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An evening with Nashville's Schott benefits exchange program

Local eighth grader Barnes opens
Nov 22, 2019
Jenn Schott

Camden — Nashville singer/songwriter Jenn Schott performs in the intimate third-floor space of the Camden Opera House as a benefit for Camden-Rockport Middle School’s Japan Exchange Program on Thursday, Dec. 12. Local Lincolnville eighth grader Bella Barnes opens. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Limited tickets and seating, so come early to secure a seat and enjoy a cash bar provided by 40 Paper, with a portion of sales benefiting the travelers. Baked goods will be for sale as well, provided by the parents of the travelers.

Born and raised in Kansas, Schott was destined to have a career in music. It’s in her genes. Her grandfather was the concert master violinist for the CBS orchestra, including the Ed Sullivan show; her father was a university professor of woodwinds; and her mother is a flutist. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Schott moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter.

 Since then, her songs have been recorded by numerous artists from Rascal Flatts and The Eli Young Band to Gloriana, Jana Kramer and many more. Schott co-wrote Mickey Guyton’s debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” which was named one of Billboard’s 10 Best Country Songs of 2015. She also penned the title track of Tim McGraw’s Grammy-nominated album, “Two Lanes of Freedom." Her other past radio singles include Restless Heart’s “Feel My Way To You," Katie Armiger’s “Unseen,” Billy Ray Cyrus’ “A Good Day,” and pop artist Lucy Walsh’s “1882.” In addition to her U.S. country market success, Schott has had songs released by top-selling artists in Canada and Australia.

Opener Bella Barnes has been making up songs since she was three, strumming on an old guitar like a stand up bass. Her poetry digs deep and has always been wise beyond her age.

Camden Rockport Middle School’s Japan Exchange Program has been in existence for more than 20 years. In April 2020, ten Camden Rockport Middle School students, along with two chaperones, will travel to Japan. They will spend a few days in Tokyo and then travel by bullet train to Hirakawa, one of the towns in the Aomori Prefecture, where they will stay with local families.

This exchange is a life-changing experience for everyone involved. A vital part of this experience is working together to raise the funds needed to get every student and chaperone there and back and pay for all expenses while they are in Japan.

The general admission ticket price is $35. Tickets are available for no fee purchase on the Camden Opera House website at NOTE: As of 2 p.m. show-date, online ticket sales have ended; remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, visit the Connecting Cultures event page on Facebook or email

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