Urban Toasts No. 1 With Steve McEwan

Pictured are (l-r): BMI’s Jody Williams, Capitol Nashville’s Mike Dungan, 19 Entertainment’s LeAnn Phelan, Sony ATV Music Publishing’s Troy Tomlinson, producer Dann Huff, co-writer Steve McEwan, Keith Urban, EMI Music Publishing’s Gary Overton, BMI’s David Preston, and Borman Entertainment’s John Grady. Photo by Drew Maynard

Pictured are (l-r): BMI’s Jody Williams, Capitol Nashville’s Mike Dungan, 19 Entertainment’s LeAnn Phelan, Sony ATV Music Publishing’s Troy Tomlinson, producer Dann Huff, co-writer Steve McEwan, Keith Urban, EMI Music Publishing’s Gary Overton, BMI’s David Preston, and Borman Entertainment’s John Grady. Photo by Drew Maynard

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.

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