NSAI Presents Honorary Awards, Salutes Songwriters Of No. 1 Hits

Ralph Murphy (VP of ASCAP Nashville) accepting The Maggie Cavender Award; NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, NSAI Board Member and songwriter, Byron Hill

Ralph Murphy (VP of ASCAP Nashville) accepting The Maggie Cavender Award; NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, NSAI Board Member and songwriter, Byron Hill

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) honored more than 20 writers whose songs topped the Billboard Airplay, Digital, Hot or Mediabase charts between April 2016 and July 2016. Songs were recognized in both country and contemporary Christian music. The recognitions took place Monday evening (Sept. 19) during a massive No. 1 party at the Music Mill, NSAI’s Music Row headquarters.

The Maggie Cavender Award (in recognition of extraordinary service to the songwriting community) was presented to Ralph Murphy, VP of ASCAP Nashville. Church Music Publishers Association President Elwyn Raymer was presented the NSAI President’s Choice Award in recognition of significant contributions to the betterment of all songwriters, chosen by NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller.

The NSAI No. 1 Party was sponsored by Klindt, Cole & Associates.

Elwyn Raymer (President of CMPA) accepting the NSAI President's Choice Award; NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller

Elwyn Raymer (President of CMPA) accepting the NSAI President’s Choice Award; NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller

Songwriters with their No. 1 plaques.

Songwriters with their No. 1 plaques.

Songs Recognized
 include:

“Drunk On Your Love”
Writers: Brett Eldredge, Ross Copperman
Recorded by: Brett Eldredge

“You Should Be Here”
Writers: Cole Swindell, Ashley Gorley
Recorded by: Cole Swindell

“Trust In You”
Writers: Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury, Michael Farren
Recorded by: Lauren Daigle

“The River”
Writers: Jordan Feliz, Joshua Silverberg, Colby Wedgeworth
Recorded by: Jordan Feliz

“Confession”
Writers: Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Matt Jenkins
Recorded by: Florida Georgia Line

“Think Of You”
Writers: Chris Young, Corey Crowder, Josh Hoge
Recorded by: Chris Young duet with Cassadee Pope

“Somewhere On A Beach”
Writers: Michael Tyler, Jaron Boyer, Josh Mirenda, Alexander Palmer, Dave Kuncio
Recorded by: Dierks Bentley

“Mind Reader”
Writers: Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins
Recorded by: Dustin Lynch

“Came Here To Forget”
Writers: Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman
Recorded by: Blake Shelton

“T-Shirt”
Writers: Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
Recorded by: Thomas Rhett

“Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day”
Writers: Dallas Davidson, Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins
Recorded by: Luke Bryan

“Lights Come On”
Writers: Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Jimmy Robbins, Jordan Schmidt, Brad Warren, Brett Warren
Recorded by: Jason Aldean

“My Church”
Writers: Maren Morris, Busbee
Recorded by: Maren Morris

“Feel Invincible”
Writers: John Cooper, Seth Mosley
Recorded by: Skillet

“Slow Down”
Writers: Nichole Nordeman, Christopher Stevens
Recorded by: Nichole Nordeman

Songs Recognized from previous quarters:
“Gonna”
Writers: Luke Laird & Craig Wiseman
Recorded by: Blake Shelton

“Anything Goes”
Writers: Felix McTiegue, Chris Tompkins, & Craig Wiseman
Recorded by: Florida Georgia Line

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