Nominations for the 27th annual MusicRow Awards, Nashville’s longest running music industry trade publication honors, have been revealed. The following Producer of the Year nominees contributed to some of the best albums coming out of Nashville during the eligibility period (May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015).
These nominees kept sounds fresh for superstars and gave cache to the genre’s next headliners. Veteran studio whizes Byron Gallimore and Frank Liddell had stellar years, helping their respective longtime artist collaborators, Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert, turn in innovative albums. Gallimore also led studio efforts for his own Streamsound artists Kristian Bush and Austin Webb, while Liddell helmed quality projects by wife Lee Ann Womack, David Nail and Stoney LaRue.
A few of the Producer of the Year nominees collaborated with other MusicRow Award nominees and winners. Shane McAnally produced 2015 Breakthrough Artist nominee Sam Hunt, as well as rising band Old Dominion, which includes Breakthrough Songwriter nominees Matthew Ramsey and Brad Tursi. McAnally also coproduced 2013 Breakthrough Artist winner Kacey Musgraves.
Jay Joyce produced Little Big Town’s latest album, which includes Song of the Year nominee “Girl Crush.” Joyce also reunited with longtime collaborator Eric Church and worked with Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett and Brothers Osborne.
Joyce and fellow Producer nominee Ross Copperman each helmed tracks for Keith Urban, who tapped a myrid of producers for his latest album. Additionally, first-time nominee Copperman worked with Eli Young Band and helped Dierks Bentley conjure a new sound.
Award winners are voted on exclusively by Subscriber Members of MusicRow (click to subscribe and receive your ballot). Honors for Breakthrough Songwriter, Breakthrough Artist, Producer of the Year, Song of the Year, and Top Ten Album AllStar Musicians will be presented during an invitation-only ceremony at ASCAP on Tuesday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m.