The Nashville Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Dakota are proud to present three of Nashville’s hottest singer/songwriters in one special showcase!
Over the past decade, Brett James has had more than 300 of his songs recorded by some of the biggest artists in the world, from Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts to Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys, Daughtry and Leona Lewis.
His songs have appeared on albums with combined sales of over 100 million copies. He has had numerous hit singles including 11 No. 1s. A few of his hits include “Blessed” by Martina McBride, “When the Sun Goes Down” by Kenny Chesney, “The Truth” by Jason Aldean and Chris Young’s “The Man I Want To Be.” In 2006 Brett won a Grammy for “Jesus, Take the Wheel” recorded by Carrie Underwood. Brett was named ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year in 2006 and again in 2010 and appeared on Billboard magazine’s year-end Top Ten Country Songwriters list seven of those 10 years.
As a producer, his credits include Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, Josh Gracin and Kip Moore. A native of Oklahoma where he spent three years in medical school, Brett now lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Sandy, and their four children.
Tim Nichols has been writing hit songs for the past 25 years for artists including “Girls Lie Too” and “I Wanna Do It All” by Terri Clark, “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” by Trace Adkins and “I’ll Think Of a Reason Later” by Lee Ann Womack.
In 2004, Nichols co-wrote Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” with Craig Wiseman, which set a new record of 10 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Radio & Records chart, won the Best Country Song Grammy award in 2005 and was nominated for the Grammy Song of the Year. It also won the Song of the Year award from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, BMI Country Awards, ASCAP Country Awards and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. It is the only song ever to have won every major song award that is presented for country music.
Other artists to record Nichols’ songs include Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Travis Tritt, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye and Clay Walker.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Rivers Rutherford could be found playing clubs on Beale Street throughout his high school years. While on a piano scholarship to Ole Miss, Rutherford’s father spotted a newspaper ad for a songwriting workshop which lead to Rivers meeting with Chips Moman, producer of Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds,” and Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind.” Moman was so impressed with a partially finished song that Rutherford played at the workshop that he signed Rutherford to a publishing and production contract. This venture led to Rutherford’s first recording “American Remains,” by The Highwaymen. Rutherford moved to Nashville in 1993 and began working with a local commercial production company.
In 1996, Rutherford signed an exclusive publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. He enjoyed immediate success penning Chely Wright’s breakthrough single “Shut Up and Drive.” Rutherford received ASCAP’s Song Of The Year in 2002 for “Ain’t Nothin’ ‘Bout You” recorded by Brooks & Dunn and in 2006 he became ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year. Along with songwriting success, Rutherford produced Montgomery Gentry’s first No. 1 record, Lucky Man. Rutherford has earned eight No. 1 songs recorded by the likes of Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins and Rodney Atkins. Along with the success of his No. 1 hits, his songs have also been recorded by Carrie Underwood, Gary Allan, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Trick Pony, Jason Michael Carroll, Chuck Wicks and Andy Griggs.