Contributing Songwriters

Discover the hit songwriters who have contributed to MusicStartsHere.

Marc-Alan Barnette

Marc-Alan Barnette

Marc-Alan Barnette is an original. A self-proclaimed “square peg in a round hole,” Barnette has emerged with a unique musical sound that is in his own words, “not totally country and not totally blues…too blues for country and too country for blues!” Aptly classified as “In-Your-Face-Country-Soul,”...

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Deanna Walker

Deanna Walker

Deanna Walker is the founder and director of the Blair Songwriting Program at Vanderbilt University where she teaches several songwriting classes per semester (college as well as continuing ed. classes for the community) along with private piano lessons. She brings in major hit songwriters each week...

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Victoria Shaw

Victoria Shaw

Victoria Shaw. If you’ve listened to music at all during the past two decades—and honestly, who hasn’t?—chances are Victoria’s talent has touched you. The Nashville-based, New York-born triple threat has either written or produced some of music’s most memorable tunes and performed on the...

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Byron Hill

Byron Hill

Nashville songwriter Byron Hill has written songs released on seventy-seven RIAA certified Gold and Platinum albums and singles, earning ten ASCAP awards, thirty-two U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits, and numerous hits in other worldwide markets. His songs have been recorded by a list of artists that...

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Barbara Cloyd

Barbara Cloyd

Few things are more exciting to Barbara than discovering and developing new talent. Her introductions have helped land publishing deals for now/successful songwriters including Barry Dean (“Pontoon”), Anthony Smith (“Run”) and Brett Jones (“If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away”). She was the first...

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Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones’ compositions embody the spirit and soul of his hometown, Memphis. He has had his songs recorded by artists as diverse as Patti Labelle, Ronnie Milsap, Shelby Lynne, Chris Ledoux, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Daniels, Deana Carter, Reba McEntire and Peter Cetera. In 1994, John Berry’s...

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Tim Nichols

Tim Nichols

Tim Nichols (born in Portsmouth, Virginia is an American country music singer and songwriter. Active since the late 1980s, Nichols has written for several country music singers, including Keith Whitley, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jo Dee Messina, and Alan Jackson. He and songwriter Zack Turner recorded one...

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Rory Bourke

Rory Bourke

During a career of more than thirty years, Rory Michael Bourke has had songs recorded by Anne Murray, Elvis Presley, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Phil Vassar, Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Julio Iglesias, Tim McGraw, and many others. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters...

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Ralph Murphy

Ralph Murphy

Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living doing what they love to do. Add to that the platinum records as a producer, the widely acclaimed...

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Jason Blume

Jason Blume

A staff-writer for Zomba Music since 1991, Jason Blume is one of those rare individuals to ever achieve the distinction of having songs on the Country, Pop and R & B charts -- all at the same time. Blume's songs are on albums that have sold more than 25 million copies in the past year. His song, "Back...

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Jimmy Robbins

Jimmy Robbins

In October 2007, Jimmy signed to Universal Motown Records. He began work on a full-length album and toured the country between 2007–2009. During the summer of 2009, Jimmy toured on Radio Disney's dTour before joining Mitchel Musso's tour along with KSM.[1] Jimmy's major label album See Through Secrets...

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Liz Hengber

Liz Hengber

Liz Hengber is an American songwriter and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. Hengber was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from New Milford High School in New Milford, New Jersey in 1977. She graduated from the Theatre Department of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in 1981....

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Alex Call

Alex Call

Alex Call was one of the original members of the California rock band Clover. After four albums, the band broke up in 1978 and Call went solo. His first solo album was released in 1983 for Arista Records. One of the songs from the album, "Love Dogs," also became the name of his band. A music video was...

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Rand Bishop

Rand Bishop

Rand Bishop, long story short: In his 40-year career, Rand Bishop has filled just about every role in the creative end of the music business: recording artist, songwriter, studio vocalist, producer, recording engineer, A&R exec, and publisher. However, Bishop refers to himself simply as “a writer”—of...

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CJ Watson

CJ Watson

American Songwriter magazine said this about CJ Watson’s “The Everything Songwriting Book”: “You won't want to miss a single page … while no book can cover every aspect of songwriting, this one certainly comes the closest. This is a reference every songwriter should own.” His songs have...

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