Yearly Archives: 2007

Sony/ATV Publishing Deal

Well, it’s official! I am now a staff songwriter at Sony/ATV Nashville. It’s an especially exciting time for this to be happening, because this deal was set in motion by my friend and fellow Nashville songwriter Tony Lane (he was

Jessica Simpson and Walking Hard on Crutches

Rachel Proctor and I co-wrote with Jessica Simpson for the first time today. We had a great time, despite the fact that Rachel had lost her voice and I was hobbling around with a bum knee (I’ll tell you more

Beans & Rice & Greatest Hits

Here’s a funny little story about what it’s like to be a professional songwriter… The other day, my friend Lisa McCallum emailed me through MySpace and said, “Hey, I saw Sara Evans being interviewed on GAC about her Greatest Hits

Gratitude

I am so blessed, in so many ways. It’s a bit overwhelming just thinking about it. Every morning when I wake up, I take a few minutes to list, out loud, the things in my life that I’m grateful for.

Dallas, Tin Pan North and the Grand Ole Opry

6:59 pm last night…musicians and stage crew were running willy-nilly all over the place…I was fighting my way through the crowd to find my spot on the stage next to Pam Tillis…the techs were plugging my guitar in and setting

Pyjamas and the Tennessee Waltz

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time in my home studio. I affectionately call it “The Rock Room”. The name is both symbolic and literal – yes, I do rock pretty hard in there sometimes (which my next door

“New York, New York!”

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere!” That was me, 24 hours ago, singing to myself at the top of my lungs as I ate the chocolate off my pillow in a posh 45th floor hotel room

Nashville Star

I have to admit – I’m hooked on “Nashville Star” this year. I’ve never really watched the show before, but this time around it’s different, because I know four out of the six remaining contestants! Josh Stevens is a friend

On the Road with Pam Tillis

2007 started out with a bang for my friend and cowriter Mary Sue Englund – literally! She suffered a really bad fall on the way out the door to pick me up at the airport, and broke four of the

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