Featured Songwriter: Rhett Akins

Rhett - Songwriter CityMusic has always been in Rhett Akins’ blood. The Valdosta, GA. native grew up in a close-knit family that supported his musical interests and his desire to pursue music as a career. 

One of Rhett’s song demo tapes found its way to the reactivated Decca Records label. Impressed by what they heard, they quickly signed Rhett to a recording contract. In 1995 his first album, A Thousand Memories was released to critical acclaim and spawned his first # 1 single and a song he co-wrote “That Ain’t My Truck”. That success was duplicated the following year with his second #1 single, “Don’t Get Me Started”, from his follow up album “Somebody New”.

Rhett has an incredible 28 career number one singles as a songwriter, including: “Dirt On My Boots” by Jon Pardi, “All Over Me” by Josh Turner, “Gimmie That Girl” by Joe Nichols, “Put A Girl In It” by Brooks & Dunn, “Take A Back Road” by Rodney Atkins, “I Don’t What This Night To End” by Luke Bryan, “I Can Take It From There” by Chris Young, “All About Tonight”, “Honey Bee” and “Boys Round Here”, all three by Blake Shelton, “Point At You” by Justin Moore, “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington, “When She Says Baby” by Jason Aldean, “Get Me Some Of That” and “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett and many others.

Akins was named BMI’s songwriter of the year in 2011 and received Triple Play Awards in January 2012, 2014, and 2018 for having three number one singles in a 12 month period. Most recently, he was named 2018 ACM Songwriter of the Year.

A gifted singer, songwriter, entertainer, and storyteller, Rhett has all of the critical elements to deliver stellar Songwriter City shows!

 

 #1 Songs

  • “Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi
  • “Boys Round Here” – Blake Shelton
  • “Hey Girl” – Billy Currington
  • “Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton
  • “Small Town Boy” – Dustin Lynch 
  • “Get Me Some Of That” – Thomas Rhett
  • “Tonight Looks Good On You” – Jason Aldean
  • “I Know Somebody” – LoCash
  • “Young & Crazy” – Frankie Ballard
  • “Star Of The Show” – Thomas Rhett
  • “Ready Set Roll” – Chase Rice
  • “Mind Reader” – Dustin Lynch
  • “Take A Back Road” – Rodney Atkins
  • “Just Getting’ Started” – Jason Aldean
  • “I Don’t Want This Night To End” – Luke Bryan
  • “It Goes Like This” – Thomas Rhett
  • “Small Town Throwdown” – Brantley Gilbert
  • “That Don’t Sound Like You” – Lee Brice
  • “When She Says Baby” – Jason Aldean
  • “All About Tonight” – Blake Shelton
  • “All Over Me” – Josh Turner
  • “Gimmie That Girl” – Joe Nichols
  • “Huntin’, Fishin’, & Lovin’ Every Day” – Luke Bryan
  • “Put a Girl In It” – Brooks & Dunn
  • “Point At You” – Justin Moore
  • “I Can Take It From There” – Chris Young
  • “Don’t Get Me Started” – Rhett Akins
  • “That Ain’t My Truck” – Rhett Akins

Top 5 Songs

  • “Farmer’s Daughter” – Rodney Atkins
  • “Parking Lot Party” – Lee Brice
  • “I Lived It” – Current Blake Shelton single
  • “Kinda Don’t Care” – Current Justin Moore single

Other cuts by: Jack Ingram, Craig Morgan, Jerrod Niemann, Trent Willman, Reba McEntire, Tyler Farr

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2018 ACM Songwriter Awards

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Congratulations to all of the songwriters who were nominated for ACM Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year, especially Songwriter City partners Rhett Akins, Jon Randall, Lee Thomas Miller, and Ross Copperman.

Rhett was named Songwriter of the Year and Jon took home the Song of the Year honor “Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert at the 2018 awards held in Las Vegas.

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Body Like a Back Road” Sam Hunt (written by Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
“Female” Keith Urban (written by Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally)
“Tin Man” Miranda Lambert (written by Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall) – winner 
“Whiskey and You” Chris Stapleton (written by Chris Stapleton, Lee Thomas Miller)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Rhett Akinswinner
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

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Event Entertainment: The Challenge of New & Original

The event business is teaching me a great deal about the ability to bring high-quality entertainment to a diverse cross-section of companies, associations, and organizations. One key theme I have learned about and heard repeatedly from event planning professionals, is the desire for unique, memorable, compelling, and experience based entertainment. There is a constant searching out of the special and inspirational that makes an impact on people. I completely resonate with that desire and it’s exactly the core of what we aim to provide with Songwriter City. The challenge, we find, is to get those decision makers who are wanting an out-of-the-box experience to actually move in that direction. It’s the paradox of desiring something original, but not committing on follow through because of lack of familiarity.

Songwriter City Descriptions

Authentic songwriters-in-the-round events are never easy to describe in detail because the concept doesn’t fit into the typical and tried entertainment box. If something has been done thousands of times, there’s a very high familiarity with it and it’s easy to squeeze down into a sound bite. However, if it’s specialized and original, it will likely be somewhat unknown to the masses. To bring audiences something they may have never been exposed to before may result in them never hearing of it before either, but isn’t that a byproduct of discovering new and inspiring entertainment?

In general, if you’re genuinely committed to crafting a true experience for your guests and considering an unfamiliar option, it is essential to do the worthwhile research including, but not limited to:

  • Go see it in person if possible. Nothing is better than being in the room while it’s happening and watching the audience react in real time.
  • Seek out testimonials. Contact some of the past clients and have a conversation about the experience and the impact it had on them.
  • Ask the entertainment supplier for more references and testimonials if necessary. If they are as good as they say, they will gladly provide whatever they can.
  • Understand that video of a show doesn’t necessarily translate adequately, especially experience based and audience interaction type of events. It only tells a portion of the story and doesn’t capture the feel and emotion of the event.

There’s always an inherent risk in putting on any special event; with venue, catering, transportation – everything. Entertainment is no different, although it’s widely considered to be what most people will take with them after the event, and if it’s a stellar experience, will remember for a very long time to come.

It’s understandable to be cautious in planning a special event, but don’t let it limit your creative vision of what is possible in crafting a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

 

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Featured Songwriter: Wendell Mobley

Wendell MobleyWendell began playing in local bands before moving from Celina, Ohio to Nashville, where he found a job playing guitar for Jack Greene and Alabama. After having his songs recorded by Joe Diffie and Kenny Rogers, he became a full-time songwriter.

Mobley’s first cut as a single was Alabama’s “We Can’t Love Like This Anymore” in 1994. Since then he’s written #1 hits such as “Take Me There” and “Fast Cars and Freedom” by Rascal Flatts, “How Forever Feels” and “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney, “Tattoos In This Town” and “A Little More Summertime” by Jason Aldean, and “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser. He’s had other songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Rodney Atkins, Alabama, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Edwin McCain and many others.

His songs have been at #1 for 25 weeks and they’ve sold over 60 million records and he continues to create refreshing lyrics and melodies for the biggest acts and brightest newcomers. He’s also been showing his range with the national ad campaign for Napa Auto Parts, writing and singing their theme song, “Napa Know How.”

Wendell has one of the best voices in country music (or any genre for that matter), and it’s always fun watching people be blown away by his incredible combination of writing and vocal talent at a live songwriter performance. We’re proud to have him as a Songwriter City partner!

Here’s a video of Wendell performing “There Goes My Life” with Kenny Chesney at a songwriter round in 2017.

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Two Years In Songwriter City

It’s been two years since our first Songwriter City show in 2016 and I began the full-fledged plunge into owning and running my own business. Working in the corporate world and hired as an independent contractor have been the only roles I’ve known for my entire professional career. I’ve dipped my toe in the entrepreneurial world Logos1 - Copya couple times, but never jumped in. And jumping is exactly what I needed to do. It forced me to commit myself and pursue this endeavor head on and see where the road traveled. 

I am thrilled to say that our first year was good and our second year exceeded expectations. As we forge ahead on this third year, I’m proud of these incredibly gifted songwriters who are the “why” behind Songwriter City and I’m excited to get them in front of as many companies, organizations, and people as possible. Raising the awareness of one of the most entertaining and authentic music experiences in existence, as well as telling the story of the songwriter is a privilege. I don’t take it lightly.

Just like any new venture, there have certainly been challenges, but I’m learning a great deal along this journey and meeting many exceptional people. So a big THANK YOU to friends, partners, clients, and advocates who believe in what we’re doing and who have come along side us to bring these Songwriter City experiences to life. I am grateful for all of you!

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Favorite Music of 2017

2017

I have to admit I wasn’t on top of my discovery game this year, but decent enough to compile an end of year list. There seems to be an unintentional common thread in my favorite music from 2017 and it is that a good portion of the artists are female and from the south. That’s a great thing, y’all! And another take away is that there is still hope for country and rock and roll. These were my favorites from 2017 that were excellent and stood out from the rest, in my personal opinion. 

 

20 BEST ALBUMS OF 2017

  • Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Vol 1”
  • Greta Van Fleet “From the Fires”
  • Valerie June “The Order of Time”
  • Natalie Hemby “Puxico”
  • Imagine Dragons “Evolve”
  • Sunny Sweeney “Trophy”
  • Alison Krauss “Windy City”
  • Tyler Childers “Purgatory”
  • U2 “Songs Of Experience”
  • Lee Ann Womack “The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone”
  • Charlie Worsham “Beginning Of Things”
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit “Nashville Sound”
  • Midland “On The Rocks”
  • Larkin Poe “Peach”
  • Khalid “American Teen”
  • Halsey “hopeless fountain kingdom”
  • Angeleena Presley “Wrangled”
  • NF “Perception”
  • Portugal, The Man “Woodstock”
  • Lorde “Melodrama”

 

10 BEST FEMALE ARTISTS of 2017

  • Valerie June
  • Natalie Hemby
  • Sunny Sweeney
  • Alison Krauss
  • Taylor Swift
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Angeleena Presley
  • Halsey
  • Camila Cabello
  • Lorde
  • Ellie Holcomb

 

10 BEST MALE ARTISTS of 2017

  • Charlie Worsham
  • Tyler Childers
  • Jason Isbell
  • Keith Urban
  • Luke Combs
  • Khalid
  • Colter Wall
  • Drew Womack
  • NF
  • Aaron Watson

 

10 BEST DUOS or GROUPS of 2017

  • Greta Van Fleet
  • Imagine Dragons
  • U2
  • Larkin Poe
  • Little Big Town
  • Jule Vera
  • The War On Drugs
  • The Mavericks
  • Turnpike Troubadors
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

 

 

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Featured Songwriter: Jessi Alexander

Jessi Alexander

In 2001, after a friend submitted a demo tape to the NARAS Grammy Showcase, Jessi Alexander — who had no prior knowledge of the submission — found herself a very surprised winner, an achievement that helped the young singer get signed to Columbia Records in 2003. Despite being one of the finest female vocalists in Nashville, the record deal didn’t work out, proving that the best artists don’t always get the attention, airplay, and notoriety they deserve. 

Alexander turned the focus to songwriting and her career skyrocketed with her worldwide #1 hit “The Climb”. Miley Cyrus recorded the song and it soon became the anthem for her box office hit “The Hannah Montana Movie” and won the 2009 MTV Movie Awards ‘Best Song From A Movie’. Since then Jessi has penned three other number one’s including “I Drive Your Truck” recorded by Lee Brice, which won Song of the Year from the 2013 CMA Awards, 2014 ACM Awards, and 2013 NSAI Awards. Additional #1’s include Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” and “Drink On It.” 

Other artists who have recorded Jessi’s songs inlcude Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town, High Valley, Ashley Monroe, Patty Loveless, Eric Paslay, Trisha Yearwood, Celine Dion, Darius Rucker, Will Hoge, and more. 

Jessi is one of the best female vocalists you’ll ever find and there are many more hits and great things coming for her in the years ahead. We are thrilled to have her as a Songwriter City partner!

Here’s a video of Jessi telling the story behind and performing “Drink On It” which was a #1 for Blake Shelton.

 

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