NSAI Hosts Huge No. 1 Bash

The Nashville Songwriters Association International honored 35 Nashville-associated writers Monday night (Feb. 21) at a huge No. 1 party at its headquarters at the Music Mill on Music Row. The event recognized songwriters who contributed to songs that topped the Billboard Airplay, Digital, Hot or Mediabase charts from August 2016 to November 2016.

The Stephen Foster Award (in recognition of extraordinary service to the songwriting community) was also presented to John A. Hardaway, Senior Sales and Marketing Executive for Brown-Forman Corporation. The party was sponsored by Klindt, Cole & Associates with drinks provided by Jack Daniels.

NSAI No. 1 Songs Recognized:
“Peter Pan”
Writers: Kelsea Ballerini, Jesse Lee and Forest Glen Whitehead
Recorded by: Kelsea Ballerini

“Head Over Boots”
Writers: Luke Laird and Jon Pardi
Recorded by: Jon Pardi

“From The Ground Up”
Writers: Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney and Chris DeStefano
Recorded by: Dan + Shay

“American Country Love Song”
Writers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston and Ashley Gorley
Recorded by: Jake Owen

“Eye Of The Storm”
Writers: Ryan Stevenson and Bryan Fowler
Recorded by: Ryan Stevenson featuring GabeReal

“Different For Girls”
Writers: JT Harding and Shane McAnally
Recorded by: Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King

“Middle Of A Memory”
Writers: Cole Swindell, Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell
Recorded by: Cole Swindell

“You Look Like I Need A Drink”
Writers: Rodney Clawson, Natalie Hemby and Matt Dragstrem
Recorded by: Justin Moore

“I Know Somebody”
Writers: Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover
Recorded by: LoCash

“Thy Will”
Writers: Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott and Emily Weisband
Recorded by: Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

Writers: Ashley Gorley, Chris DuBois and Brad Paisley
Recorded by: Brad Paisley

Writers: Luke Bryan, Michael Carter and Jay Clementi
Recorded by: Luke Bryan

Pictured (L-R): NSAI Executive Director, Bart Herbison with John A. Hardaway and Lee Thomas Miller


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