Songs have to be created, written, rewritten, demoed, then pitched and pitched again. And yet still nothing happens until an artist and their team believe in the message and know in their hearts that the lyric and melody fits them like a finely tailored suit. Then the song must be produced and recorded while the writers (and publishers) cross their fingers hoping the song will make the record and become a single. And last, but absolutely not least, a mighty label team must carry that record aloft like the proud banner of an army marching its way to capture the hearts of country fans.
The sixty writers contained on these weekly charts are a hearty breed of professionals, dreamers and craftsmen who thrive on hard work. They also seem unafraid of finding rejection on their pathway to success.
And so it makes it all the sweeter to see a new record set as Brett James claims the No. 1 position for a fourth consecutive week. Congratulations Brett from all of us who appreciate the magnitude of the challenge which you and so many other writers on Music Row face daily. We salute you one and all.
And here’s a few special chart shout outs…
>Writer/artist Eric Paslay runs into the Top 10 end zone fueled by his hit record “Friday Night,” and a tri-write on the new Rascal Flatts single “Rewind.” Paslay moves from No. 15 to No. 9.
>Zach Crowell is making chart analysts dizzy, moving last week from No. 61 to 40 and now to No. 24! Crowell has credits on three active songs including hits from Scotty McCreery, Keith Urban plus a track from newcomer Will Hoge that is gaining new fans daily.
>Finally, Sam Hunt earns a debut chart mention as this week’s Biggest Gainer. He rockets from from a bubbling under No. 68 to this week’s nifty perch at No. 27. Hunt co-wrote “Cop Car” and also gained points with “We Are Tonight” a fast-climbing single for Billy Currington.