Ashley Gorley Wins Songwriter of the Year for Record Fifth Time at 2017 ASCAP Country Music Awards
publish date: 2017-11-07
Old Dominion vocalist Matthew Ramsey snagged the songwriter/artist of the year honor after contributing three compositions to the most-performed list: the Old Dominion hits “Snapback” and “Song For Another Time,” plus the Sam Hunt recording “Make You Miss Me.”
The Dierks Bentley single “Somewhere On A Beach,” hailed by Carly Pearce as “the song of the summer of 2016,” swiped song of the year for Josh Mirenda and Dave Kuncio, two of the five authors credited with its creation. It was similarly named SESAC’s country song of the year in 2016.
Warner/Chappell picked up the publisher honor for the fifth year in a row after supplying 24 copyrights to the night’s procession, including “Mind Reader,” “Setting the World On Fire,” “Any Ol’ Barstool” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
The five songs that logged the most public usage were performed by their authors. Bentley joined Kuncio and Mirenda for “Somewhere On A Beach” and Old Dominion recaptured the hooky nature of “Snapback.” Scooter Carusoe delivered a guitar/vocal version of “Wanna Be That Song,” Jimmy Robbins and Jordan Schmidt were joined by the Warren Brothers for their loud and proud “Lights Come On” and Jamie Moore used stripped-down instrumentation to demonstrate the power in the ascendant bass line of “May We All.”