NSAI Hosts No. 1 Party

Front Row (seated L-R): Troy Verges, Maggie Cavender Award recipient Erika Wollam Nichols, Stephen Foster Award recipient Mark Ford, Kelley Lovelace, NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller. Second Row (standing L-R): Rhett Akins, NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, Dan Couch, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Brett Warren, Brad Warren

Front Row (seated L-R): Troy Verges, Maggie Cavender Award recipient Erika Wollam Nichols, Stephen Foster Award recipient Mark Ford, Kelley Lovelace, NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller. Second Row (standing L-R): Rhett Akins, NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, Dan Couch, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Brett Warren, Brad Warren

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosted a No. 1 Party, sponsored by Bill Lynch of Lynch Wealth Management, on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The organization presented No. 1 plaques to the writers of songs reaching the top spot between July and September 2013 and honored notable individuals for their contributions to the music industry.

The Maggie Cavender Award (in recognition of extraordinary service to the songwriting community) was presented to Erika Wollam Nichols, President and General Manager of The Bluebird Cafe and Co-Director of the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. The Stephen Foster Award (in recognition of dedication to songwriters, the music industry and NSAI) was presented to Mark Ford, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF).

Songs recognized during the event include:

“Beat This Summer,” Chris DuBois, Luke Laird, Brad Paisley, recorded by Brad Paisley
“Crash My Party,” Rodney Clawson, Ashley Gorley, recorded by Luke Bryan
“DONE.” Jacob Bryant, John Davidson, Neil Perry, Reid Perry, recorded by The Band Perry
“Don’t Ya,” Chris DeStefano, Brett Eldredge, Ashley Gorley, recorded by Brett Eldredge
“Hey Pretty Girl,” Dan Couch, Kip Moore, recorded by Kip Moore
“I Want Crazy,” Hunter Hayes, Lori McKenna, Troy Verges, recorded by Hunter Hayes
“Little Bit Of Everything,” Kevin Rudolf, Brad Warren, Brett Warren, recorded by Keith Urban
“Point At You,” Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ben Hayslip, recorded by Justin Moore
“Round Here,” Rodney Clawson, Thomas Rhett, Chris Tompkins, recorded by Florida Georgia Line
“Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace, recorded by Randy Houser
“See You Again,” David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey, Carrie Underwood, recorded by Carrie Underwood
“That’s My Kind of Night,” Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, recorded by Luke Bryan

A make-up presentation (for writers who were unable to attend previously when their songs were first honored) was given to Ben Hayslip for “Anywhere With You,” recorded by Jake Owen.

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