How SNL began:
Craig Lackey and Ken Veltz met at a writers night in Nashville. What started as a conversation about the venue’s sushi quickly morphed into a discussion about songs, song writing, and most importantly songwriters. They soon became friends and collaborators and eventually decided to create a new unique singer-songwriter experience called SongNest Live. It’s a place where great writers and an attentive audience can come together in a vibey unfiltered setting that promotes those rare magical musical moments we all live for.
Ken Veltz is a singer/songwriter, percussionist whose career spans multiple aspects of the music industry. He has composed and produced musical scores for dozens of award winning film projects that have aired on major and cable television networks. Ken has also produced radio programs, music theatre productions, music videos and was signed to a NYC Atlantic Records recording contract as the principal songwriter and drummer for his family band, "Cecilia The Band", aka, "The Veltz Family".
After the family band run, Ken went on to developing popular singer/songwriter venues, i.e., "The Listening Room" and "SongNest", in the NYC, Hudson Valley and Western NY markets. Ken and his wife, Jeannie, moved to East Nashville in 2015.
Craig Lackey writes with hit writers including Tim James (Lee Brice, Trace Adkins), Steve Williams (George Strait, Craig Morgan) and Jeff Batson (Tracey Lawrence) and enjoys working with many up and coming artists here in Nashville. Craig has had his songs featured in Films, such as “Broke Sky” and “Maggie and Annie” as well as TV shows, including The Unit, Any Day Now, Passions, and others. Craig recently landed a cut (Cold In The Ground) with Dave Adkins on Blue Mountain Records which is currently a top 10 on the Roots Music Review Traditional Bluegrass Chart.