BMI Country Awards: Jesse Frasure Wins Top Songwriter Honors, Steve Cropper Honored as an 'Icon'

BMI Country Awards: Jesse Frasure Wins Top Songwriter Honors, Steve Cropper Honored as an 'Icon'


If songwriters are vulnerable to sensitivity, Jesse Frasure epitomized the trait Nov. 13 on the BMI Country Awards in Nashville.

Hailed because the performing rights group's nation songwriter of the yr, Frasure acknowledged a ton of fellow Nashvillians who had been influential in his "dream job," then shifted the main focus to his spouse, Rhythm House vp of inventive Stevie Frasure, and an emotional analysis she acquired at Vanderbilt Breast Clinic.

"My spouse had a double mastectomy three weeks in the past," stated Jesse, who was honored for writing 5 of BMI's most carried out nation songs of the yr, together with Thomas Rhett's "Marry Me" and LOCASH's "Ring On Every Finger." "She's sitting right here wanting gorgeous. So the one factor that may very well be extra particular than me standing right here proper now could be the truth that she's cancer-free."

"Everyone on this room that is aware of her is aware of that she's a nasty ass," he continued. "And everyone on this room is aware of I wouldn't be right here with out her."

Sensitivities had been key to the night, which fell on the eve of the 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards. "In Case You Didn't Know," which turned a modern-day wedding ceremony traditional after it was written and recorded by CMA new artist of the yr nominee Brett Young, claimed most-played nation tune for 2 of Young's three cowriters: Tyler Reeve and Trent Tomlinson.

Additionally, songwriter/producer/guitarist Steve Cropper was celebrated as a BMI Icon, recognizing a musical sensitivity displayed traditional recordings that used minimal notes to create most emotion. Session guitarist Kenny Greenberg recreated Cropper's spacious signature licks as Mike Farriss and Lucie Silvas conveyed the power in "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Comin'," and as Maggie Rose belted "In The Midnight Hour." Luke Combs gave a commanding learn of "Knock On Wood," and shock visitor John Legend supplied a wealthy and slinky rendition of the Cropper/Otis Redding normal "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay."

"I want there was a system to it," Cropper stated of "Dock," which topped the pop and R&B charts, and was additionally tabbed among the many 500 best nation songs of all-time in a Country Music Foundation e book, Heartaches by the Number. It's additionally been performed a staggering 11 million occasions on terrestrial radio.

While a system could not exist, Cropper and Redding had been in a position to meld a sequence of interlocking parts with acceptable sensitivity on "Dock Of The Bay."

"The tone matches the story matches that voice matches that lyric," stated 2017 BMI Icon Bob DiPiero ("Wink," "Blue Clear Sky"). "They're all completely in line, and that's pretty much as good because it will get."

An evening after Warner/Chappell snagged ASCAP's nation writer of the yr honors, Warner-Tamerlane nabbed the BMI equal by touchdown 20 of the PRO's most-played songs of the yr, together with LANCO's "Greatest Love Story," Old Dominion's "No Such Thing As A Broken Heart" and Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line's "Meant To Be."

Each of these titles mines the delicate territory of romantic relationships, which "In Case You Didn't Know" did in a masterful means. The triple-platinum single captures the emotional dysfunction of many males in a fashion that linked with each genders.

"It's a typical battle that was by no means actually written about, and that's the truth that guys aren't good at saying ‘I really like you' to ladies," Reeve recommended. "We by no means stated ‘love' within the tune – it's form of the purpose – and it rang true with guys and women. Girls know that guys should not good at it, and guys know they're not good at it, so I feel it simply labored for all of the listeners."

It's that form of nuanced sensitivity that distinguishes Music City composers, recommended Rita Wilson, who employed Nashville songwriters Darrell Brown, Kristian Bush and The Warren Brothers to put in writing materials for her album Bigger Picture, launched Sept. 28.

"For me," she stated, "it's at all times concerning the story, and there's no person actually higher than the Nashville songwriters for that."