FEATURED SONGWRITERS

CMA Songwriters Series has featured countless songwriters in the series throughout the world.

Marcus Hummon

Grammy winner and two-time NSAI Songwriter’s Hall of Fame nominee, Hummon has enjoyed a successful career as a songwriter, recording artist, composer, playwright and author. His songs have been recorded in many genres—pop, R&B, gospel—and most notably in Country Music, where he has written some of the genre’s most iconic songs. Hummon has received seven BMI Awards and five BMI No. 1 Awards. He’s known for Rascal Flatts’ “Bless The Broken Road” (winner of the Grammy for Best Country Song in 2005, two-time NSAI Song Of The Year Award in 2005 and 2007 and nominated for a Dove Award for Song Of The Year in 2007); Sara Evans’ “Born To Fly” (In 2001, nominated for CMA Song Of The Year and won CMA Video Of The Year); and Wynonna Judd’s “Only Love” (nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female). Another Hummon co-written song, the Dixie Chicks’ “Ready To Run,” was Grammy-nominated Country Song Of The Year and won the Grammy for Best Country Performance By A Group Or A Duo, off the Grammy-winning Country Album Of The Year, Fly in 2000. In addition, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was nominated for a Grammy in Best Country Performance By A Group Or A Duo With Vocal for “Roll The Stone Away” co-written by Hummon. He’s had several songs featured in film, notably three songs which he wrote and produced in Disney’s “The Fox And The Hound 2”: “Friends For Life” (One Flew South), “Good Doggie No Bone” (Reba McEntire) and “We Go Together” (Little Big Town). Turning to theatre, Hummon has written six musicals and an opera. Hummon lives in Nashville with his wife and their three sons.

Lori McKenna

Home and the people who make it have captivated McKenna for years. Over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother of five, she has also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods––all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the CMA Awards Song of the Year trophy two years in a row thanks to co-writing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and solo penning Tim McGraw’s No. 1 “Humble and Kind.” Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the ACM Awards’ first female Songwriter of the Year. The Tree, her much-anticipated eleventh studio album, was released on July 20, 2018 on CN Records via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Dave Cobb, The Tree, recently nominated for the 2019 Americana Awards Album of the Year, takes one of McKenna’s signature themes––family––and builds a tapestry of experiences she has lived and overheard, been told and dreamed up, to create a stunning ode to life’s defining relationships.

Lee Thomas Miller

A full-time songwriter based in Nashville, Miller graduated from Eastern Kentucky University where he studied classical violin, guitar, piano and voice. He was inducted into the EKU “Hall of Distinguished Alumni” in 2010. He has charted 15 years-worth of singles with, to date, seven of them reaching No 1. These songs have reached radio plays in excess of 10 million spins. Miller is a three-time Grammy award nominee and has won other major industry awards including CMA Awards Song of the Year and ACM Awards Song of the Year. He’s also won annual awards from MusicRow magazine and Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI). He has won multiple “Songs I Wish I’d Written” awards as voted on and given NSAI as well as 11 BMI awards. Miller served as President of NSAI for five years. He spent the last 15 years traveling to Washington, D.C., representing and lobbying for the rights of the American songwriter. He has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress as well as countless meetings with Congressmen, Senators, White House cabinet members from multiple administrations, Department of Justice officials and countless bureaucrats reaching from the U.S. Chamber of Congress to the Register of Copyright. Ultimately this led to the passing of the federal Music Modernization Act in the fall of 2018, where he was present in the West Wing for the President’s signing. In 2015 Miller was presented with BMI’s inaugural “Champions” award for legislative efforts. He has also had success as a record producer, with a pair of Top 20 hits by recording artist Steve Holy, including his 2006 No. 1 album Brand New Girlfriend. Lee lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife of 27 years and their four kids.

Tenille Townes

Canadian-born and Nashville-based, Townes is “poised for a breakthrough” (Refinery29). On top of an ever-growing list of accolades that includes Amazon Music’s “2019 Artists To Watch,” The Bobby Bones Show’s “Class of 2019,” CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” CMT’s “Listen Up,” iHeartRadio’s “Artists To Watch in 2019,” iHeartCountry’s “On The Verge” artist and the inaugural class of “Opry NextStage,” Townes is currently on tour with Miranda Lambert as part of her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour and will perform select dates with Maren Morris later this fall. She has garnered widespread attention including praise from BillboardThe TennesseanSounds Like NashvilleThe Boot and NPR Music, who declares, “…one of the most promising arrivals in mainstream Nashville’s burgeoning singer-songwriter movement.” Townes has released four tracks from her forthcoming full-length debut album, Somebody’s Daughter—which reached No. 1 on both Mediabase and Nielsen BDS Country Airplay in Canada—“White Horse,” “I Kept The Roses” and her current single, “Jersey On The Wall.” Produced by Jay Joyce, the album is set for release via Columbia Nashville.

Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, and Brad Tursi

Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands out of Nashville, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. Their lyrical wit and hook heavy songwriting has certainly proved a winning method: since breaking onto the music scene in 2014, the band has notched seven No. 1 singles at Country radio, surpassed one billion on-demand streams, earned several Platinum and Gold single certifications and are currently headlining arenas and amphitheaters around the globe. The band is the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year and most recently received their fourth CMA Awards nomination in the category. Old Dominion was recently recognized as Group of the Year at the 2019 ACM Awards and the group was also notably named ACM New Group of the Year, ACCA Breakthrough Group of the YearAIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and MusicRow Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Matthew Ramsey was named 2017 ASCAP Artist-Songwriter of the Year. The band has also received nominations for CMT Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and iHeartRadio Music Awards. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers. Their self-titled third LP will be released Oct. 25.

Shane McAnally

Establishing himself as one of the top songwriters in Nashville with over 40 No. 1 songs to his credit, Shane McAnally has won dozens of awards and accolades including three Grammy awards (out of eight nominations), three ACM awards (nineteen nominations) and a CMA Award (twelve nominations). In addition to his success as a songwriter, McAnally founded music publishing and management company SMACKsongs in 2012, relaunched the iconic Monument Records imprint for Sony Music in 2017, created acclaimed stage musical “Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical” and has now expanded his reach to television on NBC’s “Songland.” McAnally’s compositions have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, among countless others. As a producer, he has helped shape the sound of albums by Sam Hunt, Midland, Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion and more. In 2017, Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road,” which McAnally co-wrote, broke records by spending 34 straight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. In 2018, he contributed several songs to Musgraves’ Golden Hour, which won the Grammy for Album of the Year, including “Space Cowboy,” winner for Best Country Song.

Josh Osborne

Multi-Platinum, Grammy award-winning songwriter Josh Osborne has notched 18 No. 1’s on the Country charts to date and is the reigning MusicRow Country Songwriter of the Year and NSAI Songwriter of the Year. Originally from Kentucky, Osborne moved to Nashville to hone his craft, earning his first No.1 with Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” in 2012. Since the Platinum selling hit, Osborne has received countless cuts by Country’s hottest artists including Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and more. In 2015, Osborne joined frequent collaborator Shane McAnally’s company, SMACKSongs, as a partner and songwriter. In 2017, he was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2017 Grammy Awards and Song of the Year at the ACM Awards for co-writing Miranda Lambert’s “Vice” with McAnally and Lambert. Osborne earned his 18th No. 1 with Michael Ray’s “One That Got Away,” co-written by Trevor Rosen, Matthew Ramsey and Jesse Frasure. He also recently co-produced and co-wrote multiple tracks on Midland’s new album, Let It Roll, and Old Dominion’s forthcoming self-titled album.

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