The Music City Hit-Makers perform, from left to right, Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. (Photo from www.musiccityhitmakers.com.)
The Music City Hit-Makers perform, from left to right, Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. (Photo from www.musiccityhitmakers.com.)
The Louisville Orchestra joins with other visiting artists for two weekend performances at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

The Music City Hit-Makers, made up of Nashville artists Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, plan to perform and tell the stories behind their songs on Saturday.

All three of the artists won a Grammy for Best Country Song in 2007 with Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel," the Music City Hit-Makers website said.

Lindsey has written several songs performed by Underwood that have reached the top of the charts, including "So Small," "Wasted," "Last Name" and "Just A Dream." Other songs include "Blessed" and "This One's for the Girls" performed by Martina McBride.

Lindsey's writings also span genres and have appeared in movies, pop charts and been performed by international artists as well, the website said.

Over the last decade, James had over 200 of his songs recorded by major label recording artists with 13 number one songs so far. Just a few of the chart-topping songs to reach the top of the charts include "Reality" and "Out Last Night" performed by Kenny Chesney, "The Truth" performed by Jason Aldean and "Summer Nights" performed by Rascal Flatts.

James also had his work recorded by Jon Bon Jovi, The Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson and Daughtry. He has earned the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award twice, the website said.

Sampson has worked with several artists during his years in Nashville, including Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Underwood. Current hit songs by Sampson include "Storm Warning" performed by Hunter Hayes and "Kiss Goodbye" by Little Big Town.

A writer, producer and performer, Sampson worked with several pop and rock bands in Canada throughout the early 1990s before moving to Music City. He also works as the musical director for stage and television productions, the website said.

Bob Bernhardt will serve as the conductor for the evening while the three guest artists perform with a six-piece band. The Music City Hit-Makers will be in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts' Whitney Hall.

The Louisville Orchestra will also present Scheherazade with guest conductor Ryan McAdams and Andrea Levine on the clarinet. The two-hour performance will feature Osvaldo Golijov's "Sidereus," Carol Maria von Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor and Nikolai Remsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade."

Tickets start at $25.

Tickets for the performances are available at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts box office by calling (800) 775-7777 or online at www.kentuckycenter.org.