benefiting Camden Rockport Middle School’s Japan Exchange Program

An evening with Jenn Schott, local opener Bella Barnes at Camden Opera House

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CAMDEN — Nashville singer/songwriter Jenn Schott will perform, Thursday, Dec. 12, in the intimate third-floor space of the Camden Opera House as a benefit for Camden-Rockport Middle School’s Japan Exchange Program. 

Local Lincolnville eighth grader Bella Barnes opens.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Limited tickets and seating, “so come early to secure a seat and enjoy a cash bar provided by 40 Paper, with a portion of sales benefiting the travelers,” said the Japan Exchange, in a news release.

As well, baked goods will be for sale, provided by the parents of the travelers.

Born and raised in Pittsburg, Kansas, Jenn Schott was destined to have a career in music, according to the Exchange. It’s in her genes. Her grandfather was the concert master violinist for the CBS orchestra including the Ed Sullivan show, her father was a university professor of woodwinds, and her mother is a flutist. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Schott made the move to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter.

Since then, her songs have been recorded by artists including Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, The Eli Young Band, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Lucy Hale, Francesca Battistelli, Jamie Lynn Spears, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Kelleigh Bannen, and Restless Heart.

Schott co-wrote Mickey Guyton’s debut single, Better Than You Left Me, which was named one of Billboard’s 10 Best Country Songs of 2015. She also penned the title track of Tim McGraw’s Grammy nominated album, Two Lanes of Freedom, which was the namesake of McGraw’s 2013 summer tour.

Schott’s other past radio singles include Restless Heart’s Feel My Way To You, Katie Armiger’s Unseen, Billy Ray Cyrus’ A Good Day, and pop artist Lucy Walsh’s 1882. In addition to her success in the U.S. country market, Schott has also had songs released by top-selling artists in Canada and Australia.

Opener Bella Barnes has been making up songs since she was three, strumming on an old guitar like a stand up bass. Her poetry digs deep and has always been wise beyond her age.

Camden Rockport Middle School’s Japan Exchange Program has been in existence for over 20 years. In April of 2020, ten Camden Rockport Middle School students, along with two chaperones, will travel to Japan. They will spend a few days in Tokyo and then travel by bullet train to Hirakawa, one of the towns in the Aomori Prefecture, where they will stay with local families.

This exchange is a life changing experience for everyone involved, according to the Exchange. A vital part of this experience is working together to raise the funds needed to get every student and chaperone there and back and pay for all expenses while they are in Japan.

General Admission ticket price $35. Tickets available for no fee purchase on the Camden Opera House website

For more information visit the Connecting Cultures event page on Facebook or email

Event Date: 

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 7:00pm

Event Location: 

Camden Opera House


Camden Opera House
Camden  Maine
United States