Industry Toasts White-Hot Hit From Lambert/Hemby

Pictured are (l-r): Carnival Music’s Matthew Miller, BMI’s Jody Williams, Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s Troy Tomlinson, Miranda Lambert, producer Mike Wrucke, co-writer Natalie Hemby, producer Frank Liddell, ShopKeeper Management’s Marion Kraft, Columbia Nashville’s Jimmy Rector. Photo by Rick Diamond

Miranda Lambert is no stranger to critical acclaim and her recent third album is boosting her appeal to the commercial masses. BMI saluted Lambert’s first No. 1 hit “White Liar,” co-written with Natalie Hemby, with a 1940s-themed gala on Friday, Feb. 26. The single is the first chart-topper for both songwriters who celebrated with friends and industry guests donned in black and white ‘40s duds. A live swing band provided the musical backdrop at trendy downtown Nashville event space Cellar One.

Among the partygoers cheering Lambert and Hemby were team members pictured above, as well as Blake Shelton, Steve Moore, Tracy Gershon, Joey Lee, Henry Glascock, Katie Nelson, Jon Freeman, Christie King, Kay Clary, Michelle Goble and tons more.

Lambert’s albums have all debuted at the top of the charts, and followed with Platinum or Gold certification, but “White Liar” is her first radio charttopper, and one of the 11 songs she wrote or co-wrote for her latest album Revolution.

Carnival Music’s Hemby has also been on a hot streak. She has writing credits on recent albums from Lee Ann Womack (“The Bees”), Eli Young Band (“Mystery In The Making”) and the title track to Carrie Underwood’s latest, Play On.

“White Liar” was her first country single though, and she says she and Lambert wrote it in just 30 minutes. She also co-wrote three other songs for Revolution: “Only Prettier,” “Airstream Song” and “Virginia Bluebell.”

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