The Association of Independent Music Publishers’ (AIMP) Nashville Chapter has announced the members of the ninth annual AIMP Nashville Songwriter Series Class of 2023, made up of Blake Pendergrass, Terri Jo Box, Mae Estes, Chris McKenna, Luke Preston, Zarni deVette and Lauren Hungate.
All members were selected by a special committee made up of music industry professionals, based on submissions from current AIMP Nashville members. Each writer must not have had a song charting higher than a top 20 on the Billboard or Mediabase charts.
The honor is considered to be a strong predictor of future success in the music industry. Past AIMP Nashville Songwriter Series members have gone on to score chart-topping hits both as performers and as writers for prominent artists; win Grammy, CMA and CMT Awards; and reach No. 1 on the MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart.
They will perform during a live writers’ round on Aug. 9 at The Listening Room Café at 6 p.m. CT. AIMP members can register for free at the AIMP website, while non-members can purchase a ticket for $10 at The Listening Room Café website.
Members of the Class of 2022 included Brigetta, John Byron, Erin Kinsey, Meg McRee, Colton Venner and Caroline Watkins. Past honorees include Rocky Block, Ben Chapman, Jonathan Hutcherson, Jenna LaMaster, Jared Scott, Dan Wilson, Brinley Addington, Luke Dick, Jameson Rodgers, Hailey Whitters, Ash Bowers, Hannah Ellis, Hardy, Ashley McBryde, Kassi Ashton, Nicolette Hayford, Kylie Morgan, Ben Goldsmith, Ryan Beaver, Josh Jenkins, Dave Pittenger, Dillon Carmichael, Tiera Kennedy and more.
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