Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees include Shania Twain – Billboard

Since making her first entry on Billboard’s country chart in 1993, Shania Twain has earned seven No. 1 Country Airplay hits, three RIAA Diamond certified albums (1995’s The woman in me1997 Come here and 2002 At the top!) and was named Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1999. Her groundbreaking career and her empowering music for women was recently chronicled in the Netflix documentary Not just a girl.


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Later this year, Twain will be honored twice for her songwriting craft — as previously announced, she will be honored with the ACM Poet’s Award during the ACM Honors on August 24. Later this year, she will also be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Steve Wariner, Hillary Lindsey, Gary Nicholson and David Malloy will join Twain as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2022, as announced by Sarah Cates, chair of the organization’s board of directors, as well as Mark Ford, the executive director. organisation. .

“It’s always one of my favorite days of the year — when we announced our incoming class and started their journey to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in October,” Cates said during announcement of the induction. “I am especially pleased to note that, for the first time since 2009, two of our elected inductees are women.” Kye Fleming and Tammy Wynette were among the inductees in 2009.

This year’s five inductees will join the 223 members the organization has inducted since its launch in 1970, including writers such as Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Don and Phil Everly, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Bill Monroe, Bobby Braddock, Don Schlitz and Cindy Walker.

Twain, who has written or co-written the majority of his own hits, will be honored as the newest member of the Songwriter/Contemporary Artist category. The Canadian native got her first number 1 Billboard country hit in 1995 with the two-week chart leader “Any Man of Mine”, and earned seven No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay hits, including “Love Gets Me Every Time”, “You’re Still the One” and “Come On Over” (the latter two won Grammy honors for Best Country Song in 1998 and 1999, respectively). Twain was not present when the induction was announced.

The inductee in the veteran songwriter-artist category this year is Wariner. In addition to his talents as a singer and in-demand instrumentalist, Warner has written many of his own recorded songs, including “You Can Dream of Me”, “Where Did I Go Wrong”, and “Holes in the Floor of Heaven”. , which was named Single and Song of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1998. Wariner also co-wrote Keith Urban’s hit “Where the Blacktop Ends”, Clint Black’s hit “Nothin’ But the Taillights” , and his own collab hit with Garth Brooks on “Longneck Bottle.”

Wariner spoke enthusiastically in tribute to the late country singer-songwriter Dottie West, who gave him his big break.

“I worked with Dottie for about three years. I got on the bus and she asked me: ‘What did you write this week? I want to hear your songs. She was like a teacher, so I tell people I went to Dottie West School of Music,” Wariner said. He also smartly noted that West became the first female country artist to win a Grammy, for her self-penned song “Here Comes My Baby.” He added: “It’s like a dream come true. There are so many other writers who probably deserve it more than me, but none will appreciate it more, I can guarantee you that.

Lindsey and Nicholson will be inducted into the contemporary songwriter category. Lindsey is known for writing hits such as Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” (which won Lindsey a Grammy), “Church Bells” “So Small” and “Wasted”, as well as Martina McBride’s “Blessed”. , Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban and “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga, A star is born soundtrack.

“It’s absolutely breathtaking to me,” Lindsey said at the induction announcement press conference. “Thank you, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, for this incredible honor. I’m extremely honored to be part of this year’s class, really. Just the thought of my name even being thrown in the hat makes me Thank you guys for always looking after all of our songwriters and artists the way you do, with such a great tradition like this.

Nicholson wrote songs such as Vince Gill’s “One More Last Chance” and Don Williams’ “That’s the Thing About Love”.

“I’ve been to Hall of Fame induction ceremonies over the years and I never imagined that…this would actually happen,” Nicholson said. “I’m a product of that environment, that community of amazing songwriters and editors. It’s that synergy, that community that shaped me. I hadn’t co-written until I got here and co-writing has become the thing to do. I’ve learned so much from each of my collaborators and I’m still learning from each of them, but the main thing I want to champion is the value of our community of writers- composers. It’s amazing. Thank you so much for this incredible honor.

Malloy will be inducted into the Veteran Songwriter category and is known for his work on a string of hits for Eddie Rabbitt including “I Love a Rainy Night”, “Suspicions” (also recorded by Tim McGraw), “Gone Too Far” and “Drivin’ My Life Away”, as well as “Love Will Turn You Around” by Kenny Rogers.

When announcing the inductees, Malloy, son of engineer Jim Malloy, recalled growing up hearing the music and creations of great artists and musicians, including Jack Clement and Mickey Newbury. He also recalled how his desire to start a publishing house and an encounter with songwriter Even Stevens led him to work with Rabbitt.

“I saw a guy I had met before and I jumped out of the car and said, ‘Are you Even Stevens?’ He looked at me and said, ‘Are you a cashier?’ I said ‘No’ and that was the start,” Malloy said. “He hung out and wrote with a guy named Eddie Rabbitt and that’s where we started.” Malloy added, “To be here with all these great talents that I admire so much, I am so grateful and grateful.”

The announcement took place Tuesday, August 2 at Columbia Studio A in Nashville, with the official induction set to take place at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 52nd Anniversary Gala on Sunday, October 30 at the Music City Center in Nashville.

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