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.
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.
His songs have been at #1 for 25 weeks and they’ve sold over 60 million records, but Wendell Mobley continues to create refreshing lyrics and melodies for the biggest acts and brightest newcomers. Since making his way from his hometown of Celina, OH, Wendell has had huge success with #1 hits such as “Take Me There” and “Fast Cars and Freedom” by Rascal Flatts, “How Forever Feels” and “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney, “Tattoos In This Town” and “A Little More Summertime” by Jason Aldean, and “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser.
Mobley has had other songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Rodney Atkins, Alabama, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Edwin McCain and many others. He also has shown his range of talents with other projects including the national ad campaign for Napa Auto Parts, by writing and singing their theme song, “Napa Know How.”
Wendell has one of the best voices in country music (or any genre for that matter), and it’s always fun watching people be blown away by his incredible combination of writing and vocal talent at a live songwriter performance.
David Hodges is a multi-platinum, Grammy, and BMI award winning writer and producer. He was a founding member of Evanescence and has been penning hits with and for world-renowned artists for over a decade, selling over 65 million records. His #1 singles include “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal” (Evanescence), “A Thousand Years” (Christina Perri for Twilight), “Because of You” (Kelly Clarkson), “See You Again” (Carrie Underwood), and most recently “Miss Me More” (Kelsea Ballerini). He also co-wrote powerful hits such as “Dear Hate” (Maren Morris and Vince Gill), “Going Under” (Evanescence), and “What About Now” (Daughtry). Other artists who have cut his songs include Keith Urban, Jason Mraz, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink 182, Ben Rector, Betty Who, Devin Dawson, Switchfoot, and many others.
Hodges has released many of his own albums and EP’s over the last ten years, including three in 2019 (“The December Sessions Volume 3,” “Discrepancies in the Recollection of Various Principles / Side A” and “Side B”). All fantastic projects.
David offers a unique mix of country, pop, and rock hits and is an incredible vocalist, musician, and entertainer. We are proud to have such a gifted artist as a Songwriter City partner.
Established Singer/ Songwriter, Jessi Alexander, is the writer of some of the chart topping hits on country and pop radio. Alexander has penned four #1’s including “I Drive Your Truck” recorded by Lee Brice which won Song of the Year from the 2013 CMA Awards, 2014 ACM Awards, and 2013 NSAI Awards. Additional #1’s include Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” and “Drink On It”. Alexander’s career skyrocketed with her worldwide hit “The Climb”. Miley Cyrus recorded the song and it soon became the anthem for her box office hit “The Hannah Montana Movie” and won the 2009 MTV Movie Awards ‘Best Song From A Movie’.
Jessi currently has the latest singles by Blake Shelton (“Jesus Got A Tight Grip”) and Scotty McCreery (“In Between”).
Other artists who have recorded Jessi’s songs inlcude Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town, High Valley, Ashley Monroe, Patty Loveless, Eric Paslay, Trisha Yearwood, Celine Dion, Darius Rucker, Will Hoge, and more.
Jessi is one of the best female vocalists you’ll ever hear and there are many more hits and great things coming for her in the years ahead.
What do you get when you combine one of Nashville’s top songwriters with one of Nashville’s funniest storytellers? Wynn Varble!
He had his first #1 song “Have You Forgotten” with Darryl Worley in 2003 and it was nominated for Song of the Year by the CMA. In 2008, his #1 “Waitin’ on a Woman,” which Wynn co-wrote with Don Sampson was nominated by the CMA for Song of the Year. His third #1, “I’m a Little More Country” recorded by Easton Corbin, was also nominated by the ACM for Song of the Year.
Other artists who have recorded Wynn’s songs include Garth Brooks, Jon Pardi, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Trace Adkins, and many others.
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.
Ross Copperman is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and producer who was a signed recording artist in the UK and known for his song “All She Wrote” which was released in 2007. Ross had numerous major song placements in TV shows and movies such as: The Vampire Diaries, The Biggest Loser, NCIS, Nashville, Grey’s Anatomy and the series finale of CSI:NY.
Ross has written 19 #1 songs including “Woman, Amen” by Dierks Bentley, “Beat Of The Music,” “Lose My Mind,” and “Drunk On Your Love” by Brett Eldredge, “Don’t It” by Billy Currington, “Strip It Down” by Luke Bryan, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break on Me” by Keith Urban, “Point At You” by Justin Moore, “American Country Love Song” by Jake Owen, “Confession” by Florida Georgia Line, “I Know Somebody” by LOCASH, and “Setting the World on Fire” by Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk. He currently has the latest singles on the charts by Brett Young and Kenny Chesney.
Copperman has also produced for several artists including Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Darius Rucker and Jake Owen among others.
Ross was honored as 2016 ACM Songwriter of the Year, 2016 and 2017 BMI Songwriter of the Year, and recipient of the 2016 and 2017 Double CMA Triple Play Awards.
Vince Gill once described Heather Morgan’s voice as a combination of Patty Griffin and Dolly Parton. Growing up in Richardson, Texas, Heather was raised on Willie Nelson, Dolly, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Dixie Chicks, and Motown classics.
Heather has written songs for such artists as Randy Rogers Band, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley and Maren Morris. She had her first #1 song “Beat of the Music”, which was co-written with Ross Copperman and Brett Eldredge. The song won BMI’s Song of the Year in 2015. These three writers followed up with another #1 song for Brett, “Lose My Mind.” Another Brett single, “Love Someone” is currently in the Top 10.
In 2018 Morgan released her own album entitled “Borrowed Heart” with Grammy-nominated producer Paul Moak, and she has recently added her vocals to records with Drake White and Dierks Bentley.
Heather is also the co-founder of Girls of Nashville, a singer-songwriter show that began in 2014 to highlight female talent in Nashville. The show was recently featured in People Magazine.
Heather is a shining light of a songwriter, performer, and vocalist.
Texas singer/songwriter Radney Foster first gained attention as half of the duo Foster & Lloyd (who, with “Crazy Over You” became the first duo in history to top the Country charts with their debut single), and established himself as a solo artist in the early ’90s with three critically acclaimed solo albums.
Known as a songwriter’s songwriter, his songs have been covered by everyone from Keith Urban and Sara Evans to Guy Clark and Hootie and the Blowfish. His own hits like “Nobody Wins,” and “Texas In 1880” and “Just Call Me Lonesome,” continue to be played on radio and by bands around the world.
While his solo recordings have built a loyal following, they have also become prized among other recording artists. Some of Country and pop’s biggest names regularly mine his works for songs; Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks both covered songs from See What You Want To See, (including Keith Urban’s chart topping versions of “Raining on Sunday,” and “I’m In”) while Brooks and Dunn and Sara Evans mined Another Way To Go for their projects (including Evan’s #1 version of “Real Fine Place To Start”). In addition, he’s written and produced songs for Jack Ingram, The Randy Rogers Band, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and scores of others.
“Tonight’s Not The Night” – Randy Rogers Band (Texas Music chart)
“Three Days” – Pat Green (Texas Music chart)
TOP 10 SONGS
“I’m In” – Keith Urban #2
“Just Call Me Lonesome” – Radney Foster
“Easier Said Than Done” – Radney Foster
“Don’t Go Out With Him” – T. Graham Brown/Tanya Tucker
“Since I Found You” – Sweethearts of the Rodeo
“Everyday Angel” – Radney Foster Top 40
“I Knew You That Way” – Luke Bryan
“If I Had Another Heart” – Randy Rogers Band
Other cuts by: Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley, Jack Ingram, Gary Allan, Sunny Sweeney, Los Lonely Boys, George Benson, Dixie Chicks, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jace Everett, Carlene Carter, The Kinleys, Marc Broussard, Hootie & the Blowfish