A combination of firsts surround the No. 1 writer on this week’s Top 60 Songwriters Chart. If you’ve already clicked on the chart, (HERE) then you’ve noticed that @No. 1 this week we feature our first female songwriter; our first writer/artist and our first writer to land at the top based on points from just one, 100% written song—“Red.”
But, Taylor Alison Swift is no stranger to being first and winning awards. A few months ago she was named Songwriter/Artist of The Year by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) for the sixth time, setting a new record among performing artists who have previously received the award and making her publisher Sony/ATV Tree proud. This accomplished writer who placed 14 Top 30 songs on the charts from July 2012 to July 2013 will display her six trophies in the newly opened Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Swift donated over $4 million toward the Hall’s expansion to create this area where young students will observe museum curators at work and take part in hands-on interactive labs and exhibits.
The Top 10 Movers
Jon Nite (No. 3; +2), Brett James (No. 6; +4), Josh Osborne (No. 8; +3) and Rhett Akins (No. 10; +3) all made nice moves to land inside the Top 10. Akins had four active songs helping him advance, James had three points earners and Jon and Josh each scored from two compositions.
Jon Nite’s name is in big print on the Songwriter chart, but did you know he was also listed (in much smaller print) at the top of last week’s Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (11/28/13) where his song “We Were Us” has been No. 1 for three consecutive weeks! Congratulations Jon (and co-writers Jimmy Robbins and Nicolle Gaylon.) Jon and Jimmy also co-wrote “Whatever Shes Got” which was No. 8 on the same chart.
Brett James is a musical powerhouse who has had over 300 songs recorded, won a Grammy for “Jesus Take The Wheel” and has a career story which reads like a parable of loss and redemption. James left medical school to try his hand as an artist/songwriter in Nashville. After seven years of more misses than hits, he packed up and returned to med school in Oklahoma figuring his music career was over. But fate had other plans. While at med school he landed a Faith Hill cut on her Breathe album which inspired him to start writing again. Eventually he returned to Music City and the rest is as they say—history.
Making a solid move this week is song veteran Marv Green who jumps from No. 55 to No. 38 based on growing strength of two active songs recorded by Sara Evans and Dustin Lynch. Green’s “Slow Me Down” co-writer, Heather Morgan also benefits with a chart skip from No. 65 to 46.