Ashley Gorley and Warner/Chappell Win Big (Again), Lee Ann Womack Honored at ASCAP Country Music Awards

Ashley Gorley and Warner/Chappell Win Big (Again), Lee Ann Womack Honored at ASCAP Country Music Awards


“I am type of a lonely individual, and I really like lonely songwriters,” Womack mentioned as she accepted the Golden Note Award.

Ashley Gorley is a machine.

A 12 months after he established a document by successful his fifth ASCAP nation songwriter of the 12 months trophy, he strolled to the rostrum Nov. 12 on the ASCAP Country Music Awards to increase the mark to 6 years, by putting six of his songs among the many 44 most-played nation titles of the eligibility 12 months.

Gorley counted the Dierks Bentley hit "Black," Thomas Rhett's "Marry Me" and Chris Janson's "Fix A Drink" among the many evening's honored titles, using them to a fifth straight ASCAP crown. He additionally boosted Warner/Chappell, which owns a stake in his efforts, because it racked up a share of 19 successful songs to assert the writer of the 12 months honor a sixth consecutive time.

The remainder of the membership is used to Gorley's victorious methods.

"You simply count on him," famous singer/songwriter Jordan Davis, who earned his first medallion for "Singles You Up." "He in all probability simply wears the identical [medallion] he had final 12 months: 'Don't give me any extra. I'll simply begin recycling them.'"

But Gorley doesn’t take it as a right. His profession hit listing now totals greater than 50 singles, however he stays hungry for the subsequent one.

"All the profitable writers I do know admit that they're nonetheless studying methods to do it," says Gorley, who's been recognized to labor 4 hours on a tune after which simply scrap it. "They're not excellent, so we could cease, re-evaluate, 'Is this higher than this?' Try it out. It's plenty of trial and error."

Gorley could stay dominant, however he shared the limelight in the course of the ASCAP occasion, the second of three consecutive songwriter celebrations on the Nashville calendar for performing rights organizations. Sam Hunt carried out an acoustic model of quintuple-platinum "Body Like a Back Road" with two of his three co-writers, Josh Osborne and Zach Crowell, because it picked up the PRO's nation tune of the 12 months honors. And Brett Young snagged the songwriter/artist of the 12 months award, although his honeymoon prevented him from attending.

"I moved to Nashville to be a songwriter," Brett mentioned in a videotaped message. "It's a contented accident that the artist factor got here my approach. But I actually hope to remain within the songwriting neighborhood for a very, actually very long time."

Young's wedding ceremony, actually, offered some perception into his character for his writer, Big Machine Music GM Mike Molinar, who found that Young's household had nurtured his capability to comfortably establish and convey his emotions with uncommon readability.

"He's very snug in his personal pores and skin," Molinar says. "The household, they're very tight, they're very shut they usually don’t have any downside expressing their affection for one another. You perceive he comes from a household the place you possibly can verbalize your feelings. He comes by it truthfully."

Difficult feelings had been the order of the night for an ASCAP profession honor: the Golden Note Award, offered to Lee Ann Womack. Though her optimistic "I Hope You Dance" turned her signature tune, three bleak tributes underscored her appreciation for darkish, heavy materials: Buddy Miller captured razor-sharp heartbreak in "Don't Tell Me," Alison Krauss and songwriter Tony Lane supplied a spacious and lonesome tackle "A Little Past Little Rock," and Chris Stapleton caught primal, gut-punching defeat in a guitar/vocal model of "Either Way."

"I'm type of a lonely individual, and I really like lonely songwriters," Womack informed the gang, "so in case you're that individual that's sitting at house late at evening by your self writing songs, likelihood is I'll in all probability like what you do."

The heaviness of these Womack songs was countered by a basic optimism, fueled by the latest passage of the Music Modernization Act, which restructures how royalty funds are decided and is anticipated to carry bigger revenues to songwriters after years of seeing their margins whittled away. The laws required the business to method Congress in a largely unified effort, and that solidarity contributed to the positivity.

"Everybody that got here to the desk on this was prepared to provide slightly so that each one ships rise," ASCAP chairman/president Paul Williams mentioned. A vote of "415-Zero within the Congress and full help within the Senate – when has that occurred on this nation in the previous couple of years?"

The nation business will probably be seen as a unified style as soon as extra as Nashville's four-night trophy parade ends Nov. 14 with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood internet hosting the 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards on ABC.