Several members of the music industry elite turned out on Tuesday, Dec. 6 as ASCAP’s Beth Brinker, BMI’s Josh Tomlinson, and SESAC’s Shannan Hatch hosted a gathering to fete Billy Currington‘s 11th No. 1 single, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.” The shindig, held at SOUTH, also marked the final No. 1 party for 2016.
The two-week No. 1 was BMI songwriter Shy Carter‘s second No. 1 in the country format (following his work on Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue”), and it was SESAC songwriter Cary Barlowe‘s fourth No. 1 country single.
Among those celebrating were Major Bob Music’s Tina Crawford, who noted that Barlowe and Carter were in the middle of a co-writing session during CMA Music Festival a few years ago when Currington stopped by to say hello. The impromptu meeting became the full-fledged, three-way co-writing session that rendered the hit song.
Also on hand to celebrate “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” were producer Dann Huff, BMG’s Chris Oglesby, Mercury Nashville VP of Promotion Damon Moberly, UMG Nashville’s Royce Risser, CRB’s Holly Lane, First Tennessee Bank’s Andrew Kintz, and more. It was announced that Pinnacle Bank offered a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, on behalf of the songwriters.
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About the AuthorJessica Nicholson is a staff writer with MusicRow Enterprises. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine, TasteofCountry.com and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]
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