The title track, “Guitar Town,” reached the Top 10 that year, followed by another Top 10, “Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left,” the next year. Phil Vassar Then in 1974, Steve moved to Nashville, where he worked blue-collar jobs by day and played music by night before landing a gig playing bass in Guy Clark’s band. Article Contributed by Alliance Media… | Published on Monday, November 2, 2020 Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Kent Blazy, Brett James and Spooner Oldham have been elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to an announcement made today by Sarah Cates, chair of the organization’s board of directors. Kent Blazy, Brett James, and Spooner Oldham make up the rest of the class of 2020. Propelled by that success, he was named ASCAP’s 2001 Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. By the mid-’70s, he was touring as a guitar player for Canadian legend Ian Tyson. John Bettis. Midway through medical school, Oklahoma City native Brett James left college to pursue music in Nashville. Among those are “Banjo” by Rascal Flatts, “I’ll Think Of A Reason Later” by Lee Ann Womack, “Just To See You Smile” by Tim McGraw, “Living And Living Well” by George Strait, “No Place That Far” by Sara Evans, “Settle For A Slow Down” by Dierks Bentley, “Third Rock From The Sun” by Joe Diffie, “Time Is Love” by Josh Turner and “You Look Good In My Shirt” by Keith Urban. George is a multiple award-winning writer and producer of music for radio and TV with a Clio, a Mobius and a number of Tellys and Emmys to his credit. Steven Curtis Chapman grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, where he learned to play guitar at a young age by hanging out in his father’s music store. Steve Seskin Shawn picked up a guitar at age five and by age 20 had moved to Nashville, where he found work in the late ’80s as a fiddle player in backing bands for The Osborne Brothers, Jerry Reed, Alan Jackson and Trisha Yearwood. Dropping out of school at age 16, he moved to Houston. In late 1999, Phil signed a record deal with Arista Nashville. KIX BROOKS During the 1990s, George’s songs were recorded by artists such as Billy Dean, Neal McCoy, Andy Williams and John Michael Montgomery. DONATE to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, which is located in the fabulous new Music City Center. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has tapped five acclaimed lyricists for its 2020 class, including Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Kent Blazy, Brett James and Spooner Oldham. Both the Class of 2020 … Tony Martin Details on the 2021 event will be forthcoming. Two years later, George concluded the decade with the #3 “Busy Man” by Billy Ray Cyrus and soon began the 2000s with more hits: “Man Of Me” by Gary Allan, “A Good Way To Get On My Bad Side” by Tracy Byrd with Mark Chesnutt, “Homewrecker” by Gretchen Wilson and “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks. STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN Soon after, other cuts followed with The Forester Sisters, T. Graham Brown, Donna Fargo and Moe Bandy. And although our year has looked different, we couldn’t be more excited to continue our commitment and core mission by announcing the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2020,” says Cates. He has composed themes for the NBA, ABC College Football and CBS Winter Olympics. The five new inductees-elect will be honored during the 2021 edition of the NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME Gala on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2021. Additionally, he is a member of the award-winning band The Earls of Leicester, a three-time Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year honoree. Following a brief college career as a pre-med student, Steven moved to Nashville to pursue music. “It’s our great honor today to welcome our class of 2020: Kent Blazy and Brett James in the songwriter category; Spooner Oldham in the veteran songwriter category, Steve Earle as our songwriter/artist and Bobbie Gentry as our veteran songwriter/artist.” John Bettis. Steve Earle grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he began playing guitar at age 11. Because of the pandemic, the new 2020 class will be celebrated Nov. 1, 2021, at the "50-51" edition of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Songwriting Camp We regret to announce the cancellation of our 2020 summer Songwriting Camp. The son of classic Country composer Glenn Martin, Tony grew up at the feet of other stellar songwriters such as Sonny Throckmorton, Mickey Newbury and Hank Cochran. Many of those songs, such as “Harley” and “Mr. Read More. Steven Curtis Chapman Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry and Steve Earle are among the veteran tunesmiths announced Monday as 2020 inductees into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame … In addition to songwriting, Spooner has played keyboards in sessions and on the road for artists such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Dickey Betts and many others. The title track, “Guitar Town,” reached the Top 10 that year, followed by another Top 10, “Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left,” the next year. Oslin was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. Billboard’s 2020 Women In Music Hall of Fame Honorees Speak Out ... the NMPA joined the Nashville Songwriters Association International in … It was there that he formed a songwriting partnership with Vernon, Alabama, native Dan Penn, who also had cut his musical teeth in Muscle Shoals. May 15, 1942 - December 21, 2020 K.T. “K.T. He divides his time among Nashville, Northern California and touring. She was famed for her self-composed country hits "80s Ladies," "Hold Me," "Do Ya," "I'll Always Come Back," … The three-time Grammy Award winner entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. Steve Earle grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he began playing guitar at age 11. After several years as an Arista/Career recording artist, he continued writing for others, scoring early cuts by Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride. In 2001, “Who I Am” by Jessica Andrews became Brett’s first #1 hit. Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Kent Blazy, Brett James and Spooner Oldham have been elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to an announcement made today by Sarah Cates, chair of the organization’s board of directors. Brett James Released the following year, his debut album generated the self-penned hits “Carlene,” “Rose Bouquet,” “Six-Pack Summer,” “That’s When I Love You” and “Just Another Day In Paradise,” Phil’s first #1 as an artist. Bobbie wrote and performed other hits into the mid-1970s, including “Mornin’ Glory” (a duet with Glen Campbell) and “But I Can’t Get Back.” In 1968-71, Bobbie had her own TV series on the BBC in the U.K. She later produced, choreographed, and wrote/arranged the music for her own nightclub revue in Las Vegas before retiring from show business in the early 1980s. Midway through medical school, Oklahoma City native Brett James left college to pursue music in Nashville. Moving on from his previous publishing- and record- deals, Steve released his first full-length album on MCA in 1986. Now with more than 300 major-label cuts, Brett’s catalogue includes hits such as “When The Sun Goes Down” by Kenny Chesney & Uncle Kracker, “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood, “It’s America” by Rodney Atkins, “Out Last Night” by Kenny Chesney, “Summer Nights” by Rascal Flatts, “The Man I Want To Be” by Chris Young and “Bottoms Up” by Brantley Gilbert. STEVE SESKIN Growing up in Nashville, Tia Sillers became hooked on songwriting as a high-school student when she attended her first songwriters round. TONY MARTIN Kent Blazy 2020 Nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Announced Twelve exemplary tunesmiths are 2020 nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) – eight in the Songwriters category and four in the Songwriter/Artists category. Center Star, Alabama, native Dewey Lindon “Spooner” Oldham started off in Muscle Shoals as a session keyboardist before moving to Memphis in the mid-1960s. Years later her first publishing deal yielded “Lipstick Promises” by George Ducas in 1995. At 13 she moved to California to live with her mother. The three will be joined by two more. After stints working on an oil pipeline in Alaska and as an advertising copywriter in Maine, he moved Nashville in 1979. Spooner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the “sideman” category in 2009. Nominees, Date Announced For 2019 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala. Artist/songwriter/producer Bobbie Gentry popularized many of her own compositions such as the oft-recorded smash “Ode To Billie Joe,” “Fancy” and “Mornin’ Glory.” During that time, he was named NSAI’s 1998 Songwriter of the Year and ASCAP’s 1999 Country Songwriter of the Year. Their writing partnership yielded four additional Top 5 songs with “Ain’t Goin’ Down (’Til The Sun Comes Up),” “Somewhere Other Than The Night,” “It’s Midnight Cinderella” and “She’s Gonna Make It.” Kent also was a co-writer on the Brooks & George Jones duet “Beer Run,” as well as on “That’s What I Get For Lovin’ You” by Diamond Rio, “My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me” by American Idol finalist Danny Gokey and “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” by Chris Young. (The song was re-recorded in 2019 by Five Finger Death Punch with Shepherd, Brantley Gilbert & Brian May.) This year, the 2020 class of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees will be honoring five great songwriters which include Bobbie Gentry and Steve Earle who will be joining the Veteran Songwriter/ Artist and Songwriter/Artist categories. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has tapped five acclaimed lyricists for its 2020 class, including Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Kent Blazy, Brett James and … Shawn also co-wrote Turner’s “Firecracker,” as well as “River Of Love” by George Strait and “Love Done Gone” by Billy Currington. In 1987, Steve’s “I Ain’t Ever Satisfied” reached #26 on the Rock chart. The yet-to-be-named 2021 class will also be officially inaugurated then. Steve Earle The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established in 1970 by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The Songwriters is a half-hour interview show featuring engaging behind-the-scenes conversations with members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF). It was Tony’s first demo, first cut, first single, first hit and first #1. In 1982, Gary Morris sent Kent’s “Headed For A Heartache” to #5 on the Country chart. Phil Vassar was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. The nominees in the Songwriter/Artists category are: was honored in 2018 with induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. November 02 2020 Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Kent Blazy, Brett James and Spooner Oldham have been elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to an announcement made today by Sarah Cates, chair of the organization’s board of directors. Other hits by Phil as an artist include “American Child,” “In A Real Love” and “Last Day Of My Life.” He was named NSAI’s 2006 Songwriter/Artist of the Year. DON HENRY Multiple Grammy Award winner Steve Earle recorded many of his self-penned hits, including “Guitar Town,” “Copperhead Road” and “The Devil’s Right Hand.” “This year marks our 50th year to welcome a new class into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Nashville - Kay Toinette Oslin. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Spooner Oldham is the writer of R&B and Pop hits such as “I’m Your Puppet” (James & Bobby Purify), “Cry Like A Baby” (The Box Tops) and “Sweet Inspiration” (The Sweet Inspirations). Bobbie Gentry and Steve Earle are two of five 2020 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees, the organization announced on Monday (Nov. 2). The two artists will join the hall in the Veteran Songwriter/Artist and Songwriter/Artist categories, respectively. After a first-place win in a national songwriting competition, Kent decided to make the move to Nashville. Brett also has a Top 5 Latin hit with “The One You Love (Todo Mi Amor)” by Paulina Rubio. During his college years, he began playing piano and singing in local clubs. During the 1990s and 2000s, Kix teamed with Ronnie Dunn to form Brooks & Dunn. Outside the duo, Spooner’s catalog includes songs such as “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers” — a Country hit for both Bob Luman and Steve Wariner — and “Another Night Of Love” for Freddy Weller. Category 1 - SONGWRITERS Tia Sillers … The 1987 release of his debut album, First Hand, launched a flood of awards for his self-penned hits, including “His Eyes” (the GMA’s 1989 Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year), “His Strength Is Perfect” (the GMA’s 1990 Inspirational Song of the Year), “The Great Adventure” (the GMA’s 1993 Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year), “Go There With You” (the GMA’s 1994 Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year), “Heaven In The Real World” (the GMA’s 1995 Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year), “Let Us Pray” (the GMA’s 1998 Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year) and “Dive” (the GMA’s 2000 Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year). In 1993 Don released a critically acclaimed album on Sony Records titled Wild In the Backyard. The 2020 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced on CBS This Morning on Thursday (Jan. 16) and the honorees include one of the biggest pop stars of … 2020 Nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Announced. Moving to Nashville to pursue music, Phil found the going slow for several years until 1997 when some of his initial songs were recorded by Blackhawk, Skip Ewing, and The Sons of the Desert. The song proved to be the dream scenario for a songwriter. Don Henry He first hit the Country chart in 1990 with “Wrong” by Waylon Jennings. New York-born Steve Seskin began his songwriting career when he moved to San Francisco in 1972. KENT BLAZY Then in 1974, Steve moved to Nashville, where he worked blue-collar jobs by day and played music by night before landing a gig playing bass in Guy Clark’s band. Kix Brooks Together, they earned more than 75 major industry awards — including the CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year a record 14 times — culminating in their 2019 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1987, Kent was introduced to new demo singer Garth Brooks. A separate body of veteran voters will elect a veteran songwriter and a veteran songwriter/artist, both of whom experienced their first significant (Top 20) songs at least 30 years ago. Shawn Camp grew up on a farm outside of Perryville, Arkansas. This week the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has revealed five of the best — Kent Blazy, Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Brett James and Spooner Oldham — … Other award-winning songs from Steven’s catalogue include “I Can See The Hand Of God” by The Cathedrals (the GMA’s 1990 Southern Gospel Song Of The Year) and “Voice Of Truth” by Casting Crowns (the GMA’s 2005 Inspirational Song of the Year). This year’s nominees in the Songwriters category are: Kix co-wrote many of the band’s hits, including “Brand New Man,” “Lost And Found,” “Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up For Nothing,” “My Next Broken Heart,” “Only In America” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.” With more than 30 million records sold, they are the highest-selling duo in the history of Country music. At age seven, she composed her first song and began teaching herself to play a variety of instruments. GEORGE TEREN A non-profit organization, its objective is to honor and preserve the songwriting legacy that is uniquely associated with the music community in the city of Nashville. God” have become staples in his solo acoustic performance repertoire. By the mid-’70s, he was touring as a guitar player for Canadian legend Ian Tyson. Born in Georgia and raised in Nashville, Tony Martin has been around Country songwriting his entire life. Filmed in Nashville, the show is hosted by Ken Paulson, Director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). After a first-place win in a national songwriting competition, Kent decided to make the move to Nashville. Soon after, other cuts followed with The Forester Sisters, T. Graham Brown, Donna Fargo and Moe Bandy. In 1982, Gary Morris sent Kent’s “Headed For A Heartache” to #5 on the Country chart. Category 2 - SONGWRITER/ARTISTS In 1967 Bobbie released her first single, “Mississippi Delta,” however, it was the flipside, “Ode To Billie Joe,” that became a worldwide smash. Bobbie Gentry and Steve Earle are among the composers who will be inducted as the newest members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2001, “Who I Am” by Jessica Andrews became Brett’s first #1 hit. New York, NY – November 6, 2019 - The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its slate of nominees to be voted upon for induction at its 51st Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 11, 2020, in New York City. In 2006, he had Top 5 singles with “Nobody But Me” by Blake Shelton and “Would You Go With Me” by Josh Turner. The Class of 2020 will join the yet-to-be named Class of 2021 to celebrate the 50th and 51st anniversaries of the event, which was postponed this year because of the ongoing health crisis. Based on the directives from the Metro Nashville Public Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health… Between 1983 and 1992, Kix’s songwriting yielded three #1 Country hits — “I’m Only In It For The Love” by John Conlee, “Modern Day Romance” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and “Who’s Lonely Now” by Highway 101 — plus a #2 hit with “Sacred Ground” by McBride & The Ride. And although our year has looked different, we couldn’t be more excited to continue our commitment and core mission by announcing the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2020,” says Sarah Cates, chair of the organization’s board of directors, in a statement. Oslin, has passed away at the age of 78 years old, on December 21, 2020. Shawn’s songs have been recorded by many Bluegrass artists. Following high school, Bobbie entered UCLA as a philosophy major. "The greatest honor I've ever gotten." Ever restless, Steve formed his own band, The Dukes, in 1982 — the same year that Johnny Lee took Steve’s self-penned “When You Fall In Love” into the Top 20. Shawn Camp Kent Blazy grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, playing in various local bands. The two began writing together, and their first collaboration, “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” became Brooks’ first #1 single and NSAI’s 1989 Song of the Year. In 1997, George celebrated his first Top 5 single, “She’s Sure Taking It Well” by Kevin Sharp, as well as his first #1 single, “Running Out Of Reasons To Run” by Rick Trevino. In 2008, Tia’s co-written “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack with The Sons of the Desert became a chart-topping multi-genre smash that earned the 2000 Grammy for Best Country Song, as well as the 2000 ACM Song and Single of the Year, the 2000 CMA Song and Single of the Year, the 2001 ASCAP Country Song of the Year, the 2001 BMI Country Song of the Year and the 2000-2001 NSAI Song of the Year. Two songwriters and one songwriter/artist will be elected in these categories by their professional songwriter peers. The five new electees will follow in the footsteps of more than 200 previous honorees, including Kris … (That single was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.) Three more songs from George’s catalogue – “Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw, “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley with Dolly Parton and “Ladies Love Country Boys” by Trace Adkins – all reached #1 on the Country chart. In 2020, he released a new self-written album titled I Am Now. 1 hits for such artists as Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride — Baylor alum Brett James (BS ’91) is being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame . DONATE to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, which is located in the fabulous new Music City Center. In 1988 – the year Patty Loveless reached #2 with Steve’s “A Little Bit In Love” – he hit #10 on the Rock chart with “Copperhead Road,” the title track of his landmark album. PHIL VASSAR 2020 Nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Announced. Brett was named ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year in 2006 and 2010. , Phil ’ s first # 1 hit not Announced entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in Veteran... 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