Josh Kear

Josh Kear is the only songwriter in Grammy history to win Best Country Song three times (for Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away”). He also won CMA, ACM, and ASCAP Song of the Year awards for “I Need You Now,” which spent 14 weeks at #1 on the AC chart and 5 weeks at #1 on the country charts.

 

Kear has a total of 15 number one songs, including Luke Bryan’s “Drunk On You”, Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light”, and Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care”. His most recent #1’s are “Woman, Amen” by Dierks Bentley and “Most People Are Good” by Luke Bryan, which spent three weeks on top of the country charts.

 

The long list of country and pop performers who have cut his songs also includes Frankie Ballard, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Charlie Puth, Jimmie Buffet, Labrinth, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, Darius Rucker and many others.

 

Josh has incredible gifts as, not only a songwriter, but a storyteller, singer, and entertainer, and knows how to connect to an audience whether it’s an intimate private dinner or a large scale corporate or conference event.

 

TO BOOK JOSH, PLEASE CONTACT US:  info@songwritercity.com

 

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Lee Thomas Miller

Lee has charted 15-years-worth of chart singles with 8 of them reaching #1 including songs from Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols and Terri Clark. He is a 3-time Grammy award nominee and has won other major industry awards including CMA and ACM Song of the Year, as well as Music Row Magazine and Nashville Songwriter’s Association annual awards.

 

Miller has scored the last two Brother’s Osborne singles and had a new Tim McGraw song, “Thought About You,” released in October, which will be on McGraw’s forthcoming album. He has also written songs for Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and many others.

 

Lee is the former President of the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI) and spends time in Washington D.C. representing and lobbying for the rights of the American songwriter.

 

Lee is an amazing songwriter performer, whether it’s in-the-round or a solo show, he skillfully delivers hit songs, fascinating stories, and is one of the best at interacting with a crowd and making them part of the experience.

 

TO BOOK LEE, PLEASE CONTACT US: info@songwritercity.com

 

Awards and Recognition:
  • 2003 Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
  • 2003 Grammy Country Song of the Year nomination for “The Impossible” (Joe Nichols)
  • 2008 NSAI Song of the Year award for “You’re Gonna Miss This” (Trace Adkins)
  • 2008 CMA Song of the Year nomination “You’re Gonna Miss This”
  • 2009 Double Grammy Country Song of the Year nominations for “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “In Color” (Jamey Johnson)
  • 2009 Double ACM nominee for Song of the Year: “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “In Color”
  • 2009 ACM Song of the Year award for “In Color”
  • 2009 Music Row Magazine’s Song of the Year for “In Color”
  • 2018 ACM Nomination for Song of the Year for “Whiskey & You” (Chris Stapleton)
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Rhett Akins

Music has always been in Rhett Akins’ blood. The Valdosta, GA. native grew up in a close-knit family that supported his musical interests and his desire to pursue music as a career.

 

One of Rhett’s song demo tapes found its way to the reactivated Decca Records label. Impressed by what they heard, they quickly signed Rhett to a recording contract. In 1995 his first album, A Thousand Memories was released to critical acclaim and spawned his first # 1 single and a song he co-wrote “That Ain’t My Truck”. That success was duplicated the following year with his second #1 single, “Don’t Get Me Started”, from his follow up album “Somebody New”.

 

Rhett has an incredible 29 career number one singles as a songwriter, including: “Dirt On My Boots” by Jon Pardi, “All Over Me” by Josh Turner, “Gimmie That Girl” by Joe Nichols, “Put A Girl In It” by Brooks & Dunn, “Take A Back Road” by Rodney Atkins, “I Don’t What This Night To End” by Luke Bryan, “I Can Take It From There” by Chris Young, “All About Tonight”, “Honey Bee” and “Boys Round Here”, all three by Blake Shelton, “Point At You” by Justin Moore, “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington, “When She Says Baby” by Jason Aldean, “Get Me Some Of That” and “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett and many others.

 

Akins was named BMI’s songwriter of the year in 2011 and received Triple Play Awards in January 2012, 2014, and 2018 for having three number one singles in a 12 month period. Most recently, he was named 2018 ACM Songwriter of the Year.

 

TO BOOK RHETT, PLEASE CONTACT US: info@songwritercity.com

 

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Chris DeStefano

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.”

 

TO BOOK CHRIS, PLEASE CONTACT US: INFO@SONGWRITERCITY.COM

 

 

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Tom Douglas

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.

TO BOOK TOM, PLEASE CONTACT US: info@songwritercity.com

 

#1 SONGS
  • Lady Antebellum — “I Run to You”, “Hello World”
  • Miranda Lambert — “The House That Built Me”
  • Tim McGraw — “Grown Men Don’t Cry”
  • Keith Urban — “Raise ‘Em Up”
  • Tim McGraw — “Southern Voice”
  • Tim McGraw — “Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s”
  • Collin Raye — “Little Rock”
  • Jim Brickman — “The Gift”

 

TOP 10 SONGS
  • Chris Janson – “Drunk Girl”
  • Martina McBride — “Love’s the Only House”
  • Tim McGraw — “My Little Girl”
  • Tim McGraw — “Let It Go”
  • Lee Ann Womack — “Something Worth Leaving Behind”

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.

 

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Jordan Reynolds

Rising songwriter Jordan Reynolds, originally hailing from St. Louis, has quickly made a name for himself in Nashville. Reynolds’ songwriting is a fusion of classic Country and soulful pop.  Reynolds scored his first #1 with Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” and also their follow up single “Speechless,” which spent 4 weeks at #1. His latest #1 is also from Dan + Shay with their single “All To Myself.” In addition, Jordan co-wrote the multi-week #1 CCM hit “God Only Knows” by For King & Country. His songs have also been cut by Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Lauren Alaina, Thomas Rhett and more. He currently has the new single “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay featuring Justin Bieber.
 
Reynolds won the 2019 ACM Award for Song of the Year for “Tequila” and is nominated for two 2020 Grammy Awards for “Speechless” and “God Only Knows.”
 
Jordan is an incredibly gifted singer, songwriter, and storyteller.

 

To book Jordan, please contact us: info@songwritercity.com

 

 

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Bob DiPiero

Since his first #1 in 1983, Hall of Fame Songwriter Bob DiPiero has been responsible for an uninterrupted string of country music hits. One of Nashville’s most prolific and consistent songwriters, Bob possesses a humble drive to keep learning and stay relevant. He has had over 1,000 songs recorded by other artists, countless hit singles, and an astounding 15 #1 hits. His songs have been featured in TV shows, commercials and movies.

 

Among his countless awards are 50 BMI Million–Air honors, multiple Songwriter of the Year awards and 2 consecutive Triple Play awards for 3 #1 songs within a 12–month period. In 2007, Bob was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville’s Walk of Fame. In 2014, the Country Music Hall of Fame honored Bob with their prestigious “Poets and Prophets Series: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Bob DiPiero” and the Country Music Association also presented Bob with the CMA Chairman’s Award.

 

On November 7, 2017 Bob DiPiero received yet another incredible honor when BMI presented him with their prestigious Icon Award celebrating his outstanding career achievement and honoring his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. This remarkable accolade leaves no question that Bob DiPiero’s career has truly been iconic.

 

TO BOOK BOB, PLEASE CONTACT US: info@songwritercity.com

 

#1 SONGS

“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

TOP 10 SONGS

“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

 

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Casey Beathard

Casey Beathard moved to Nashville after attending Elon College in North Carolina in 1991. He immediately landed a day job at the Country Music Hall of Fame working in the gift show and mail order. He then took a part time, second job, at the Blue Bird Cafe as a cook/bar back. He says ever significant connection a “wanna-be” writer/artist could make, was made at those two jobs.

 

He began singing demo’s for Hall of Fame writer Don Schlitz, among others, while continuing to play “live” at any “open mic” and for anyone else who would listen. After starting to concentrate more on his songwriting, he had the title cut on Kenny Chesney’s album, “I Will Stand” and then the single “Right Where I Need To Be” by Gary Allan.

 

His huge hits include “Like Jesus Does” & “Homeboy” by Eric Church, George Strait’s “The Breath You Take”, Aaron Tippin’s “Where the Stars & Stripes & Eagles Fly”, and a string of #1’s that include “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem”, “Don’t Blink”, “Come Back Song”, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”, “Cleaning This Gun”, “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” and “The Boys of Fall”.

 

The son of respected NFL Hall of Fame member Bobby Beathard, and the father of four children, Casey is a two-time winner of Broadcast Music Inc’s Songwriter of the Year for 2004 and 2008.

 

TO BOOK CASEY, PLEASE CONTACT US: info@songwritercity.com

 

  • “The Boys of Fall” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” – Rodney Atkins
  • “Come Back Song” – Darius Rucker
  • “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” – Tracy Lawrence
  • “Don’t Blink” – Kenny Chesney
  • “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo” – Tracy Byrd
  • “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” – Aaron Tippin
TOP 10 SONGS
  • “Do You Want Fries with That” – Tim McGraw
  • “Homeboy” – Eric Church
  • “How ’bout Them Cowgirls” – George Strait
  • “I Got A Feelin’” – Billy Currington
  • “Just Fishin’” – Trace Adkins
  • “Like a Wrecking Ball” – Eric Church
  • “Like Jesus Does” – Eric Church
  • “Right Where I Need to Be” – Gary Allan
  • “The Outsiders” – Eric Church
  • “Walk a Little Straighter” – Billy Currington
  • Other cuts by: George Strait, Jake Owen, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, Clay Walker, Clay Davidson, Jeff Bates, Josh Thompson, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry

 

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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!

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?”