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Published: 11/3/2014

SESAC Celebrates Songwriters & Publishers at 2014 Nashville Music Awards

Rob Hatch Named Songwriter of the Year
“Drink To That All Night” Named Song of the Year
Magic Mustang Music Named Publisher of the Year

SESAC kicked off CMA Week by honoring the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed Country and Americana songs at the organization’s Nashville Music Awards held Sunday, November 2,  at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Rob Hatch, who topped the charts with smash hits such as “Goodnight Kiss” by Randy Houser and “I Don’t Dance” recorded by Lee Brice, was named SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year. 



“Drink To That All Night,” written by Lance Miller and published by Songs of StyleSonic Music, Melvin’s Pistol Music and Melvin’s Bullets Music, was named Song of the Year. The song was recorded by Jerrod Niemann who was on hand to open up the show with the infectious party anthem.  Tim McGraw, Miller’s publisher, made a surprise appearance at the awards to bestow the Song of the Year award to Miller.
Magic Mustang Music was honored as Publisher of the Year at the event.



The awards dinner featured an evening of memorable musical performances, including Niemann’s rousing take on his No.1 hit “Drink To That All Night,” and a stunning offering by Lee Brice and Randy Houser who wowed the crowd with acoustic versions of their respective hits, “I Don’t Dance” and “Goodnight Kiss,” both written by Hatch.



The festive black-tie event honored the writers and publishers behind the year’s biggest hits with awards being presented to the elite group of creative talent. More than 500 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals attended the gala evening, including Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Broken Bow Records recording artist Dustin Lynch, Keifer Thompson and Shawna Thompson of the CMA Award-winning duo Thompson Square.

 

A complete list of SESAC Award Recipients Follows:

Songwriter of the Year: Rob Hatch
Song of the Year:
“Drink To That All Night”
Written by Lance Miller
Published by Melvin’s Bullets Music, Melvin’s Pistol Music, Songs of StyleSonic Music
Recorded by Jerrod Niemann

Publisher of the Year: Magic Mustang Music

Country Performance Activity Awards:

“All Alright”
Written by Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette
Published by Day for the Dead Publishing, Rosest Music
Recorded by Zac Brown Band

“Bartender”
Written by Hillary Scott
Published by Hobbs Hill Publishing
Recorded by Lady Antebellum

“Beer With Jesus”
Written by Lance Miller
Published by Melvin’s Bullets Music, Melvin’s Pistol Music, Songs of StyleSonic Music
Recorded by Thomas Rhett

“Cruise”
Written by Jesse Rice
Published by Artist Revolution Publishing
Recorded by Florida Georgia Line

“DONE.”
Written by Jacob Bryant, John Davidson
Published by Castle Bound Music
Recorded by The Band Perry

“Drink To That All Night”
Written by Lance Miller
Published by Melvin’s Bullets Music , Melvin’s Pistol Music, Songs of StyleSonic Music
Recorded by Jerrod Niemann

“Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About”
Written by Keifer Thompson
Published by Barragina Music, Legends of Magic Mustang Music
Recorded by Thompson Square
 
“Goodnight Kiss”
Written by Rob Hatch
Published by Legends of Magic Mustang Music, Way Down the Hatch Music Publishing
Recorded by Randy Houser
 
“I Don’t Dance”
Written by Rob Hatch
Published by Legends of Magic Mustang Music, Way Down the Hatch Music Publishing
Recorded by Lee Brice

“Wagon Wheel”
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music
Recorded by Darius Rucker
 
“Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)”
Written by Cary Barlowe
Published by Castle Bound Music, We Be Pawtying
Recorded by Dustin Lynch
 
AMERICANA HONOREES

Bad Self Portraits
Contributions by Rachael Price
Published by Rachael Price Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Lake Street Dive

BLUESAmericana
Contributions by Pete Sallis, Victoria Shaw
Published by Song Alert Publishing, Tunes of R&T Direct, Victoria Shaw Songs
Recorded by Keb’ Mo’

Build Me Up From Bones
Contributions by Bob Dylan
Published by Ram’s Horn Music
Recorded by Sarah Jarosz

Daylight & Dark
Contributions by Hayes Carll, Jason Eady, Jim Lauderdale, Kelley Mickwee
Published by BMG Cicada Music, Ginger Dragon Music, Highway 87 Publishing, Jason Eady Music, Sandalwood Songs, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Jason Eady

Hard Working Americans
Contributions by Hayes Carll, Kieran Kane
Published by Family Style Publishing, Glacier Park Music, Highway 87 Publishing, Little Duck Music
Recorded by Hard Working Americans

High Life
Contributions by Bob Dylan
Published by Big Sky Music
Recorded by Charlie Robison

Let It Go
Contributions by Adam Chaffins
Published by Chaffins Publishing
Recorded by The Infamous Stringdusters

Magpie and the Dandelion
Contributions by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by First Big Snow Publishing, NemoIVMusic, Ramseur Family Fold Music, Truth Comes True Publishing
Recorded by The Avett Brothers

Out Among the Stars
Contributions by Rick Scott
Published by Tunes From the Farm, Unbridled Spirit Music
Recorded by Johnny Cash

Put Your Needle Down
Contributions by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music
Recorded by The Secret Sisters

Remedy
Contributions by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music
Recorded by Old Crow Medicine Show

Sunday Morning Record
Contributions by Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist
Published by Three Pisces Music, Victrolacaster Music
Recorded by The Band of Heathens
 
Tell the Ones I Love
Contributions by Jonathan Byrd
Published by Jonathan Byrd Music
Recorded by Steep Canyon Rangers
 
The Red Album
Contributions by Jonathan Byrd
Published by Jonathan Byrd Music
Recorded by Red Molly

 
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