Handwritten Lyrics Auction Benefits Music Health Alliance

by Preshias Harris / 580 days ago / Comments

Own a piece of songwriting history and support the work of the MHA

Would you like to own the genuine, handwritten lyrics to ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” signed by Billy Gibbons?  How about handwritten lyrics for songs made famous by artists such as Miranda LambertKelsea Ballerini, FGL, Michael Martin Murphey and many more?  Of course you would!

And here’s what makes the deal even better: proceeds from the sales benefit a charity that is vital to members of the music industry.  It’s an opportunity to own a piece of music history while helping the Nashville-based Music Health Alliance (MHA).  But if you want to bid on an item, you need to hurry as bidding will close October 24.  Here are the details…

Julien’s Auctions is currently holding the third annual online charity auction event Handwritten Song Lyrics Benefitting Music Health Alliance, taking place exclusively at https://www.julienslive.com for advance bidding. The auction opened on Saturday October 1, 2022 and start closing in real time and in lot order for live bidding at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, October 24, 2022. Proceeds will benefit Music Health Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides 100% free advocacy, support, and access to life-saving healthcare and financial resources for the music industry. 

For the third consecutive year, the auction house to the stars partnered with a marquee lineup of some of the most legendary singers and songwriters from the 1970s through today, spanning country, pop, rock, gospel, folk, and alternative rock music, who personally donated handwritten lyrics of some of their biggest hits to this critical initiative to aid and support underserved music professionals in their time of need.  NOTE: see below for info on registering to bid and placing bids.

Highlighted handwritten song lyrics signed by the songwriter and/or recording artist include (estimates: $600-$2,000 unless otherwise indicated):

Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan” on a hand-painted and signed Epiphone acoustic guitar (co-written with Forest Glen Whitehead and Jesse Lee)

Michael Martin Murphey, “Wildfire” on a signed black Yamaha acoustic guitar and in a separate lot, signed lyrics of his other greatest hit, “What’s Forever For” handwritten by songwriter Rafe Van Hoy 

“Meant To Be” recorded by Florida Georgia Line and BeBe Rehxa, signed by Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, and Josh Miller (co-written by Josh Miller, David Garcia)

Pat Monahan of Train, “Drops of Jupiter” on a stage-played Remo Emperor drumhead signed by all band members. (Recorded by Train)

Signed by Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, co-writers Tully Kennedy and Lydia Vaughan handwrote “If I Didn’t Love You” 

ZZ Top/Billy Gibbons signed “Sharp Dressed Man”

Walker Hayes, “Fancy Like” (co-written with Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins, and Shane Stevens)

Rob Crosby and Stephanie Bentley, “Concrete Angel” (Recorded by Martina McBride)

Peter Frampton, “Do You Feel Like I Do” (co-written with John Siomos, Mick Gallagher and Rick Wills)

Wood Newton, Michael Spriggs, Dan Tyler, Wood Newton, and Michael Noble “Twenty Years Ago” (Recorded by Kenny Rogers). In Memory of Kenny Rogers, Music Health Alliance was gifted these lyrics by the songwriters.  Handwritten by songwriter Wood Newton and signed by all four co-writers to honor Rogers’ legacy, coinciding with Julien’s three-day auction celebration “Property from the Estate of Kenny Rogers” taking place October 21, October 22 and October 23 with a portion of proceeds to benefit Music Health Alliance.


Founded in 2013 and based in Nashville, Music Health Alliance (MHA) has provided free healthcare advocacy and lifesaving support and resources to more than 18,000 music industry members across 49 states in the non-profit’s first nine years. MHA has supported songwriters, musicians, performers, producers, engineers, venue operators, artist managers, agents, publishers, business managers, and more by providing access to medicine, mental health resources, COVID-19 relief, diagnostic tests, lifesaving transplants, end of life care, and many other necessary services, saving more than $85,000,000 in healthcare costs for the nationwide music community in less than a decade. Entirely funded through grants and individual and corporate donations, financial support from the music community is critical to continue MHA’s advocacy and free services. 

For every $1 donation, MHA is able to provide $30 in life-saving healthcare resources to Heal The Music. MHA fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis and removes obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. All MHA services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for three or more years or who has credited contributions to four commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life. More info at www.musichealthalliance.com


Registration is required to bid in this online auction and can be done online before the sale at https://www.julienslive.com to bid live online. For inquiries, please email info@juliensauctions.com  or call 310-836-1818.


Bid through Julien's Auctions online live in advance and in real time during the closing of the auction starting at 11:00 am Pacific Time in lot order at https://www.julienslive.com.


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About Preshias Harris

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Preshias Harris is a music journalist who has interviewed everyone from Alabama to ZZ Top for articles and stories published in numerous music magazines. She is the author of longest-running monthly country music column in America and authored The College of Songology™ 101: The Singer/Songwriter’s ‘Need To Know’ Reference Handbook. As a music career development consultant with special emphasis on emerging and aspiring artists and songwriters, she focuses on ‘chasing the dream’ while understanding the realities of the music industry. She maintains a writers’ room on Music Row – named The Sangtuary – for her clients and their co-writers. She is a member of ASCAP (as a publisher), BMI, The Country Music Association (CMA), The Recording Academy, The National Association of Talent Directors (NATD) and a life member of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

You can find out more about Preshias at https://www.collegeofsongology.com and find her blog at www.nashvillemusicline.com