Music lovers, rejoice! Morrisson-Reeves Library is thrilled to present Lyricists’ Corner, a free music series that goes beyond the typical concert experience.

Dive Deeper into the Music You Love

 Lyricist’s Corner is an intimate evening where songwriters reveal the stories behind their songs, offering insights into their artistic processes and personal lives. This unique opportunity allows attendees to connect with artists on a profound level, experiencing the raw inspiration and passion that fuels the creativity behind the music.

Each month, talented local and regional songwriters will grace our stage, sharing their original music and offering a glimpse into their creative journeys.

Join us for the Inaugural Season!

The first season of Lyricists’ Corner kicks off on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM at Morrisson-Reeves Library. Mark your calendars for:

  • August 8th, 2024: Featuring Reyna Spears and Steve Bratton
  • September 12th, 2024: Featuring Tyrone Cotton and Phil English
  • October 10th, 2024: Featuring Jenn Cristy and Kat Heart

 Lyricists’ Corner Thursday, August 8, 2024

Reyna Spears

Reyna grew up as a missionary’s daughter. She spent the most formative years of her childhood in the Andes Mountains of Cajamarca, Peru. She grew up singing with her family in many churches around the United States and Peru, South America.  

Some of Reyna’s earliest memories are sitting by her mother in front of the piano, listening and learning. As she grows, so does her music.

Today, Reyna is a working musician and songwriter. She is a single mom and also has her own accounting company. She is now dreaming bigger, reaching further, and seeing just how far she can go and what more she can learn to do and share.

Steve Bratton

Richmond’s own Steve Bratton will make his Lyricist’s Corner debut on Thursday, August 8. His thoughtful songs draw inspiration from a wide variety of rock and pop influences.

Together with his good friend Kelly McClain, Steve regularly performs as part of local duo Bratton & McClain, sharing a mixture of rock hits and a wealth of original songs by both Kelly and Steve. He has played at Morrisson-Reeves Library in the past, along with guitarist Meredith Miller. Steve is also the lead vocalist and drummer of BRATT, a band that has been rocking the Richmond area for over 25 years, including at several local festivals, along with fellow BRATT members Kelly McClain, Carl Couch, and Bill Swearingen.

Lyricists’ Corner Thursday, September 12, 2024

Tyrone Cotton

Tyrone Cotton’s earliest musical revelation was listening to the raspy, inspirational voice of his grandfather, the Reverend Cleveland Roosevelt Williams, at his childhood home in Louisville, KY. Cotton began playing guitar along to the sounds of popular rock and blues artists and drew inspiration for his debut album from influences such as Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, and Mississippi John Hurt, who intrigued Tyrone with his “ finger pickin’ and soft, wispy voice.” Cotton’s debut album, Man Like Me, is the result of a lifelong journey of his nearly 30 years of performing in venues and as a beacon of the Louisville music community where he continues to reside today. The collection of songs developed over the past decade and documented on Man Like Me, is a deeply stirring reflection of Cotton’s own experiences which explores connection, loss, hope, and resurrection, punctuated by a voice that is hauntingly evocative yet equally warm and alluring.

His own writing is deeply personal and pulls from those influences and embodies a vast landscape of soul, folk, blues, jazz, and rock n roll. “I’m working on new angles and approaches to songs. I’m intrigued by the process of having a story already in place and chiseling it into a song; looking outside but still looking in,” says Cotton.

Cotton has toured throughout the United States and overseas but it’s in his hometown where he’s played hundreds, if not thousands of shows at clubs and festivals. He also retains residencies at several senior living centers where his vast knowledge of repertoire is showcased through performances every week which span 70 years of contemporary music. Soon, Man Like Me will have its moment to join the canon of those celebrated contemporary works.

Phil English

Phil English’s velvety baritone voice, thoughtful lyrics, and piano/guitar compositions have been a staple of Richmond’s live music scene for many years. In 2013, Phil and Aaron Nell formed a duo called The Lucky Devils, as well as a full rock band called The Years, with Craig Wynne and Cory Glisson.

Lyricists’ Corner Thursday, October 10, 2024

Jenn Cristy

Now with six solo albums, Jenn began her career with John Mellencamp, meeting the Hoosier rocker in Bloomington, Indiana, where she was in the midst of an all-American swimming career at Indiana University. During her stint with Mellencamp’s band she proved her versatility, playing flute, piano, percussion, organ, and violin in addition to singing. When she embarked on her solo career in 2003, she wanted to create a sound that both honored all of her varied influences – from Ben Folds to Pink and Bruce Hornsby to Queen – while creating something decidedly original.

It is clear that her music has found a hungry audience. Cristy has played around the country, sharing the stage with a veritable who’s-who of artists – Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, Paramore, Shawn Mullins, Indigenous, Bree Sharp, Jeffery Gaines, and Michael Gabliki (Rusted Root) –or dominating it herself. Her songs have earned praise everywhere from blogs and small-town newspapers to The New York Times. The piano-driven rock is a platform for lyrics that encompass everything from matters of the heart to politics to straight-ahead fun…or murder. In Cristy’s world, every story has a melody.

Kat Heart

With a surprisingly powerful voice full of honey and smoke, and guitar work that takes you from stacked, ambient layers with a lo-fi twist to gritty, classic tube-inspired rock, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and vocalist Kat Heart will take you on a sonic journey.

Sometimes, you will find Kat playing live as a solo act, heavy on the lo-fi vibes, with dreamy loops and layers, soulful vocals, and a unique sound that’s all her own. Others, you’ll find her with a bevy of musical groups in the Reno, Nevada region, adding background harmonies, playing lead guitar riffs, or even sitting behind the drum kit. Maybe, you will find her in the studio, collaborating on various recording projects, or creating her own dreamlike, indie-rock jam-band soundscapes. You can always find Kat sharing her love of music with those around her in myriad ways. Find her wherever you like best, but whatever you do, go find Kat Heart on a stage near you.