Songwriter Steve McEwan celebrated another trip to the top of the charts with Keith Urban yesterday (12/1) in Nashville. Urban’s rendition of “Only You Can Love Me This Way,” co-written by his fellow BMI songwriters McEwan and John Reid, marks the 12th No. 1 single for the two-time Grammy Award winner and recent AMA victor, as well as the second chart-topper from his latest album, Defying Gravity.
“It’s sometimes an intangible thing that draws me to a song,” said Urban, who also co-produced the song with longtime collaborator Dann Huff. “When I heard ‘Only You Can Love Me This Way,’ I was struck by the opening guitar riff and the beautiful sentiment. It’s certainly a song that says how I feel. I loved the melody, the simplicity and the honesty, and when a song hits me that way, I’m not likely to be alone.”
A perpetual hitmaker, McEwan is also behind Kenny Chesney’s “Young,” Brooks & Dunn’s “That’s What It’s All About,” and Carrie Underwood’s “Just a Dream,” and many more. Reid, who was unable to attend, is also a songwriting superstar: He penned Leona Lewis’s breakout smash “A Moment Like This,” as well as hits for Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Kelly Clarkson, and more.