Award-winning songwriter and producer Kyle Jacobs died Friday (Feb. 17) at age 49. Metro Nashville police says Jacobs’ death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.
Jacobs was the husband of country singer Kellie Pickler and starred alongside her in the CMT reality series I Love Kellie Pickler. They married in 2011.
Born in Bloomington, Minnesota, Jacobs moved to Nashville in 2000. After years of hard work–including time painting houses and sleeping in his car–Jacobs notched his first No. 1 as a songwriter in 2003 with “8th World Wonder.” He was a co-writer on one of the fasting-rising singles in country music history at the time, Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory.” Jacobs also co-wrote top 10 singles “Still” by Tim McGraw, and “Dust” by Eli Young Band.
Jacobs, who was a staff writer at Curb|Word Publishing, celebrated multiple No. 1 hits alongside Lee Brice as as songwriter or producer, including “Hard To Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “Drinking Class,” “Rumor,” “One Of Them Girls,” “Memory I Don’t Mess With” and “Soul.” The day before his death, Jacobs made a social media post celebrating the Platinum certification of Brice’s Hey World album.
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Jacobs is an ACM winner, having taken home the trophy in 2013 for Song of the Year with “I Drive Your Truck.”
After Jacobs’ passing, Lee Brice offered, “These past few days have truly been some of the hardest of my life. At times, I feel lost and buried under this deep sadness. Other times, I sit and remember all the times with Kyle that bring me comfort and make me smile. He was, without a doubt, one of the best people anyone could ever hope to have in their corner…I am eternally grateful for having him in mine. I’ll keep Kellie, his family and everyone who was touched by him close to my heart. I’ll miss you til we meet again..I love you, brother.”
Curb | Word Chairman, Mike Curb, shared, “Kyle Jacobs was one of those amazing creative talents who understood all genres of music. He came into Curb’s life when he wrote “8th World Wonder,” which was the first Pop single by Kimberly Locke after her amazing performance on American Idol. He proceeded to create the only Country record to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard chart, “More Than A Memory” by Garth Brooks, which he composed with Billy Montana and Lee Brice. Among his many other successes, he composed Tim McGraw’s hit “Still” and Lee Brice’s #1 Billboard single “Rumor,” and he co-produced with Ben Glover Lee Brice’s current and most successful album, which has just been certified Platinum. The album includes “Save The Roses” and “Do Not Disturb,” some of the most poignant songs ever written, which are a major tribute to Kyle’s legacy that we will always cherish. Most importantly, Kyle was part of our Curb | Word family and an inspiration to all of us.”
Curb | Word VP, Country Publishing & Creative, Colt Murski, shared, “Kyle was such an amazing person. He was my best friend, my best man, and my champion. I had the honor of working with him for over 18 years and cherished every moment. He was an amazing musician, songwriter, and producer. He was a part of so many amazing songs. He was a friend to so many people and he touched so many lives around the world. He was the kind of guy you could go to for advice, guidance, or a good laugh. I’m going to miss him forever.”
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