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 Brown’s “Heaven” to Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away,” Carter is one of the most formidable up-and-coming talents in Nashville and beyond. He is among the writers behind Billy Currington’s “It Don’t Hurt Like it Used To,” Sugarland’s smash hit “Stuck Like Glue” and Rob Thomas’ single “Someday.” In addition to his feature on Tim McGraw’s “Way Down,” Carter has collaborated with Keith Urban on both “Never Comin’ Down” and “My Wave.” Named to Variety’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, he’s ready to stand on his own as a Country artist. His soul-infused sound spans the eight tracks of his debut EP, The Rest of Us. Released last fall, the introductory EP ties a thread from the earthy groove and unflagging spirit of “Good Love” to raucous Country anthem “Beer With My Friends” (feat. Cole Swindell and David Lee Murphy). The born entertainer made his TODAY debut last spring and was named a 2021 Artist to Watch by Amazon Music, MusicRow, Pandora, Sounds Like Nashville and more. Read more at ShyCarterOfficial.com.
Luke Dick was raised in a topless bar and grew up to be a philosophy professor; now he’s a songwriter, filmmaker, a producer, and alternative rock bandleader, in no particular order. He has been profiled in Rolling Stone and has written chart-topping and award-winning hits such as Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird,” Dierks Bentley’s “Burning Man,” and Eric Church’s “Kill A Word,” among many others. He also spent some time in New York City writing jingles for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Hilton hotels. His documentary film “Red Dog” premiered at SXSW Film Festival. When he isn’t songwriting or making film, he is the front man for post-punk indie rock band Hey Steve. Read more at 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, 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 “Yours” (christened “one of the hottest wedding songs of the year” by The Knot), Platinum “Blue Tacoma,” and Platinum “Every Little Thing.” 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 “RD Fam”), he launched his YouTube show, “This Is Russ,” taking fans deeper into his world. In 2020, he released his second full-length album, Southern Symphony (Triple Tigers Records), a long-awaited masterful compilation, layered with hummable Country anthems and pop flare. Led by the Platinum-certified No. 1 single “Love You Like I Used To,” which spent a record-breaking 21 weeks on Billboard Country Airplay’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 Nashville’s brightest rising stars. Undeniably one of the best vocalists the city has ever seen, Smith’s 2018 Starfire and 2020 Supernova saw her in the pages of TIME Magazine and The New York Times and had her named to Rolling Stone’s 10 Country artists to know and Paste’s 10 Country artists to watch. Smith’s current single “High” was co-written by Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Erin Decilveo and was originally recorded by Cyrus for her Plastic Hearts album in 2020 prior to Smith releasing her own version. Read more at CaitlynSmith.com.