Welcome to our first Top 60 Country Songwriter Chart of 2014! The drums were rolling as we plugged in all the data and waited to see the results. And it’s our happy honor to present Grammy winning songwriter Brett James with the year’s first No. 1.
James’ story is remarkable—just waiting to be adapted into a musical. Here’s the synopsis: young writer leaves medical school to fulfill his Nashville dreams of fame and stardom. Gets record deal. Gets rejected. Loses deal. Decides to return to medical school. Then unexpectedly while cracking the books inside the halls of higher education his hard work in Music City pays off. His songs become hits for some high profile artists. Overjoyed, he throws caution to the winds and decides to leave behind his white lab coat and grab his guitar—again. Well it’s something like that. As for the soundtrack, it’s already ready!
Moving on, spots 2-10 on our Country Songwriter Chart are packed with super talents (in order) like Jimmy Robbins, Rhett Akins, Rodney Clawson, Jon Nite, Cole Swindell, Caitlyn Smith, Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley and Ben Hayslip.
NEKST published eight weekly charts last year, starting on 10/27 and ending on 12/15/13. During that time Ashley Gorley and Taylor Swift each held the No. 1 spot for three consecutive weeks. Jimmy Robbins was No. 1 for two consecutive weeks.
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