CMA Songwriters Series
Launched in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, CMA Songwriters Series has been exposing fans across the country and the globe to the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. CMA Songwriters Series has presented nearly 120 shows in 18 cities, including Boston, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
CMA Songwriters Series kicked off the 2017 season with a sold-out show at C2C: Country to Country Festival in London featuring Kristian Bush, Mac McAnally, Maren Morris, Liz Rose, and Drake White. Other performance locations this year include Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival and Nashville at the CMA Theater.
The series has featured nearly 200 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 100 CMA Song of the Year nominations.
Additional artists that have been part of the Series include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Randy Houser, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, the cast of “Nashville,” Darius Rucker, Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Young, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame members Bill Anderson, Bobby Bare, Ronnie Milsap, and Don Schlitz.
CMA has partnered with Public Television’s critically-acclaimed live music series “Front and Center” since 2014, presenting a dozen CMA Songwriters Series episodes of the concert program. Artists who have performed on these special presentations include Bentley, Brandy Clark, Ronnie Dunn, Eldredge, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Charles Kelley, Jaren Johnston, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Moore, Jennifer Nettles, Eric Paslay, Rucker, Tyler, and Charlie Worsham.
CMA Award-winning Luke Combs is a multi-platinum, No. 1 Country singer-songwriter from Asheville, NC. With brazen songwriting talent and grizzled, soul-infused vocals, Combs stormed onto the music landscape as one of Country’s brightest stars with the release of his critically-acclaimed, RIAA Platinum, No. 1 debut album, This One’s For You on River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. Since its release June 2, 2017—84 weeks ago—the album has spent a total of 22 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, including 17 weeks in 2018—the most of any album in a calendar year. The first four singles—3x platinum “Hurricane,” 2x platinum “When It Rains It Pours,” platinum “One Number Away” and platinum “She Got The Best of Me”—have all reached #1 making Combs the first solo artist to score four consecutive career-opening #1’s on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Moreover, his new single, “Beautiful Crazy,” is the first country single shipped to radio already Platinum-certified since Taylor Swift’s “Red” in 2013. Recently awarded New Artist of the Year at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards and nominated for Best New Artist at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, Combs will embark on his largest North American headline tour in 2019. The “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour” features sold-out performances at Greensboro, NC’s Greensboro Coliseum, Greenville, SC’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Columbus, OH’s Schottenstein Center, Charlottesville, VA’s John Paul Jones Arena, New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, Omaha, NE’s HI Health Center and Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre among many others.
Nicolle Galyon is an ACM and NSAI Song of the Year winning singer/songwriter/producer from Sterling, Kansas. She moved to Nashville in 2002 and signed her first publishing deal with Warner/Chappell in 2007. As an artist, Galyon appeared on the 2nd season of NBC’s The Voice and was chosen by Adam Levine for his team. As a songwriter, she celebrated her first #1 with “We Were Us”, a duet by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. Nicolle also penned, “Automatic”, the #1 lead single from Lambert's album Platinum, which included 5 songs by Galyon. “Automatic” went on to win NSAI & ACM Song of the Year and was nominated for both Grammys and CMA awards. Galyon’s most recent #1 songs include Kenny Chesney’s "All The Pretty Girls”, Keith Urban’s “Coming Home” & Dan & Shay’s multi-week #1 “Tequila”, which has been nominated for CMA Song of the Year and has also taken a run up the Hot AC Charts. Last year, Galyon co-write and co-produced the debut album Wild Horse from Warner Bros. artist, RaeLynn, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Most recently, Galyon co-wrote the song “Consequences” by Camila Cabello on pop radio. She is also a board member for the Nashville Songwriters Association, heavily involved with the CMA Foundation’s music in the schools initiative and is the 2018 CMT Next Women of Country Mentor. Galyon has had other songs released by Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Camila Cabello, Dan+Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Michael Ray, Lauren Alaina, Walker Hayes, High Valley, Ryan Hurd, Lucy Hale, Danielle Bradbery, Martina McBride, Eli Young Band, Jana Kramer, Josh Kelley, Dallas Smith, and Maggie Rose.
Ashley Gorley has written 38 No. 1 singles and has more than 300 songs recorded by artists such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood. He was named the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year in 2009, and then five years in a row starting in 2014 and was the NSAI Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and 2016 – 2018. Gorley has been nominated for multiple CMA and Grammy Awards, and was nominated for the ACM Songwriter of the Year Award from 2014 – 2018. He has received CMA’s Triple Play Award eight times in his career, which recognizes songwriters with three or more No. 1 songs in a 12-month period and in 2016, became the first songwriter to be honored with three CMA Triple Play Awards in a single year. He is currently nominated for a Grammy for Country Song of the Year with “I Lived It” recorded Blake Shelton. In addition to his accolades, Gorley is a champion to the songwriting community. Over the last few years, he has made several trips to Washington D.C. alongside the NSAI, to speak with Senators and the Library of Congress regarding songwriters’ rights, which ultimately aided in the passing the Music Modernization Act. In 2011, Gorley formed his own publishing venture, Tape Room Music. In 2018 he expanded his company and grew his roster to 10 writers, three of which are artists who are being developed directly by Gorley and his team. Writers for Tape Room Music have already celebrated fifteen No. 1 songs and eight top ten singles by artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Kane Brown and Charlie Puth, including 2018 ASCAP song of the year, "Body Like A Back Road."
Josh Kear is a four time Grammy winning 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 14 number one songs. His most recent being Luke Bryan's three week number one "Most People Are Good" He has also had dozens of cuts by some of the world’s most famous musical artists including Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Labrinth, and Charlie Puth.
Chase McGill grew up in the small town of Columbus, MS. McGill began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and picked up a guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, McGill had joined his first rock band where he began playing shows at the local theaters and bars. He would spend the next 10 years in bands ranging from country to hard rock, bluegrass to blues and traveling the country, taking in every image and emotion that the life that lead him to Nashville had to offer. McGill signed his first publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group in December of 2012 and has quickly become one of the most sought-after writers in Nashville. His songs have been recorded by a wide range of artists including Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Justin Moore, Jon Pardi, Chase Rice, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Morgan Wallen, Brett Young and more. In addition to these recordings, Chase has maintained a consistent presence on country radio with singles such as “The Way I Talk” by Morgan Wallen, “When Someone Stops Loving You” by Little Big Town, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” by Justin Moore, and reached number 1 on the charts with singles “Lose It” by Kane Brown, “Break Up In The End” by Cole Swindell, and “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” by Luke Bryan. On top of his commercial radio success, McGill received GRAMMY nominations in the best country song category with “Break Up In The End” and “When Someone Stops Loving You”.
Josh Osborne is a multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award winning songwriter based in Nashville, Tenn. who has notched 17 No.1s on the Country charts. 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.
Osborne has been nominated for seventeen awards by the Academy of Country Music, American Country Awards, ASCAP, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, Music Row and NARAS. Kacey Musgraves' “Merry Go Round,” written by Osborne, Shane McAnally and Musgraves, earned Osborne four nominations and won Song Of The Year at the 2013 Music Row Awards and Best Country Song at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards. Also in 2014 Josh was honored by having his name added to the prestigious Country Music Highway which runs through the state of Kentucky and near his hometown of Virgie. RIAA Certified Double Platinum No.1 hit, “Take Your Time,” recorded by Hunt and written by Osborne, McAnally and Hunt, earned Osborne a nomination for Song of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards and an award for 2015 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year. In 2017, Miranda Lambert’s “Vice,” written by Osborne, McAnally and Lambert, was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2017 GRAMMY Awards and Song of the Year at the ACM Awards. Osborne has been nominated twice for Songwriter of the Year by the ACM and has received multiple CMA Triple Play Awards for having three No.1 songs on the charts in a 12 month period. Osborne earned a 5x Platinum No.1 with “Body Like A Back Road,” written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Osborne, and Zach Crowell. The single made history as the longest reigning No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Song chart by a solo artist, spending 34 atop the chart.