Songwriter Spotlight: John Pierce

John Pierce, pictured above, will be playing live at the Grizzly Songwriters Showcase, alongside Tom Catmull, John Floridis, Kostas, and Susan Gibson on Nov. 13, 2019 in the Dennison Theatre on the University of Montana campus.

MISSOULA – John Pierce was born and raised in Billings, Montana, and as a Montanan, one of his hobbies is fly fishing. His other passion, songwriting, catapulted him to prominence.

Pierce recorded an album for RCA Nashville which was slated for release in 2006, but it was his songwriting that would make him known beyond his home state. His best-known work, “Sweet Annie” was written for the Grammy award winning Zac Brown Band. “Sweet Annie” went on to become a No. 1 hit, and revealed Pierce’s work to the world.

Pierce has written for a multitude of artists, including Chris Young, Trace Adkins, and Morgan Myles. He currently writes for Sony/ATV publishing.

John Pierce will join five other acclaimed songartists with ties to Montana on Nov. 13 as part of the inaugural Grizzly Songwriters Showcase. This event brings together five songartists with ties to Montana to perform some of their greatest hits as a celebration of local music and our beautiful state.

The concert is being produced by University of Montana Entertainment Management students in the College of Business. All proceeds from the event will go to the UMEM program.

Ticket prices for this remarkable event start at $10 for students, $30 for general admission and $50 for a limited VIP ticket, which includes a private question and answer session, and meet and greet. Tickets went on sale Sept. 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., and can be purchase online at

For all direct inquiries, please call Sarah Peruzzi in the Entertainment Management Office at (406) 243-5696 or email

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