Featured Songwriter: Josh Kear

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Josh Kear is a four-time Grammy nominated songwriter and recipient of the ACM Song of the Year for Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.” He is the only songwriter in Grammy history to win Best Country Song three times. Josh boasts a total of 11 number one songs and dozens of cuts by some of the world’s most famous musical artists including Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Labrinth, and Charlie Puth.

Not only is Josh an incredibly successful songwriter, but is also a fantastic vocalist and tells great behind the scenes stories of how his songs came to life. He always gives an incredible Songwriter City experience.

#1 Songs

“Need You Now” –  Lady Antebellum  (14 week #1 AC, 5 week #1 Country, #2 Top 40)
·  2011 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best Country Song
·  2010 ACM award for Single of the Year and Song of the Year
·  2010 CMA award for Song of the Year
·  2010 ASCP Song of the Year
“Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood  (5 week #1)
·  2008 Grammy award for Country Song of the Year and Best Female Country Vocal Performance
·   2007 CMA award for Single of the Year
·   2007 ASCAP awards for Song of the Year and Most Performed Song of the Year
“Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley
“Neon Light” – Blake Shelton
“Helluva Life” – Frankie Ballard
“Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw (feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban)
“Drunk on You” – Luke Bryan
·   ASCAP Song of the Year
“Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood
·  2013 Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance
“Two Black Cadillacs” – Carrie Underwood
“Drinking Class” – Lee Brice

Top 5 Songs

“(Kissed You) Good Night” – Gloriana #2
“Dancin’ Away with My Heart” – Lady Antebellum #2
“Redneck Crazy”  – Tyler Farr  #3

Other cuts by:  Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Susan Boyle, Jimmie Buffet, Darius Rucker, Labrinth, Eli Young Band, Martina McBride, Chris Young, Charlie Puth

Thank You for an Amazing Year!

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We want to thank our clients, partners, friends, supporters, and songwriter advocates for making it an incredible 2016 for Songwriter City. Many of Nashville’s elite songwriters gave the authentic music experience for conferences, dinners, lunches, closing ceremonies, conventions, corporate events, private parties, and more! Small groups, large groups, and everything in between. We are beyond excited for what 2017 holds as we bring tailor-made songwriter shows to more groups wanting a special one-of-a-kind experience. All of us with Songwriter City wish you the best of everything in 2017!

Our List of Testimonials is Growing!

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“As a meeting planner, I am always looking for the perfect event.  Well, I found it – and it was because of my friends at Songwriter City!  I was so blown away by the performance by Casey, Bob and Chris. They are truly an inspiration to listen to and my clients have not stopped talking about them since.  If you are looking to WOW your clients, this is definitely the way to go!  Thank you Songwriter City for helping me look like a rockstar!” 

Jennifer Muller – Associate Director, McVeigh Associates, New York City, NY

“I have been blessed to be invited to 20 Chairman’s Council dinners. Nashville was THE BEST I have ever been to by about 10,000%. I was literally blown away with the talent, sound, heart and soul The Warren Brothers, Jessi, and Josh. The music was just plain awesome. This was so very different than watching entertainers put on a show. It was more like being with friends who are sharing something deeply personal and transparent. This was a profoundly special evening.”

Malcolm Makin – President, New England Professional Planning Group, Westerly, RI

“Your songwriter show was the perfect ending to our multi-day conference.  The guys blew away our attendees with many long term members commenting it was the greatest event they have EVER attended.”

 Wade Koehler – CAE, Owner 520 Management (FCSI), Springfield, IL

“One of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had. Hearing the stories behind the songs and then hearing the actual creator sing it added to the experience. Outstanding night!”

Bryan Sweet – Raymond James Financial, Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN

“Over the years, I’ve attended the Bluebird Café sessions – which have been outstanding.  I never believed that the songwriter sessions at the Bluebird Café could ever be topped!  The Songwriter City show Tuesday night was one of the best shows I’ve had the opportunity to attend not only in Nashville – but in the U.S.!  Absolutely breathtaking & outstanding!   Thank you for the experience!”

Van Pearcy – Raymond James Financial, Midland, TX

“Each of the songwriters was a terrific performer. Learning about the songwriting process and how each song was written was fascinating. Whenever I hear those hits from Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton or Carrie Underwood, I think of the songwriters that performed — and the story behind each song. Thanks for a great show Songwriter City!”

Amy Peterson – Raymond James Financial

Thank you for the exceptional job you did producing the event for the Raymond James Chairman’s Council event.  This crowd of the top advisors in the country have travelled the world and have seen some great entertainment, so the bar was set very high.  However, Songwriter City put together an incredible team of extremely talented songwriters and performers.  This group was blown away by the experience and commented that it was the best event that they have ever been exposed to in the past 20 years.  I heard from the conference organizers how professional and easy you were to work with and how grateful they were to utilize your services.  Thanks again for the wonderful experience!”

Jeff Dobyns – President, Southwestern Investment Group, Nashville, TN

“We hear the songs on the radio but rarely hear the stories. Having the writers perform their hits makes the songs more meaningful. I highly recommend this intimate experience.”

Jon Wax – CFP® President & CEO, Waller & Wax Advisors, Inc., Tampa, FL

“I am not much of a country music fan (until now). The songwriter’s stories were as fascinating and compelling as the music was incredible. I was truly overwhelmed by it. Jessi Alexander has an incredible voice; it’s amazing she is not a household name. The same with Josh Kear. The Warren Brothers feel like someone I’ve known for years. I enjoyed every song.”

Paul Tully – Eagle Wealth Financial, Philadelphia, PA

“I am not a country music fan. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. The singer-songwriters were talented and the format was a lot of fun. I liked the music and the pace of the event. Several of us said it was the best Chairman’s Council dinner we have ever had.”

Carl Stuart – President, Carl Stuart Investment Advisor, Inc., Austin, TX

The “Why” Behind Songwriter City

 

After more than 20 years working at various companies in the music business, I have been getting asked the question in recent months, “Why did you decide to launch Songwriter City?” It sounds like an innocuous question, but it’s also profound.

Anyone in the process of starting a business should be asking themselves the question of “why?” Mine is wrapped up in my fundamental design and desires. It begins with the “why” I moved to Nashville, which was to be a part of the music industry because I had an intentional desire to work with talented artists and to help them be successful. It started in radio, went deeper with record labels, and then moved into other various forms of business. But my work with companies came to a point where it was more about the business and less about the artist. More about ego and power and less about the music. In an effort to get back on course, the opportunity  came to take the helm into my own hands. I’m a big believer in “do what you love.” So what was it I loved most about the music industry? Songwriters. The foundation of everything artistic and creative. The fabric of talent that holds it all together. And my favorite form of entertainment are songwriter rounds. Those events when gifted songwriters gather together on stage to tell their stories of how their songs came to life, and perform those original songs in an intimate setting. Songs that may have been huge hits for other recording artists. It’s an authentic time of music and storytelling, and with the right combination of songwriters, a profound experience that is unmatched in any form of entertainment.

Time and time again I’ve seen people walk away from those type of shows saying it was one of the best music experiences they have ever been a part of and how special it was getting a glimpse behind the scenes. Songwriter City was born to bring those magical songwriter shows to as many people as possible and provide songwriters more opportunities through private, corporate, and select public shows. That gets me fired up.

So the simpler answer? Because I’m passionate about it. Because songwriters need to be lifted up and celebrated. A new mission has formed from the original desire, but it’s not about me or a business. It’s about songs, music, and true artists. Again.   – Mike

Do you have a “why?”