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!

Collage - February 2018

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Favorite Music of 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. 



  • 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”



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



  • 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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Celebrating Songwriters

Having been in Nashville for over 20 years now, I’ve had the opportunity to attend many Tin Pan South Songwriters Festivals, which just concluded their 25th annual event last week. The packed five nights of over 300 writers, at ten different venues, allow songwriters to share their compelling stories of inspiration and heartbreak behind their songs and give the audience a unique look behind the creative curtain. It’s a community celebration of songwriters everywhere and of the Songwriting Capital of the World – Nashville.

Over the years I’ve witnessed countless Tin Pan South songwriter rounds of top names with the biggest hits and also talented emerging songwriters who are searching for their first big break. I recall conversations at past shows with songwriters who were relatively new to town and didn’t have a performance slot, who are now some of the biggest names in the songwriting world. I’ve seen multi-genre songwriters deliver incredible performances and tell fascinating stories behind their songs and about their songwriting journey.

It was no different this year. The level of talent was exceptional and a spirit of songwriter celebration was thick in the air. And that’s what I love the most – the celebration of the heart and soul of music – the lifeblood of our entire existence as an art form and a business. The songwriters who come to town with a gift and a dream, to the city of songwriter dreams.

It’s an honor to be a small part of this special community and do whatever is in my ability to shine the deserving spotlight on their immense talent. To increase their value and to bring more awareness to the masses. Songwriter City was born to celebrate the songwriter and it’s never been more apparent to me than last week at Tin Pan South.

Thanks to the Nashville Songwriters Association International for everything they do for songwriters around the world and for being the catalyst behind Tin Pan South. To all the sponsors who help put the festival on as well. It was yet another magical week of memories and I’m already looking forward to next year.

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Featured Songwriter: Lee Thomas Miller



Lee Thomas Miller left his hometown to attend Eastern Kentucky University and graduated in 1990. After graduation, he moved to Nashville to find work as a songwriter. Ken Mellons was the first artist to record his material in 1994, but it was not until Blackhawk released “Days of America” in 2002 that Miller had a writing credit for a chart single. Another recording from 2002, “The Impossible” by Joe Nichols, was nominated for a Grammy Award a year later. Both it and Terri Clark’s 2003 single “I Just Wanna Be Mad” earned Miller BMI Million-Air awards in 2004 for receiving one million radio plays each. In addition to 3 Grammy nominations, Miller won CMA and ACM song of the year awards for “In Color” which was recorded by Jamey Johnson.

Lee has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI), which takes him to Washington DC often to advocate in congress on behalf of all songwriters.

Lee is an amazing songwriter performer, whether it’s in-the-round or a solo show, he skillfully delivers hit songs, fascinating stories, and is one of the best at interacting with a crowd and making them part of the experience. We’re proud to have Lee as a Songwriter City partner!

Lee has seven #1 singles including:

“The Impossible” – Joe Nichols
“I Just Wanna Be Mad” – Terri Clark
“The World” – Brad Paisley
“You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins
“I’m Still A Guy” – Brad Paisley
“Southern Girl” – Tim McGraw
“Perfect Storm” – Brad Paisley

Top 10 singles:

“In Color” – Jamey Johnson
     • 2009 ACM awards for Song of the Year
     • 2009 CMA award for Song of the Year
     • 2009 Music Row Song of the Year
“Nothin’ To Die For” – Tim McGraw
“Jesus In Disguise” – Brandon Heath
“Just A Girl” – Brandon Heath
“Crushin’ It” – Brad Paisley

Miller also has the current Brothers Osborne single “It Ain’t My Fault” which is currently climbing the charts.

Other cuts by: George Strait, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner, David Nail, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, John Michael Montgomery, Sammy Kershaw, Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, Randy Travis, Rhett Akins, Billy Currington, Craig Morgan, The Wreckers, Chris Young, and more!



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Featured Songwriter: Josh Kear

IMG_6908.JPGJosh Kear is a four-time Grammy nominated songwriter and recipient of the ACM Song of the Year for Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.” He is the only songwriter in Grammy
history to win Best Country Song three times. Josh boasts a total of 11 number one songs and dozens of cuts by some of the world’s most famous musical artists including Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Labrinth, and Charlie Puth. 

Not only is Josh an incredibly successful songwriter, but is also a strong vocalist and tells great behind the scenes stories of how his hits came to be. He always gives a great Songwriter City experience.

#1 Songs

“Need You Now” –  Lady Antebellum  (14 week #1 AC, 5 week #1 Country, #2 Top 40)
·  2011 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Performance     by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best Country Song
·  2010 ACM award for Single of the Year and Song of the Year
·  2010 CMA award for Song of the Year
·  2010 ASCP Song of the Year
“Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood  (5 week #1)
·  2008 Grammy award for Country Song of the Year and Best Female Country Vocal        Performance
·   2007 CMA award for Single of the Year
·   2007 ASCAP awards for Song of the Year and Most Performed Song of the Year
“Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley
“Neon Light” – Blake Shelton
“Helluva Life” – Frankie Ballard 
“Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw (feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban)  
“Drunk on You” – Luke Bryan  
·   ASCAP Song of the Year
“Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood 
  ·  2013 Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance
“Two Black Cadillacs” – Carrie Underwood
“Drinking Class” – Lee Brice

Top 5 Songs

“(Kissed You) Good Night” – Gloriana #2
“Dancin’ Away with My Heart” – Lady Antebellum #2
“Redneck Crazy”  – Tyler Farr  #3

Other cuts by:  Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Susan Boyle, Jimmie Buffet, Darius Rucker, Labrinth, Eli Young Band, Martina McBride, Chris Young, Charlie Puth


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