Songwriters gather under the Maui stars for a special night of music

First photo: Country music star Eric Church performs Saturday night during the third annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. “Maui is so special to me,” he said during the acoustic performance that closed the festival. Taking the stage with just his guitar accompanying his songs, “they feel like the way I wrote them,” Church said.

Second photo: Country star Randy Houser performs his hit “Like A Cowboy” while sharing the stage with Ed Roland of Collective Soul during the third annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival on Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Third photo: Surprise guest and Hana resident Kris Kristofferson joins country star Eric Church on the stage during the third annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday night. Church said that Kristofferson was an early influence on his music.

The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photos

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