Featured Songwriter: Lee Thomas Miller

The Songwriter City Featured Songwriter of the Month is Lee Thomas Miller.

Lee has seven #1 singles including:

“The Impossible” – Joe Nichols
“I Just Wanna Be Mad” – Terri Clark
“The World” – Brad Paisley
“You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins
“I’m Still A Guy” – Brad Paisley
“Southern Girl” – Tim McGraw
“Perfect Storm” – Brad Paisley

Top 10 singles:

“In Color” – Jamey Johnson
• 2009 ACM awards for Song of the Year
• 2009 CMA award for Song of the Year
• 2009 Music Row Song of the Year
“Nothin’ To Die For” – Tim McGraw
“Jesus In Disguise” – Brandon Heath
“Just A Girl” – Brandon Heath
“Crushin’ It” – Brad Paisley

Miller also has the current Brothers Osborne single “It Ain’t My Fault” which is currently climbing the charts.

Other cuts by: 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, and more!

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

Lee currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI), which takes him to Washington DC often to advocate in congress on behalf of composers. He is an incredible advocate and voice for songwriters everywhere.

We’re proud to have Lee as a Songwriter City partner!

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 strong vocalist and tells great behind the scenes stories of how his hits came to be. He always gives a great 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

“I ALMOST narrowed down the songwriters for cost savings and SOOOO glad I didn’t.  Those four songwriters were PERFECT together!  Many, many people told me it was the best company dinner ever!  Mike was great to work with, too.”

Rebecca Lanphear – CMP, CMM, Director, Meetings & Events, Tampa, FL

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

Nashville Is Songwriter City

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I’ve been in the music industry for over 25 years and have seen every type of show and performance. From my time working at record labels traveling around the country, I’ve witnessed the biggest artists in music, the newest emerging acts, and everything in between. There are so many incredible performances that come to mind and each stand out for different reasons, but on a whole, there is nothing that compares to the experience of a well-executed songwriter round.

If you’ve been to songwriter rounds, occasionally called “guitar pulls,” you are likely nodding your head in agreement. For those of you unfamiliar with these special songwriter events, they are typically a group of 2 to 5 songwriters who gather together to swap stories, tell jokes, describe how their songs came to life, and then perform those songs acoustically. It’s an intimate look behind the music.

It’s common to think that singles heard on the radio from top artists were written by them personally, and while some recording artists are also songwriters, many do not solely write their own material (and some not at all). They seek out songs from the amazing pool of songwriting talent that makes up Music City, which is not only the home of many genres of music but is essentially the songwriting capital of the world. This fact has been nicely portrayed on ABC’s television series Nashville, as well as in many articles, features, and videos over the years.

You would be hard-pressed to find a more engaging and honest form of entertainment than songwriter rounds. It’s true not every songwriter is wired for the stage, but when you combine extraordinarily talented writers who love telling stories and entertaining a crowd, the environment is nothing short of magical. You’ll laugh, you may cry, and you’ll be thoroughly entertained by Nashville’s brightest behind the music stars. You hear it so many times, but it all really does start with the song and songwriters are the core creative force behind everything you hear.

If you’re ever planning a visit to Nashville and looking for the best places to locate a songwriter night, start at the Bluebird Cafe and also see what’s happening at The Listening Room, 3rd & Lindsley, Puckett’s, The Commodore Lounge, and Douglas Corner. If you happen to be searching for the best songwriter entertainment for a corporate, seminar, convention, or other private event, you should check out something I’m involved with – Songwriter City. We partner with the very best songwriters and customize round-type shows to meet specific needs and budgets. It’s the ultimate authentic music experience from Music City’s biggest hit makers.

No matter where you are, make it a point to support and encourage your local songwriters. They are the heartbeat of musical life, not only in Nashville but around the world.