Kim McLean (Pro Writer)

01/16/2018 - 5:00pm

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Kim McLean is a career songwriter with over 300 song credits by artists like country mega-stars Tim McGraw and Lee Ann Womack; blues-greats Bettye LaVette and Shana Morrison; and gospel mainstays The Martins and Sierra. Grammy-nominated, she won the GMA Song of Year for her gospel copyright “Count Your Blessing”. She has also garnered awards from the N.S.A.I., ASCAP, and the Just Plain Folk Americana Song of the Year. Her musical TV/Film credits include NBC’s West Wing, CBS’ Cold Case and Early Edition, and ABC’s Hope & Faith. She has produced acts for Sony, Warner Brothers, Curb, and several award winning independent acts. Kim is known for her ability to find the ‘voice’ of the singer in the studio through her original songs and unique production. Highlights as a recording artist include touring with Shana Morrison on shows with Van Morrison, a cameo on ABC’s Hope & Faith (with three of her original songs), and a duet with Dolly Parton. Kim McLean has performed at the historic Ryman, is a regular at The Bluebird Café, at major festivals in the U.S. and U.K., and led worship for a mission in Beijing, China. Now owner and visionary of her own music company, Hippie Chick Twang Media, LLC, Kim McLean is creating a spotlight for other talented writers and artists. She and her son, Will McLean Johnston, are co-CEOs of HCT in Nashville, and they continue to perform with Will as Kim’s drummer. Hippie Chick Twang hosts two monthly shows in Nashville’s infamous music scene, one at the popular venue The Country in downtown Nashville, and the other at World Music on the west side of town. --