Anna Wilson ’90 and Monty Powell Perform for Turf It!

Villa Maria alumna Anna Wilson ’90 and her award-winning songwriter husband Monty Powell gave their Song Tales concert on May 2 in support of the Turf It! campaign to build the Maurene Polley Field. The talented singing and songwriting duo performed both their original compositions and selections of American standards.

A highlight of the show was the song “Green Tree,” which Wilson, who played field hockey and lacrosse for Villa, wrote for the event. The show began with a few words from Maurene Polley, who urged continued support of the fundraising campaign.

Monty Powell is a Grammy award-winning songwriter with more than a dozen Billboard #1 songs on over 60 million albums. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, been a mentor on American Idol, been named Country Music’s Songwriter of the Year for the hits he has written with Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and others, and has his handwritten manuscript of his classic hit “Days Go By,” with Keith Urban, on display in the permanent collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.

Anna Wilson is a critically acclaimed jazz recording artist who has topped the iTunes Jazz chart with a #1 song from her “Countrypolitan Duets” CD as well as her most recent album “Jazzbird/Songbird.” She penned the international theme song for Habitat For Humanity International that became the international theme song for the charity and is used in many of their public service announcements around the world.  In addition, she has appeared numerous times on the Grand Ole Opry, performs at various Wine & Jazz Festivals around the country and is an award-winning songwriter, with compositions on over 7 million records for Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus and more.