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Published: 10/22/2015

SESAC Honors Richard Leigh with

Songwriter Legacy Award

Award-winning writer Richard Leigh is set to receive the prestigious SESAC Songwriter Legacy Award at the Music Rights Organization’s annual Nashville Music Awards on November 1. Legendary entertainers Reba and Crystal Gayle, who recorded Leigh’s songs, are confirmed to participate in the presentation.

Leigh, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has written hundreds of songs, including eight No. 1 singles and 14 Top 10 hits. His catalog includes country classics such as Reba’s “The Greatest Man I Never Knew,” Billy Dean’s “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” Steve Wariner’s “Life’s Highway,” and Gayle’s signature song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Leigh received a Grammy Award and CMA Award for Song of the Year for “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”

In 2000, the Dixie Chicks recorded Leigh’s “Cold Day in July,” which became their fourth hit from their Fly album which sold over 10 million units. The success of “Cold Day in July” gave Leigh hits in four successive decades.

“Richard Leigh epitomizes the best in the songwriting community,” says Tim Fink, vice president, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville. “His talent and work ethic has resulted in a string of hits that have extended from the mid-1970s into the 21st century. Country music owes much to Richard’s creativity and I am extremely proud that he is part of the SESAC family and that we can honor him and his contribution to country music in this way.”

The SESAC Nashville Music Awards will kick off CMA Week on Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.