for Ingrid Michaelson and Allen Stone at “Austin City Limit’s” Moody Theatre, and was recently on Whole Foods Market’s new CD with “Alabama Shakes,” Bonnie Raitt, “Mumford Songs” and “The Civil Wars.” She recently stunned 25,000 in a live event in California, and she’s in the studio in Los Angeles and Nashville writing and recording… All while she’s juggling real life.

Stay tuned…

Soulful. Exciting. Fresh.

Kellie Besch
Natalie Madigan
Robyn Harris
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203