NSAI Celebrates #1 Songs

NSAI Honors Songwriters Who Topped the Charts from April 2016 to July 2016

NSAI honored 20+ Nashville-associated writers whose songs topped the Billboard Airplay, Digital, Hot or Mediabase charts between April 2016 and July 2016 yesterday evening. The Maggie Cavender Award (in recognition of extraordinary service to the songwriting community) was presented to Ralph Murphy, VP of ASCAP Nashville. CMPA President, Elwyn Raymer was presented the NSAI President’s Choice Award (in recognition of significant contributions to the betterment of all songwriters, chosen by NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller).

The NSAI #1 Party, sponsored by Klindt, Cole & Associates (with special thanks to Jack Daniel’s for providing drinks), was held on Monday, September 19, at the Music Mill, NSAI’s headquarters on Music Row.

Ralph Murphy (VP of ASCAP Nashville) accepting The Maggie Cavender Award;
NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, NSAI Board Member and songwriter, Byron Hill 

Elwyn Raymer (President of CMPA) accepting the NSAI President's Choice Award; NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller

Songwriters & their #1 plaques

Songs Recognized

“Drunk On Your Love”
Writers: Brett Eldredge, Ross Copperman
Recorded by: Brett Eldredge
“You Should Be Here”
Writers: Cole Swindell, Ashley Gorley
Recorded by: Cole Swindell
“Trust In You”
Writers: Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury, Michael Farren
Recorded by: Lauren Daigle
“The River”
Writers: Jordan Feliz, Joshua Silverberg, Colby Wedgeworth
Recorded by: Jordan Feliz
Writers: Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Matt Jenkins
Recorded by: Florida Georgia Line
“Think Of You”
Writers: Chris Young, Corey Crowder, Josh Hoge
Recorded by: Chris Young duet with Cassadee Pope
“Somewhere On A Beach”
Writers: Michael Tyler, Jaron Boyer, Josh Mirenda, Alexander Palmer, Dave Kuncio
Recorded by: Dierks Bentley
“Mind Reader”
Writers: Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins
Recorded by: Dustin Lynch
“Came Here To Forget”
Writers: Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman
Recorded by: Blake Shelton
Writers: Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
Recorded by: Thomas Rhett
“Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day”
Writers: Dallas Davidson, Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins
Recorded by: Luke Bryan
“Lights Come On”
Writers: Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Jimmy Robbins, Jordan Schmidt, Brad Warren, Brett Warren
Recorded by: Jason Aldean
“My Church”
Writers: Maren Morris, Busbee
Recorded by: Maren Morris
“Feel Invincible”
Writers: John Cooper, Seth Mosley
Recorded by: Skillet
“Slow Down”
Writers: Nichole Nordeman, Christopher Stevens
Recorded by: Nichole Nordeman

Songs Recognized from previous quarters

From December 2015 on Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase Country Airplay charts:
Writers: Luke Laird, Craig Wiseman
Recorded by: Blake Shelton

From November 2015 on the Mediabase Country Airplay chart:
“Anything Goes”
Writers: Felix McTiegue, Chris Tompkins, Craig Wiseman
Recorded by: Florida Georgia Line

About Ralph Murphy
Born in England and raised in Canada, the well-traveled Ralph Murphy has worked extensively on both sides of the Atlantic during his music career. His first #1 song in Europe was "Call My Name" by James Royal (1966). After several years as an artist and producer, Ralph moved to New York in 1969 to produce the band April Wine (two gold albums; one platinum). In 1971, Ralph had his first Country hit in Nashville with "Good Enough To Be Your Wife," #2 for Jeannie C. Riley. By 1976, Ralph and business partner Roger Cook opened Pic-A-Lic Music in Nashville. During the decade of its existence, the company prospered, more of Ralph's songs became hits ("He Got You" for Ronnie Milsap; "Half The Way" for Crystal Gayle), and Ralph served as president of NSAI. Ralph is now Vice President for ASCAP Nashville.

About Elwyn Raymer
Elwyn Raymer grew up in a very musical family and developed a real love for church music early on. His father and uncles formed the Raymer Trio, who traveled to churches around the Kentucky and Tennessee region singing what was called Southern Gospel. Over his career, he has worked with church music publishers and recording companies as well as the industry’s own organization, the Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA). Elwyn has served as president of the CMPA in 1995 and 2000. In 2001, he headed up the CMPA Action Fund to monitor the many laws that affect the church print business.