City’s Schmidt pens song for good cause

April 5, 2019

Watertown singer, songwriter and musician Gene Schmidt has commissioned Grammy-nominee Gordon Mote to sing his composition “Not In Our Town,” a song Schmidt hopes will bring international attention to human sex trafficking.

“The song is meant to be an anthem that encourages people to take action, and be vigilant and proactive in their communities and to join the battle against human sex trafficking,” a media release promoting the song stated.

Schmidt said he became active in the anti-trafficking cause when it hit close to home.

“Gene then took the initiative in Dodge and Jefferson counties in forming a coalition of residents who became proactive in combatting the ills of trafficking,” the release said.

Mote, who sings Schmidt’s composition, has worked with Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Bob Seger, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Lionel Richie, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker and Alison Krauss.

Mote has earned two Academy of Country Music Awards for top piano, keyboard player, as well as two Music Row Magazine Instrumentalist of the Year awards in 2009 and 2011 for playing on the most Top Ten albums.

The song is now part of a broader album project titled “Not In Our Town” on Reformation Records.

For more information, call Schmidt at 920-342-2032.