SOURCE: The 2015 Mountain High Music Festival

October 15, 2014 16:54 ET

BMI Icon and ACM Poet Award Honoree, Dean Dillon and LMG Present The 2015 Mountain High Music Festival

"Music with an Altitude" Wednesday, January 14 - Sunday, January 18, 2015

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2014) - BMI (Broadcast Music International) Icon Honoree, ACM Poet Award Honoree and world renowned singer/songwriter, Dean Dillon, has partnered with LMG, BMI and Elevation Hotel and Spa to announce The Mountain High Music Festival, held from January 14th to 18th, 2015 in majestic Crested Butte, Colorado. The festival will proudly present a diverse lineup of the world's best recording artists and songwriters, along with music's future hit-makers, for an eclectic mix of mountain-high musical performances. Tickets to this year's event can be purchased at www.mountainhighmusicfest.com and through Eventbrite - www.eventbrite.com 

The brainchild of legendary singer/songwriter Dean Dillon, the Mountain High Music Festival will offer patrons the opportunity to listen to the hottest songwriters whose songs come to life with their phenomenal talent and hear the legendary 2013 BMI Icon of The Year, Dean Dillon, who helped skyrocket the King of Country Music, George Strait, into stardom with his lyrics and melodies. Patrons will have an opportunity, like none other, to capture the music of some of the industry's finest in an intimate venue. This experience will be a breathtaking memory not to be forgotten. Performances will be presented in various locations around the beautiful town of Crested Butte, CO, voted the #1 Ski Town for 2014 in North America by Powder Magazine's "Ski Town Throwdown."

Hosted by GAC and SiriusXM's on-air personality Storme Warren, artists and songwriters will swap stories and mingle in a series of full-band, casual, and intimate performances set against the breathtaking backdrop of Mt Crested Butte. The exciting line-up includes performances from esteemed recording artists and singer/songwriters such as Texas mainstay Robert Earl Keen ("Corpus Christi Bay" "The Road Goes on Forever"), Curb recording artist Lee Brice ("A Woman Like You" "I Don't Dance"), Grammy award-winning songwriter Rodney Clawson ("Drink On It" "Crash My Party"), ACM Award winning duo Thompson Square ("Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" "If I Didn't Have You"), Nicolle Galyon ("We Were Us") from NBC's "The Voice," "American Idol's Brooke Eden ("American Dreamin'"), Sonia Leigh, co-writer of the Zac Brown Band hit "Sweet Annie", vocal group Due West ("I Get That All the Time"), R&B recording artist Colin Lake ("Temporary Living"), Bluegrass music sensations The Crowlin Ferlies from Aspen, Colorado, local artists Chris Coady, Bill Dowell and legendary event host Dean Dillon. Look for forthcoming information for added performers.

Much gratitude is extended to our generous sponsors, (as of this date) LMG, BMI (Broadcast Music International), The Town of Mount Crested Butte, HD Radio and Texas Roadhouse, and our host hotel Elevation Hotel and Spa, whom without their contributions and participation this event would not be possible.

ABOUT DEAN DILLON
A native of Lake City, Tennessee, Dean Dillon hitchhiked his way to Nashville in 1973 to pursue his dreams of becoming a writer and artist. Two short years later, he caught the attention of hit producer Tom Collins who had Barbara Mandrell cut three of his songs on her Friends, Lovers and Strangers album. In 1979, the same year Dean has his first #1 song, "Lying in Love With You" by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, he met a new artist named George Strait, "King George" as he is known today. Over the years, Dillon has had songs recorded by Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Vern Gosdin, Toby Keith, Keith Whitley, Lee Ann Womack and others. Dillon was named BMI Icon at The 61st Annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville, TN in November of 2013. Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) bestows the honor on those who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." With over 90 charted singles to his credit, Dillon joins past BMI Icon honorees Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and others. He was inducted in to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. Dillon was also recently honored by the ACM with their "Poet Award." When not in Nashville writing or on the road performing, Dillon and his wife Susie spend much of their time at their home in Gunnison, Colorado. Their passion for organizing and performing events for Tough Enough To Wear Pink and has led to over $1.3 million being raised for breast cancer awareness in their community.

Charities- The Mountain High Music Festival is a for profit entity. However, as part of its commitment to the community, this entity will donate a portion of its profits to benefit:

Cattlemen's Days Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) campaign its fight against breast cancer. Because of the efforts of many, Cattlemen's Days TETWP has been recognized as the #1 fundraising rodeo in the nation. TETWP has worked closely with public health, Gunnison Valley Hospital, and area physicians to develop a model program dedicated to providing local funding for breast cancer awareness, education, mammograms, equipment, support and further diagnosis. www.gunnisontetwp.com

Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado provides high-quality adventure activities for individuals with disabilities in and around Crested Butte, Colorado. Programs are inclusive to friends and family and are taught by highly qualified professional adaptive instructors. Activity options are highly adaptable and therapeutic in nature, and programs can be structured for any skill level and goal. The Adaptive Sports Center's programs are great for people wanting to experience a new sport or push their current skill level, and are customized for the individual, entire family or group searching for an accessible adventure.  

Now in its 27th year of operation, the Adaptive Sports Center provides therapeutic adventure programs to over 700 people each year. Walter Reed National Military Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and D.C. Firefighter Burn Foundation are just a few of the many institutions that visit the Adaptive Sports Center annually. Learn more at www.adaptivesports.org

About BMI
Celebrating 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI's repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page.

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