CMA Songwriters Series has featured countless songwriters in the series throughout the world.
Artist, songwriter, and producer Shy Carter has reached all corners of the industry with his early success. With credits that span Kane Brownâ€™s â€œHeavenâ€ to Charlie Puthâ€™s â€œOne Call Away,â€ Carter is one of the most formidable up-and-coming talents in Nashville and beyond. He is among the writers behind Billy Curringtonâ€™s â€œIt Donâ€™t Hurt Like it Used To,â€ Sugarlandâ€™s smash hit â€œStuck Like Glueâ€ and Rob Thomasâ€™ single â€œSomeday.â€ In addition to his feature on Tim McGrawâ€™s â€œWay Down,â€ Carter has collaborated with Keith Urban on both â€œNever Cominâ€™ Downâ€ and â€œMy Wave.â€ Named toÂ Varietyâ€™s 2018 Hitmakers list, he has also worked with Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Nelly and more. His roots in gospel, jazz, R&B and soul developed into an early career in hip-hop, but his gift for storytelling and love of organic instrumentation led to a natural transition into Country Music. Now, with a transcendent style perfectly suited to the times, heâ€™s ready to stand on his own as a Country artist. His soul-infused sound spans the eight tracks of his debut EP,Â The Rest of Us. Released last fall, the introductory EP ties a thread from the earthy groove and unflagging spirit of â€œGood Loveâ€ to raucous Country anthem â€œBeer With My Friendsâ€ (feat. Cole Swindell and David Lee Murphy). The born entertainer made hisÂ TODAYÂ debut last spring and was named a 2021 Artist to Watch by Amazon Music,Â MusicRow, Pandora,Â Sounds Like NashvilleÂ and more. Read more atÂ ShyCarterOfficial.com.
LukeÂ DickÂ was raised in a topless bar and grew up to be a philosophy professor; now heâ€™s a songwriter, filmmaker, a producer, and alternative rock bandleader, in no particular order. He has been profiled inÂ Rolling StoneÂ and has written chart-topping and award-winning hits such as Miranda Lambertâ€™s â€œBluebird,â€ Dierks Bentleyâ€™s â€œBurning Man,â€ and Eric Churchâ€™s â€œKill A Word,â€ among many others. He also spent some time in New York City writing jingles for HBOâ€™s â€œBoardwalk Empireâ€ and Hilton hotels. His documentary film â€œRed Dogâ€ premiered at SXSW Film Festival. When he isnâ€™t songwriting or making film, he is the front man for post-punk indie rock band Hey Steve.Â Read more atÂ LukeDick.org.
Multi-platinum Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Russell Dickerson has established himself a prolific songwriter and powerhouse showman through memorable high-energy performances and eloquent songcraft spiked with spirit. His Gold-certified full-length debut album,Â Yours, bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 1 on the Emerging Artists chart. Ultimately, it yielded three consecutive No. 1 smashes, including the triple-Platinum â€œYoursâ€ (christened â€œone of the hottest wedding songs of the yearâ€ byÂ The Knot), Platinum â€œBlue Tacoma,â€ and Platinum â€œEvery Little Thing.â€ Nominations piled in from the Academy of Country Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and iHeartRadio Music Awards. Among his 2020 highlights, he received an ACM nod in the category of Best New Male Artist of the Year. He has electrified audiences on tour with Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Lady A and Kane Brown, in addition to headlining sold out venues everywhere. Sustaining a fervent following on social media (fondly referred to as his â€œRD Famâ€), he launched his YouTube show, â€œThis Is Russ,â€ taking fans deeper into his world. In 2020, he released his second full-length album,Â Southern SymphonyÂ (Triple Tigers Records), a long-awaited masterful compilation, layered with hummable Country anthems and pop flare. Led by the Platinum-certified No. 1 single â€œLove You Like I Used To,â€ which spent a record-breaking 21 weeks onÂ BillboardÂ Country Airplayâ€™s Top 10, his sophomore release tells his story like never before. Read more at RussellDickerson.com.
After winning a Critics Choice Award for Best Song and writing songs for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton, Meghan Trainor and John Legend, Garth Brooks and Jason Aldean, Caitlyn Smith has established herself as one of Nashvilleâ€™s brightest rising stars. Undeniably one of the best vocalists the city has ever seen, Smithâ€™s 2018Â StarfireÂ and 2020Â SupernovaÂ saw her in the pages ofÂ TIME MagazineÂ andÂ The New York TimesÂ and had her named toÂ RollingÂ Stoneâ€™s 10 Country artists to know andÂ Pasteâ€™s 10 Country artists to watch. Smithâ€™s current single â€œHighâ€ was co-written by Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Erin Decilveo and was originally recorded by Cyrus for herÂ Plastic HeartsÂ album in 2020 prior to Smith releasing her own version. Read more atÂ CaitlynSmith.com.
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