Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks are set to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin. The induction ceremony will take place at the 41st Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony on October 16 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
“These five very talented individuals are among an era of powerhouse writers and artists who propelled country music to unparalleled heights beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and also made substantial contributions to popular and rock music,” said John Van Mol, chairman of NaSHOF. “We look forward to a fantastic evening of recognition for our inductees, and great entertainment for all who attend.”
The NaSHOF decided to increase the number of inductees from three to five this year. “Songwriters and songwriter/artists with ties to Nashville have made our city the songwriting capital of the world,” Van Mol said. “This year’s inductees have greatly enhanced that reputation and are richly deserving of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame honors.”
Garth Brooks has had hits with self-penned songs such as “The Thunder Rolls” and “The River” while Alan Jackson has penned 24 of his 35 No. 1 singles, including “Chattahoochee” and “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning. John Bettis’s songwriter hits include “Top Of The World” (The Carpenters, Lynn Anderson) and “Slow Hand” (The Pointer Sisters, Conway Twitty). Thom Schuyler’s penned such hits as “Love Will Turn You Around” (Kenny Rogers) and “A Long Line Of Love” (Michael Martin Murphey) while Allen Shamblin is known for “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt) and “The House That Built Me” (Miranda Lambert).
While Alan is being inducted to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for his own songwriting skills, he told GAC during a Fan Q&A session that he doesn’t dismiss the songs he hears from other writers. “They’re out there, that’s why you never take it for granted because there could be somebody out there that writes the next “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and just doesn’t have a publishing connection in Nashville. There’s some great talent out there,” he said.
Alan is second only to Merle Haggard in country music history as artists who have written or co-written No. 1 songs they have also recorded. Paul McCartney and John Lennon are among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to No. 1.