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About the Songwriters
Texas Christmas Songs Greater Than That CD


1 Elvis Has Been Sighted at the North Pole by Jeanie Perkins
2 Peace On Earth by Jeanie Perkins
3 Holiday Love by David Egan, Kix Brooks & John Howe
4 Silent Night Without You by Jeanie Perkins
5 Greater Than That lyric by Mary Dawson & Beverly E Houston; music by Beverly E Houston
6 Christmastime in Texas lyric by Mary Dawson; music by Bruce Greer
7 I’m Going to Love Christmas by Jasmine Egan
8 Give Myself Away lyric by Mary Dawson; music by Beverly E Houston
9 Christmas Time Again at Neiman Marcus lyric by Steve Lovett; music by Beverly E Houston
10 Long Distance Christmas lyric by Mary Dawson; music by Bruce Greer

BONUS CUTS
11 Red Christmas by Jeanie Perkins
12 Another Christmas With You lyric by Beverly E Houston, Ann Cornelius; music, Beverly E Houston & Kathy Kersey
13 My Favorite Christmas Story lyric, Michael Roth, Beverly E Houston, & Lara Roth; music, Beverly E Houston
14 My Top Ten by Beverly E Houston

David Egan

DAVID EGAN

David Egan is one of the premier songsmiths of Louisiana. In addition to recording many of his songs, himself, his songs also have been recorded by Joe Cocker, John Mayall, Percy Sledge, Mavis Staples, Etta James, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball and Solomon Burke. Some of Egan's southern flavored lyrics even appear in Louisiana textbooks.

Scott Jordan of New Orleans' Gambit Weekly remarks on Egan's "sly rhythms…wry vocal delivery" and "impeccably crafted slices of blue-eyed soul." Egan performs regularly on the Crawfish Circuit and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with his band Twenty Years of Trouble, and with Louisiana All-Star Band, L'il Band of Gold. Occasionally, Egan reunites with old A-Train band members (Bruce and Buddy Flett - performing now as the Bluebirds; Paul Griffith, Miki Honeycutt and John Howe) for festival appearances.

KIX BROOKS

Kix Brooks, childhood friend of collaborator David Egan, was highly respected as a hit country songwriter even before teaming up with Ronnie Dunn to form the biggest-selling duo in country music history, Brooks & Dunn.

JOHN HOWE

John Howe, vocalist and sax player in A-Train, also contributed to “Holiday Love” with David Egan and Kix Brooks.

Mary Dawson

MARY DAWSON

Mary Dawson: host of I Write the Songs has been writing songs that pull at the heartstrings of listeners for many years. A published professional songwriter, Mary is president of CQK Records & Music of Dallas, Texas, a company which creates and produces songs in a panorama of musical styles for a variety of audiences. Mary's commitment to discovering and mentoring talented new songwriters has given her extensive experience in song analysis through adjudicating songwriting competitions and conducting songwriting workshops across the country and around the world. Her book, How to Get Somewhere in the Music Business from Nowhere with Nothing, (January, 2007 release) takes an “outside the box” approach that embraces the much changed and evolving music industry of the Twenty First Century.

Beverly Houston

BEVERLY HOUSTON

Beverly Houston, Co-Founder and past three-term President of the Dallas Songwriters Association, has worked as a writer of "edutainment features" for the Radio Disney Radio network and on the staff of theaters including the Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Repertory Theatre. Houston collaborated on two musicals that have been both performed live and recorded. With David Sparks she wrote Rainbow of Promise: Noah and the Promises of God, distributed in tandem with the illustrated Usborne book, Noah's Ark. Houston also created the musical, When I Was a Dinosaur, with the Dixie Chicks singing her Andrews Sisters- style song, "The Dinosaur Rag" . She is a voting member of the Recording Academy (the Grammys), a member of the Tejas Writers Roundtable, a BMI writer and publisher, and an ASCAP publisher. (Also, see About the Producer)

Bruce Greer

BRUCE GREER

Bruce Greer has had hundreds of choral, orchestral, and piano works published. In 1999, Bruce was awarded a Dove Award, the Christian Music Industry's highest honor and comparable to a Grammy, for Musical of the Year, "Mary, Did You Know?" He has done extensive concert and recording work as a solo artist and also with the extraordinary vocalist, Cynthia Clawson. Often appearing in conjunction with choirs through a "guest composer weekend", Bruce Greer's concert ministry is a unique blend of solo piano, vocal solo selections and spoken word rich in content, musical variety and style.



Jasmine Egan

JASMINE EGAN

Jasmine Fleming Egan, with an illustrious 30-year career as a concert and opera singer, is known foremost for her extraordinary interpretation of Puccini's demanding Madame Butterfly. Interestingly, she also found success portraying a totally opposite character, Bloody Mary in South Pacific to the raves of critics… and Josh Logan, who wrote the Broadway show's script. Her song, "I'm Going to Love Christmas, " is a true reflection of the 40's music of her youth.

Steve Lovett

STEVE LOVETT

Steve Lovett is a two time Dallas Theater League Award winning playwright. Since earning his MFA through Trinity University and the Dallas Theater Center in 1973, he has worked continuously as an actor and playwright. Lovett has written 9 plays, which have been performed at multiple venues with several revivals in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Michigan, and California.
Ann Cornelius

ANN CORNELIUS

Ann Cornelius, after working in the legal department at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, joined forces with husband, James to operate Jaelius Music., administrating and publishing music in excess of twenty-five years. In addition to writing songs, Cornelius works as a free-lance writer, entertainer and public speaker.

Michael Roth

MICHAEL ROTH

Michael RJ Roth is the winner of numerous lyric competitions including First Place Lyrics in the 2001 Unisong International Song Contest and Great American Song Contest. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, literary magazines, and the underground press.

With a degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master's in Communication from the University of New Mexico, he recently joined the Foreign Service, and currently works at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

LARA ROTH

Lara Roth, who also contributed lyrics to “My Favorite Christmas Story”, is Michael Roth's daughter.