Songwriters can be stubborn, too. Hence the Top 4 names on this week’s chart are unchanged from last week. It seems no one wanted to make room for writers on the way up. Enjoying an olympic class run in the top spot for a sixth consecutive week is Brett James, with four active songs contributing to his still-expanding point totals.
But who is this artist/writer in the No. 2 spot with five active songs, three of which feature him as the artist? His name is Cole Swindell. He writes for Sony/ATV and records for Warner Music Nashville. Swindell is from Bronwood, Georgia where he attended Georgia Southern University and became friends with fellow fraternity brother, Luke Bryan. Together they played shows at local college venues.
After college in 2007, Swindell moved to Music City where Bryan hired him to sell merch on the road at shows and write songs on the bus. As a result, Bryan’s Spring Break/Capitol Records EPs featured numerous cuts from Swindell. In 2010 Sony/ATV, realized the young writer’s potential and signed him to a publishing deal. It didn’t take long for their faith to be rewarded.
In 2013 Swindell decided to independently release his debut single, “Chillin’ It.” The song was produced by Jody Stevens, son of Bryan’s producer Jeff Stevens, and it led to his being signed at Warner Music Nashville.
Now as 2014 gets underway, Cole Swindell has a lot for which to be thankful. His Warner single “Chillin” has become the first debut single of 2014 to garner Gold status and is currently over 600k in sales. The singer/songwriter has joined the Luke Bryan tour and he recently received the very first MusicRow Challenge coin for “Chillin It.” In addition, the Georgia newcomer is currently No. 2 on the Top 60 Country Songwriter chart with three tracks featuring him as artist— “Chillin It,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” and “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey.” He is also getting writer points on “Get Me Some Of That” from Thomas Rhett and “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line w/Luke Bryan.
See the Songwriter Chart HERE.