Cleveland's Gary Matheny Independent Singer-Songwriter of the Year

Photo courtesy of Johnny Mullis / Gary Matheny is a Cleveland, Tennessee, resident who was recently named U.S. Male Songwriter of the Year by the International Singer-Songwriter Association.
photo Photo courtesy of Johnny Mullis / Gary Matheny is a Cleveland, Tennessee, resident who was recently named U.S. Male Songwriter of the Year by the International Singer-Songwriter Association.

Sometimes fulfilling a dream can take a little shove, a little persistence and/or a little help.

Gary Matheny's dream of being a songwriter has taken all three, and it paid off recently when he was named U.S. Male Songwriter of the Year by the International Singer-Songwriter Association.

Like a lot of people who were young when Elvis Presley and The Beatles were lighting the music world on fire in the late '50s and early '60s, Matheny, 69, caught the bug and was in his own bands performing for dances and socials for other young pre-teens and teenagers.

Then