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Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Miley Cyrus, Jason Aldean, Brett Eldredge , Lady Antebellum, George Strait, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church , Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, and many others.
Other cuts by: Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steven Tyler, Frankie Ballard, Randy Houser, A Thousand Horses, Tyler Farr, Michael Ray, Joss Stone, Nickelback, Hinder, Gin Blossoms
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Other cuts by: Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, LoCash, Charlie Puth, Jimmie Buffet, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band, Labrinth, Martina McBride, Chris Young, Susan Boyle, Gary Allan, A Great Big World
Other cuts by: Garth Brooks, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner, David Nail, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, John Michael Montgomery, Sammy Kershaw, Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, Randy Travis, Rhett Akins, Billy Currington, Craig Morgan, The Wreckers, Chris Young
Other cuts by: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Dustin Lynch, Brantley Gilbert, Gloriana, Lonestar, Mark Wills, Andy Griggs, Julianne Hough, Edwin McCain, John Michael Montgomery, Pat Green, Kenny Rogers
Other songs recorded by: Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Toby Keith, Brett Eldredge, Halestorm, Eli Young Band, Lee Ann Womack, JohnnySwim, Kree Harrison, Chris Isaak, Laura Bell Bundy, and more
Other cuts by: Rascal Flatts, Katharine McPhee, David Cook, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink 182, Kelsea Ballerini, Anastacia, Delta Goodrem, Nickelback, Switchfoot, Celine Dion, Train, and many more.
Other cuts by: Jack Ingram, Craig Morgan, Billy Currington, Jerrod Niemann, Trent Willman, Reba McEntire, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore
Other cuts by: Jon Pardi, Lee Ann Womack, Montgomery Gentry, Gary Allan, Trace Adkins, Tracy Byrd, The Kinleys, Chris LeDoux, Mark Chesnutt, Sammy Kershaw
Don Schlitz was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He briefly attended Duke University before moving to Nashville in 1973.
His first recorded song, “The Gambler” won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 1978, and the Country Music Association’s Best Song Award in 1979.
Don’s songs have played major roles in the careers of Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, The Judds, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tanya Tucker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss, and many other singers. His 50 Top Ten’s include 24 #1’s.
Schlitz was the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year for four consecutive years from 1988-91. He has won three CMA Song of the Year Awards, two ACM Song of the Year awards, two Grammy’s, and has had many more nominations. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association hall of Fame in 1993.
In 2010, he released his first studio album in 30 years, “Allergic to Crazy”, and his first “Greatest Hits” album; he received the Academy of Country Music’s Poet’s Honor; and he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
Don’s hits include: “On the Other Hand”, “Forever and Ever, Amen”, “Deeper Than the Holler”, “Heroes and Friends” (all sung by Randy Travis), “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”, “I Feel Lucky”, “I Take My Chances” (Mary Chapin Carpenter), “When You Say Nothing at All” (Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss), “Learning to Live Again” (Garth Brooks), “Houston Solution” (Ronnie Milsap), “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain”, “Turn Me Loose”, “I Know Where I’m Going” (The Judds), “One Promise Too Late” (Reba McEntire), “Forty Hour Week” (Alabama), “If You Can Do Anything Else” (George Strait), “Give Me Wings” (Michael Johnson), “Strong Enough to Bend”, “My Arms Stay Open All Night”, “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” (Tanya Tucker), “The Greatest” (Kenny Rogers), “Stand a Little Rain”, “When It’s Gone”, “I Love Only You” (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), “Old School” (John Conlee), “I Watched It All (on my radio)” (Lionel Cartwright), “You Can’t Make Old Friends” (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton), and many, many more.
He also wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.
In 2012, Don was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. Kenny Rogers inducted him, saying “Don doesn’t just write songs. He writes careers.”
Schlitz was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October of 2017, along with Alan Jackson and Jerry Reed.
Chris DeStefano is a Grammy Award Winning singer/songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, raised in Mt. Laurel, NJ and currently residing in Nashville, TN. As a songwriter, he has multiple #1 songs with artists Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl”, “Little Toy Guns”), Billy Currington (“Hey Girl”), Brett Eldredge (“Don’t Ya”), Luke Bryan (“That’s My Kind of Night”, “Kick the Dust Up”), Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood (“Somethin’ Bad,” later reworked as the opening theme for NBC Sunday Night Football), Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”) and Jason Aldean (“Just Gettin’ Started”).
Chris also co-wrote the Carrie Underwood, 7 week, #1 song “Something in the Water”, the third longest running female #1 Hot Country song in chart history.
Although much of his success has come with country artists, he continues to be successful in other genres. This includes contributing four songs to boy band Big Time Rush’s top five album “24/Seven,” working with Bon Jovi on their album “Burning Bridges” and writing again for Kelly Clarkson, for her #1 album “Piece By Piece.”
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Other cuts by: Bon Jovi, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Kelly Clarkson, Cole Swindell, Scotty McReery, Lauren Alaina, Lucy Hale, David Archuleta, Rachel Platten, Eli Young Band, Connie Britton, Big Time Rush
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Other cuts by: Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer, Thompson Square, Dallas Smith, Eli Young Band, Josh Turner, Gloriana, Darius Rucker, Joe Nichols, Gary Allan
Other cuts by: Dierks Bentley, Devin Dawson, Maddie & Tae, RaeLynn, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, The Cadillac Three, Reba McEntire and more
Jon Randall Stewart was born in Dallas, TX and in his teenage years relocated to Nashville where he started his professional musical journey singing backup and playing guitar with Emmylou Harris’s Grammy award winning Nash Ramblers. He has toured and recorded with countless household names including Vince Gill and Dierks Bentley.
In 1992, Jon won a Grammy Award as a part of Emmylou Harris & Nash Ramblers for Best Country Performance by A Duo or Group with Vocal. He released his debut solo album, “What You Don’t Know, in 1995 on RCA. His three subsequent albums have all been met with much critical acclaim.
As a songwriter, Randall is most known for “Whiskey Lullaby,” the Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss hit single he co-wrote with Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, which won the CMA Award for Song of the Year in 2005. Jon’s #1 songs include “Am I The Only One” from Dierks Bentley and “Drink On It” by Blake Shelton. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Tim McGraw, Gary Allan, Jack Ingram, Reba McEntire, Guy Clark, and more.
Jon also produced Dierks Bentley’s acoustic project “Up on the Ridge,” which earned CMA, Grammy, and ACM nominations. He also won ACM Song of the Year in 2018 for “Tin Man,” which was recorded by Miranda Lambert.
Most recently, Randall has been nominated for a 2019 ACM Award for Album of the Year as a producer on Dierks Bentely’s “The Mountain,” which Jon also has 4 cuts on. In addition, he scored a track on the new Maren Morris album “Girl,” which was released in March.
Randall’s success as a musician, performer, songwriter, and producer continues to flourish from the heart of Nashville.
Other cuts by: Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Guy Clark, Travis Denning
Award winning songwriter, Tim Nichols has been writing hit songs and entertaining audiences for over two decades. A veteran in the country music industry and a well-known personality across the country, he’s become one of the genre’s most respected and well-liked members. He’s known for an easy-going, honest manner, creative lyrics and comical banter onstage when playing live shows.
Like what’s playing on the radio, Nichols’ music has evolved over the years. He has won countless BMI awards as well as accolades from CMA, ACM and NSAI organizations. While fans of classic country music appreciate his number one hits for artists like Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Reba McEntire, Keith Whitley, Lee Ann Womack and multiple others, today’s country hit makers and newcomers are just as thrilled about his recent work. You might recognize a current hit by Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, Jana Kramer, or Chris Young, when Nichols takes the stage in a writer’s show. And, of course, crowd favorites always include record setting hits like Jo Dee Messina’s “Head’s Carolina, Tails California”, and his Grammy Award winning “Live Like You Were Dying” recorded by Tim McGraw.
Nichols is a writer and performer for all ages and never ceases in his quest to move people and touch hearts with his honest lyrics.
Most days, he’s working in the writing rooms of his publishing company, THiS MUSIC, along with other award winning talents, but you can often find him onstage performing for select groups seeking an authentic entertainment experience. He travels throughout the US in addition to playing his songs and telling the stories behind them to both event attendees and corporate clients. His onstage dynamic is unparalleled and he’s at his best when engaging an audience to get lost in a song.
Whether alone or in the company of his fellow songwriting friends or artists, who often join him in performances at the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bluebird Cafe or in a private venue, he provides a moving show that completely entices every type of audience.
In 2010 Neil was awarded “GMA’s Country Song of the Year” for “Somebody Like Me” recorded by Jason Crabb, earning him his first Dove Award.
Other cuts by: Lee Brice, Rhett Akins, Reba McEntire, Restless Heart, Susan Ashton, Meredith Edwards, Jeff Carson, Andy Griggs, Casey James, David Nail, Trace Adkins
In 1993, Douglas attended a songwriters’ seminar in Austin and he played “Little Rock” for producer/publisher Paul Worley who took some of his songs back to Nashville with him. Sony/ATV/Tree signed Douglas as a staff writer and in June 1994, “Little Rock,” as sung by Collin Raye, became his first number one hit and was nominated for CMA Song of the Year in 1994. He moved back to Nashville with his family three years later.
He earned his second number-one hit on the pop charts in 1998 with “The Gift” as recorded by and co-written with Jim Brickman. In 2001, Tim McGraw took “Grown Men Don’t Cry” to number one, and subsequently collaborated with Tom on the top three-country hit, “My Little Girl,” which also became the end title for the Fox film, “Flicka”, in 2006. “Love’s the Only House” recorded by Martina McBride reached the top-five on the Country charts followed by another hit, “God’s Will.” From the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2010, Tom achieved a rare Triple Play Award in which he had three number one hits in a year: Lady Antebellum’s (co-written with the group) “I Run To You” followed by Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” and concluding with Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me”.
In 2010, he also had a single with Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World”. Tom’s song “Raise ’em Up” was #1 for Keith Urban and Eric Church in the spring of 2015. Tom’ s song “The House That Built Me” was nominated for 2010 Grammy Song of The Year and Country Song of The Year and won CMA Song of the Year as well as ACM’s Song of The Year and Single Record of the Year. In that same year, Tom was also nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the song “Coming Home” featured in the film “Country Strong”. In 2014, Tom’s song “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” was nominated for the Grammy’s Country Song of the year.
In 2014, Tom was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
“Tom Douglas is, quite simply, our conscience. He shines a spotlight on the dark side of society so brightly that we can no longer ignore it. He’s a realist, but he’s also an optimist. As he says, the pain in this world is great, but the love is even greater. I love his raspy voice. When you hear him sing, you know he just knows. He’s lived every word that he writes. He makes mature music for mature people. He’s had some huge hits, but I always like his versions better. No one can sing a Tom Douglas song better than Tom.” – Music journalist Beverly Keel
Tom is a songwriting treasure and we love to get him on a stage to show his gifts of music and storytelling to others.
Other cuts by: Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Alabama, George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Sons of the Desert, Phil Vassar, Drake White, The Warren Brothers, Yankee Grey, and more.
Since the release of her debut album Jamie O’Neal has been impacting country music with her soulful voice and the immense amount of passion behind every word she sings. O’Neal became a household name with her single, “There Is No Arizona,” which set her path to stardom on fire with multiple No. 1 hits and 2 top 5 records as well as many award accolades.
“From a young age, I had a bird’s eye view as entertainers like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Crystal Gayle performed,” she says. “I watched from the side of the stage at the way they connected with a crowd, and that’s what made me want to be a performer.”
O’Neal came to town with her powerhouse vocals and unique flare for the craft of songwriting, which opened many doors and created countless contacts throughout Music City. O’Neal has penned cuts for LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Reba, Cece Winans and more. After crossing paths with Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Clay Walker), the famed producer helped the young rising singer/songwriter land her first record deal with Mercury Nashville, which resulted with the release of her critically acclaimed and platinum selling album Shiver.
O’Neal went on to earn the title of the ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist award and was named the Top New Country Artist by Billboard. Two of her four Grammy nominations came as a songwriter, for Best Country Song for “There Is No Arizona” and its chart-topping follow-up, “When I Think About Angels.”
In addition to headlining her own shows, O’Neal has toured with Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson and more. She has also landed songs on the soundtracks of Bridget Jones’ Diary and When We Were Soldiers singing a duet with Michael McDonald as well as having Idina Menzel record a song she wrote for the ABC smash Desperate Housewives.
It is a measure of the respect she has earned that after CelineDion was unable to sing “All By Myself” for Bridget Jones, the producers searched country music for its most powerful vocalist and chose O’Neal. The track is again featured in this year’s Bridget Jones’ Baby. When Carrie Underwood won American Idol, a search for a top-flight duet partner led once again to O’Neal and her singing “Does He Love You” together.
O’Neal has appeared on numerous national television programs, including multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and many others.
Additional cuts by: Rae Lynn, Russell Dickerson, Dylan Scott, Sidewalk Prophets and more.
“American Made”- The Oak Ridge Boys
“Wink”- Neal McCoy
“Blue Clear Sky”- George Strait
“Daddy’s Money”- Ricochet
“Worlds Apart”- Vince Gill
“That Rock Won’t Roll”- Restless Heart
“Little Rock”- Reba McEntire
“(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes”- Highway 101
“The Church On Cumberland Road”- Shenandoah
“Money In The Bank”- John Anderson
“Take Me As I Am”- Faith Hill
“Till You Love Me”- Reba McEntire
“They’re Playin’ Our Song”- Neal McCoy
“If You Ever Stop Loving Me”- Montgomery Gentry
“Southern Voice”- Tim McGraw
“Cowboys Like Us”- George Strait
“Gone”- Montgomery Gentry
“You Can’t Take The Honky Tonk Out Of The Girl”- Brooks & Dunn
“Walking Away A Winner”- Kathy Mattea
“Should’ve Asked Her Faster”- Ty England
“Sentimental Ol’ You”- Charly McClain
“Mirror, Mirror”- Diamond Rio
“She Don’t Tell Me To”- Montgomery Gentry
“Lovin’ You Is Fun”- Easton Corbin
“Anywhere But Here”- Sammy Kershaw
“There You Are”- Martina McBride
“From A Table Away”- Sunny Sweeney
Other cuts by: Pam Tillis, Rhett Akins, Caitlyn Smith, Bryan White, Joe Diffie, Mindy McCready, Billy Ray Cyrus, Aaron Tippin, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, The Mavericks, Tracy Byrd
Allen Shamblin was born in Tennessee and grew up in Huffman, Texas, about 30 miles outside of Houston. After graduating with a Marketing degree from Sam Houston State University, Allen moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked as a real -estate appraiser by day and honed his songwriting skills by night. In August of 1987, Allen moved to Nashville, with 14 completed songs. His “story songs” with vivid detail and honest, earthy lyrics quickly caught the ear of the Nashville music establishment.
In 1989, it was Randy Travis’ #1 version of He Walked On Water, which brought Allen to the forefront of the songwriting community seemingly “overnight.” This began a string of award winning songs throughout the 1990’s and on into the new millennium such as “Walk On Faith” by Mike Reid, “In This Life” by Collin Raye, “Thinkin’ Problem” by David Ball, “Life’s A Dance” by John Michael Montgomery, “We Were In Love” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Laugh At Me” by Mark Wills, “Live, Laugh, Love” by Clay Walker, “Where The Blacktop Ends” by Keith Urban and Dove Award winner “It’s In God’s Hands Now” by Anointed. “I Can’t Make You Love Me,“a song co-written with Mike Reid and recorded by Bonnie Raitt was nominated for a Grammy Award and voted the #8 song of “The 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time” in the August 2000 issue of Mojo Magazine
Allen has also co-authored two children’s books “Don’t Laugh At Me” and “A Chance To Shine” with his friend and co-writer, Steve Seskin. “Don’t Laugh At Me” has been translated into several languages and is being used by teachers throughout the United States and other parts of the world as an aid against bullying.
Allen has had more than 100 songs recorded by artists in several genres of music. He currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife Lori and their three children on a small farm with 3 horses, 2 burros, 1 Texas Longhorn steer, 5 goats, 1 rooster and too many dogs and cats.
Other cuts by: The Judds, Patty Loveless, Anointed, Steve Wariner, Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, Ricky Van Shelton, Ashley Monroe, Mike Reid, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Chesney, Neal McCoy, Dan Seals
Other cuts by: Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Bonnie Raitt, Lauren Alaina, Lee Ann Womack, Nelly Furtado, Jewel, Jill Johnson, Kylie Minogue, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn and more.
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Additional cuts by: David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Jordan Davis, Kristian Bush, Chase Rice, Wade Bowen, Chris Young, Eli Young Band, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry
Additional cuts by: Reba McEntire, Eli Young Band, Montgomery Gentry, Trisha Yearwood and more
Other cuts by: Tyler Farr, Willie Nelson, Aaron Tippin, Ty England, Trent Tomlinson, Tracy Lawrence, Trace Adkins
With his unique gift for finding the extraordinary in ordinary life, Chris Wallin has established himself as one of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters.
For the past several years, Wallin has topped the charts with classics-in-the-making for the industry’s biggest stars including, “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, “I’m Tryin’” for Trace Adkins, “Something To Be Proud Of” and “Speed” by Montgomery Gentry.
Raised in the small town in East Tennessee Wallin was influenced by the likes of Jim Croce, James Taylor and Merle Haggard, as well as his own musical family – especially his mother, a singer herself. She recorded and performed in Nashville for a time, and the experience made an indelible impression on the seven-year-old Chris.
He began writing songs at age 12 and, perhaps inevitably, moved to Music City several years later, making the dues-paying rounds of writer’s nights and songwriting contests. He caught a break when his songs caught the ear of a small publishing company (co-owned by eventual Taylor Swift collaborator Liz Rose), helping to launch him on a professional career that has led to award-winning collaborations with fellow hit-makers like Jim Collins, Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols and Jeffrey Steele.
Artists who have cut Chris’s songs include Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Trace Adkins, Michael Peterson, Anthony Smith, Jeffrey Steele, Neal McCoy, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, and many more.
Other cuts by: Brad Paisley, Lorrie Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, Sammy Kershaw, Trace Adkins, Michael Peterson, Confederate Railroad, Neal McCoy, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith
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