Veranda on Highland presents the Grammy-winning songwriter Richard Leigh as part of the “Veranda Summer Singer and Songwriter Series.” Leigh, whose eight No. 1 hits include “I’ll Get Over You” and “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” performs on Friday, September 26, at the restaurant at 2220 Highland Avenue South.
Cocktails are available beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 8:00 p.m. Admittance to the show is $20 with a minimum food or drink purchase of $25 per person. Seats are limited and require reservations, which can be made by calling Veranda on Highland at (205) 939-5551. Additional information is available at www.verandaonhighland.com.
Preceding Leigh’s performance is an extravagant three-course dinner prepared by Veranda’s celebrated executive chef Tom Robey. An exclusive “Songwriter menu” created for the “Veranda Summer Singer and Songwriter Series” features appetizers such as New Orleans style turtle soup and entrees like Certified Hereford Ribeye with haricot vert and rosemary rubbed new potatoes.
“Richard’s songs are recognized by millions of people and span years of tradition in the country music industry,” said Tom Robey, Veranda’s executive chef. “His exceptional songwriting talent is matched only by his award-winning history, making his performance at Veranda the perfect ending to a freshly-prepared meal. This is sure to please anyone who appreciates sensational songwriting and hearty southern-style cuisine.”
Writing songs professionally since he was 23, Leigh received his first break in 1976 with “I’ll Get Over You.” The song, recorded by Crystal Gayle, rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart and earned Leigh his first “Song of the Year” honors from the Country Music Association (CMA).
Just two years later Crystal Gayle recorded Leigh’s “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” one of his most successful songs. Reaching No.1 on the pop and country charts, the song bestowed Leigh with his second “Song of the Year” award from CMA. Additionally, it was Grammy nominated for “Best Song” in both the Pop and Country categories, winning “Best Country Song.” The single sold over a million copies and was named one of the ten most performed “Country Songs of the Century” at the 1999 ASCAP Awards.
A renowned list of artists have graced Leigh’s songwriting catalogue, including Ray Charles, Ronnie Milsap, Anne Murray, Steve Wariner, Billy Dean, Mickey Gilley, Reba McEntire, Don Williams, The Dixie Chicks and many others.