NSAI Honors No. 1 Songs

Pictured (Front row, L-R): NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller, Paul Jenkins, Connie Harrington, Natalie Hemby, Jessi Alexander. (Second row, standing, L-R): Luke Laird, David Lee Murphy, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Yeary, Andrew Dorff, NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, Mark Bright, Tim James, Craig Wiseman, President’s Choice Award recipient Gerry House, Jason Sellers, Tom Shapiro

Pictured (Front row, L-R): NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller, Paul Jenkins, Connie Harrington, Natalie Hemby, Jessi Alexander. (Second row, standing, L-R): Luke Laird, David Lee Murphy, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Yeary, Andrew Dorff, NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, Mark Bright, Tim James, Craig Wiseman, President’s Choice Award recipient Gerry House, Jason Sellers, Tom Shapiro

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosted a No. 1 Party on Tuesday, Aug. 13 to honor the writers of songs reaching the top spot between April and June 2013. The event, sponsored by Bill Lynch of Lynch Wealth Management, also featured several make-up presentations to writers who were unable to attend when their songs were previously honored.

The NSAI President’s Choice Award was presented to Nashville radio icon and hit songwriter Gerry House, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the protection and betterment of the songwriting profession.

Songs Recognized (April – June 2013)
“Anywhere With You,” Ben Hayslip, David Lee Murphy, Jimmy Yeary, recorded by Jake Owen
“Boys ‘Round Here,” Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Craig Wiseman, recorded by Blake Shelton w/ Pistol Annies & Friends
“Downtown,” Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, recorded by Lady Antebellum
“Get Your Shine On,” Rodney Clawson, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Chris Tompkins, recorded by Florida Georgia Line
“Give It All We Got Tonight,” Mark Bright, Tim James, Phil O’Donnell, recorded by George Strait
“I Drive Your Truck,” Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Yeary, recorded by Lee Brice
“If I Didn’t Have You,” Paul Jenkins, Jason Sellers, Keifer Thompson, Shawna Thompson, recorded by Thompson Square
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” Brandy Clark, McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, recorded by Miranda Lambert
“Somebody’s Heartbreak,” Laird, Andrew Dorff, Hunter Hayes, recorded by Hunter Hayes
“Wagon Wheel,” Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor, recorded by Darius Rucker

Make-up Presentations (For writers who were unable to attend previously when their songs were first honored.)
Luke Laird, “One Of Those Nights,” recorded by Tim McGraw
Jason Sellers, “I Won’t Let Go,” recorded by Rascal Flatts
Natalie Hemby, “Tornado,” recorded by Little Big Town
Tom Shapiro, “Why Wait,” recorded by Rascal Flatts

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