Previously Featured in 2013
Bob DiPiero has been one of the most consistent and prolific songwriters and entertainers ever to walk Music Row in Nashville.Inducted in 2007 to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mr. DiPiero has written numerous hits such as Southern Voice (Tim McGraw); Gone, She Don’t Tell Me To, and If You Ever Stop Lovin’ Me (Montgomery Gentry); Lovin’ You is Fun (Easton Corbin); Daddy’s Money (Ricochet); The Church on Cumberland Road (Shenandoah); Blue Clear Sky, Cowboys Like Us (George Strait); Little Rock (Reba McEntire); and many more. Mr. DiPiero’s song Coming Home received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Song in a Motion Picture (Country Strong). Mr. DiPiero serves as a Board member of the Country Music Association, and is the featured host of the CMA Songwriters Series, which has brought nationwide recognition to country music and its songwriters.
Luke Laird has made his mark on the music industry by penning some of the hottest hits in country music. Laird won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Country Album (producer) for Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park. He has been honored as the 2012 BMI Songwriter of the Year and has been nominated in 2012 and 2013 for Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. Mr. Laird has written and co-written some amazing hits such as Pontoon (Little Big Town - 2012 CMA Single of the Year; 2013 Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance), One of Those Nights (Tim McGraw), Take a Back Road (BMI 2012 Song of the Year, and most performed song in any music genre - Rodney Atkins), Drink in My Hand (Eric Church), Temporary Home, Last Name, Undo It, So Small, and Mama’s Song (Carrie Underwood), Hillbilly Bone (Blake Shelton feat. Trace Adkins), A Little Bit Stronger (Sara Evans), Baggage Claim (Miranda Lambert), You (Chris Young), Downtown (Lady Antebellum), Beat This Summer (Brad Paisley), American Kids (Kenny Chesney), Blowin’ Smoke (Kacey Musgraves), Radio (Darius Rucker) and many others.Mr. Laird won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Country Album (producer) for Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park.
Tim Nichols has nearly two dozen hits, multiple songwriting awards, and has earned his place among Nashville’s elite and most respected tunesmiths. He has written and co-written unforgettable country hits such as Cowboys and Angels, She Cranks My Tractor (Dustin Lynch), The Man I Want to Be (Chris Young), Heads Carolina, Tails California (Jo Dee Messina & Danielle Bradbury), Girls Lie Too (Terri Clark), That’d Be Alright (Alan Jackson), No Thinkin’ Thing (Trace Adkins), and many more. Mr. Nichols received the Grammy Award in 2005 Best Country Song for Live Like You Were Dying (Tim McGraw). That amazing and inspiring song was #1 for 10 consecutive weeks (a record which has not since been broken) and won Song of the Year awards from CMA, ACM, BMI, ASCAP, Billboard and Nashville Songwriters Association International. Live Like You Were Dying is the only song to have won every major song award that is presented for county music.
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