Music industry revelers gathered yesterday (Jan. 12) at BMI’s Nashville office to celebrate songwriter and Warner Music Nashville artist Chris Janson‘s No. 1 single, “Buy Me A Boat.” The track was written by Janson and Chris DuBois, and produced by Janson, DuBois and Brent Anderson.
Among those celebrating were ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, BMI’s David Preston, Warner Music Nashville’s John Esposito, CRB’s Holly Lane, CMA’s Brandi Simms, Sea Gayle Music Publishing’s Marc Driskill, and Red Vinyl Music’s Eric Gallimore. Ron Cox of Avenue Bank announced a donation on behalf of the songwriters to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. According to Driskill, “Boat” marked Sea Gayle’s 40th No. 1 song.
DuBois gave thanks to radio personality Bobby Bones for taking a chance and playing “Buy Me A Boat.” “If he hadn’t decided to play that one morning on his show, I don’t know if we would be here right now,” remarked DuBois.
Janson used the party as an opportunity to thank a large portion of the people involved in his career by name, including his constant supporter, wife Kelly. “She’s got some of the best ears [for good songs] in this industry,” said Janson, who also invited her onstage to celebrate with him during the party. “I wouldn’t stand up here without her.”
Janson will join Blake Shelton on tour this winter, and will be featured during CRS’ New Faces of Country Music Show at Nashville’s Omni Hotel on Feb. 10.
“I finally feel like we are winning, and thank you Nashville for letting it happen,” Janson concluded.
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