Favorite Music of 2019

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Annual music thing. Gotta do it. My musical tastes narrow, then expand, then narrow. Cyclical for sure based on what’s happening with artists and current music styles. 

GROUPS 

  • twenty one pilots
  • Jonas Brothers
  • The Steel Woods
  • The Black Keys
  • The Highwomen
  • The Raconteurs
  • Panic At The Disco
  • The Struts
  • Switchfoot
  • Midland
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band

FEMALE ARTISTS

  • Halsey
  • Joy Williams
  • H.E.R.
  • Grace Potter
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Billie Eilish
  • Maren Morris
  • Lizzo
  • Pink
  • Camila Cabello
  • Ledger

ALBUMS

  • Joy Williams “Front Porch”
  • The Steel Woods “Old News”
  • The Black Keys “Let’s Rock”
  • The Highwomen “The Highwomen”
  • Audrey Assad “Peace”
  • Mike & The Moonpies “Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold”
  • Cody Johnson “Ain’t Nothin’ To It”
  • twenty one pilots “Trench”
  • Billie Eilish “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go”
  • Tyler Childers “Country Squire”
  • The Raconteurs “Help Us Stranger”
  • Jonas Brothers “Happiness Begins”
  • Miranda Lambert “Wildcard”

MALE ARTISTS

  • Tyler Childers
  • Wiler Woods
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Khalid
  • Cody Johnson
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Eric Church
  • Keb Mo’
  • Luke Combs
  • The Weeknd
  • Zach Williams

 

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Songwriter City Spotlight: David Hodges

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David Hodges is a multi-platinum, Grammy, and BMI award winning writer and producer. He was a founding member of Evanescence and has been penning hits with and for world-renowned artists for over a decade, selling over 65 million records. His #1 singles include “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal” (Evanescence), “A Thousand Years” (Christina Perri for Twilight), “Because of You” (Kelly Clarkson), “See You Again” (Carrie Underwood), and most recently “Miss Me More” (Kelsea Ballerini). He also co-wrote powerful hits such as “Dear Hate” (Maren Morris and Vince Gill), “Going Under” (Evanescence), and “What About Now” (Daughtry). Other artists who have cut his songs include Keith Urban, Jason Mraz, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink 182, Ben Rector, Betty Who, Devin Dawson, Switchfoot, and many others.

Hodges has released many of his own albums and EP’s over the last ten years, including three in 2019 (“The December Sessions Volume 3,” “Discrepancies in the Recollection of Various Principles / Side A” and “Side B”). All very strong releases. 

David offers a unique mix of country, pop, and rock hits and is an incredible vocalist, musician, and entertainer. We are proud to have such a gifted artist as a Songwriter City partner.

To book David for corporate, private, and special events please contact: info@songwritercity.com 

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Songwriter City Spotlight: The Warren Brothers

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Brett and Brad Warren are highly sought-after songwriters and entertainers. They have written hits for Tim McGraw (“If You’re Reading This”, “Felt Good on My Lips”, “Highway Don’t Care”), Toby Keith (“Red Solo Cup”), Keith Urban (“Little Bit of Everything”), Faith Hill (“The Lucky One”), Martina McBride (“Anyway”, “Wrong Baby Wrong”), Dierks Bentley (“Feel That Fire”), Jerrod Niemann (“Drink To That All Night”) and more. Their most recent #1 hits are “Lights Come On” by Jason Aldean, “Every Time I Hear That Song,” by Blake Shelton and “Sober Saturday Night” by Chris Young.

The Warren Brothers are highly sought-after songwriters and entertainers. They have written hits for Tim McGraw (“If You’re Reading This”, “Felt Good on My Lips”, “Highway Don’t Care”), Toby Keith (“Red Solo Cup”), Keith Urban (“Little Bit of Everything”), Faith Hill (“The Lucky One”), Martina McBride (“Anyway”, “Wrong Baby Wrong”), Dierks Bentley (“Feel That Fire”), Jerrod Niemann (“Drink To That All Night”) and more. They’ve also had their songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Billy Currington and many other A-list country artists. In addition, the brothers have also written songs for rock artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nickelback, Hinder, Joss Stone and Boys Like Girls. Their most recent #1 hits are “Lights Come On” by Jason Aldean, “Every Time I Hear That Song,” by Blake Shelton and “Sober Saturday Night” by Chris Young.

Brad and Brett Warren started as recording artists in their hometown of Tampa, FL. They moved to Nashville in 1995 and in 1997 signed a record deal with RCA records. They made 3 albums for RCA’s sister label BNA Records. During that time, they toured extensively as an opening act for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, as well as opened for many other artists. Since then, McGraw has recorded over 20 of their songs.

The brothers have also had songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Billy Currington and many other A-list country artists. In addition, the brothers have also written songs for rock artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nickelback, Hinder, Joss Stone and Boys Like Girls.

The Warren’s are the total package of entertainment, hit songs, great stories, and making a connection to an audience.

Check out their video playlist HERE.

To book the Warren Brothers for any corporate, private, or special event, please contact info@songwritercity.com.

 

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Songwriter City Spotlight: Josh Kear

Josh Kear is the only songwriter in Grammy history to win Best Country Song three times (for Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away”). He also won CMA, ACM, and ASCAP Song of the Year awards for “I Need You Now,” which spent 14 weeks at #1 on the AC chart and 5 weeks at #1 on the country charts.

Kear has a total of 14 number one songs, including Luke Bryan’s “Drunk On You”, Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light”, and Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care”. His most recent #1’s are “Woman, Amen” by Dierks Bentley and “Most People Are Good” by Luke Bryan, which spent three weeks on top of the country charts.

The long list of country and pop performers who have cut his songs also includes Frankie Ballard, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Charlie Puth, Jimmie Buffet, Labrinth, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, Darius Rucker and many others.

Josh has incredible gifts as, not only a songwriter, but a storyteller, singer, and entertainer, and knows how to connect to an audience whether it’s an intimate private dinner or a large scale corporate or conference event. He’s been with Songwriter City since the beginning and we’re honored to call him a friend!

To book Josh for any event, please email info@songwritercity.com

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Songwriter City Spotlight: Heather Morgan

Vince Gill once described Heather Morgan’s voice as a combination of Patty Griffin and Dolly Parton.

Growing up in Richardson, Texas, Heather was raised on Willie Nelson, Dolly, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Dixie Chicks, and Motown classics.

Heather has written songs for such artists as Randy Rogers Band, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley and Maren Morris. She had her first #1 song “Beat of the Music”, which was co-written with Ross Copperman and Brett Eldredge. The song won BMI’s Song of the Year in 2015. These three writers followed up with another #1 song for Brett, “Lose My Mind.” She also co-wrote “Love Someone” for Eldredge, which just hit #1 this week!

In 2018 Morgan released her own album entitled “Borrowed Heart” with Grammy-nominated producer Paul Moak, and she has recently added her vocals to records with Drake White and Dierks Bentley.

Heather is also the co-founder of Girls of Nashville, a singer-songwriter show that began in 2014 to highlight female talent in Nashville. The show was recently featured in People.

Heather is a shining light of a songwriter, vocalist, and individual, and we’re so glad to shine the light on her!

Heather Morgan Video Playlist

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Songwriter City Spotlight: Laura Veltz

Originally from New York City, Laura Veltz has spent her entire adult life writing and performing music. After a decade touring and recording with her family band, Cecilia, culminating in a record deal with Atlantic Records, she zeroed in on her love of commercial songwriting in 2008 and was lured to Music City.

Since then, Veltz has garnered cuts and hits by Country’s newest and hottest superstars alike, becoming one of today’s most respected songsmiths. Her list of hits and placements continues to grow daily including the chart toppers “I Could Use A Love Song” by Maren Morris, “Drunk Last Night” by Eli Young Band, “Lonely Eyes” by Chris Young, and her latest #1 “Speechless” by Dan + Shay, which is crossing over on the pop charts.

Veltz co-wrote four songs, including the smash, “Rich,” from Maren Morris’s Grammy-nominated album, Hero. She has also co-written songs from the latest albums by Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Brothers Osborne, Ryan Hurd and Little Big Town. Her songs have also been recorded by such artists as Devin Dawson, Maddie & Tae, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, The Cadillac Three, and the Queen of Country Music herself, Reba McEntire.

With a distinctive style, engaging personality, and incredible talent, we are excited to have Laura as a Songwriter City parter!

Laura Veltz Video Playlist

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Songwriter City Spotlight: Neil Thrasher

Neil Thrasher has penned many #1 hits including “Fast Cars & Freedom”, “Take Me There” and “Banjo” by Rascal Flatts, “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney, “Fly Over States” and “Night Train” by Jason Aldean, and “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser”. He also has the current single “Rearview Town” by Jason Aldean which is currently climbing the charts.

Neil’s songs have also been recorded by some of music’s most successful acts including: Carrie Underwood Luke Bryan Montgomery Gentry Reba McEntire David Nail Diamond Rio Martina McBride Trace Adkins, and many sothers.

Neil is one of the best vocalists and songwriters in Nashville and we love being able to book him as a part of a songwriter round.

Neil Thrasher Video Playlist

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