Chris Young Makes Strong Movie Showing

s been a big year for Chris Young, who got New Artist nominations from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association and is up for his first Grammy Award for “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song).” But one other major moment came when he recorded “Love Don’t Let Me Down,” a duet with Patty Loveless that appears on the Country Strong soundtrack. The movie, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, comes out nationally Jan. 7, and the duet is something of a milestone for Chris. Read More

Taylor Swift Wins Big at BMI Songwriter Awards

Through songs such as “Mine,” “White Horse” and “Fifteen,” Taylor Swift has shown a real appreciation for great drama and complex character development. This week, she’s experienced drama firsthand. On Tuesday, she won BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year award, becoming the youngest person ever to claim it. And she and co-writer Liz Rose shared Country Song of the Year for “You Belong With Me,” recognized as the most-played country title over a full year, according to the performing rights organization. Just a day earlier, Taylor sang at a funeral for a friend. Read More

Dierks Bentley, “Need You Now” Earn Songwriting Honors

Dierks Bentley won Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Josh Kear took Song of the Year for co-writing “Need You Now” with Lady Antebellum, and Brett James walked off with Songwriter of the Year during the star-studded ASCAP Country Music Awards for songwriters Tuesday at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium. Dierks picked up the Songwriter/Artist trophy after two of his songs — “Sideways” and “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” — were recognized among the performing rights agency’s most performed songs of the year. Dierks played a bluegrass version of “Sideways” during the two-hour presentation in which each of ASCAP’s Top 5 songs was rendered live. Chris Young sang “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” songwriter David Lee Murphy played “Big Green Tractor,” Darius Rucker offered “Alright” and Josh Kear teamed with Lady A for a dramatic acoustic version of “Need You Now.” Josh was cheered heavily by the songwriting community when he sang some of the lines that Charles Kelley usually sings — Josh proved he was an admirable singer in addition to being an ace songwriter. Read More

Chris Young, Miranda Lambert Pals Awarded

Chris Young was named Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, the Zac Brown Band took Breakthrough Artist and four people associated with Miranda Lambert’s current hit won producer and songwriter honors as Music Row magazine handed out its 22nd annual awards Thursday during a ceremony at BMI’s Nashville office. Chris rearranged his travel plans to attend the event, where he played an acoustic version of “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” which became his first Top 10 hit as a writer. He told the crowd of several hundred people that he used to visit BMI when he was in his teens with an eye toward finding someone — anyone — who might write with him. Read More

Chris Young Has a Tin “Man” No. 1 Party

When Chris Young spent multiple weeks at No. 1 with “The Man I Want To Be,” he had the perfect reason to throw a party. Even better, he found the perfect time, celebrating the feat with songwriters Brett James and Tim Nichols at the Tin Roof in Nashville on Thursday, the first day of wall-to-wall concerts during the CMA Music Festival. Chris made the most of it. Not only did he perform a few of his own songs for the party, hosted by RCA and BMI, but he also brought up classic-country singer Gene Watson for a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” “The Man I Want To Be” repeated the success of Chris’ previous release, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” which also topped all the other singles on the national chart. The long-term significance of that accomplishment is not lost on him. Read More