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Published: 11/10/2009

2009 SESAC Nashville Music Awards

Monty Powell Takes Home Songwriter of the Year & Song of the Year Honors
“Sweet Thing” Named Song of the Year
Eden Valley Music & Universal Tunes Named Publishers of the Year


Monty Powell was the big winner at SESAC’s 2009 Nashville Music Awards as he took home the night’s biggest honor for Songwriter of the Year.  Powell, also was the recipient of Song of the Year for  “Sweet Thing,” a #1 hit for Keith Urban.  Powell earned the prestigious Songwriter of the Year accolade on the strength of “Sweet Thing” as well as his other smash for Keith Urban, “Kiss A Girl”.  Eden Valley Music and Universal Tunes, the publishing companies for Monty Powell, were named SESAC’s Country Publishers of the Year.

In addition to the songwriting honor, Powell was also presented with a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed acoustic guitar courtesy of Gibson Guitar. 

One of the evening’s many highlights was a riveting performance by Joe Nichols on material from his new CD, the critically acclaimed Old Things New.  Another musical bright spot was a stunning performance by  Nanci Griffith on a cut from her The Loving Kind project featuring Thomm Juntz and Charley Stefl.

Following tradition, SESAC recognized the major impact and growing relevance of the Americana format during the evening’s festivities handing out awards to several top artists and songwriters in the genre.  SESAC, the only performing rights organization that honors the Americana genre at their songwriting events,  honored the work from such luminaries as Bob Dylan,  Jim Lauderdale, Gurf Morlix and Kevin Welch.

Pictured (left to right): SESAC's John Mullins, Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood & Charles Kelley, SESAC's Tim Fink, Hillary Scott & SESAC's Shannan Tipton-Neese.

(left to right): Charley Stefl, Thomm Jutz, SESAC's Tim Fink, Nanci Griffith, SESAC's Amy Beth Hale and John Mullins.

(left to right): SESAC's Shannan Tipton-Neese & Pat Collins, Monty Powell, Universal Tunes' Pat Higdon, SESAC's Trevor Gale and Tim Fink.

(left to right): SESAC's Shannan Tipton-Neese & Tim Fink, Universal Tunes' Kent Earls, Monty Powell, Universal Tunes' Pat Higdon, SESAC's Pat Collins & Trevor Gale.




Award-winning songwriter Brice Long ("Anything Goes") visits with SESAC's Shannan Tipton-Neese.


Pictured (left to right): SESAC's Trevor Gale, honoree Peter Cooper, SESAC's Shannan Tipton-Neese, Amy Beth Hale and Tim Fink.

Pictured (left to right): SESAC's Tim Fink, Joe Nichols, SESAC's Pat Collins & Trevor Gale.

Pictured (left to right): SESAC's Trevor Gale & Tim Fink, Burns & Poe's Keith Burns & Michelle Poe, SESAC's John Mullins & Shannan Tipton-Neese.


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In addition to the Songwriter, Publisher and Song of the Year awards, many other singles received performance activity awards.

Monty Powell talks about writing "Sweet Thing"

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:
Monty Powell

SONG OF THE YEAR:
“Sweet Thing” written by Monty Powell

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR:
Eden Valley Music & Universal Tunes

COUNTRY PERFORMANCE ACTIVITY AWARDS:
“Sweet Thing”
Written by Monty Powell
Recorded by Keith Urban
Published by Eden Valley Music / Universal Tunes

“Kiss A Girl”
Written by Monty Powell
Recorded by Keith Urban
Published by Eden Valley Music / Universal Tunes

“You Belong With Me”
Written by Liz Rose
Recorded by Taylor Swift
Published by Potting Shed Music / Barbara Orbison World Music

“White Horse”
Written by Liz Rose
Recorded by Taylor Swift
Published by Torreador Tunes / Sony/ATV Timber Publishing

“I Run To You”
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Published by Shaw Enuff Songs

“Lookin’ For A Good Time”
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Published by Shaw Enuff Songs

“Love Don’t Live Here”
Written by Hillary Scott
Recorded by Lady Antebellum
Published by Shaw Enuff Songs
 
“One In Every Crowd”
Written by Kim Tribble
Recorded by Montgomery Gentry
Published by Songs of Category 5 / Tunes of RPM

“I Want My Life Back”
Written by Anthony Smith
Recorded by Bucky Covington
Published by Dreams to Music / Grand Poobah Publishing

“Do You Believe Me Now”
Written by Tim Johnson
Recorded by Jimmy Wayne
Published by The Bigger They Are Music / State One Copyrights America

“Anything Goes”
Written by Brice Long
Recorded by Randy Houser
Published by Melodies of RPM / Pacific Wind Music

“Better As A Memory”
Written by Scooter Carusoe
Recorded by Kenny Chesney
Published by Gravitron Music


AMERICANA PERFORMANCE ACTIVITY AWARDS:
Dustin Welch, Savannah Welch, Kevin Welch
For their contribution to the album Naive
Recorded by Micky and the Motorcars
Published by Super Rooster Music
Shimmy Shake Music
Monkey Head Songs

Gurf Morlix
For his contribution to the album Last Exit To Happyland
Recorded by Gurf Morlix
Published by Crankbait

Peter Cooper, Jim Lauderdale
For their contribution to the album You Don’t Have To Like Them Both
Recorded by Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
Published by Well Known Music
Wudang Mountain Songs

Peter Cooper
For his contribution to the album The Excitement Plan
Recorded by Todd Snider
Published by Well Known Music

Carol Young
For her contribution to the album Fascination
Recorded by The Greencards
Published by Darling Street Publishing

Charley Stefl, Thomm Jutz
For their contribution to the album The Loving Kind
Recorded by Nanci Griffith
Published by Charley Stefl Music
Thomm Songs

Bob Dylan
For his contribution to the album Together Through Life
Recorded by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music

Bob Dylan
For his contribution to the album Already Free
Recorded by Derek Trucks Band
Published by Dwarf Music

Colin Brooks, Joe Lee King
For their contribution to the album One Foot In The Ether
Recorded by The Band Of Heathens
Published by Brooks Wood Products
Pawnshop Guitar Music

Kieran Kane
For his contribution to the album Somewhere Beyond The Roses
Recorded by Kieran Kane
Published by Little Duck Music

 
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