Sign up for newsletter
 

CMA honors 13 songwriters

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 – A lucky 13 songwriters were honored by Country Music Association with an award honoring them for having three chart topping hits in the past year. Among those honored were Taylor Swift, Hillary Scott, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown and Luke Bryan

"This occasion affords CMA the opportunity to honor true creators," said CMA Board President-Elect Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville of giving CMA Triple Play Awards at the Songwriters Luncheon. "These exceptional songwriters begin every song with a blank page. They proceed to create something out of thin air that moves us. That's magical. That's why we love and honor songwriters. They put into words and music what the rest of us feel but can't articulate."

"Any songwriter realizes that to get a song recorded and then have it make it to the top of the charts requires the alignment of every single star in the universe," said Tomlinson. "But to have three songs do that in such a short period of time is truly exceptional. I am grateful to be a part of the CMA honoring these gifted creators of song."

Those honored were:

Rhett Akins: "Honey Bee," "Take a Back Road," "I Don't Want This Night to End"

Casey Beathard: "The Boys of Fall," "Come Back Song," "Just Fishin'"

Zac Brown: "Highway 20 Ride," "Free," "As She's Walking Away," "Colder Weather," "Knee Deep," "Keep Me in Mind"

Luke Bryan: "Rain is a Good Thing," "Someone Else Calling You Baby," "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)"

Dallas Davidson: "All About Tonight," "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)," "All Over Me," "Just a Kiss," "We Owned the Night"

Chris DuBois: "Water," "Anything Like Me," "Old Alabama"

Wyatt Durrette: "Highway 20 Ride," "As She's Walking Away," "Colder Weather"

Luke Laird: "A Little Bit Stronger," "Take a Back Road," "Drink In My Hand"

Brad Paisley: "Water," "Anything Like Me," "Old Alabama"

Hillary Scott: "Our Kind of Love," "A Little Bit Stronger," "Just a Kiss"

Jason Sellers: "Don't You Wanna Stay," "I Won't Let Go," "I Got You"

Taylor Swift: "Mine," "Back to December," "Mean"

Dave Turnbull: "The Boys of Fall," "Anything Like Me," "Old Alabama"

The writers, of course, were honored to receive the award. "I'm humbled and honored to be here surrounded by my heroes," said Akins.

"I'm blessed to be around all of these writers that have helped me down this path," said Bryan.

"I love music so much and I feel blessed by God to get to make it every day," said Laird.

"This is a lot better than working at Home Depot, I can tell you that," said Turnbull.

More news for Country Music Association

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Girls with Guitars show voices – With the official departure of Taylor Swift from the genre, country music is eager to find replacement star power. Pittsburgh's annual Girls with Guitars show is proving to be a nebula. This year's crop of artists featured former "The Voice" contestants (one winner), a television star and some local flair. Texas cutie... »»»
Concert Review: Washburn, Fleck give reasons to be happy  – "I sing because I'm happy," sang Abigail Washburn toward the end of her show with fellow banjo picker (not to mention, husband) Bela Fleck in the closing number of the night "His Eye is on the Sparrow." Washburn had a lot of reason to be on this night in a beautiful setting at Harvard University. The two held court over two... »»»
Subscribe to Country News Digest Country News Digest      Follow Country Standard Time on twitter CST      Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook CST

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Fullbright writes the "Songs" John Fullbright didn' grow up around musicians or like-minded songwriters in his little hometown of Bearden, Okla. You'd never know it, though, from his raw, stark, pure and honest songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Townes Van Zandt. His debut album, "From the Ground Up," was nominated for a 2013 Grammy as the Best Americana Album, catapulting him into the company of Bonnie Raitt, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and The Avett Brothers.... »»»
Book dishes on guys writing the songs Jake Brown can't stop writing about music. Over the past 10 years, he's published 35 books, ranging from "Rick Rubin: In the Studio" and "Suge Knight: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Death Row Records" to "Heart: In the Studio." In 2012, he won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards in the category of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.... »»»
Finally, Skaggs and White duet Perhaps there are few more beloved names in the world of country and bluegrass music than Ricky Skaggs and his wife Sharon of the country music family act The Whites. The two have been close friends since their teenage years through music, first meeting at a festival where White was performing with her father Buck White and sister Cheryl, and Skaggs was playing with Keith Whitley.... »»»
While No One Was Watching: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records CD review - While No One Was Watching: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records
It's a magnanimous record company indeed that celebrates its own 20th anniversary by inviting artists from other labels to join in the festivities. Then again, this is Chicago's Bloodshot Records after all, the insurgent outfit out of Chicago that's made its mark by booting tradition up the backside. Consequently, the 2-disc, 38-song set "While No One Was Watching: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records" puts a new spin on the usual catalogue compilation... »»»
Man Against Machine CD review - Man Against Machine
After releasing his debut album in 1989, Garth Brooks released music almost every year until he announced his retirement in 2000. Since then, he has released repackaged hit collections, new music on "Scarecrow" and "The Lost Sessions" and last year's cover song collection "Blame it All on My Roots." Over the years, there have been live recordings, concert and music video collections. The country songwriter became a pop culture icon... »»»