NSAI Honors Songwriters, Chart-Topping Hits

Pictured (L-R): NSAI Board Legislative Chair Brett James, Lynn Anderson, Bart Herbison, Casey Anderson, NSAI Board President Lee Thomas Miller

Pictured (L-R): NSAI Board Legislative Chair Brett James, Lynn Anderson, Bart Herbison, Casey Anderson, NSAI Board President Lee Thomas Miller

The Nashville Songwriters Association International presented No. 1 plaques to several songwriters whose compositions reached the top of the charts between August and November 2014. The No. 1 party, sponsored by Bill Lynch and Lynch Wealth Management of Raymond James, was held Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 at Music Mill, NSAI’s Music Row headquarters.

Additionally the Stephen Foster award was presented to Liz and Casey Anderson, two of NSAI’s founding members. Casey accepted for both himself and his late wife. Lynn Anderson, entertainer and daughter of the recipients, performed a medley of her parents’ songs, including “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers” and “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive.”

Kneeling: NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, NSAI Board President Lee Thomas Miller. Seated: Luke Laird, Troy Verges, Michael Carter, Cole Taylor, Rob Hatch, Ben Glover, Bart Millard, Mark Irwin, David Garcia, Andrew Dorff, Brett James. Standing: Wade Kirby, Barry Dean, Rhett Akins, Phil O’Donnell, Marc Beeson, Matt Dragstrem, Zach Crowell, Bernie Herms, Dallas Davidson

Kneeling: NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, NSAI Board President Lee Thomas Miller. Seated: Luke Laird, Troy Verges, Michael Carter, Cole Taylor, Rob Hatch, Ben Glover, Bart Millard, Mark Irwin, David Garcia, Andrew Dorff, Brett James. Standing: Wade Kirby, Barry Dean, Rhett Akins, Phil O’Donnell, Marc Beeson, Matt Dragstrem, Zach Crowell, Bernie Herms, Dallas Davidson

Songs Recognized (August – November 2014)

“Burnin’ It Down,” Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson, Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, recorded by Jason Aldean
“We Are Tonight,” Marc Beeson, Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, recorded by Billy Currington
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice, Dallas Davidson, Rob Hatch, recorded by Lee Brice
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor, Kevin Kadish,recorded by MeghanTrainor
“Drunk On A Plane,” Dierks Bentley, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins, recorded by Dierks Bentley
“Hope In Front Of Me,” Danny Gokey, Bernie Herms, Brett James, recorded by Danny Gokey
“Bartender,” Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, Rodney Clawson, recorded by Lady Antebellum
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift, recorded by Taylor Swift
“Greater,” Ben Glover, David Garcia, Bart Millard, Nathan Cochran, Michael John Scheuchzer, Robby Shaffer, Barry Graul, recorded by MercyMe
“Where It’s At (Yep, Yep),” Cary Barlowe, Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, recorded by Dustin Lynch
“Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” Cole Swindell, Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, Michael Carter, recorded by Cole Swindell
“Roller Coaster,” Michael Carter, Cole Swindell, recorded by Luke Bryan
“Tonight Looks Good On You,” Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley, recorded by Jason Aldean
“Fix My Eyes,” Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbone, Seth Mosley, recorded by for KING & COUNTRY
“Sippin’ On Fire,” Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Cole Taylor, recorded by Florida Georgia Line
“Out Of The Woods,” Taylor Swift, recorded by Taylor Swift
“Gotta Get Away,” Patrick Carney, Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton, recorded by The Black Keys
“Leave The Night On,” Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, recorded by Sam Hunt
“Neon Light,” Andrew Dorff, Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, recorded by Blake Shelton
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift, recorded by Taylor Swift
“Sunshine & Whiskey,” Luke Laird, Jaren Johnston, recorded by Frankie Ballard
“Day Drinking,” Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, Barry Dean, Troy Verges, recorded by Little Big Town

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