FEATURED SONGWRITERS

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

Shy Carter

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 2018Hitmakers 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. Due October 29, 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 this spring and has been named a 2021 Artist to Watch by Amazon Music, Music Row magazine, Pandora, Sounds Like Nashville and more.

Russell Dickerson

Multiplatinum Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Russell Dickerson has established himself a prolific songwriter and powerhouse showman through good old-fashioned performances and eloquent songcraft spiked with spirit. In 2017, his gold-certified full-length debut, Yours, bowed at #5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and #1 on the Emerging Artists Chart. Not to mention, it yielded three consecutive #1 smashes, including the double-platinum “Yours” (christened “One of the hottest wedding songs of the year” by The Knot), the platinum “Blue Tacoma,” and “Every Little Thing.” Nominations followed at the Academy of Country Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, and iHeartRadio Music Awards. Among many highlights in 2020, he received a nod in the category of “Best New Male Artist of the Year” at the ACM. Plus, he has electrified audiences on tour with the likes of Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Darius, Lady A, and Kane Brown in addition to bringing the “RD Party” to sold out venues everywhere as a headliner. Attracting a fervent following on

social media (fondly referred to as “RD Fam”), he launched his own YouTube show, “This Is Russ,” bringing viewers deeper into his world. In 2020, he transposes the little pleasures into hummable and heartfelt heartfelt country anthems uplifted by pop energy on his second full-length album, Southern Symphony [Triple Tigers], led by the singles “Love You Like I Used To,” “Home Sweet,” and “Never Gets Old.” The record reflects every side of his personality—from the loving husband, self-proclaimed “regular dude,” and now dad at home to the boisterous and bold presence beloved by millions on stage. Russell tells his story like never before through eloquent songcraft and airtight playing.

Ashley Gorley

Ashley Gorley has written a record 56 #1 Airplay singles, including recent hits “What’s Your Country Song” by Thomas Rhett and “Single Saturday Night” by Cole Swindell. This year, he celebrated his first #1 on Alternative Airplay with Weezer’s “All My Favorite Songs.” Gorley has over 300 songs recorded by hit artists, such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi, Lee Brice, and many more. He is an eight-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, four-time Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, five-time NSAI Songwriter of the Year, and all-genre iHeartRadio Music Awards Songwriter of the Year. Gorley has been nominated for multiple Grammy, CMA, and ACM Awards and has received the CMA’s Triple Play Award a record fifteen times in his career, which recognizes songwriters with three or more # 1 songs in a 12-month period.

In 2011, Gorley formed his own publishing and artist development company, Tape Room Music, where he champions his roster of talented writers, producers, and artists. Tape Room writers have celebrated 31 #1 songs, including 2018 ASCAP Country Song of the Year, “Body Like A Back Road.”

Caitlyn Smith

After winning a Critics Choice Award 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, Caitlyn’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. Caitlyn’s current single “I Can’t (feat. Old Dominion)” impacted country radio in late February.

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