Downtown x Country Music Awards

This was a big week for Nashville’s songwriter and publishing community. Downtown songwriters received awards for five songs in our catalog at the 2018 BMI Country Awards last night, as well as an ASCAP Country Music Award on Monday night. Our represented writers include Andy Albert and Kelly Archer. We would also like to congratulate Jesse Frasure, who was honored as BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year and helped pen three of the five winning titles we represent.

Andy co-wrote Granger Smith’s “Happens Like That,” one of ASCAP’s most performed songs in 2018. BMI’s top 50 songs for the year include Kelly’s co-penned number one single “Somebody Else Will” by Justin Moore, as well as “For Her” by Chris Lane. BMI also recognized “A Girl Like You” by Easton Corbin, Thomas Rhett’s “Marry Me,” and “Ring On Every Finger” by LOCASH, all three of which were co-written by Jesse.

Both award ceremonies were held in Nashville and attended by Downtown CEO Justin Kalifowitz, SVP of A&R in Nashville Steve Markland, as well as other members of our Nashville team.

“After attending the ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC awards the past three nights, I am humbled as well as honored to be standing amongst this great community of songwriters here in Nashville — as well as the writers it attracts from around the world,” said Steve. “We were proud to be awarded for six of the most performed songs of the year from our amazingly talented Downtown writers.”

We would also like to congratulate our partners Big Yellow Dog, who had three top-performing ASCAP titles in 2018.

HAPPENS LIKE THAT
Recorded by Granger Smith
Written by Andy Albert, Jordan Schmidt

A GIRL LIKE YOU
Recorded by Easton Corbin
Written by Jesse Frasure, Rhett Akins

FOR HER
Recorded by Chris Lane
Written by Kelly Archer, Sarah Buxton

MARRY ME
Recorded by Thomas Rhett
Written by Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett

RING ON EVERY FINGER
Recorded by LOCASH
Written by Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett

SOMEBODY ELSE WILL
Recorded by Justine Moore
Written by Kelly Archer, Tebey Ottoh