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.
Kelley Lovelace was born in Paducah, Kentucky but was primarily raised in Hixson, Tennessee on the outskirts of Chattanooga. He currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee just a few miles south of Nashville.
Upon completion of basic training in the United States ARMY, Kelley received the coveted Distinguished Honor Graduate Award recognizing him as the top soldier in the company. He continued to excel in the military and obtained the rank of specialist (E-4) before receiving an honorable discharge for faithfully completing his two-year term of service at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia.
As a cum laude graduate of Belmont University, Kelley began working and writing at Larry Butler’s music publishing company, Perdido Key Music. In just three years he became President of this publishing company, owned by Shug Baggott, and dubbed it Music Alley before choosing to write songs full time and landing a song writing deal with EMI Music Publishing.
Kelley has had 22 top 10 hits, 17 of which have reached #1 on the charts, including songs by Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Randy Houser, Keith Urban, and Terri Clark. His most recent #1 was Jason Aldean’s “Rearview Town.”
Kelley has also received Song of the Year nominations for “He Didn’t Have To Be,” co-written with and recorded by Brad Paisley, from the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music. Kelley’s first Grammy nomination came in 2002 in the category of Best Country Song for “The Impossible” recorded by Joe Nichols.
Other artists who have recorded his songs include Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Scotty McCreery, Hunter Hayes, Lauren Alaina, Montgomery Gentry and more.
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.”
Liz Rose is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, 2007 SESAC Nashville Songwriter of the Year, founder of a music publishing company, and most recently, Texas Heritage Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee. Rose was born and raised in the Dallas, Texas area. In the mid-1990s she moved to Nashville and began writing songs at the age of 37. One of her first cuts was “Elisabeth” recorded by Billy Gilman in 2001. In 2003, Gary Allan took Rose’s “Songs About Rain” into the country Top 10.
A frequent collaborator of Taylor Swift’s, Rose co-wrote 16 songs with Swift, including the #1 crossover hits “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “You Belong With Me” (which won the 2010 BMI Award for Song of the Year), “Tim McGraw” and “White Horse” (which won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Country Song).
Rose was the recipient of the 2012 ACM Award for Song of the Year in honor of Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl.” In 2015, she won Song of the Year at the Country Music Association awards and won the Grammy for Best Country Song for co-writing “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town. “Girl Crush” was written with Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna, and collectively they call themselves The Love Junkies. Most recently the trio collaborated on Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty.” She has also penned songs for many other artists including Tim McGraw, Dan and Shay, Alison Krauss, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Young, Bonnie Raitt, and more.
Liz Rose is not only a songwriter, but a successful publisher. Rose began as a publisher before signing her first songwriting deal with Jody Williams Music. In 2010, Rose launched Liz Rose Music with her son Scott Ponce as a home for burgeoning songwriters. The company’s roster now includes Phil Barton, Cameron Bedell, Seth Ennis, Alyssa Micaela, Emily Shackelton, Caitlin Rose, with legacy writers Corey Crowder, Jeff Middleton, Stephony Smith, Jesse Walker, Femke Weidema, Chuck Wicks, and Walt Wilkins. The company operates on the simple principle, “Great Songs, Great People.”