October 30, 2016
SESAC Celebrates Songwriters and Publishers at 2016 Nashville Music Awards
The huge CMA week got off to an early start on Sunday night October 30, 2016, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, as performing rights organization SESAC recognized its most successful songwriters during the annual SESAC Nashville Music Awards.
Songwriter of the Year honors went to Josh Hoge, whose 2016 output included “I’m Comin’ Over” for Chris Young and “Think Of You,” a duet featuring Chris and former USA The Voice champ Cassadee Pope along with singles from social media sensation Kane Brown.
SESAC’s Song of the Year for 2016 was “Somewhere On A Beach,” penned by Michael Tyler and Jaron Boyer.
SONY ATV/EMI Foray Publishing and WRITE 2 BE FREE MUSIC won Publisher of the Year honors
Photo: 2016 SESAC Publisher of the Year are SONY/ATV/EMI FORAY
Publishing and Write 2 Be Free Music.
Pictured L-R: SESAC’s Shannan Hatch, Josh Van Valkenburg,
Josh Hoge, SESAC’s Sam Kling, Hannah Williams and Troy Tomlinson.
The awards dinner featured an evening of memorable musical performances, including Chris Young’s acoustic version of “I’m Comin’ Over,” Margo Price’s unforgettable “Desperate and Depressed” and performances by two of the hottest newcomers, Michael Tyler and Runaway June.
Guest presenters included Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Jim Lauderdale, Dustin Lynch, Cassadee Pope and Chris Young.
The festive black-tie event, hosted by Shannan Hatch, SESAC’s vice president of Creative Services, honored top songwriters and publishers behind the year’s biggest hits in the genres of Country and Americana.
|Kelsea Ballerini (L) with co-writer Jesse Lee (Centre)|
The dress appeared to have an asymmetrical hem black that was strapless on its left side with sheer fabric running an not only over her neckline, sleeves, dropping down to her calves.
The co-writer of hit song “Peter Pan” Jesse Lee (Instagram) wore a sleepless black lace dress with mesh netting panels and joined Kelsea for the presentation.
Cassadee Pope presented Josh Hoge with the Songwriter Of The Year award. She was wearing a Feathers n Fringe (Website) satin romper combo. Hair and glam was by Leigh Edwards & Co. with hair and makeup from Neil Robison. The neckline fell to her midriff, and she added a glittering gold choker and black stilettos.
The list of SESAC 2016 award winners is as follows:
“Hell Of A Night”: Written by Jaron Boyer/ published by peertunes, Ltd./ recorded by Dustin Lynch
“I’m Comin’ Over”: Written by Josh Hoge/ published by Write 2 Be Free Music Sony ATV/EMI Foray Music/ recorded by Chris Young
“We Went”: Written by Justin Wilson/ published by Legends of Magic Mustang Music/ recorded by Randy Houser
“Homegrown”: Written by Zac Brown, Niko Moon, Wyatt Durrette/ published by Day for the Dead Publishing, Siva Moon Publishing, Rosest Music, WBM Music Corp./ recorded by Zac Brown Band
“Castaway”: Written by Zac Brown, Niko Moon, Wyatt Durrette/ published by Day for the Dead Publishing, Siva Moon Publishing, Rosest Music, WBM Music Corp./ recorded by Zac Brown Band
“Beautiful Drug”: Written by Zac Brown, Niko Moon/ published by Day for the Dead Publishing, Siva Moon Publishing, WBM Music Corp. / recorded by Zac Brown Band
“Somewhere On A Beach”: Written by Jaron Boyer, Michael Tyler/ published by Jaron Boyer Music, peertunes, LTD./ recorded by Dierks Bentley
“Peter Pan”: Written by Jesse Lee/ recorded by Kelsea Ballerini
“Think Of You”: Written by Josh Hoge/ Published by Write 2 Be Free Music, Sony ATV/EMI Foray Music/ recorded by Chris Young
“Kiss You In The Morning”: Written by Justin Wilson/ published by Legends of Magic Mustang Music/ recorded by Michael Ray
“Real Men Love Jesus”: Written by Lance Miller/ published by Spirit Nashville Three, Melvin’s Pistol Music, Melvin’s Bullets Music, WBM Music Corp. / recorded by Michael Ray
“It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”: Written by Cary Barlowe/ published by We Be Pawtying, Castle Bound Music/ recorded by Billy Currington
“Wasted Time”: Written by James Abrahart Jr./ published by Jayded Ink Publishing, 360 Music/ recorded by Keith Urban
True Sadness: Recorded by Avett Brothers
Exodus Of Venus: Recorded by Elizabeth Cook
Lovers and Leavers: Recorded by Hayes Carll
Wynonna & The Big Noise: Recorded by Wynonna & The Big Noise
Things That Can’t Be Undone: Recorded by Corb Lund
Midwest Farmer’s Daughter: Recorded by Margo Price
Full Circle: Recorded by Loretta Lynn
Soul Searching: Recorded by Jim Lauderdale
Soul Searching: Recorded by Jim Lauderdale